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The iTunes break up: What will happen to our favorite features?

Fri, 2019-04-12 06:00

For a company that maintains multiple major operating systems, has its own productivity suite, and even developed one of the most popular web browsers in use, there was a time that the piece of software most identified with Apple was also perhaps the one most viewed as a necessary evil.

I speak, of course, of iTunes.

Yes, the music-playing/device syncing/media-buying/podcast-listening (and so much more) app was at one time not only a brand unto itself, but also an almost universal experience, as one of the few pieces of Apple software that was ported to Windows computers.

But iTunes may not have much time left on its clock. In recent days, speculation has hinted that the upcoming version of macOS will instead feature separate apps for music, podcasts, TV, and so on, likely based on their iOS counterparts. But those apps lack a lot of iTunes's more powerful features.

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How to watch the NBA Playoffs without cable

Thu, 2019-04-11 19:00
How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

Save $470 on a current-gen 13-inch MacBook Pro with Amazon’s Woot service

Thu, 2019-04-11 12:47

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook Pro, you should head over to Amazon’s Woot deal service today. There you’ll find a certified refurbished current-generation 256GB 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch BarRemove non-product link on sale for just $1,329.99, down $470 from its normal retail price of $1,799.99. You can also get the 512GB model for the same discount, which bring the price down to $1,529.99. If you have Amazon Prime, you won’t even have to pay for shipping.

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The 5 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from March 2019

Thu, 2019-04-11 12:00
March's best games

Image by Bethesda

Winter was a quiet season for iOS gaming, but the scene is flourishing once again with the arrival of spring. By far the biggest new title is The Elder Scrolls: Blades (although it actually dropped on April 1), which is Bethesda Softworks’ long-awaited iPhone game that’s set in the same universe as Oblivion and Skyrim. It’s cool, but some players are feeling more stabbed by the payment model than by the swords.

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Netgear's Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system just got insanely cheaper: 30% price drop

Thu, 2019-04-11 11:01

Wi-Fi dead spots can be pretty frustrating, but mesh systems are here to help, creating blanket Wi-Fi coverage for your home. Of course, getting this kind of coverage can be pretty pricey, but today the Netgear Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system, which includes a router and two satellite extenders, is $210 on Amazon when you check the coupon box. Earlier this week, we noted that it was on sale for $250, down from a list price of $300, but this coupon makes it another $40 cheaper from even that awesome price. So, yeah, we just had to share.

To be perfectly accurate, the Orbi isn’t technically a mesh system. It’s a closely related hub-and-spoke system, but you shouldn’t worry about terminology, because this system just plain works. It can provide Wi-Fi coverage for your entire home (up to 6,000 square feet) by using connected Orbi satellites to extend coverage. Though this set comes with two satellites, you can add more to the system to extend that coverage even further. Each satellite comes with built-in ethernet ports, so you can hardwire in as needed.

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Get The Corel Creative Mac Bundle Ft. Toast 17 Titanium For 85% Off ($40)

Thu, 2019-04-11 10:05

There’s no greater tool in a creative's arsenal than a brand new Mac. Apple pours thousands of hours into delivering an experience that makes graphic design and content creation seamless, but it’s all for naught unless you have apps that take full advantage of MacOS’s features. If you want to take your content creation abilities to the next level, this $39.99 bundle has exactly what you’re looking for.

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Taxes are due in 4 days. H&R Block's Tax Software Deluxe + State is only $15 at Newegg

Thu, 2019-04-11 09:34

The annual tax deadline is fast approaching, and while you may not want to do your taxes, retailers sure want you to—judging by the prices on tax software. Just a few days ago we spotted H&R Block’s Tax Software Deluxe & State 2018 for $23 on Amazon, and now it’s even cheaper at Newegg. The online retailer is selling the same software package download for $15Remove non-product link with the checkout code EMCTYUU36. The same code gets you an identical discount on the Mac versionRemove non-product link, too. The checkout code is valid until just before midnight on Saturday, April 13.

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The odd case of ‘I D.o.n.t.’ autocorrection in iOS

Thu, 2019-04-11 08:00

The phrase sui generis just means, roughly, “in a class by itself.” It’s often used in a positive way to describe a person. “Marie Curie was sui generis: a chemist of outstanding and unique ability.”

For technical issues, it’s rarely desirable to be one of a kind. Or even two.

One Macworld reader and another person who posted to a website’s forums appear to be alone in the world in at least asking for help with a problem: when they type “I don’t” in iOS, the autocorrect algorithm drops in “I D.o.n.t.”

Neither of them has ever typed that. Neither has a text substitution set for this in Settings > General > Keyboards > Text Replacements. Both have tried everything listed in a previous Mac 911 column, “How to fix autocorrect in iOS.”

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iPhone Other storage: What is it and how do you delete it?

Thu, 2019-04-11 07:00

You’re trying to download and install the latest iOS release, or take some photos, or download that cool app your friend told you about, and your iPhone says the storage is full.

You’ve already deleted every app you don’t think you need, and there’s still not enough space. So you look at your iPhone storage in Settings page and, sure enough, your iPhone’s storage is full. Worst of all, a huge chunk of it is just categorized as Other. What’s that supposed to mean? How do you get rid of it?

The Other storage is mysterious and confusing, and there’s no one answer that works for everyone, but hopefully this guide will help you deal with this problem.

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6 steps to solving your streaming video problems

Thu, 2019-04-11 06:00
Got buffering or other streaming video issues? Here's a step-by-step troubleshooting guide.

Arlo Ultra review: This very expensive security camera delivers super-sharp 4k video

Thu, 2019-04-11 06:00
It stumbled out of the gate, but Arlo's high-end, high-res indoor/outdoor security camera is another winner.

The best tips and tricks for getting the most out of your HomePod

Thu, 2019-04-11 06:00

The HomePod is enjoying a bit of a resurgence now that Apple has slashed the price by $50, and I suspect a lot of you are wondering what you can do with Apple’s essentially buttonless smart speaker.

Let’s get this out of the way: No, it still doesn’t do as many things as your average Alexa-powered speaker. It can, however, do a heck of a lot more than it could do at launch thanks to a couple of big patches Apple rolled out last year—though many features aren’t obvious. Follow the tips below, and you’ll find that HomePod can feel like a member of the family, after all.

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Two-factor authentication explained: How to choose the right level of security for every account

Thu, 2019-04-11 02:51
Everything you need to know about two-factor authentication so you choose the right method for every account you own.

Fotor makes photo editing easy for as low as $20

Wed, 2019-04-10 15:33

With the magic of photo editing, good photos can be turned into great photos. However, many of today’s popular photo editing apps can be incredibly difficult to use. If you’re just looking for an easy way to retouch your photos, all you need is a simple tool like Fotor to get the job done, and you can buy it for as low as $19.99.

Fotor Design & Image Editor Online Pro is a seamless photo editing app that makes retouching easy. What sets Fotor apart from other editing tools is its HDR technology, which lets you capture and edit a wide range of lighting and colors in your photos. Additionally, you can apply templates, fonts, and stickers to make each photo unique. If you want to share multiple photos with friends, you can even create a photo collage with the Fotors built-in collage creator.

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You Can Now Get This Award-Winning VPN For Just $1/month

Wed, 2019-04-10 15:32

If you use the internet (which you clearly do), you likely know how important it is to protect your data in an increasingly dangerous cyber environment. But like other essential tasks that tend to be tedious (like filing taxes early and brushing your teeth for the full two minutes), most installing and running a VPN can sound unappealing to many: sure, they encrypt your internet traffic and hide your location — but they can also run frustratingly slowly, delaying the way you’d usually use the internet for entertainment and work.

That’s where Ivacy VPN is different: not only will the speedy service let you browse and stream lag-free, it also offers real-time threat detection technology, removing malware and viruses at the server level. It ensures that all your downloads and devices stay totally secure, so you can stay safe online without being inconvenienced.

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Wed, 2019-04-10 13:59
With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

Wed, 2019-04-10 12:36

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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Give your house brains for cheap with Home Depot's today-only smart home blowout

Wed, 2019-04-10 11:25

There’s a whole lot of smart home tech out there, designed to boost the intelligence of your house and make your life a little easier (or at least cooler). And today only, you can pick from a wide selection of gear at solid discounts during a huge Home Depot smart home saleRemove non-product link. You’ll find a whole lineup of options, including picks from popular brands like Nest, Ecobee, TP-Link, Switchmate, and more.

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AirPower aborted, Netflix, iPad reviews, and your comments and questions

Wed, 2019-04-10 08:00

In the latest episode of the Macworld Podcast, we’ll talk about some of the major recent Apple headlines, including the end of AirPower. We reviewed the new iPad Air and iPad mini, which we'll talk about in our feature discussion. Plus, Leif has a two-minute tip, and we’ll wrap up the show with your hot takes from the Macworld Twitter and Facebook feeds.

This is episode 646 of the Macworld Podcast with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

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Spotlight: Don’t take your Mac’s powerful search engine for granted

Wed, 2019-04-10 07:00

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 15 years since Apple first announced Spotlight as a banner feature of Mac OS X Tiger. In fact, Spotlight has been around so long that I suspect that most Mac users take it for granted, not entirely understanding just how broad its purview is and how powerful it can be at finding the stuff that’s on your Mac. Whole books could be (and have been) written about Spotlight, but let me take you through a few details that you may have never learned.

More to the search bar

Spotlight is a search engine that runs on your Mac. In the background, the Spotlight metadata engine is scanning new and changed files on your computer—and it’s not just looking for the names of your files, but is cataloging information about their contents. Spotlight indexes the text of every document it can find, and knows details about the compression formats of video files, the focal length of a digital photo, and much more.

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