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Roku and Amazon have different ideas about over-the-air DVR

Thu, 2019-09-05 06:00
Over-the-air DVR might always be a niche, even as antennas make a comeback.

Jaybird Tarah Sports Earbuds review: For the price, the base model is ‘good enough’

Thu, 2019-09-05 06:00

What do cars and a MacBook Air have in common? They both come with tiered pricing. Your new car could roll off of the lot with its manufacturer’s base-level interior or you can pay to swank out your seats in rich Corinthian leather (which mostly came from a tannery near New Jersey, but that’s beside the point.) Investing in the least expensive version of the latest MacBook will land you a great little laptop. But spending a little bit more will set you up with more RAM and additional storage. Jaybird’s Tarah Wireless Sports earphones are a little bit like that.

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Report: Apple event may contain 'One more thing,' upgraded Apple TV on the way

Wed, 2019-09-04 13:47

As we approach the big September 10 reveal of the iPhone 11, the rumor mill shows no signs of slowing down. The latest rumblings indicate that Apple will have a “One more thing” surprise in store for us, and could be on the verge of releasing an updated Apple TV. These may or may not be related.

Twitter tipster CoinX has accurately leaked several Apple products, or details of them, over the last couple years. The account doesn’t tweet often, but it updated on September 4 to quote Steve Jobs’ famous “One more thing...” line.


Over the years, several (but not all) Apple events have ended with a new product or service that was introduced by Steve Jobs, later Tim Cook, saying that "there’s one more thing...” Some such announcements have been minor (the iPod Nano, iTunes Match) but most, especially recently, have been major product announcements. The only “One more thing...” announcements in the last five years were the Apple Watch, Apple Music, and the iPhone X.

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A 2019 iPhone wish list

Wed, 2019-09-04 12:30

We’re less than a week away from Apple’s latest fall media event, and that means it’s the last opportunity for us all to straddle the worlds of cold, hard reality and the fantastic scenarios where everything we dream about Apple releasing could still happen.

I generally prefer to dwell in reality, but I accept that sometimes my hopes get the best of me and a little bit of wish-casting sneaks into my cold, hard analysis. Admitting that is probably the first step on a long road to recovery. In the meantime, however, here’s a mostly reality-based look at what I’m hoping to see from Apple next week.

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Fresh rumors raise the possibility of the iPhone SE making a return

Wed, 2019-09-04 10:30

As we all anxiously wait for Tuesday’s unveiling of the iPhone 11, the rumors are already pouring in about next year’s phones. Today’s isn’t about the iPhone 12, however. It’s about the little phone that won’t go away: the iPhone SE.

Apple may have retired the iPhone SE with the launch of the iPhone XS last year, but a Nikkei Asian Review report claims it will be coming back. According to the publication’s sources, Apple is planning to launch a lower-cost iPhone in spring 2020 to help bolster sales in the face of strong competition from Huawei and Samsung.

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Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Wed, 2019-09-04 09:00
Roku has announced the October availability of a soundbar that doubles as a streaming device, as well as a subwoofer that pairs with it and the company's existing wireless speakers.

Roxio Toast 18 Pro review: Lacks a compelling reason to upgrade from version 17

Wed, 2019-09-04 08:00

Although we live in a world dominated by streaming media, many consumers still prefer the old-school charm of optical discs for archiving cherished memories. Whether it’s a wedding video, family vacation, or other life event, it can be handy to create a Blu-ray Disc or DVD you can stash on a shelf or hand off to friends and loved ones.

Burnt toast

When it comes to burning optical discs, Roxio has catered to Mac users longer than most anyone else. It’s a tradition that continues—for better or worse—with the release of Toast 18. Available in standard ($100) or Pro ($150) editions, the core Toast Titanium app has remained largely unchanged in recent years, aside from much-needed 64-bit compatibility and dark mode support.

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What to do if you’re worried about the legitimacy of a downloaded software installer

Wed, 2019-09-04 07:00

You should almost always download installers for apps, drivers, or other software directly from the site operated by the software’s developer. However, sometimes developers rely on third-party sites to host their files. Or you might encounter a situation like mine: I was unable to reach a company’s site recently, as it was temporarily down, and I found a driver I needed on a third-party update site.

This might leave you a little concerned as to whether the installer was legitimate or at least provided by the developer. Some download sites have been known to package real software updates with adware that, when installed, serves up unwanted advertising or rewrites links on pages to redirect who receives credit for ads you see or click on.

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Bond Bridge by Olibra review: Bringing smart-home tech to dumb ceiling fans

Wed, 2019-09-04 06:00
Make your dumb ceiling fan or fireplace smart today with this Wi-Fi bridge, and it might enable you to do the same for your air conditioner and other appliances later.

It's football season! These second-screen apps make NFL games even more fun to watch

Wed, 2019-09-04 06:00
Bringing you everything from stats to game-time snacks, these apps are as indispensable as your TV remote.

NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2019 pro football season

Wed, 2019-09-04 06:00
Whether you've cut the cord or are sticking with cable, our guide will show you all the ways you can watch America's favorite sport on TV, including Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone.

The best wireless chargers for iPhone

Tue, 2019-09-03 18:35

Beginning with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple added wireless charging to the iPhone. That continues with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.

Wireless charging isn’t always a great substitute for plugging in, but it’s a very convenient way to keep your phone topped off through most of the day. A wireless charger on your desk means no more plugging and unplugging throughout the day and a full charge when you head home from work. A wireless charger next to your bed makes it easy to grab and go in the morning, or just pick up your phone to “check one thing” without fussing with the lightning cable.

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Geekbench 5 is released with all-new tests, modes, and scores

Tue, 2019-09-03 16:27

Primate Labs has release a major new update of its popular Geekbench performance measurement tool. Geekbench 5 comes three years after the release of Geekbench 4 and features all new test methods, workloads, and a new measurement scale. As such, it should be a much more accurate representation of modern workloads on modern hardware, and the scores are not at all comparable with those from Geekbench 4.

We often use Geekbench here at Macworld to give an overall picture of the CPU and GPU compute performance of iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It’s one of the few cross-device and cross-operating-system comparable benchmarks available; while it doesn’t paint a perfect picture of the difference in performance between an Intel chip running Windows, an Android phone with a Qualcomm processor, and an iPad with Apple’s custom silicon, it is one of the best synthetic benchmarks available to at least attempt to make such a comparison.

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Report: Apple will soon add sleep tracking to Apple Watch

Tue, 2019-09-03 13:11

Earlier this year, a report from Bloomberg claimed that Apple is working on adding sleep tracking features to Apple Watch. It claimed that if the testing was successful, Apple would release the feature “by 2020.”

Now, new details have emerged about the feature, which sounds like it may be nearing release. 9to5Mac has a report with several new details.

Apple calls it “Time in bed tracking” though it appears to function like other sleep trackers, monitoring the quality of your sleep using your Apple Watch’s accelerometer, microphone, and heart rate sensor. Sleep data would be available in the Health app an in a new Sleep app on the Apple Watch.

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Bang & Olufsen’s first soundbar boasts Dolby Atmos and AirPlay 2 support

Tue, 2019-09-03 10:42
Slated to arrive this fall, Bang & Olufsen’s sleek soundbar comes with 11 powered drivers, Dolby Atmos, AirPlay 2, and built-in Chromecast support.

How to create a backup plan to restore passwords if your system fails

Tue, 2019-09-03 08:00

Password-management apps are a great way to ensure that you create unique, strong passwords for every service, app, or site at which you need one, and you don't have to memorize any of them.

However, what happens if you have a catastrophic failure, and can’t access your main computer? What if your backup drives are encrypted? (Yes, I recommend your backup drives are encrypted so that if stolen or accessed, they are protected.)

Or while you’re recovering your computer, you’re trying to access key financial, medical, or business resources, and you can't access the password in the manager? Or your machine was stolen and you need a password to log into a tracking service, like Find My Mac?

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Exploited exploits: The missing details of the iPhone hack

Tue, 2019-09-03 07:00

Another week, another opportunity to take a look at the lifecycle of an Apple catastrophe.

Last week, out of nothing more than sheer altruism, Google researchers dropped a bombshell report: certain websites have been indiscriminately hacking iPhones for two years by exploiting vulnerabilities in the operating system, hijacking passwords and even gaining the ability to read encrypted messages.

Not good. If you were concerned that no one would report on this, well, where have you been for 30 years?

Also, if you’ve been gone for 30 years, don’t… uh, don’t look at the news. Just… uh, just don’t.

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Blink XT2 review: second time's the charm for this indoor/outdoor camera

Tue, 2019-09-03 06:30
Two-way talk and enhanced motion detection make this simple security camera a marked improvement over its predecessor.

How to open items in the enclosing folder directly from a Spotlight search in macOS

Mon, 2019-09-02 08:00

One might think after many years of Spotlight search being in macOS that there would be no new tricks. But a colleague on Twitter asked a reasonable question and many people chimed in with the same query: When viewing a list of results in a Spotlight search in the Finder, how do you jump to see the item in the context of its enclosing folder rather than just opening the file?

The answer is simple: hold down Command and press the Return key or press Command-R. You can also hold down Command and double-click the item in the results list.


Spotlight can preview a path and open a file’s enclosing folder with Command key combinations.

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Adonit Note review: A imperfect Apple Pencil alternative that looks like a real pen

Mon, 2019-09-02 07:00

The Adonit Note is a decent if flawed Apple Pencil alternative for folks who wish Apple’s stylus didn’t look like a big, white drumstick. Instead, the $50 Note looks more like a ballpoint pen you might have swiped from a swanky hotel. Better yet, it even writes like one, and I’d be eager to recommend it for anything apart from artwork were it not for the boggling and frustrating placement of its power button. It even pairs easily: Just tap the point on any modern iPad screen and you can use it within seconds.

The Note’s chief draw is that both the black and gold models look a lot like regular metal-barreled pens. Were it not for the unsightly Micro USB port for charging on the top, I’d have a hard time picking it out from its inky cousins in a crowded pen holder. (It’s also a shame that you can’t use the iPad’s Lightning or USB-C cable.) Both models come with a copper-colored power button and pocket clip, and I like how the latter feature lets me tote it around the office in my shirt without looking like a total dork.

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