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Samsung 65Q7FN 4K Ultra HD TV review: (Relatively) affordable quantum dot color

Mon, 2018-06-25 06:00
The Q7FN doesn't offer quite the brightness or HDR impact that Samsung's higher-end QLEDs deliver, but its picture is still marvelous and the "disappearing" design is arguably the best in the business.

Stacking the deck: Google wins again

Sat, 2018-06-23 07:00

The Macalope regrets to announce that for the 10 billionth time running… Google has won again. Someone please shut the lights out in Cupertino.

You know, for all the times that Google’s been declared the winner, it’s kind of amazing Apple’s still even around, let alone doing pretty well.

Writing for Inverse, Mike Brown tells us of “WWDC 2018: Apple’s 5 Biggest Letdowns—And Where Google Wins.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor.)

Four of the letdowns are failures to deliver new hardware, which no one who was paying attention expected at WWDC. So, if you are the kind of person who is let down that kittens do not grow up to be adorable baby pandas, then The Macalope can see how you might have been disappointed by that.

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Apple introduces keyboard service program for Mac laptops with ‘butterfly’ keyboards

Fri, 2018-06-22 17:32

The new “butterfly” keyboard featured on the MacBook and MacBook Pro has been contentious to say the least. Users don’t like the key action and travel or the noise it makes. Perhaps more importantly, the keyboard appears to have some technical problems. You don’t have to look very far online to find users complaining about stuck keys, repeating keys, or keys that have stopped working.

Apple is now acknowledging that at least some small percentage of users are having legit technical issues, and has launched a “Keyboard Service Program” to take care of affected customers.

If you have a MacBook or MacBook Pro with the butterfly keyboard that has been exhibiting the following problems, you can take it in to Apple or an Authorized Service Provider to have it repaired free of charge:

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Make your bulbs brighter with $30 off the Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit

Fri, 2018-06-22 10:43

Smart bulbs add convenience and control to your home lighting system, and right now one of our favorites is on sale on Amazon.The Philips Hue White Ambiance A19 starter kit is $120 today, down from a list price of $150 and the lowest price since December of last year.

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The Humble Store is giving cyberpunk RPG Shadowrun Returns away for free

Fri, 2018-06-22 10:00
The Humble Store is giving away Shadowrun Returns through Saturday morning, and selling the sequels for dirt cheap.

How to disable Apple’s HEIF and HEVC formats in iOS

Fri, 2018-06-22 08:00

Apple introduced two high-efficiency multimedia formats in iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra: HEIF and HEVC. They take up substantially less storage for the same quality of image as comparable JPEG, PNG, and H.264 video. However, they’re not very useful outside the Apple ecosystem of apps.

Right now, these formats get employed exclusively when you take pictures or shoot video in iOS 11. By default, you’re using HEIF for images and HEVC for video. However, whenever you export images or share them from iOS or the Photos app in macOS, they’re converted into a compatible format. It’s only when a non-Apple app (or an older version of Apple’s apps) tries to work directly on the original file as stored that you can run into trouble, as Macworld reader Nik has found.

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Where oh where can the Mac updates be?

Fri, 2018-06-22 06:00

Even before Tim Cook took the stage, there was little expectation that this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference would focus on anything other than software. But now, with it in our rearview mirror and a new iPhone announcement likely not far down the road, questions have turned to the future of Mac hardware.

Rogue Amoeba co-founder Quentin Carnicelli stirred up some discussion this past week by examining Apple’s current Mac lineup, and pointing out that, with the exception of the new iMac Pro, none of it has been updated in over a year. (The most egregious case being, of course, the Mac mini, which is closing in on four years without a revision.) That’s prompted some clamor that Apple should commit to yearly updates of its computer platform, just as it does with the iPhone.

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GarageBand 10.3 update makes Artist Lessons free and adds 1,000 new loops

Thu, 2018-06-21 17:27

Apple's free music creation software, GarageBand, hasn't been updated for about a year. Last summer, with version 10.2, the Mac app got a totally redesigned interface, Touch Bar support, and the ability to sync and edit projects between Mac and iOS.

This summer's 10.3 update is every bit as substantial, and perhaps even more so. It adds a huge number of new loops and sound effects, new instrument sounds, and it makes all the Artist Lessons free

First introduced in 2009, Artist Lessons are a series of videos in which famous recording artists teach you how to play some of their most famous songs on guitar or piano. Sting will show you how to play "Roxanne" on guitar, while Norah Jones will teach you how to play "Thinking of You" on piano.

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The best Mac game deals from the Steam Summer Sale 2018

Thu, 2018-06-21 16:06

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s the first day of summer—but more importantly, it’s also the first day of the Steam Summer Sale. And if you love to play games on your Mac, then you’ll want to grab your wallet for this one.

Thousands upon thousands of games are discounted in this year’s Intergalactic Summer Sale, with some bigger and/or recent releases available for a fraction of their normal asking prices, plus a fine selection of older classics sold for a couple bucks a pop. Ready to load up on Mac games for the months ahead? Here are the best deals we’ve found in the sale. Be sure to snag any games before the sale ends on July 5.

Cheap AAA games

Macs get a fraction of the larger games released for PC and consoles, but at least we see some real gems in the bunch—and several recent releases from the last couple years are heavily discounted during the Steam Summer Sale. Highlights include the recent Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20th Anniversary Edition, which is 70 percent off right now, as well as the deeply discounted XCOM 2 and Hitman – Game of the Year Edition.

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iOS 12: How to use Live Listen with your AirPods

Thu, 2018-06-21 15:25

If you have MFi-compatible hearing aids, you can do more than just play music or make calls straight from your iPhone: You can also use your iPhone as a special sound-boosting microphone to help you hear in difficult situations.

You simply turn on the feature—called Live Listen—and place your phone near the person you’re talking to. Say, over on their side of the table in a crowded and noisy restaurant. Your iPhone’s mic will pick up nearby sounds and send them, boosted, to your hearing aids.

With iOS 12, the Live Listen feature comes to AirPods, too. It’s a great feature that can really help those who don’t necessarily need a hearing aid but are having trouble hearing others in a difficult situation. Here’s how to get it working.

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Toughen up your home security with this great deal on Kwikset's SmartCode lock

Thu, 2018-06-21 10:43

If you're always losing your keys, or if you just want a little more control and peace of mind over who enters your house and when, a smarter lock is a great way to secure your home. And today, the Kwikset SmartCode 915 lock in Venetian Bronze is $99 on Amazon, down from a list price of $160.

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Get A Lifetime Of PixelModo's Graphic Design Tools For $49.99 (91% Off)

Thu, 2018-06-21 10:42

Admit it. In at least one point in your life, you wanted to create something aesthetic. We’ve all been there, but not all of us have done that. Some individuals happen to have an eye for design, but that doesn’t mean no one else can create something beautiful.

This leads us to today, the digital age. When you open up a website, what’s the first thing you notice? Does the website look good? Are the banners well made? Yesterday’s artists are becoming today digital designers. However, as we stated before, you don’t need to be Picasso to design a great website; all you need are the right tools, and a PixelModo subscription has everything you need.

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Apple AirPower wireless charging pad: Custom chip and OS could delay it until September

Thu, 2018-06-21 10:02

Apple’s new AirPower is a wireless charging pad to help clean up the mess of charging cables for your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Apple unveiled AirPower at its iPhone X Event, but the company didn’t provide much detail. We hope to fill the void here. We’ll update this article as we get more details, so stay tuned.

Update June 21, 2018: A Bloomberg News report says AirPower might not ship until September due to numerous technological hurdles.

What's the latest?

Now that WWDC has passed with nary a passing mention of AirPower, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News has chimed in with a report detailing why the charging mat is so late. According to his sources, the main issue for the delay is the "the complexity of the circuitry" that has led to numerous issues with development of the device, including overheating. Since AirPower will be one of the only wireless chargers that lets you charge multiple devices simultaneously, Apple's engineers need "to pack the AirPower with multiple charging sensors, a process that has proven difficult."

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Amazon Fire TV Cube review: Neat hardware, but Alexa can't keep up

Thu, 2018-06-21 09:00
The Fire TV Cube wants to replace your remote with voice commands, but Alexa isn't up for the challenge.

What to do when your two-step Apple ID account is locked

Thu, 2018-06-21 08:00

I woke up on a Friday morning, groggy with allergies, a mild cold, and a message on my iPhone. I needed to enter my password to proceed. I did so, but only after checking that it wasn’t some kind of phishing message—the message was generated on the home screen and using iOS, not in a browser or an app.

After entering my password, my iPhone said, “This Apple ID has been locked for security reasons.” I needed to go through an unlock process. I presume my account was locked because someone had attempted to lock in and had too many password failures.


Apple warns you when it’s locked your account.

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No good deed goes unpunished: The Apple blame game

Thu, 2018-06-21 07:00

WWDC is long over but The Macalope has still not dug out from under the backlog of BLAZZLEFROZZLE that erupted in the wake of Apple’s keynote.

Writing for The New York Times, Farhad Manjoo said after WWDC “Apple Shuns the Tech Industry’s Apology Tour.”

Reasonable people could probably come up with a list of things for Apple to apologize for. Maybe your MacBook Pro keyboard is a lemon, maybe you’re having a hard time picking out a good Mac to buy because the company doesn’t make Macs as often as they used to. Whatever your very reasonable complaint is, you won’t find it in this piece.

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4 ways Android Messages for web is better than Apple Messages on the Mac (and 4 ways it's not)

Thu, 2018-06-21 06:06
Google has finally launched Android Messages on the web, letting users send and receive texts from their PC. But is it better than Apple's Messages on the Mac?

Upgrade your PC peripherals for cheap in Amazon's huge one-day Logitech sale

Wed, 2018-06-20 11:30
Kick the keyboard and mouse that came with your PC to the curb during Amazon's big one-day Logitech sale. Sound systems are going cheap, too.

Toast Leather Cover for MacBook Pro and Air review: Stick-on leather cover you’ll want to stick with

Wed, 2018-06-20 07:21

I tremble at the sight of brand-new stick-on iPhone screen-protectors. No matter how hard I try, no matter how religiously I follow the directions, I always end up with three or four bubbles staring defiantly at me from the covered screen. Using the touchscreen starts to feel about like trying to read Braille. Every time I’ve tried to use one, I’ve ended up ripping it off and throwing it in the trash.

So you can imagine my fear when I received my new Toast cover for my MacBook Pro. It’s a leather case, but it differs from most of its competitors by being a stick-on—yes, much like an adhesive iPhone protector—rather than something you plop the MacBook into. It's laser-cut and designed to fit your MacBook perfectly. Even so, I steeled myself. I put it off for a day. Give me some credit: If I messed this one up, I’d be tossing around $160 total in the bin.

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7 ways to master the new Google News and use it more like Google Reader

Wed, 2018-06-20 06:13
The new Google News app and web interface is yet another attempt by Google to replace the hole left behind by the death of Google Reader. Here's how to use it to its full potential.