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The best Mac game deals from the Steam Summer Sale 2018

12 min 49 sec ago

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s the first day of summer—but more importantly, it’s also the first day of the Steam Summer Sale. And if you love to play games on your Mac, then you’ll want to grab your wallet for this one.

Thousands upon thousands of games are discounted in this year’s Intergalactic Summer Sale, with some bigger and/or recent releases available for a fraction of their normal asking prices, plus a fine selection of older classics sold for a couple bucks a pop. Ready to load up on Mac games for the months ahead? Here are the best deals we’ve found in the sale. Be sure to snag any games before the sale ends on July 5.

Cheap AAA games

Macs get a fraction of the larger games released for PC and consoles, but at least we see some real gems in the bunch—and several recent releases from the last couple years are heavily discounted during the Steam Summer Sale. Highlights include the recent Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20th Anniversary Edition, which is 70 percent off right now, as well as the deeply discounted XCOM 2 and Hitman – Game of the Year Edition.

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iOS 12: How to use Live Listen with your AirPods

53 min 49 sec ago

If you have MFi-compatible hearing aids, you can do more than just play music or make calls straight from your iPhone: You can also use your iPhone as a special sound-boosting microphone to help you hear in difficult situations.

You simply turn on the feature—called Live Listen—and place your phone near the person you’re talking to. Say, over on their side of the table in a crowded and noisy restaurant. Your iPhone’s mic will pick up nearby sounds and send them, boosted, to your hearing aids.

With iOS 12, the Live Listen feature comes to AirPods, too. It’s a great feature that can really help those who don’t necessarily need a hearing aid but are having trouble hearing others in a difficult situation. Here’s how to get it working.

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Toughen up your home security with this great deal on Kwikset's SmartCode lock

5 hours 35 min ago

If you're always losing your keys, or if you just want a little more control and peace of mind over who enters your house and when, a smarter lock is a great way to secure your home. And today, the Kwikset SmartCode 915 lock in Venetian Bronze is $99 on Amazon, down from a list price of $160.

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Get A Lifetime Of PixelModo's Graphic Design Tools For $49.99 (91% Off)

5 hours 36 min ago

Admit it. In at least one point in your life, you wanted to create something aesthetic. We’ve all been there, but not all of us have done that. Some individuals happen to have an eye for design, but that doesn’t mean no one else can create something beautiful.

This leads us to today, the digital age. When you open up a website, what’s the first thing you notice? Does the website look good? Are the banners well made? Yesterday’s artists are becoming today digital designers. However, as we stated before, you don’t need to be Picasso to design a great website; all you need are the right tools, and a PixelModo subscription has everything you need.

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Apple AirPower wireless charging pad: Custom chip and OS could delay it until September

6 hours 16 min ago

Apple’s new AirPower is a wireless charging pad to help clean up the mess of charging cables for your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Apple unveiled AirPower at its iPhone X Event, but the company didn’t provide much detail. We hope to fill the void here. We’ll update this article as we get more details, so stay tuned.

Update June 21, 2018: A Bloomberg News report says AirPower might not ship until September due to numerous technological hurdles.

What's the latest?

Now that WWDC has passed with nary a passing mention of AirPower, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News has chimed in with a report detailing why the charging mat is so late. According to his sources, the main issue for the delay is the "the complexity of the circuitry" that has led to numerous issues with development of the device, including overheating. Since AirPower will be one of the only wireless chargers that lets you charge multiple devices simultaneously, Apple's engineers need "to pack the AirPower with multiple charging sensors, a process that has proven difficult."

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Amazon Fire TV Cube review: Neat hardware, but Alexa can't keep up

7 hours 18 min ago
The Fire TV Cube wants to replace your remote with voice commands, but Alexa isn't up for the challenge.

What to do when your two-step Apple ID account is locked

8 hours 18 min ago

I woke up on a Friday morning, groggy with allergies, a mild cold, and a message on my iPhone. I needed to enter my password to proceed. I did so, but only after checking that it wasn’t some kind of phishing message—the message was generated on the home screen and using iOS, not in a browser or an app.

After entering my password, my iPhone said, “This Apple ID has been locked for security reasons.” I needed to go through an unlock process. I presume my account was locked because someone had attempted to lock in and had too many password failures.

IDG

Apple warns you when it’s locked your account.

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No good deed goes unpunished: The Apple blame game

9 hours 18 min ago

WWDC is long over but The Macalope has still not dug out from under the backlog of BLAZZLEFROZZLE that erupted in the wake of Apple’s keynote.

Writing for The New York Times, Farhad Manjoo said after WWDC “Apple Shuns the Tech Industry’s Apology Tour.”

Reasonable people could probably come up with a list of things for Apple to apologize for. Maybe your MacBook Pro keyboard is a lemon, maybe you’re having a hard time picking out a good Mac to buy because the company doesn’t make Macs as often as they used to. Whatever your very reasonable complaint is, you won’t find it in this piece.

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4 ways Android Messages for web is better than Apple Messages on the Mac (and 4 ways it's not)

10 hours 12 min ago
Google has finally launched Android Messages on the web, letting users send and receive texts from their PC. But is it better than Apple's Messages on the Mac?

Upgrade your PC peripherals for cheap in Amazon's huge one-day Logitech sale

Wed, 2018-06-20 11:30
Kick the keyboard and mouse that came with your PC to the curb during Amazon's big one-day Logitech sale. Sound systems are going cheap, too.

Toast Leather Cover for MacBook Pro and Air review: Stick-on leather cover you’ll want to stick with

Wed, 2018-06-20 07:21

I tremble at the sight of brand-new stick-on iPhone screen-protectors. No matter how hard I try, no matter how religiously I follow the directions, I always end up with three or four bubbles staring defiantly at me from the covered screen. Using the touchscreen starts to feel about like trying to read Braille. Every time I’ve tried to use one, I’ve ended up ripping it off and throwing it in the trash.

So you can imagine my fear when I received my new Toast cover for my MacBook Pro. It’s a leather case, but it differs from most of its competitors by being a stick-on—yes, much like an adhesive iPhone protector—rather than something you plop the MacBook into. It's laser-cut and designed to fit your MacBook perfectly. Even so, I steeled myself. I put it off for a day. Give me some credit: If I messed this one up, I’d be tossing around $160 total in the bin.

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7 ways to master the new Google News and use it more like Google Reader

Wed, 2018-06-20 06:13
The new Google News app and web interface is yet another attempt by Google to replace the hole left behind by the death of Google Reader. Here's how to use it to its full potential.

QSAN XCube XT3002T NAS review: Classy, clean, and fast—but better suited to the enterprise

Wed, 2018-06-20 06:00
Network-attached storage has a place in the home, and this box covers all the basics in style, but it's missing a few features consumers will find essential.

Imaging how Apple will roll out its new TV service

Wed, 2018-06-20 06:00

It’s been almost exactly a year since Apple hired two executives from Sony Pictures Television to lay the groundwork for a new, premium Apple video service. In the intervening 12 months, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg have staffed up their operation with heavy hitters from the television programming and development world, and Apple has since bought at least 18 original series, an animated feature, and of course, an overall deal with Oprah.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, June 20, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 2018-06-19 19:00

iOS 12 has new features to support 911 calls. There are rumors about the screen technology for the next iPhone. What’s happening in the battle of the music streaming services? We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Adam Patrick Murray in the Macworld Podcast, episode 610.

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Vivint Smart Home bundles two Google Minis with its starter kits, nudging users toward voice control

Tue, 2018-06-19 15:50
Amazon’s Echo had a long head start with Vivint, but this is the first time the service provider has included smart speakers in its packages by default.

Macworld's July Digital Magazine: 20 Years of the iMac

Tue, 2018-06-19 14:48

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 July issue

This month we look back at 20 Years of the iMac, from the reaction to such a radical new mac, to its lasting legacy and how its influence reaches far beyond the desktop, or even the PC. We also look forward to a new kind of Mac, one that runs iOS apps.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: How Apple’s big picture ventures get small for the consumer. Plus, give your old Mac software eternal life.

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Today only, B&H is selling a beastly 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pro for $1,200 off

Tue, 2018-06-19 13:09

I’m the only member of the Macworld staff who does the vast majority of his work on a modern MacBook Pro, and lemme tell ya, right now I’m looking with envy at the amazing 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that B&H is selling for $1,200 off its regular price of $3,499. It’s one of the outlet’s “Deal Zone” flash sales, and that massive discount ends tonight at midnight Eastern time.

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Save Hundreds On The Complete Project Management Bundle ($29)

Tue, 2018-06-19 11:17

After putting in years of hard work as a developer, you may have set your eyes on the next step in your career. Usually, this means career in project management, and one of the best tools for the trade is JIRA.

Before you can jump straight into project management, you’ll have to learn JIRA’s ins-and-outs. You can find courses on JIRA online, but these can be costly if you don’t know what to look for. Fortunately, this Complete Project Management Bundle will teach you everything you need to know for $29.

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Rock out this summer with $110 off the awesome Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth speaker

Tue, 2018-06-19 10:22

A Bluetooth speaker can set the mood for any summer party, but the good ones don't come cheap. But if you act fast today, you can get the awesome Ultimate Ears Megaboom for a low price of $140 on Amazon, down from a MSRP of $250.

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