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5 things the iPad Pro should steal from the Pixel Slate (and 3 things it shouldn’t)

Thu, 2018-11-29 09:00

The iPad Pro’s closest competitor has arrived. Google’s Pixel Slate is a 12.3-inch Chrome OS-based tablet with slim bezels, no home button, USB-C support, lots of magnets, and a $200 companion keyboard. But for all of their similarities, the Pixel Slate and iPad Pro are quite different. Here are a few things Apple’s should “borrow” from the Pixel Slate for the next revision (and a few it should pass on).

5 things the iPad Pro should steal from the Pixel Slate A second USB port

Like the iPad Pro, the Pixel Slate’s only connection is USB-C (there’s no headphone jack), but Google does Apple one better by adding a second port. No matter which side your outlet is on, you’ll be able to plug in without wrapping the wire around the screen. Google also positions the ports on the bottom rather than the center of the edge, so it looks much nicer when plugged in.

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CleanMyMac X review: Tune-up Mac app hampered by its malware detection

Thu, 2018-11-29 08:00

CleanMyMac X is MacPaw’s catch-all software crud and gunk remover for the Mac. This version swings for the fences, with new features such as a malware scanner, extensions manager, and a universal updater for all of your application programs. This is in addition to CleanMyMac X’s core functions, which include tools for smart cleanup, system junk, mail attachments, iTunes junk, trash bins, a large and old files scanner, privacy scanner, and application uninstaller.


CleanMyMac X's new menu bar menu.

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Couldn’t have said it better: Rumors don’t doom Apple

Thu, 2018-11-29 07:00

You can’t swing a 30-pin dock connector cable these days without hitting a pundit wailing about the Apple doom that the current swath rumors of iPhone production cuts must mean.

Not that The Macalope is suggesting you should do that.

If anyone is watching.

Anyway, while the furry one maintains that you can’t trust these thinly-sourced supply chain rumors, there are seemingly a lot more thinly-sourced supply chain rumors this year than in previous years. Is it smoke or are analysts just smelling burnt toast again? When you add in a particularly bad turn in the market overall and the threat of tariffs on products made in China and, yeah, #AAPL is down quite a bit.

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Kangaroo Motion Sensor review: This home security system only goes halfway

Thu, 2018-11-29 06:00
This home security system sure sounds inexpensive, but it's no bargain.

Amazon's eye for sports could shatter TV as we know it

Thu, 2018-11-29 06:00
Amazon buying regional Fox Sports networks could fulfill our a la carte sports dreams, but at a cost.

How an Apple TV stick could make Apple’s video streaming service an instant hit

Thu, 2018-11-29 06:00

You might have missed it between all the turkey brining and Black Friday sales, but last week The Information reported that Apple considered making a tiny AppleTV “stick” similar to those made by competitors like Amazon and Roku.

Up to now, Apple has been steadfast in holding the line on Apple TV pricing. When the company introduced the Apple TV 4K, it didn’t even drop the price on the fourth-generation model—they’re still both for sale, at starting prices of $149 and $179 respectively.

Compare that to the competition: You can buy a Fire TV Stick for $40 and a 4K version for $50, and comparable devices from Roku cost $30 and $40, respectively. Yes, these sticks are underpowered compared to Apple’s box—Roku’s Apple TV equivalent box is $100—but no matter how you measure it, Apple’s not competitive in the TV box market when it comes to price.

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HideIPVPN review: Great if you need a speedy connection via Germany

Wed, 2018-11-28 19:03
HideIPVPN is easy to use, but its performance leaves a lot to be desired.

Cyber Week Steal: Get The Insta360 Nano S iPhone VR Camera For Over 30% Off

Wed, 2018-11-28 15:41

For decades, photos and videos were the best mediums to share your travel experiences with your friends and family. However, VR takes this to the extreme by giving your loved ones a 360° view of your surroundings. Your iPhone alone can’t capture VR footage and images, but with this handy Insta360 Nano S VR Camera, you can turn your iPhone into a VR content creation device.

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Report: Apple Watch Series 4 ECG coming in watchOS 5.1.2

Wed, 2018-11-28 14:33

The Apple Watch Series 4 is Apple’s biggest upgrade for its popular wearable to date, but we’re still waiting for one of its marquee features. In September, Apple made a big deal about the device’s ability to perform an electrocardiogram—abbreviated as ECG or EKG—for your heart by putting your finger on the crown and waiting for 30 seconds. It might be the Series 4’s coolest new trick, but it has perpetually been listed as “coming later this year,” and the year is coming to a close.

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Google Fi wireless service now works with iPhones and most Android phones, but there’s a catch

Wed, 2018-11-28 12:21
Google has opened and rebranded its Project Fi service to work on nearly every phone available, but you're really only getting T-Mobile service.

High-capacity Samsung EVO SD cards are selling at all-time low prices—get 64GB for just $11

Wed, 2018-11-28 11:23
Samsung's EVO Select micro SD cards offer plenty of storage at all-time low prices.

Giveaway: Win a 2018 11-inch iPad Pro!

Wed, 2018-11-28 09:00

The new iPad Pro is an incredible machine, and it boasts cool features such as a faster processor, Face ID support, USB-C connectivity, as well as support for a greatly improved Apple Pencil. Normally you’d have to pay at least $799 for one, but we’re teaming up with AnyTrans to give one away to a lucky Macworld reader for the low price of free!

If you win, you’ll specifically get a space gray 11-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and 64GB of storage.

You'll also win a free pre-activated version of the AnyTrans service for transferring, backing up, and managing your data. We especially like AnyTrans because it offers more control over the data you import to your new device than Apple’s own iCloud options.

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How to restore missing photos after downgrading iCloud storage

Wed, 2018-11-28 07:00

iCloud storage isn’t expensive, especially compared to Apple’s competitors. If you use iCloud Photos (the new name for iCloud Photo Library), it’s easy to exceed the 5GB of free storage included with iCloud and then outstrip the 50GB ($1 a month)—and the 200 GB tier ($3 a month).

For folks paying for iCloud storage, it might be tempting to cut out those recurring subscriptions and just store media locally—typically on a Mac. But take care in particular if you’re using iCloud Photos: Downgrading your storage plan doesn’t immediately delete photos and videos, but it does make some of them inaccessible.

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iRobot Roomba i7+ review: This robot vacuum empties its own dustbin

Wed, 2018-11-28 06:00
Robot vacuums are great timesavers—at least until their small dustbins fill up. The Roomba i7+ is smart enough to empty its own.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 2018-11-27 16:30

We’re talking about Apple and the Supreme Court, Apple’s trade-in program and iPhone demand, and Apple’s fluctuating market cap. We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 631.

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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Apple boosts trade-in values for older iPhones for potential XS, XR buyers

Tue, 2018-11-27 16:26

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are off the calendar, Apple is finally rolling out a deal worth noticing as part of its GiveBack program. Today, Apple boosted the trade-in creditRemove non-product link for the iPhone 6 through the iPhone 8 (though not the iPhone 8 Plus) for a "limited time," but only if you upgrade to an iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR.

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Best smart sprinkler controller

Tue, 2018-11-27 15:13
Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

Cyber Week Special: Never Lose Your Keys With The Keysmart Pro with Tile, Now Just $32 (45% Off)

Tue, 2018-11-27 15:07

For most of us, our everyday carry consists of our phone, wallet, and keys. However, everyone has “one of those mornings,” when it’s impossible to find our essential items before starting work. Tile’s solution is a Bluetooth-enabled tag that you can attach to your wallet or keys so that you can locate them easily.

For those who want to minimize their EDC even further, Tile has teamed up with KeySmart to create the KeySmart Pro, combining your key holder and locater tag in one. It's normally $60, but you can get one for just $32 with code CMSAVE20 at checkout. 

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Three of our favorite ultra-fast Samsung SSDs are on sale for cheap—and two are portable

Tue, 2018-11-27 11:09

A good SSD can’t be beat, and even the worst SSDs are better than the best mechanical hard drives. Today, three of the best solid-state drives we’ve ever tested are on sale on Amazon at steep discounts.

If you’re looking for a PC upgrade, Samsung’s 500GB 860 EVO is $73, down from a list price of $110. And if you’re looking for speedy portable storage that you can take with you, you’ve got options! The blistering 500GB Samsung X5 is $300, down from a list price of $400, and the Samsung T5 has two sizes on sale, with the 250GB version discounted to $80 from a $130 list price and the 500GB version discounted to $98 from $130.

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Get two Google Home Mini speakers and two WeMo smart plugs for $58—a $100 discount

Tue, 2018-11-27 09:43

Target has a great deal for smart home fans. Through a combination of automatic discounts you can get two Google home mini speakersRemove non-product link and two Wemo Mini Smart PlugsRemove non-product link for $58. All you have to do is put the items in your cart, and the discount will be applied at checkout. Overall, you’re saving about $100 off Target’s regular pricing. This configuration of the deal lasts until just before midnight on Saturday, December 1.

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