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Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs. Hulu vs. PlayStation Vue, and all the rest

Wed, 2018-06-13 17:16
Is SlingTV better than Hulu, or should cord cutters subscribe to PlayStation Vue? Or YouTube TV? We compare all the TV streaming services, and one rises to the top.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Thursday, June 14, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Wed, 2018-06-13 17:00

There's another rumor that the new iPhone will have USB-C. Sonos has a new HomePod competitor. Some thoughts about last week's WWDC. We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 609.

Watch us live

This week we are live on Thursday, June 14, at 10 a.m. Pacific. Our usual time for the live broadcast of the Macworld Podcast is on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Amazon has your last-minute Father's Day shopping covered with Echo, Kindle deals

Wed, 2018-06-13 12:01

Looking for an awesome last-minute Father's Day gift? You don't have to resort to another gift card or tie. Amazon's got you covered with deals on many of its most popular devices. From Kindles to Echos, there's something for every dad.

If the dad in your life is a reader, the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is $100 right now, down from a list price of $120. We called it "the best e-reader for the buck," awarding it 4.5 stars out of 5 for its even backlight, comfortable design, and high-resolution display.

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Ring Alarm home security system now available for presale and will ship on July 4

Wed, 2018-06-13 09:00
The long-delayed DIY home security system costs $199, with optional professional monitoring for $10 per month.

10 Father’s Day gift ideas for the Apple-loving dad

Wed, 2018-06-13 07:00
Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular

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Yeah, we know, we recommended this watch for mom, too. But hey, the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular is a great wearable for mom and dad. The built-in LTE lets dad call or text you, mom, or anyone else, and you don’t need the iPhone nearby. If dad likes to work out, he can use the activity tracker to check his progress. (Or maybe he’d like the Apple Watch Nike+ if he’s a serious fitness nut.) And when watchOS 5 rolls out this fall, it’ll feel like a new watch all over again.

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Libratone Track+ wireless headphone review: Automated adaptive noise cancelling done right

Wed, 2018-06-13 06:00
You choose how much of the world to let in or keep out, or have the headphones do it for you automatically based on your surroundings and motion.

Would Apple ever make a convertible MacBook?

Wed, 2018-06-13 06:00

We’ve heard it straight from Apple: macOS and iOS aren’t merging together. Instead, Apple is going to bring the iOS app platform to the Mac in 2019. The result will likely be a macOS platform that’s still the Mac, but with a much heavier influence from iOS.

Last week I suggested that this makes me question the long-term viability of the Mac, but it’s also possible that Apple’s moves will lead to a world where I stop dreaming about a laptop that runs iOS because it just won’t be necessary. It all depends on how much all that iOS-originated software will change the Mac in the next few years.

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Want a HomePod? Best Buy’s $50 price drop makes it a more appealing purchase

Tue, 2018-06-12 17:08

The HomePod may not have been everything we wanted it to be, but there’s no real denying that it’s one of the best sounding smart speakers we’ve heard. Even though it’s missing a few features we’d love, its appeal goes up further with every price drop. And wouldn’t you know, Best Buy is currently selling the HomePod for $50 off, which brings the price down to just below $300. Hey, we’re getting there, right?

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Best Father's Day gifts for tech enthusiasts

Tue, 2018-06-12 16:30
C'mon. He's a dad

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We’ve buried ourselves in voluminous research. We’ve conducted countless surveys in order to prepare for today’s mission: Naming the perfect Father’s Day gifts for tech-enthusiast dads.

So brace yourself for nine awesome suggestions, and then brace yourselves for embraces from happy fathers. It’s time to lean into what dads actually want, and just make them happy on Sunday, June 17.

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How to use Bedtime Mode for Do Not Disturb in iOS 12

Tue, 2018-06-12 14:55

You wake up in the middle of the night and pick up your phone to quickly glance at the time...and you spend the next 30 minutes glued to it. We’ve all been there. Sure, you enabled Do Not Disturb so that your notifications come in silently, but now the display's bright light and the lock screen’s string of notifications are practically begging you to take action.

That’s where the new Bedtime Mode comes in. No to be confused with the Bedtime function of the Clock app (introduced in iOS 10), Bedtime Mode is iOS 12’s new optional enhancement to Do Not Disturb. Here’s how it works and how to enable it.

What Bedtime Mode does

If you set a scheduled Do Not Disturb time (as many of us do during our normal sleeping hours), you’ll have the option to toggle Bedtime Mode for those hours. 

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Nothing to C here: Apple is never switching from Lightning to USB-C in the iPhone

Tue, 2018-06-12 12:10

Since it’s been several days without an iPhone rumor, DigiTimes has piped up with what purports to be a salacious scoop about next year’s iPhone. According to the site, Apple “will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support,” replacing the nearly six-year-old Lightning port.

In that time between Lightning’s arrival in 2012 and the upcoming 2018 iPhones, USB-C has risen to prominence. It’s a mainstay on Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac computers, and nearly every Android phone maker has adopted the symmetrical port as the charging solution on its handsets. USB-C is vastly superior to all other forms of USB, and it comes as no surprise that it’s taken over the finicky microUSB and less-versatile USB 3.1 ports on phones and PCs.

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The unmerry-go-round: Repeating Apple rumors

Tue, 2018-06-12 07:00

As we approach the end of the second quarter of 2018, it’s nice to look back at all that nonsense about iPhone order cuts from the first quarter and be glad that’s all in the rear-view mirror.

Yes, looks like it’s time for The Macalope to lean back and take a looong drink of water as he opens up his browser to read the headlines of the day…

“Apple, Suppliers Drop After Report of Cut in iPhone Orders.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip and Alex.)

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Great Father’s Day gifts for tech-loving dads

Tue, 2018-06-12 06:00
Skip the slippers and the tie—give dad the gift of technology this year.

VTech VC931 HD Pan and Tilt Home Monitoring Camera review: Solid security at an affordable price

Tue, 2018-06-12 06:00
It lacks some sexier features, but it has nearly all the ones that matter most.

How Messages in the Cloud protects SMS (and how it doesn’t)

Tue, 2018-06-12 06:00

Apple recently released the long-awaited Messages in the Cloud feature through updates to iOS and macOS, and Macworld provided a how-to guide to enable it on your devices, and some warnings about the time it takes for your devices to upload all the cached messages they maintain.

Macworld reader Lowell had a few questions that aren’t on the how-to front and which Apple doesn’t fully address in its FAQ on the subject.

Lowell wonders about regular text and multimedia messages (SMS/MMS) being encrypted, and how much storage is freed up in iCloud (not just on devices) by pushing everything to the cloud.

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How to create and edit Memoji in iOS 12

Mon, 2018-06-11 15:37

The release of the iPhone X was accompanied by a fun feature for the TrueDepth camera: Animoji. The adorable cartoonish animated emoji were an instant hit, with early adopters creating "Animoji karaoke" music videos, skits, movie scenes, and more.

iOS 12 expands on Animoji in some important ways, like tripling the recording length to 30 seconds and adding new faces and improving facial recognition. But the most important change is a new feature called "Memoji" that lets you create an Animoji of yourself. In the Animoji menu, you can customize a cartoon avatar that will appear in your Animoji list and work just like the Animoji characters, following your facial movement. Here's how you make your own Memoji.

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Best VPN services of 2018: Reviews and buying advice

Mon, 2018-06-11 14:50
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

Grab a $100 App Store and iTunes gift card at Costco for just $84

Mon, 2018-06-11 13:47

Costco regularly discounts App Store and iTunes gift cards for a substantial amount, and, well, it’s that time again. If you log on to your Costco account today, you can get a $100 iTunes gift card for just $84.49 or a $25 card for just $21.49, good or $10 and $2.50 less than the wholesale giant's usual prices, respectively.

These deals are usually popular, and it’s not hard to see why. Discounted gift cards essentially allow you to give someone a gift that’s worth more than you paid for it—and remember, Father’s Day is less than a week away. And you just want to keep it for yourself, well, that's cool too.

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Fitbit’s Ace tracker for kids could be the ultimate weapon in the fight against smartphone addiction

Mon, 2018-06-11 13:04

While Apple and Google are battling smartphone addiction by limiting the time kids spend using their gadgets, Fitbit hopes to get little ones hooked on theirs—in a good way. Today parents can purchase Fitbit’s first fitness tracker specifically designed to help kids put down their phones and stay active.

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How to watch the FIFA 2018 World Cup without cable

Mon, 2018-06-11 06:00
Our cord-cutter's guide will ensure you don't miss a moment of the world's most popular sporting event.