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Intel Inside: The CPUs Apple could stuff in the next MacBooks

Wed, 2018-04-04 08:00

With Intel’s introduction of its 8th generation Coffee Lake CPUs on Tuesday, it’s again that time of the year when the reality TV show called MacBook gets to act as a romance-seeking laptop looking for new internals.

While the future of the MacBook could see a marriage with an Apple-made ARM processor, the immediate future of the MacBook sees the continuation of the courtship with Intel and its x86 CPUs.

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How a custom processor could make Apple’s MacBooks exciting again

Wed, 2018-04-04 07:00

It’s been a long while since Mac users had reason to get excited over a new chip. It’s not that Intel isn’t packing heat—just yesterday the first round of Coffee Lake laptop chips were unveiled with six cores and the promise of 5GHz speeds—but ever since Apple transitioned to x86 processors, cores and clock speeds don’t mean quite as much to the Mac as they once did.

Back when Macs ran on RISC processors, speed was the only thing that mattered. While the rest of the PC market had Intel inside, Apple’s computers had giant chips on their proverbial shoulders, as the Mac sought to convince Windows users that they were faster and more power efficient than their Pentium counterparts. Steve Jobs famously held bake-offs on stage to drive home that very point, and Mac users eagerly awaited each new update to see how much higher the bar would be raised.

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Fiio X7 Mark II review: You can swap out the amplifier in this Android-based high-res audio player

Wed, 2018-04-04 06:00
The Fiio X7 Mark II’s modular architecture, apps, and sweet sound make this a great choice for serious music lovers who want an Andriod-based hi-res audio player.

Best DVR for cord cutters

Tue, 2018-04-03 20:24
TiVo Roamio OTA vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. HDHomeRun with Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam review: All the essentials in an affordably priced security camera

Tue, 2018-04-03 15:13
This security camera delivers crystal-clear video, sound and motion detection, and integration with Amazon's Echo Show smart speaker and display.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 2018-04-03 15:00

Macworld’s Leif Johnson has been using the new iPad for the past week. What does he think so far? Bloomberg says that Apple may use its own processors in Macs starting in 2020. Apple has released a beta of iOS 11.4. We also feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 599.

Watch us live

The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Outfit your home with Amazon Cloud Cams for up to $70 off today

Tue, 2018-04-03 10:26

Even if you don't want to trust Amazon to deliver packages inside your home, you can still use their excellent Cloud Cam security cameras to keep an eye on your stuff. And since you'll probably need more than one, Amazon is running a great deal when you buy two or more today.

Pick up a pair of Alexa-compatible Amazon Cloud Cam security cameras and you'll save $40, bringing the price down to $100 each. Buy a third and you'll save $70, meaning each camera costs $96, just $6 more than the lowest price we've ever seen.

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B&H has a 4TB external hard drive for $20 cheaper than anywhere else today

Tue, 2018-04-03 09:43

Everybody needs a little backup in their life. That's doubly true for anyone with a big media library or a trove of documents worth preserving. Today, B&H Photo has a 4TB Western Digital desktop external hard drive for $80. That's about $20 cheaper than the current price at Amazon and Best Buy, and $40 below the MSRP.

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macOS: How to use Spotlight’s query language to create an All My Files-like feature

Tue, 2018-04-03 08:00

Recently, I noted that the All My Files feature present in macOS for several releases until macOS 10.13 High Sierra, had disappeared, replaced by an inferior Recents display—and that it couldn’t be restored. A Macworld reader wrote in to note that with the use of Spotlight’s lightly documented underlying query language, you could restore the function.

I avoided this in this previous column for two reasons, but if you’re willing to go through some configuration and picky details, you could find it worthwhile. First, it requires learning some programming-like syntax to construct a query, and even the tiniest error in typing or construction will keep it from working without any errors that give you clues of how to fix it. That can be frustrating, but I can at least provide the recipe to paste in. Second, depending on the age of your Mac and how many files on yoru drive, the All My Files replacement could take a long time to run or update, or even slow the Finder down.

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Twelve South HiRise Duet and Belkin Valet Charge Dock review: Which iPhone and Apple Watch charging dock is better?

Tue, 2018-04-03 07:00

The more electronic devices you bring into your life, the more things you’ll have to charge to make sure that they’re ready when you need them—and that’s especially true with smartphones and smartwatches. For the average user, both the iPhone and Apple Watch need to be charged daily to ensure that they can last through another frame.

Adding an Apple Watch to your daily ensemble means another thing to manage, and another thing to make sure ends up on a charger at night. That was one of the big reasons why I fell out of an everyday routine with the Watch: I’d forget to charge it, find it sapped of battery life the next time I wanted to wear it, and then I’d stop using it for a while. If you have a bad habit of moving around your Apple Watch charger, or just don’t want to have a bunch of cables on your bedside table, there are a couple of docks that can elegantly handle both devices at once.

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No good deed: Punishing Apple’s Battery Health indicator

Tue, 2018-04-03 06:00

After tables were flipped over Apple slowing down older phones with failing batteries instead of letting them shut down, Apple offered an apology and a fix. Well, we can’t have that, now, can we?

Writing for Mashable, Damon Beres says “The iPhone’s new ‘battery health’ feature is a little hit of anxiety.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Chris, Peter and Nick.)

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April Fools' Day gags you may have missed

Mon, 2018-04-02 14:51

Sunday was April 1, aka April Fools' Day. It was also Easter. And, Sunday tends to be a slow day on the internet, since people are doing other things. With all those factors in mind, there’s a chance you missed out on the April Fools' gags on the web this year.

But not to worry! We've scoured the web for some of the best April Fools' gags that made the rounds on last weekend. If you want to get your Monday started with a good laugh (or at least a feeling of slight amusement, considering the lameness of some of these gags), check out the list below.

Google Maps: Where’s Waldo

Waldo (known as Wally in the U.K.), the main character of the popular Where’s Waldo children’s books, found his way into Google Maps. You can try to find Waldo-as well as his buddies Wenda, Wizard Whitebeard, Odlaw, and Woof (just his tail)-in the Google Maps iOS app or on the Google Maps website.

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Report: Apple to use its own chips in Macs starting in 2020

Mon, 2018-04-02 14:50

A (very brief) report from Ian King and Mark Gurman at Bloomberg states that Apple will begin using its own chips in Macs, replacing processors from Intel, beginning in 2020. The report only cites "people familiar with the plans," but Gurman has a very good track record for Apple rumors.

Of course, predicting the moves of any major tech company two years out is sketchy at best; even if you're accurate at the time, plans can and do change.

The report is very brief and developing, but it says the initiative is code-named Kalamata and is part of a larger effort to get iOS devices and macOS devices to work together better. The plan has been approved by company executives, and the transition away from Intel chips will probably happen in multiple steps.

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How well does the new 9.7-inch iPad handle games? Apple Arcade episode 4

Mon, 2018-04-02 14:30

Apple’s cozy chats about the new 9.7-inch iPad making its way into classrooms focus heavily on affordability, privacy, and quizzing software. But let’s admit it: Many students are going to be spending a lot more time in class playing Fortnite than scribbling out notes with their fancy new Apple Pencils.

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iOS 11.4: First beta released to developers with Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2

Mon, 2018-04-02 14:09

iOS 11.3 was released on March 29 after more than two months of beta testing. It added several new features, including battery health and performance settings, four new Animojis, Business Chat and Health Records betas, and a bit upgrade to ARKit.

Two big features we've been waiting on since the release of iOS 11 last year were notably absent: AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud. Both features were included in beta, but were cut from the final release. Those features are unlikely to get pushed back to iOS 12 (due for release this fall), which means iOS 11 will have yet another point release.

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Give your outlets a dose of AI with these great deals on smart plugs

Mon, 2018-04-02 11:00

There may be new smart version of use about every device we use, but most of the lights and small appliances we already have in our homes are still too “dumb” to connect to our smart systems. To bring them up to speed, smart plugs can add convenience and control to any Wi-Fi connected home.

The Wemo mini smart plug is on sale for $24.99 on Amazon, the lowest price since Black Friday. In our four-star review, we especially liked this plug for its connectivity and simple, compact design. Once connected to Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to control your Wemo smart plug via voice or by using the Belkin app, and you'll be able to schedule at time for it to turn off or choose a “randomize” option to make it look like you’re home when you’re out of the house.

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Get an Apple Watch Series 1 for a ridiculously low $149 at Walmart today

Mon, 2018-04-02 09:36

If you’ve been watching for good deals on Apple Watch, you’ll be hard-pressed to beat Walmart’s current offer. You can get the 38mm Apple Watch Series 1 for a mere $149 while supplies last, which might not be that long. Apple normally sells the device for $249, which means today’s deal knocks off a full $100. The same $100 discount applies to the larger 42mm Apple Watch Series 1, which brings the price down from $279 to $179.

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Wrap your iPhone X in an Apple Leather Case for 30 percent less today

Mon, 2018-04-02 08:31

Apple’s leather cases are among the best ways to protect your iPhone, but they can also be among the most expensive. You can get one for cheap today for your iPhone X—but you'll need to act fast.

Amazon is selling several of Apple’s leather iPhone X case for up to 30 percent off. Normally priced at $49, the models that have discounts are:

The saddle brown and (Product)Red cases are the best prices we’ve seen for these colors, while the charcoal gray color is just $1 off the all-time low.

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The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from March 2018

Mon, 2018-04-02 07:00
March's iOS games

Image by Epic Games

March was a huge month for iOS game releases, as two of the world’s most popular PC and console games made their way to iPhone and iPad—and the core games are nearly identical to each other, to boot. Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds both brought their raucous 100-player online shootouts to iOS this month, and they both play impressively well on touch.

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