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Apple Arcade FAQ: Games, price, compatibility, and everything else you need to know

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:09

Apple announced its new Apple Arcade gaming subscription service at its March 25 “It’s show time” event, and it’ll launch sometime this fall. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service will feature premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If it works as well as it sounds, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Many questions remain, but fortunately we already have plenty of answers. Here’s everything we know about Apple Arcade so far.

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Leaked images reportedly show off the Sonos Move, the company's first portable smart speaker

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:29
Ahead of a press event on Monday, August 28, images of the Sonos Move have leaked, showing off the company's new portable speaker.

How to use Google Maps’ re-routing option on the iPhone

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:00

I use my phone constantly for directions, as I’m sure millions of drivers do. And one of the primary situation I and others run into is that the chosen route turns out to be a bad one due to traffic, road closures, or accidents.

Apple Maps in iOS only lets you pick among possible routes when starting, although it will warn you and re-route while you’re underway. Google Maps for iOS has an in-progress re-routing option that isn’t as obvious, based on reader email.

While you’re actively following a route, tap the icon at the bottom of Google Maps that looks like a fork in the road with the left path dotted and one right path in black. It brings up an overview of the map showing alternatives and the estimated time difference compared to the current map.

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iMessage is never coming to Android, so please stop asking

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 07:00

Ask any Android user to name an Apple app that they’d like to have on their Galaxy or Pixel phone and the answer will almost universally be the same: iMessage. And the likely reason behind that answer? Green bubbles.

While Android users have no idea whether the person they’re texting with has an iPhone, Android, or a Windows Phone, Apple makes it very clear what device you and your friends are using. Messages from iPhone users are wrapped in serene blue bubbles while everyone else’s bubbles are colored in a garish green hue.

And we Android users would love for that to change. Not only are we tired of our iPhone-loving friends chiding us for ruining group messages, but we’d also like to see what all of the fuss is about. We’re still waiting for a do-it-all messaging app on Android, and an Apple client is certainly intriguing, especially for those of use still lamenting the loss of Allo. I’m willing to bet that if Apple were to release an iMessage Android client in the Play Store, it would quickly become one of the most downloaded messaging apps, challenging Google’s own Messages, WhatsApp and Signal, at least at launch.

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What we might expect from Apple’s A13 chip

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 06:30

We’re still a long way away from hearing anything official about Apple’s next system-on-a-chip. The A13 is likely to be unveiled in September, along with the new iPhones it will power. But the design, manufacture, and testing of these chips takes years, far too long for Apple to suddenly make radical changes. The A13 design is likely, for all intents and purposes, set in stone by now.

By looking at past A-series chips and extrapolating from what we know of the manufacturing process Apple will use this year, we can get a reasonable picture about what to expect from the A13 chip. It will almost certainly be the fastest SoC Apple has ever developed for iPhones, but exactly how fast can we expect?

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QNAP HS-453DX NAS box review: The most powerful multimedia NAS box that money can buy

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 06:00
The QNAP HS-453DX is the most capable multimedia NAS box on the planet. But it's very pricey and just how useful its direct audio/video output will be depends on your setup. But it's not dead easy to use.

LumaFusion 2.0 review: More tracks, streamlined UI beef up mobile video editor

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 06:00

iPadOS promises to bring improved multitasking, multiple windows from the same app, and support for SMB servers and external drives. That last one is of particular interest to mobile video editors, because it will enable access to video and audio content saved on USB hard drives and network-attached storage.

LumaTouch is poised to take advantage of this revolution with version 2.0 of LumaFusion, the company’s popular mobile video editing app.

Back on track

LumaFusion 2.0 improves upon everything that made the initial version great. First and foremost are the number of tracks, which have doubled to a maximum of six for video (including titles and graphics) with accompanying audio, plus another six for imported audio like music, sound effects, and voiceovers—a whopping 12 tracks of sound!

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Siri and Spotify is nice and all, but here’s why Apple should let us customize iOS default apps

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:00

iOS 13 is just a few weeks away, and Spotify fans might be in for a treat. Thanks to the launch of SiriKit, The Information reports that the Apple Music competitor is in talks with Apple to let users control Spotify music playback with Siri without jumping through any AirPlay hoops, which could change iOS in a big way.

But I say, why stop there? On Thursday, 9to5Mac’s Ben Lovejoy responded with a strong editorial arguing that Apple should let users set Spotify as the default music player for all of iOS. But if Apple lets users choose the default music player, then it should let users choose the default apps for email, navigation, and web browsing. Allowing such customization may end up bringing more people into the fold.

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How to get a Safari password to save it in a password manager

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 08:00

Apple has been a fantastic promoter of better password security by suggesting strong passwords and auto-filling them in Safari for macOS and iOS. These passwords are long, complex, automatically stored, stored securely, and—if you have iCloud Keychain—synchronized across all your devices linked to the same iCloud account that also have iCloud Keychain enabled.

However, there’s one small flaw: Third-party password managers in Safari for macOS won’t pick up the entered password and offer to store it for you in their database. I rely on 1Password, and there are a few other highly regarded password-management systems that have features that stretch beyond the strong but limited options with Safari and iCloud Keychain.

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Traveling with Apple tech: What soars, what falls flat

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 07:00

Travel has a way of opening your eyes to new possibilities. For the last three weeks, I’ve been away from home, spending time in a few European countries. During this trip, I found myself thinking about the different ways that we use technology when we’re outside of our daily routine, and how it brings to light not only things that work well, but also the areas where there’s still a decent amount of friction.

As I’ve been making the rounds, I’ve made note of a few places where I think Apple technologies have worked particularly well, as well as where there’s some room for improvement.

Contactless payments

If this trip has drilled home one thing, it’s that contactless payments are king. Apple Pay has been a godsend—it’s even easier than digging out your card and fumbling with an unfamiliar system. It’s clearer than ever that digital payments are the way of the future and, if anything, it’s a future where the U.S. is still lagging behind.

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Deep Sentinel Home Security review: More than just cameras that document crime, this system actively deters it

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 06:00
Real people monitor these security cameras on your behalf, and they'll let any potential intruder know they're being watched.

Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:28

Macs may be a far less tempting target for malware and viruses, but they’re not immune from attack. Even if you don’t care about adware or being used as a means to infect users on other platforms, it’s still possible to fall victim to ransomware, password theft, or stolen iPhone backups.

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Apple’s event calendar: When is the next Apple event?

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:15

Updated 08/15/19: Apple is expected to announce new iPhones and a new Apple Watch in September, likely on September 10 or 11.

Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds its own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.

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8 ways the iMac changed computing

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 11:27

Editor’s note: 21 years ago today, Apple officially released the iMac. To commemorate the anniversary, we are reposting this article that originally appeared on the iMac’s tenth anniversary on August 15, 2008.

The iMac made an instant impression when Apple first unveiled it in May 1998. But it didn’t start to really shake things up unitl it began to ship—which happened on August 15, 1998. Arguably the most influential desktop computer of the last decade, the original iMac’s specifications seem quaint by today’s standards. For $1,299, you came home with a 233MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 32MB of RAM, a 4GB hard drive, a 15-inch built-in monitor, and stereo speakers—all in an amazingly stylish case.

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Google Assistant can now remind other people to do things you don’t want to do

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:12
Google is rolling out a new Assistant feature called assignable reminders, which allows you to tell other people in your family to do things.

Apple Card, iPhone and iPad rumors, your hot takes, and more

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 08:00

Got an Apple Card? Then don’t lose your iPhone. Will the iPhone go pro? Will the iPad Pro get a three-lens camera? And if it does, why? And your hot takes! That's all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 663 with Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

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Here are articles for more information on the news we talked about on the show.

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How Time Machine manages its file archive and how it affects what you can restore

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 07:00

Time Machine is an archive rather than a backup, because it retains multiple versions of files as you change them. That’s useful, because if you’re editing an image, a word-processing file, or another document, you can use Time Machine to restore a version before you made certain changes.

It always maintains at least one copy of every file, no matter how many times it’s revised, and if Time Machine has just a single version, it’s always the latest copy. If a file is never changed from its initial backup, Time Machine never deletes it, either.

Apple has Time Machine automatically consolidate snapshots. It’s set to run every hour, making a copy of any file changed from the previous 24 hours. After 24 hours, Time Machine deletes hourly backups, but keeps one per day. After a month, it deletes daily backups, but retains one weekly snapshot.

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The best bias lighting for TVs and computer monitors: An easy way to boost contrast and ease eyestrain

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 06:00
Read on for reviews of some of the best bias lighting kits we’ve tested, along with what to look for in bias lighting for a TV.

Philips Hue Play review: This versatile bias lighting kit syncs with your PC

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 06:00
If you’ve already got a Philips Hue Bridge in your home, the Hue Play makes for a great way to add bias lighting to your home theater setup, or as a responsive bias light for your computer monitor.

iOS 13: How to use the QuickPath swipe keyboard

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 06:00

With iOS 13 and the new QuickPath feature, the iPhone finally has a native version of the “swipe” keyboards that have been popular on Android devices for almost a decade. You could previously use such keyboards on iOS if you installed a third-party keyboard such as Gboard, SwiftKey, or the discontinued Swype app, but now you no longer have to deal with the occasional hassle of switching keyboards. You can also use QuickPath on the iPad if you’re using the miniature floating keyboard.

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