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How to fix autocorrect in iOS

Wed, 2018-04-18 08:00

You’re tapping along on your iPhone or iPad, and suddenly an ordinary letter or word gets replaced by something bizarre. We’re all used to autocorrect picking up weird expansions, which happens partly because Apple has introduced machine learning into how it predicts what you might intend to type.

However, you might also be the victim of a prank, and if you have children or people with child-like humor around you, you probably know who did it, too. A Macworld reader whose identity I shall wisely keep secret in order to spare them further embarrassment, wrote in with this question:

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QuickTime Player 7: Goodbye to Apple’s brushed-metal dinosaur

Wed, 2018-04-18 07:00

It was minor news last week: In another step along the transition to 64-bit apps, Apple began warning users of 32-bit apps that these apps would need to be updated or they will stop running. The warning was news, but this is actually a story long in the making. Last year, Apple warned Mac developers that 32-bit apps would stop running “without compromise” this fall with the release of the successor to macOS High Sierra.

The writing’s been on the wall, more or less, since all the way back in 2009 when Apple began its 64-bit transition with the release of Snow Leopard. But the move to 64-bit apps will have casualties, namely a whole generation of apps that are no longer being updated, but are still used every day by Mac users. No software is forever—who out there is still writing with Microsoft Word 5.1?—but when you lose a whole generation of apps at once, it’s a bit more noticeable.

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LIFX Mini smart bulb series review: Not quite as bright, but smaller and cheaper than the LIFX A19

Wed, 2018-04-18 06:00
We like the color-tunable bulb best, but all three are good values.

Samsung SmartThings Hub review: One of the best in the business

Wed, 2018-04-18 06:00
With massive device support and a simple interface, it’s hard to beat SmartThings to anchor your smart home.

GrayKey: What you need to know about this iPhone hacker and how to protect yourself

Wed, 2018-04-18 06:00

Police and other law-enforcement agencies now have inexpensive access to a hacking device that can crack iPhone and iPad passwords in a matter of minutes. First reported in early March by Forbes, GrayKey, from a company called Grayshift, is designed for turn-key cracking of iOS passcodes.

In mid-March, Malwarebytes explored the device in greater depth, noting that a four-digit PIN could be cracked in a couple of hours and a six-digit PIN would require as many as a few days.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, April 18 at 10 p.m. Pacific

Tue, 2018-04-17 17:45

Apple could start its own subscription news service. What’s it like to use an external graphics card with a Mac? Could a cheaper HomePod be coming soon? We also feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 601.

Watch us live

The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Conceal your files with Hider 2 for Mac -- now 30% off

Tue, 2018-04-17 16:50

Chances are your computer is home to some sensitive files you'd rather not have the world privy to. So, it pays to make sure that your private information stays private. Hider 2 allows you to do just that by giving you the ability to hide and encrypt individual files and folders on your Mac, and it's on sale for over 30 percent off its usual price.

With Hider 2, each file you secure is automatically AES-256 encrypted and password protected, giving you unhindered access to your information while keeping it under digital lock and key. You can create custom groups to keep your data tidy and make in-app notes to keep track of passwords and other sensitive information. Plus, Hider 2 even integrates with Finder to hide data directly from a Finder window.

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Opera is shuttering its VPN app for iOS and Android, sending users to SurfEasy

Tue, 2018-04-17 15:38
Opera has announced that it will be shutting down its VPN app on April 30, but is offering users discounted subscriptions to SurfEasy Total and Ultra plans.

B&H is selling 2017 MacBook Pros and iMacs for $200 off for Tax Day

Tue, 2018-04-17 13:32

It’s Tax Day, and B&H is offering great deals on last year’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 27-inch Retina 5K iMac if you’re looking for something to deduct for next year’s office expenses. Both are selling for $1,599.

I personally use a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and I find it's an impressive and reliable machine (even if I frankly don’t use the Touch Bar all that much). With today’s deal, you’ll be able to pick up the space gray 3.1GHz 13-inch model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $200 off the usual asking price. To our knowledge, it’s the lowest price that this particular model has ever been listed for.

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Apple is poised to take another swing at news subscriptions and this time it might work

Tue, 2018-04-17 12:22

Raise your hand if you remember The Daily. Back when the iPad still had a 30-pin connection port, Apple teamed up with News Corp. to bring a new type of publication to the burgeoning tablet market featuring exclusive, interactive content, rich animations, and touch-focused games. It cost a buck a week or $40 a year and was delivered to Apple’s Newsstand app on the iPad each morning.

It lasted less than two years.

The biggest problem with The Daily was that it was too middle-of-the-road. Even after the early bugs were squashed, The Daily’s content was too generic to find a dedicated audience, a death knell in today’s 24/7 news culture. But Apple hasn’t given up on making subscription news a feature on iPhones and iPads. Just last month Apple announced it had acquired magazine delivery app Texture, and according to a new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, a “premium subscription” news service is on the way.

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Crowd-funded Abode Systems mostly sold to an Italian home-automation group

Tue, 2018-04-17 12:00
Nice S.p.A buys a majority stake in the smart home security startup, but Abode System's founders retain a 25-percent ownership position.

Stream all the things to your TV with this killer deal on a Google Chromecast

Tue, 2018-04-17 10:20

If you're unsure about becoming a cord-cutter, a streaming dongle can be a great way to test the waters without diving in. Google's Chromecast is a fantastic entry-level solution, using an Android or iOS device, PC, or Chromebook as the remote, and allowing you to cast content right from the same device. With a $35 MSRP, it's already in impulse buy territory, but right now, you can get a black Chromecast for just $25 at Target, good for a savings of nearly 30 percent.

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What to do when Image Capture doesn’t see your iPhone and iPad

Tue, 2018-04-17 08:00

Many Mac users rely on the Image Capture app to transfer photos and videos from directly-connected cameras, memory cards, iPhones, and iPads. It’s an alternative to Photos (or iPhoto) if you’re not using iTunes for syncing, manually importing, or using iCloud Photo Library.

But sometimes you may plug in your iOS device and Image Capture fails to show it listed in the left bar that shows devices from which it can acquire media. This appears to happen due to a trust issue. MacOS has been gradually upping how it closes a verification loop between an iPhone or iPad and software on a Mac when you connect the iOS device via USB. That’s good for security—someone might be able to grab your device, plug it in, and rifle through data and media.

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Fibaro Wall Plug with USB review: Does light make right?

Tue, 2018-04-17 07:00
This pricey smart plug offers ground effects and solid energy-monitoring features.

The trust gap: Android’s persistent update problem

Tue, 2018-04-17 07:00

In these trying times it’s nice that we can still rely on certain constants, such as gravity, the almost unbearable hotness of Idris Elba and the fact that Android OEMs will find a way to screw up security if it’s the last thing they do.

Yes, The Verge’s Vlad Savov reports that Android’s trust problem isn’t getting better.

Published today, a two-year study of Android security updates has revealed a distressing gap between the software patches Android companies claim to have on their devices and the ones they actually have.

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Android P's flagrant iPhone X imitation shows how little Google is innovating

Tue, 2018-04-17 06:30
We already now that Android P will be bringing iPhone X-style notch support, but now Google has inadvertently outed a new gesture-based navigation system as well. What happened to Android's innovation?

Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth speaker review: This little box delivers more thump that you'd think

Tue, 2018-04-17 06:00
For the price, this 12-hour box sounds very good. It has the punch that many speakers in its class lack, as well as a surprising amount of thump.

eGPU on a MacBook Pro: Is it worth it?: Apple Arcade episode 6

Mon, 2018-04-16 17:29

Not too long ago, running a graphically intensive game like Rise of the Tomb Raider at 60fps on a humble MacBook seemed about as likely as Steve Jobs faking his death. With macOS High Sierra, though, it’s a reality.

Apple’s latest update brought official support for external graphics processing units, which means you can now hook up a high-powered PC graphics card to your Mac and experience breathtaking textures and shadows on a machine that could barely boot the game a few minutes before. It’s potentially revolutionary, but as with so many features like this that we see from Apple, you’ll have to steel yourself for a boatload of complications.

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Mon, 2018-04-16 13:33
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

Apple Watch Series 4 and watchOS 5 rumors: Are third-party watch faces on the way?

Mon, 2018-04-16 13:14

Updated 04/16/18: 9to5Mac is reporting of a hint in the latest watchOS beta that may point to third-party watch faces, but we're skeptical.

Apple has released a new version of the Apple Watch every year since its debut in 2015, and the company seems to show no signs of slowing down. Here we have compiled all the latest rumors, leaks, and reasonably well-informed speculation about Apple Watch Series 4 and the watchOS 5 OS that should come along with it.

We expect them both to be released sometime in the fall of 2018.

The latest: Third-party watch faces may be on the way

We've heard this rumor a few times over the last couple years. Everybody wants app developers to be able to create custom watch faces, as they can on competing smartwatch platforms. Apple has held fast, allowing only Complications to be used in its own built-in watch faces.

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