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These Beats X-style OontZ BudZ 2 Bluetooth earbuds are down to just $18 today

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 11:41

The perfect playlist can add an extra boost to your exercise routine, and right now you can get some workout headphones on the cheap.The OontZ BudZ 2 wireless Bluetooth headphones from Cambridge Soundworks are on sale today for $18Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $50 and the lowest we've seen them.

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The iPad Pro needs more than smaller bezels to take on the Galaxy Tab S4 and Surface Go

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 08:00

It’s been a big week for tablets. First, Samsung surprisingly revealed an update to its flagship Galaxy Tab S, with nary a week to go until its Note 9 Unpacked event. Then 9to5Mac unearthed an iPad Pro icon in iOS 12 with no home button and skinny bezels. And it was capped off by the first round of Surface Go reviews, with our own Mark Hackman praising its versatility and affordability.

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MacOS Mojave lets you use an eGPU with a MacBook Pro display. And the gaming boost can be fantastic

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 07:00

As of the latest public beta patch for macOS Mojave, eGPU support for the Mac is truly worth getting excited about. Back when I first covered Mac eGPU support, I noted that it came with one significant drawback: You could only see its benefits through an external monitor. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. Apple now lets you accelerate graphics directly on the display of a MacBook Pro or iMac, and even more impressively, it lets you easily choose which apps will benefit from that acceleration.

The general process of hooking up an eGPU hasn’t changed much. All you need to do is have a compatible graphics card (which will almost always be AMD, as Nvidia cards still aren’t supported) and an eGPU enclosure to put it in. From there, you just plug the eGPU into your Mac through the Thunderbolt 3 port (which means this only works on Macs made within the last couple of years). Your Mac will immediately recognize the eGPU. There’s no need to install specific drivers or restart your Mac. Overall, it’s a good example of the elegant simplicity we expect from Apple.

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How to control your TV with Alexa

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 06:00
The ultimate guide to voice controls using Amazon's Echo and other Alexa devices.

Ooma Butterfleye review: This security camera keeps recording without AC power or an internet connection

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 06:00
With a built-in battery and onboard storage, the Butterfleye preserves video evidence during power and internet outages.

FileMaker Pro Advanced 17 review: Plenty of great reasons to upgrade to this latest version

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 06:00

Technology always seems to be about the newest thing, the latest and greatest. But what fuels those new ventures and ideas are products that long ago proved their value and continue to be strong-a product like FileMaker. Long-time products aren’t glamorous, and a proclamation that “FileMaker gets even better!” isn’t a grabber, and that’s too bad, because the latest version, FileMaker 17, is the best version of a great product line.

New features in FileMaker 17 for advanced developers, server admins

FileMaker 17 ties up loose ends, fills in small gaps, and fixes little problems left over from previous versions. Layout object grouping was introduced a couple of versions ago, but now developers can select and move or reformat individual layout objects in a group without having to ungroup them first. Two ostensibly tiny changes greatly enrich the power of FileMaker’s scripting language: developers can now capture dialog input directly into variables (another reason we hardly need global fields any more) and scripts can be called by name in a variable (which makes generic coding easier). The Send Mail process now supports sending multiple attachments. FileMaker Server has been further optimized to be even more responsive, especially the database is accessed in a web browser or after a disconnect.

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Thrilling trillions: Apple might actually be successful

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 07:00

Apple hit a milestone this week, becoming the first company to top a trillion dollars in market capitalization. How about that?

Just for fun, let’s look back at what was the conventional wisdom was, in many of these cases, just a few weeks ago.

“Amazon Will Be the First Trillion-Dollar Company, Not Apple.”

That’s Luke Lango being wrong over at InvestorPlace.

“Amazon will be the first company worth $1 trillion, NYU’s Scott Galloway says.”

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How to stop using cellular data for iCloud Photo Library syncing

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:00

iCloud Photo Library lets you keep all your associated devices in sync all the time. By default, that means that when you take pictures or shoot videos on an iPhone or iPad with a cellular modem, iOS will upload that media to your iCloud account for syncing. Likewise, it will download new thumbnails or full-resolution images or movies, depending on your setting.

How can you stop that syncing, Macworld reader Brian asks. He shoots a lot of photos that he trashes later, and doesn’t want to waste his cellular data plan syncing everything after it’s taken.

There’s a simple option: Settings > Photos > Cellular Data, and set Cellular Data to Off. This restricts all syncing to when you’re on Wi-Fi.

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NVMe over Thunderbolt: Killer external storage with caveats

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 08:00

It’s all Apple’s fault. I was perfectly happy with my 2011 27-inch Core i7 iMac and its SATA SSD upgrade when I heard that the company had finally started supporting third-party NVMe as of macOS High Sierra. My iMac (old as it is) replaced a Windows PC with an NVMe SSD, and though the iMac is a far superior experience overall, I missed the speed of the NVMe SSD running the operating system. Boot Camp, Logic Pro X...great stuff, but if I could just add NVMe and run macOS from it.

In case you aren’t aware, NVMe is fast—two to six times the sustained throughput of SATA (depending on the drive), with, at times, one-tenth the seek latency. If you’ve used a MacBook Pro from the last couple of years, you’ll understand: Apps pop open, files load and save in and instant, and boot times are ridiculous.

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3 small-but-important details from Apple’s Q4 2018 financials call

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 07:00

Apple’s quarterly financial calls are usually a time for big numbers: record revenue, billions in income, millions of iPhones sold, etc. But what I always find more interesting are the smaller tidbits that make their way through, like tiny rowboats at risk of being crushed by the monstrous rocks that are Apple’s blockbuster financial results.

This quarter was no different. There were more than a few breadcrumbs dropped by Apple CEO Tim Cook in-between fielding questions about gross margins and talking about tariffs, some of which zipped by so fast that they were all too easy to miss. I’ve picked out three that perked up my ears, along with the larger significance that I think they import.

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In the wake of its IPO, Sonos VP says the company is ‘on a cadence of launching two products per year’

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 06:00
What's next for Sonos now that the speaker manufacturer and multi-room audio pioneer has gone public? Support for hi-res audio is on the company’s to-do list, and the company could add other advanced features that its older products won't be able to support.

Benchmark DAC3 HGC review: An outstanding all-in-one headphone amp, DAC, and preamp

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 06:00
"Benchmark" describes both the company's name and the DAC3 HGC's performance.

How my Apple Watch helped me through another health crisis

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 06:00

In retrospect, it probably wasn’t very smart of me to make my last article for Macworld about me almost dying. In the ensuing two years, that led some readers to think I did. (Spoiler: Nope.)


In case you haven’t read it, here’s the short version: In May 2016, my body decided to suddenly surprise me with multiple blood clots. They blocked some pretty important arteries in my heart and lungs, which led me to almost…what’s the technical term? Oh right: Die.

Luckily, my Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor was on the job, and convinced me that I was experiencing something more serious than a stressful day. I sought the proper medical attention in time, and the story had a very happy ending.

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Best Buy is selling Apple Watch Series 3 units for up to $250 off

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 13:54

Best Buy is currently selling Apple Watch Series 3 models with cellular for anywhere from $100 to $250 offRemove non-product link, which is frankly astounding. Not too long ago I was talking about how rare it was to find them on sale at all, and now we’re looking at this.

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Apple gets its ultimate revenge on Michael Dell with the world’s first trillion-dollar market cap

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:49

Update 11:49 a.m.: Now it's official!

Update 11:35 a.m.: Apple's stock app jumped the gun a bit based on inaccurate data from Yahoo. But man is it close.

If the best revenge is living well, then Tim Cook is sticking it to everyone. Apple’s stock passed another significant milestone today, becoming the first company in history to top a market capitalization of a trillion dollars, albeit briefly. That’s a one with 12 zeros.

Of course, it wasn’t always this rosy. On September 29, 2000, Apple’s stock dropped more than 50 percent, from $26 to $13, effectively cutting its market capitalization in half, to around 5 billion, and it didn’t look good for the Mac maker. At the time it was hard to see Apple recovering, but since that fateful day the stock has since split twice and soared to unimaginable levels.

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How subscriptions, Siri, and Shortcuts in iOS 12 will forever change Apple's App Store

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:14

When iOS 12 hits iPhones this fall, it will instantly be familiar to the millions of users that rush to install it. Apple may be ushering in a new version of its mobile operating system with a whole set of new features, but the focus will still be where it's always been: on individual apps.

As it stands, iOS—like macOS, Android, and pretty much every operating system out there—is basically a means to our apps. Whether you’re making a call, sending a message, or watching a movie, you’re using an individual app to do it. Even if you look at iOS 12’s main features—Memoji, Group FaceTime, AR measuring—they all require opening an app first.

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Cool runnings: Apple schools while being uncool

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:00

No one can really say what “cool” means but we know Apple isn’t cool anymore because we can string some anecdotes and discredited narratives together and, boom, not cool.

Writing for The Street, Annie Gaus wonders “Has Apple Lost its Cool Factor? It Might Not Matter.” (Tip o’ the antlers to David.)

Writer: “I want to write 600-plus words on something that might not matter.”

Editor: “Eh, I dunno, that sounds like…”

Writer: “It’s about a possible Apple problem.”

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How to move a user account from one Mac to another

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 08:00

With macOS, you can set up your Mac with separate user accounts. That way, multiple people can use one computer, but the files, app settings, and other data for each user are kept separate from each other.

But what if you have two Macs, and you want to move a user account from one Mac to another? Macworld reader and newlywed Nolan wrote in with questions about just such an activity. He and his wife want to migrate his account from a computer he owns to her Mac, and he’ll sell his old computer.

But he has questions about how to handle this appropriately. Specifically:

  • Each of them have separate Time Machine backups.
  • He has Backblaze running for cloud-based archiving on his computer.
  • His wife’s Macbook doesn’t have enough storage to let him use his Photos library in place, so he wants to move this to an external drive.

What to do? Since they’re already making Time Machine backups (good data hygiene, Nolan!), it’s the right place to start. But the large Photos library could complicate matters.

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from July 2018

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 07:00
July's Mac games

Image by Stoic Studio

Every month brings a new stack of Mac games to storefronts like Steam,, and the Mac App Store, and while some months are stronger than others—June was a little thin, admittedly—we thankfully found plenty worth checking out in July 2018.

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D-Link HD Wi-Fi Camera (model DCS-8010LH) review: An entry-level camera with a steep learning curve

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 06:00
Beginners may have a tough time navigating this otherwise solid camera's complex app.