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Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:10
Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.

Anker's dirt-cheap Lightning and USB-C cable multipacks are the best Father's Day gift

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:39

Father's Day is just a few days away, but it's not too late to get dad something he'll love. Of course, the best gifts are both thoughtful and practical, and if your dad loses his charging cords as often as ours do, no gift will fit the bill better than some backup Lightning and USB-C cables. And right now, Amazon has a couple different options from Anker on sale to suit the smart phone-toting dad in your life.

First up, Anker's PowerLine+ three-foot Lightning cable two-pack is $16, down from an average of $21 and the lowest we've seen it. These cables are built to be durable, and their double-braided nylon exterior is resistant to wear and tear caused by twisting, pulling, and dropping and work with most iPhones and iPads. With a 4.5-star rating over more than 600 user reviews, that this cord pack means business.

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What to do when iPhoto and Photos take up too much storage space on a Mac

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:00

When Apple released Photos for macOS, the company chose a clever approach to reduce Photos' storage consumption, knowing that most users would be upgrading an iPhoto library. Because iPhoto retains the originally imported images without modification, an upgrade to Photos would require duplicating all of those images, plus importing any modified versions stored in the library.

I and others have explained this before at Macworld, so I won’t go into great depth, but Apple relied on hard links, a special kind of file alias that allows a file to be stored a single time on disk and have multiple pointers to that file. Those pointers act exactly as if they were the original file. You can delete all but the last hard link and the file remains on disk. (This is in contrast to aliases, which are stub files that point to another file or folder. If that destination is removed, the aliases break.)

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A thousand noes: Checking out the Android hotness

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 07:00

Apple famously said there are a thousand noes for every yes. Let’s look at one of those noes which is helpfully brought to us today by Vivo.

To be clear, they’re not a sponsor. We’re just going to look at one of their dumb phones.

Writing for the very nice people and the sound of an out-of-tune piano coming from the attic of an abandoned Victorian house over at Business Insider, Antonio Villas-Boas tells us about the new Android hotness.

“This smartphone has a hidden pop-out selfie camera.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick.)

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How AT&T's Time Warner acquisition will impact cord-cutters

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:00
By acquiring Time Warner, AT&T will create short-term perks and long-term peril for cord-cutters.

APC SurgeArrest Performance P12U2 review: Lots of outlets and great features, including USB charging ports

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:00
This model offers the best value for the most outlets, with USB charging as a bonus.

How to get student or teacher discounts on Apple products

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:00

If you’re a student, the summer break is about re-evaluating the next year of your studies, whether that’s starting college or simply continuing the course you’re already on. One important thing to consider is the devices you’ll be working on to achieve your educational goals. And if your target is a new Mac or iPad, know that Apple has a dedicated Education Store that offers specific discounts for students. In this article we’ll tell you how to get these discounts and what’s on offer.

It’s not just the ones paying attention in class that are eligible for getting the best deal, either—parents of students, faculty, staff, and home-school teachers can also buy from the Education Store. Apple clearly recognizes the opportunities that the education market offers—just look at the student ID card and Apple Wallet and Watch integration announced at WWDC.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 18:18
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs. Hulu vs. PlayStation Vue, and all the rest

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:16
Is SlingTV better than Hulu, or should cord cutters subscribe to PlayStation Vue? Or YouTube TV? We compare all the TV streaming services, and one rises to the top.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Thursday, June 14, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:00

There's another rumor that the new iPhone will have USB-C. Sonos has a new HomePod competitor. Some thoughts about last week's WWDC. We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 609.

Watch us live

This week we are live on Thursday, June 14, at 10 a.m. Pacific. Our usual time for the live broadcast of the Macworld Podcast is on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Amazon has your last-minute Father's Day shopping covered with Echo, Kindle deals

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:01

Looking for an awesome last-minute Father's Day gift? You don't have to resort to another gift card or tie. Amazon's got you covered with deals on many of its most popular devices. From Kindles to Echos, there's something for every dad.

If the dad in your life is a reader, the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is $100 right now, down from a list price of $120. We called it "the best e-reader for the buck," awarding it 4.5 stars out of 5 for its even backlight, comfortable design, and high-resolution display.

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Ring Alarm home security system now available for presale and will ship on July 4

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:00
The long-delayed DIY home security system costs $199, with optional professional monitoring for $10 per month.

10 Father’s Day gift ideas for the Apple-loving dad

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:00
Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular

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Yeah, we know, we recommended this watch for mom, too. But hey, the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular is a great wearable for mom and dad. The built-in LTE lets dad call or text you, mom, or anyone else, and you don’t need the iPhone nearby. If dad likes to work out, he can use the activity tracker to check his progress. (Or maybe he’d like the Apple Watch Nike+ if he’s a serious fitness nut.) And when watchOS 5 rolls out this fall, it’ll feel like a new watch all over again.

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Libratone Track+ wireless headphone review: Automated adaptive noise cancelling done right

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 06:00
You choose how much of the world to let in or keep out, or have the headphones do it for you automatically based on your surroundings and motion.

Would Apple ever make a convertible MacBook?

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 06:00

We’ve heard it straight from Apple: macOS and iOS aren’t merging together. Instead, Apple is going to bring the iOS app platform to the Mac in 2019. The result will likely be a macOS platform that’s still the Mac, but with a much heavier influence from iOS.

Last week I suggested that this makes me question the long-term viability of the Mac, but it’s also possible that Apple’s moves will lead to a world where I stop dreaming about a laptop that runs iOS because it just won’t be necessary. It all depends on how much all that iOS-originated software will change the Mac in the next few years.

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Want a HomePod? Best Buy’s $50 price drop makes it a more appealing purchase

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:08

The HomePod may not have been everything we wanted it to be, but there’s no real denying that it’s one of the best sounding smart speakers we’ve heard. Even though it’s missing a few features we’d love, its appeal goes up further with every price drop. And wouldn’t you know, Best Buy is currently selling the HomePod for $50 off, which brings the price down to just below $300. Hey, we’re getting there, right?

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Best Father’s Day gifts for tech enthusiasts

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:30
C'mon. He's a dad

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We’ve buried ourselves in voluminous research. We’ve conducted countless surveys in order to prepare for today’s mission: Naming the perfect Father’s Day gifts for tech-enthusiast dads.

So brace yourself for nine awesome suggestions, and then brace yourselves for embraces from happy fathers. It’s time to lean into what dads actually want, and just make them happy on Sunday, June 17.

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How to use Bedtime Mode for Do Not Disturb in iOS 12

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:55

You wake up in the middle of the night and pick up your phone to quickly glance at the time...and you spend the next 30 minutes glued to it. We’ve all been there. Sure, you enabled Do Not Disturb so that your notifications come in silently, but now the display's bright light and the lock screen’s string of notifications are practically begging you to take action.

That’s where the new Bedtime Mode comes in. No to be confused with the Bedtime function of the Clock app (introduced in iOS 10), Bedtime Mode is iOS 12’s new optional enhancement to Do Not Disturb. Here’s how it works and how to enable it.

What Bedtime Mode does

If you set a scheduled Do Not Disturb time (as many of us do during our normal sleeping hours), you’ll have the option to toggle Bedtime Mode for those hours. 

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Nothing to C here: Apple is never switching from Lightning to USB-C in the iPhone

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:28

Since it’s been several days without an iPhone rumor, DigiTimes has piped up with what purports to be a salacious scoop about next year’s iPhone. According to the site, Apple “will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support,” replacing the nearly six-year-old Lightning port.

In that time between Lightning’s arrival in 2012 and the upcoming 2018 iPhones, USB-C has risen to a position of prominence on many of Apple's products. It’s a mainstay on Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac computers, and nearly every Android phone maker has adopted the symmetrical port as the charging solution on its handsets. USB-C is vastly superior to all other forms of USB, and it comes as no surprise that it’s taken over the finicky microUSB and less-versatile USB 3.1 ports on phones and PCs.

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The unmerry-go-round: Repeating Apple rumors

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:00

As we approach the end of the second quarter of 2018, it’s nice to look back at all that nonsense about iPhone order cuts from the first quarter and be glad that’s all in the rear-view mirror.

Yes, looks like it’s time for The Macalope to lean back and take a looong drink of water as he opens up his browser to read the headlines of the day…

“Apple, Suppliers Drop After Report of Cut in iPhone Orders.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip and Alex.)

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