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Migrating to a new Apple ID? Be prepared to lose data for your games

Mon, 2020-03-23 08:00

The Apple ID is the center of the Apple universe, particularly for purchases and iCloud synchronization. That becomes a tricky issue whenever a single person's Apple ID is used by multiple people, whether spouses, partners, or roommates, or—as is quite common—by children before a parent grants them their own Apple ID.

It's easy enough to create an Apple ID for a child. If they're under 13, you have to have Family Sharing enabled and you create the account as part of that system. From 13 on up, you can still use Family Sharing, or you and they can create a freestanding account. (That cutoff age is different in some countries.)

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Marshall Tufton Bluetooth speaker review: Loud, thumpy, with a long-life battery, but pricey and lacking in amenities

Mon, 2020-03-23 06:00
Marshall's Tufton Bluetooth speaker certainly invokes the brand name, as well as delivering decent sound with a lot of thump, but the price is a bit steep and there's a caveat concerning stereo.

Andover Audio PM-50 planar magnetic headphone review: Audiophile sound, tolerable price tag

Mon, 2020-03-23 06:00
These cans put you in the sonic picture with three-dimensional clarity, but you might not like wearing them for long stretches (though a fix may be in the works).

How to open Microsoft Excel spreadsheets using Apple Numbers on a Mac

Sun, 2020-03-22 15:15

If you use Microsoft Excel on your Mac, you can save the spreadsheets you create and open them in Numbers, Apple’s spreadsheet app. It’s a handy feature to use in case you can’t access Microsoft’s apps.

Every Mac comes with Apple’s iWork apps: Pages (word processor), Numbers (spreadsheet), and Keynote (presentations). And these apps can import Office documents. Here’s how you can open Excel spreadsheets in Numbers, as well as export Numbers spreadsheets for use in Excel.

How to import Microsoft Excel spreadsheets into Apple Numbers

This procedure works with .xlsx and .xls file formats. You can also import .csv and tab-delimited files.

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How to reset a Mac's NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC

Sat, 2020-03-21 18:12

When your Mac starts acting up, you’ll probably run through some common troubleshooting procedures, such as restarting it, running Disk Utility, and perhaps performing a Safe Boot. Your repair repertoire should also include a couple of additional procedures that can occasionally eliminate otherwise inscrutable problems—zapping the NVRAM and resetting the SMC.

Zap the NVRAM (or PRAM)

Back in the day, the standard list of quick fixes for random Mac ailments always included “zap the PRAM.” The P in PRAM stood for parameter (the RAM was just RAM—random access memory), and it referred to a small amount of special, battery-backed memory in every Mac that stored information the computer needed before it loaded the operating system. If the values in this memory got out of whack for one reason or another, your Mac might not start up correctly, or might exhibit any of numerous odd behaviors afterward. So you could press a key sequence at startup to reset (or “zap”) the PRAM, returning it to default, factory values.

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These 11 movies will be available online early to help ease your coronavirus anxiety

Sat, 2020-03-21 12:20
Emma, The Invisible Man, Birds of Prey, and more will be available to rent or buy from streaming services way ahead of schedule.

How to connect your iPhone or iPad to your TV

Sat, 2020-03-21 10:10
Try these options when you want to mirror iPhone or iPad content on a bigger screen.

Macworld's April digital magazine exclusive: 25 Top macOS Catalina Tips

Fri, 2020-03-20 16:55

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

Exclusive content in the April issue

This month we have content you won't find anywhere else: 25 Top macOS Catalina Tips. Read our 15-page feature highlighting the best Catalina tips you should be using, but aren't.

Rob Schultz / IDG

Exclusive macOS Catalina Tips feature in the April Macworld digital magazine.

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How to use a mouse with your iPad or iPhone

Fri, 2020-03-20 13:30

With iPadOS 13.4, hooking up a mouse to your iPad is a lot simpler than it was when iPadOS 13 first dropped, and the overall experience has improved, as well. (Unfortunately, it looks like Apple pulled mouse support for the iPhone with the update.) And at long last, you can finally hook up Apple’s own Magic Mouse 2 without diving deep into the Settings app or worrying about support dropping after iPadOS updates. Below, we’ll show you how to hook everything up. 

Updated 3/20/2020 to reflect the extensive changes in iPadOS and iOS 13.4.

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2020 MacBook Air review roundup: The keyboard steals the show, but base performance is just OK

Fri, 2020-03-20 12:10

While the new iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard stole most of the spotlight earlier this week, Apple also launched a significant update to the MacBook Air this week, with a new keyboard, faster processors, and more storage. And based on early impressions, those three things make it a must-buy for anyone looking to upgrade to a new Mac notebook.

Dana Wollman of Engadget hasn’t had time to formulate a full review, but her first impressions are strong: “If you can’t tell, I love this keyboard. I won’t be returning to my company-issued MacBook Pro unless I need to use the VPN. Just know that the slight trade-off to this new and improved typing experience is that it’s a tad noisy. It’s not a problem when I’m working alone in my apartment, but if I were in an office or co-working space I might feel a little self-conscious.”

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How to host virtual Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney+, and YouTube watch parties

Fri, 2020-03-20 10:59
Browser extensions make it possible to hold a movie watch party on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney+ with friends and family—all while still social distancing.

The changing nature of Apple product releases

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:15

Even in these trying times, it’s good to have something to look forward to. This week’s release of new models of the iPad Pro and the MacBook Air may be small potatoes in the grand scheme of things, but they at least give us a distraction from everything else that’s going on.

More than that, though, they may be the first real indication of Apple’s behavior during this current world situation. Not just in terms of the products that the company is delivering, but how it’s prepared to deliver them. Because the Apple that we’ve all become accustomed to watching, the one that has the business of product releases down to a science, has to deal with these major upheavals like the rest of us, and that means a new normal.

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TerraMaster TD2 review: Fast two-drive Thunderbolt 3 RAID

Fri, 2020-03-20 06:15

If you're looking for fast, dual-drive external storage, the $250 TerraMaster TD2 Thunderbolt 3 RAID enclosure is as good as we've seen. It supports hard drives and SSDs, though there are far smaller and less expensive enclosures for the latter.  

The real question concerning the TD2 and other two-drive boxes, is whether Thunderbolt offers enough of a performance gain over USB 3.1 to warrant the price premium. Similar performing USB enclosures, including TerraMaster's own d2-310, are about a hundred bucks cheaper, so it's a valid concern.  

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Anker’s EufyCam 2 is slated to get HomeKit Secure Video support in April

Fri, 2020-03-20 06:00
The HomeKit Secure Video update will allow EufyCam 2 and 2C users to store encrypted security videos on iCloud.

15 more great movies cord-cutters can stream for free while waiting out the coronavirus

Fri, 2020-03-20 06:00
Great home entertainment doesn’t need to be expensive. You can watch these picks that our resident film critic recommends for free.

Why I bought a high-priced Wi-Fi 6 router: Speed, speed, and more speed

Fri, 2020-03-20 06:00
You might balk at buying a high-end Wi-Fi 6 router because they cost so much than Wi-Fi 5 models, but you'll find it's worth the investment.

Working from home? Add a second display to your Mac setup

Thu, 2020-03-19 16:00

If you worked at an office job before the novel coronavirus pandemic, there’s a good chance you’re now working from home. It can feel limiting, especially if you only have a MacBook.

Fortunately, you can drastically improve your productivity by hooking up an external monitor to your workstation, usually by using one display as a reference and doing your actual work in the other. (Less wholesomely, you could work in one and watch a movie in another—but I didn’t say that.) An HDMI-compatible TV should do the trick if you don’t have an extra monitor sitting around, but the pixel density and refresh rates likely won’t be as satisfying.

First off—here’s the bad news. It’s usually a lot easier to hook up an external monitor to a PC rather than a Mac, as you can usually just use any ol’ HDMI cable. You’re almost certainly going to need some kind of a dongle with a contemporary Mac. On the other hand, the Apple ecosystem now lets you easily use newer iPads as secondary monitors within seconds, so it does bring clear advantages. Below, we’ll walk you through the most common options.

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iPadOS 13.4: How to pair a Magic Trackpad with an iPad and use gestures

Thu, 2020-03-19 12:00

On March 18, Apple formally announced trackpad and mouse support for iPadOS. The changes coming in iPadOS 13.4 are massive improvements over the half-baked options in Accessibility that we first saw in iPadOS 13.

No exaggeration: Trackpad support is the best thing that’s happened to the iPad in a long time. Apparently, iPadOS 13.4 supports multiple third-party trackpads, but we haven’t had a chance to try all those out. This how-to specifically focuses on the Magic Trackpad 2.

(Note: At the time of writing, you need to be on the iPadOS 13.4 public beta if you want to use a Magic Trackpad with your iPad right now. iPadOS 13.4 will officially roll out on March 24, so if you’re worried about the dangers inherent in using a beta, it’s probably wise to wait.)

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Apple’s new MacBook Air addresses most of our complaints (but not all)

Thu, 2020-03-19 08:00

When we reviewed the 2018 MacBook Air—a newly renovated version of what had been an aging laptop—we found it to be good, but not great. It brought the venerable ultraportable up to modern times with a Retina display and Thunderbolt 3, but it also ratcheted up the price, switched to a disappointing CPU, made the keyboard a lot worse, and tossed aside USB-A and MagSafe.

With the just-announced revision of the MacBook Air, it seems that Apple is listening...at least a little. It addresses several of our biggest gripes with the previous model, though not all of them.

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5 more features Apple should have added to the iPad Pro

Thu, 2020-03-19 07:15

The surprise announcement of the new iPad Pro Wednesday brought a ton of changes to Apple’s tablet that will fundamentally change the way we interact with it, from trackpad support to a LiDAR scanner and a new “Z” processor. But I’ve already written about all that. Now let’s talk about a few of the things the new iPad doesn’t have.

5G

Okay, now I didn’t actually expect the iPad Pro to get a 5G modem before the iPhone did, but after bringing gigabit LTE to the 2018 refresh, 5G is the obvious next step. Apple is clearly positioning the new iPad Pro as the ultimate travel companion for professionals, but the lack of 5G means we’ll likely be waiting until 2022 before Apple has a tablet that supports the next-generation network.

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