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Want to listen to Spotify remotely with your friends? There’s an app for that

16 hours 14 min ago
Just like the late app, JQBX lets you create remote listening rooms for your friends. You will, however, need a Spotify Premium account to indulge.

iPadOS 14 wishlist: Smarter multitasking, portrait split screen, a $#!% calculator, and more

16 hours 14 min ago

We don’t quite know what it’s going to look like yet, but in less than a month, WWDC 2020 will give us our first look at the next generation of Apple’s operating systems. And this year, all eyes will be on iPadOS. After splitting off from iOS last year to give the iPad more room to breathe, Apple’s tablet is on the verge of busting out with its new trackpad support and "reimagined" cursor. Here's what we hope iPadOS 14 brings to take things to the next level.

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The problem with Apple Mail’s junk filtering

16 hours 59 min ago

Spam remains a problem decades after its unfortunate debut on the internet. Spam, loosely defined, is any message you don’t want to receive of a commercial or misleading nature. Millions of person-hours have been spent to try to identify automatically and correctly unsolicited commercial email (UCE), phishing email, and other malicious or offensive messages. No one has fully succeeded.

Apple’s iCloud mail hosting and Mail apps for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS try to provide an interconnected set of tools to block or mark spam. Apple employs many techniques to identify and block messages that we never see. A ne’er-do-well sending a billion identical emails to iCloud users will likely see all billion blocked.

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iPhone SE vs Android’s best: A $399 iPhone stands up to $3,000 in Android phones

Sat, 2020-05-23 08:07

When comparing phones, you generally want them to be in the same league. These days that might mean there’s a few hundred dollars separating the models—like the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, or the Galaxy S20+ and the OnePlus 8 Pro—but it's basically a waste of time to pit the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra against the $400 Galaxy A51.

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Fitbit is exploring an algorithm to detect coronavirus infection before symptoms show up

Fri, 2020-05-22 09:45

The Charge 4 and Versa 2 already do a lot to keep you healthy, but as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps around the world, Fitbit wants them to do even more using the data your devices are already collecting.

Starting this week, users will find a new COVID-19 Study in the Fitbit app, which will help Fitbit determine if it can build an algorithm to detect COVID-19 before symptoms start. Fitbit is encouraging people who “currently have, or have had, symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or the flu” to participate, but the study is open to everyone.

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Looking at Apple’s AR glasses with more clarity

Fri, 2020-05-22 08:00

Rumors of an Apple augmented reality headset have been around for years, but in the last few weeks speculation has rapidly begun to ramp up, alongside suggestions that the product could be shown off as early as this year, and might even ship as early as next year.

On the one hand, maintaining skepticism is still healthy. Though Apple has had its share of product leaks over the years, it's still a company that plays things extremely close to its chest—especially when it comes to prototype hardware. (Unsurprisingly, after the infamous incident in which a pre-release iPhone 4 was left in a bar nearly a decade ago, it's been extra cautious.)

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Apple’s COVID-19 exposure notification API: What it is and how it works in iOS 13.5

Fri, 2020-05-22 07:00

In the release notes for iOS 13.5, you may have noticed a somewhat ominous message. Apple says that the update, “introduces the Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities.”

That sounds an awful lot like it's going to allow the government to track you and invade your privacy! Fortunately, that couldn't be further from the truth. Contact tracing and exposure notification are important tools to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and enable the easing of lockdown restrictions, but only if they are widespread. 

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iOS 14 Wishlist: How Apple can take the iPhone to the next level

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:15

Last year, after the debut of iOS 12, I put together a list of features I hoped to see in iOS 13. And Apple listened!

Okay, it’s not likely that anybody at Apple actually read my article and altered a single line of code based on it, but the company did release several of the features in iOS 13 I’ve been asking for.

There’s still a lot left on the table, though. So many more features and significant changes that seem easy to identify (if not easy to develop) that would make iPhones more useful. Many of the features I want are small and not worth prioritizing (multiple timers, for example). Here’s a list of the ten biggest and most far-reaching features I hope to see in iOS 14.

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Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub review: It's better than a Bluetooth tracker, but not better enough for the price

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
It's great to have the range and reliability of Wi-Fi, and Weber’s hub supports up to four probes, but this high-tech grilling gadget barely justifies its price tag.

Level Lock review: This “invisible” retrofit smart lock lives up to its name

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
The Level Lock is the first smart deadbolt to have absolutely no impact on your home's décor, on either side of your door.

The best smart lock for a keyless home

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

How to pair AirPods or AirPods Pro with Windows 10

Thu, 2020-05-21 16:52
Pairing AirPods with a Windows PC is fast and easy—but be aware they don't deliver exactly the same experience as on iOS and macOS.

Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Thu, 2020-05-21 13:14
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Samsung’s 2020 soundbar lineup to be offered for sale starting this month

Thu, 2020-05-21 13:00
First revealed at CES, Samsung’s latest high-end soundbars work together with the speakers on Samsung TVs.

Legends of Runeterra review: Riot's card game may have trumped Hearthstone

Thu, 2020-05-21 07:00

For the longest time, the collectible card game genre was dominated by Magic: The Gathering (MTG). When Blizzard released Hearthstone in 2014, it brought the company’s signature polish, simplicity, and personality to the digital realm and became an instant smash hit.

There have been lots of attempts to make hit card games before and since, some of them better than others, but nothing has felt like it really understands what makes either of those games truly great or what it would take to dethrone them.

Riot Games is famous for its esports smash hit League of Legends (LoL), and I honestly didn’t expect it’s LoL-themed card game Legends of Runeterra (LoR) to stand a chance of out-Blizzarding Blizzard. But I think perhaps it has.

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Tips for replacing an Apple AirPort network

Thu, 2020-05-21 06:15

Apple’s AirPort Base Station was a revelation in 1999. While it cost $299 plus required a $99 AirPort Card in every Mac you wanted to use with it, this was much cheaper than all other options and it came with the friendly AirPort utility for configuration—far easier than competitors’ tools. (Apple actually licensed the hardware and software to package in its unique way.)

Apple abandoned its Wi-Fi base stations years ago, it seems preferring to not compete in a market that increasingly produced inexpensive—but difficult to configure—base stations. And it sat out the mesh-networking revolution, which dramatically simplifies Wi-Fi network setup, but can cost two to four times comparable old-style Wi-Fi routers.

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Cleer Flow II Bluetooth ANC headphone review: Exceptional sound quality and excellent noise cancelling

Thu, 2020-05-21 06:00
Even better, Cleer's ANC headphone is less expensive than the best that higher-profile competitors such as Sony, Bose, and DALI have to offer.

How to squeeze more savings from your cable bill

Thu, 2020-05-21 06:00
How to save on your cable bill whether you're a cord-cutting or not.

Apple Glass, Apple TV+ content, iOS 13.5, and more

Wed, 2020-05-20 20:15

Apple AR glasses could be close to becoming a reality. Apple TV+ could be expanding its library of content. And iOS 13.5 is here. We talk about this and more on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 699 with Jason Cross, Michael Simon, and Roman Loyola.

RAVpower giveaway

To commemorate the upcoming 700th episode of the Macworld Podcast, we’re teaming up with RavPower for a giveaway of their PD 90W Gallium Nitride Wall Charger! There will be three lucky winners of this great device that you can use to charge your MacBook Pro in a shorter amount of time.

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How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

Wed, 2020-05-20 14:44

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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