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Google’s new products look great, but they’re still no threat to Apple

Tue, 2018-10-09 18:45

Google just announced its suite of new hardware for 2018, including the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, Pixel Slate tablet, and Home Hub smart display. They look like great products for those who are committed to the Google ecosystem.

But there’s nothing about them that should cause Apple to start sweating yet. As impressed as we may be by some of what Google showcased on Tuesday, nothing about these products leads us to believe that they’re going to cause a significant shift of users away from Apple’s. iPhones, iPads, and HomePods aren’t going to suffer any significant sales losses from Google’s latest.

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

Tue, 2018-10-09 17:30

Apple has made several strong denials about any possibility that the Chinese has hacked the company’s servers. More iPad Pro rumors surface, and Google released some new products. We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 625.

Watch us live

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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Twitter Poll: Which rumored feature for the new iPad Pro are you most excited about?

Tue, 2018-10-09 17:17
Vote in our Twitter poll and leave a comment. We'll discuss the results on the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 10, at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(

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Transfer All of Your iOS Data Between Devices With iMazing 2, Now Just $20 (75% Off)

Tue, 2018-10-09 15:16

Upgrading your iPhone can feel refreshing, but your excitement may fade once you have to migrate all of your old files to your new device. Apple lets you back up your old iPhone with iCloud, but it only offers 5GB of free storage, and you’ll have to pay a monthly fee for additional storage. If you want a better method of transferring files between your mobile devices and computer, you can find a universal license for iMazing 2 here for 75% off.

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MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more

Tue, 2018-10-09 14:39

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects to the MacBook Pro via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

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GE Lighting's new C by GE smart lighting starter kit features the Google Home Mini

Tue, 2018-10-09 14:35
The $55 kit includes one of C by GE’s Bluetooth smart bulbs pre-paired with a Google Home Mini.

Grab this leather Apple Watch band for less than $5

Tue, 2018-10-09 13:56

Leather Apple Watch bands don’t have to cost a fortune, particularly if you get them from a brand besides Hermès. Consider, for instance, this gray Apple Watch band from Top4cus on Amazon. If you enter the code XMIK7F5E at checkout, you get either the 42/44mm or 38/40mm version for just $4.20. Not bad, considering it normally sells for $14.00.

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Google Home Hub: Top 5 features, and how it stacks up to Echo Show

Tue, 2018-10-09 13:55
Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.

The top 5 features of the new Google Home Hub

Tue, 2018-10-09 13:55
Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.

Where to buy an Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter

Tue, 2018-10-09 13:00

Apple has discontinued its Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, the plug required for modern iOS devices to connect to accessories equipped with a 30-pin connector. The 30-pin connector made its debut in the iPod in 2003, and was the original type used with the first iPhone and iPad. It was replaced by Lightning in iPhones and iPads in 2012.


The Apple iPod Hi-Fi comes with a 30-pin connector. An adapter is needed to use a modern iOS deivce with it.

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Protect against outages with this $35, six outlet uninterruptible power supply

Tue, 2018-10-09 09:30

There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of an intense gaming or spreadsheet-wrangling session and a power outage kills it. One way to avoid a sudden power demise is to get an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for when tragedy strikes. Today, B&H Photo is selling the 255 watt (450 volt) output APC Back-UPS BN450M for $35Remove non-product link when you click the Clip Coupon button on the sale page. That’s $10 off its MSRP. The sale ends on Friday, October 12 at 6:15 PM Eastern.

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Can’t find a file in macOS? Here’s what to do

Tue, 2018-10-09 08:00

Macworld reader Lon has a problem finding a file on his Mac. He needs to remove it to avoid a compatibility problem, and no amount of Spotlight searches nor browsing through folders can find it.

Spotlight should let you find nearly any file you create or store in macOS with ease, but it doesn’t always work that way. There’s a way to search comprehensively through your macOS drive (or drives) using the Terminal, but I think of it as a last resort, because it involves tricky syntax and can be slow. It also may match a lot of files you’re not interested in.

In the Terminal, a command called find can perform a comprehensive and deep search across everything, including system files and other stuff that we don’t need to interact with and macOS doesn’t readily expose to users. (Find is something I’ve used for decades, and it feels like a tool designed for a computer with a teletypewriter attached.)

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Zombie narratives: The Apple Watch as failure

Tue, 2018-10-09 07:00

You know that old saw about a broken watch being right twice a day? That’s more than you can say about a lot of opinions about the Apple Watch.

Writing for The New York Times, John Herrman claims “Apple Used to Know Exactly What People Wanted—Then It Made a Watch.” (Tip o’ the antlers to DLAN, Philip Elmer-DeWitt and Bill in Texas.)

Yeah. Who wants one of those?

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Google Home Routines: How to put them to use

Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00
How to use Google Home Routines for automation and shortcuts.

Wi-Fi 6 FAQ: What it is, why you should care, and when it might come to Apple products

Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00

Since the beginning, Wi-Fi network standards have been designated by a set of numbers and letters only an engineer could love. 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11ac (there are two letters now?)… how can you possibly expect regular users to know what they’re buying or connecting to?

In a stunningly rational move, the Wi-Fi Alliance (the industry group that sets Wi-Fi standards) has decided to dump the confusing alphabet soup and go with simple version numbers.

The networking standard previously known as 802.11ax will now be known as Wi-Fi 6, and it’s coming in 2019. Here are some answers to common questions about the new standard.

What’s with the new numbers?

The Wi-Fi Alliance has decided that simply using IEEE standard designations on products is probably a little too confusing. Now, instead of seeing routers with “802.11n” and “802.11ac” and such, you’ll see simple generational numbers like “Wi-Fi 3” and “Wi-Fi 5.” Those 802.11 numbers are still there, but they’re not meant to be used in marketing and user-facing menus. It’s the kind of decision they should have made two decades ago.

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Google is shutting down Google+ after it exposed user data and neglected to tell anyone

Mon, 2018-10-08 15:12
After The Wall Street Journal reported that Google had hid a Google+ breach for more than six months, the company announced it was shutting down the service for consumers.

Apple releases iOS 12.0.1, fixing iPhone XS charging and Wi-Fi bugs

Mon, 2018-10-08 13:26

Apple has released the first update to its iOS 12 operating system. Every iOS 12 user can now upgrade to iOS 12.0.1, while iOS 12.1 is still in beta,.

To grab the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

This release doesn’t add any new features, but it fixes a few annoying bugs discovered since the release of iOS 12, like the “.?123” key position getting flipped on the iPad keyboard. There are also a couple of bug fixes aimed at fixing problems with the new iPhone XS, including the infamous charging bug and an issue where the phones would connect to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks even with 5GHz networks were available. 

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Make your own DIY smart home kit with these great deals on an Echo, smart plug, and smart switch

Mon, 2018-10-08 12:38

With seemingly endless smart tech available today, it can be a little daunting to set up a smart home. Even intro bundles can be tough to sort through. But today, a few discounted devices can help you DIY your way to a setup of your own. TheTP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug is $17Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $40 and less than $2 off its all-time low. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch is $50Remove non-product link, good for $10 off its $60 MSRP and the best price we've ever seen. And to bring it all together with voice control, the 2nd-gen Amazon Echo is $80Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $100 and matching an all-time low.

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TaoTronics 40-inch soundbar review: How low can you go?

Mon, 2018-10-08 08:30
A 40-inch soundbar for just $90? If your budget is tight and you can live with its quirks, TaoTronics offers a very inexpensive solution for improving your TV's sound.

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) review: Better in every way, and better than every other smart display

Mon, 2018-10-08 08:00
It’s a major step up, but Amazon still doesn’t have the best smart speaker.