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How to scan QR codes with your iPhone or iPad

Thu, 2018-07-05 09:00

QR codes can be really handy. A grid of seemingly random black-and-white squares can hold enough information to store website URLs, contact information, email addresses, pre-defined SMS text messages, and even your WiFi SSID and password.

Put a QR code on your business card, and people can copy all your contact info into their phone in a heartbeat. Post a QR code somewhere in your house, and guests can use it to instantly sign on to your Wi-Fi network.

You used to need a third-party app to scan QR codes, but with iOS 11 Apple built it right into the camera app. It couldn't be easier to use.

How to scan a QR code
  1. First, open the Camera app.
  2. Then, point the camera at a QR code so it can see it clearly.

That's it! A notification should pop up with an action based on the QR code scanned. If it contains a Wi-Fi SSID and passcode, you can join the network with just a tap without the need for typing or tinkering with the Settings menu. If it contains contact info, you'll be prompted to add the person to your iPhone's Contacts.

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MacOS Mojave: How to customize and markup screenshots and screen recordings

Thu, 2018-07-05 08:00

Apple insists that iOS and macOS will never morph into the same digital beast, but at least it’s increasingly willing to share the most useful features between each platform.

Consider, for instance, the ability to markup screenshots in iOS 11. It quickly became one of our favorite tools on the iPhone, as you could quickly circle or highlight specific passages in a screenshot of an email or pinpoint a location in a photo and then send that file off to a friend in an iMessage.

With macOS Mojave, that same great feature comes to Apple’s desktop system, along with a pile of Mac-appropriate enhancements (many of which are familiar from Preview). Here’s how to use it.

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LumaFusion review: Pro video editing now a reality on iOS devices

Thu, 2018-07-05 07:00

When the iPad was introduced, critics dismissed the device as only good for ebook reading, internet browsing, and casual gaming. But when iMovie debuted on iPad less than a year later, it was clear Apple’s tablet ambitions were more grandiose.

Although great for quickly assembling short videos, the free iMovie for iOS never quite lived up to lofty expectations. There’s no indication the no-frills app will ever acquire the more robust mobile video editing skills of Final Cut Pro - and that’s just fine, because there’s already an app that does this quite nicely.

LumaFusion: Final Cut lite

LumaFusion is the first mobile video editor that lives up to the hype, one so ridiculously feature-packed, it seems unfair to pay the developer so little ($20) for it. Rather than reinvent the wheel, LumaFusion enables old-school multitrack editing—three tracks for video with audio, plus three for audio only—in a modular user interface reminiscent of the classic Final Cut Pro.

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DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue price hikes: The cost of more bloated bundles

Thu, 2018-07-05 06:00
DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue are raising prices, but don't call it cable all over again.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Thursday, July 5, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Wed, 2018-07-04 16:00

Apple Maps seems to be finally getting the attention it deserves. Have you been using the iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas? We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 612.

Watch us live

This episode of the Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Thursday, July 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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How to export an image and a video out of a HEIF Live Photo via macOS

Wed, 2018-07-04 08:00

A secret to why Apple’s Camera app on iOS produces great photos is that whenever the app is active, it keeps the camera active, not just when you press the button to capture an image. This helps it create fantastic high-dynamic range (HDR) images and produce a better photo when you tap that button by gathering information beyond that precise second.

It’s also how Live Photos works, when you have that feature enabled. The Camera app retains a few seconds of lower-resolution video at all times, and when you tap to take a picture, the resulting Live Photo has a few seconds before and trailing, as well as audio. It’s a little bit of a gimmick, but it also lets you get the sense of a moment in time better than a static shot.

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Sandmarc iPhone X Lenses review: Premium lenses that advance your iPhone photography

Wed, 2018-07-04 07:00

The very high end of phone photography has been primarily occupied by Moment lenses and pretty much no one else. Sandmarc, known for its filters and photography accessories for GoPros and drones, is now producing high quality lenses for iPhones—and Sandmarc is giving Moment a run for their money with new wide, fisheye, and macro lenses.

The Sandmarc Photography Edition is a set of three lenses that include a Wide, Fisheye, and Macro lens. Each lens is also sold individually.

Daniel Masaoka/IDG How to mount the Sandmarc lenses

Every lens comes with both an iPhone X case and a clip. It’s rare a case comes with a lens, so I appreciate the inclusion, despite the case being of generic quality and its thinness probably provides only a minimal amount of drop protection for the phone. One issue with the case is the current version can only mount a lens above the standard lens on the iPhone X, but Sandmarc says when they release their telephoto lens, the new case will have threading available over both the built-in standard and telephoto lenses.

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Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor review: This camera system alerts you to your child's sounds and movements

Wed, 2018-07-04 06:00
This smart device lets parents check on their little ones from anywhere they have internet access.

Tested: 10 adapters to make up for the iPhone's missing headphone jack

Wed, 2018-07-04 00:00

No headphone jack? No problem—or at least, not a problem that can’t be fixed with a solid adapter.

Apple caused quite the commotion when it dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and kept it off the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. (The iPhone SE still has a headphone jack...for now, anyway.) This means that all your old headphones with a 3.5mm plug need an adapter. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have been out since September 2016, and some of us still struggle with headphone jack woes.

But which adapter is right for you? We've tried a bunch, and found Apple's solutions and Belkin's adapters the most solidly built and reliable. You can try saving a few bucks with a cheap third-party adapter from Amazon, but our results there were hit and miss. Read on to find out why.

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Save 50% On PDF Expert For Mac ($25)

Tue, 2018-07-03 14:34

PDFs are king for transmitting files online, but editing them isn't possible with standard Mac software. This becomes problematic when you need to tweak a contract, electronically sign a form, or fill out those tax documents you've been putting off until the last minute. PDF Expert for Mac expands your device's editing potential, and it's on sale today for nearly 60% off.

An Apple Editors' Choice winner, PDF Expert allows your Mac to edit text, images, links, and outlines in PDFs. You can quickly fill out forms like taxes, applications, and orders, and seamlessly sign and merge PDFs. PDF Expert lets you share your PDFs across iPhone, iPad, and Mac, or with other users, and you can even password protect your files to ensure only the right users view them.

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Guild Wars 2's Roller Beetle reminds us that MMO mounts don't have to be dull

Tue, 2018-07-03 14:01

Multiplayer games are on a roll lately. By now you probably already know about Hammond, the adorable hamster who rolls about in an iron wrecking ball of death in Overwatch (and whom we tried our in a recent PCWorld Twitch stream). But as for me? I find I can’t stop thinking about Guild Wars 2’s Roller Beetles, which rolled out in the patch for GW2’s "Love Live the Lich" patch last week.

Ride one, and you’ll probably feel the same way. They’re the sixth mount in the newish Path of Fire expansion following the existing Raptors, Griffons, and the like, but they’re also likely the best mount I’ve ever ridden in an MMORPG.

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Ring Alarm review: A great DIY home security system with the potential to become even better

Tue, 2018-07-03 12:00
It’s strictly for home security today, but every bit of the infrastructure needed to build this into a robust smart home system is already in place.

Grab these great Prime Day deals on AmazonBasics electronics before they're gone

Tue, 2018-07-03 10:52

Right now, Amazon is offering some pretty solid discounts off a lot of its AmazonBasics electronics, with a variety of products offered at 20 percent off. But if you're a Prime member, they're even cheaper. Here are a few of the best:

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Amazon Prime Day Deals start now: Save on Echo Show, movies, Twitch, and more

Tue, 2018-07-03 10:14

Amazon Prime Day is back for its fourth annual outing on July 16, and this time Amazon promises 36 hours of deal mania, up from the usual 30. While the official kickoff isn't for another couple of weeks, Amazon is building up to the big day with some preliminary deals.

Remember, these deals are available only for Prime subscribers who pay a $119 annual fee ($59 for students) to get free two-day shipping on orders and a slew of other perks. If you aren't already a member, you'll be able to get a 30-day free trial just in time for all the deals.

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How to make sure you don’t delete referenced images in Photos for macOS

Tue, 2018-07-03 08:00

With images and videos that you want to index, note, modify, and manage, Photos for macOS has a powerful option that lets you store that media in its original locations, rather than copied into the Photos Library. In Photos > Preferences, in the General tab, simply uncheck Copy Items to the Photos Library.

Any media that’s referenced instead of copied will appear with a special confusing little icon that looks like an arrow pointing outside of a rectangle.


A tiny icon on referenced images indicates they’re not copied into the Photos library.

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Jabra Elite 65t true wireless earphones review: A true AirPod alternative

Tue, 2018-07-03 07:00

In the two years since Apple released its AirPods, true-wireless earphone makers have been working hard to match Cupertino’s balance of price, solid industrial design and pleasing audio. A few like Jaybird, with the excellent Run earphones, have come close. Others, like Bose and BeoPlay offer a superior audio experience compared to AirPods, but at a significantly higher price. And then you have the Jabra Elite 65t, which do almost everything better than Apple’s AirPods, but at an almost identical price.

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Crying dire wolf: The state of Apple Maps

Tue, 2018-07-03 06:00

Apple Maps is back in the news and you know what that means. (Yes, you do, Melba. Look inside yourself. You’ve always known.) It means it’s another excuse to complain about it being “not as good as” Google Maps.

Writing for The Inquirer, Roland Moore-Colyer says “Apple is reworking Maps to be less utterly dire.”

It’s true, it is the direst of mapping applications. It’s positively Fawcettian. Utterly Earhartian. A total cluster Scott.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: Everything you need to know about Amazon's shopping extravaganza

Tue, 2018-07-03 02:34
It might only be summer, but Amazon wants you to pull out your wallet like it's Black Friday. Here's what you need to know about the retailer's upcoming sale bonanza on July 16th and 17th.

Get our favorite Apple Watch for 20 percent off at Best Buy today

Mon, 2018-07-02 13:53

Deals on the regular Apple Watch Series 3 aren’t all that uncommon, but finding deals on the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE is almost as tough as finding someone with two HomePods. Thankfully—today only—Best Buy is selling a gigantic selection of certified refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 units for 20 percent off as one of its Deals of the Day.

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iPhone 2018 rumors: Apple's new 18W USB-C power adapter spotted

Mon, 2018-07-02 12:41

Updated 07/02/18: Chinese site Chongdiantou has photos of what it claims is an engineering sample of Apple's new 18W USB-C power adapter.

Now that we’re well into 2018, rumors about the next iPhone have started to pile up. We’ll keep track of everything that’s being said and analyze what seems feasible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

USB-C Power adapter photos leaked

The Chinese site Chongdiantou has what it claims are early images from someone in Apple's supply chain of the USB-C power adapter that is said to ship with this year's iPhones.

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