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How to remove the iOS 12 beta from your iPhone or iPad

Tue, 2018-06-26 15:41

You installed the iOS 12 public beta on the iPhone you use every day, and the experience has been...less than smooth. Hey, that’s what beta tests are for, right? You gave it a shot and now you’re ready to go back to the fewer-features-but-mostly-stable iOS 11.4.

No problem! All you need to do is boot into recovery mode and re-install that backup you made before installing the iOS 12 beta. You did make a full backup, right? Apple wasn’t kidding around when it said that making a full backup with iTunes and then archiving it is the first thing you should do! Here are the steps you need to take to hop off the iOS 12 testing train.

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MacOS Mojave Public Beta is now available: Here’s how to install it on your Mac

Tue, 2018-06-26 13:19

If you watched Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote, saw the macOS Mojave reveal, and said, “I can’t wait!” well, you don’t have to wait anymore—if you’re willing to run beta software. Apple has released the macOS Mojave Public Beta for anyone willing to try the new Mac operating system before it is officially released this fall.

Why would you want to run a beta operating system? If you’re a developer, you’ll want to see how your product can use the new features. But if you’re a regular user like me, it’s a opportunity to try the new features and see how the OS works with your current apps and hardware. Here’s what you need to know about the Public Beta.

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MacOS Mojave: Everything you need to know about the new Macintosh operating system

Tue, 2018-06-26 13:18

Apple next major revision to its Macintosh operating system is called macOS Mojave. The company revealed the update at its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and it features several user interface improvements to make the experience on the Mac better.

In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS Mojave: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc. We’ll add more details to this article as they become available.

Can I try the macOS Mojave beta?

Developers can get a beta of macOS Mojave through the Apple Developer Program. The developer beta costs $99 per year.

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MacOS Mojave: What is Dark Mode and how to use it

Tue, 2018-06-26 13:15

At the unveiling of macOS 10.14 Mojave during Apple’s 2018 WWDC, the first feature the company showcased—it’s also the first feature listed on Apple’s Mojave preview website—is Dark Mode. With a Mac in Dark Mode, dark colors are used in place of light colors in the user interface. For example, in Dark Mode the menu bar at the top of the Mac UI is no longer white with black text. Instead, it’s inverted so the bar is a dark color and the the text is white. That dark theme is carried throughout the UI.

For some, Dark Mode may not seem like a big deal, but Dark Mode has many benefits. The higher contrast of text makes it easier to read documents and menu items. Using dark colors instead of white reduces glare, which in turn reduces eye fatigue. Most importantly, Dark Mode can improve your ability certain aspects of video and photos, such as color and detail.

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MacOS Mojave: What is Dynamic Desktop and how to use it

Tue, 2018-06-26 13:13

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re working all day in front of your Mac. Before you know it, it’s the end of the day. With Dynamic Desktop, your Mac’s desktop picture adjusts accordingly with the time of day, so you have a better idea of how the day is going.

As of the first version of the macOS Mojave pubic beta, there’s only one desktop image you can use as a Dynamic Desktop. We’ll probably see more images become available as the officially Mojave release date approaches.

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Here are the instructions for activating Dynamic Desktop in macOS Mojave.

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MacOS Mojave: What is desktop Stacks and how to use it

Tue, 2018-06-26 13:10

The desktop is a convenient place to save files. You can get to the file you need quickly; it’s right there on the desktop, and you don’t need to sift through folders. Problem is, the desktop can get very cluttered, and your access efficiency diminishes every time you save a file to the desktop without removing one.

The new desktop Stacks feature in macOS Mojave helps organize the clutter. (It’s actually not a brand-new feature; Stacks made its first appearance in the OS X Dock. You can choose to have a group of items in the Dock appear as a Folder or as a Stack. The desktop implementation is new, however.) As the name implies, Stacks puts your desktop files into stacks. When you click on a stack, it expands to show the individual files. You can also scrub through a stack of files to find the one you need.

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MacOS Mojave: How to use Gallery View and view metadata in the Finder

Tue, 2018-06-26 13:09

With macOS Mojave, the Finder gets a few welcomed improvements that make it easier to work with your files. The new Gallery View makes it easier to identify a file, as well as look at metadata for a photo—you no longer have to launch an app to see this information.

There's also a new Quick Actions feature that is covered in a separate article.

Here’s how to use Gallery View and see metadata.

How to use Gallery View in the macOS Mojave Finder

1. In the Finder, open a new Finder window. If storage devices appear on your desktop, you can double click a device icon. Or in the menu bar go to File > New Finder Window, or press Command-N.

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MacOS Mojave: What are Finder Quick Actions and how to use them

Tue, 2018-06-26 13:07

When you’re sifting through a set of files on your Mac—say, photos your just transferred from your iPhone—you’ve probably noticed little things that you want to adjust or fix in those files, but you don’t want to go through what seems like an ordeal of opening the file in an app just for a simple tweak. The new Quick Actions feature in macOS Mojave is here to help. It gives you tools to perform quick edits to your files, right in the Finder, so you don’t have to launch an app.

Your Finder windows need to have Preview turned on to see the Quick Action tools. To do this, open a Finder window and in the menu bar select View > Show Preview, or press Shift-Command-P. Quick Action tools appear in the lower right of the Finder window, under the Preview. The tools available with Quick Actions vary based on the file type.

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With friends lists and gifts, Pokémon Go finally improves for rural players—sort of

Tue, 2018-06-26 12:00

I love the stories from the first days of Pokémon Go: the tales of shut-ins venturing out into parks and public spaces to find not only Charmanders and Bulbasaurs but sometimes new real-life friends who shared their passions. At its best, early Pokémon Go lent truth to the phrase “augmented reality,” as people found their local corner stores or libraries became “PokéStops” for replenishing the supplies needed to play. In an age when people bark at others for staring at screens rather than faces, Niantic’s game managed to blaze a middle road.

But me? I spent those halcyon days on a remote and dusty South Texas ranch, hunting Pokémon of my own through swaths of skin-ripping mesquite beneath a 100-degree sun. Or trying to, anyway. Half an hour would go by before I found something to toss a ball at, and when such a thing would appear, it was almost always a near-worthless Rattata or Pidgey.

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Sabrent's Quick Charge 3.0 three-port wall USB charger is $20 off, a big discount

Tue, 2018-06-26 11:03

Sabrent’s Quick Charge 3.0 three-port USB wall charger is $13 today, down from a list price of $33. That’s a 60-percent savings off an essential accessory—charging multiple devices quickly is a daily need for families as well as heavy tech users.

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McAfee Total Protection for Mac review: Good at detecting malware, but lacks active ransomware protection

Tue, 2018-06-26 09:00

McAfee Total Protection is one of the best bargains among the options for antivirus and malware-protection software—but only for the first year. Its introductory rate of $45 includes a one-year subscription for up to 10 computers plus a password vault system for desktop and mobile called True Key.

But after those first twelve months, when the price rises to the regular annual rate of $100, Total Protection’s lack of features relative to other competitors makes it hard to recommend as a long-term option. Moreover, the software is the only package we’ve reviewed in early 2018 with no score from either AV-TEST or AV Comparables’s 2017 testing, so we can’t provide an apples-to-apples score on macOS and Windows malware and macOS unwanted/adware apps.

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You Can Pay What You Want For 10 Top-Rated Mac Apps ($670 Value)

Tue, 2018-06-26 08:32

There's no shortage of Mac apps on the market, but finding the ones that are worth your time is generally a timely—and expensive–process of trial and error. For those looking to simplify the software search, the Pay What You Want 2018 Super Mac Bundle helps you broaden your Mac's capabilities with 10 top-rated apps, all for a price that you get to pick.

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How to prepare a Mac for sale or a return to an employer

Tue, 2018-06-26 08:00

When it’s time to give up a Mac, you typically don’t want to give up its secrets—your private and personal data—when it goes. This can be at the time you sell it, or, in the case of Macworld reader Dane, when you leave a job and you need to return the Mac to your employer. (You might be asked to return a computer even while you keep a job, too, of course.)

Not preparing a computer before you return it can sometimes have consequences. A friend returned a work machine and was eventually paid a visit by police. His previous employer had examined the web history of the computer returned, and found a set of searches about news and travel they decided were suspicious but that had been conducted innocently and separately by different members of the household.

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Keyboard sensitivity: Leave the iPhone 4 out of this

Tue, 2018-06-26 07:00

The Macalope comes not to praise the MacBook keyboard but to bury it.

Not literally. That can get expensive and void your warranty. And with this keyboard, you’re going to need the warranty.

As you may have heard if you follow Apple news, or just news, or if you follow Marco Arment on Twitter or have a front door that he may have knocked on during his door-to-door “MacBook keyboard awareness” tour, there are problems with the MacBook keyboard. Are you aware? Specifically, we’re talking about the butterfly keyboard on the MacBook and MacBook Pro, for which Apple has now finally (yes, finally) started a service program.

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Wisenet SmartCam D1 video doorbell review: Great video quality, but its facial-recognition feature is a joke

Tue, 2018-06-26 06:00
The Wisenet Smartcam D1 video doorbell delivers one of the best pictures we've seen, but it's not without its faults.

Hulu with Live TV review: The abundant streaming bundle

Tue, 2018-06-26 06:00
Hulu's live TV service still has a few notable drawbacks, but the value is hard to beat.

Should you install the iOS 12 public beta?

Mon, 2018-06-25 20:40

Don’t run a beta operating system on your primary device. 

That’s the standard advice given to users everywhere, every time they’re given the opportunity to test the latest and greatest. That’s always our advice, too. It’s good, solid advice, and you should probably heed it.

Except...

In the case of iOS 12, the waters are a little muddy. Yes, of course there plenty of reasons to head over to beta.apple.com on the iPhone or iPad you use every day and register for the beta. It’s one little profile to download and then new iOS 12 beta versions will be delivered via Software Update just as if they were regular releases. So, although you shouldn’t jump into the iOS 12 beta unless it’s on a secondary device, Apple sure makes it easy to!

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B&H is slashing $200 off the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

Mon, 2018-06-25 13:00

B&H Photo has been offering some of the best deals on MacBooks lately, and today it continues that trend by offering the 13-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro for $200 less than their usual asking prices. I’m especially impressed with this sale because it includes the Air, which doesn’t seem to see as many discounts from major retailers.

And you should be impressed, too. Such a steep discount means you can pick up the 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage for just $799, down from $999. If you’d like to bump that up to 256GB of storage, you can pick one up for $999, down from the usual price of $1,119.

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High-end AirPods and headphones could amplify Apple’s audio ambitions in 2019

Mon, 2018-06-25 12:15

AirPods and high-end headphones highlight what could be Apple's Year of the Ear in 2019. According to a new report, Apple has no fewer than three new audio products in the works—the third likely being an improvement upon the lackluster HomePod.

Along with confirming the rumor that a new set of AirPods with a new chip and hands-free Siri support are due this year, Mark Gurman reports that Apple is working on a trio of audio accessories for next year. An even-higher-end pair of Airpods wireless earbuds leads the way as well as a HomePod refresh, but most intriguing is a set of “studio-quality over-ear headphones."

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Audeara A-01 headphones review: For hearing music the way you were meant to hear it

Mon, 2018-06-25 07:00

So it turns out I have pretty darn good hearing for my age. Judging from my results in the free partner app for the new Audeara A-01 headphones, few sounds escape my ears apart from the screeches of those ultrasonic gadgets some folks use to annoy loitering dogs and teens, and by any stretch of the imagination I should be thrilled with that.

Unfortunately, thanks to my trusty eardrums, I don’t believe I’m fully able to appreciate the A-01s, a $380 pair of cans that deliver a self-customized auditory experience aimed at accounting for mild hearing loss and the differences between each ear.

Beats of a different drum

Think along the lines of something like prescription Oakley sunglasses for your ears, and you’ve got a decent idea of what’s on offer here. The key difference is that Audeara wants to do for your ears what prescription glasses do for your eyes, and most other headphones makers have avoided that in approach in favor of standardized audio profile. For that matter, Audeara does its best to make sure you look kinda cool in the process.

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