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Get iOttie's highly rated iPhone mount for dashboards and windshields for 20% off at Amazon

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:35

Smartphones make fantastic navigation tools while driving; alas, they’re also fantastically dangerous when you’re fumbling for a dropped iPhone on the floorboard so you can see if the upcoming exit is the correct one. With iOttie’s Easy One Touch 4 adjustable dashboard and windshield car mount, though, you’ll always have your maps easily visible with minimal danger. Even better, today you can get one for 20 percent off at Amazon.

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Apple offers $50 credit if you paid full price for an iPhone battery replacement last year

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:10

Late last year, Apple starting handing out $29 batteries to customers affected by unexpected shutdowns and slowdowns with their iPhone 6, 6s, and 7. That price represented a significant discount over the $79 Apple usually charges for a new battery, and customers predictably flocked to Apple stores to take advantage of the program.

But anyone who paid for a battery replacement before Dec. 29, 2017, was out of luck. While there were scattered reports of customers convincing Apple representatives to refund the money they paid for a replacement, there was no official way for customers to file for a refund, even if the battery replacement corrected the same issue covered by the new program.

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5 reasons why Apple's next-gen 7nm A12 chip could be the best feature in the 2018 iPhones

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:56

WWDC may be just around the corner, but once the iOS 12 dust clears all eyes will be on the next iPhone. With rumors suggesting three new models, including a 6.5-inch one, Face ID enhancements, and faster charging, there’s a lot to be excited about, but a new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg suggests that the new iPhone could be revolutionary in a way most people might not even realize: the processor. iPhone supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has reportedly begun production on the processor for the next iPhone, and it could be an industry-first.

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Our favorite Kindle reader, the Paperwhite, is on sale for 25 percent off today

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:11
Amazon is running a Kindle sale and you can get the Paperwhite for less than $100 today.

AirTV’s new tuner carries broadcast TV on—and beyond—your home network

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:45
Dual tuners let you distribute two channels within your home, and you can stream one channel outside it.

Upgrade to eye-popping 4K HDR for $268 with this Newegg deal on a 40-inch Samsung TV

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:40
Until Monday, you can get a Samsung 40-inch 4K HDR TV for $268 after rebate from Newegg.

Motiv Ring review: a stylish fitness tracker wrapped around your finger

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:00

The Motiv Ring is a stylish fitness tracker that shrinks down the guts of a traditional wearable to fit in a ring. The Motiv Ring blends into your wardrobe better than anything Fitbit has offered to date, but it’s a new device that’s severely lacking in app and community features—an area of strength of Fitbit.

In this review I’ll go over the Motiv Rings’ features and see how it stacks up versus the Fitbit Alta HR, a Huawei Honor Band 3, and a Fossil Q Founder smartwatch.

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Razer Core X review: An inexpensive eGPU that turns your MacBook Pro into an iMac

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 07:00

Were I pressed to name a brand that pairs well with Apple products, Razer would be one of the last names to pass my lips. Its designs—which tend to favor mutagen-green lines snaking though sturdy plates of black metal and plastic—look better suited to the Borg than to the drawing board of Jony Ive. It’s a favored brand of the kind of gamers who lurk in the PC Master Race subreddit and make acidic quips about Apple, and for that matter, it caters to folks in love with resource-demanding PC games that often never get ported to the Mac.

And yet, for all that, the new Core X external graphics processing unit finds Apple and Razer as strangely accommodating bedfellows. In fact, after spending some time with it over the past few days, I feel comfortable in saying it’s even a better enclosure than the Sonnet Breakaway Boxes that Apple itself recommends.

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Naim Audio Uniti Atom review: This is a magnificent music streamer

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 06:00
Exquisite design plus impeccable craftsmanship on the Naim Audio Unit Atom equal sonic bliss.

iOS 12: Geeky features iOS needs

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 06:00

If June is for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), then May is for stories speculating about what will be announced at WWDC. My favorite genre of these stories is the iOS feature wish list, which Macworld has been publishing since... well, since before it was even called iOS.

Yes, this is going to be one of those stories, but with a twist. Rather than providing feature requests of the crowd-pleasing variety, instead I’m going to advocate for some nerdy features that won’t be used by more than a fraction of iPhone and iPad users. Despite that, they’re still important—at least to me.

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Apple to stream WWDC 2018 keynote live

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:53

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is coming—it starts on June 4, to be exact. The company on Tuesday announced that the WWDC keynote presentation will be available to the general public to watch on the internet.

If you’re interested in watching the keynote, mark down June 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific on your calendar. Or you can go to Apple’s WWDC keynote event webpage and click on the “Add to your calendar” link to add the event to your Calendar app. You can watch on Apple’s website, on an Apple TV through the Events app, or on an iOS device using the WWDC app.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, May 23, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:30

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is coming soon, so where is iOS 11.4? There’s a movement for “sustainability in the App Store” for app developers. A new eGPU is on the market. We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 606.

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Apple's original TV shows and series: Amazing Stories gets new showrunners

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:12

Updated 5/22/18: Variety reports that the co-creators of One Upon a Time, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, have signed on as the new executive producers of Amazing Stories

Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That's a lot of TV! It's not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it's still a huge commitment.

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What you need to know about Speculative Store Bypass, the Spectre-like 'Variant 4' CPU flaw

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:54
Google and Microsoft discovered a new CPU flaw related to Meltdown and Spectre. Take action, but don't panic too much about Speculative Store Bypass.

The Samsung T5, our favorite portable SSD drive, just hit its lowest price ever

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:42

For portable external storage, you can’t get much better than Samsung’s T5 portable SSD—and that's why it's our favorite external performance drive. Because of its killer speed and convenient size, this drive is usually a bit of an investment, but right now you can get the 500GB version for $150 on Amazon, good for a 20 percent discount off its $190 MSRP and the lowest price we've seen.

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How to find out where Apple stores your iCloud data (spoiler: you can’t exactly)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:00

“The cloud” is a concept, not a place, although collectively, the cloud is made up of places. Cloud computing refers to an aggregation of servers that you don’t have to know much about to gain the benefit. This can be for storage, like iCloud Drive or Amazon Cloud Drive or Google Drive, or for computation and other more specialized purposes. When you use a cloud-based service, your actions and data may be split among many machines and drives—maybe even across continents.

Macworld reader Craig has a question about that, having read that Apple stores some of its iCloud data on other companies’ servers. “What data/services are hosted/stored on Apple-owned data centers and which data/services are hosted/stored on Google data centers? A web search as well as Apple forums provide no details on this.”

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Canary is putting security cameras in the hands of those who help keep us secure

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:00
The company will donate its All-In-One home monitoring camera to first responders and emergency services departments you nominate.

Sticking with it: iPhone X sales have to disappoint eventually

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:00

It’s been an annoying year already what with covering all the nonsense about supposedly poor iPhone X sales. But, it’s nice that we can finally put that all to bed and get on with our lives by going back to enjoying…

“Apple shares to struggle over the next 12 months on weak iPhone X demand, Instinet says.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic and paul.)

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Eve Button review: This programmable button puts you touch with your HomeKit tech

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:00
This smart button brings tactile control to HomeKit-enabled devices.

Hands on: Razer's Core X GPU enclosure is cheaper, bigger, and even works with Macs

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 03:01
The Core X external GPU case will take up to a 3-slot wide GPU, provide up to 100 watts over Thunderbolt 3 for charging, and cost just $299.