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Save big on MacBooks, Apple Watches, iPads, and more with Best Buy’s Memorial Day sale

Fri, 2019-05-24 13:57

Best Buy’s annual Memorial Day saleRemove non-product link always has deals to remember, and this year it’s maintaining that tradition with great prices for everything from the new MacBooks to Apple Watches, iPads, and even Apple’s own phone cases. We like them apples very much, indeed.

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Apple releases iOS 12.3.1, fixes VoLTE and iMessage bugs

Fri, 2019-05-24 13:46

Apple has issued an unexpected iOS update. Version 12.3.1 was just released, with no public or developer beta testing preceding it. It’s unusual for Apple to release an iOS update on a Friday except in cases of critical, high-profile bugs.

Fixing bugs is exactly what this release does. The official release notes for this update are brief:

  • Fixes an issue that could prevent making or receiving VoLTE calls.

  • Fixes issues in Messages that could cause messages from unknown senders to appear in your conversation list even though Filter Unknown Senders is enabled.

  • Fixes an issue that could prevent the Report Junk link from appearing in Messages threads from unknown senders.

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iFixit tears down the 2019 MacBook Pro, details butterfly keyboard changes

Fri, 2019-05-24 13:13

Earlier this week, Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup, boosting performance with the latest Intel processors but making no other significant changes.

Except one: There’s now another revision of the infamous “butterfly” keyboard mechanism, using new materials in a bid to further improve reliability. To go along with this new design, Apple extended the keyboard repair and replacement program to include virtually any Mac laptop with the butterfly keyboard (including the new ones), offering free repair for up to four years.

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Amazon is selling a 'renewed' Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi System for the lowest price we've ever seen

Fri, 2019-05-24 12:37

The only way to ensure a solid connection all over your house is to invest in a good Wi-Fi system, but that investment often comes at a hefty cost. Today you can save a few bucks on one of our favorites with this awesome Amazon deal: A refurbished Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi System RBK43 is down to $210Remove non-product link, $90 off its $300 list price and the best price we've ever tracked.

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What we won’t see at WWDC 2019

Fri, 2019-05-24 07:00

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is still more than a week away, and as usual the internet is rife with posts predicting what we’ll see—or what people would like to see (including this one)—during the next big Apple keynote.

But even with a two-hour song and dance, Apple can’t show off everything that it’s working on. Not only because there’s simply not time, but also because not everything the company’s actively developing is ready for prime time. Some things just won’t make the cut, inevitably spawning a deluge of posts about “I can’t believe Apple didn’t show off [X]” or “No [Y]? Lame!” or the ever-popular “Apple is doooooomed.”

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Why iOS offloads apps and how to reinstall them

Fri, 2019-05-24 07:00

Despite offering phones and tablets with ever-more onboard storage, Apple knows that people can still easily outpace available room as they download ever more apps and digital content for those apps. In iOS 11, Apple added an option to offload apps rather than just delete them as a compromise between apps you use and storage consumed.


An offloaded app sports a cloud download icon.

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Grace Digital Mondo+ Classic review: A neoclassical clock radio for the internet age

Fri, 2019-05-24 06:00
Easy operation, modern connections, and agreeable sound make the Mondo+ Classic an internet radio even a Luddite can love.

Fitbit Inspire HR review: One size, many styles, fit all

Fri, 2019-05-24 06:00

In a world of smartwatches and AI-infused earbuds, the Fitbit Inspire HR is decidedly old-school. It doesn’t have a color screen, a catalogue of apps, or an SpO2 sensor. You won’t be able to use it to buy coffee at Starbucks.

But there’s something refreshing about the Inspire HR’s base simplicity. Like the Alta HR it replaces, it’s a fitness band that tracks the bare essentials—steps, sleep, calories, distance—but it also brings a few tricks that you wouldn’t expect in a $100 device. And it has a sharp sense of style to boot.

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Rock out this Memorial Day weekend with a killer price on the Anker SoundCore Boost speaker

Thu, 2019-05-23 12:55

No matter how good your playlist is, a bad Bluetooth speaker can kill ruin your Memorial Day party. But Amazon's got a great price today on one of our favorites: the Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth speaker is just $51Remove non-product link when you check the coupon box in the listing, down from a list price of $80 and the lowest price we've seen.

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The Playdate gaming handheld is a Game Boy-Model T mashup by Firewatch's publisher

Thu, 2019-05-23 11:47
Mac and iOS app maker Panic has announced a new handheld video-game system called Playdate that has a black-and-white screen and a crank.

Amazon is selling the iPad Air with Wi-Fi and cellular for the lowest price we’ve ever seen

Thu, 2019-05-23 11:42

The new iPad Air with Wi-Fi and cellular might be a lightweight device, but the retail price is kind of heavy. Today, though, Amazon is lightening some of that load by selling the 64GB configuration of the tablet for $30 off, which brings the price of the silver and space gray models to $599, down from $629. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this model on Amazon to date.

For more information, check out our review from April. It’s a great device for anyone who wants more portability than you’ll get from the larger iPad Pros, but also wants more processing power than screen space than either the 9.7-inch iPad or new iPad mini. In CPU power, our benchmarks showed it runs almost neck-and-neck with the new iPad mini, which isn’t surprising as both devices contain Apple’s A12X chip. As we said at the time, it’s “the best iPad for more people.”

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Amazon's rumored wearable device reads your emotions by listening to your voice

Thu, 2019-05-23 10:16
Amazon is reportedly developing a new voice-powered device that can read human emotions.

Treat your eyes to a 55-inch, 4K HDR Samsung smart TV for under $400

Thu, 2019-05-23 09:25

It’s almost Memorial Day and there are some interesting sales popping up. Walmart is currently discounting Samsung electronics, and we spotted a great deal on a 2018 Samsung 55-inch 4K HDR smart TV for $398Remove non-product link. The lowest price we’ve ever seen for the UN55NU6900 on Amazon was $447, and Walmart’s list price for this TV is $528.

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New MacBook Pros, WWDC19 and the Mac, Apple Watch workouts tip, and your hot takes

Thu, 2019-05-23 08:00

On the show, we talk about the new MacBook Pros and we preview Apple’s WWDC19 by talking about what could happen with the Mac and the company’s services. Plus, Jason Cross will show us how an Apple Watch tip, and we’ll wrap up the show with your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds.

This is episode 652 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

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5 ways Apple can be the leader in augmented reality

Thu, 2019-05-23 07:00

Apple does more than many companies to champion the idea of augmented reality, but it needs to do a better job showing why we should share that vision. Lately, Google has been taking up the slack.

Among other things, Google has shown us how to use AR in Google Maps to get a clear idea of where we need to go. It’s shown us how we can see if clothes match our wardrobe, and how we can use phone cameras to read signs in other languages.

As for Apple? Its AR announcements tend to focus on third-party novelty and educational apps, such as a recent one that lets you go on virtual tours of the Statue of Liberty. Lazy Sunday stuff, in other words. Unlike Google, Apple hasn’t been showing us how AR could be something we turn to in the hectic moments of everyday life. I worried about this last year, and I haven’t seen much aside from rumors that convince me the situation is any better now.

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The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know

Thu, 2019-05-23 06:00
Immediate cancellation: The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know. review: Serviceable speeds and simple to use

Thu, 2019-05-23 06:00

The fundamental features you want in any VPN service are an easy-to-use desktop application, privacy protection, and speedy connections. The latter two are harder to determine. In the case of privacy, you have to trust that your VPN is doing what it says its doing. Speeds depend on your location, equipment, and ISP. Nevertheless, we do the best we can to make informed decisions, and when it comes to VPN on Mac you get almost everything you need.

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

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New Safari feature blocks purchase-tracking by ad clicks

Wed, 2019-05-22 14:30

Apple added a new anti-tracking feature to Safari that prevents one-to-one tracking of users who click an ad on one site and make a purchase on another, unrelated site. Instead, the connection will be blurred so that an advertiser can only track the total impact of a small number of different ads over short periods of time.

The new approach, called Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, rolled out in the Safari Technology Preview today (version 82), and Apple said that it will appear in general release versions of Safari later in 2019. It’s also presented this as a proposed early-stage standard to the Web Platform Incubator Community Group at the W3C, an organization that helps create standards browser and sites.

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This 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card is less than $30 on Amazon today

Wed, 2019-05-22 11:41

Here at PCWorld, we know how important extra space is for your Android phone or Nintendo Switch, so we're always on the lookout for great deals on microSD cards. And we found another one: Amazon is selling the 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC for $27.29Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $85 and extremely close to an all-time low.

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Google exposes G Suite issue that stored plain-text passwords on its servers for 15 years

Wed, 2019-05-22 09:15
Google has fixed a G Suite issue that left some passwords stored in plain text on its servers.