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How to delete text in all sorts of ways on your Mac

Thu, 2020-07-30 06:15

If you’re a long-time Mac user or a new one, it’s possible you’re only aware of the Delete key, which is technically a “backward delete”: it deletes characters to the left of the current cursor in English and other languages that read left-to-right. It has its own symbol: ⌫. On various vintages of keyboards, you might find the word Delete, a leftward-pointing arrow ←, or both the arrow and the label. (For Mac users, it’s nearly always Delete; Backspace is more of a…Windows word.)

On extended keyboards, you may also find a “forward delete” option. It may also be labeled Delete or Del, and it has the forward delete symbol on it: ⌦. Press this and characters to the right of the insertion point are deleted.

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Hey, cord-cutter's: Here's how to prevent streaming TV services from selling your data

Thu, 2020-07-30 06:00
How cord-cutters can take advantage of newly-enforced privacy rules.

Qualcomm expects phone sales to dip by 15 percent because of COVID

Wed, 2020-07-29 19:07
Qualcomm reports its fiscal third-quarter results, noting that the coronavirus pandemic will have an effect on smartphone sales.

Roku's 'neutral platform' days are now over

Wed, 2020-07-29 16:42
Roku looks less like a neutral platform without HBO Max and Peacock

How to use your iPhone as a webcam for video conferencing and virtual meetings

Wed, 2020-07-29 15:03

Just because you’re working from home now doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to meetings. And just because you don’t have a spare webcam around doesn’t mean you need to peel back the tape that’s covering your laptop’s camera—as long as you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can easily turn it into a makeshift webcam.

Update 07/29/20: Since we first published this article, we have reviewed a new entry in this field, Camo. It may be the best way yet to use your iPhone as a Mac webcam, though the full version is not cheap.

There are a few different apps you can use, but we recommend Kinoni’s EpocCam Webcam. Not only is it easy to set up, but the free version with ads and occasional watermarking works with both Mac and PC (iVCam is a good option if you’re using Windows, and NDI just made its $20 HX Camera app free for 60 days). Any iOS device that’s running iOS 10.3 or later will work, so even if you have an old iPhone 5 or iPad mini 2 in a drawer, it’ll work. If you're willing to pay, Camo works exceptionally well and gives you lots of great options in an easy-to-use interface.

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Want to run Mac OS 8 on your Mac? Now you can

Wed, 2020-07-29 13:01

Hey, you Mac old timers (like me). How many times have you said to yourself, “Man, I could use a round of Duke Nukem 3D right now!” or wished you could go back to a version of Adobe Photoshop that didn’t have all the tools you need? (Okay, never, but play along with me here.)

Well, now you can go back to the old days of the Mac with a Mac OS 8 emulator, written by Felix Rieseberg. He created a JavaScript app which includes a virtual machine that emulates a Macintosh Quadra 900 running Mac OS 8.1. The 261MB compressed download expands into an app that runs that system in a window on your modern Mac.

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Understanding how iCloud Photos optimizes photo storage and keeps your originals

Wed, 2020-07-29 08:00

The old saw about one’s eyes being larger than one’s belly surely applies in an era when we can capture multi-megabyte images and gigabyte videos and have infinite storage online—but still have to contend with the size of flash drives in iPhones and iPads and SSDs in Macs.

Apple squared that circle with iCloud Photos, one of many companies’ attempts to pair cloud storage and personal or professional media capture. With Google Photos, Google stores everything in your cloud account and uses its native and browser-based apps as glimpses into that storage. Apple, in contrast, wants you to have a sort of copy of all your images available offline and online with iCloud Photos.

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Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2 review: Bass on a budget

Wed, 2020-07-29 06:15

If you think you need to dig deep into your bank account to get good bass from a pair of truly wireless earbuds, the Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2 will rock your world—and about as effectively as they’ll help you rock to your favorite songs. These fitness-leaning buds also fit well and can handle as much sweat and raindrops as you can throw at them, all while costing considerably less than a hundred bucks. Such a pleasant price doesn’t come without sacrifices, but they’re relatively minor. The Spirit Dot 2 usually deliver when it counts.

The case is a compact little thing that easily slips in a pocket (although Anker could have made it smaller), and there is a admirable novelty to how its lid slides back rather than flipping open. This design may be a little too nifty for its own good, though, as a mere week of constant use found the lid threatening to slide open without prompting. Fortunately, the magnetic strips that charge the buds in the case cling to the earpieces like a vice, so there’s a good chance the buds will stay put.

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Russound MBX-PRE review: Yes, Virginia, there really were multi-room audio systems before Sonos

Wed, 2020-07-29 06:00
Kick-ass sound and a raft of high-end features make Russound's music streamer worth pursuing, even though it suffers from the occasional temper tantrum.

AmazonBasics Standby UPS review: Amazon’s affordable standby backup power delivers too little for the price

Wed, 2020-07-29 06:00
Once a competitive option, Amazon’s 450-watt UPS doesn’t match up head to head.

Apple Music FAQ: The ins and outs of Apple's streaming music service

Wed, 2020-07-29 05:00

The original iTunes Store in 2003.

Apple singlehandedly turned the digital music marketplace on its head when it launched the iTunes Store in 2003. Since then, the iTunes Store has evolved into Apple Music, a music streaming service to compete with the likes of Spotify, Tidal, and other services.

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Movies Anywhere unveils its own Watch Together feature

Tue, 2020-07-28 14:14
Now you can co-watch any title in your Movies Anywhere locker with up to nine friends, although your guests might need to jump through some hoops to start watching.

Apple racks up 19 Primetime Emmy Award nominations

Tue, 2020-07-28 13:00

Hot on the heels of picking up a couple Daytime Emmy awards, Apple TV+ has pulled in an impressive number of Primetime Emmy award nominations. The new streaming service—it will be less than one year old when the Emmys are presented in September—has racked up 18 award nominations.  That’s far fewer than Netflix or HBO (with 160 and 107, respectively), but impressive for a streaming service still fresh out of the gate, and known for a paucity of content.

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Store wars: When tech companies grouse about each other

Tue, 2020-07-28 07:00

Tech companies can really be the worst kind of people sometimes.

Here we are in the middle of a global pandemic and they’re snipping at each other.

“Microsoft told antitrust committee that Apple’s App Store is anticompetitive.”

Which is funny to those familiar with pots and kettles because Internet Explorer. But you don’t need to go back to the Bush administration to find antitrust complaints about Microsoft.

You just need to go back to Wednesday.

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How to back up your Google Photos library and keep your metadata

Tue, 2020-07-28 06:30
If you want to create a full backup of your Google Photos library, you're going to lose all of your metadata. Here's how to keep it intact.

Camo review: Turn your iPhone into a stunningly capable Mac webcam

Tue, 2020-07-28 06:15

Every Mac (other than the Mac Pro and Mac mini) includes a built-in webcam, which Apple calls a FaceTime camera. And every single one, without exception, is total garbage. They top out at a paltry 720p resolution, with the exception of the iMac Pro’s 1080p model. Resolution aside, they produce video that is grainy, blotchy, relentlessly underexposed, and with horrible dynamic range.

This is weird, because Apple also makes some of the best cameras you can buy on a phone or tablet. The iPhone and iPad’s cameras put not just Apple’s crummy Mac webcams to shame, they outshine any webcam. Even the front-facing iPhone cameras!

Enter Camo, a handy utility by Reincubate that turns your iPhone into a Mac webcam. It’s not the only method of doing so, but it may be the best. With the steep price of $40 per year, it’ll cost you, but it’s less than buying a new webcam (and because it’s software, it’s not sold out like all the good webcams are).

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QNAP TS-253D NAS review: 2.5GbE, PCIe expansion, and HDMI output make for a kickin' home server

Tue, 2020-07-28 06:00
QNAP's handsome NAS box offers dual 2.5GbE ports and a PCIe slot for adding 10GbE, SSDs, or both. It can also play multimedia directly to an attached 4K display.

How to cancel Apple Music

Tue, 2020-07-28 05:00

Apple has a free trial for Apple Music to see if you like the service. After the trial expires, you have to pay $10 per month for a single user membership or $15 per month for a family membership. If you like Apple Music, you don’t need to do anything after the trial; your credit card on file with your account will be charged automatically.

But what do you do if you don’t want an Apple Music membership? Below you’ll find instructions for how to end your trial on the iPhone or iPad, Mac, or on the web.

Cancel Apple Music using your iPhone or iPad

These are instructions for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

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How to take and edit a screenshot on an iPhone 11 or SE

Mon, 2020-07-27 16:23

Whether you just bought your first iPhone or have been using one since the home button clicked, there’s one thing you might not know: how to take a screenshot. But we’re here to help, no matter which model of iPhone you’re using. Here’s how.

iPhone 8 or earlier

If you have an iPhone with a home button, you’ll use that button to take a screenshot. Simply hold down the home button and the power button for a second or two and let go. Your iPhone will flash and make a click noise (if the audio is turned on) and a screenshot will be recorded.

iPhone SE

The iPhone SE has the "old" iPhone design, so it works the same as the iPhone 8. Press the home and the power buttons for a second or two and your screenshot will appear in the bottom left corner of the screen.

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Apple TV+ originals: Apple announces 'The Oprah Conversation'

Mon, 2020-07-27 15:34

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that focuses almost entirely on original programming rather than an extensive library of existing TV shows or movies.

Though the service has been available less than a year and and doesn’t yet have a lot of shows or films available, there’s a lot in the works. This is a list of all the Apple TV+ content we know of so far, along with details about prominent stars, directors, producers, and release dates.

Updated 07/27/20: Apple has announced a new series with Oprah Winfrey, called The Oprah Conversation.

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