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Got an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Do these 10 things first

Wed, 12/25/2019 - 05:30

Did you just get a shiny new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. Nice! Before you head out to take a squillion photos or plop it down on your new wireless charging pad, there are a few housekeeping details you should tend to first.

1. Back up and restore

This isn’t poor planning, we swear—it’s a good idea to back up your old phone after you have your new iPhone in hand, so the backup is as up-to-date as it can possibly be. You can back up via iCloud or on a Mac.

iOS has a feature called Quick Start that uses your old iPhone to set up your new one. You can still use Quick Start (and if that’s what you want to do, skip to number 2 below), but it’s still a good idea to back up your old iPhone first. You don’t have to use Quick Start, though. Here are instructions on how to back up your old iPhone and then use that back up to set up your new iPhone.

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Five products we’d love to see from Apple in 2020

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 07:15

Apple has never had more products and services on offer than it does today. Simply updating them in the expected ways (like an iPhone that is faster, has a better camera, and has 5G) would certainly be enough to fill up the calendar.

But we want more than the expected releases. We know that Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June will bring iOS 14 and macOS 10.16. We know September will bring a few new iPhones and a new Apple Watch. There can be no doubt that iPads and Macs will get, at minimum, minor updates to include faster processors and a few other small tweaks (like bringing the new Magic Keyboard from the 16-inch MacBook Pro to the rest of the line). Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ will continue to add content all year long.

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Privacy shmivacy: The forgotten feature

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 06:30

Soon the year will draw to a close and, as is required by law, we must now look back on 2019 and analyze it.

No, don’t get up. We’re doing this.

Look, The Macalope isn’t happy about it, either. It’s the day before Christmas. He’s got stuff to do. This is the time of year he switches from rapping while drunk to wrapping while drunk. But this is what we signed up for when we met in the trunk of that hollowed-out tree and took a blood oath during the Reign of the Dragoonai.

So… if you can’t do the time, don’t make a blood oath during the Reign of the Dragoonai. Everyone knows that.

It certainly wasn’t new this year but one item you could consistently count on not being included in product reviews was privacy. Reviewers would faithfully mention RAM, pixel density, camera resolution, foldability and mouth feel, but whether or not a vendor had an ounce of respect for your privacy was as neglected as Terrance Howard at an Marvel Cinematic Universe reunion.

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How to transfer all your data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 06:30

How do you effectively transfer the contents of an older iPhone to a new one? It’s not too difficult to do, whether you’re setting up a brand new iPhone fresh out of the box, or your new iPhone is already set up and running, just not with your data.

Here are the steps using iOS 12.4 or later.

Updated 12/24/19: Getting a new iPhone? We've updated our guide to be consistent with the latest version of iOS and newest devices.

Update your devices

It’s typically a good idea to make sure that your old device has the latest version of iOS before you begin. This helps ensure compatibility with the new device and can minimize problems during the data transfer process. What’s more, Apple added a new and very useful iPhone Migration tool to iOS 12.4, so you’ll want to make sure both your original and new iPhone are updated at least that far.

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Denon DHT-S716H soundbar review: This pricey 3.0-channel soundbar packs an impressive punch

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 06:00
While it lacks Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, this Denon soundbar boasts rich, detailed, and surprisingly deep sound given its lack of a subwoofer.