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How to restore missing expansion triangles in the Finder

Thu, 2018-03-08 08:00

One of the most basic things you can do in the Finder in list view is expand a folder by clicking a triangle to the left of its name. This unfurls its contents. (Option-click and it expands all sub-folders.)

However, Macworld reader Walter writes in on behalf of a friend whose triangles are missing! This isn’t a geometric problem, but rather one of organization I expect. Apple offers two separate ways to display items in a Finder window in list view: Sort By and Arrange By. They’re two different kinds of things easily mistaken for each other.


When using Arrange By in the Finder in the list view, folders don’t have expansion triangles.

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Xiaomi 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank Pro review: A battery pack that lives up to its name

Thu, 2018-03-08 07:00
Not only is the Mi Power Bank Pro small enough to tote around everywhere, it's capable of charging all the things.

Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice for Mac users

Thu, 2018-03-08 07:00

With the internet abuzz with privacy concerns and the potential changes coming to net neutrality, you’ve likely heard about virtual private networks, better known as VPNs. When used correctly, a VPN can greatly strengthen your online privacy, assist in keeping your personal information secure, and even spoof your location in the world—allowing you to access websites or services that would otherwise be off limits due to region-locking.

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CyberGhost VPN review: A speedy VPN provider that's easy to use

Thu, 2018-03-08 06:55

First, let’s address the spooky stuff that pertains to paranoid types, journalists, and political activists. CyberGhost’s offices are located in Bucharest, Romania, a country not known for sharing online information with western intelligence concerns or law enforcement agencies. Don’t feel too cozy about it, though: The company was recently sold to Crossrider, which is based on The Isle of Man—a British Crown Dependency.

England is a member of the Five Eyes (FVEY) data intelligence sharing program. If you consider using CyberGhost, be aware any sensitive information you send or receive could fall under direct government scrutiny. On top of that, Crossrider is a digital product company, and one of the products that it offers is ad server software for targeting mobile hardware.

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NordVPN review: This VPN’s features make it hard to beat

Thu, 2018-03-08 06:45

Launched in 2008, NordVPN is arguably one of the more popular, high-profile VPN service providers operating today. While payments for service are processed through CloudVPN—a company based in the United States—NordVPN is based in Panama (a country that doesn’t participate in the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, or Fourteen Eyes communications interception/sharing agreements). Accordingly, users should be safe from untargeted government data trawling.

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SaferVPN review: Good features overshadowed by privacy concerns

Thu, 2018-03-08 06:35

SaferVPN has been around since 2013 and is located in Israel—a country with stringent privacy laws that shield companies and citizens from its many forms of government surveillance. This, combined with the company’s no-logging policy, should keep any of your online doings safely under wraps while you’re using their services.

However, Israel has been known to share information with Five Eyes (FVEY), an intelligence sharing agreement between the U.S.A, U.K., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. That the company maintains an office in New York City compounds concerns over this point. If you live in a Five, Nine, or Fourteen Eyes country and have concerns that regional laws may not be enough to keep your online activities from being shared with your government, SaferVPN’s services may not be for you.

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TunnelBear VPN review: An option for occasional VPN users

Thu, 2018-03-08 06:25

Unsure if you’ll use a VPN often enough to warrant paying for it, or only occasionally require the security that using one provides? TunnelBear could be the service that you’re looking for.

Based in Toronto, Canada, the company has a strict no-logging policy that pertains to user IP addresses, DNS queries, or information you accessed online while connected to its servers. However, TunnelBear is obliged by Canadian law to hand over user names, email addresses, the amount of data used while accessing their servers, and credit-card information should law enforcement or a federal agency come knocking. Also, because Canada participates in the Five Eye program, this information could be accessed by American agencies, too. That said, most people will have little to fear from these circumstances.

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TorGuard VPN review: A VPN service designed for extreme privacy

Thu, 2018-03-08 06:15

It’s tempting to believe that VPN provider TorGuard is in cahoots with the internet privacy-oriented Tor Network. But it isn’t. If anything, the “Tor” in TorGuard likely stands for “torrenting.”

Hooking the VPN’s raison d’etre to torrenting may raise eyebrows, as the technology is often used to illegally download copyrighted media from a peer-to-peer network. But the fact remains that TorGuard offers extra layers of privacy protection for not just torrenting, but for all types of data transfers, and that’s a selling point for anyone concerned about being surveilled.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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VyprVPN review: A VPN committed to online user security, privacy, and an open internet

Thu, 2018-03-08 06:05

While VyprVPN has offices in Texas, its parent company, Golden Frog, is incorporated in Switzerland. For anyone that doesn’t want their government to know what they get up to online, this is great news: Switzerland owes no allegiance to the Five, Nine, or Fourteen Eyes programs.

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5 signs you’re not ready to cut the cable TV cord

Thu, 2018-03-08 06:00
Thinking of cutting the cord? Here are 5 signs you're not ready to drop cable.

Get a 2016 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and cellular at Costco for just $400

Wed, 2018-03-07 15:53

Costco’s been rolling out some good ideals for iPad models lately. Last month I told you about great deal with a regular iPad, but this month Costco members can pick up the 2016 9.7-inch 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and Cellular for just $400. If you don’t mind slapping down some additional cash, you can get the 256GB model for just $500. The catch? Both are only available in gold or rose gold. (You’ll find the rose gold 256GB unit here.)

Still, this is an impressive offer, especially if you consider that the device was originally listed as $879. Even now, the best price you can find on Amazon for the same gold model is $499, and the silver model still sells for a whopping $795.95. Costco’s sale lasts until next Wednesday, March 14, or at least until Costco runs out of units. Shipping is included in the price.

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Samsung wants your TV to disappear

Wed, 2018-03-07 14:15
A new 8K UHD, microLED, ambient mode, and smart features for your phone were all touted at today's Samsung 2018 TV press presentation

Save Over 60% Photolemur Spectre, The AI-Powered Photo Editing Tool

Wed, 2018-03-07 11:29

Editing photos doesn't have to be a mind-numbing slog of trial and error. Photolemur Spectre is the world's first automated photo enhancement solution for Mac, and it uses image recognition and artificial intelligence to automatically enhance your photos in batches at a time. And now, family licenses for Photolemur Spectre are on sale for more than 60% off their usual price.

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How to manually add apps to your iOS devices in iTunes 12.7

Wed, 2018-03-07 08:00

Last fall’s release of iTunes 12.7 disappointed a lot of people with the abruptness of change. The most notable one was removing the ability for iTunes to handle backing up iOS apps and syncing them directly. Henceforth, you have to use internet-based retrieval of yours app for a new iOS device or after a wipe and restore.

However, there’s still a way to add apps manually, though Apple doesn’t make it easy. Macworld reader Kate wrote in asking about how to get a few apps, including sticker packs, that were no longer being distributed on the App Store, and thus couldn’t be restored as a previous purchase.

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iOS 11: How to hide sensitive info in notification previews

Wed, 2018-03-07 07:00

We all love the ability to pick up our phone and see notifications on the lock screen. It lets us know if those last few alerts are something we need to act on, or if we can put our phone back down and focus on what we were doing.

Notifications on the lock screen used to be a double-edged sword. They're convenient, but anyone could just pick up your phone and see the content of your text messages or the start of every email you receive.

Fortunately, iOS 11 has made it easy to have your cake and eat it, too. You can show notifications on the lock screen but hide the content of them until you unlock your device. That way, you can still see if that buzzing from your phone is a new iMessage or just Candy Crush without making your texts public to anyone who cares to look.

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MacBook Air: Why won’t it die?

Wed, 2018-03-07 06:00

As someone who has been a user of the MacBook Air since the very beginning, I want to take a moment to lament its passing. But I can’t, because how can I miss it if it won’t go away? The MacBook Air, with its classic USB ports, previous-generation Apple keyboard, and big silver bezels around a non-Retina screen, is a time capsule of early 2010s Apple hardware design—and you can still buy one, brand new.

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OneCast impressions: Streaming Xbox One games to your Mac works much better than expected

Tue, 2018-03-06 19:32

Mac gaming is no longer in quite the sorry shape it was in the days before Apple started using Intel chips, but game developers clearly still think of it as an afterthought. Truth is, if you really want to play the best new PC games on a Mac, it’s often better just to partition a bit of your hard drive for Windows (through a virtual machine like Parallels) or to stream games from another system. Waiting for a Mac port is like waiting for George R.R. Martin to finish A Song of Ice and Fire.

As we shared last year, few streaming apps pull this off quite so neatly as Nvidia’s GeForce Now, as the service hosts entire PC games you own on Nvidia’s servers and you simply stream them to your Mac if you have a strong internet connection. You don’t need ridiculously priced GPUs, and you don’t even need a proper PC. Unfortunately, it’s still locked behind a public beta that remains tough to get into.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 2018-03-06 15:00

What would we'd like to see in iOS 12? Will there be a cheaper MacBook Air? Will Apple release new headphones? Is iTunes LP on its way out? We'll cover these topics and well as your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Jason Cross, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 595.

Watch us live

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

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Report: Apple is killing off the iTunes LP format

Tue, 2018-03-06 13:06

Remember iTunes LPs? Don’t worry, a lot of us had forgotten about them. Launched in 2009, the iTunes LP was a format that encouraged iTunes patrons to buy entire albums by adding in video documentary extras, bonus tracks, liner notes, and sometimes even fancy interactive elements. It was the iTunes download equivalent of the Enhanced CD, and meant to help sell complete albums in an age where users could simply buy the two songs they like off of it for $0.99 each.

It looks like this somewhat forgotten feature is fading away. According to a report from UK site Metro, Apple sent a letter to music producers which states that, “Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPs after March 2018.” What’s more, the letter says that sales of currently-available iTunes LPs will be phased out over the course of the year. “Existing LPs will be deprecated from the store during the remainder of 2018. Customers who have previously purchased an album containing an iTunes LP will still be able to download the additional content using iTunes Match,” it says.

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Save Over 80% On A Lifetime Of WhiteSmoke Premium Spelling & Grammar Editor

Tue, 2018-03-06 10:46

Let's face it: Not all of us were meant to be writers on par with Ernest Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald. But, that's still no excuse to send out typo-laden emails and vague correspondence—at least not while you have WhiteSmoke Premium at your disposal. Using advanced technology, WhiteSmoke checks your work for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style errors, and lifetime subscriptions are on sale for over 80% off.

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