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HP's Sprocket Photo Printer makes easy, fun snapshots and has a $40 discount today

Mac World - 8 hours 20 min ago

The HP Sprocket Photo Printer is a cute, easy way to print out memories from your phone instantly. Right now the HP Sprocket is on sale for $90 in the blue versionRemove non-product link, its lowest price ever on Amazon and a steep discount from its $130 list price.

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Is your Mac showing random black boxes in photos? Here’s the fix

Mac World - 11 hours 6 min ago

Here's a problem that could cause a panic. Macworld reader Cil has been seeing seeing black squares in their photos at random locations and often in different places. It not only appeared on screen, which was bad enough, but when exporting to create a photo book, a black square appeared in one of those.

Macworld reader Cil

An example of the randomly appearing black boxes our reader sees.

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This one weird pricing trick: Why an iPhone might cost less

Mac World - 12 hours 6 min ago

Get ready to learn a shocking new fact about pricing! You will truly be astounded.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and burlap underwear outlet, Gordon Kelly says the “New iPhone Leak Exposes Apple's Nasty Surprise.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Alberto.)

If you’re not familiar with Kelly’s work, don’t get incensed at the use of “Nasty Surprise.” For him it’s a tic, like the Comic Book Guy calling everything “Worst ever!” or Voldemort using “Avada Kedavra” all the time.

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Shinola Canfield Pro review: These in-ear headphones deliver stylish looks, but mediocre sound

Mac World - 13 hours 6 min ago
Slick style and outstanding build quality can't make up for sonic shortcomings.

Streaming video DVR explained

Mac World - 13 hours 6 min ago
We're often asked whether there's a DVR for streaming video services. The answer is complicated.

The best paid Apple Watch apps of 2018

Mac World - 13 hours 6 min ago

Apple Watch might have started as device wholly dependent on your phone, but it's transformed into one that can function all day on its own. However, just like your iPhone, you won't get the most out of your Apple Watch until you fill it up with apps. Here are 10 of our favorite paid apps you need to have on your Apple Watch.

Outcast ($0.99) Outcast

Apple is finally providing proper podcasts support in watchOS 5, but if you want more than the basics, we recommend giving Outcast a look (and a listen). Designed specifically for Apple Watch (in fact, the companion iPhone app is merely instructions on how to use the Apple Watch app), its simple, elegant interface lets you stream all of your favorite shows with simple controls, excellent search, and playlist support. It's one of the few podcast apps that let you do more than merely stream the episode that's playing on your phone, and even with an official Podcasts app coming from Apple, we think Outcast is worth your buck.

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Snag last year's 128GB 9.7-inch iPad for $80 off at Walmart

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-18 11:47

We’re big fans of the 2018 9.7-inch iPad, but last year’s model is no slouch, either—particularly if you have no plans to use the newly supported Apple Pencil. If you’d like to have a roomier model while saving some cash, Walmart is selling the 2017 128GB 9.7-inch iPad with Wi-Fi for just $349Remove non-product link, down from the list price of $429.

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Chase away the post-Prime Day blues with these two awesome smart home deals

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-18 09:48

Amazon’s Prime Day may be over, but all the discounts are not. So if you missed out on any of the smart home deals over the past 36 hours, we've got two more for you.

The first is the Lutron Caseat Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit for $120 on AmazonRemove non-product link. We've seem this bundle hit this all-time low a few times before, but it hasn't budged from its $160 MSRP since February, so this is a great time to grab it. In the box you get the two dimmer switches, two pico remotes, and a smart bridge, and they're certified to work with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant..

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Apple 15-inch 2.9GHz MacBook Pro review: A laptop that pro app users will love

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-18 07:00

Since its introduction in 2016, the MacBook Pro as we know it today has produced mixed reactions from its users. People love the combination of size, weight, and performance. But there are legitimate issues that make people hesitate or even regret buying a MacBook Pro: keyboard problems, the need to find ways to work with its Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, a low RAM ceiling.

With the 2018 MacBook Pro, Apple has addressed some of those issues. And if you’re lamenting that I didn’t say all of those issues, well, there are some things that, in an effort to move towards a particular technological ideal, Apple won’t change. But as a whole, the 2018 MacBook Pro is a better laptop than its 2017 predecessor, and a vast improvement over the 2016 model.

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How today’s Apple has thrown out its old rulebook

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-18 06:00

When Steve Jobs came back to Apple in 1997, he didn’t like what he saw, so he set about changing the corporate culture. A decade later, one proof of his success was the fact that the company seemed to follow a rulebook, largely behaving with a consistency that allowed those of us who covered the company to react to wild rumors with phrases like “Apple wouldn’t do that” or “that’s not how Apple does things.”

But in the years following Jobs’s death (and the departure of some other Jobs-era executives), Apple has continued to evolve—and in many cases, it’s torn up the old rulebook. A lot of the changes strike me as being for the better. I feel like after Steve laid down the law in the late 1990s, some policies and decisions were never really reconsidered until the Tim Cook era got into full swing.

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Macworld's August Digital Magazine: First look at iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 20:09

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the August issue

This month we have our first look at iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, including everything you need to know about the new OSes and all of the best features to keep an eye out for. Take a peak into the future to see our vision of the Mac in 2020 and find out why the announcements that Apple didn’t make at WWDC might be more important than the ones they did.

Also in this month’s issue:

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MacBook Pro: Features, specifications, and prices for Apple’s high-end laptop

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 15:00

The MacBook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line laptop. It offers top-notch performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend top dollar for it.

The current version of the MacBook Pro was released in July 2018. The new laptops have the same design as the previous version, but the laptops feature new processors that provide a speed boost. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading about its main features below.

Processor, memory, graphics, and SSDs

The MacBook Pro uses Intel’s Coffee Lake processors. Coffee Lake is Intel’s eighth-generation processor, and it replaces the seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors that were in the previous MacBook Pro.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 tech deals for students

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 14:44
Here are the best Amazon Prime Day deals for tech obsessed students heading to school.

Get A Lifetime Of Next FlipBook Maker Pro For Mac For Just $29 (90% Off)

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 11:05

You don't need an editorial team to create your own magazine. If you're looking to engage your audience with gripping PDFs and images, Next FlipBook Maker Pro for Mac lets you convert your assets into Flash/HTML5 flip books, so you can show off your content and let your readers experience it with the realistic feeling of flipping through a book from page to page. Lifetime licenses are on sale today for $29.

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Douchebags Scholar laptop backpack review: This is one Douchebag you'll want to be seen with

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 07:00

The first thing you need to know about a Douchebag is that the word “Douchebags” appears nowhere on the bag itself. Trust me, I looked, fearing giggled mockeries on the San Francisco Muni. The most you’ll find is a sleek “Db” logo peeking out from no less than six spots across the bag, along with a massive 2.5-inch monogram that hugs the small of your back when it’s worn. True, it looks a little like the “Op” logo that dominated T-shirts in the early ‘90s. Did those count as “douchey?” That’s something you’ll have to decide.

A douchebag and a scholar

For my money, though, this is a bag that has no right calling itself a “douchebag.” That’s not the case with some of the company’s other bags, admittedly, as it sometimes embraces style over substance. The Scholar, though, is practically understated; its only flamboyance being a bright crimson shining from one of the main front straps and the nylon zipper toggles. (Earlier models don’t even have that.) It’s so rectangular it’s almost square. The very name defies expectations. With a brand name like “Douchebags,” a name like “The Nerd” likely isn’t too far from the realms of possibility.

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Sonos Beam review: Features galore, but best suited to smaller home theaters

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 06:00
Alexa and AirPlay 2 support are just two of the features the Sonos Beam delivers, just don’t expect it to fill a big room.

Stupid writing tricks: Trying hard to fail with an iPad

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 06:00

No matter how many people use the iPad professionally, we can not seem to put to rest this old saw of pundits: “CAN the iPad be use as a professional tool?! Our resident greater-than-90-degree-angle Colin Blunderbuss investigates!”

Writing for ZDNet, Chris Matyszczyk says “I tried to write this article on an iPad Pro. It didn’t go well.”

This plays out a little bit like “I tried eat a ham sandwich by blending it and sucking it through a straw. It didn’t go well.”

You see, I wanted to believe all the ads that tell me an iPad Pro is actually a computer that's trimmed itself a little and had a makeover and Botox at the Cupertino Salon.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best tech, electronics, PC, and mobile deals

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 19:06

For Amazon Prime Day 2018, the retailer's upped its game considerably. Its annual summer sale may not yet rival Black Friday, but this year's event is a bright spot in an otherwise ho-hum season of bargain hunting.

Tech enthusiasts will find plenty to dig into. Discounts range from good to excellent in multiple categories--you'll find everything from cables to TVs on the cheap. Additionally, Amazon is supplementing the bargains with additional promotions, like deeply discounted trials for various Amazon services and a ton of free PC games via Twitch Prime.

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B&H and Costco make up for Apple's Prime Day absence with great deals

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 17:02

Yes, it's Amazon Prime Day, and there are plenty of deals over at Jeff Bezos' massive marketplace if you're looking to save some dough. We've already covered a few.

Thing is, very few of those deals cater directly to us, the Apple faithful. The most you'll find are deals on accessories, such as an Otterbox Defender case for the iPhone 8 or Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones. (Yeah, the headphones technically count as Apple, but let's not be picky.)

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