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The new iPhone XS battery case works with the iPhone X, but don’t expect perfection

Wed, 2019-01-16 15:23

The iPhone XS looks almost exactly like the iPhone X, and that similarity is leading many people to wonder if they can use Apple’s spiffy new battery cases with the older handset. The answer appears to be a shaky yes, although enough doubt remains that I’m hesitant to recommend taking the $129 plunge.

Apple’s official landing pageRemove non-product link doesn’t explicitly say that the new case doesn’t work with the older phone. It only lists the iPhone XS under Compatibility.

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Amazon gives its vastly improved Fire TV remote a rare 50 percent discount

Wed, 2019-01-16 10:54

A good remote can make all the difference with a streaming device, adding control and convenience to the cornucopia of content options available. Now, Amazon’s Fire TV lineup is adding much more power to its viewing experience with a slick new remote, and you can grab one today for just $15, a unheard-of 50 percent drop from its list price of $30.

This remote is easy to use but comes with plenty of bells and whistles, including Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant built-in for voice control. To take that even further, you can also connect this remote to an Amazon Echo. If you use it to control a Fire TV Stick (note that it won’t work with the 1st-gen edition), you’ll finally be able to manage volume and power from your remote, with an infrared emitter that allows it to control your TV, A/V receiver, or soundbar.

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What you get when you export Calendar and Reminders in macOS, and how to use those files

Wed, 2019-01-16 08:00

The Calendar and Reminders apps in macOS let you create backups through an export option. In Calendar, you can select File > Export > Export or Export > Calendar Archive. Reminders lets you select File > Export. The exported files can used for recovery or imported into other apps and systems.

What’s the difference between these options, and why select one over another? All the options produce some variation on an ICS file, a standard calendar format supported by Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among others.

  • The export in Reminders produces a single ICS file that contains all to-do items you’ve ever set and never deleted when complete, as well as all active items.
  • Select a particular calendar in the Calendar’s left sidebar and then choose File > Export > Export and an ICS file containing all that calendar’s associated events will be exported, past and future. This file doesn’t include reminders that are associated with that calendar, however.
  • Choose File > Export > Calendar Archive, and the Calendar app produces an ICBU file. This is a macOS package (a folder that acts like a file) that contains the entire structure of all calendars and their events as well as all reminders, all in ICS format. Apple highlights that by naming the export “Calendars and Reminders” plus the current date and time.

The splayed out contents of the ICBU package file, which is full of folders of ICS files.

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These $150 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Are Just $80 Right Now

Wed, 2019-01-16 07:00

Ever since Apple removed the headphone jack from its iPhones, Bluetooth earbud manufacturers have been stepping up their game. Soon enough, the next flagship phone you purchase will likely lack a headphone jack, so there’s no better time to make the switch to Bluetooth then now. If you’re looking for an attractive, wire-free pair of Bluetooth earbuds, these $79.95 REVELs may be for you.

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JBL Everest 710GA headphones review: Superb sound and Google Assistant on demand

Wed, 2019-01-16 06:00
JBL's latest wireless headphones can broadcast your music to other Bluetooth headphones, letting you share the fun with friends. And many will find it handy to have Google Assistant available at a touch.

How the iPad might influence the future of the Mac interface

Wed, 2019-01-16 06:00

Much has been written—a lot of it by me, admittedly—about how Apple’s commitment to let iOS developers bring their apps to macOS in 2019 has the potential to dramatically change the Mac. But adding iOS apps to the Mac might not be where Apple stops. What if the company uses macOS 10.15 (or, dare I suggest, macOS 13?) to further unify the interfaces of its platforms?

For all the discussion about whether iOS apps running on a Mac can possibly live up to the platform’s interface standards, it’s entirely possible that this year, Apple will choose to redefine what it is to be Mac-like in a way that turns iOS and macOS into a continuum of interface decisions that are all, for a lake of a better phrase, “Apple-like.” Longtime Mac users might chafe, but iOS users might welcome it. As someone who is both, I am not sure where I fall, but it’s worth considering just what Apple might do to make the Mac more closely resemble iOS.

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Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle

Tue, 2019-01-15 18:40

As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting the best Fitbit model for your needs, however, isn’t quite as simple.

The different Fitbit trackers have a lot of overlap in features, and so it’s not straightforward which one is the “best.” Moving up the scale in price doesn’t necessarily mean you get all the features of the cheaper trackers plus additional ones. (This quirk is particularly relevant if you need water resistance.)

That’s where we come in. We’ve boiled down the options into three simple picks that should match most people’s activity levels and styles.

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Apple now selling $129 battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

Tue, 2019-01-15 16:55

Rumors suggested late last year that Apple was working on a battery case for the iPhone XS and XR, but the products sort of fell off the radar after weeks went by without no information. All of a sudden, though, Apple is selling battery cases for all three of the iPhones on its website.

The cases come in either black or white and cost $129, and remarkably, that price applies regardless of whether you get one for the iPhone XSRemove non-product link, iPhone XS MaxRemove non-product link, or iPhone XRRemove non-product link. They’re made of the same grippy silicone I love from Apple’s regular cases, and taking a cue from its previous battery cases, Apple designed it so the battery sits snugly against the back of the device.

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Join us on Wednesday, January 16, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 2019-01-15 16:00

Apple replaced a lot of iPhone batteries last year. Should Apple switch to AMD processors? We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 636.

Take our poll

Last year, did you you replaced your iPhone battery instead of buying a new iPhone? Let us know in our Twitter poll and we will discuss the results on the show.

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DuckDuckGo switches to Apple Maps

Tue, 2019-01-15 13:20

It didn’t make a big splash, but Apple unveiled a new mapping tool last year at WWDC. MapKit JS is a JavaScript library that anyone can use to put Apple Maps on the web. It’s currently still in beta, but can be used by any registered Apple developer (with a daily limit on how many map views can be called).

Today, privacy-minded search engine DuckDuckGo announced that it will use the new MapKit JS tool for all its location-based search results. Previously, the site used OpenStreetMap for its results, with a drop-down box kicking you off to Bing, Google, or Here maps if you asked for directions.

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Best high-resolution digital audio player: Which DAP reigns supreme?

Tue, 2019-01-15 12:08
We review hi-res audio players from Astell&Kern, Pioneer, Questyle, and more. Find out which shine above the others.

Amazon's Fire TV Stick gets a much better remote

Tue, 2019-01-15 11:24
The Amazon Fire TV Stick gets volume and power controls on its remote.

Get a Lifetime Of Adobe CC Training For Just $39 (90% Off)

Tue, 2019-01-15 10:34

Whenever see a billboard while driving down the highway or see a stylish animation on your favorite website, you have experienced graphic design firsthand. Behind each of these beautiful designs is a graphic designer trying to catch your attention through art. If you’re interested in captivating viewers with your stunning visuals, you’ll need experience in a handful of programs, and this $39 Certification School is a great place to start.

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The ultra-popular 500GB Crucial MX500 SSD is just $64 today

Tue, 2019-01-15 09:35
Newegg is selling the Crucial MX500 500GB for $64.23 with checkout code.

Stuck in macOS Recovery with a language you don’t speak? Here’s what you can do to fix this

Tue, 2019-01-15 08:00

When you start up a Mac while holding down Command-R on the keyboard, the Mac boots into macOS Recovery. In this mode, you can run Disk Utility, access the command-line Terminal app, and reinstall the operating system. But what do you do if you restart your Mac into Recovery mode and a language appears other than one you know?

This doesn’t seem to happen at random, but it can occur when you’ve purchased a computer from someone who installed the system using another language, which can remain in place in the Recovery partition, a separately organized part of your startup drive.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to resolve this.

  • Choose the third menu from the left, which is labeled File when in English, and pick the first option, which is labeled Change Language in English. You should be able to select the language you want.
  • Launch Terminal, which is in the fifth menu from the left, labeled Utilities in English. The apps have icons next to them, and Terminal is a little rectangle with a prompt in it. After Terminal launches, type sudo languagesetup and press Return. You can then select the language to use.
  • If you have a Keyboard menu at the far right of the screen, you can select the one with a tiny U.S. flag to switch to English.
  • If all else fails, you can reinstall macOS by restarting your Mac and then holding down Command-Option-R. This will re-download installation files and prompt you for a language choice, while also upgrading the Recovery partition. It won’t overwrite your hard drive, but installs in place the latest version of macOS that works on your computer.

This Mac 911 article is in response to a question submitted by Macworld reader Curtis.

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So long, iPhone: Relegating Apple’s hits to history

Tue, 2019-01-15 07:00

Bad news about Apple once again as it turns out that the company and its products are nor—repeat: not—immune to the effects of time.

Writing for The Wall Street Journal, John D. Stoll tells us how the destroyer of all things will eventually get Apple as well.

“Polaroid. Walkman. Palm Pilot. iPhone?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

People love iPhones. But were you aware that death eventually catches up to all of us? Where is your god now?

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Fiio M7 digital audio player review: aptX HD and LDAC support for streaming high-res audio over Bluetooth

Tue, 2019-01-15 06:00
This entry-level player delivers wireless high-resolution audio in a pocket-sized package for the audiophile on the go, but it's dearth of features might be too bare bones for some.

HDHomeRun teases simpler hardware and (maybe) a Roku app

Tue, 2019-01-15 06:00
The HDHomeRun Scribe Duo and Servio can record broadcast TV channels without a separate server device.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Mon, 2019-01-14 18:24
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Best Buy is slashing as much as $100 off the price of the Apple Watch Series 3

Mon, 2019-01-14 13:47

If you’ve spent the last few days watching for a good deal on an Apple Watch to help with your New Year’s resolutions, I’ve got good news: The wait is over. Best Buy is currently selling the Apple Watch Series 3Remove non-product link for as little as $229Remove non-product link. It’s the best price we’ve seen for this device this month, and it’s much better than the prices at other retailers.

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