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ECG for the Apple Watch Series 4 now available in watchOS 5.1.2 update. Here’s how to get it

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:00

The much-anticipated electrocardiogram (ECG) feature that Apple highlighted during its Apple Watch 4 unveiling back in September is now available.

Part of the watchOS 5.1.2 update, the new ECG app and the new irregular heart rhythm notification feature can be used with the Apple Watch Series 4 to monitor heart rhythms. An ECG can be performed at any time, and ECG recordings, classifications and any noted symptoms are stored in the iPhone’s Health app. A PDF of the information can be provided to physicians.

Macworld will have a detailed hands-on with the ECG app soon after the update becomes available.

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Your lying eyes: No, you can’t run macOS on an iPad

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 07:00

Weep not for the state of tech coverage on the Internet, dear reader, for it is already dead.

It is time now to marvel at the care and concern for accuracy that are the hallmarks of writing for Business Insider. Dave Smith tells us how “This guy found a way to run Apple's Mac software on an iPad — and it works surprisingly well.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter and PorthosJon.)

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Roku tips: How to make the most of your streamer

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 06:00
These Roku how-to tips will help you navigate faster, find free content, and master your playback controls.

Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 review: Popular features reach new levels for a streamlined workflow

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 06:00

Photoshop CC, Adobe’s flagship image editing app, remains an industry standard because of its innovative vision of how the software can assist photographers and graphic designers in doing their jobs. While technically, Photoshop’s subscription model frees it from the tyranny of yearly upgrades, Adobe still announces high-profile updates on a yearly schedule. Having dispensed with commercial version numbers (it is now at version 20), Adobe now renames the app according to the prospective year.

If you already use Photoshop CC, then you are either a Creative Cloud or a Photography Plan subscriber, which means that the Photoshop 2019 update is automatically available. If you are not a subscriber, new features in the 2019 version may inspire you to give the app a try.

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Apple’s squid emoji has been anatomically incorrect for years, Monterey Bay Aquarium points out

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 19:13

Apple recently changed its bagel emoji in response to criticisms that it didn’t look delicious enough, and soon we may see it revise its squid emoji in order to make it more anatomically correct. Earlier on Wednesday, the Twitter account of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California produced a series of tweets explaining the inaccuracy alongside a photo of a real squid.

The issue lies with the squid emoji’s siphon—a valve that lets a squid breathe and release waste. You’ll find this valve on the underside of a squid in real life, but in Apple’s emoji it looks like a “weirdo nose,” to use the aquarium’s tweeted words. The aquarium also said that this means the emoji is effectively “upside down.”

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Apple after Tim Cook, the last good MacBook, and more audience hot takes

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:22

For this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we respond to hot takes by Macworld readers. We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Adam Patrick Murray, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 632.

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The best video baby monitors: Keep eyes—and ears—on your bundle of joy

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:07
Today's baby monitors are more capable—and more complex—than ever. Here's how to find the right one, so you and your baby can get some sleep.

Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:55
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

iPhone power adapters tested: Is fast charging worth the price?

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:25

Update 12/05/18: Apple now sells an 18W USB-C power adapter for $26Remove non-product link. To use it with your iPhone, you still need to purchase a USB-C to Lightning cable. We haven't tested it yet, but it should charge your iPhone exactly as fast as all of Apple's other USB-C power adapters.

New to this years’ iPhones is fast-charging capability. According to Apple, you can juice up your phone to 50 percent in just 30 minutes! There’s just one catch: You have to buy a new power adapter. Oh, and a new USB-C to Lightning cable, too. That’s two catches, and it's starting to sound expensive.

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Apple releases iOS 12.1.1 with updated eSIM support, Live Photos in FaceTime, and more

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 14:47

Apple has released iOS 12.1.1, a minor update that comes five weeks after the last major public release (iOS 12.1). The update is primarily concerned with fixing minor bugs, but there are a few user-facing changes worth noting.

FaceTime is improved with an easier, one-tap interface to change between the front and rear camera. The previous iOS 12 FaceTime interface was roundly criticized for being needlessly obtuse. You can also record Live Photos from FaceTime calls. 

Those with an iPhone XR will see new support for Haptic Touch on notifications. And all iPhone XR and XS users get more carrier options for eSIM support.

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macOS Mojave: Apple releases 10.14.2 update

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 14:30

Apple next major revision to its Macintosh operating system is called macOS Mojave. The company revealed the update at its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and it features several user interface improvements to make the experience on the Mac better.

In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS Mojave: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc. We’ll add more details to this article as they become available.

Editor’s note: Updated 12/5/18 with the release information for macOS Mojave 10.14.2.

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Apple’s new iPhone XR Clear Case costs $39: Here are five cheaper alternatives

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 14:09

The iPhone XR has been out for more than a month, but Apple is only just now getting around to offering a case for it. As expected, it’s clear to show off the natural color of iPhone XR. And also as expected, it’s not cheap.

At $39, Apple's iPhone XR Clear Case costs as much as the colored silicone cases Apple sells for the iPhone XS and XS Max, and you don't get a cool color choice or an embossed Apple logo. Fortunately, you don’t need to look too far to find a cheaper one. It might not be crafted with the same “blend of optically clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU materials” as Apple’s, but they’ll surely protect your phone from bumps just as well. Here are five of the highest rated alternatives on Amazon right now:

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Steve Jobs-autographed copy of Macworld headed to auction

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:10

A copy of Macworld’s first issue that was signed by Steve Jobs will head to auction between December 6 and December 13 on RR Auction, and I’d totally be on that if I had more cash to throw around. Not only is our February 1984 issue one of the better-known artifacts of Apple history, but Jobs’ autograph on this issue is particularly remarkable as he wasn’t fond of giving them out.

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First issues of our magazine usually fetch good prices on their own, but RR Auction estimates that Jobs’ signature on this copy will fetch around $10,000.

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Roku TV Wireless Speakers review: A terrific sonic value for anyone rocking a Roku TV

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:30
Theser stereo speakers will tightly integrate with TVs based on Roku OS, and those are the only TVs they're compatible with.

How to use iCloud for continuity when restoring from an iOS backup

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 08:00

When migrating from one iOS device to another, iCloud provides continuity. If you’ve already set up a target device and logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID as on the device from which you’re migrating, you don’t lose anything synced with iCloud in the process.

The only thing to watch out for is information you’ve created uniquely on the target device that isn’t stored in the cloud, but you believe is stored on the device itself. Depending on the app, you need to make sure to back that data up.

That can include photos if you’re not using iCloud Photos (formerly iCloud Photo Library), which automatically syncs all your media through iCloud and across iOS devices and Macs logged into the same account. With that feature off, a target device on which you’ve captured or stored any images or videos that you haven’t imported into Photos (or iPhoto) will have all this new media deleted when you restore from another device.

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Online security tools: The holiday gift that shows you really care

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 07:00

In an era of conspicuous consumption, many folks have shifted from material gifts to offering experiences or digital goods. Here’s a digital gift suggestion: Give the gift of security. With free and inexpensive options that pay huge dividends to the recipient, you can be the savviest and most beloved person in the house.

Why give the gift of security? If a friend or relative uses two-factor authentication and a password manager, they dramatically reduce the odds of a hack or breach. Signing up for password-breach notifications and using password management lets them quickly change secrets for exposed accounts. In all, it can save your friends and family from a lot of grief from what seems like an inevitability these days.

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Nanoleaf Canvas Smart Light Squares review: Nanoleaf’s wall lighting goes touch-sensitive

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:00
Nanoleaf continues to innovate in the realm of decorative home lighting. It's new Canvas Smart Light Squares open up new opportunities for creating your own illuminated wall art.

Is Apple’s TV streaming service bound for Apple TV competitors?

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:00

Just how big is Amazon’s announcement last week that Apple Music is coming to Echo devices? It all depends on if you see it as something larger about how Apple is prioritizing its subscription services compared to its traditional focus on making money by selling hardware.

The cold war between Amazon and Apple seems to be thawing at last. Amazon’s Prime Video app finally arrived on Apple TV late last year. Apple devices are widely available on Amazon thanks to a new deal between the two companies. And now there’s this new wrinkle, in which Amazon will become the second third-party speaker vendor (after Sonos) to offer support for Apple Music.

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Quora data breach FAQ: What 100 million hacked users need to know

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:29
Hackers have stolen information about 100 million Quora users. Here's what they took and what you need to do next.