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More great holiday movies to stream and give thanks for

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 06:00
You’ll encounter some odd dishes on our list, plus a couple of turkeys that are still fun to watch.

Does Next-Gen TV spell doom for over-the-air DVR?

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 06:00
Next-gen TV (the ATSC 3.0 TV broadcast standard) could cripple over-the-air DVR products like Tablo and TiVo.

Amazon Black Friday deals: The best tech at killer prices

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 04:13

Amazon is ground zero for Black Friday shopping, but not all of its deals are worth your attention. That's where we come in: We've sifted through Amazon's staggering amount of Black Friday deals, and cherry-picked the very best deals in the tech categories you care about most.

A note about Amazon Prime deals: You can sign up for a 30-day Prime membership if you're not already a member. This also gives you earlier access to some of Amazon's limited-time Lightning deals—which we won't be covering in this article. We'll be eating turkey instead.

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Black Friday Amazon deals: Price drops for Echos, Kindles and Fire tablets

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 00:05

When the cheapest Kindle e-reader drops to $50, it’s difficult to resist snagging one on an impulse buy. Appealing to our most reptilian consumer instincts is just how Amazon rolls, and—right on schedule—the retail behemoth-cum-hardware manufacturer is dropping prices across its product lines.

Here are all the Black Friday deals for the Amazon Echo, Kindle, and Fire tablet lines. We’re also including links to our own coverage of the price-dropped devices (many of which are best in their categories, the Amazon pedigree notwithstanding). Amazon says these deals will end at the stroke of midnight on Monday, Nov. 27.

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Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Spot: Which Alexa smart speaker is right for you?

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 00:00
The answer was easy when there were just two models. Now Alexa is all over the place.

The best classic movies to stream for Thanksgiving 2017

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:00
Who needs football? Gather the family around the big screen to watch these 14 films, before and after your feast.

Black Friday 2017: The best tech deals

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:40
Most Black Friday 'deals' aren't really deals at all. These tech deals truly are.

Apple's upcoming iMac Pro might have an iPhone chip

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:35

The new iMac Pro set to release month will be Apple’s fastest Mac by a country mile. With 18 CPU cores, Radeon Vega graphics, and 128GB of RAM, there isn’t much Apple’s newest all-in-one won’t be able to do. But a recent discovery by Apple code spelunker Steven Troughton-Smith suggest an iPhone chip might be along for the ride.

Troughton-Smith has gotten his hands on Apple’s new BridgeOS 2.0 software, which will presumably be part of the upcoming iMac Pro's software package. And while it didn't divulge quite as much as the HomePod firmware leak earlier this year that spilled the beans on the iPhone X, it does include some very interesting things. Chief among them is a reference to a version of Apple's A10 Fusion chip, the same silicon that powers the iPhone 7.

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iOS 11.2: Beta 4 is now available for developers

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:39

Updated 11/17/17: The fourth iOS 11.2 beta is available to the developers.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

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Apple delays HomePod till 2018

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:19

Here’s one Apple product you won’t find under the tree this year: HomePod. While Apple had originally planned to release its HomePod smart speaker in December, it has now announced that it will be pushed back until early 2018.

In a statement to Macworld, Apple said, “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”

The impact on your home: HomePod might not quite have the appeal of iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, or even Apple TV 4K, but it’s still an important product in Apple’s catalog. But it’s more important to get it right. We’ve already seen Google deal with issues related to its mini Google Home unknowingly recording people, and Apple can hardly afford a similar gaffe on its first smart speaker. Amazon’s Echo has turned the home speaker into a must-have product, and Apple’s entry needs to be perfect. Missing the important holiday shopping season is tough, but if it means more features and a better experience, than we’re all for it.

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BTV brings local TV to your phone and desktop for free

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:00
There's a new way to watch local TV on your PC or smartphone—for free. Didja, a Silicon Valley-based company, is taking over-the-air TV channels and packaging them for streaming to a smartphone app.

The FCC gives 4K, next-gen TV the green light

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:25
The Federal Communications Commission has approved plans for the launch of next-generation TV broadcasting that could include 4K programming, improved interactive services and greater targeted advertising.

Apple releases iOS 11.1.2, fixes iPhone X cold weather bug

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:15

Last week, we mentioned reports that the iPhone X touch screen could become unresponsive in very cold weather. Apple said it was aware of the problem, uncommon as it was, and would issue a fix in software.

Today, the company makes good on its promise with iOS 11.1.2. It fixes two bugs. From the release notes:

  • Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X.

The release comes shortly after the 11.1.1 update that fixes the notorious A [?] bug, and as Apple works on iOS 11.2, which will add faster wireless charging and Apple Pay Cash.

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Vimeo launches HDR and 10-bit color compatible with iPhone X, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:06

If you want to watch 4K, HDR video on your shiny new Apple TV 4K, you have limited options. Netflix support is great, and the iTunes selection is growing, but we’re still missing two big 4K HDR sources: Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.

But the situation just got a whole lot better with the latest announcement from Vimeo. The video hosting company now supports three new technologies: resolutions up to 8K, HDR, and 10-bit color. Vimeo users can upload content in HDR and 10-bit color through all the usual means, including the Vimeo integration in Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and Dropbox. 

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iPhone X versus the best Android phones, how will Apple close out 2017, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 582

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:00

How does the iPhone X stack up against the Galaxy Note 8, the Google Pixel 2, and the LG V30? And what should we expect from Apple before the end of the year? We also feature your comments and questions for Macworld’s Roman Loyola, Leah Yamshon, Michael Simon, Jason Cross, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 582.

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Black Friday deals: The best discounts on Apple gear (so far)

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:30

Apple products on the cheap are hard to come by, even on mega shopping holidays like Black Friday. But in years past, we’ve been able to score some major deals on lots of different Apple goodies—2016’s deals included the iPhone 7, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and MacBook Pro. (Yes, seriously.) If you’re ok with slightly older stuff, the savings are even better.

We’re not sure what 2017 will have in store just yet, but we’ll keep this page updated as deals are announced—Apple typically doesn’t announce their in-store deals until the week of Thanksgiving. 

In the meantime, take a look at 2016’s deals to give you an idea of the things you might be able to find based on year’s past. 

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The latest free streaming TV service: Your public library

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:00
Hoopla and Kanopy offer free streaming movies, TV shows, and documentaries with just a library card.

Macworld’s December digital magazine: iPhone 8 and 8 Plus reviewed

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:19

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 December issue

This month we review Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Are the new phones compelling enough to stay out of the shadow of the iPhone X? We also review the Apple Watch Series 3 and examine the addition of LTE — find out if it's upgrade-worthy. 

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: The changes, new features, and improvements you should know about in Apple Photos 3

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2017 New York Audio Show: From the cool to the outrageous, long live great audio

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:42

New York became the center of the audio universe this past weekend, hosting the 2017 New York Audio Show. Three floors of the Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South were home to some of the biggest, newest, and most obscure names in audio. With gear ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to more than the cost of a house, audio bliss was within reach of all who attended--even if only temporarily.

Vinyl, vinyl everywhere

Vinyl and turntables were everywhere, but there was no turntable more unique or flexible than +Audio’s The+Record Player. This all-in-one record player features a custom Pro-ject belt-drive turntable and is for the consumer who wants a high-end turntable, speakers, digital inputs, and DAC in a single, turnkey package. The on-board DAC is a fully bi-directional sound card that’s capable of playing music from a USB source or digitizing your vinyl collection.

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iOS 11.2: Third beta adds faster wireless charging, Control Center popups for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:26

Updated 11/14/17: The third iOS 11.2 beta is available to the public, and brings a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth toggle explanation and faster wireless charging.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud.

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