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The Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals for cord-cutters

Mon, 2019-07-15 12:50
Amazon Prime Day is a great time to score big discounts on streaming devices, smart TVs, and other cord-cutting gear.

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

Mon, 2019-07-15 12:24
Roku's Sticks get even better with TV controls, voice commands, and 4K HDR video at the high end.

Best media streaming devices

Mon, 2019-07-15 12:16
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review: This is the media streamer to beat

Mon, 2019-07-15 12:12
Amazon's new Fire TV Stick sheds past mistakes and streams 4K HDR video at an unbeatable price.

How to install the macOS Catalina beta in its own APFS container

Mon, 2019-07-15 08:00

With the public beta out for macOS 10.15 Catalina, you might be a thrill seeker and want to test out the in-progress version. But maybe you’d like to hedge your bets. In the past, you’d need to partition your startup drive, which could turn into a lot of effort, or get an external drive—preferably SSD—and install and boot from that.

However, there’s a better way to have your Catalina and boot it, too. It’s even a path Apple documents and recommends.

With Apple’s not-quite-so-new APFS filesystem that replaces the long-running HFS+, drives are no longer organized into partitions, but volumes and containers. A container gets a pool of a fixed amount of storage on a drive when it’s configured, but containers can have multiple volumes. Volumes share all available free space within the container without requiring any other rejiggering—they grow and shrink automatically.

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Go64 review: Free utility preps Mac users for 64-bit Catalina app-ocalypse

Mon, 2019-07-15 07:00

As you’ve probably heard, Apple is finally eliminating support for 32-bit Mac applications this fall. That means older software which hasn’t moved to 64-bit code won’t work on the latest macOS Catalina and although Cupertino has provided guidance on the impending “app-ocalypse,” identifying and taking action on affected apps is a hassle.

A free (donations accepted) Mac utility called Go64 aims to ease the 64-bit transition by performing a quick scan of your applications and creating an inventory of those where 32-bit code is still present. It’s fast and painless—Go64 took less than 45 seconds to scan 1,586 apps (?!) on my iMac Retina 5K startup disk.

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Google Keep Notes: 10 tips and tricks to become a master

Mon, 2019-07-15 06:12
Google Keep Notes isn't as basic as it seems. Here are 10 tips and tricks so you can unlock its full potential.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Mon, 2019-07-15 06:00
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Roborock S6 review: This premium robot vac/mop combo features Increased suction, carpet recognition, and more

Mon, 2019-07-15 06:00
It also improves the navigation and mopping function of its predecessor.

Apple Arcade won’t save us from the scourge of freemium gaming, but it’s a start

Mon, 2019-07-15 06:00

Games have been the top app category since the App Store’s inception. They’re so popular that, in iOS 11, Apple actually split Games off into its own tab, separate from other apps.

But, with few exceptions, the top games today are of a single type: freemium, or free-to-play (F2P) titles that cost nothing to start, but will suck your money away a few dollars at a time, seemingly forever.

We don’t know exactly what games will be included in the Apple Arcade subscription service when it launches this fall, nor what it will cost. But with the weight of Apple behind it, its own tab in iOS 13’s App Store, and plenty of top-tier developers on board, it may finally save us from freemium gaming hell.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best tech, electronics, PC, and mobile deals

Mon, 2019-07-15 03:08

For Amazon Prime Day 2019, the number of deals have increased dramatically. Amazon's competition has grown, too—but still, this annual summer sale has a long way to go before it rivals Black Friday.

Still, during our hours of poring over deals, we found respectable deals in multiple categories—you’ll find everything from chargers to TVs on the cheap. Tech enthusiasts can find a few diamonds in the rough, too. Overall, it'll pay off to check out both Amazon and rivals like Dell, Walmart, and Newegg, especially if you're shopping for a laptop.

Deals will roll out continually over the course of Prime Day (between July 15 12 a.m. PT and July 16 11:59 p.m. PT), so be sure to check this page regularly for updates. We'll update this article as new deals and new pricing information become available.

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Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Apple teams up with BBC for comedy series 'Alabama'

Fri, 2019-07-12 12:42

Apple is said to be spending a couple billion dollars over 2018 and 2019 on the development of exclusive original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment.

What can you get for a couple billion dollars? Apple hopes to attract some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and to lock down the television and movie rights to best-selling books. Though the company has only given us a glimpse at a handful of shows, the Hollywood trade press has uncovered many more through its reporting on deals from casting agents and production companies.

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iOS 13: How to automatically close Safari tabs

Fri, 2019-07-12 08:00

Quick—open up Safari on your iPhone and hit the View Tabs button in the bottom right.

If your phone is like mine, you’ve got a stack with dozens of tabs... leftover pages opened from social media posts, movie times from the film I saw weeks ago, search results, you name it. I don’t need any of that stuff anymore, but it’s kind of a pain to go swiping through all my open tabs every few weeks to clean out the cruft.

Fortunately, iOS 13 adds a new feature to Safari that can automatically close tabs after a period of time. It’s easy to set, if you know where to look.

  1. First, open the Settings app.

  2. Then scroll down to Safari settings and tap on that.

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Does Apple’s simplified Mac lineup have a hole in it?

Fri, 2019-07-12 07:00

When Steve Jobs came back to Apple, one of his early moves was to vastly simplify what had become a bloated line-up of Mac hardware. Jobs famously showed off a two-by-two product grid: pro and consumer, desktop and portable. Filling the grid were four products—iMac, PowerMac, iBook, PowerBook—each addressing one of those combinations.

The two-by-two grid lasted for several years, until the debut of the category-busting Mac mini in 2005. Since then, there’s been an almost magnetic impulse to cite the grid as the holy grail of Apple product design aspirations. Every time Apple releases something a new Mac, pundits try desperately to figure out how to shove the latest addition into the already bulging grid.

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Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild: A behind-the-scenes look at the advanced audio technology in a very unique live show

Fri, 2019-07-12 06:00
An in-depth look at one of the first THX-certified concert venues that enables Aerosmith to deliver live, immersive rock-and-roll performances.

ExpanDrive 7 review: Number seven not all lucky for Mac cloud storage utility

Fri, 2019-07-12 06:00

By the time an application reaches version 7.0, users anticipate fewer whiz-bang new features as developers focus on refining core functionality and required compatibility updates. The question then becomes, has the software improved enough to justify buying an upgrade to the latest and greatest version, often on an annual basis?

Such is the case with ExpanDrive, a venerable macOS utility that mounts cloud and network-attached storage in the Finder so you can more or less use them like locally-attached volumes. Despite a recent focus on eye candy, it’s what’s under the hood that makes the latest update worth a look.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Fri, 2019-07-12 06:00
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

MacBook lineup revamp, Apple after Jony Ive, Zoom security vulnerability, your hot takes, and more

Thu, 2019-07-11 19:00

Major changes to Apple’s MacBook lineup! Has Zoom made your Mac vulnerable to hackers? What will Apple be like without Jony Ive? And your hot takes! That's all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 658 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

Listen to episode 658

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Best MacBook: Which Mac laptop should you buy?

Thu, 2019-07-11 11:25

You’re planning on buying a new Mac laptop. So you head over to your local Apple store, or you peruse the pages of Apple’s website, and you find yourself with money to spend but no idea on which MacBook to buy.

Don’t worry! That’s why we’re here. In this guide, we’ll go over Apple’s current MacBook lineup, point out their differences and similarities, and provide you with the information you need to pick the right MacBook for you.

The affordable choice: MacBook Air

Longtime Mac users may remember when the MacBook Air made its debut years ago as Apple’s entry into the ultra-portable laptop market. But times have changed, and starting in 2015, the MacBook was repositioned as Apple’s affordable laptop.

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Apple temporarily disables Walkie Talkie on Apple Watch over eavesdropping concerns

Thu, 2019-07-11 10:22

Less than 24 hours after Apple issued a background update to remove a vulnerability in Zoom’s Mac app that installed a surreptitious web server that could activate the video camera without the user’s permission, Apple has disabled another app for a possible security breach. And this time it’s one of its own: Walkie Talkie.

Walkie Talkie was introduced with watchOS 5 as a quicker way to communicate between Apple Watches. Apple promotes it as “a new, easy way to have a one-on-one conversation with anyone who has a compatible Apple Watch.” However, it might not be as private as you think. Apple announced late Wednesday that it was temporarily disabling the Walkie Talkie on the Apple Watch due to eavesdropping concerns.

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