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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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Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

Mon, 2018-04-09 14:30
PCWorld's Star Wars gift guide, is for people who are (or are shopping for) Star Wars fans who are also tech geeks. Our top picks range from droids to drones, from LEGOs to ugly sweaters, and even snow globes.

Amazon is selling a 2TB WD external hard drive for just $58.49

Mon, 2018-04-09 13:20

Portable hard drives are risky buys: It sometimes seems as though they break merely because you looked at them. Right now, though, Amazon is offering a decent 22 percent discount on the dependable 2TB WD Elements portable hard drive, which brings its price down from $75 to a more agreeable $58.49.

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Anker's wireless, waterproof SoundBuds Curve last 12 hours and are only $21 today

Mon, 2018-04-09 10:55

For a lot of us, one of the best motivators during a workout is a perfect playlist. Finding headphones built for action can be tricky and sometimes expensive, but right now you can get a pair of wireless Anker SoundBuds Curve ear buds for $20.99 on Amazon, down from their usual $27.99.

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Apple clads the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in (Product)Red to help fight HIV

Mon, 2018-04-09 09:57

The newest version of the iPhone 8 does justice to the Apple name while also doing good for humanity. On Monday, Apple announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (Product)Red Special Edition. The latest in a long line of (Product)Red editions from Apple, a portion of every sale of these blazing red phones go to the Global Fund’s HIV and AIDS grants, with Apple donating more than $120 million dollars since 2006.

It’s not just the rear of the phone getting a makeover. Look closely and you’ll see that the iPhone 8 (Product)Red Special Edition swaps the standard model’s white front out for a slick black sheen, too.

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Pages 7 for macOS review: Better workflow and tools for producing digital books

Mon, 2018-04-09 06:30

Pages 7 is the latest in a series of ongoing and gradual improvements to the 2013 “reboot” of Apple’s iWork suite or productivity apps, which also includes Numbers and Keynote. That reboot rewrote the apps from the ground up, but also omitted features that users had relied upon for years.

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Nest x Yale Lock review: Nest’s first smart lock is a solid effort, but it needs refinement

Mon, 2018-04-09 06:00
Nest’s partnership with Yale is a rocky combination.

Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker review: Good sound in a super small, very affordable package

Mon, 2018-04-09 06:00
Compact, with good sound for its size, the SoundCore 2 is a bargain at $39.

Pages 4 for iOS review: Update adds powerful support for book and complex document creation

Mon, 2018-04-09 06:00

With Pages 4 for iOS, Apple shifts the app's focus from being a fancy word processor with modest page-layout tools, to something that’s substantially more. Even as the app broadens its range of tasks, Apple also improved existing ones that lagged or were incomplete. As a result, Pages is a stronger overall app, and it also offers greater coordination and parity with the new Pages for macOS.

Pages 4 for iOS: Book creation

Pages 4 now comes with book templates for creating interactive ebooks, providing an end-to-end workflow instead of just an export option. These books can be nearly as richly capable and interactive (with a few exceptions) as those produced by iBooks Author. You can also now create drawings and use the Smart Annotation beta for graphical markup and highlighting with either an Apple Pencil or your finger.

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Stages: The Apple pundit journey of discovery

Sat, 2018-04-07 07:00

Breaking with tradition, the Macalope is here to link to a piece that he likes rather than one that has him banging his antlers against his desk.

Poor desk. It never did anything. It deserves a day off.

Jonathan Kim noticed the same thing the Macalope did about evolving opinion of The Verge’s Vlad Savov on Airpods.

“AirPods and the Three Stages of Apple Criticism.”

Yes, just like rockets, pundit opinions can have stages. And both can fail in extravagant and embarrassing explosions.

Kim’s three stages are Anger, which comes after the product is announced and pundits just know they hate it, Blaming the “Victims,” when the product’s success is the fault of those dumb Apple fans, and Acceptance, wherein the pundit realizes, hey, this product is actually good.

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Best smart home systems for a connected domicile

Fri, 2018-04-06 15:41
Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. These DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

Get Belkin’s 8-port USB-C dock for MacBooks for $60 off

Fri, 2018-04-06 14:14

Everybody loves ports, unless you’re Apple’s design team and you’re designing a new iPad. But if you’re not feeling enough port love on your MacBook, you might want to consider picking up Belkin’s USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD for roughly 27 percent off.

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