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WWDC 2018: Apple’s counterintuitive business moves

Fri, 2018-06-08 06:00

There’s a great scene in my favorite Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street, where a Macy’s sales manager is shocked to overhear the department store Santa Claus send a distraught mother to a competitor to buy a toy. But what starts as a fireable offense ends up becoming a marketing strategy, as Macy himself realizes that, counterintuitively, there’s a benefit to being seen as a store that cares more about its customers than its profits.

Apple, it seems, has taken this philosophy to heart. The company has always put forth the image that it cares more about surprising and delighting its customers than about cold hard cash, and on occasion it seems to make decisions that would otherwise seem counterintuitive to the capitalistic idea of simply raking in as much money as it can.

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Get a MacBook Pro for less than $1,000 during Best Buy's Father's Day sale

Thu, 2018-06-07 16:11

If you haven’t got that special dad in your life a Father’s Day gift, fear not—Best Buy is here with great deals on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Apple TV 4K, and Beats headphones.

The star of the show is easily the $300 discount you can take off the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and you can push that up to $350 if you qualify for student pricing. With that kind of discount, you can get the 128GB 13-inch MacBook Pro for just $999.99 (down from $1,299.99) and the 256GB model for just $1,199.99 (down from $1,499.99). None of these models come with the Touch Bar, but the general consensus is that it’s a gimmick at best. You’ll be fine.

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What to do when you can’t use Photos to post pictures to Facebook

Thu, 2018-06-07 09:00

Photos for macOS has several built-in options to link into photo sharing and social networking sites, including Flickr and Facebook. There’s a plug-in architecture that allows third parties to add more. However, when the built-in ones fail, it’s hard to know who to point to for help.

Macworld reader J.M. wrote in with a problem that just started happened at the end of May. When trying to upload a picture via macOS Photos to Facebook, an error notification appears:

Facebook Password Required. Enter your password for “account name” in Internet Accounts.


A new account validation bug seems to prevent Mac users from uploading images to Facebook via Photos.

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Giveaway: Win one of four Spigen iPhone X cases inspired by the iMac G3

Thu, 2018-06-07 08:01

We recently had the pleasure of giving away the Bondi Blue version of Spigen’s Classic C1 case for the iPhone X, and it’s already on its way to its new owner. This week, we’re giving away four more Spigen Classic C1 cases for the iPhone X, and we’ll announce the winner during the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, June 13 at 10 a.m. Pacific.

The cases we’ve giving away this week come in a variety of colors familiar from the iMac G3, specifically Snow (white with Bondi Blue trim), Ruby, Graphite, and Sage (green). That means we’ll be able to announce four winners next week instead of merely one.

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Woe no: Apple failed to cure tech addiction

Thu, 2018-06-07 07:00

Apple held a keynote this week and it failed to cure society of all its woes which, by the way, were all created by Apple.

Writing for Wired, Arielle Pardes describes “Tech addiction and the paradox of Apple’s screen time tools.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nathan.)

To drive home the point of how tech addiction is a very real thing and not mostly a bunch of pseudo-science babble attempting to rebrand certain poor life choices, Wired includes a picture of a typical dumb-dumb enraptured by his stoopid iPhone and provides this caption:

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Will Apple TV kill the cable box? Not so fast

Thu, 2018-06-07 06:00
Cable companies might not share Apple's enthusiasm for making cable boxes obsolete.

Ulysses 13 review for Mac and iOS: The best Mac minimalist text editor gets even better

Thu, 2018-06-07 06:00

Whenever I tell other writers why they should consider bringing a Mac into their lives, Ulysses inevitably enters the discussion. In fact, this sometimes happens without any proselytization on my part: They simply see me typing on the minimalist app on my iPad or Mac at trade shows or conventions and demand to know how they could use it on their PC. But they can’t, and in my experience alternatives come up short. Ulysses is elegant. It’s intuitive. And thanks to the recent introduction of a couple of new features, it’s more useful than ever.

But it’s important to keep in mind what Ulysses is. It’s not an organizational powerhouse in the vein of Scrivener, which allows for Herculean feats of research collection but ends up wallowing in ugliness in its dogged attempt to be a one-stop shop. Ulysses can organize its various “sheets” into groups with keywords and it lets you search through every one of them at once, but that’s about as complex as its organization gets. It’s not a full-blooded word processor like Microsoft Word, with its tables and drawing tools and WYSIWYG export options, but Ulysses allows you to export documents into a variety of styles (and some of them are even user-made). Better yet, you can publish your articles directly to WordPress or Medium.

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The Sonos Beam is everything the HomePod should have been

Wed, 2018-06-06 17:42

Early this morning I attended an event in San Francisco in which I saw a smart speaker work perfectly with Siri and Alexa, which pumped out beautiful sound to every corner of a small room for both music and TV, and which seamlessly paired with other speakers scattered throughout a room while using AirPlay 2. It wasn’t the HomePod. Instead, it was the Sonos Beam, a new $399 smart speaker and soundbar that’s everything the HomePod should have been.

And Sonos knows that. The brief presentation was filled with quips about how Sonos isn’t out to sell out ads—take that, Google—and how it wasn’t forcing you into walled gardens (ahem, Tim Cook). Nor did it appear to be empty talk. In the span of little more than half an hour, Sonos managed to deliver a vision of a smart speaker that I wouldn’t mind plunking down $400 for. Here’s why we think it’s so much better.

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Save 30% On Clean My Mac 3 ($28)

Wed, 2018-06-06 16:30

Macs are impressive machines, but they're far from invincible. And, like most devices, they accumulate junk, which clutters storage space and can severely reduce performance down the road. CleanMyMac 3 keeps your Mac clutter-free, scanning every inch of your system and removing gigabytes of junk in just two clicks, all the while continuously monitoring the health of your Mac. It's on sale today for $27.99, nearly 30 percent off the usual price.

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The Sonos Beam smart soundbar will support Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s AirPlay 2 when it ships in July

Wed, 2018-06-06 16:05
Smaller and cheaper than Sonos’ previous TV-oriented speakers, the Beam looks like it will be a winner.

Bose's awesome SoundLink Revolve+ portable Bluetooth speaker is $30 off today

Wed, 2018-06-06 10:07

Bose has been making quality audio devices for a long time, and its SoundLink Revolve+ portable Bluetooth speaker is no exception. Typically this speaker has a high price tag to match its high quality, but right now you can snag one for $270 on Amazon—a $30 discount and its best price ever.

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Amazon's one-day TP-Link sale offers up some killer deals on plugs, switches, and routers

Wed, 2018-06-06 09:43

Amazon is running a sale on all things TP-Link meaning today is a great day to make your home a little smarter and speedier. The sale ends just before midnight Pacific time on Wednesday night. There are a whole bunch of products on sale today including smart home devices, routers, and Internet switches. Here's a look at our top picks from the sale.

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What was missing from WWDC 2018? Originality

Wed, 2018-06-06 09:16

Apple crammed a lot of announcements into its two-hour-plus WWDC keynote Monday. While there was nary a hint of hardware to speak of, there were oodles of software features announced all across Apple's family of operating systems with no platform was left behind. MacOS, iOS, and watchOS all saw significant updates, and developers no doubt left the keynote feeling that Apple was back on top of its game following a year of uncharacteristic missteps.

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You can grab the awesome Amazon Echo Show for its lowest price ever today

Wed, 2018-06-06 07:53

Amazon's Echo Show is one of our favorite smart speakers, to the point that we described it as "the most capable mainstream smart home assistant on the market" in our 4-star review. And right now you can snag all its smarts and functionality for a killer deal on Amazon—the Echo Show is just $150, down from a list price of $230 and good for the lowest price we've ever seen.

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What will the Mac be like in 2020?

Wed, 2018-06-06 07:00

It was as absolute an answer as you could possibly get. Is Apple merging iOS and macOS? “No,” said Apple software chief Craig Federighi, with an animated accompaniment smashing down on the screen behind him.

And yet... Federighi made that comment just moments before he unveiled a new system, being worked on by Apple over multiple years, that will allow the developers of iOS apps to bring those apps to the Mac more easily. And first up will be Apple itself, which is using this approach to translate the iOS Stocks, Voice Memos, News, and Home apps for macOS Mojave, coming this fall.

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Arbor Instant Video Doorbell review: There are some great features here, but it needs work

Wed, 2018-06-06 06:00
The Arbor Instant Video Doorbell is a welcome addition to the battery-powered video doorbell market, but focus on its performance and not the company's inflated claims.

13 hidden features of iOS 12 worth getting excited about

Wed, 2018-06-06 06:00

It looks like iOS 12 may shape up to be one of Apple’s best releases in years. It’s not a complete overhaul of the iOS ecosystem, but rather a welcome refinement on iOS 11. It takes the big steps from the iPhone X and iOS 11—like Animoji and ARKit—and extends them in ways that make them truly useful.

We’ve got a list of all the big iOS 12 features, and even a list of major features that Apple didn’t talk about during its WWDC keynote presentation. But there’s a lot more to unpack. We’ve uncovered a host of small changes, tweaks, and features that brought smiles to our faces while tinkering with the beta, and they've reminded us that these little bits of polish and refinement are what make iOS a delight to use. Here’s a list of all the hidden delights we’ve discovered in iOS 12 so far.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, June 6, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 2018-06-05 23:13

Apple had its big Worldwide Developers Conference keynote last Monday. What did you think about the announcements to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS? We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 608.

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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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Get a tough MacBook backpack with lots of pockets for just $36 on Amazon

Tue, 2018-06-05 16:30

Laptop bags can be expensive, to the point that buying one sometimes feels just as expensive as the pricey piece of hardware you plan on stuffing in it. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. If you’re looking for a bag on a budget, right now Amazon is selling the Timbuk2 Parkside Laptop Backpack for a cool 48 percent off.

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Which devices support iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave?

Tue, 2018-06-05 15:16

The big WWDC 2018 keynote is over, and Apple spent the entire time focusing exclusively on its new operating systems. If you missed it, here’s a list of all the nifty stuff announced.

All the new operating systems—iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave—are expected to be released this fall (in September, if history is any indication). They’re full of hot new features, but new features often come with a price. Major new operating systems don’t always support the same devices as the current version. Will your Apple device run the new OSes when they debut this fall? Consult our lists below.

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