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Unseriously: The iPhone’s supposed problem

Sat, 2018-02-17 07:00

Put on your very serious face because it’s time to discuss Apple’s very serious problem.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and home for wayward children with tongues stuck to cold metal objects, Ewan Spence has all the news that’s fit to doom.

“Apple's Serious Image Problem With The New iPhone.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

You know. You know. The very serious image problem. With the new iPhone. That one.

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Get one of the biggest iPad Pros for $120 off

Fri, 2018-02-16 15:11

We absolutely fell in love with the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro when we reviewed it back in June, calling it "one of the best Apple products ever made."

If that kind of quality sounds impressive but you'd like to have an even larger screen, B&H is currently offering the 2017 12.9-inch Wi-Fi-only 256GB model in space gray for $829, which is a fairly impressive $120 off of Apple's asking price.

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Amazon has dropped $50 off the Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Fri, 2018-02-16 12:57
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is $199 today on Amazon.

How to create a private LAN for Mac hardware devices

Fri, 2018-02-16 08:00

Apple has long had robust networking support in macOS, allowing many different kinds of network interfaces to be connected at once, including multiples of the same kind (like ethernet), network adapters plugging into to interfaces (like ethernet over Thunderbolt and ethernet over USB-C), and multiple simultaneous internet connections.

But Macworld reader Steven can’t get a particular installation to work that he needs for speed for his music recording studio. He has a 200Mbps internet connection, and the Mac he’s using for editing connects directly to the broadband connection. That part works fine.

But he has two other devices he wants to connect via ethernet to his Mac to get the throughput he needs. When he plugs his Mac into the internet connection, one of the other music-editing devices loses its connection. He’s tried a lot of combinations and different ethernet adapters, and nothing’s worked. He wonders how to proceed.

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3 ways tech can improve travel

Fri, 2018-02-16 07:00

Traveling is a great chance to put technology through the wringer. It’s a time when you have to be economical about the gear you carry, when your environments challenge you, and when you start seeing places where your devices could go further and do more than they already do.

Last week, my girlfriend and I spent nine days in Iceland (it was supposed to be seven, but a blizzard stranded us for an extra forty-eight hours). During that time we covered roughly half the country, from snowy lava fields in the west to black sand beaches—also with their share of snow—in the south. We carried more than a few pieces of tech with us, which gave us ample time to see what worked well and where we could use some improvement over the status quo.

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Evodesk XE Pro sit/stand desk review: A smart addition to any home office

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:00
A motorized lift and a plethora of customization options are the highlights of this inexpensive workstation.

How to change Siri's voice on HomePod

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:00

You already know you can change Siri's voice on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. So it stands to reason that you can make Siri sound different on HomePod, too. You have similar voice options on HomePod, but you find the settings in a different place.

If you want to give Siri on HomePod a man's voice or a British accent, here's what you do:

1. Open the Home app and look for your HomePod in the Favorite Accessories list.

2. Long-press (or 3D touch) on the HomePod you wish you change.

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How to change Siri's voice

Thu, 2018-02-15 14:00

Siri sound great. It’s one of the more natural-sounding virtual assistants, and she’s full of personality, too.

She? Is Siri a “she?” It doesn’t have to be! Siri’s default voice is female, but you can make Siri sound male, too. You can even give her three different accents: American, British, and Australian. (If you’re using Siri in non-English language, your choices will probably differ).

Change Siri’s voice in iOS

Here’s how to make Siri sound the way you want.

1. Open the Settings app, then tap Siri & Search.

2. Tap on Siri Voice.

3. Choose the accent and gender you wish.

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Save 50% On TypeIt4Me Text Expansion App For Mac

Thu, 2018-02-15 10:18

Typing doesn't come to everyone naturally. Some of us can crank out 80 words per minute without breaking a sweat, while others have to hunt and peck to string together a sentence. Either way, there's still room for improvement. TypeIt4Me allows you to create shortcuts that expand to longer words, phrases or pictures, so you can type common things like names, email addresses, contact details, phrases, and more in just a couple keystrokes. And you can try it for yourself today for half-off the usual price.

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Can an iPhone's Personal Hotspot feature connect to a Wi-Fi network?

Thu, 2018-02-15 09:00

Personal Hotspot was introduced many years ago as a way to turn your iPhone (and later iPad) into a conduit between a cellular data connection and one or more computers or other devices. Macworld reader Gabriel was hoping to use Personal Hotspot after his MacBook Air’s internal Wi-Fi system apparently conked out.

Gabriel is in ultima Thule, far from cellular networks, but has access to a Wi-Fi network. He tried to use Personal Hotspot to tether his Mac via Bluetooth and USB to the local Wi-Fi network, but couldn’t get it to work. “Every time I try to pair the two, the Wi-Fi connection drops off on the iPhone,” he writes.

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SnapPower USB Charger 2 review: Double the USB ports and (sort of) twice the power

Thu, 2018-02-15 08:00
This outlet cover lets you charge two devices at once, or one device twice as fast as the original.

How to control HomePod from Mac or iOS

Thu, 2018-02-15 08:00

The HomePod doesn’t behave like most other Apple devices. Unlike the Apple Watch, there’s no dedicated app. It supports AirPlay, so it shows up in the list of audio sources—but it’s also remote-controllable like an Apple TV. And to configure it, you don’t visit the Settings app, but the Home app. Here’s a quick guide to where and how you can control the HomePod from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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Half right: Fighting iPads with Fire

Thu, 2018-02-15 07:00

Here’s a thought exercise for you. See if you can guess which part of this headline the Macalope thinks is right and which part he thinks is a slow, leisurely drive through downtown Cuckoo Bananaville, population TechnoBuffalo’s Justin Herrick.

“Amazon effectively killed Android tablets, and the iPad’s next.” (Tip o’ the antlers to mylestaylor.)

The Macalope didn’t say it was going to be a very strenuous exercise.

Herrick does the math and realizes that if A equals B… then C! With jelly on it!

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YouTube TV changes: Can TV streaming services learn to say no?

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00
YouTube TV couldn't refuse Turner channels, hiking prices to bring them on board.

8 ways Apple can make HomePod an even better music player

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00

To call HomePod the greatest Apple Music player is a bit of an understatement. With hands-free controls, a virtually unlimited music library, and tremendous sound, Apple’s new AI-powered speaker is a revelation for Apple Music subscribers, mostly because the service is locked out of every other smart speaker.

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HomePod white rings: 8 ways to protect your wood furniture

Wed, 2018-02-14 20:16
Cork coasters

Image by Jelinek Cork Group/Amazon

Ah, the cork coaster. You see in seedy bars, on balconies in tropical resorts, or even on the breakfast table of grandma's house. And maybe, just maybe, you'll soon find it under your $350 HomePod. A single cork coaster from the Jelinek Cork Group measures just 3.5 inches, which is exactly the width of the HomePod's problematic silicone base. That means it'll be almost invisible unless you're looking underneath the device. Unfortunately, you'll have to get 25 at once, but all those other coasters might come in handy when Apple finally releases multi-room support.

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HomePod, iOS 12, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 592

Wed, 2018-02-14 19:00

We’ve had the HomePod for a few days. What do we think? There’s more news about iOS 12. We also feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Jason Cross, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 592.

Here are relevant links to get more info on the stuff discussed on the show.

Audio-only version:

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MarsEdit 4 review: Content-creation tool for websites lets you focus on the important things

Wed, 2018-02-14 08:00

Does anyone still blog? Twitter, Facebook, and even Tumblr may have swallowed much of blogging’s oomph, but it’s still out there. It's probably more accurate to say that blogging morphed into different kinds of things that seemed less blog-like. Many publications use WordPress or other “blog” engines to power their sites.

This explains the persistence of MarsEdit, a blog composing, previewing, and posting tool that was recently upgraded to version 4. This version comes nearly eight years after the previous one, but it will delight existing users and should attract folks dissatisfied with web-based posting.

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6 improvements HomePod needs to compete

Wed, 2018-02-14 07:00

The HomePod has landed, and reviews are not exactly shining. In our review, we found that the sound quality, and the ability for Siri to hear you in challenging conditions, is a cut above the competition. But the excessively limiting Apple lock-in and Siri’s capabilities for non-music functions, among other things, make it pretty hard to recommend.

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Libratone Too Bluetooth speaker review: High-fidelity sound on the go

Wed, 2018-02-14 06:00
This portable speaker delivers uncommonly good near-field sound for its size.