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When not to use Apple’s Mail Drop file transfer service

Mac World - 13 hours 10 min ago

Apple’s Mail Drop is a feature that ties the Mail app with iCloud, letting you send large attachments. Instead of packaging the attachment with the email message, Mail uploads the file to iCloud and includes a link in the email message. The upload doesn’t count against your iCloud storage total, and is only stored for 30 days.

Apple explains of Mail Drop’s limits on a support page, and notes just in passing, “The recipients might not be able to access your attachment if the link has an excessive amount of downloads or high traffic.”

Macworld reader Ken seems to have run aground on his proviso. He sent a 1GB movie file to about 25 to 30 people via Mail, which uploaded and managed the movie via Mail Drop, but he said after a few recipients had viewed it, the rest were told no more downloads permitted. Since Apple doesn’t specify a limit, this is obviously frustrating.

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Reolink Argus Pro review: a completely wireless indoor/outdoor security camera for modest budgets

Mac World - 14 hours 10 min ago
The slightly scaled-down version of the original Argus can be paired with a solar panel for continuous charging.

Cherished myths: Apple used to be perfect

Mac World - 14 hours 10 min ago

Gilgamesh. Jason and the Argonauts. Helen of Troy. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. From time immemorial, humans have loved and repeated good myths.

Loving and repeating them, however, does not make them true.

Francis.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and home of the angry bees challenge where you dump a bucket of angry bees on your head but it’s not for charity or anything it’s just angry bees, Ewan Spence says the “New iPhone XS Problems Damaging Apple's Legendary Reputation.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

The legendary reputation that is largely a myth.

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Reolink Argus Pro review: a completely wireless indoor/outdoor security camera for modest budgets

PC World - 14 hours 10 min ago
The slightly scaled-down version of the original Argus can be paired with a solar panel for continuous charging.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review: Microsoft adds quad-core power to its tried-and-true tablet

PC World - 18 hours 9 min ago

Our review of Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 focuses even more than usual on the differences between this new generation and its predecessor, the Surface Pro (2017), because they seem nearly identical—at least on the, er, surface. Visually, you'd be hard-pressed to differentiate the Surface Pro 6, the Surface Pro (2017), or the Surface Pro 4.

This time around, the major changes are inside: A bump up in the processor to an 8th-generation Core chip, some weird adjustments in pricing, and a new color— black—separate the new from the old. A downgrade of sorts in the GPU may be the deciding factor in upgrading from the Surface Pro (2017), though it's a clearer decision if you're coming from the Surface Pro 4. The Performance section of our review shows the clearest differences among the three generations.

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Follow along as we build a Twitch streaming PC!

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 19:20

You’ve seen us display the contents of our pockets, discuss our favorite adult beverages, and even use an installed CPU as a coaster during our live builds, but maybe that’s still not personal enough for you. If that’s the case, you’ll want to tune into our new vlog series.

For our first project—a PC that can simultaneously play games and stream to Twitch—we’re charting the entire process from start to finish. That includes everything from picking parts to configuring our choice of streaming software. Unlike our live builds, you’ll get to follow us along this whole journey toward Internet stardom.

(Or, more likely, a resounding lack thereof. But it’ll still be fun.)

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Apption Labs Meater review: This smart thermometer changed the way I grill

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 17:31
The Meater smart thermometer takes the guess work out of cooking meat and helps time cooks perfectly.

Apption Labs Meater review: This smart thermometer changed the way I grill

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 17:31
The Meater smart thermometer takes the guess work out of cooking meat and helps time cooks perfectly.

Adobe introduces real Photoshop on iPad, coming in 2019

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 14:33

The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here. Or rather, it will be here in 2019.

Adobe Photoshop—real, full Photoshop—on the iPad. It’s been a dream of digital artists at least as long as the Apple Pencil has been around, and at the Adobe Max conference on Monday, the company finally let them know that their dream is coming true. Photoshop CC is up and running on iPad, and will be released sometime in 2019.

Adobe went to great lengths to reassure its users that this is not a new “Photoshop for the iPad” but rather “Photoshop on the iPad.” It’s a translation of the core Photoshop engine, along with a new interface and suite of gestures made for touch-and-pencil input.

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Get this popular 1TB portable SSD drive for just $200

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 13:56

If you need a ton of space but don’t feel like upgrading your MacBook or iMac (or heck, your PC), then you’ll love the SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD that’s on sale on Amazon for just $199.49. That’s down over $150 from the usual retail price of $350, and it matches a previous low price we saw in July.

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Save Hundreds On The Complete Learn To Code Masterclass Bundle ($39)

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 13:29

It's no secret that coding is one of today's most employable skills; yet, many of us are still reluctant to pick it up due to its technical nature. Contrary to popular belief, however, you don't need to be a computer science guru to kickstart a coding career. This Complete Learn to Code Masterclass Bundle contains beginner courses that can help you learn how to code for only $39, or 97% off.

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This Platform Is Making Management of Apple Devices Easy

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 13:03

Whether you’re just getting your small business off the ground or growing an already successful venture, onboarding and maintaining your employees’ tech gadgets are important steps. Unfortunately, IT can be expensive — and out of the question for many small businesses. Even if you can afford to purchase reliable Apple devices for your growing staff, it can be hard to find the time to keep them updated without a specialist. That’s where Jamf Now comes into play: it’s a cloud-based solution that delivers Apple management and security with just a few minutes of setup.

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Add ports to your PC with these killer deals on Sabrent USB-C docking stations

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 12:46

We all know the pain of not having enough ports on our PC and the pleasure that a good docking station can bring, helping to connect all the peripherals while eliminating the need for dongles. Today, Amazon is selling several Sabrent docking stations for their lowest price everRemove non-product link, from a 5-port mini dock all the way up to a 10-port powerhouse.

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Add ports to your PC with these killer deals on Sabrent USB-C docking stations

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 12:46

We all know the pain of not having enough ports on our PC and the pleasure that a good docking station can bring, helping to connect all the peripherals while eliminating the need for dongles. Today, Amazon is selling several Sabrent docking stations for their lowest price everRemove non-product link, from a 5-port mini dock all the way up to a 10-port powerhouse.

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iPhone XR: iPhone Upgrade Program pre-approvals start Monday at noon PDT

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 12:36

Planning to buy an iPhone XR? Apple will start taking orders on its website this Friday at midnight PDT. But if you plan to buy the iPhone XR through Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, today’s an important day.

At noon Pacific, Apple will open up the pre-approval process for customers interested in buying the iPhone XR through the iPhone Upgrade Program. When you sign up for the iPhone Upgrade Program, you are taking out a loan to get the new iPhone and you make monthly payments. Users need to have their loans approved before they are able to make a purchase, and getting pre-approved will make the purchasing process faster.

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iPhone Upgrade Program FAQ: How to upgrade your iPhone every year through Apple’s financing plan

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 12:00

This article was updated on October 15, 2018. 

Upgrading to a new iPhone is always an exciting process, but there’s one aspect that’s never fun: the cost. Apple’s latest crop of smartphones are the company’s most expensive yet, with the iPhone XS starting at $999, the iPhone XS Max at $1,099, and the iPhone XR at $749. And that’s only for the base models—if you want more storage, it'll cost you more. Toss in extra fees for AppleCare+, and you’re suddenly dealing with some serious sticker shock.

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Google Pixel 3 XL review: Winning the game by rewriting the rules

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 12:00

After spending nearly a week with the Pixel 3 XL, my three first impressions of Google’s newest handset haven’t changed: It’s the fastest Android phone I’ve ever used. The cameras are awesome. The notch is an eyesore.

Thankfully, the first two qualities make up for the third. Mostly. If the Pixel 3 XL didn’t have such an ostentatious notch, it would still be an ugly phone, but after a couple days I wouldn’t have cared anymore. Six days later, the notch is still the first thing my eyes go to every time I unlock my phone. It would be one thing if there was some next-generation camera or sensor that demanded such a large notch. But as it stands, there appears to be a lot of unnecessary space around the twin cameras, ambient light sensor, and speaker that live inside it.

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The new Palm phone is basically a Verizon-exclusive smart pocket watch running Android Oreo

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 11:46

We've been reading about the specter of a Palm reboot for a while now, so Monday's release of a new handset with the company's iconic square logo on the back wasn't really news. But it still has its surprises:

  1. It doesn't have an actual name. It's just the "new Palm phone."
  2. It runs Android.
  3. It's Verizon exclusive.
  4. You need to have another Verizon mobile phone to activate it.
  5. It costs $350.

So the new Palm phone isn't really a Palm phone at all. Heck, it's not even really a phone. Sure, there's a 4G LTE chip in it, but it's no more a phone than the Apple Watch is. It relies on Verizon's NumberShare service to act like a phone when your actual phone isn't around.

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The awesome 1TB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD just hit an all-time low of $200

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 09:36

A local external drive is a key component of any backup strategy, but it can be hard to find a good deal on a high-capacity drive that isn't tethered to your desk. Today, however, Amazon’s selling the 1TB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD for $200Remove non-product link, the lowest price we've seen for this drive, which was sitting around $240 earlier this month.

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1More Triple Driver Over-Ear headphone review: A great value in personal audio

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 08:15
These cans continue the young company's tradition of delivering lots of sonic bang for the buck.

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