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How to control the order of images in a Photos for Mac slideshow

Mac World - 31 min 41 sec ago

It’s absolutely frustrating when you set out on a task that seems like it should work, and then wind up wondering if it’s your fault. This is the case with Photos 3.0 for macOS and its broken workflow for creating slideshows: it sorts images and videos in random order.

Macworld reader Marie is one of the people who cannot figure out what’s going wrong. She asks, rightly in all caps, “HOW CAN I GET MY SLIDESHOW PHOTOS IN THE ORDER I WANT THEM?”

In previous releases and in iPhoto, you’d follow these steps:

  1. Select some items or have no items selected while viewing a regular or smart album to select the whole album.
  2. Create a slideshow. In Photos, that’s File > Create > Slideshow. An entry is created in the Projects list with the name you choose.
  3. And, hurray, the pictures and movies would be referenced in a slideshow view in the order they appeared in the album.

Photos 3.0 inexplicably broke this arrangement, and it’s remained broken since its introduction in High Sierra in 2017. Until Apple fixes this issue—perhaps in the release of Photos with the upcoming Mojave?—you have a few workarounds, none of which are quite as ideal, but all of which work.

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Working it: iPad productivity isn’t about cursors

Mac World - 1 hour 31 min ago

The Macalope is happy to stipulate that there are some people for whom an iPad is not going to be a great work device. That doesn’t mean, however, that the iPad is not a great work device for many.

Writing for Macworld (hey, that’s this publication!), Michael Simon says “The iPad Pro needs more than smaller bezels to take on the Galaxy Tab S4 and Surface Go.”

It will have small bezels, according to images found in iOS 12.

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Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

PC World - 2 hours 31 min ago
What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.

What the cord cutting naysayers still get wrong

PC World - 2 hours 31 min ago
Once more with feeling: Streaming TV is not cable all over again.

Smart home systems vs. home security systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

PC World - 2 hours 31 min ago
What do you value most: Convenience or security? Maybe you can have both.

Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

Mac World - 2 hours 31 min ago
What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.

What the cord cutting naysayers still get wrong

Mac World - 2 hours 31 min ago
Once more with feeling: Streaming TV is not cable all over again.

Smart home systems vs. home security systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

Mac World - 2 hours 31 min ago
What do you value most: Convenience or security? Maybe you can have both.

How to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp

PC World - Wed, 2018-08-15 19:45

So you have a Mac but also want to run Windows? You’re in luck: shortly after the first Intel-based Macs arrived on the market in 2009, Apple released a tool called Boot Camp, which lets Mac owners install and start their machines natively in Microsoft Windows. With the press of a button, you can switch between Mac and Windows every time your computer turns on.

Probably the most common reason Mac owners use Boot Camp is to play Windows-only games. For instance, PC MMOs such as Star Trek Online, Tera, and Star Wars: The Old Republic only run on Windows. Boot Camp is also better at running Windows software than virtual machines like Parallels or VMWare Fusion, which are programs that simultaneously run Windows inside Mac’s operating system. Without further ado, here’s how to set up Boot Camp and install Windows.

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How to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp

Mac World - Wed, 2018-08-15 19:45
After following these simple instructions, you'll be able to dual-boot your Mac into Windows.

Apple’s Group FaceTime delay is the right move. Here’s why

Mac World - Wed, 2018-08-15 15:00

This week, Apple removed Group FaceTime from the beta for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. The company indicated that the feature will not appear in the initial release, but will rather appear in a subsequent update released later in the year.

For people who were excited about audio and video chats with multiple friends, this is a bummer. (I heard from several people who said their kids were especially looking forward to using the feature, or were using it in the beta period and were sad that it’s going to be removed for a little while.)

But I’m a little less down on Apple making this decision. Every time I used Group FaceTime in the iOS and macOS betas, it was far from flawless. I had connection problems, video and audio would disappear and reappear at random, sometimes a person would appear multiple times in my view (or disappear altogether), and there were numerous cosmetic defects to the interface, too. It seemed... very beta. And clearly someone at Apple decided it was just not going to be solid enough by release time.

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The Full Nerd ep. 63: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 appears, AMD's 32-core Threadripper reviewed

PC World - Wed, 2018-08-15 11:27

In  this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray geek out over a monstrous new class of desktop processor and the future of graphics cards…which could arrive in less than a week!

Yes, Nvidia formally unveiled its Turing GPU and Quadro RTX hardware this week, and they provide a glimpse of what PC gamers can expect in the next generation of GeForce graphics cards. We won’t need to wait long, it seems. Not-so-cryptic secrets in a recent Nvidia video strongly hint that the GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week at Gamescom. You read that right: RTX not GTX. R is for raytracing! We dig into the specs revealed so far.

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Spot-on analyst predicts Apple AR glasses and an Apple car within 2-5 years, but I hope he's wrong

Mac World - Wed, 2018-08-15 11:01

File this rumor under Moonshot. Oft-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who made a name for himself by nailing features in the iPhone and iPad long before they’re set to release, had made a wild prediction for his new company, TF Securities. In a research note acquired by Business Insider, Kuo predicts Apple will release a pair of augmented reality glasses in 2020 and an Apple Car sometime between 2023 and 2025.

But this isn’t the same as Kuo’s usual predictions, which are based on supply-chain reports and sources. This one is purely speculative based on educated guesses. He says so in the report. Both may come true, and both may come true within the time frame Kuo says, but I’m taking them with a healthy serving of salt.

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Love your Mac enough to hug it? You’ll dig this new Kickstarter from Throwboy

Mac World - Wed, 2018-08-15 11:00

Steve Jobs was deeply proud of the iMac G3, even to the point of cuddling one for a spread in a 1998 issue of Newsweek. He looks happy in the shot, but he couldn’t have been too comfortable. In fact, at home, he might have preferred cozying up the plush pillow version of the device that’s now on Kickstarter as part of the Iconic Pillow Collection from Throwboy, along with pillow versions of some of Apple’s (and Jobs’) other greatest hits.

But note the “iconic.” Throwboy is careful to avoid the wrath of Apple’s sharks: The word “Apple” doesn’t appear anywhere on the Kickstarter page and Jobs is referred to only as the “most prolific co-founder/CEO of our time.” On the pillows themselves, you’ll simply find an embroidered pillow outline where you’d normally expect to find a scrap of barely eaten fruit.

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These deeply discounted 256GB SanDisk flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go

PC World - Wed, 2018-08-15 10:29

Have you ever wanted to carry a hard drive around in your pocket? Two deeply discounted 256GB flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go, and both for $50 or less. The SanDisk Cruzer is on sale for $40, down from a list price of $70, and the SanDisk Ultra Flair has dropped to $50, down from $83. These are some of the lowest prices these mammoth flash drives have ever been.

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These deeply discounted 256GB SanDisk flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go

Mac World - Wed, 2018-08-15 10:29

Have you ever wanted to carry a hard drive around in your pocket? Two deeply discounted 256GB flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go, and both for $50 or less. The SanDisk Cruzer is on sale for $40, down from a list price of $70, and the SanDisk Ultra Flair has dropped to $50, down from $83. These are some of the lowest prices these mammoth flash drives have ever been.

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Walmart's selling an all-aluminum Chromebook with a comfy keyboard for just $220

PC World - Wed, 2018-08-15 09:47

If you’re not considering a Chromebook when you're shopping for a notebook, you’re doing it wrong. Google's low-cost laptops are typically light, fast, secure, and have almost everything you need for remote work a.k.a. the Internet. Today, you can get in on the action for a great price. Walmart is selling the Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C6ZB) for $220Remove non-product link. That’s about $30 to $40 cheaper than you’d usually pay for this laptop.

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Alexa, Cortana officially become BFFs as Microsoft and Amazon integrate the two assistants

PC World - Wed, 2018-08-15 09:00

A year ago, Amazon and Microsoft pledged that their digital assistants, Alexa and Cortana, would become friends. That future has now arrived: Beginning today, you’ll be able to invoke Alexa from Windows 10’s Cortana, and Cortana from an Alexa device like the Echo.

Today (or possibly tomorrow, according to a Microsoft representative) Alexa and Cortana will become skills in their respective devices. Put another way, you’ll be able to say “Hey Cortana, open Alexa” on a Windows 10 PC or Harman Kardon Invoke. On an Amazon Echo, you can say “Alexa, open Cortana.” It sounds as though there will be a brief initial setup process for each device.

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How to connect a TV or audio receiver to a HomePod

Mac World - Wed, 2018-08-15 07:00

Apple’s HomePods have evolved in function since their introduction as Apple has pushed out firmware updates and related operating system changes that enabled originally promised features. But there are still some missing pieces, some of which may remain outside the speaker/Siri combo.

Macworld reader Colin wondered about two clearly missing items as he considers whether to purchase HomePods:

  • Can a HomePod take audio input from a TV, cable tuning box, or receiver?
  • Can four HomePods link together for surround sound?

On the first count, no: there are no audio inputs on the HomePod. It lacks an audio input jack and only supports Bluetooth 5.0 for its own purposes, not for streaming audio. To send audio to a HomePod, you have to have a device capable of using the original AirPlay or AirPlay 2. (AirPlay 2 added multi-room synchronized streaming, multi-device control, and enhanced buffering.)

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Corsair K63 Gaming Lapboard review: Second time's the charm for couch gamers

PC World - Wed, 2018-08-15 06:45

Remember the great living-room PC fad of 2013 to 2016? Oh, what a thrilling time that was, when we still thought Steam Machines might take off, when the Steam Controller was full of potential, and when everyone rushed to capitalize with their own miniaturized PCs and peripherals. Into that environment arrived Corsair’s Lapdog, a combination keyboard/mousepad lapboard made for couch use.

It was emblematic of everything wrong with living room PCs at the time, trying to translate the entire desktop experience to the couch. Overlarge, overpriced, and wired, the Lapdog was a bit of a mess. But two years later, Corsair is back with a newer, slimmer iteration of the Lapdog—now called the Gaming Lapboard—and while living room PCs are just, well, PCs at this point, anyone with a living room machine should snag one of these. 

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