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10 great movies to celebrate the Fourth of July

Fri, 2018-06-29 06:00
Stream a few of these fantastic movies to capture the spirit of Independence Day.

Bluesound Pulse Mini Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, strong feature set, and a few rough edges

Fri, 2018-06-29 06:00
The Bluesound Pulse Mini sounds great, will mesh with other Bluesound speakers, and plays music from a wide variety of sources. But its out-of-box experience and controls leave something to be desired.

The Apple TV and tvOS could use a little love

Fri, 2018-06-29 06:00

The iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac all got some love from Apple at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, but the fourth of Apple’s platforms was largely left out in the cold: the Apple TV.

Indeed, the newest version of tvOS doesn’t even get its own page on Apple’s site—clicking links about it will simply take you to an updated page for the Apple TV 4K, released last September.

On the face of it, sure, it’s understandable why the Apple TV and tvOS didn’t get a lot of attention: the set-top box is arguably the least ambitious of Apple’s products, and many of the roadblocks that the company has run into in terms of improving it have been stymied by the need to work with partners.

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iOS 12: How to enable favicons (site icons on tabs) in Safari

Thu, 2018-06-28 17:00

For years, Safari has ignored one of the most useful tiny little features of modern web browsers: favicons. Those are the little site-specific icons that show up in browser tabs and bookmark lists to help you quickly identify sites.

In iOS 12 (and macOS Mojave), favicons are finally supported in Safari! But you have to turn them on first. The feature is most useful for those who use the iPad or an Plus-sized iPhone, which show browser tabs in a single window, but you’ll see Favicons on your website “cards” in portrait orientation on an iPhone, too.

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Today only, get an ultra-portable 512GB 12-inch MacBook for just $1,000

Thu, 2018-06-28 13:07

If you seek portability above all else, you’ll find few better laptops than the adorable 12-inch MacBook. And today, thanks for Woot, you’ll find few better prices for it.

For today only, Woot is selling the 2016 512GB version of Apple’s scrappy notebook for just $999.99, which represents a hefty leap down from the roughly $1,299.99 you’d normally expect to pay for a new version of this device. (The 2016 512GB model is currently selling for $1,119.90 on Amazon.)

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Why a supersized Apple subscription streaming bundle just might work

Thu, 2018-06-28 12:06

It's no secret that Apple is assembling a video service to rival the likes of Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu. With more than a dozen shows reportedly in development and a multi-year deal with talk show megastar Oprah Winfrey, an Apple Video announcement is seemingly imminent, possibly even arriving alongside the new iPhones in September.

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Deep Fitbit Surge, Beats Studio3 discounts today could add style and smarts to your workout

Thu, 2018-06-28 11:21

A couple great workout accessories have great deals today. The Fitbit Surge is $100 on Amazon, down from a list price of $189. The Beats Studio3 wireless headphones in rose gold are $205, a steep discount from their MSRP of $350.

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MacOS Mojave: How to perform system updates

Thu, 2018-06-28 10:00

Updates to the operating system are important to install because they fix bugs and security holes. Sometimes they even add new features. Recent versions of macOS had their updates installed through the App Store, but that changes with macOS Mojave.

In Mojave, Apple moved OS updates to a Software Update system preference. Apple also simplified the settings for automatic update installations. Let’s take a look at the Software Update system preference settings.

Where are the settings for Software Update?

The Software Update system preference is located in  > System Preferences. Software Update is located in the third row.

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MacOS Mojave: How to turn off or turn on recent apps in the Dock

Thu, 2018-06-28 09:00

The Dock in macOS Mojave has a new, very helpful feature: It now displays recently-used apps. It’s handy when you’re going through a phase of using a particular app frequently, but you don’t want that app to appear in your regular Dock lineup.

Recent apps is on by default, and they appear on the right side of the Dock in a section marked off by horizontal white lines. In the Dock’s default setup, recent apps appear in a section between the Settings and Downloads icons.

IDG The Mojave Dock with recents apps.

The Dock shows the three recent apps that you’ve used; if a recently-used app already has a home in the Dock, it doesn’t appear in the recents section. (In case you’re wondering, recent apps, documents, and servers are still available in  > Recent Items.)

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iOS 12 and macOS Mojave: What is Continuity Camera and how to use it

Thu, 2018-06-28 08:00

Over the years, the task of digitizing printed photos and documents has gotten a lot easier. Scanners used to be main tool for the job, but now we have smartphone cameras. With Continuity Camera, you can use your iPhone or iPad to directly import photos or documents scans (like receipts) into a file that you’re creating on your Mac.

How it works: Continuity Camera connects your Mac to your iOS device. You can then take a photo or snap a picture of a document, and that image is then automatically imported into the file you are working on. It’s that simple.

Continuity Camera’s requirements
  • Mac: macOS Mojave. iOS device: iOS 12.
  • Currently, Continuity Camera works with the Mojave bundled apps like Notes, TextEdit, and Mail. It also works with Apple’s Pages and Keynote. For your favorite third-party apps, look for updates from the developers.
  • The Mac and iOS devices need to be logged into the same Apple ID.
  • The Mac and iOS devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.
How to take photos using Continuity Camera in macOS Mojave and iOS 12

Here’s how to use Continuity Camera to insert a photo into a document you’re creating on a Mac. Pages is used in the instructions here, and they’re the same steps for any of the bundled Apple apps, such as Notes, Mail, and TextEdit.

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Supremely forced: Any excuse to list Apple’s woes

Thu, 2018-06-28 07:00

Something happened! It must be bad for Apple.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and handlebar mustache implant clinic, Ken Kam knows the drill but fails to show his work.

“Supreme Court Deals Setback To Apple Pay.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick and Jim.)

The Supreme Court ruled that American Express can stipulate to retailers that contract to accept their card that they can’t encourage customers to use other cards with lower fees.

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AT&T Watch: All the channels, details, and gotchas

Thu, 2018-06-28 06:00
After buying Time Warner, AT&T is giving away TV with unlimited wireless service, but some caveats apply.

iOS 12 and macOS Mojave public betas, Apple headphone rumors, and Apple keyboard service

Wed, 2018-06-27 18:00

Apple opened the public beta programs for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. There are rumors about Apple’s new headphones. Apple will fix your broken butterfly keyboards. We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 611.

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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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Blanket your home in Wi-Fi with this great deal on Netgear's Orbi home system

Wed, 2018-06-27 10:23

Any good mesh system will cover every inch of your home with glorious Wi-Fi, but they usually don't come cheap. Today Amazon is selling Netgear's Orbi Whole Home WiFi System (RBK43) for $250, the lowest we've seen it and a solid discount from its $300 list price.

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How to create a bootable macOS Mojave installer drive

Wed, 2018-06-27 10:00

Whenever Apple releases a new version of macOS, I like to create a bootable USB installation drive. I test different Macs, and when I need to upgrade those machines, it’s a lot more efficient to plug in the USB installer drive and run the installer, than to log into the App Store, download the 5GB OS installer, and then run it.

Because it’s so easy to create an external installation drive, it’s my preferred means of installing the OS. I keep it around for those time when I would rather use the drive than rely on booting in Recovery mode.

In this article I’ll go over the different ways you can create a bootable macOS Mojave installation drive. But before I give instructions on how to create the drive, I’ll go over the items you’ll need and how to get them.

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MacOS Mojave: How to add emoji to emails in Apple Mail

Wed, 2018-06-27 09:00

Emoji are a handy way to communicate while texting, so it seems natural for emoji to make its way into email, too. The Mail 12 app in macOS Mojave now supports emoji, and the characters available are the same ones found in iOS. 

Here’s how to add emoji into the emails you create using Mail 12.

How to add emoji in an email using macOS Mojave Mail 12

1. Create an email by clicking on the New Message button in the Viewer Window, or press Command-N.

2. At the upper right of the New Message window is the Emoji & Symbols button. It has a smiley face and is located between the Format and Photo Browser buttons. Click it.

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MacOS Mojave: How to turn on favicons in Safari 12 tabs

Wed, 2018-06-27 08:00

We’ve all had this happen—in fact, it’s probably happening on your web browser right now, and it probably happens all the time. You have so many tabs open than you can’t quickly find the tab you need.


This actually isn't as bad as it can get, but you get the idea: Too many tabs open, making it difficult to discern the webpage you want.

Safari 12 in macOS Mojave has a new feature that displays favicons—icons (usually a logo) that represent a website—right in the tab itself. You can now find the tab you want with a simple glance.

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Five things iOS 12 can tell us about the next iPhone, iPad, and everything else Apple is working on

Wed, 2018-06-27 07:00

Now that the iOS 12 public beta has arrived, anyone with a sense of adventure (or a spare iPhone lying around) can dive in and check out all the new features months before the general release lands this fall. But while Siri Shortcuts, Memoji, multiway FaceTime, and bundled notifications are all great to play with, the coolest thing about iOS 12 is the sneak peek it gives us at Apple’s next round of products and services.

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Sony G Series Professional SSD review: What a super-reliable, fast SATA SSD is like

Wed, 2018-06-27 06:07

So what exactly is a professional SSD, you ask? Take a look at the Sony G Series Professional SSD’s outstanding longevity ratings, and you’ll have your answer. Where the average mainstream 480GB SSD is rated for around 180TBW, i.e., the number of terabytes that can be written to it over its lifespan, the Sony is rated for a whopping 1,200TBW. Throw in a twice-the-average 10-year warranty, and yowser! More peace of mind delivered by anything other than Intel’s Optane SSDs.

But while the G-Series won’t set you back as much as Intel’s Methuselah-like Optane, they’re more than twice as expensive as the average NAND-based SSD. That begs the secondary question: Do you actually need that kind of endurance? Not likely if you’re an everyday user, but we don’t need sports cars, either. That’s why the super-reliable G-Series makes for interesting reading.

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Will HDR kill your OLED TV?

Wed, 2018-06-27 06:00
With HDR requiring considerably more brightness from OLED elements, will lifespan be significantly reduced? Can OLED's reduced luminance over time still provide the HDR effect?