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How to stop receiving subscription renewal emails from Apple

Tue, 2020-02-11 15:35

It seems like the whole world is moving toward subscriptions. There are dozens of streaming video and music subscription services, apps are increasingly embracing subscription models, and Apple has several new services of its own.

Odds are, you have a few subscriptions billed through Apple, either from Apps or Apple’s own services. And if you don’t, you probably will before long. Apple sends you email receipts every time a subscription renews—not ahead of time as a reminder, but after the fact like a normal purchase receipt. If you have a number of monthly subscriptions, it can quickly get out of hand.

Fortunately, Apple recently added an option to disable those emails.

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How to export your Apple Card monthly transactions in CSV or OFX format

Tue, 2020-02-11 12:54

One of Apple Card’s most significant annoyances (at least compared to many other major credit cards) is that you can’t directly share transaction information with financial planning apps like Mint or YNAB. Apple provides lots of well-organized information about your spending in the Wallet app, but that doesn’t give you a complete picture of your finances as it doesn’t include your earning and other spending.

Updated 02/11/20: Apple has added OFX file format support to the monthly transaction export feature.

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‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’ review: A funny look at the serious side of game development

Tue, 2020-02-11 10:00

I’m so happy Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet exists. So much about it sounds implausible. For one, it’s a workplace comedy set at a game studio that makes an MMORPG in the vein of World of Warcraft, and the miserable little misanthropes within are busy preparing for the launch of their first expansion. Games, for all the talk about how they bring in more money than movies these days, almost never get this kind of mainstream attention on TV. For another, it’s made by executive producers Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, David Hornsby, and Megan Ganz, best known for their work with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

And here’s the chaser: All of this was made possible by none other than Apple, which normally plays so poorly with the mainstream game industry that I recently said a third-party streaming service delivered the best gaming experience we’re probably going to see on a Mac for years. (It’s worth noting, though, that few genres cater so strongly to Mac players like the MMORPG.) Somehow, with such a baffling mix of ingredients, there’s plenty to feast on at this banquet. I’m already craving seconds.

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Competition is as competition does: The AirPods advantage

Tue, 2020-02-11 07:15

There’s a moment in the trailer for the 1988 movie Tucker when Jeff Bridges wonders why everyone’s upset about his car and Martin Landau tells him “You make the car too good.” After initially being a laughing stock, seems like we’ve arrived at that point with AirPods.

Writing for ZDNet, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says “Apple’s AirPods Pro are the best earbuds you can buy, but for all the wrong reasons.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Brian and Peter.)

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Why can’t Family Sharing include more than six people?

Tue, 2020-02-11 06:15

Family Sharing allows Apple uses to select up to six people in their family who can pool iCloud storage, share most apps, and view each other’s purchased media. It also lets parents more easily shape and monitors usage of their kids’ devices, providing more security and peace of mind.

But why is there a six-person limit? A Macworld reader with six children recently wrote in to explain how it affects his family after he tried to add his two youngest kids:

Now I can’t use screen time controls for them because I can’t add them to my family. And I can’t stop my oldest 20-year-old to make room because he relies on our Apple Music subscription and app sharing. So I’m left with leaving the little ones unprotected, which is unacceptable. How do I get around this?

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Dive into retro gaming with one of these emulation options

Tue, 2020-02-11 06:00
Miss classic games? Our video runs through your options if you're hankering to play them again.

IP ratings explained: What those codes tell you about how well a device is protected from water and dust

Tue, 2020-02-11 06:00
What separates a product with an IP67 rating from one rated IP66, IP68, or IPX6? Our simple guide tells you everything you need to know.

Getting started with 2FA: Secure your accounts now or regret it later!

Mon, 2020-02-10 07:15

Millions of users have their online accounts compromised every day. Password lists are traded on the dark web, and bad actors use automated processes to try them against lots of accounts and services. Sophisticated phishing attacks attempt to trick you into giving away your password (or the info necessary to reset it) by posing as legitimate services or customer support.

Obviously, the best defense against this sort of thing is to have a different, strong, hard-to-guess password for every single account you own. A good password manager like 1Password, LastPass, or Dashlane is a key component in managing that.

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SnipTag review: Mac photo auto-crop, metadata utility barely makes the cut

Mon, 2020-02-10 06:15

Aside from convenience, the great thing about using an iPhone as your primary camera is the sheer quantity of metadata captured with each image. In addition to date and time, you’ll always know where photos were taken, not to mention ISO, exposure, and other settings.

But what about pictures taken prior to the advent of digital photography? Scanned prints, negatives, and slides get embedded with the current date and time, and have no knowledge of where or how those photos were originally taken.

App Initio Limited

SnipTag is two apps in one: auto cropping for scanned photos, and metadata tagging to make those images easier to find.

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Flume Smart Water Monitor review: Smarter than your average leak detector

Mon, 2020-02-10 06:00
Flume is a smart leak detector that will save you money—even if it never detects a leak.

Amazon Echo Studio vs. Google Home Max: Battle of the high-end smart speakers

Mon, 2020-02-10 06:00
One is more musical, but the other makes a better smart home controller. Which attribute is most important to you?

Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Mon, 2020-02-10 06:00
Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

‘Charrua Soccer’ impressions: Soccer for people who think they don’t like soccer

Fri, 2020-02-07 18:00

Charrua Soccer isn’t the first soccer (or, ahem, football) game on Apple Arcade, but it is the first to hold my attention. The original one was Sociable Soccer, which was a tad too realistic and a tad too tough to control for my tastes. I’m not much of a sports guy in the first place, so I was expecting that Charrua Soccer might also bound into foul territory for my tastes for different reasons.

But it only took around half an hour for me to realize that Charrua Soccer was scoring a goal. It’s wonderfully easy to play and pick up with either the touchscreen controls or a gamepad—even for Americans like me who haven’t given much thought to soccer since middle school. It only takes around a minute to learn the business of passing the ball to another player, holding down the button to kick harder, or even how to steal balls from other players and do a “bicycle kick” across the field.

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Apple Arcade: 'Charrua Soccer' out now

Fri, 2020-02-07 11:21

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally here. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service features premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If all goes well, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Got questions? We've got plenty of answers. 

Updated 2/7/20: Added Charrua Soccer to the list of available games. 

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Folder sharing brings iCloud Drive closer to Dropbox, but there’s work left to do

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:15

Last year, Dropbox revised its terms so that free accounts, like mine, could only sync data with up to three devices. As someone who owns an iPhone, iPad, iMac, and MacBook Air, I was a bit put out by this change: I kept all my important files in Dropbox and relied on its syncing magic to have access to that data no matter which device I was using.

This wasn’t my first frustration with Dropbox, which has started focusing more on enterprise software rather than its core functionality of document sync. So I decided to bite the bullet and make the switch, moving to iCloud Drive for all my cloud storage needs.

Overall, the transition has been largely smooth, but it has put into relief a few places where iCloud Drive currently just can’t match Dropbox. One of those features, the ability to share folders, looks to finally be arriving in iOS 13.4, the beta of which was released this week. But before I’m finally able to kick Dropbox to the curb, there are a few more tweaks that iCloud Drive needs.

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Epson Expression Photo XP-8600 review: Compact all-in-one printer does it all

Fri, 2020-02-07 06:15

When it comes to photo printing in particular, I’ve had more Epson-branded hardware at home over the years than other brands, a testament to the company’s reputation for quality images that don’t break the bank. In my experience, Epson printers also tend to offer more features than the competition, and the company’s latest is no exception.


At roughly 13.5 inches square and 5.6 inches tall while stored, the Epson Expression Photo XP-8600 is relatively compact as inkjet printers go, especially considering everything the hardware does. Despite the XP-8600’s diminutive size, the main tray holds up to 100 sheets of letter-sized plain paper (or 10 envelopes), with another 20 sheets of up to 5 x 7 photo paper in the smaller tray above. Although maxing out at 8.5 x 11 inches, the main tray can be temporarily extended to accommodate several legal-sized pages; a rear paper feed allows for longer sizes up to 44 inches.

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Toucan Wireless Outdoor Security Camera review: Battery-powered and budget priced

Fri, 2020-02-07 06:00
All the security essentials and an easy installation make this weather-resistant camera a great value.

New Apple TV hardware tipped in tvOS 13.4 beta code

Thu, 2020-02-06 12:56

The current Apple TV 4K is over two years old now. It’s still one of the fastest and most capable streaming media boxes on the market—the A10X processor is a lot more capable than what you find in high-end Roku or Fire TV streamers, and it supports 4K with HDR, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. 

When it comes to playing Apple Arcade games, though, it could use a little boost. And the remote...gods, the remote!

The detectives over at 9to5Mac have been poring through the code of the newly released tvOS 13.4 developer beta, and have found something interesting: references to a new Apple TV model. It’s known by the code name T1125, while the Apple TV 4K uses the reference J105a and the Apple TV HD J42d. The T- designation probably means it’s an internal test model.

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Google celebrates Maps' 15th 'birthday' with new features and design

Thu, 2020-02-06 10:30
Google is celebrating Maps' 15th "birthday" with new design, icon, and features for its ubiquitous app.

Is Apple Maps better? Plus, iPhone rumors, Mac gaming gets a boost, and more

Thu, 2020-02-06 08:00

Could we actually see a foldable iPhone in the future? GeForce Now gives Mac gaming a boost. Apple updates Apple Maps, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement. All this and more on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 684 with Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

Listen to episode 684

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