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How to download the personal data that Apple collects from you

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:00

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a revamped privacy website to educate users on how the company handles the personal information that it collects. The website covers how your data is protected, who can access it, and iOS and Mac features you can use to further protect your personal data.

Apple’s new privacy website also now lets you get a copy of the data that Apple collects about you. Here’s how to get your copy.

How to download your personal data form Apple

1. On the Apple privacy website, go to the Manage Your Privacy section.

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Snag a certified refurbished 2018 iPad for cheap in Amazon's big one-day sale

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:56

Amazon’s Certified Refurbished offerings can be a great way to get good deals on like-new products, and those savings are more noticeable than usual in a huge today-only blowout on refurbished 2018 Apple iPadsRemove non-product link. Apple’s tablets don’t go on sale very often.

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Why Photoshop on iOS is a huge win for the iPad Pro

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:00

So it’s official. Photoshop—real Photoshop—is coming to the iPad next year. If you’re someone who uses Photoshop, uses the iPad to get work done, or both, this is big news. It’s a huge shot in the arm for the iPad Pro and another sign of where Apple’s platforms are going in the future. In 2019, iOS apps aren’t just coming to the Mac—one of the biggest and most important Mac apps is coming to iOS.

The power of the familiar

Most of the time when I mention Photoshop around my fellow computer nerds, it’s met with a raised eyebrow. Lots of tech people dislike Adobe’s pioneering of the software subscription route, and there are numerous alternatives to Photoshop out there. On the Mac alone, there are excellent apps like Acorn and Pixelmator Pro.

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Lotus by Seam review: Stylish personal safety gadget misses mark for millennials

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:00

Anyone out of diapers in the 1980s will remember those infamous LifeCall television commercials. Although viewers got an unintentional chuckle out of poor old Mrs. Fletcher’s misfortune, in the days before smartphones and Bluetooth-connected devices, such medical alert products provided a glimpse of what the future might hold.

Wearable button

The modern equivalent of LifeCall are gadgets like Lotus by Seam, a futuristic-looking disc barely wider than a quarter (34.30mm to be exact) and 14.47mm thick including the built-in clip used to attach the unit to your shirt, belt, or handbag. (The device can also be worn on the wrist or around your neck with optional accessories priced at $25 and $28 respectively.) Available in white or black, Lotus pairs to iPhone via Bluetooth and a free Seam Personal Safety app from the App Store.

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How to use Handoff with iOS 12

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 06:00

Apple designed Handoff to make it easier to work seamlessly between a Mac and iOS. If you’re reading a text message on one device and pick up the other, you can open up to where you left off. Viewing a webpage? Handoff lets you bring up the same page on the other device with a click or a tap.

But for a couple of versions at least, notifications in iOS interfered with Handoff. You could see a Safari icon on the lock screen, for example, and if notifications were also on the screen, using the swipe-up gesture to open that Safari page didn’t work. I eventually stopped trying.

I can see I wasn’t alone: Apple gave up, too! In iOS 12, Handoff icons no longer appear on the lock screen. Instead, they’re in a better, smart, more accessible place—the app switcher!

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Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 19:30
Cord cutters can get their fill of big nationally televised games, but local broadcasts are still left on the bench.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 16:00

Adobe announced that Photoshop CC is coming to the iPad. Podcast listeners send us their hot takes and we respond. We also take your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 626.

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The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Save $200 on the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro today

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:49

The 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is still is only a couple of months old, but fortunately we’re already seeing a couple of good deals for it. Today at B&H, for example, you can find Apple’s latest powerhouse MacBook Pro available for $200 offRemove non-product link, which means you’ll pay only $2,199.99 rather than $2,399.99. You can also find this model on sale at AdoramaRemove non-product link for the same price.

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Amazon has slashed prices on Fitbit bands for the whole family to all-time lows

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:52

Fitness trackers can be a great way to get motivated to stay in shape, and not just moms and dads—kids can get in on the fun too. Right now you can get the whole family hooked up with Fitbit bands: the kid-friendly Ace, minimal Alta, and full-featured Ionic are all on sale for their lowest prices on AmazonRemove non-product link.

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Inside the Living Computer Museum founded by Paul Allen: Where PC history stays alive

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:50
“Other museums put a glass in front of their computers. We put a chair.” We tour the Living Computer Museum founded by Microsoft's Paul Allen.

Portable data for dirt cheap! This 16GB flash drive is just $4 today

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:33

While it’s easy to put files in the cloud these days, sometimes you just need a flash drive for easy access to your stuff. Amazon is making those essential thumb drives incredibly affordable today with a 16GB Kingston DataTraveler G4 USB drive for $4.

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When not to use Apple’s Mail Drop file transfer service

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:00

Apple’s Mail Drop is a feature that ties the Mail app with iCloud, letting you send large attachments. Instead of packaging the attachment with the email message, Mail uploads the file to iCloud and includes a link in the email message. The upload doesn’t count against your iCloud storage total, and is only stored for 30 days.

Apple explains of Mail Drop’s limits on a support page, and notes just in passing, “The recipients might not be able to access your attachment if the link has an excessive amount of downloads or high traffic.”

Macworld reader Ken seems to have run aground on his proviso. He sent a 1GB movie file to about 25 to 30 people via Mail, which uploaded and managed the movie via Mail Drop, but he said after a few recipients had viewed it, the rest were told no more downloads permitted. Since Apple doesn’t specify a limit, this is obviously frustrating.

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Reolink Argus Pro review: A completely wireless indoor/outdoor security camera for modest budgets

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 07:00
The slightly scaled-down version of the original Argus can be paired with a solar panel for continuous charging.

Cherished myths: Apple used to be perfect

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 07:00

Gilgamesh. Jason and the Argonauts. Helen of Troy. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. From time immemorial, humans have loved and repeated good myths.

Loving and repeating them, however, does not make them true.


Writing for the Forbes contributor network and home of the angry bees challenge where you dump a bucket of angry bees on your head but it’s not for charity or anything it’s just angry bees, Ewan Spence says the “New iPhone XS Problems Damaging Apple's Legendary Reputation.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

The legendary reputation that is largely a myth.

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Apption Labs Meater review: This smart thermometer changed the way I grill

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:31
The Meater smart thermometer takes the guess work out of cooking meat and helps time cooks perfectly.

Best MacBook: Which Mac laptop should you buy?

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:00

You're planning on buying a new Mac laptop. So you head over to your local Apple store, or you peruse the pages of Apple’s website, and you find yourself with money to spend but no idea on which MacBook to buy.

Don’t worry! That’s why we’re here. In this guide, we’ll go over Apple’s current MacBook lineup, point out their differences and similarities, and provide you with the information you need to pick the right MacBook for you. You can get more in-depth information in our reviews of the MacBook and the MacBook Pro.

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Adobe introduces real Photoshop on iPad, coming in 2019

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 14:33

The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here. Or rather, it will be here in 2019.

Adobe Photoshop—real, full Photoshop—on the iPad. It’s been a dream of digital artists at least as long as the Apple Pencil has been around, and at the Adobe Max conference on Monday, the company finally let them know that their dream is coming true. Photoshop CC is up and running on iPad, and will be released sometime in 2019.

Adobe went to great lengths to reassure its users that this is not a new “Photoshop for the iPad” but rather “Photoshop on the iPad.” It’s a translation of the core Photoshop engine, along with a new interface and suite of gestures made for touch-and-pencil input.

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