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Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

Mon, 2019-09-09 16:14
At-home DNA testing has rapidly become a popular way to learn more about your ethnic background and heritage. We took numerous different tests to evaluate and compare their services.

iPhone 11 rumors: The new iPhones have a sensor coprocessor named 'Rose' or 'R1'

Mon, 2019-09-09 13:16

What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page will keep track of what’s being rumored as new features of the 2019 iPhones, and we’ll provide some analysis and whether or not a rumor seems feasible.

Updated 09/09/19: A new rumor from MacRumors states that the 2019 iPhones have a new sensor co-processor code-named “Rose” or “R1.”

New ‘Rose’ or ‘R1’ sensor co-processor

Apple has used motion co-processors in the iPhone since the iPhone 5S in 2013. The first two (M7 and M8) were separate chips, but M9-M12 were integrated into the A-series processor. They process data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, barometer, and even enable the microphone to listen for “Hey, Siri.” Basically, it’s custom circuitry to process sensor info in a very high-performance and low-power way, so it can be done even while the phone is in sleep mode.

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What to expect at Apple’s ‘By Innovation Only’ event: iPhones, Apple Watch, and one more thing

Mon, 2019-09-09 11:18

The big day has finally almost arrived. In just about 24 hours, Apple CEO Tim Cook and company will take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater to unveil all of the new things we’re going to be putting on our holiday wish lists. And we'll all be able to watch along live as it happens.

But what are those new things? As usual, the By Innovation Only invitation offers few clues as to what Apple has in store for us, but thankfully that’s not all we have to go on. A steady stream of rumors, a couple iOS 13 ciphers, and some good, old-fashioned intuition give us a pretty good idea of what we can expect from the big show tomorrow, in order of likelihood.

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Fitbit Versa 2 review: Small steps add up to a giant leap forward

Mon, 2019-09-09 09:00

If you would have told me that my favorite smartwatch of 2019 would have a brilliant OLED display, great battery life, effortless fitness tracking, Spotify support, and an on-board assistant, I would have guessed it was the Series 5 Apple Watch. It’s not. It’s the Fitbit Versa 2.

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The Fitbit Versa's display is much improved in the sequel.

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Lorex 1080p Wire Free Camera System review: Connectivity problems sink this security solution

Mon, 2019-09-09 08:15
This wireless security system operates just fine on a local level, but its problematic mobile app can't consistently stream video to your mobile device when you're away from home.

A game of cat and Mouse Keys on the Mac

Mon, 2019-09-09 08:00

A pressing issue among many Mac users is, “How do I keep my cat from enabling settings when they bat at or sleep on the keyboard?”

One reader in particular discovered his kitty keeps pressing the Option key when he’s not keeping her off it. If you have a certain Accessibility feature enabled, pressing the Option key five times in a row lets you use several centrally located keys to move a cursor around in lieu of another input peripheral.

While the feature is turned on, you can’t type with those keys, a problem for this reader because the movement keys include a character in his password.

That feature? Mouse Keys. Yes, the cat is playing with Mouse Keys.

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How to watch Apple’s ‘By innovation only’ event on September 10

Mon, 2019-09-09 07:00

Apple calls its next event “By innovation only” and the company is expected to announce a trio of iPhones (likely bearing the iPhone 11 name), and perhaps a few other surprises. We may also get final pricing and launch dates for Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.

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TellMeGen review: Heavy on DNA-driven health results, but light on ancestry

Mon, 2019-09-09 06:30
This DNA test provides a long list of details on health traits and potential medical conditions, but its ancestry component is as simplistic as they come.

How to install a smart switch

Mon, 2019-09-09 06:00
Let us show you the easiest way to install a smart switch.

10 ways iOS 13’s Reminders app can turn you into a productivity beast

Mon, 2019-09-09 06:00

Apple’s Reminders app used to be a joke, and if you found yourself using it, it was probably because you’d asked Siri to remind you about something or, well, you didn’t know any better. It was good for casual use, but in a professional setting, you’d have been better off sticking with a third-party app like Things 3.

With iOS 13, though, Reminders should rank among the new operating system’s standout features. The changes are breathtaking. You can make groups with multiple lists, you can set morning notifications that give you a rundown of what you have to do for the day, and you can add checklists to reminders. It doesn’t even take that long to make a reminder anymore because Apple lets you enter them with natural language commands instead of fiddling with multiple fields.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

Fri, 2019-09-06 17:03
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Apple issues statement in response to Google security vulnerabilities report

Fri, 2019-09-06 14:03

Last week, Google’s Project Zero security research team posted information about a serious vulnerability in iOS. The security exploit (or group of exploits, really) allowed a “small collection of hacked websites” that would, when visited, install code to monitor certain activity on the iPhone.

The security holes were patch in iOS 12.1.4 on February 7, 2019, and there were even news reports right after the patch about the security holes that were closed. The sites that exploited the vulnerabilities were targeting an ethnic minority in China—the Uighur—and also sought to exploit holes in Android and Windows.

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Three things that probably won’t show up at next week’s Apple event

Fri, 2019-09-06 07:00

Welcome to the calm before the storm. Apple is readying its announcements for its annual fall event next week and the rumors and whispers have started to coalesce around what we’ll likely see trotted out: new iPhones, including better camera features, new Apple Watch case materials, and a Tile competitor that will let you track your wallet, keys, and so on.

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HDHomeRun Scribe Quatro and Servio review: Great video quality, but clunky software

Fri, 2019-09-06 06:00
HDHomeRun's whole-home DVR hardware, the Scribe and Servio, streams broadcasts in native quality on the cheap, but the software is still too crude.

Agenda 6 review: Note taking gets supercharged with calendar events, reminders

Fri, 2019-09-06 06:00

Apps for taking notes are plentiful these days, and often free. Apple Notes is one every Mac and iOS device owner owns but often overlooks, due in large part to its former reputation as a barebones, skeuomorphic scratchpad. Thanks to a slew of recent enhancements like text styling, formatting, attachments, checklists, and tables, Notes is now a pretty capable piece of software.

One thing Apple Notes still can’t do is tightly integrate with calendar events, iCloud or otherwise. Then again, neither can many others, with the exception of Agenda—and once you’ve gotten a taste for this method of organization, you’ll find it hard to return to plain, undated notes.

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Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Apple picks up Joseph Gordon-Levitt's drama Mr. Corman

Thu, 2019-09-05 18:35

Apple is said to be spending a couple billion dollars over 2018 and 2019 on the development of exclusive original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment.

What can you get for a couple billion dollars? Apple hopes to attract some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and to lock down the television and movie rights to best-selling books. Though the company has only given us a glimpse at a handful of shows, the Hollywood trade press has uncovered many more through its reporting on deals from casting agents and production companies.

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Apple launches Apple Music web app beta

Thu, 2019-09-05 17:51

One of Apple Music’s most obvious missing features has been the inability of subscribers to listen to your library, playlists, or radio selections without using the iOS app, Android app, or iTunes (soon to be Apple Music in macOS Catalina). Without a web-based experience, it was harder to play your tunes from computers or mobile devices you don’t own and sharing on social media felt limited.

It was such an obvious missing feature that a recent unofficial web player attracted a couple hundred thousand users.

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Ears-on with the Sonos Move Bluetooth speaker: Portable Sonos sound with Alexa and Google Assistant onboard

Thu, 2019-09-05 09:00
The audio gurus at Sonos have finally jumped into the portable Bluetooth speaker arena, and from what we’ve seen—and heard—the Move should be worth the wait.

Printer preference pane freezing? Here’s how to reset macOS’s printing system

Thu, 2019-09-05 08:00

Usually when we’re yelling at printers, it’s at the printers themselves, not the software. They’re out of ink, have a page jam, or—if you’re printer is old school—flashing PC LOAD LETTER. But sometimes, it’s your Mac that’s giving you trouble.

On occasion and for discernable reason, your Printers & Scanners preference pane could wind up empty, and every action you take causes a spinning rainbow cursor or extremely long delays on the order of minutes. This happened to me recently, and a survey of people’s post across many forums provided no better explanation as to why than my own suppositions.

Your first move is easy:

  1. Control-click in an empty area in the Printers list.

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Apple Sept. 10 event preview, sleep tracking on the Apple Watch, your hot takes, and more

Thu, 2019-09-05 07:00

Apple’s big event is next week—let’s talk about it! Is sleep tracking coming to the Apple Watch? Plus, your hot takes! That and more are all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 666 with Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

Listen to episode 666

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