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Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation review: Naim didn’t need to make this wireless speaker better, but I’m glad it did

Mon, 2019-09-02 06:00
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Chromecast, AirPlay 2: The Naim Audio Mu-so 2nd Generation supports them all, along with every music codec and streaming service you can think of.

Why the iPhone 11 won’t have 5G (and the iPhone 12 might not either)

Mon, 2019-09-02 06:00

Next week, Apple will be taking the wraps off of the iPhone 11. By this point, there isn’t too much about it that we don’t know, and from the rumors, it seems as though Apple will be adding several features that bring it up to speed with its competitors, including a triple-lens camera, bigger battery, and possibly even Apple Pencil support.

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The new iPhone will bring lots of enhancements to the iPhone XR and XS, but not 5G.

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Report: Details of Apple's Tile-like item trackers revealed from internal build of iOS 13

Fri, 2019-08-30 15:33

It has been a persistent rumor that Apple is working on a new accessory: a Tile-like tracker that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and can be attached to any object and tracked with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

A new report from MacRumors claims to have many new details of Apple’s trackers, found within the code of an internal build of iOS 13 that was never intended to make it outside the company.

Find My Everything

With iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, Apple has added the ability to find your Mac laptop or iPhone even when it’s powered off by enabling the Bluetooth radio to work just like these popular trackers. The company is also consolidating the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps into a single Find My app, which would be very easy to extend to these object trackers. When the new operating systems release (likely in September), all the pieces will be in place. Apple just has to make and sell the tags.

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Apple ID: How to change your email address

Fri, 2019-08-30 08:00

Apple lets you register an Apple ID using an email address it offers or with what it calls a “third-party” address—that’s one from any other service. In the latter case, if you use an email address for a personal Apple ID account and you know you’ll lose access to that address—maybe you’re about to quit a job, retire, be laid off, or, gulp, be fired!—you should make sure and change it now or ensure future access.

For these third-party addresses, it’s an easy change. Apple lets you simply pick another address to use, and then you confirm the receipt of a message at that address so Apple can be sure the new address is under your control.

  1. Go to the Apple ID site and log in.

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The 5 best new iOS games of August 2019

Fri, 2019-08-30 07:00
August’s best iPhone and iPad games

Image by Motion Twin

My goodness, what a fantastic month for games! And just in time for Labor Day weekend, too! It’s an especially good month for ports of indie games, as August brought us Dead Cells, Rogue Legacy, Journey, and Telling Lies—and the latter even dropped at the same time as its counterparts for desktops and consoles. (For a bonus, I’d check out the lovely Gris—although I’ve heard the controls leave much to be desired.) With releases like this, the iPhone is starting to look more like a regular game console, which I like to think hints at great things for the upcoming launch of Apple Arcade.

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Urbanears Rålis Bluetooth speaker review: Rich, smooth sound emanates from this big, heavy speaker

Fri, 2019-08-30 06:00
This portable Bluetooth speaker consistently sounds good from any direction.

Three big questions about Apple’s September event

Fri, 2019-08-30 06:00

With the announcement that Apple’s annual September event will be upon us in a little more than a week, it’s time to take stock of what we know about Apple’s upcoming plans and, more importantly, what we want to know.

While we can all feel pretty confident with the prediction that Apple will launch new iPhones, as well as recap the latest updates to its iOS and watchOS software platforms, there are still plenty of questions about the details of those announcements. Plus, as always, there’s plenty of speculation about what else Apple might roll out. In addition to phones, the September event has seen everything from Apple TV updates to iPads to AirPods to Apple Pencils to iMacs. It’s really anybody’s guess.

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Apple’s big iPhone 11 event will be held on September 10: ‘By innovation only’

Thu, 2019-08-29 12:24

Apple sent out invitation to its big September event, and as predicted, it will be held at 10 a.m. Pacific on September 10 in the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.

The event invitations were accompanied by a glossy and colorful Apple logo image together with the tagline, “By innovation only.” These images and taglines often give us little hints about what is to be announced, but this one is a little obtuse.

(We should mention, too, that the colors on the Apple logo are not the same as the classic rainbow Apple logo: the orange stripe is missing, and the colors are out of order.)

Apple usually holds its September event, at which it announces new iPhones and Apple Watches (among other things), on the second Tuesday or Wednesday of September. As Wednesday is September 11, it seemed an unlikely choice, leaving September 10 as most likely date.

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Apple is finally sending ‘genuine’ parts to independent repair shops to fix broken iPhones

Thu, 2019-08-29 10:22

Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 11 next month, Apple has announced a new program that might let you keep your out-of-warranty iPhone a little longer. Instead of taking your broken iPhone to a high-priced Apple Genius or roll the dice with third-party parts, you’ll now be able to go to an independent repair shop and get the same high-quality parts that you’d get from the Apple Store.

That’s a big change. Previously, Apple kept its tools under lock and key, but under the new program, it’s promising “the same genuine parts, tools, training, repair manuals and diagnostics” as an Apple Authorized Service Provider. The program is limited to out-of-warranty iPhone repairs at launch.

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A Windows update may have broken your Mac’s access to shared servers. Here’s how to fix it

Thu, 2019-08-29 08:00

Fixing security holes sometimes causes problems in perfectly normal activities. That’s the case if you’re a macOS user who relied on a specific kind of login method for Windows and Windows Server file sharing before June 2019. Microsoft released a fix for NTLM, a technology for managed authentication and security that dates back over a decade in its first version.

Two critical bugs in NTLM required updates for a seemingly every version of Windows and Windows Server released for several years that incorporate NTLM. These necessary updates broke Mac-based login sessions using standard Windows file-sharing protocols long supported in macOS.

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1More Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphone review: Great sound quality isn't the only thing going for these beauties

Thu, 2019-08-29 07:00

True wireless in-ear headphones are gaining in popularity, and for good reason. They offer the potential for high-fidelity sound without tangle-prone wires. Many believe that Bluetooth wireless technology can’t match the quality of a wired connection, which was true in the early days, but that disparity is quickly dwindling as Bluetooth continues to improve.

1More is well known for its wired in-ear and over-ear headphones. But the company also makes a true wireless model, the Stylish. Once I found the right eartips, they sounded superb.

Features

Like all true wireless in-ear headphones, the 1More Stylish uses no wires to the source device or between the two earpieces. All communication is conducted via Bluetooth, and they are compatible with the high-quality aptX, AAC, and SBC codecs as well as the HPF, A2DP, and AVRCP protocols. These technologies represent the highest audio quality that Bluetooth can provide.

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Disney+ device streaming limits could be big problem

Thu, 2019-08-29 06:00
Disney+ device streaming limits could become a new annoyance for cord-cutters.

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition review: This chatty, Alexa-powered playmate keeps tykes entertained and engaged

Thu, 2019-08-29 06:00
If you’re looking for an alternative to unleashing your kids on an iPad when you need a break, the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition makes for an attentive and engaging companion.

Siri improvements, a look at Apple’s upcoming operating systems, your hot takes, and more

Thu, 2019-08-29 06:00

What’s in store with Apple’s new operating systems? Apple is making improvements to Siri (finally), and it's going to continue with its Siri grading program. Plus, your hot takes! That and more are all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 665 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 665

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Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice for Mac users

Wed, 2019-08-28 19:58

With the internet abuzz with privacy concerns and the potential changes coming to net neutrality, you’ve likely heard about virtual private networks, better known as VPNs. When used correctly, a VPN can greatly strengthen your online privacy, assist in keeping your personal information secure, and even spoof your location in the world—allowing you to access websites or services that would otherwise be off limits due to region-locking.

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iOS 13.1: Apple makes public beta 1 available, weeks before iOS 13 release

Wed, 2019-08-28 16:01

We’re still weeks away from the release of iOS 13, and Apple has started beta testing iOS 13.1. It’s a highly unusual move; we can’t recall Apple ever starting external beta tests of its iOS point releases well before the the prior version is finished.

This first major update to iOS 13 will bring several features that appear not to be in the initial iOS 13 release. The early timing makes us think that iOS 13.1 will be release relatively quickly after iOS 13, perhaps even by late September when the new iPhones are expected to release.

What’s new in iOS 13.1

Several of the iOS 13 features announced at WWDC in June are probably going to be missing from the initial release, and iOS 13.1 picks up some of the scraps. Here’s what it brings to the table, based on what beta testers have found so far.

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Dark mode is coming to Office on the web, plus Outlook for iOS and Android

Wed, 2019-08-28 13:30
Dark mode arrives in the mobile version of Outlook today, Microsoft said, and will be extended to other Office apps for iOS once iOS 13 drops.

Apple apologizes for Siri grading program and will resume it this fall after changes

Wed, 2019-08-28 13:13

Nearly a month ago, a report in The Guardian exposed the fact that third-party contractors have been listening in on a small percentage of Siri requests as part of a “Siri grading” program. Apple promised to halt the Siri grading program while it conducts a “thorough review,” which left us wondering how the company would move forward, as human grading of any machine-learning process is an essential part of training the algorithms to improve them.

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Fitbit Versa 2 hands-on: Alexa, OLED, and an always-on display make a compelling upgrade

Wed, 2019-08-28 09:00

Fitbit has taken the wraps off its follow-up to the Versa smartwatch, and with on-board Amazon Alexa, an AMOLED display, and Fit Pay for the base model, the Versa 2 looks like it’s ready to go toe-to-toe with the Apple Watch.

Slated to land in stores on September 15 for $200 (the same price as its predecessor), the Versa 2 marks the first Fitbit tracker with a digital assistant, checking off a key feature that it will need to compete with Apple’s dominant wearable. 

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macOS Mojave: No more controls for photo album screensavers

Wed, 2019-08-28 08:00

Sometimes it’s great to have the answer to a negative: Can you flip through photos in a screensaver in macOS 10.14 Mojave when you have a photo album selected while it still plays? The answer is a simple “no.”

In previous version of macOS, you could flip through with arrows. That was removed in Mojave without any fanfare, which may explain why so many people ask about it.

Now, using arrow keys drops out of the screensaver.

This Mac 911 article is in response to a question submitted by Macworld reader Brian.

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