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Steam may get tools to play Windows games on Linux and Mac, code deep-dive finds

1 hour 44 min ago
Reddit discovered references to a "Steam Play" compatibility wrapper this week, and while there's no official announcement, it does indicate that Valve's support for Linux isn't over yet.

How to control the order of images in a Photos for Mac slideshow

3 hours 52 min ago

It’s absolutely frustrating when you set out on a task that seems like it should work, and then wind up wondering if it’s your fault. This is the case with Photos 3.0 for macOS and its broken workflow for creating slideshows: it sorts images and videos in random order.

Macworld reader Marie is one of the people who cannot figure out what’s going wrong. She asks, rightly in all caps, “HOW CAN I GET MY SLIDESHOW PHOTOS IN THE ORDER I WANT THEM?”

In previous releases and in iPhoto, you’d follow these steps:

  1. Select some items or have no items selected while viewing a regular or smart album to select the whole album.
  2. Create a slideshow. In Photos, that’s File > Create > Slideshow. An entry is created in the Projects list with the name you choose.
  3. And, hurray, the pictures and movies would be referenced in a slideshow view in the order they appeared in the album.

Photos 3.0 inexplicably broke this arrangement, and it’s remained broken since its introduction in High Sierra in 2017. Until Apple fixes this issue—perhaps in the release of Photos with the upcoming Mojave?—you have a few workarounds, none of which are quite as ideal, but all of which work.

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Working it: iPad productivity isn’t about cursors

4 hours 52 min ago

The Macalope is happy to stipulate that there are some people for whom an iPad is not going to be a great work device. That doesn’t mean, however, that the iPad is not a great work device for many.

Writing for Macworld (hey, that’s this publication!), Michael Simon says “The iPad Pro needs more than smaller bezels to take on the Galaxy Tab S4 and Surface Go.”

It will have small bezels, according to images found in iOS 12.

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Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

5 hours 52 min ago
What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.

What the cord cutting naysayers still get wrong

5 hours 52 min ago
Once more with feeling: Streaming TV is not cable all over again.

Smart home systems vs. home security systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

5 hours 52 min ago
What do you value most: Convenience or security? Maybe you can have both.

How to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp

Wed, 2018-08-15 19:45
After following these simple instructions, you'll be able to dual-boot your Mac into Windows.

Apple’s Group FaceTime delay is the right move. Here’s why

Wed, 2018-08-15 15:00

This week, Apple removed Group FaceTime from the beta for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. The company indicated that the feature will not appear in the initial release, but will rather appear in a subsequent update released later in the year.

For people who were excited about audio and video chats with multiple friends, this is a bummer. (I heard from several people who said their kids were especially looking forward to using the feature, or were using it in the beta period and were sad that it’s going to be removed for a little while.)

But I’m a little less down on Apple making this decision. Every time I used Group FaceTime in the iOS and macOS betas, it was far from flawless. I had connection problems, video and audio would disappear and reappear at random, sometimes a person would appear multiple times in my view (or disappear altogether), and there were numerous cosmetic defects to the interface, too. It seemed... very beta. And clearly someone at Apple decided it was just not going to be solid enough by release time.

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Spot-on analyst predicts Apple AR glasses and an Apple car within 2-5 years, but I hope he's wrong

Wed, 2018-08-15 11:01

File this rumor under Moonshot. Oft-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who made a name for himself by nailing features in the iPhone and iPad long before they’re set to release, had made a wild prediction for his new company, TF Securities. In a research note acquired by Business Insider, Kuo predicts Apple will release a pair of augmented reality glasses in 2020 and an Apple Car sometime between 2023 and 2025.

But this isn’t the same as Kuo’s usual predictions, which are based on supply-chain reports and sources. This one is purely speculative based on educated guesses. He says so in the report. Both may come true, and both may come true within the time frame Kuo says, but I’m taking them with a healthy serving of salt.

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Love your Mac enough to hug it? You’ll dig this new Kickstarter from Throwboy

Wed, 2018-08-15 11:00

Steve Jobs was deeply proud of the iMac G3, even to the point of cuddling one for a spread in a 1998 issue of Newsweek. He looks happy in the shot, but he couldn’t have been too comfortable. In fact, at home, he might have preferred cozying up the plush pillow version of the device that’s now on Kickstarter as part of the Iconic Pillow Collection from Throwboy, along with pillow versions of some of Apple’s (and Jobs’) other greatest hits.

But note the “iconic.” Throwboy is careful to avoid the wrath of Apple’s sharks: The word “Apple” doesn’t appear anywhere on the Kickstarter page and Jobs is referred to only as the “most prolific co-founder/CEO of our time.” On the pillows themselves, you’ll simply find an embroidered pillow outline where you’d normally expect to find a scrap of barely eaten fruit.

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These deeply discounted 256GB SanDisk flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go

Wed, 2018-08-15 10:29

Have you ever wanted to carry a hard drive around in your pocket? Two deeply discounted 256GB flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go, and both for $50 or less. The SanDisk Cruzer is on sale for $40, down from a list price of $70, and the SanDisk Ultra Flair has dropped to $50, down from $83. These are some of the lowest prices these mammoth flash drives have ever been.

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How to connect a TV or audio receiver to a HomePod

Wed, 2018-08-15 07:00

Apple’s HomePods have evolved in function since their introduction as Apple has pushed out firmware updates and related operating system changes that enabled originally promised features. But there are still some missing pieces, some of which may remain outside the speaker/Siri combo.

Macworld reader Colin wondered about two clearly missing items as he considers whether to purchase HomePods:

  • Can a HomePod take audio input from a TV, cable tuning box, or receiver?
  • Can four HomePods link together for surround sound?

On the first count, no: there are no audio inputs on the HomePod. It lacks an audio input jack and only supports Bluetooth 5.0 for its own purposes, not for streaming audio. To send audio to a HomePod, you have to have a device capable of using the original AirPlay or AirPlay 2. (AirPlay 2 added multi-room synchronized streaming, multi-device control, and enhanced buffering.)

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Smart home guide for beginners: Make your home more convenient to live in without spending lots of time or money

Wed, 2018-08-15 06:00
You don’t need to be an expert or spend a fortune on cutting-edge gear, these first steps will lay a foundation you can build on.

Denon HEOS HomeCinema HS2 soundbar review: Alexa, play 'Jurassic Park'

Wed, 2018-08-15 06:00
You’ll find Denon’s Heos HomeCinema HS2 soundbar and wireless subwoofer a solid, feature-rich package.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, August 15 at 10 a.m Pacific

Tue, 2018-08-14 15:00

New iPhone rumors suggest that Apple Pencil support is on its way. Group FaceTime won’t be available when iOS 12 and macOS Mojave are released this fall. We also feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 617.

Watch us live

The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Macworld Twitter Poll: Would you use the Apple Pencil on your iPhone if you could?

Tue, 2018-08-14 14:59
Take our poll on Twitter, leave a comment, and we'll discuss it during the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, August 15 at 10 a.m. Pacific.(twitter.com)

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Owl Car Cam review: 24-hour surveillance redefines the dash cam

Tue, 2018-08-14 14:30

Owl’s Car Cam is ground-breaking and uniquely capable, and it sports a wonderfully slick design that cherry-picks the best bits from the competition—and adds some soon-to-be-copied tricks of its own. But at $349, it’s also one of the most expensive dash cams I’ve ever tested, and it has some caveats. It currently depends upon the iPhone (6 or greater, iOS 11), as well as, to some extent, proximity to your vehicle. It’s also currently missing some key features that other, less expensive dash cams we've reviewed already have.

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If Apple wants to properly add Pencil support to the iPhone, it needs to copy the Galaxy Note 9

Tue, 2018-08-14 13:00

We’re only about a month away from the biggest tech event of the year, and apparently there are still some surprises left to spoil. This time the news comes from Trendforce, an analysis company that generally stays away from rumors. In a note to clients, Trendforce dropped two big nuggets about the upcoming new iPhones, both aimed at competing with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9.

According to sources, Apple will differentiate the two OLED iPhone models from the LCD one by more than just the screen and rear camera. We already expect the new phones to come in 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch sizes, but Apple will apparently bump the storage as well, offering a whopping 512GB as a new high-end option. That’s the same as Samsung’s new high-end Galaxy Note 9, which sells for $1,249.

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Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist?

Tue, 2018-08-14 12:21
Home weather stations are getting more accurate and sophisticated all the time. Follow our buyer's guide to ensure you're not left in the cold or soaking wet.

Bose's QuietComfort 35 Series II noise-canceling wireless headphones just hit an all-time low

Tue, 2018-08-14 11:51

High-quality noise-canceling headphones don't come cheap, particularly if they're made by a well-known brand like Bose. But today Amazon is running a rare sale on one of Bose's best. Act fast and you can save $50 on the Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) noise-cancelling wireless headphones, bringing them down to $300Remove non-product link and the best price we've seen.

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