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Get a foldable Apple Watch charging stand for $28 on Amazon

Wed, 2018-04-11 13:37

Want a nifty Apple Watch charging dock for a buck less than it takes to buy a charging cable from Apple itself? Today on Amazon you’ll find Dodocool’s MFi-certified foldable stand for Apple Watch for $28. It’s listed as $40, but you’ll see the $12 discount if you plug in the code H43FB8KU at checkout.

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40-inch smart TV with built-in Roku costs just $230 on Amazon now

Wed, 2018-04-11 10:24

Whether you’re a cord cutter, a cord shaver, or even a cable subscriber, a smart TV can elevate your viewing experience. And if you use cord-cutting services like Hulu and HBO Now, Roku’s lineup of video streamers are among the best on the market. But you don’t have to buy these two things separately. In fact, you can get a 40-inch TCL smart TV with built-in Roku for $229.99 right now, which is about 10 percent off its average price on Amazon.

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Numbers 4 for iOS review: Better tools for importing, sorting, and viewing organized data

Wed, 2018-04-11 09:00

Numbers handles imports of large amounts of data and ably works with large spreadsheets.

Apple views Numbers for iOS as a tool for visualizing and presenting data, rather than as a workhorse spreadsheet app. But the latest update offers improvements on both sides of that equation. While not piling on features, Apple has brought the iOS version more in line with the Mac version, as well as harmonizing features with Pages (Mac and iOS) and Keynote (Mac and iOS) for consistency. This kind of parity and consistency means less frustration when moving among apps and between platforms.

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Numbers 5 for Mac review: Inching closer to being a more full-featured spreadsheet app

Wed, 2018-04-11 08:00

Numbers for Mac has always occupied an awkward position. It’s not powerful enough to replace Excel or Google Sheets for many business purposes, and it’s designed partly to be an interaction, quantitative-information presentation tool. Numbers for iOS had even more of a bias towards presentation until the latest update brought it a little more power.

However, Apple keeps pushing forward, and Numbers 5 for Mac has only a single significant change that Apple mostly underplayed, as most of the changes improve feature parity and seamless interchange between Numbers for Mac and iOS, while also making the apps more consistent with Pages (Mac and iOS) and Keynote (Mac and iOS).

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The best note-taking apps for the iPad and Apple Pencil

Wed, 2018-04-11 07:00

With the new 9.7-inch iPad, the Apple Pencil at last comes to the masses. Apple’s recent push to get its scrappy tablet back in schools means you no longer how to shell out mountains of cash if you want to use the iPad like a digital legal pad, and that’s good news for all of us regardless of whether we’re in boardrooms or third-grade history class.

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DarbeeVision DVP-5000S video processor review: A clever, but pricey fidelity upgrade for 1080p video

Wed, 2018-04-11 06:00
The DVP-5000S sits between your HDMI source and display and uses a stereoscopic processing trick to create greater apparent detail in 1080p and lower-resolution video.

iOS apps that need to be on the Mac

Wed, 2018-04-11 06:00

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has a great track record of reporting Apple scoops, wrote a few months ago that Apple was working on a new approach to app development that would let developers “design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad depending on whether it’s running on the iPhone and iPad operating system or on Mac hardware.”

Accepting that Apple could change direction at any time and that this project—code-named Marzipan—might not even be announced this year, it’s an intriguing possibility. Obviously iOS has a much more thriving app store than the one on the Mac, so if Apple could make it easier for iOS developers to deploy their apps on the Mac, it might help the platform thrive. Merging the approach to developing apps on Apple’s two platforms also may make sense in light of the report that Apple may be replacing Intel processors with Apple-designed ARM processors in future Macs.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 2018-04-10 14:00

The Mac Pro is coming in 2019. Rumors of a three-lens camera system and other iPhone news. What’s it like for an adult to use Swift Playground to learn how to code? We also feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 600.

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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Buy iTunes gift cards for 15% off, then buy discounted movies on iTunes

Tue, 2018-04-10 13:21

PayPal has gotten rather fond of discounting iTunes gift cards over the last couple of months, to the point that it barely even counts as news anymore. But if you’re out of the loop, you should know that PayPal is offering$100 iTunes gift cards for 15 percent off through eBay today, which brings your overall price down to a more palatable $85. Act quickly, though, because these things tend to sell out fast.

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Apple's original TV shows and series: Isaac Asimov's Foundation adaptation gets a straight-to-series deal

Tue, 2018-04-10 13:01

Updated 4/10/18: Deadline reports that Apple has landed a straight-to-series deal for a TV adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation science fiction books.

Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That's a lot of TV! It's not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it's still a huge commitment.

What can you get for a billion dollars? Well, some simple math gives us 200 episodes at $5 million a piece (a reasonable per-episode price for high-end TV). But we're not likely to actually see 10-20 shows with 10-20 episodes each, all costing around that much. For starters, that billion dollars has to cover a lot more than per-episode production costs.

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The Anker charger that brings Amazon's Alexa into your car has never been cheaper

Tue, 2018-04-10 10:40

Car chargers are essential for keeping your phone powered up during busy days. They’re a boring, necessary accessory that get the job done, but usually don’t spice up the drive. Not Anker’s Roav Viva. This car charger is compatible with the Alexa smart assistant found in the heart of Amazon Echo, and you can get it right now for $40 on Amazon, almost 20 percent off its average price. It’s never been cheaper on the retail site.

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How to check if Facebook shared your personal info with Cambridge Analytica

Tue, 2018-04-10 09:32
Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from 87 million Facebook users. Here's how to tell if you were affected.

Unfixable: The terminal nature of iOS problems

Tue, 2018-04-10 09:00

The Macalope isn’t sure why every Apple problem has to be existential in nature, but rest assured that someone somewhere will declare that they each are, from failure to prep a Mac Pro in a reasonable amount of time to discontinuing iPod socks.

Writing for ZDNet, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says “I don't think Apple can fix the iOS mess it's created.” (Tip o’ the antlers to SamT.)

Yes, it is too late for iOS. It has a good run. Please remove the stick-on lettering from the back window of your Charger that memorialized the years your buddy lived before he died in that tragic blimp accident and replace them with ‘In loving memory, iOS. 2007-2018.”

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Apple Photos for Mac: How to export a Photos album’s contents sequentially

Tue, 2018-04-10 08:00

Apple's Photos app on the Mac has a lot of hidden features that you can’t easily discover, because the options don’t live quite where you expect them—especially if you used iPhoto for many years, and still feel like you’re missing features.

Macworld reader Lisa created a Photos album from different camera sources, and dragged the images into the order she wanted. But she then wanted to export these to duplicate this order for creating an album and an archive elsewhere, and was stymied. Is there a way to mark images in sequence?

There is: in the Export dialog.

  1. Select the images in your album.
  2. Choose File > Export > Export X Photos. (This also works with Export Unmodified Original.)
  3. After picking any option in the Photos and Info section, under File Naming, click the File Name pop-up menu and choose Sequential.
  4. Optionally add a prefix that will be prepended in front of the number assigned in order to each image.
  5. Click Export.

Voilà! Numbered images in album viewing order.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges review: Lightsaber-swinging, augmented reality fun

Tue, 2018-04-10 07:00

If you’ve ever dreamt of being a Jedi Knight, here’s something better than simply swinging around a plastic lightsaber toy—now you can wield a plastic lightsaber that pairs with a headset, letting you battle against familiar Star Wars villains in the comfort of your living room.

Lenovo’s Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is an augmented reality experience that is powered by the iPhone 6 or newer and compatible Android flagship smartphones (list here), which slide into the headset and provides the visuals. This isn’t virtual reality, however: You’re not shut off from the outside world while playing, since the images on the phone screen are mirrored and projected onto a translucent plastic visor in front of your eyes—and thus, atop your real surroundings. We've previously called it one of our top picks for Star Wars fans.

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Keynote 4 for iOS review: Modest upgrade features Apple Pencil support, new image gallery

Tue, 2018-04-10 06:30

Keynote for iOS has always been designed around interaction more than its macOS counterpart, partly because it’s more likely you’ll be using a single screen to present than multiple monitors. That shows clearly in this minor update. And many of the new features bring Keynote for iOS into feature parity with its macOS counterpart, as well as a consistent interface and set of options alongside Pages and Numbers on both platforms.

Keynote for iOS: Apple Pencil support

Just as you can in the other iWork iOS apps (Pages and Numbers), Apple Pencil or your finger can be used to create drawings on iPads with Pencil support. This a useful improvement for Keynote—making as much sense here as in Pages—with the added benefit that Keynote for iOS can animate the drawings you create by effectively replaying them.

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Electric Jukebox Roxi review: Turn your TV into a music machine

Tue, 2018-04-10 06:00
Built for families and parties, Roxi can be slow on the draw, but it makes up for it in versatility.

Keynote 8 for Mac review: New image gallery, better interactivity with other iWork apps

Tue, 2018-04-10 06:00

Keynote 8 for Mac hasn’t reached the apex of its perfection, but Apple clearly didn’t have a wishlist of features to push it forward. The latest release for Mac brings it up to date with simultaneous releases of Keynote for iOS and Pages (Mac and iOS) and Numbers [Mac and iOS].

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The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA playoffs

Mon, 2018-04-09 23:12
How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle

Mon, 2018-04-09 20:45

As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting the best Fitbit model for your needs, however, isn’t quite as simple.

The different Fitbit trackers have a lot of overlap in features, and so it’s not straightforward which one is the “best.” Moving up the scale in price doesn’t necessarily mean you get all the features of the cheaper trackers plus additional ones.

That’s where we come in. We’ve boiled down the options into three simple picks that should match most people’s activity levels and styles.

Update 4/9/18: We've added a new category ("Best Fitbit for smartwatch fans"). You can read more about the winner, the Fitbit Versa, below.

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