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Best password managers: Reviews of the top products

Thu, 2019-03-21 17:24
The best password is one you probably can't easily remember—that's why a password manager is so crucial to your online security. We review LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper, 1Password, and others to find the best one for managing passwords.

Apple issues updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie

Thu, 2019-03-21 15:43

They aren’t as glamourous as this week’s AirPods, iPad, and iMac announcements, but you could say that Apple’s updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie on Thursday allows the company to maintain its release streak this week.

Final Cut Pro 10.4.6 and iMovie 10.1.11 both feature the ability to detect media files that could be incompatible with future versions of macOS, and converts those files to a compatible format. The update also “improves reliability when sharing video to YouTube.” Apple also issued updates for Motion and Compressor that address the same issues.

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Facebook passwords for hundreds of millions of users were exposed to Facebook employees

Thu, 2019-03-21 12:49
Facebook confirms that user passwords were being stored in a readable format on Facebook servers. Hundreds of millions of accounts will be notified accordingly.

You can add 2 TP-Link smart outlets to your home for just $25 today

Thu, 2019-03-21 11:33

It’s cheaper and easier than ever to add some smarts to your home, and today you can make two of your dumb devices smarter for the lowest price we’ve ever seen. B&H Photo Video is selling the TP-Link HS107 Wi-Fi dual-outlet smart plug for $25Remove non-product link with the on-page coupon today, down from a list price of $35. The coupon applies $10 off for each plug that you buy, so you can get multiple at this price.

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iPad mini review roundup: Apple’s new tiny tablet is exactly what you think it is

Thu, 2019-03-21 11:12

The new iPad mini was only announced three days ago, but the first round of reviews has already arrived. And guess what? It’s an iPad mini 4 with a better processor. The new model is pretty much identical to the old one, and as such, its “throwback bezels” and “outdated” design are definite drawbacks to the $399 device. But if you can overlook it, you’ll be getting a solid device that gives Apple’s “Pro” laptops a run for their money.

The new iPad mini is available for pre-order today in silver, space gray, and gold for a starting price of $399. Estimated ship date is currently April 9-12.

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Get a Lifetime Of Mondly's AI Powered Language Training For $59

Thu, 2019-03-21 10:05

If you travel to foreign countries often, understanding the local language is an invaluable asset. However, foreign language textbooks won't adequately prepare you for a real conversation; you need hands-on practice with a native speaker to understand verbal and conversational cues. Luckily, Mondly provides a conversation-focused method that you can practice straight from your phone for $59.

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New iPads, iMacs, and AirPods, WWDC19, Spotify vs. Apple Music, and your hot takes

Thu, 2019-03-21 08:00

In the latest episode of the Macworld Podcast, we cover the news about WWDC19 and Apple’s new AirPods, iPads, and iMacs. Our feature discussion will cover the Spotify and Apple Music fracas. In our two-minute tip, learn how to add other people’s fingerprints to Touch ID, and we also go over audience hot takes. This is episode 644 of the Macworld Podcast with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Before we go any further, we want to let you know that we have set up an email address for you to send comments and questions about the Macworld Podcast. Drop us a line at podcast@macworld.com and let us know what you think of the podcast.

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Rotor Riot Game Controller for iOS review: The herald of a new age of iOS gaming

Thu, 2019-03-21 07:00

Game controllers have been a part of the extended iPhone experience for years, but Apple’s older certification requirements kept them from fully mimicking the same experience you get from an Xbox One controller or Sony DualShock 4. Even with the best ones, there’s usually a catch. Sometimes you need to mash the buttons before they register. In other cases the latency is awful (particularly when the controllers run on Bluetooth). Worst of all, you usually can’t press down on either of the controller’s thumbsticks, which effectively makes some games all but unplayable.

That’s why I’m so happy to see the Rotor Riot Game Controller. It’s the first MFi (Made for iPhone) controller that takes advantage of Apple’s looser restrictions that dropped with iOS 12. It has a handful of its own drawbacks, but it doesn’t fall into any of the traps mentioned above, and its new support for the thumbstick buttons makes it particularly well-suited PS4 Remote Play at a time when it's a fairly hot item on iOS. Considering gaming’s outsized presence on the App Store, I’m just a little surprised that a company that’s best known for making drone parts was the first one to pull it off.

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Lutron Caséta Fan Control review: Smart control for your dumb ceiling fan

Thu, 2019-03-21 06:00
The latest addition to the Lutron Caséta family delivers an excellent way integrate ceiling fans into your smart home.

It’s time for a new iMac, and here are 9 improvements we’d like to see

Thu, 2019-03-21 06:00

The current iMac design is positively ancient, by computer design standards. The 27-inch Retina iMac, with its slim design and 5K resolution, was launched in the fall of 2014. It was really only a small tweak on the existing “slim unibody” iMac that dates back to 2012, itself only a thinner version of the unibody iMac design that goes back to 2009.

The basic look and physical features of the iMac have barely changed in a decade.

It’s a testament to the elegance of the design that it’s still desirable after all that time, but it’s well past time for a change. This week, Apple updated the iMac line with new internal hardware, but it the design and features remain fundamentally unchanged.

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The best ways to watch March Madness without cable

Thu, 2019-03-21 06:00
Cord-cutters now have plenty of options for watching the NCAA Tournament, but not all are equal.

Amazon's All-new Kindle for $89.99 is priced for budget users

Wed, 2019-03-20 15:46
It's $40 less than Amazon's popular Kindle Paperwhite.

Get a 128GB 9.7-inch iPad for the retail price of the 32GB model

Wed, 2019-03-20 15:02

Apple may have just released flashy new versions of the iPad mini and iPad Air, but there’s still nothing wrong with the regular ol’ 9.7-inch iPad. It’s the lowest-priced tablet in Apple’s current lineup, especially with a big $100 discount that Amazon is currently offering on the 128GB version with Wi-Fi. That discount drops the price down from $429 to $329, which is essentially the retail price of the entry-level 32GB model. That means you’re getting a lot more space for a reasonable price.

You can also find this deal at Walmart, where the space gray, silver, and gold models are all available for the same priceRemove non-product link.

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Google’s Stadia service could shatter the barriers of Mac gaming

Wed, 2019-03-20 15:00

Did Google just save Mac gaming? The Mountain View company never mentioned Apple during the reveal of its Stadia game streaming service at the Game Developers Conference yesterday, but Stadia sounds all but tailor-made for Mac users. A service that let you stream games from a remote server straight to your browser! The ability to play the latest games without needing to invest in fancy eGPUs, graphics cards, and yes—even PCs! Even in 2019, so much of this still sounds like science fiction.

I love my Mac, but necessity compels me to keep a massive PC running at home so I can play graphically intensive games like The Division 2 or Devil May Cry 5 when they release. As we all know, many of these games never come to the Mac at all. If Stadia works as well as Google implies it will, I’ll never have to feel too guilty about using only a Mac for gaming ever again. Google itself would handle all the heavy lifting; all I would need is a browser.

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The WD My Passport 4TB now costs just $100 on Amazon, a 29% price drop

Wed, 2019-03-20 11:04
Save $40 off MSRP for the WD My Passport 4TB—our pick for best external backup drive.

Get a Lifetime Of PDF Converter OCR 6 for Mac For Just $15

Wed, 2019-03-20 10:53

PDFs are one of the most widely-used documents on the web, and whether you’re a college student or an employee at a marketing agency, you’ll eventually deal with a PDF that needs editing. Unfortunately, your Mac’s stock apps won’t let you edit PDF files on the fly, but PDF Converter OCR 6 can for just $15.

PDF Converter OCR 6 is a simple app that makes it easy to edit text within PDF documents, but it offers so much more functionality than that. It can scan your documents in over 200 languages, making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. You can even merge multiple documents and certain pages within documents into a single PDF, which is ideal if you want to share certain ebook passages with colleagues or fellow students. Finally, PDF Converter OCR lets you convert PDFs without restrictions; you can drag, drop, and convert over 200 files at once.

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Save up to 30% on your power bill with Arcadia Power

Wed, 2019-03-20 10:52

Given the chance, most of us would jump at the opportunity to bring down our power bills. But, there’s a prevailing assumption that doing so involves dealing with steep upfront costs before the savings actually come in. Arcadia Power presents a different solution, however, and it’s willing to give new users $20 off their first utility bill for trying out the platform.

At its core, Arcadia Power is a free platform that connects homeowners and renters to clean, low-cost energy solutions. Users who sign up become part of a community of more than 150,000 members, driving the platform’s purchasing power and allowing Arcadia Power to negotiate for lower monthly payments for green energy.

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Learn how to use R and Python for machine learning with this $35 bundle

Wed, 2019-03-20 10:51

Traditionally, we analyzed data with our own eyes, but as our needs expanded, we developed tools to do the job for us. However, we currently deal with vast amounts of data that regular tools can’t handle, which is why we use machine learning to analyze vast quantities of data, meaning the demand for certified data scientists is skyrocketing. If you’re interested in this booming field, this $35 has everything you need to know.

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