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Switching from iOS to Android, Face ID security, the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit, and your comments & questions: Macworld Podcast episode 578

Wed, 2017-10-18 19:35

The news is slow in Apple Land this week, so episode 578 of the Macworld Podcast is a bit of a smorgasbord of topics. Macworld’s Leah Yamshon, Michael Simon, and Dan Masaoka talk about their experiences of switching from iPhones to Android phones… and why they switched back (or are still on the fence!). The KRACK Wi-Fi exploit is still a big problem, but luckily Apple is working on it—we explain why it’s important and what you can do. And Cynthia Hogan, Apple’s vice president of public policy for the Americas, addressed some privacy concerns surrounding Face ID (spoiler alert: it’s pretty secure).

Bonus topics: The plausibility of a “foldable” iPhone, and TechHive’s review of the Sonos One smart speaker. 

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Save 90% on a Lifetime of 2TB of Secure Cloud Storage from Degoo - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-10-18 10:06

Given the amount of data we go through on a daily basis, backup solutions have become essential for the everyday user. And while there are plenty of big-name cloud storage services out there, like Dropbox and Google Drive, you'd be hard-pressed to find a service as economical as Degoo Premium. Now on sale at a new price drop, you can get 2TB of lifetime backup storage for over 90 percent off the usual price.

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48% off Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Display and 10 Year Battery - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-10-18 09:32

Carbon Monoxide is odorless, tasteless and invisible, and it accounts for over 72,000 cases of poisoning each year. Kidde calls their C3010D model "worry free" because its sensor and sealed battery provide 10 years of uninterrupted CO detection, and a digital display that updates every 15 seconds. The unit will chirp when its reaching the ends of its life, so you don't have to wonder. The Kidde C3010D alarm is currently discounted down to just $27.93. See this deal now on Amazon.

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Safari bookmark sync out of whack? Here’s the solution

Wed, 2017-10-18 08:00

iCloud has a feature that lets you sync your Safari bookmarks across your Macs, iPhones, and iPads. However, Macworld reader Mark has a tale that sounds nearly appropriate for Halloween: disappearing and haunted bookmarks:

I upgraded my MacBook recently and transferred everything across surprisingly easy. After a few weeks, the bookmarks disappeared in favor of the defaults (Apple, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Facebook). I recovered following your advice with Time Machine, but after a few minutes or hours or even days, they switch back to default again.

I suggested to Mark that this sounded like an out-of-phase synchronization problem. With iCloud enabled to sync Safari in iOS and macOS, it sounds as though iCloud decided the “truth” of the bookmark state was the defaults loaded before his upgrade. Every time he restored to an earlier version via Time Machine, iCloud sync kept deciding that was out of date and replaced it with what it thought was “newer.”

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The 12 best iPhone and iPad puzzle games

Wed, 2017-10-18 06:00
Smart choices

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There’s no shortage of diversions on the App Store, but why waste your spare time on some mindless grind when you can enjoy a perfectly portable puzzler instead? We’ve loved a great many iPhone and iPad puzzle games over the years, but we’ve whittled our list down to just a dozen of the best ones that are still well worth your attention today. 

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Sonos One smart speaker review: Sonos and Alexa, a match made in heaven

Wed, 2017-10-18 00:01

Sonos has multi-room audio down to a science, but it desperately needed a speaker capable of voice recognition if it was to fend off the veritable flood of smart speakers coming to market. The Sonos One is that speaker.

It sounds better than the last entry-level Sonos speaker, it’s compatible with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, and it will be compatible with Google Assistant soon. It’s a great speaker for the price, and it’s a must-have component for music lovers living in modern smart homes.

If you already have Sonos speakers in other rooms, you can control all of them with voice commands with the addition of a single Sonos One to your network. And once you have that, you can control any Sonos speaker from any Amazon Echo. There are some limitations you’ll want to be aware of: You’ll need to use the Sonos app to group two or more Sonos speakers together (and to split them apart). But once you’ve done that, you can tell Alexa to play the artist or song of your choice on any of the speakers in that group.

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Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

Tue, 2017-10-17 13:16
Cord cutters can get their fill of big nationally televised games, but local broadcasts are still left on the bench.

35% off SanDisk 256GB iXpand Base for iPhone charging and backup - Deal Alert

Tue, 2017-10-17 09:30

Here's something you probably didn't know existed. With SanDisk's iXpand iPhone base, you'll never have to worry about losing your memories again. Every time you charge your iPhone with the iXpand Base, it automatically backs up your photos, videos and contacts. The iXpand Base offers plenty of room to save your files in their original quality with no worry about recurring monthly fees for Internet-based storage. Designed for everyday use with a soft rubber top, a sturdy base, and a wrap-around groove to keep your Apple Lightning to USB cable tidy. Its typical list price has been discounted, for now, to $129.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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BrandPost: APT28: A complex Mac virus that may signal the shape of tomorrow’s malware

Tue, 2017-10-17 09:15

Macs are the go-to device for professionals and high-level officials the world over. Beautifully designed, extremely optimized for performance, and tagged with a price that reflects a premium product, Macs are more than a tool – they are a statement. In keeping with this reputation, you would not expect malware designed for Macs to be the run-of-the-mill, easy-to-block creations we see on other platforms. Advanced Mac threats cost a fortune to develop— but when they hit the designated target, it’s jackpot for the cyber-criminals.

Malware has been around since the early days of computers and, regardless of operating systems, has always managed to creep in. However, the Internet and digitalization have brought forward not just the proliferation of threats, but also a staggering increase in complexity. Today, malware is a tool for industrial espionage, cyberwarfare, and even state-sponsored cyberattacks.

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How to markup and send a photo in iOS Messages

Tue, 2017-10-17 08:00

You know you can send pictures within the Messages app in iOS 10, but there’s a couple of levels of depth to it—including Markup features—that I wager many Messages users have rarely found.

  1. In a conversation, tap the Camera icon.
  2. A tiny live preview appears with a shutter button, as well as images from your library at right.
  3. Tap Camera.
  1. Now you have a full-screen camera option, just as if you were using the Camera app. Take your picture.
  2. You will now see a screen you might never have noticed before: at the top it has Cancel and Done links; at the bottom, Markup, Retake, and Edit. Tap Markup.
  1. iOS presents you with some simple tools for selecting color, magnifying an area of the image, or adding text.
  2. When you’re finished, tap Save, then tap Done.

Now you can send that photo. The one missing element? You can’t save the image with your markup! You have to send it first, after which point, you can use the Share option for saving or sending elsewhere.

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Unproven assertions: The thinnest of proofs

Tue, 2017-10-17 07:00

It’s been said that you shouldn’t ever read the comments on web articles. So, you certainly shouldn’t try to use them as proof of Apple’s doom.

Writing for The Boy Genius Report, Zach Epstein goes to the closest tainted well to gather a bucket of Apple problems.

“Uh oh: It looks like the iPhone X’s sky-high price is actually scaring away Apple fans.” (Tip o’ the antlers to 5cat.)

When Apple first unveiled the iPhone X during last month’s big press conference, fans around the world immediately fell in love.

Epstein buys his overblown superlatives at Super Sam’s Scratch-n-Dent Superlative Shack. Find it in quality outlet malls near you.

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Waterfield Designs iPhone Camera Bag review: Tough, pricey protection for iPhone photography gear

Tue, 2017-10-17 06:00

As smartphone cameras have become more powerful, it’s gotten a whole lot easier for a serious iPhone photographer to justify spending hundreds of dollars on accessory lenses, tripods, and gimbals designed to drag the best images and video possible out of their handsets. These extras don’t come cheap and their diminutive size makes them easy to lose. Stashing them in your backpack or camera bag makes them difficult to find or organize and eliminates the size savings that rolling through a photo shoot with nothing but a smartphone imparts. What’s needed is a bag designed specifically for smartphone photography. With their iPhone Camera Bag ($99 to $129 MSRP), Waterfield Designs has attempted to give us exactly that.

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Amazon's selling the 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick for $100 today

Mon, 2017-10-16 12:47
At $65 off and with wireless streaming capability built in, SanDisk's Connect Wireless Stick is a handy little device to have around.

KRACK Wi-Fi attack threatens all networks: How to stay safe and what you need to know

Mon, 2017-10-16 10:23
Researchers have uncovered a Wi-Fi security flaw, dubbed KRACK, that affects nearly any device that uses Wi-Fi, whether or not the network is encrypted. Here's what you can do to stay safe.

25% off SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I card with Adapter - Deal Alert

Mon, 2017-10-16 09:52

SanDisk has discounted some cards today on Amazon. Their Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I card with Adapter is currently listed for $11.19, which is $0.61 cheaper than the 16GB model. Today they've also priced the 64GB model at $17.99, 128GB for $36.99, and 200GB for $62.99. See these discounts on Amazon, today only.

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Best media streaming device

Mon, 2017-10-16 08:30
Which streaming box is best for cord cutters? And what's the skinny on streaming sticks? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 review: Photo editor focuses on automation and artificial intelligence

Mon, 2017-10-16 07:00

Photoshop Elements 2018 ($100 on Amazon), Adobe’s consumer photo editor, concentrates on giving its targeted family-oriented users new ways to jazz up mundane snaps for sharing with friends, family, and social media pals. It features a flurry of new guided edits, a super-easy selection tool, and improved integration of its Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence and machine learning framework.

Photoshop Elements 2018 also introduces a convenient new naming convention for its annual updates, substituting old-fashioned sequential version numbers with the upcoming year.

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Roku Streaming Stick and Stick+ review: A new remote makes a big difference

Mon, 2017-10-16 06:00
Roku's Sticks get even better with TV controls, voice commands, and 4K HDR video at the high end.

Imperfect features: The iPhone X’s expected flaws

Sat, 2017-10-14 07:00

Shocking news as the iPhone X turns out to be not some a perfect celestial representation of our ideal device, but just an actual thing made on Earth.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and monkey massage spa (it is unclear whether the monkeys are giving or receiving the massages), Ewan Spence says “New iPhone X Surprises Reveal Apple’s Flawed Vision.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip Speicher.)

What the biggest surprise? That is is constrained by the technology of our time and does not feature future technologies.

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Get 4 Philips Hue White A19 60W Dimmable LED Smart Bulbs for just $50 - Deal Alert

Fri, 2017-10-13 09:38

This is probably the cheapest price you're going to pay right now for these bulbs. At $49.97 for a 4-pack, you're paying $12.49 per bulb. A very solid discount over the typical list price. Automate your lighting experience with Philips Hue and control your lights from home or away. Create light schedules from the Philips Hue App and never come home to a dark house. Install the LED lights as you would install ordinary bulbs and pair them with the Hue Bridge, which allows you to control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App. The box includes four Philips Hue White A19 Energy Star Certified Standard light bulbs, a manual, and a two-year warranty. See this deal now on Amazon.

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