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Apple updates macOS High Sierra to version 10.13.6

Mon, 2018-07-09 17:24

Apple on Monday released an update to macOS High Sierra. The update comes on the heels of iO 11.4.1, watchOS 4.3.2, and tvOS 11.4.1, which were released earlier in the day.

AirPlay users will want to install this update sooner than later. MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 includes AirPlay 2 multi-room support, so you can now play music on multiple AirPlay 2 speakers and control them on the Mac.

According to the release notes, the 10.13.6 update also:

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Save $90 on an Apple Watch Series 3 from Target

Mon, 2018-07-09 14:13

Target has been targeting Apple users as of late, and that’s a good thing. Just yesterday the retailer offered a rare massive discount on Apple’s AirPods, but the inventory vanished by the time I had the article ready. Fortunately, today Target (through Google Express) is offering a fantastic 25 percent discount for the Apple Watch Series 3 when you enter the code EXTRA25 at checkout.

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Apple releases 11.4.1 bug-fix updates for iOS, tvOS, and HomePod, plus watchOS 4.3.2

Mon, 2018-07-09 14:04

Apple has begun rolling out a suite of OS updates. For your iPhone or iPad, it’s iOS 11.4.1. For Apple TV, it’s tvOS 11.4.1. HomePod used a variant of the same OS, and thus its version number is 11.4.1 as well. For Apple Watch, you’ll see a watchOS 4.3.2 update.

These are point releases that don’t add new features, but rather fix bugs and optimize performance. 

This is the 15th update after the initial release of iOS 11 on September 19, 2017, which makes iOS 11 the most-updated version of iOS ever.

What’s new?

iOS 11.4 added Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2, and HomePod stereo pairing. This 11.4.1 update only fixes bugs found in the last six weeks since its release. Specifically, Apple calls out improvements in the ability to locate your AirPods in the Find My iPhone app as well as syncing mail, contacts, and calendars with Exchange servers.

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Anker's popular fast-chargers and portable batteries are on sale for unheard-of prices, today only

Mon, 2018-07-09 12:15

Forget about Christmas in July. This year, you can save big with Black Friday in July. Amazon Prime Day kicks off on July 16, and the retailer’s warming up for the blowout by offering some steep deals leading up to the event. Today, you can snag all manner of Anker’s popular chargers, cables, and portable batteries at mostly unheard-of savings. The discounts end at midnight Pacific time Monday, and you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber (or sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial) to claim them.

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Amazon Prime members can grab a 50-inch 4K TV for $290 today

Mon, 2018-07-09 09:47
Amazon's selling a 50-inch 4K TV for $290, but you've got to be a Prime member to get the deal.

Adobe Creative Cloud: Pricing, discounts, and free trials for Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, and more

Mon, 2018-07-09 08:00

Adobe is easily the biggest name in digital creativity. While it’s best known for its flagship products such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Premier, Adobe has a whole fleet of software for creative professionals and hobbyists in the areas of photography, video and film editing, web development, animation, sound engineering and more. Interested? All of it can be accessed through Adobe’s online portal known as the Creative Cloud, via a yearly subscription payable either monthly or in one lump sum. 

Subscribing to the Creative Cloud’s entire collection of apps at $52.99 gives you plenty of tools to fuel your creative drive, and offers the best price-per-program value. But this could be overkill if you’re only looking to use one particular app, or your interest is in a single subject—say, photography.

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How to avoid losing media when working with iCloud Photo Library

Mon, 2018-07-09 07:00

I may have noted before that we receive more questions about Photos for macOS than any other topic at Mac 911. A recent set of questions from Macworld reader Pedro bring up an interesting intersection of potential pitfalls, some of which I’ve answered individually before, but which are useful to look at together.

Pedro has a small disk drive on his MacBook Air, just 128GB, and thus is wrestling like many people with keeping his entire Photos library on the internal drive. He has iCloud Photo Library active, and wants to rely on it, but is already running out of space. He has three questions.

Syncing, disabling, deleting, and then syncing. Pedro knows that deleting an image off the laptop will delete it everywhere when iCloud Photo Library is active, something I’ve reminded readers of time and time again. That’s good to know. However, he wonders about this scenario:

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Shark Ion Robot 750 review: Shark's first robot vacuum is a mixed bag

Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
Shark's budget-friendly robot vacuum navigates obstacles well and has an elegant app, but falls surprisingly short on the cleaning quality.

Shark Ion Robot 750 review: Shark's first robot vacuum is a mixed bag

Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
Shark's budget-friendly robot vacuum navigates obstacles well and has an elegant app, but falls surprisingly short on the cleaning quality.

NItro Pro 12 review: A better document workflow

Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
With full Nitro Cloud integration, Nitro Pro makes it easier to prepare PDFs and get them signed.

How the App Store changed my world (and probably yours, too)

Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00

A little over a decade ago I bailed on the Ph.D. program that had consumed my life for three years. The piles of papers—filled with highlighted quotations—had started to look like skyscrapers. Keeping all the whole mess organized felt like rebuilding the Golden Gate Bridge from its component atoms. My soul screamed for an app that would let me compare photos on the fly. I had better reasons for jumping ship, of course, but it’s these frustrations that slice through my memories all these years later. All things considered, I don’t regret my decision.

And yet.

All the recent talk about the App Store’s 10th anniversary makes me wonder if I’d have finished it if I had access to the same apps I now enjoy on my iPhone and my iPad. That sometimes makes the frustrations feels almost fun. Discussions of the App Store’s impact tend to focus on how it gave thousands of small-time developers a good way to make money or how it changed our social lives; we give relatively little attention to how it simplified our routines. I don’t think I’d be the same person I am today without it. Heck, I’ll bet the same could be said about you.

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Expectations game: iPhone killers never pan out

Sat, 2018-07-07 07:00

Is the iPhone even on sale anymore? Has anyone checked? The reason The Macalope asks is because there have been so many “iPhone killers” that one of them must have actually killed it by now, right?

Nope. The Macalope just went to Apple’s website and it turns out it’s still available for sale. Which is surprising.

Back in December, BGR was foreseeing big trouble for Apple because the Galaxy S9 was going to be released a month earlier than the S8 had been released.

Simply put, that’s awful news for Apple.

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Save $150 on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro at Target today

Fri, 2018-07-06 15:57

The new 9.7-inch iPad is cool and all, but sometimes it’s best to go Pro. Fortunately, today Target is selling the 512GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi for just $849.99 shipped, which nets you a $150 discount on one of the best tablets around.

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How to move multiple Safari tabs at once in macOS

Fri, 2018-07-06 08:00

When tabbed browsers first appeared, I was dubious. I liked my various windows that I could arrange! Over time, browers improved tab management and tools, and I adapted. I often have multiple windows open, each with a particular task or project, with many tabs in each.

But what do you do when you have a bunch of tabs in one window and want to move them to another window? Safari lets you drag tabs one at a time: hold down on the tab and drag and a tiny window appears that you drag into another open window (either onto a tab or into the tab bar). Or you can release it and it becomes a freestanding window of its own.

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You can add all the tabs in a window to a bookmarks folder.

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Wyze Cam Pan review: Premium features, budget price

Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00
Wyze Labs' $30 pan-and-tilt camera can hold its own with the big brands.

Wyze Cam Pan review: Premium features, budget price

Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00
Wyze Labs' $30 pan-and-tilt camera can hold its own with the big brands.

Apple: A little more color, please

Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00

Apple has a long back and forth relationship with the role of color in its products. Even looking back at the original Macintosh, which debuted with a black and white display at a time when the company’s long-running Apple II line boasted color graphics. (The Apple II which, it should also be noted, gave us the venerable six-color Apple logo.)

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In more recent years, color has played a part in the outward facing part of Apple’s products as well. When the first iMac appeared on the scene in 1998, its most distinctive feature was the bright Bondi Blue exterior, which later multiplied into a variety of different options and set the tone for Apple products of its era.

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Next year's iPhone: Does the modem really matter?

Thu, 2018-07-05 17:34

Do you know which company makes the modem in your iPhone?

If you’re a hardware geek like me, maybe. Apple sources modems from both Qualcomm and Intel, using slightly different modems in different models by carrier and region. The U.S. version of the iPhone for Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular uses a modem from Qualcomm (the X16), as does the carrier-unlocked version. The version sold by T-Mobile and AT&T uses an Intel modem (the XMM 7480). The biggest difference is that the Qualcomm modem supports both CDMA and GSM networks while the Intel one only supports GSM.

Recently, a report from Calcalist claimed that Apple was considering using Intel’s upcoming 5G “Sunny Peak” wireless chip in the 2020 iPhone, but has since canceled its order. Should you care? Does it really make a difference?

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Bear Motion's $19 solar-powered flashlight will also charge your phone in a pinch

Thu, 2018-07-05 10:28

Bear Motion's self-powered radio/flashlight combo is $19 on Amazon today, down from an average price of $24. You can never be too prepared, and an emergency multi-function flashlight can add peace of mind and convenience anywhere, from home to camping and beyond.  

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Spontaneous sharing: Samsung’s newest innovation

Thu, 2018-07-05 10:00

Things have calmed down a bit after WWDC, so let’s take a look and see how everything is going on the other side of the…

“Samsung phones are spontaneously texting users’ photos to random contacts without their permission.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Len and Alter Eggo.)

Oh. Wow, was not expecting that. Well, who uses their smartphone to take anything other than pictures of shriners riding on tiny motorcycles, right? This is probably just the next logical step after having a commercial featuring a guy taking a movie of a woman without her permission.

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