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How to fix the “cannot be autosaved” bug when saving documents in macOS apps

Thu, 2020-02-06 07:00

Autosave is a highly useful macOS feature that prevents losing incremental changes to a document you’re working on between the periods when you press Command-S or choose File > Save. As you work away, the current state of the document is updated temporarily. When you close the file, changes are applied even if you don’t use the Save command or keystroke.

But what if autosave goes south?

Some users, including a Macworld reader, have seen the error in various macOS apps dating back nearly a decade: “The document could not be autosaved. Your most recent changes might be lost.” The dialog box explaining this has an OK button and nothing else.

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Minut Smart Home Alarm review: This impressive, low-cost home security system emphasizes privacy

Thu, 2020-02-06 06:00
It’s non-invasive because it operates by detecting body heat instead of relying on cameras, and it’s inexpensive because it doesn’t depend on your deploying sensors all over the house.

Roku, Fox, and the threat of streaming blackouts

Thu, 2020-02-06 06:00
Roku has some explaining to do after temporarily dropping Fox apps.

Apple is testing two features to make our Mac, iOS, and watchOS apps closer than ever

Wed, 2020-02-05 15:17

When Catalyst arrived for the Mac, the promise was that it would be a way for our iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps to work together in perfect harmony, without missing a beat when switching devices. That hasn’t actually been the case, but a new feature rolling our to developers could help change things.

As it stands, the Mac and iOS app stores are still wholly separate entities, so if you buy an app on one device, you’ll need to purchase it again on the other. It’s a frustrating limitation for both developers and consumers, and now Apple is working on a fix. In the Xcode 11.4 beta, developer Steve Troughton-Smith spotted a new feature called universal purchase, and it works exactly as you’d expect: when you buy an app on your iPhone, the companion app will be available for download on your Mac, free of charge.

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iOS and iPadOS 13.4: Apple releases the first beta to developers

Wed, 2020-02-05 13:49

Apple still has plenty left in store for iOS 13 before moving on to iOS 14 (which we will likely hear about this summer at WWDC). A week after the release of iOS and iPadOS 13.3.1, it has begun beta testing iOS 13.4.

What’s new in iOS and iPadOS 13.4

We don’t yet know what’s new in the iOS and iPadOS 13.4 betas. There are no release notes yet, and the community has not yet discovered any major features. We’ll update this article as significant changes are discovered.

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Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: O’Shea Jackson Jr. takes over the lead role in Swagger

Wed, 2020-02-05 12:25

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that features only original programming—no reruns of hit TV shows or last year’s blockbuster movies.

The company is said to be spending several billion dollars a year on original programming. That’s a lot of TV! What can you get for all that money? Apple is attracting some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and locking down the television and movie rights to best-selling books.

Though the service is relatively new and has few shows available now, there’s a lot in the works. This is a list of all its content for it that we know of so far, along with details about prominent stars, directors, producers, and release dates.

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Zigbee vulnerability lets hackers use Hue bulbs to hijack your network

Wed, 2020-02-05 09:57
A vulnerability in the wireless Zigbee protocol allows hackers to hijack your network using an older Hue smart bulb, but your Hue bridge has most likely been patched already.

Happy birthday to…who? How to purge your calendar of acquaintances’ natal days

Wed, 2020-02-05 08:00

Social media has devalued the birthday by flooding our timelines with the felicitous anniversaries of people far beyond our close friends, family, and colleagues. This is nowhere clearer than in your calendar, which you might find unexpectedly clogged with birthdays every day of people you might not even remember.

How does this happen? It’s a combination of legacy and modern synchronization and import, for most of us. In the past, Apple provided closer integration between Facebook and its operating systems. You may also have imported or synced contacts between Google and your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, or have active sync still in place.

If you’re like me, you may also have the detritus of contacts exported across many pieces of software across many computers and mobiles and jobs and the like. I can hardly believe I ever knew as many people as are in my contacts list.

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Surprise! Cheaper Apple products are hits

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:15

Gauging consumer demand for a product can be hard, even for a company as successful as Apple. Sometimes a product is a breakout hit, there are production slowdowns at the factory, or both, and the company just can’t make ‘em fast enough. But there are other times when it’s just a failure of imagination, a miscalculation in the appeal of one’s own product that leads a company to just not make enough products to fulfill the surprising demand.

It doesn’t happen often to Apple, but every time it does, it’s an interesting data point. A few years back, Apple underestimated the appeal of the small, low-cost iPhone SE—and didn’t make enough to fulfill demand. And during the 2019 holidays, Apple didn’t make enough of the two-year-old Apple Watch Series 3, of all things.

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Safari alternatives: Five Mac web browsers worth trying

Wed, 2020-02-05 06:30

If you have a Mac, you have Safari—it’s the built-in default. Apple’s browser is very fast, respects your privacy, and works seamlessly with Safari on iPhone or iPad through iCloud syncing features. But it’s not the only game in town.

Unlike on iOS and iPadOS, Apple is quite permissive about running full web browsers on macOS. Mac browsers can use their own technologies to render webpages and set themselves to be the default web browser. On iPhone or iPad, they can’t do either of those things.

There’s nothing wrong with sticking to Safari, but depending on your own particular needs, it might not be the best browser. Some services, like YouTube TV, won’t run on Safari at all. And some features, like YouTube’s support for 4K video, don’t work with Safari. So you’ll need to try another browser. Here are five other Mac browsers worth trying out.

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How to stream 26 movies nominated for the 2020 Oscars

Wed, 2020-02-05 06:00
Cord-cutters can watch many of this year’s Academy Award nominees in the comfort of their own homes.

TCL 5-Series 4K TV review: This 43-inch smart TV delivers a good picture for minimal moola

Wed, 2020-02-05 06:00
This bargain-priced smart TV features surprisingly good color, Dolby Vision, and the Roku interface.

Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

Wed, 2020-02-05 06:00
There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

23andMe Health + Ancestry review: The complete DNA testing package

Tue, 2020-02-04 15:11
Comprehensive testing, interesting results, and compelling presentation combine in the best overall DNA testing experience on the market today.

23andMe review: It lives up to the hype of DNA testing

Tue, 2020-02-04 14:51
23andMe is the second-most popular DNA testing service in the world. Its large database of users and comprehensive DNA test make it our favorite DNA test.

Apple TV app now available on select 2019 LG TVs

Tue, 2020-02-04 12:24

Updated 02/04/20: LG has announced that the Apple TV app is now available on many 2019 model TVs. A few more will follow later this month. 2020 models will launch with support for the Apple TV app, and select 2018 models will get it in a software update later this year.

At the CES show last year, LG (along with other TV manufacturers) announced that many of its new TV models would support HomeKit and AirPlay 2. This year, the company is going much further. In a press release announcing its new 2020 TV models, LG announced that the Apple TV app is coming to the webOS smart TV platform.

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Nvidia's play-anywhere GeForce Now service is finally here, and it demolishes Google Stadia

Tue, 2020-02-04 11:30
Nvidia's GeForce Now lets you stream your games from the cloud, and it's finally launching in full after years in beta. Here's what you need to know.

GeForce Now is probably as good as Mac gaming is going to get

Tue, 2020-02-04 11:30

Here’s something I never thought I’d say: I’m playing Blizzard’s Overwatch on macOS Catalina on a 13-inch MacBook Air from 2012. I’ve got the graphics cranked up as high as they can go, and I’m still getting 60 frames per second. And even though I’m playing on a relic from the halcyon days when you could find USB-A ports on a Mac, my team is winning—and I think it’s safe to say it’s largely because of me.

All of this isn’t happening because Mac gaming suddenly went from “sucky” to “super” overnight, and it sure as heck isn’t because Blizzard finally released a Mac port of its popular team shooter. Instead, I’m playing with a new Founder’s Edition account of Nvidia’s GeForce Now game streaming service, which has at last made its way to the public after a couple of years in beta.

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Google may have accidentally sent your private videos to some random person

Tue, 2020-02-04 09:54
Google has admitted that it accidentally distributed private videos to the wrong Google Photos users.

Two Screen Time tips to keep kids from working around limits

Tue, 2020-02-04 07:15

The Screen Time feature available across iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS 10.15 Catalina—as well as being part of Family Sharing—provides parents with strong tools for keeping track of their kids’ screen usage and making sure they can’t use their devices at all hours or for purposes that a parent hasn’t allowed.

But I’ve found in my own household and from readers there are two critical settings surprisingly easy to miss that let kids bypass management settings.

In Settings > Screen Time, you need to start with Use Screen Time Passcode. (You can also manage this in Family Sharing from Settings > account name > Family Sharing > Screen Time.) You can set a quiet period, called Downtime, control which apps may be used, and set which contacts are ok for phone calls and messages during regular time and Downtime.

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