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Disney+ and Netflix couldn't be more different

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 06:00
Disney+ versus Netflix: Why the two streaming services couldn't be more different

Samsung SmartThings Smart Bulb review: A $10 bulb built for the SmartThingsverse

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 06:00
Samsung SmartThings users will want to check out this inexpensive, dimmable, Zigbee, white-only LED smart bulb, but be aware of its limitations before you plop down your 10 bucks.

Apple Card, the Siri controversy, iPhone and MacBook rumors, your hot takes, and more

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 06:00

What the big deal with Apple’s new credit card? Does Touch ID have a future in the iPhone? Does 5G have a future in the MacBook? And your hot takes! That’s all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 662 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 662

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Apple iPhone silicone case review: How well does it hold up after 10 months?

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 18:52

For almost 10 months now, I’ve kept my iPhone XS Max armored in Apple’s $39 silicone case, and now that we’re likely only a month away from the reveal of a new phone, it’s a good time to pass judgement. And, well, the situation is grim. Let’s put it this way: If I didn’t know I’d be getting a new phone next month, I’d already be in the market for a new case to replace this one.

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Here’s how it looked back in October of 2018.

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Why the war on smartphone bezels is going too far

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 08:31
The war on smartphone bezels is going too far. As vendors shave off millimeters or even go edgeless, we're losing features and comfort along the way. But there's one phone that could save us.

How to use Google Photos to backup your iPhone photos

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 08:00

There’s a good chance you are already backing up your photos and video from your iPhone through iCloud, Google Photos, or another service and that’s great, but I’m also sure you probably have a parent or sibling that isn’t, especially if they’ve already filled up their free allotted iCloud storage. It’s easy with Google Photos to get free protection from losing all your photos if your phone gets lost, stolen, or broken.

How to install Google Photos

1. Go to the app store and download Google Photos. Once that’s finished, go ahead and open it.

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2. You’ll need to allow Google Photos to access all your Photos.

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How Apple reinvents its core business to keep growing

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 07:00

Last week, Apple’s Q3 2019 financial results caused a bit of a hubbub because iPhone revenue was—for the first time in seven years—less than half of Apple’s overall revenue. The cause is a slowdown in iPhone sales combined with dramatic growth in two other areas: wearables and services.

But this is hardly the first time Apple has experienced a major change in the shape of its business. In fact, Apple is a company that’s rarely stood still in terms of its evolution.

To prove the point, let’s step through 20 years of Apple’s business, five years at a time.

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

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 06:00
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.

Astell&Kern SR15 review: This digital audio player is packed with features and high-fidelity performance

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 06:00
Astell&Kern's SR15 might be the best high-res portable player priced less than $800.

Samsung SmartThings Cam review: A top-notch security cam particularly suited to SmartThings users

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 06:00
But this pint-sized camera will make a great impression on anyone with basic surveillance needs.

Soulver 3 review: Mac app simplifies readable calculations and conversions

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 06:00

Calculations are for computers, but Soulver makes them human again. The app, overhauled for version 3, lets you type in readable and formatted arithmetic calculations, functions, dates, and unit conversions, and get results you can use.

It’s particularly useful if you’re constantly working among combinations of units, such as throughput over time (Mbps per hour), or frequently return to the same calculations into which you plug different values.

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Soulver handles conversions and calculations written nearly as we speak them.

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Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 06:00
There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

Best high-resolution digital audio player: Which DAP reigns supreme?

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 06:00
We review hi-res audio players from Astell&Kern, Pioneer, Questyle, and more. Find out which shine above the others.

How to fix a Spotify playlist’s original order after sorting by category

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 08:00

Spotify has a handsome macOS app for accessing and making playlists, searching its library of music and other audio, and playing it back. But there’s a mystery in its lists: If you click a column heading for a playlist, album, or other view to sort by ascending or descending order, how do you restore the original sequence?

This is particularly critical with albums, because those of us who remember albums—or are listening to multi-track audiobooks—would like to hear them in the order in which they were produced or intended. Because it’s a kind of semi-app, like Slack and many others for macOS, Spotify presents few options in its menus to help figure out app behavior.

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The 5 Mac games you need to play from June and July 2019

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 07:00
June and July's best new Mac games

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It's hot out there, and these five cool games are great company for anyone wanting to spend the summer days inside. We've got an eclectic mix this month, too. There's a new expansion for Borderlands 2, and for other releases, we've got a good new fighting game, a cute but complex space colony sim, as well as a relaxing tale about a vacationing bird's journey up a mountainside.

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Lutron Aurora review: A nearly perfect solution for Philips Hue smart bulbs

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 06:00
This gadget handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch problem—but only if you have Philips Hue bulbs and a toggle switch.

That darn cat: Schrödinger’s iPhone revenue

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 06:00

Once again, The Macalope is forced to drag Schrödinger’s cat from its theoretical box in order to present the mystery of how the iPhone’s percentage of Apple’s revenue can be both bad when it’s high and bad when it’s low.

If you hear a lot of hissing and plaintive meowing, you know why.

The cat’s name is Mr. Whiskers, by the way. Nobody every asks that on quantum mechanics tests but you can put it down for extra credit.

Writing for MarketWatch, Jon Swartz says “The iPhone just did something it hasn’t done in nearly 7 years, and it isn’t good for Apple.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

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Apple Card FAQ: Interest rates, rewards, sign-up and everything else you need to know

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 15:00

Among the TV shows, magazines, and games services unveiled at Apple’s “Show time” event was a surprise entry into a category that couldn’t be further outside Apple’s wheelhouse: a credit card. Dubbed Apple Card, it’s not a traditional plastic credit card that gives you points on things you buy. Rather, it’s a whole new way to shop online and offline. Here’s everything you need to know about it:

Update 8/05/19: The wallet.apple.com site has now been populated with instructions for how to sign up for Apple Card, along with an email link to be notified when it is available. Apple is now sending out Apple Card Preview invitations to a very limited group of testers.

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Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice for Mac users

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 13:24

With the internet abuzz with privacy concerns and the potential changes coming to net neutrality, you’ve likely heard about virtual private networks, better known as VPNs. When used correctly, a VPN can greatly strengthen your online privacy, assist in keeping your personal information secure, and even spoof your location in the world—allowing you to access websites or services that would otherwise be off limits due to region-locking.

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How to take and edit a screenshot on any iPhone

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 08:00

Whether you just bought your first iPhone or have been using one since the home button clicked, there’s one thing you might not know: how to take a screenshot. But we’re here to help, no matter which model of iPhone you’re using. Here’s how.

iPhone 8 or earlier

If you have an iPhone with a Home button, you’ll use that button to take a screenshot. Simply hold down the Home button and the power button for a second or two and let go. Your iPhone will flash and make a click noise (if the audio is turned on) and a screenshot will be recorded.

iPhone X or later

The newest iPhones no longer have a Home button, so the method of taking a screenshot changed. Instead of using the Home button, you press and hold at the same time the volume up button and the power button for a second, then release. Your iPhone will flash and buzz, and your screen will be shot.

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