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Where to buy the iPhone XR

Macworld - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 15:41

Gone are the days when the iPhone was only available directly from Apple or AT&T. Today, it’s carried by all major carriers and big retailers, and many of them want to entice you to buy with them by offering special deals. Of course, you can always buy from Apple directly, either in-store or online.

If you haven’t yet put in your order for an iPhone XR, here’s a summary of some of the deals and promotions offered by different retailers to help you make up your mind. For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

Note that, unlike the iPhone XS or XS Max, you can’t preorder an unlocked SIM-free iPhone XR from Apple (or anyone else) as of October 19. If this model follows the typical pattern, SIM-free unlocked phones will be available a month or two after the initial sale date.

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Apple is selling select 4K movies on iTunes for just $5

Macworld - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 13:05

The weekend is finally here, and now that temperatures are dropping, it’s a good time to consider staying inside and watching good movies. And just in time, Apple is selling an assortment of Digital 4K UHD movies on iTunes for just $4.99.

It’s a small sale, though, and you won’t find any true blockbuster movies in the mix. Even so, the movies run the gamut from heavy action to heavy drama so you have a good chance of finding something you like. Here’s what’s on the table:

If you don’t mind doing without the glory of 4K, Apple is also including several regular digital HD in the same sale. These are:

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Nearly every iPhone XR is still in stock but don't be fooled: It'll still sell like crazy

Macworld - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:21

If you're like me, you set your alarm for an ungodly hour this morning to make sure you got the iPhone XR model, capacity, and color you wanted. (In my case it was Verizon, 128GB, and blue.) Five hours later, nearly every possible combination is still in stock. While several colors are unavailable for store pickup, the only model I could find that wouldn't arrive on time are a couple T-Mobile models in yellow, coral, and red.

That might come as a surprise to iPhone watchers who expect every single model to sell out within minutes of its availability. After all, that's been the case with pretty much every iPhone that came before. By the morning of September 14, for instance, nearly every available iPhone XS Max had been claimed, with many iPhone XS models seeing waits of one to two weeks as well. The same was true with last year's iPhone X. Even some iPhone 8 models showed longer ship times within minutes of their online availability.

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Amazon is selling these tiny 32GB SanDisk flash drives for less than $11 each

Macworld - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:03

It’s always a good idea to keep a spare flash drive on hand to help you move and store data in a pinch. Today, you can choose one of two 32GB SanDisk flash drives for less than $11, making that preparedness and convenience cheap.

The SanDisk Cruzer Fit is $7.48 todayRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $16 and its lowest price. This tiny USB 2.0 drive features a built-in LED light so you can tell when your drive is working. It also provides an extra layer of security through its compatibility with SanDisk’s Secure Access software. This drive is a hit on Amazon, with 4.5 stars out of 5 across more than 12,000 user reviews.

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Hey Apple, where’s our regular space gray Magic Keyboard?

Macworld - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 08:00

I’m excited about the new iPads and MacBook that we’ll likely see at the upcoming October event. As you know, I’m also excited about a possible update to the Apple Pencil. But I’m going to go ahead and say this, as it’s sometimes best to remind a company to get the little things out of the way: On top of everything else, I’d really, really like to see a space gray version of the regular Magic Keyboard.

Apple originally designed the space gray keyboard, trackpad, and Magic Mouse solely for the $5,000 iMac Pro, lending a premium look for Apple’s most powerful desktop to date. That exclusivity didn’t last long, though, perhaps because iMac Pro owners quickly took to eBay to sell their space gray peripherals for exorbitant prices that probably made Apple itself cringe (or, more cynically, realize that they were missing out on some massive cash).

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Apple iPhone silicone case: How well does it hold up after four months?

Macworld - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:00

If you’d asked me a little over a year ago, I might have told you that Apple’s silicone iPhone cases were among the worst products on its shelves. Friends who’d bought them for the iPhone 6 and before told me horror stories of the silicone peeling as though it had a tragic skin condition, or how it retained grease as enthusiastically as a Waffle House napkin. Occasionally I even saw the evidence myself.

In June, though, I picked one one of the newer versions in a bar on a friend’s iPhone X. I immediately wanted to take it home. So grippy! So slim! My own popular third-party case felt like a brick by comparison.

As the iPhone refresh that culminated in the XS was still a few months away, I resolved to make it my primary case for my iPhone 8 Plus. I’d subject it to the little hells of my everyday life and report back with the results. It’s a branded Apple product, after all, and as such it deserves Macworld’s full attention.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Macworld - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 06:00
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

What to look for at Apple’s Oct. 30 event, besides iPads and Macs

Macworld - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 06:00

Well, it’s just another quiet week here in the Apple worl—JUST KIDDING! Thursday brought news that Apple has another event in the works, this one coming just before the end of October in a slightly unusual location: Brooklyn, New York.

As with any Apple event, there’s plenty of speculation about what the October 30 show could bring. So far, those whispers have largely been about new iPads with Face ID and edge-to-edge displays, and possibly a new Mac mini and/or consumer-level MacBook. Plus, of course, there’s always the expectation of there being a few surprises up the company’s sleeves.

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Trump threatens to send military, shut border as migrants head for Mexico

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:37

Stretching almost 2,000 miles (3,200 km), the U.S.-Mexican border is one of the busiest in the world, processing thousands of commuters daily and much of the half a trillion dollars of annual trade between Mexico and the United States. "I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" Trump wrote on Twitter. Several thousand Honduran migrants moved this week through Guatemala, and some were trying to cross to Mexico on Thursday, local media said.


Mark Peterson awarded 2018 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in Humanistic Photography

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 18:56

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund awarded Mark Peterson this year’s $35,000 Grant in Humanistic Photography for his project, "The Past Is Never Dead."


Dear Abby, Here's What It’s Really Like To Have A 'Foreign' Name In America

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:25

It's tradition for Sikh parents to turn to the Guru Granth Sahib, our holy


Falling Ford Pickup Tailgates Draw Federal Safety Probe

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:56

Government regulators opened an investigation this week into why some Ford heavy-duty pickup truck power tailgates are falling open. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is ...


Returning home — Panhandle residents rebuild lives after Hurricane Michael

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:30

Daily life is a series of fears and frustrations for thousands of people living in the hurricane zone of the Florida Panhandle.


iPhone XR vs iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: Which one should you buy?

Macworld - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:00

Just like last year, Apple announced three new iPhone models, but it’s not so easy to tell them apart anymore. Gone is the old-school design with the home button and the giant bezels, and in its place are three new models with iPhone X styling. (But don’t worry, if you really like the old look, you can still buy an iPhone 8 or 8 PlusRemove non-product link.)

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Activists Target Peter Thiel And Other Powerful Americans Still Connected To Saudi Conference

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:55

WASHINGTON ― After Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that he was


Jimmy Carter Says Brett Kavanaugh 'Unfit' To Serve As Supreme Court Justice

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:49

Former President Jimmy Carter didn't mince words while discussing Supreme


'Active shooter' in Virginia puts major defence company building on lockdown

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:28

Police are investigating reports of reports of an "active shooter" at a defence company General Dynamics in Portsmouth, Virginia. The call was received earlier in the day fro a security guard on site and Portsmouth police have called for people to stay clear of the area. Police are investigating a report of an active shooter at 2 Harper Ave. Dispatch received the 911 call at 1146am.


Ford Is Increasing GT Production by 350 Units and Reopening Applications

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:20

Total production will now be 1350 cars through 2022.


Texas Mom Chases Son, Beats Him With Belt After He Takes Family's BMW and Goes on Joyride

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:00

Aaron Martinez, 14, was able to sneak out after disabling the home Wi-Fi.


Bizarre Details Revealed in Case of Boy Abandoned on Texas Doorstep

Top Stories - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:40

The mystery that initially baffled authorities has been solved.


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