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iPhone SE rumors, iPhone 12 rumors, and more

2 hours 50 min ago

What’s up with the iPhone SE? What’s up with the iPhone 12? What’s up with the 13-inch MacBook Pro? We talk about this and more on the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 693 with Michael SimonLeif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 693

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Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 review: Good for Macs, waiting for multi-OS improvements

3 hours 50 min ago

It’s not that common to find full-featured security suites for the Mac. Quite often major antivirus makers provide a stripped-down version of their Windows product with notable bells and whistles missing. Not so with Intego’s Mac Premium Bundle X9, a security solution purpose-built for Apple users. This top-tier suite has a variety of solid tools that any Mac user would be happy to use.

But is that enough to recommend this product?

Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them. IDG

Intego’s VirusBarrier. 

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Cord-cutters have more free TV news options than ever

4 hours 50 min ago
How cord-cutters can stream the news for free.

SOL Republic Soundtrack Pro ANC headphone review: Good-enough features and performance for the price

4 hours 50 min ago
These wireless noise-cancelling headphones deliver the basics, but their looks and features don't set them apart from the crowd.

Sign in with Apple FAQ: What you need to know about Apple's single sign-on platform

Wed, 2020-04-08 15:31

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in 2019, it introduced a new single sign-on (SSO) solution called Sign in with Apple. Similar to the ever-present Sign in with Facebook and Sign in with Google options, Apple’s solution is meant to allow you to sign up for apps and sign in with a single ID instead of creating new ones for every app and service in the world.

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Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more to a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

Wed, 2020-04-08 11:00

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. And the new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

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‘The Banker’ review: Strong performances prevent low interest rate

Wed, 2020-04-08 08:00

The Banker is a movie that both champions civil rights and the idea that making boatloads of cash through American capitalism is a fine and wonderful thing. Fittingly enough, it’s also one of the first feature-length films from Apple TV+, a service run by a company with near-unimaginable stores of wealth and which often sticks its neck out in support of LGBT and other civil rights. Beyond that, it’s also a good place to deposit a couple of hours of your time, even considering a troubled release schedule that saw it pulled from theaters and the name of the producer—who’s the real-life son of the main character—struck from the credits.

One of The Banker’s big themes is movement, not just for the cash hinted at in the title but also in the context of one’s standing in physical and social spheres. We see this in the character of Bernard S. Garrett (Anthony Mackie), a black man who moved to Los Angeles in the 1950s after realizing that his native Texas lacked fertile ground for his mathematical talents. We see a bit of it in the character of Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), Garrett’s eventual business partner who knows how to move through almost every strata of L.A.’s social scene. And most notably, we see it in the way the pair uses their talents to try to buy buildings that will enable African-American citizens to move into nicer neighborhoods that were once solely the province of white folks. In fact, The Banker is just as much a film about real estate as it is about banks.

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iPad vs. Surface: Apple and Microsoft get closer to convergence

Wed, 2020-04-08 07:00

When Apple announced the new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro—which features a trackpad that users can use to drive a cursor around on the iPad screen—some pundits pointed out that at long last, Apple was admitting that Microsoft was right after all when it designed the Surface with a keyboard and trackpad.

Except that’s not what happened. With iPad and Surface, Apple and Microsoft are both headed for the same destination—a new kind of computer that is just as at home as a touch tablet, with a stylus, or with a traditional keyboard and mouse. They’re just converging on it from opposite directions.

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Unread 2 review: Stylish RSS reader for iOS improves while remaining exactly the same

Wed, 2020-04-08 06:15

For decades, major software versions were guaranteed to debut new features and fresh eye candy in the form of user interface enhancements. With the current subscription trend, developers have less incentive to wait for the next big release, instead choosing to roll out incremental updates as they’re ready.

But what happens when an app works so well that UI improvements are unnecessary? Such is the conundrum with Unread, an attractive RSS news reader client for iPhone and iPad. After changing hands in 2017, developer Golden Hill Software has finally debuted the long-awaited sequel with almost no changes to the sultry, gesture-based look and feel that made it a hit in the first place.

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Quibi review: Quick bites of quality video entertainment designed for an audience on the go

Wed, 2020-04-08 06:00
But with so few of us on the go right now, is Quibi still worth the price of admission?

PSA: Enjoy free digital movies, audiobooks, and more through your local library

Wed, 2020-04-08 06:00
Through services like Hoopla and OverDrive, your library offers tons of digital movies, books, audiobooks, and more—and you don't have to spend a penny to access any of it.

Apple updates its Clips video app with new Mickey and Minnie Mouse stickers, mouse support on iPad, and more

Tue, 2020-04-07 17:24

Apple on Tuesday released Clips 2.1.1, an update to its iOS and iPadOS app designed for making short video clips that you can share with your friends and family.

According to the release notes, the update contains the following:

  • Use Clips on iPad with a mouse, trackpad, or Bluetooth keyboard for new ways to create videos (requires iPadOS 13.4)
  • Use the Duplicate button to instantly create a copy of a clip with all its effects
  • Tap the Split button to divide any clip in two
  • Make stickers pop on and off the screen—just split any clip and apply stickers to either of the two new sections
  • Give your video the look of an 80’s arcade game with updated 8-bit stickers and the new Game Over poster
  • Celebrate spring with the floral Springtime poster
  • Choose from 11 new Mickey and Minnie Mouse stickers, each with its own expressive animation
  • Performance and stability improvements

If you already have Clips, you can install the update through the App Store app. Launch the App Store, and then tap your profile icon on the upper right of the screen. Scroll down to the Available Updates section, and look for Clips in the list of apps. Then tap on the Update button next to the app. Or you can tap Update All at the top of the list which updates all the apps on the list.

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Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1 with fix for FaceTime bug

Tue, 2020-04-07 14:22

Apple has released iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1. This is a small bugfix release; it wasn’t ever even released as a public or developer beta.

The update fixes a glitch whereby users were having trouble connecting in FaceTime calls with devices running very old versions of iOS or macOS.

The release notes for iOS are as follows:

  • Fixes an issue where devices running iOS 13.4 could not participate in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier.
  • Addresses a bug with the Settings app where choosing Bluetooth from the quick actions menu on the Home screen would fail.

The iPadOS release features the same release notes, with the following additional item:

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Movies Anywhere’s Screen Pass program lets you lend movie purchases to your friends

Tue, 2020-04-07 11:02
The still-in-beta Screen Pass feature lets you share selected movies in your Movies Anywhere digital locker for up to 72 hours.

Weathering the criticism: Apple makes life on Android a little worse

Tue, 2020-04-07 07:00

Last week, Apple acquired Dark Sky, one of the premier weather apps, and summarily canceled the Android and Wear versions of the app, surprising industry observers who looked up from their laptops in unison and said “Someone was making Wear apps? Why?”

Let the outrage pour forth! It’s not like we’re doing anything else anyway. The Macalope’s just sitting here making quarantine masks out of unused MLB commemorative Opening Day 2020 t-shirts.

Writing for Fortune, Aaron Pressman asks the Betteridge’s Law-shattering question “Should Apple be allowed to kill one of Android’s best weather apps?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Shawn King.)

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Sign in with Apple FAQ: What you need to know about Apple's single sign-on feature

Tue, 2020-04-07 06:15

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in 2019, it introduced a new single sign-on (SSO) solution called Sign in with Apple. Similar to the ever-present Sign in with Facebook and Sign in with Google options, Apple’s solution is meant to allow you to sign up for apps and sign in with a single ID instead of creating new ones for every app and service in the world.

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The best 30-day streaming TV trials for stay-at-home binge watching

Tue, 2020-04-07 06:00
Netflix, Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, and more will let you stream their TV shows and movies free for a month.

ADT Blue Wireless Outdoor Camera review: Most security cams require a subscription to get the detection features that are standard on this model

Tue, 2020-04-07 06:00
The third component in ADT’s DIY home security system delivers good value for the money.

The best online film festivals and virtual art house movie screenings

Mon, 2020-04-06 13:34
SXSW, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, Film Forum, and more are turning to virtual screenings in the wake of COVID-19.

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14: New homescreen widgets and wallpaper options

Mon, 2020-04-06 13:33

WWDC may be in limbo due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that’s not stopping the release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. Apple is hard at work on the next update for the iPhone and iPad, and details are starting to leak ahead of the big reveal. Here is everything we know so far.

Update 04/06/20: The latest rumor concerns the wallpaper selection menu and a new system for placing movable widgets on the iPhone or iPad home screen.

iOS14 and iPadOS 14: Widgets and wallpaper settings

Twitter user @DongleBookPro has what are claimed to be images of the iOS 14 wallpaper management screens. They show a new “collections” menu that users can populate with their own photos and some “home screen appearance” options that let you change the way your home screen image looks—making it darker, giving it a gradient, etc.

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