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iFixit tears down the 2019 MacBook Pro, details butterfly keyboard changes

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 13:13

Earlier this week, Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup, boosting performance with the latest Intel processors but making no other significant changes.

Except one: There’s now another revision of the infamous “butterfly” keyboard mechanism, using new materials in a bid to further improve reliability. To go along with this new design, Apple extended the keyboard repair and replacement program to include virtually any Mac laptop with the butterfly keyboard (including the new ones), offering free repair for up to four years.

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What we won’t see at WWDC 2019

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 07:00

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is still more than a week away, and as usual the internet is rife with posts predicting what we’ll see—or what people would like to see (including this one)—during the next big Apple keynote.

But even with a two-hour song and dance, Apple can’t show off everything that it’s working on. Not only because there’s simply not time, but also because not everything the company’s actively developing is ready for prime time. Some things just won’t make the cut, inevitably spawning a deluge of posts about “I can’t believe Apple didn’t show off [X]” or “No [Y]? Lame!” or the ever-popular “Apple is doooooomed.”

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Why iOS offloads apps and how to reinstall them

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 07:00

Despite offering phones and tablets with ever-more onboard storage, Apple knows that people can still easily outpace available room as they download ever more apps and digital content for those apps. In iOS 11, Apple added an option to offload apps rather than just delete them as a compromise between apps you use and storage consumed.


An offloaded app sports a cloud download icon.

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Grace Digital Mondo+ Classic review: A neoclassical clock radio for the internet age

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:00
Easy operation, modern connections, and agreeable sound make the Mondo+ Classic an internet radio even a Luddite can love.

Fitbit Inspire HR review: One size, many styles, fit all

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:00

In a world of smartwatches and AI-infused earbuds, the Fitbit Inspire HR is decidedly old-school. It doesn’t have a color screen, a catalogue of apps, or an SpO2 sensor. You won’t be able to use it to buy coffee at Starbucks.

But there’s something refreshing about the Inspire HR’s base simplicity. Like the Alta HR it replaces, it’s a fitness band that tracks the bare essentials—steps, sleep, calories, distance—but it also brings a few tricks that you wouldn’t expect in a $100 device. And it has a sharp sense of style to boot.

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How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:35

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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The Playdate gaming handheld is a Game Boy-Model T mashup by Firewatch publisher Panic

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 11:47
Mac and iOS app maker Panic has announced a new handheld video-game system called Playdate that has a black-and-white screen and a crank.

Amazon's rumored wearable device reads your emotions by listening to your voice

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:16
Amazon is reportedly developing a new voice-powered device that can read human emotions.

New MacBook Pros, WWDC19 and the Mac, Apple Watch workouts tip, and your hot takes

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 08:00

On the show, we talk about the new MacBook Pros and we preview Apple’s WWDC19 by talking about what could happen with the Mac and the company’s services. Plus, Jason Cross will show us how an Apple Watch tip, and we’ll wrap up the show with your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds.

This is episode 652 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 562

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5 ways Apple can be the leader in augmented reality

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 07:00

Apple does more than many companies to champion the idea of augmented reality, but it needs to do a better job showing why we should share that vision. Lately, Google has been taking up the slack.

Among other things, Google has shown us how to use AR in Google Maps to get a clear idea of where we need to go. It’s shown us how we can see if clothes match our wardrobe, and how we can use phone cameras to read signs in other languages.

As for Apple? Its AR announcements tend to focus on third-party novelty and educational apps, such as a recent one that lets you go on virtual tours of the Statue of Liberty. Lazy Sunday stuff, in other words. Unlike Google, Apple hasn’t been showing us how AR could be something we turn to in the hectic moments of everyday life. I worried about this last year, and I haven’t seen much aside from rumors that convince me the situation is any better now.

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The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 06:00
Immediate cancellation: The one subscription trick all cord-cutters should know. review: Serviceable speeds and simple to use

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 06:00

The fundamental features you want in any VPN service are an easy-to-use desktop application, privacy protection, and speedy connections. The latter two are harder to determine. In the case of privacy, you have to trust that your VPN is doing what it says its doing. Speeds depend on your location, equipment, and ISP. Nevertheless, we do the best we can to make informed decisions, and when it comes to VPN on Mac you get almost everything you need.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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New Safari feature blocks purchase-tracking by ad clicks

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:30

Apple added a new anti-tracking feature to Safari that prevents one-to-one tracking of users who click an ad on one site and make a purchase on another, unrelated site. Instead, the connection will be blurred so that an advertiser can only track the total impact of a small number of different ads over short periods of time.

The new approach, called Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, rolled out in the Safari Technology Preview today (version 82), and Apple said that it will appear in general release versions of Safari later in 2019. It’s also presented this as a proposed early-stage standard to the Web Platform Incubator Community Group at the W3C, an organization that helps create standards browser and sites.

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Google exposes G Suite issue that stored plain-text passwords on its servers for 14 years

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 09:15
Google has fixed a G Suite issue that left some passwords stored in plain text on its servers.

How to find your Documents and Desktop folder contents after disabling iCloud sync

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 08:00

Apple added an option in late 2016 to give you the equivalent of cloud-based bottomless Desktop and Documents folders in macOS to pair with iCloud Music Library and what’s now called iCloud Photos. In the iCloud preference pane, you can click iCloud Drive and then check the Desktop & Document Folders box to enable a sort of provisional sync.

If your Mac starts to run out of local storage, macOS will delete files from local storage based on the oldest files with the least use, ensuring that a copy exists in iCloud Drive. If you need the file back, you can just click it and it’s automatically restored. You can also find all the contents of Desktop and Documents folders via iCloud Drive from any Mac on which you’ve enabled the feature.

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iOS 13: 5 features at the top of the wish list

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 07:00

WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, is less than two weeks away. In a dozen days we’ll know the broad outlines of where Apple is taking its software in the next year. It’s an exciting time, when you hope against hope that the features you dream about will come true and make it into a new release.

It doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it’s pretty great. Here’s what I’m hoping to see in iOS 13 when Apple unveils it on Monday, June 3.

Go the last mile with Files

iOS started life as an operating system that denied the existence of files and avoided file management—quite a change from the file-oriented interface of the Mac. But it’s been years now since Apple broke the seal on files in iOS with the introduction of iCloud Drive and, later, Files.

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Phyn Plus smart water valve review: Sophisticated leak detection and water use analysis—for a price

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 06:00
Yes, it’s even more expensive than the Flo by Moen, but Phyn doesn’t charge extra to inform you how you’re using water.

10 lesser-known Apple Maps features you should check out

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 06:00

Maybe you don’t think Apple Maps is as good as Google Maps. Honestly, it’s probably not. But it’s already on your iPhone, it gets better with every update, and it does a better job of protecting your privacy. As the new Apple Maps data starts rolling out across the country, it’s going to be worth getting to know.

With these tips, you may find using Apple Maps more palatable, even enjoyable.

Tweak your driving options

If you use your iPhone for directions while driving (or have it hooked to a CarPlay compatible car), you should tweak the way it operates. Open the Settings app, then tap Maps, then tap on Driving & Navigation.

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Macworld's June Digital Magazine: iPad Air, our in-depth review

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 19:06

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. 

In the June issue

In June we review Apple’s latest iPads: the iPad Air and iPad mini. One hits the sweet spot while the other packs a lot of power in a small package. Plus, we review the new 21.5-inch 3.0GHz Core i5 iMac; this thing is fast.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: It’s about time for a Mac with a touch interface

• MacUser Reviews: 21.5-inch 3.0GHz Core i5 iMac, Mission Workshop Rhake VX Weatherproof Laptop Backpack

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Apple improves butterfly keyboard (again), offers free fixes

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:02

According to Apple, a vast majority of users of recent MacBooks are happy with the butterfly switch keyboard, which was introduced in 2015. But it's not difficult to find users who are not happy.

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