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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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Hey Siri, stop suggesting spammers’ email!

Tue, 2018-03-06 08:00

Spam is bad enough. Siri suggesting that you email a spammer? Worse.

Macworld reader Worth wrote in wondering how to remove something I never noticed: emails listed in the Mail app in macOS when you start typing in a name. The first part of the list comes from your contacts, but after a moment, a lower part labeled Siri Found in Apps shows other addresses. Those other apps includes the Mail app.

As Worth noted, “I am very unhappy about this because these names came from unwanted email, and 3 of the 4 are probably spammers.” I tried several different first parts of names in Mail and had the same experience. This is possibly because I have a lot of uncleared out email in a Gmail account I rarely use, but which is synced via Mail.

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Notch fever: Sweeping the Android world

Tue, 2018-03-06 07:00

Who’s got notch fever?! Everyone! Sadly.

Writing for The Verge, Vlad Savov says “Bad iPhone notches are happening to good Android phones.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Michael and 5cat.)

Well, are these really “good” phones, Vlad? Phones are not like dogs. They’re not all good. Some of them are bad phones.

MWC 2018 will go down in history as the launch platform for a mass of iPhone X notch copycats, each of them more hastily and sloppily assembled than the next.

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Get Sony's WH-1000xM2 noise-cancelling headphones for $52 off

Mon, 2018-03-05 13:52

I’m a daily user of noise-cancelling headphones, and I’m here to tell you that they’re positively divine for getting work done. That’s why I’m also happy to tell you that Amazon has Sony’s impressive (if inelegantly named) wireless WH-1000xM2 over-ear noise-cancelling headphones on sale for 15 percent off, which drops the price down from $349.99 to a more agreeable $298.

Good noise-cancelling headphones rarely get down to that price, which makes this a nice opportunity to pick some up if you’ve always wanted some. In fact, this is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for these particular headphones to date.

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Report: Apple is developing high-end noise-cancelling headphones

Mon, 2018-03-05 13:28

In February, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple is working on a set of high-end, over-the-ear headphones. On Monday, that report was echoed by Mark Gurman and Debby Wu at Bloomberg. Here’s what we think we know so far.

Kuo gets most of his information from his contacts in the Chinese supply chain. He says that Primax and SZS will be the primary suppliers and assemblers of these new headphones, and that they should cost more than the AirPods ($159). They’re expected to ship in the fourth quarter of Apple’s 2018 fiscal year at the earliest (that’s the July to September quarter).

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Three things Apple's cheaper MacBook Air will need to be a hit

Mon, 2018-03-05 11:28

It seems as though reports of the MacBook Air’s death have been greatly exaggerated. According to plugged-in analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities (as reported by 9to5Mac), Apple is planning to release a new version of its iconic consumer portable “with a lower price tag” that is due sometime during the second quarter of 2018.

On the surface, that doesn’t tell us much. The current entry-level MacBook Air sells for $999, so presumably the new model would start at $899 or even $799, which would be among the cheapest Mac portable ever made. No longer the smallest or even the lightest Mac on the market, the Air has taken over the spot once occupied by the G4 iBook, built for people willing to sacrifice speed and pixels for price.

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Watch your home for cheap with this deal on a simple, affordable security camera

Mon, 2018-03-05 10:17

If you’re looking to protect your home without breaking the bank, we’ve found a simple home security camera system selling at a sweet discount. Amazon’s selling the Blink XT Home Security camera system for $100. This particular sale is via a third-party seller but fulfilled by Amazon, meaning any problems will be subject to Amazon’s customer service policies.

The Blink XT system usually sells for $130 so this a nice discount, according to CamelCamelCamel data. It’s not the lowest price we’ve ever seen—that was $70 last June—but this kit hasn’t gone this low in a while.

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Abode home security starter kit (2018) review: This solid, if basic, security system gets a modest upgrade

Mon, 2018-03-05 08:00
Stepping cautiously, Abode expands from security into the broader smart-home ecosystem.

How Time Machine manages backup archives

Mon, 2018-03-05 07:00

If you use Time Machine for a full backup with deep archives from macOS, you can manually delete any of the hourly, daily, and weekly snapshots that the app makes and retains. If you launch the Time Machine app, navigate to a Finder window and then a date, you can then right-click and select Delete Backup.

Generally, you should let Time Machine take care of this. It automatically deletes older snapshots over time, which in turn removes only files that were changed at intermediate points (between weeks or days or hours) from the previous backup, but retains all the recent revisions. Ultimately, for files that don’t change very often, you may be left with just a single copy of the file as it also appears on your live disk drive.

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iOS 12 wishlist: What we want from Apple's next major OS update

Mon, 2018-03-05 06:00

The latest rumors about iOS 12 point to a somewhat muted feature set. Apple is restructuring its release cadence to focus on quality and performance, and that means we’re not going to see some of the feature we really want. A whole new home screen design and brand new Carplay interface are on the chopping block, for example.

That doesn’t mean that iOS 12 is simply going to be “iOS 11, but it works.” There’s plenty of room for substantive and impactful changes to iOS, even while kicking off some of the major changes to 2019. 

Here are the things we would most like to see in iOS 12, knowing what we think we do about what’s no longer on the table.

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Wires forever: Entangled in the wired headphone lifestyle

Sat, 2018-03-03 07:00

The year is 2048. Roving gangs of mutant-killing cyborg sentinels deputized by President “Cash Me Outside” Girl enforce an uneasy peace. Aerial drones patrol public places, using lethal force to punish wearers of unlicensed Disney merchandise. The Fast and Furious franchise continues to churn out movies at an even faster and more furious pace than ever, adding five movies in as many days. Holo-TVs are in wide distribution, costing only 100,000 credits (10,000 credits for an “ads-only” version from Amazon).

And somewhere, someone is still putting out pieces complaining about the lack of a headphone jack in the iPhone LXI, even though it features a zero latency neural implant.

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How to find out who purchased a song from iTunes Store

Fri, 2018-03-02 08:00

No one is an island, but Apple often thinks so: it treats nearly all its products except the Mac as if only one person might ever use them, from the iPhone to the Apple TV to the new HomePod. However, it is possible to share certain purchases using Family Sharing, or even to copy songs and other material across Macs and iOS devices.

In the latter case, however, you can wind up being routinely prompted for the password to an account at which an app, song, or other licensed material was purchased.

This happened to Macworld reader Ron, whose sister-in-law years ago sent him a song that he dropped into his library. Now he gets a daily prompts to log into her account on his iPhone! He wonders if there’s any way to find and delete that song.

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The best—and worst—Netflix original movies

Fri, 2018-03-02 07:30
Netflix has produced a considerable number of films. Our guide will help you decide which ones are worth watching, and which are to be avoided.

iPhone Photos app: 8 cool features you should be using

Fri, 2018-03-02 07:00

The Photos app in iOS looks like a simple thing: At first, you might even think it’s little more than a convenient dumping ground for sorting through your selfies and snaps.

But underneath that minimalist exterior is an app that allows for a surprisingly wide variety of options, ranging from the ability to apply Instagram-like filters or to automatically categorize photos according to “memories” based on when and where you took them.

These tricks are fairly intuitive to use, thanks to smartly placed options when you click the Edit button when looking at photos. Some of the most useful and interesting features, though, are a little trickier to find. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites here.

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Apple Watch: What does the future hold?

Fri, 2018-03-02 06:00

As the Apple Watch prepares to turn three, Apple’s preeminent wearable has hit an interesting inflection point. It’s neither the raw, “does everything and the kitchen sink” device that it was when the company first announced it, but neither is its path forward obvious. Apple’s added low-hanging fruit like GPS and LTE, and attempted to make the Watch more self-sufficient, but it’s hardly about to supplant an iPhone for most people. At best it’s a device you don’t mind carrying if you’re going some place that you can’t take your phone.

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Walmart is offering the 10.5-inch 512GB iPad Pro for $233 off

Thu, 2018-03-01 13:53

If you've had your eyes set on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Walmart's got a fantastic deal for you. As of right now, you can buy the more portable version of Apple's powerful tablet for just $765.83. Yes, that's an oddly unrounded price, but who cares when you're saving $233 off the $999 Apple itself wants for it?

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