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Dropbox and iCloud Drive: How each service approaches cloud storage

Fri, 2020-02-21 07:30

Cloud storage is a wonderful way to extend limited hard disk or SSD space on your computer to an accessible internet-reachable location. Many services combine synchronization and storage offloading. Synchronization ensures that files on every linked device are stored in a central repository and copied and get up to date on every attached device. Storage offloading lets you opt to keep the file in central storage but not on every end point after the file is first uploaded.

Dropbox and iCloud Drive are two popular options for macOS, iOS, and iPadOS cloud storage, and they differ substantially in this approach. Dropbox changed its approach last summer for personal accounts, so it might be a little different than you recall if you haven't used it for a while.

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What we could see in iOS 14

Fri, 2020-02-21 06:15

February might be the cold doldrums of winter, where important tech news is sparser than sun and green grass, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing of note going on. With just over three months to go before the fireworks of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference, the dribs and drabs of the company’s plans for this year’s big announcements are shaping up inside of Cupertino, and inevitably, word of one or two of those make their way out into the public—albeit, filtered through the tea leaves of speculation.

Most recently, there have been some indications of things that Apple might be working on for this year’s release of iOS which—assuming the long-running pattern continues on course—will be iOS 14. While there’s sure to be plenty to talk about when the software is officially announced, let’s take a look at the latest hints about what might be in store for the next version of Apple’s mobile platform.

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Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System review: A nearly foolproof means to fresh herbs and lettuce year 'round

Fri, 2020-02-21 06:00
This high-tech set up lets you grow delicious herbs and leafy greens indoors all year 'round.

Macworld's March Digital Magazine: The future of the iPhone

Thu, 2020-02-20 17:52

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the March issue

In the March issue of Macworld we look at Apple’s forthcoming A14 chip and the future of the iPhone. See our iOS 14 wishlist: 10 ways that Apple can take the iPhone to the next level.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: It’s time for new hardware at the center of Apple’s home strategy

• MacUser Reviews: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Samsung CJ791 QLED display

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Apple might finally let you pick Chrome over Safari in iOS 14

Thu, 2020-02-20 10:27

If there’s one Android feature iPhone users have universally longed to have, it’s the ability to pick new default apps. On iOS, it’s Apple’s way or the highway when it comes to apps like Safari and Mail, but a new report from Bloomberg offers hope that Apple might be softening its stance.

According to well-connected leakster Mark Gurman, Apple is “considering” whether to let users change the default apps on iOS devices. That’s hardly a sure thing, but even the possibility is a huge change of heart. Since the earliest days of the iPhone, links and email addresses have opened in Safari and the default Mail app, respectively. Even if you delete Mail, it merely asks you to redownload it when you tap an email address, without providing an option to use another app like Gmail or Outlook.

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Apple and the coronavirus, our iPadOS 14 wishlist, and more

Thu, 2020-02-20 08:00

The coronavirus hits Apple, but rumor has it that it won’t stop the iPhone SE 2 from appearing. Plus, an iPadOS 14 wish list, your hot takes, and more on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 686 with Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

Listen to episode 686

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CarPlay FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple’s automotive dashboard software

Thu, 2020-02-20 07:15

With very few exceptions, the navigation and entertainment software running on the dashboard touchscreens for modern cars is awful. Dated interface design, confusing layouts, and rarely-if-ever updated software and data.

Fortunately, Apple has a fix for that: CarPlay. It’s a built-in feature that turns your iPhone into the brains and interface for your car’s infotainment display, and it’s a huge step up from what you get in most cars.

Originally launched in 2014, CarPlay is now supported on a wide variety of vehicles. Here’s what you need to know about CarPlay, its supported devices and vehicles, and supported apps.

How does CarPlay work?

Using CarPlay on a supported car is easy. Just use your Lightning cable to plug your iPhone into the car’s USB port and select the CarPlay function on your car’s screen. The exact method of selecting CarPlay differs from one car to the next, but it’s usually fairly obvious.

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How to get rid of the screenshot drop shadow in macOS

Thu, 2020-02-20 06:15

To follow up on previous advice on controlling how macOS takes screenshots, as described in “How to take better screenshot selections in macOS,” you can also choose to include or exclude a border and drop shadow when you just want to grab a window.

A thin border is supplemented in these screenshots by a drop shadow that provides contrast against a background. That’s a faux-real or skeuomorphic effect, as if a window is floating and casting a diffuse shadow, but it does make the window pop out more effectively when including it in documentation or an email.

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Zvox AV50 wireless noise-cancelling headphone review: There's a lot to like about this headphone

Thu, 2020-02-20 06:00
The sound quality is rich and clear, and the active noise cancelling is quite effective, although the vocal enhancer is very subtle.

Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Thu, 2020-02-20 06:00
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound review: Alexa in a smoke detector? It's an inspired, if expensive, idea

Wed, 2020-02-19 12:19
Here's a clever way to get a smart speaker into every room without cluttering up every room with a smart speaker.

First Alert’s Alexa-enabled Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector is getting AirPlay 2 support

Wed, 2020-02-19 10:05
Yes, you can now stream music to your Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector via your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

File lessons the iPad needs to learn from the Mac

Wed, 2020-02-19 07:15

As someone who travels with an iPad Pro rather than a MacBook, I complained for years about iOS’s inability to perform basic file management, including mounting networked file servers and accessing the contents of attached USB drives and unzipping archives. With the arrival of iPadOS 13, those problems were finally addressed. Stop laughing, Mac users.

In the spirit of taking what’s given to you and then ungratefully asking for more: The job’s just not done. Yes, iPad file management finally exists. But it needs to be a lot better.

Your file is my type

It’s not surprising that in an operating system that was largely designed to be free of files, there are a bunch of missing pieces. Perhaps the biggest one is the sheer lack of a consistent approach to file types. Every file has a type—some files are video, some are audio, some are plain text, some are Microsoft Word. And different apps have the ability to deal with certain file types.

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How to open zip files on your iPhone or iPad

Wed, 2020-02-19 06:15

Not too long ago, opening a zip file on an iPhone or iPad was impossible without using a third-party app, but that’s no longer the case. It’s actually really easy, so long as you’re on at least iOS 11. These set of instructions focuses on iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

You can also make zip files on an iPhone and iPad now, so we’ll show you how to do that, too.

These steps should always work with zip files, and it also appears to work with tar.gz files. If you want to extract .rar files, though, you’ll still need to use a third-party app like iZip.

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Populife Smart Deadbolt review: Ultra-cheap and attractive, but lacking in the operations department

Wed, 2020-02-19 06:00
Steer clear of this bare-bones smart lock.

Apple releases watchOS 6.1.3 with important bug fix

Tue, 2020-02-18 14:09

On Tuesday, Apple released watchOS 6.1.3 for those with an Apple Watch series 1 or later and iOS 13. If you’re still using iOS 12, you can grab watchOS 5.3.5.

The update is rather small, but important. It’s purely a bug-fix update, and especially important for those in Iceland. The release notes are as follows:

This update includes improvements and bug fixes, including a fix for an issue that prevented the irregular heart rhythm notification from working as expected for Apple Watch owners in Iceland.

No word on what the other “improvements and bug fixes” are—that’s boilerplate language for Apple software updates. There are no security updates featured in this release. Apple is also beta-testing watchOS 6.2 to go along with iOS 13.4, but this fix to hearth rhythm notification in Iceland was deemed important enough to make an interim release.

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Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice for Mac users

Tue, 2020-02-18 13:38

With the internet abuzz with privacy concerns and the potential changes coming to net neutrality, you’ve likely heard about virtual private networks, better known as VPNs. When used correctly, a VPN can greatly strengthen your online privacy, assist in keeping your personal information secure, and even spoof your location in the world—allowing you to access websites or services that would otherwise be off limits due to region-locking.

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Ring beefs up its security with mandatory 2FA, suspends third-party trackers in mobile app

Tue, 2020-02-18 09:58
Ring flips on mandatory two-factor authentication in an effort to clean up its image.

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X60 5G modem has an audience of one: Apple

Tue, 2020-02-18 08:00

Qualcomm’s latest 5G modem isn’t the leap that the X55 was last year, but it might be more important. While the Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF System touts a slew of technical and practical enhancements to take full advantage of the next-generation networks’ tremendous speeds, Qualcomm’s new modem isn’t built for phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 that are already on board with 5G, it’s made for the one that isn’t: the iPhone.

Let’s get the technical stuff out of the way first. The X60 is the first “to support spectrum aggregation across all key 5G bands and combinations.” That means X60 phones will be more futureproof than today’s X55 ones, supporting mmWave and sub-6 using frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD) at a wider range of deployment. Plus, it can deliver up to 7.5Gbps download speeds and 3Gbps upload speeds, far greater than even the theoretical capabilities of the current 5G networks being built.

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Five great iPhone weather apps you should try

Tue, 2020-02-18 07:15

We spend hours a day in messaging and social media apps, and probably no more than a few minutes in a weather app. Nonetheless, a good weather app is one of the most important apps on our iPhones. It’s how we know when to wear a heavier jacket or take along an umbrella. These apps can influence everything from our preparation for natural disasters to our sprinkler timings.

It’s important to have an accurate, easy-to-read weather app that quickly and effortlessly tells you just what you want to know. The built-in iOS Weather app is fine for really basic stuff, but it doesn’t offer the variety of data, sources, or visualization that many users crave.

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