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Amazon is selling the new AirPods for a big discount

Thu, 2019-04-25 11:49

There was a time when the mere fact that AirPods were available on Amazon counted as a reason to announce a “deal,” as they almost always sold out within hours. Today, though, there’s actually a deal, and a good one, at that. Amazon is selling the current-generation AirPods for a mere $139.99, down $19.01 from the normal retail price of $159. Sure, it’s “only” 20 bucks, but that’s a huge deal by the standards of AirPods.

I’d act quickly, though, as these aren’t likely to be around for long at this price. This model doesn’t come with the new wireless charging case, but you can buy it separately for $10 off for $69.99 (down from $79.99). I wouldn’t recommend buying this case in addition to the unit that’s on sale (because you wouldn’t be saving money), but picking one up might be a good idea if you have the first-generation AirPods and want a new charging case.

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Apple recalls three-prong AC wall plug adapter

Thu, 2019-04-25 11:44

If you own Apple’s World Travel Adapter Kit, and/or you are an owner of Apple devices in Hong Kong, Singapore, or the U.K., you should pay attention to a recall that Apple has announced. The three-prong adapter used in these countries and that comes with the kit “may break,” according to Apple, and the company has recalled the part.

To identify the recalled plug, Apple says that it is, “white, with no letters in the inside slot where it attaches to an Apple power adapter.” If you have a three-prong plug that is “white with gray on the inside portion that attaches to the power adapter,” you have the newer plug and you’re good.

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WWDC19 rumors, Marizpan and macOS, and your hot takes

Thu, 2019-04-25 08:00

On the show, we talk about WWDC19 rumors, and more. What does the future have in store for macOS? We talk about that in our feature discussion. Plus, Jason Cross shows us how to find Apple Pay locations in Apple Maps, and we wrap up the show with your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds.

This is episode 648 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 648

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How to make your iPhone read to you by using Speak Screen in iOS

Thu, 2019-04-25 07:00

With all the content available to you on the iPhone, you may have come upon a time when you wished the iPhone could read to you. Well, it can! Speak Screen is a feature in iOS that you can use to have the iPhone read a web article, an email, and more. It’s handy if you want to “read” but you need your eyes to pay attention to something else.

Speak Screen is part of the Accessibility section of the iOS settings. To use Speak Screen, first it needs to be enabled. Once that’s done, you can then use a gesture to activate the feature.

How to turn on Speak Screen in iOS

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap General > Accessibility.

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Over-the-air DVR prices compared

Thu, 2019-04-25 06:00
Comparing the cost of TiVo, Tablo, Fire TV Recast, and other DVRs for cord-cutters.

9 useful Control Center shortcuts for iPhone that you should be using

Thu, 2019-04-25 06:00

If you’re not using the customizable controls in your iPhone’s Control Center, you’re simply not getting the optimal experience. There’s a good chance you’re not, as personal experience has taught me that many people don’t even know Control Center exists.

In fact, iOS now includes 20 different Control Center shortcuts to key Apple apps and features on your iPhone, all of which are better uses of your time than sifting through the pile of apps on the home screen. Even better, you don’t even need to unlock your phone to get to them.

You can add all 20 if you wish—at least on the iPhone, as Apple doesn’t include a couple of them on the iPad for whatever reason—but you’ll get the best experience if you use the ones listed below.

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How to cancel an app subscription on iPhone or iPad

Wed, 2019-04-24 14:53

Signing up for a subscription service like Apple News+ through iOS is kind of fun. A menu pops pop, you activate Face ID or Touch ID, and the world’s most satisfying ding lets you know your purchase was successful. It’s simplicity itself.

As for unsubscribing? That’s not so simple, but it’s better than it used to be. For years Apple would make you venture into depths of the Settings app that you probably never even knew existed in order to find your list of subscriptions, and you can still take that route if you wish. Now, though, Apple now lets you access your subscriptions directly through the App Store app. It’s still not incredibly intuitive, but it’s a massive improvement over the hoops we had to jump through.

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Let a robot vac do your chores with this insane $300 price on the Neato Botvac D4

Wed, 2019-04-24 12:04

Robot cleaners aren’t limited to the Jetsons and the Robinsons anymore, but they’re definitely a you-get-what-you-pay-for scenario. But today you can get a great one for hundreds of dollars less than its asking price: Best Buy is selling the Neato Botvac D4 Connected vacuum for $300Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $530 and the lowest prices we’ve seen by a wide margin.

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Amazon is selling the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro for the lowest price we’ve ever seen

Wed, 2019-04-24 11:26

If you want a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you need to head over to Amazon and get the discounted 512GB model while supplies are still in stock. Right now it’s selling for $1,499.99, down $300 from the normal retail price of $1,799.99. That’s the best price we’ve seen on Amazon for this model by $200.

Unfortunately, this price is only available for the silver model, so if you want it in space gray, you’ll only get a $200 discount. Even so, that’s still the best price we’ve seen for this model.

Also, this deal only applies to the Intel Core i5 unit. If you want the more powerful Intel Core i7 model, you’ll be paying $2,278.65 with no discount. Ouch.

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Google Fit arrives on iOS, but Wear OS, watchOS, and Apple Health still won't play nice

Wed, 2019-04-24 11:00

When Google rebooted its Fit app last year as part of a new wearable strategy, it brought a new design, streamlined stats, and Apple Watch-like fitness rings. But it was missing one important thing: iOS and Apple Health support. While Fit was technically available on the iPhone as part of the Wear OS app, it required a tethered Wear OS smartwatch to record anything. And any fitness data logged on the go wouldn’t sync with the Apple Health app.

Starting today, Google has announced it will be offering a standalone Fit app in the App Store for the first time. Unfortunately, however, it won’t bring much fitness harmony to anyone living in both worlds. While the Fit app will sync data whether you wear an Apple Watch or an LG watch, all of your steps and stats will still only reside in the Fit app, with no simpatico with Apple Health.

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The Mac is becoming more like iOS—and I think I like it

Wed, 2019-04-24 07:00

I fell in love with the Mac nearly 30 years ago, in the fall of 1989. It’s been the center of my tech world ever since, and I’ve been writing about it professionally for 25 years. And yet these past months, I’ve noticed something strange creeping into my thoughts occasionally while I sit at my desk working on my iMac Pro: iOS does this better.

It’s disconcerting, after three decades, to suddenly find that manipulation of files and folders in the Finder has gone from being business as usual to seeming like it’s more fuss and effort than is necessary. And yet that’s where I am now, thanks to a couple of years of using an iPad Pro rather than a MacBook Air whenever I’m away from my desk. The iPad, she has infected me. And I fear there is no cure.

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ camera test vs iPhone XS, Pixel 3, and Nokia 9

Wed, 2019-04-24 06:30
We put the camera on the Galaxy S10+ to the test in another episode of Last Cam Standing.

TaoTronics TT-BH046 noise-cancelling headphone review: Effective noise cancellation, but poor sound quality

Wed, 2019-04-24 06:00
Audio performance improves with ANC on, but it's still somewhat congested and veiled, especially in noisy environments.

Amarey A900 robotic vacuum review: a powerful, efficient cleaner

Wed, 2019-04-24 06:00
Camera navigation enables more complete cleaning while conserving battery life.

Logitech Slim Folio Pro keyboard case for 12.9-inch iPad Pro review: An iPad keyboard fit for a MacBook

Wed, 2019-04-24 06:00

When I reviewed last year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro, I praised its power but remained skeptical that it could take the place of a MacBook. Logitech seems to have taken such concerns as a challenge in designing the Slim Folio Pro for the 2018 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, and it did so well that I feel safe in saying that this is the closest you’re going to get to making Apple’s pricey tablet feel like a laptop.

Leif Johnson

I’m always scared I’m going to smash the edges of my iPad Pro with Apple’s keyboard case. It’d have to take a heavy hit for that to happen with the Slim Folio Pro.

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Macworld's May Digital Magazine: Apple, at your service

Tue, 2019-04-23 19:17

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 May issue

In the May issue we have all of the details of Apple’s new service offerings: Apple News+, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade. Samsung just introduced an AirPod competitor. Find out how Galaxy Buds compare to AirPods on the iPhone.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Apple updates iMac with 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors; Google’s Stadia service could shatter the barriers of Mac gaming

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Tim Cook on Apple’s values, regulation, excessive phone use, health, and more

Tue, 2019-04-23 17:39

Tim Cook is not one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2019. Nonetheless, as a three-time honoree of that list, he was invited to be interviewed by Nancy Gibbs at the Time 100 Summit. As expected, Cook didn’t reveal any details about new products, software, or services. Instead, the questions posed and answers given were broad, touching on Cook’s and Apple’s values and how technology fits into the world we live in.

Here’s some of what he said about a variety of issues. Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity.

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Best smart sprinkler controller

Tue, 2019-04-23 15:05
Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

iOS 13 rumors: Everything you need to know

Tue, 2019-04-23 14:00

Like clockwork, Apple releases a major revision of iOS every year. The company formally unveils the new operating system for iPhone and iPad at WWDC in June, followed by a beta testing period and then a final release in the fall (typically in September, just before the new iPhones hit the shelves).

One never really knows exactly what new features and design changes Apple will bring until the company gets on stage at WWDC, but the rumor mill churns early and often. After all, iOS is one of the widest-used and most influential consumer operating systems in the world. We have our own wishlist of iOS 13 features, but we’ve also collected all the rumors about iOS 13 here.

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Get a refurbished 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro for more than $500 off the retail price

Tue, 2019-04-23 13:40

Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pros are powerful machines, but they also tend to pack a powerful punch to your wallet. Today, though, Amazon’s Woot site is softening that blow by offering a certified refurbished 2018 256GB 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch BarRemove non-product link for as little as $1,879.99, down $519 from the original price of $2,399. For only $100 more, you can bump up to the 512GB model.

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