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Get this popular 1TB portable SSD drive for just $200

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:56

If you need a ton of space but don’t feel like upgrading your MacBook or iMac (or heck, your PC), then you’ll love the SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD that’s on sale on Amazon for just $199.49. That’s down over $150 from the usual retail price of $350, and it matches a previous low price we saw in July.

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iOS 12.1 beta 4 is available for developers

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:23

Apple wasted no time jumping on the first point release of it's latest mobile operating system, releasing the first beta just 24 hours after the release of iOS 12. The iOS 12.1 beta continues, but is moving along rapidly and we expect the final release sometime in October. It re-introduces Group FaceTime, fixes bugs, adds emojis, and includes a number of hints about new iPads that we may see this fall.

Updated 10/15/18: iOS 12.1 beta 4 is now available for developers. 

Developers can head developer.apple.com to download the beta or add the beta profile to their devices. Non-developers who want to be part of the public beta test can head to beta.apple.com using the device on which you want to run the beta, where you can sign up and download a beta profile. If you still have the beta profile installed after upgrading to iOS 12, your device will download it automatically as a regular iOS 12 update.

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Add ports to your PC with these killer deals on Sabrent USB-C docking stations

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:46

We all know the pain of not having enough ports on our PC and the pleasure that a good docking station can bring, helping to connect all the peripherals while eliminating the need for dongles. Today, Amazon is selling several Sabrent docking stations for their lowest price everRemove non-product link, from a 5-port mini dock all the way up to a 10-port powerhouse.

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iPhone XR: iPhone Upgrade Program pre-approvals start Monday at noon PDT

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:36

Planning to buy an iPhone XR? Apple will start taking orders on its website this Friday at midnight PDT. But if you plan to buy the iPhone XR through Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, today’s an important day.

At noon Pacific, Apple will open up the pre-approval process for customers interested in buying the iPhone XR through the iPhone Upgrade Program. When you sign up for the iPhone Upgrade Program, you are taking out a loan to get the new iPhone and you make monthly payments. Users need to have their loans approved before they are able to make a purchase, and getting pre-approved will make the purchasing process faster.

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iPhone Upgrade Program FAQ: How to upgrade your iPhone every year through Apple’s financing plan

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00

This article was updated on October 15, 2018. 

Upgrading to a new iPhone is always an exciting process, but there’s one aspect that’s never fun: the cost. Apple’s latest crop of smartphones are the company’s most expensive yet, with the iPhone XS starting at $999, the iPhone XS Max at $1,099, and the iPhone XR at $749. And that’s only for the base models—if you want more storage, it'll cost you more. Toss in extra fees for AppleCare+, and you’re suddenly dealing with some serious sticker shock.

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1More Triple Driver Over-Ear headphone review: A great value in personal audio

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 08:15
These cans continue the young company's tradition of delivering lots of sonic bang for the buck.

Caavo Control Center review: This universal remote unifies not just your devices but your streaming services, too

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 08:00
By dropping a new piece of hardware into your entertainment center, Caavo aims to truly unite the lot of it.

macOS Mojave: For app permissions, what’s the difference between Accessibility and Full Disk Access?

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 08:00

The Mac has avoided widespread malware, and Apple tries to keep ahead of the ways in which malicious software can gain a foothold in macOS. In 2015 with El Capitan, that was System Integrity Protection, to keep system files from being modified. Sierra in 2017 removed an option to allow unsigned Mac apps to run without a prompt.

Now in Mojave, macOS has forced apps to request certain kinds of system-level privileges for behavior that it generally allowed in previous releases. In some cases with older apps that haven’t been updated, you have to take a manual step to keep them working, too.

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Photo browser utilities for the Mac: Quickly sort through a photo shoot

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 07:00

When many professional photographers finish a job, they go to a Mac and use the sophisticated, $150 Photo Mechanic to copy, review, and cull photos quickly. Unlike a tool such as Adobe Lightroom, which manages a photo library for you, Photo Mechanic is a media browser that reads whichever Finder folders you point it at.

That’s overkill, though, for people who simply want to manage their photos in the Finder, or review the images before importing them into Apple’s Photos app. Even when you view items in a Finder window as icons and scale them to their largest size, they’re still not large enough to really evaluate which shots are keepers. Using the Finder’s Quick Preview (press the spacebar with one or more images selected) can be a slow process, especially with RAW-formatted files.

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The best console controllers for playing games on a Mac

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 06:00

Considering the awkwardness of almost every other aspect of Mac gaming, I was a little shocked to discover how easy it is to pair popular console controllers with my MacBook. Sure, you’ll need to tweak a few things. Yes, some of the “support” exists only through the generosity and dedication of a few modders. Even so, you’re not entirely nuts if you assume you can pick up your PlayStation or Xbox controller and use it with your MacBook without dropping any extra cash.

There’s a catch, of course (and there always is): It’s easier to pull this off with some controllers over others. You’ll sometimes need to download separate drivers, and you might need to reboot the system to see those drivers take effect. You’ll almost certainly have a better time if you use a wired gamepad. For that matter, there’s no guarantee that every controller here will work with every game (although you’ll have a better chance if you play games downloaded through Steam).

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Best iPhone XS cases: Our top picks in all styles

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 19:37

If you’ve upgraded to Apple’s iPhone XS, the new 5.8-inch successor to the iPhone X, you’ll surely want a case to keep this premium phone protected and pristine.

iPhone XS cases: Our top picks Our quick-hit recommendations. Read this article to find out what makes these cases stand out.
    1. Plasma Ice View
    2. Presidio Stay Clear View
    3. Crystal Palace View
    4. Phone Case 3 Card View
    5. Bella Fino View
    6. Wallet Slayer Vol. 2 View
    7. NËXT View
    8. Manta View
    9. Impact View
    10. Alloy Case View
    11. Limitless 2.0 Wood View
    12. SuperSkin View
    13. Thin View
 

Fortunately, there are a variety of nice options to choose from, in styles ranging from thin and unobtrusive, to rugged, to showy. We rounded up some of our top picks. As we review more excellent cases, we’ll update this article. So watch this space.

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The best wireless chargers for iPhone X and iPhone 8

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:47

With the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple has finally joined the wireless charging revolution. For years, many Android users have had the ability to simply plop their phone on a pad to juice it up, but to do that with an iPhone used to require a special (and bulky) case.

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Get the ultra-portable 12-inch MacBook for $400 off

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:19

The scrappy 12-inch MacBook is my favorite of the MacBooks, even though it only has a single USB-C port and it lacks the sheer power of the MacBook Pros. But it’s so darn portable. It’s so capable. And today on Amazon’s Woot site, it’s on sale for just $899.99Remove non-product link, down $400 from the normal retail price of $1,299.

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Kit out and charge up your laptop with Anker's 7-in-1 premium USB-C hub adapter for $20 off

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:48

If there's one thing every computer needs, it's more ports. Anker's 7-in-1 Premium USB-C hub adapter adds convenience and more connections to your setup all in one place, and today you can snag one from Amazon for $50, down from a list price of $70 and the lowest we've ever seen it.

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Is there a way to block certain incoming texts in iOS?

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 08:00

A Macworld reader want to know if there’s a way in iOS to block texts from everyone who isn’t in the Contacts list. Her elderly mother is receiving harassing texts from someone who obtains a new number and continues the attack every time they are stymied using iOS’s option to block texts (along with FaceTime requests and calls).

There isn’t such a feature, although you’d think this would be a much-desired one. Apple has continued to add anti-spam and contact-blocking features across the latest releases of iOS, and allows third-party app makers to tap into calls and texts to help, too.

Apple does offer a feature to sort iMessages—texts sent from people with registered iCloud accounts—into a separate area. Visit Settings > Messages > Unknown & Spam, and enable Filter Unknown Senders. (On a Mac, using Messages > Preferences, and uncheck the Notify Me about Messages from Unknown Contacts box.)

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3 features Apple should borrow from Google’s latest hardware

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 06:00

For obvious reasons, we spend a lot of time focusing on Apple here, but let’s take a moment to turn our attention to another tech company (yes, there are others!) that competes in many of the same spaces as Apple.

This week, Google introduced a slew of new devices, from new smartphones to a tablet to a smart home speaker with a screen. And while there will always be those who prefer one company’s products to another, it’s important to have competition in this space in order to drive all companies—including Apple—forward.

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Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 19:41
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Genius lyrics database announces partnership with Apple

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 17:39

Genius, the massive online song lyrics database, just announced a partnership with Apple. Starting today, visitors to the Genius website or users of its iOS app will see a small player at the bottom of the screen while viewing a song’s lyrics. The player will use Apple Music to play a 30-second clip of the song, and Apple Music subscribers can play the entire thing by signing in.

The Apple Music service as a whole benefits from the partnership, too, as Genius will provide lyrics to thousands of songs on the service.

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How to buy a refurbished iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:20

Updated 10/11/18 to reflect the inventory changes in the store.

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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The 6TB WD My Book external drive just hit an all-time low of $110 at Newegg

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:25

Storing and backing up data safely and securely is the one thing all PC and Mac users can agree on, and we can never have enough space. And you guess it, today's a great day to buy more. Newegg is selling the WD My Book 6TB external hard drive for $110Remove non-product link if you apply this $20 discount code: EMCEPEE77. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this drive.

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