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Twitter poll: Have you experienced any of the reported problems with your iPhone XS?

Tue, 2018-10-02 16:40
Beautygate, bad wireless, charging problems—have you had any of these problems with your iPhone XS? Let us know in our Twitter poll and we'll discuss the results on the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 3, at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(

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iOS 12.1 will add more than 70 new emoji

Tue, 2018-10-02 14:26

Back in July, Apple celebrated World Emoji Day by announcing more than 70 new emoji that would make their way to iPhones and iPads in iOS 12. Unfortunately, those emoji didn't make it into the initial launch of iOS 12.

On Monday, Apple announced that the new images will be included in the iOS 12.1 release. The emoji are all part of the Emoji 11.0 standard list, and include people with red hair, grey hair, and curly hair. In addition, you'll find superheroes and villains, along with lots more food and animals.

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Get a leather 42/44mm Apple Watch band for just $5

Tue, 2018-10-02 13:50

I’m a big fan of the sport bands that typically come with the Apple Watch, but there are times when I’d prefer to wear something a bit more elegant. That’s why this Amazon deal on a black leather 42mm/44mm Apple Watch band from Covery caught my eye. It normally sells for $9.99, but you can get it for just $4.99 when you enter the code Y4CDN622 at checkout.

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Amazon's new Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet is 30% off and designed to keep children safe online

Tue, 2018-10-02 10:11

Nobody likes sparring with kids over who gets to use the tablet. And if you lose the battle, you better pray that the tyke doesn’t wander into Facebook or your work email. Buying a dedicated child-friendly tablet avoids all that headache and Amazon's new Fire 7 Kids Edition—out October 15—is on preorder sale today for $70, down from a list price of $100.

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Nothing but sax and violins on TV: Apple’s upcoming programming

Tue, 2018-10-02 08:00

News continues to trickle out on Apple’s entertainment ambitions. As with all things Apple, it’s always good to get in a note saying how badly it’s going to suck before it ships.

Writing for TechCrunch, Jonathan Schieber says “It sounds like Apple’s original content is going to be really, really bad.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

A new Wall Street Journal article highlights some of the tensions that Apple faces as it looks to create a streaming media service in the age of Handmaid’s Tale, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, and even The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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The Apple Watch’s new Activity Competitions rekindled my drive to lose weight

Tue, 2018-10-02 07:00

You don’t need an Apple Watch Series 4 to get a lot out of watchOS 5. Consider my situation: As a couple of my Twitter followers have suspected, I tumbled off the weight loss wagon for a bit (and let that serve as a reminder about what I said about weight loss being mainly about willpower). But now I’m back on it again with my still-capable Apple Watch Series 3, thanks in large part to the new ability to take part in fitness competitions with my fellow Apple Watch-wearing friends. In fact, it’s made me more excited about the prospect than ever before.

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Wisenet SmartCam N2 review: Solid facial detection tops this security camera's list of features

Tue, 2018-10-02 06:00
This home security camera makes it easy to monitor everything from kids to elderly parents.

The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from September 2018

Tue, 2018-10-02 06:00
September's iOS games

Image by Nintendo

September was a big month for big, meaty iOS game releases. Nintendo’s freemium role-player Dragalia Lost was arguably the most notable debut, as the gaming giant launched a totally new franchise for mobile, but there was plenty more worth playing.

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iPhone XS launch problems: 'Beautygate,' charging irregularities, and wireless issues annoy early adopters

Mon, 2018-10-01 16:55

We’re enjoying our new iPhone XS devices, but that's not necessarily true for everyone else who has one. As is the case with every new iPhone launch, there are a few technical issues cropping up for at least a small percentage of users. The three issues most broadly corroborated by users online are the “beautygate” selfie camera problems, irregularities with charging, and wireless performance problems.

'Beautygate' selfie-smoothing

The most widespread complaint by far is that the front-facing camera on the iPhone XS is applying a sort of beautification filter to selfies. Users complain that selfies taken with the front camera smooths out their skin, giving it a “plastic” look, and that the XS alters the color tone in order to give their skin a bit of a glow. Apparently, this happens any time the front-facing camera detects a face.

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Grab an iPhone charger that also backs up your photos for just $37

Mon, 2018-10-01 13:41

(Note: The price for this item seems to be in extreme flux today. At this moment, it's now up to $39. Even so, that's still a significant discount off the list price.)

iPhone chargers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but for the most part they all just charge your phone and do little else. But not the SanDisk 64GB iXpand Base: It charges your phone with a decent 15 watts of juice, yes, but it also automatically starts backing up your phone’s photos and videos to an SD card when you plug in your phone through the base's Lightning jack. If that sounds cool, today you can pick it up on Amazon for just $36.82, down from the $100 retail price and the roughly $50 it’s been selling for lately.

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5 reasons eSignatures are the must-have tool you don't think about

Mon, 2018-10-01 10:54

Many companies boast about going entirely digital, but continue to work with mountains of documents. Don't be that company.

The bulk of said documents are normally those that require signatures, like contracts, tax forms, reimbursement sheets, and — well, the list is seemingly endless, which also means that the work allocated to creating and organizing them also never stops. A simple solution? Electronic signatures or eSignatures.

Having the same legal weight as handwritten signatures, eSignatures could revolutionize the way you do business, and could potentially pave the way for more profit and innovation. And using a renowned tool like HelloSign can help ease your journey in the transition.

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NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2018 pro football season

Mon, 2018-10-01 09:36
Whether you've cut the cord or are sticking with cable, our guide will show you all the ways you can watch America's favorite sport on TV, including Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone.

Giveaway: Enter to win a free iPhone XS Max

Mon, 2018-10-01 08:00

Want an iPhone XS Max? We’re happy to announce that at least one of you won’t have to pay an excessive price for it—in fact, you won’t have to pay anything at all. Starting today, we’re teaming up with iMobie—the makers of the AnyTrans data transfer service—to give away a free 64GB space gray iPhone XS Max to one lucky Macworld reader.

To sign up to win, simply enter your name and contact information through the form below. You can get additional chances to win if you follow us on Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook, and you’ll also get two additional chances to win if you retweet this tweet.

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Apple Watch Series 4 review: The biggest upgrade yet

Mon, 2018-10-01 07:00

Sure, Apple Watch is a huge success, outselling all rivals, but there are still a lot of fence-sitters not sure if it’s really a worthwhile addition to their Apple ecosystem. And not everyone is a watch person.

If this sounds like you, it’s time to get off the fence. The improvements in Series 4—a bigger display, faster processor, and better sensors—make Apple Watch downright delightful to use, elevating it from “neat gadget for Apple fans” to “gotta-have-it addition to your iPhone.”

The $399 starting price is disappointingly high, but this is the Apple Watch that finally feels like it delivers on the promise Apple has been building toward for the last four years. 

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Vizio P65-F1 4K UHD TV review: Vizio's P-Series deliver good brightness and HDR, but image glitches remain

Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00
This smart TV shines with HDR, but Vizio's new array backlighting is more prone to artifacts and there are holdover processing glitches from last year.

Oreck Cordless Vacuum with POD Technology review: This vacuum offers dust-free disposal

Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00
A unique self-sealing pod prevents dirt and dust from escaping into the air when you empty the vacuum's dustbin.

Screen Time, Family Link, and FreeTime vs my 7-year-old son: Which parental controls are best?

Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00

No matter how we try to fight it, parents sometimes need their devices to act as a digital baby-sitter. And try as we may, we're not always paying close enough attention to how long our little one have been glued to their small screens. So unless you want to take the word of a 7-year-old to stop playing his favorite game after an hour, we're going to need a little assistance.

Thankfully help is available. No matter which platform you use, you'll find a handy way to remotely control the device your kid is using, even if it's an iPhone. As part of iOS 12, Apple has finally launched a robust set of parental controls in Screen Time to match the ones offered by Google's Family Link and Amazon's FreeTime. Now no kid is safe from their parent's wrath.

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Useless comparisons: A battle six years in the making

Sat, 2018-09-29 07:00

The Macalope knows it’s Saturday, but he’s here with a late-breaking news update: turns out new technology is generally faster than old technology.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and weaponized banality factory, Scott Kramer explains “Why I'm Swapping My iPad For A Kindle.” (Tip o’ the antlers to David and Joe.)

Kramer’s Forbes bio reads:

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Best VPN services of 2018: Reviews and buying advice

Fri, 2018-09-28 17:09
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

Facebook account hack FAQ: What happened, how it affects you, and what you should do now

Fri, 2018-09-28 13:56
Facebook has announced that at least 50 million users were exposed in a massive security breach. Here's what happened and what you should do to protect your account.