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2019 10.2-inch iPad review: The premier entry-level Apple device

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 06:00

When I first saw the new 7th-generation iPad, I wondered why Apple even bothered to release an updated model this year. Sure, the 10.2-inch display reveals a slight boost in size over last year’s 9.7-inch iPad, and the latest model finally has a Smart Connector, but for all that, this iPad has the same cameras and A10 processor as last year’s model, the form factor hasn’t changed significantly, and it’s even ever-so-slightly heavier. Both models still only come in 32GB and 128GB configurations, and both deliver around 10 hours of battery life. Let’s get this out of the way now: If you have last year’s 9.7-inch iPad, I see no reason to “upgrade” to this one.

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Mixcder E9 noise-cancelling headphones review: Good noise cancelling and sound at a budget price

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 06:00
Mixcder’s new E9 wireless noise cancelling headphone are a great fit for those who want decent noise cancelling and sound and don’t mind sacrificing aesthetics and premium materials to get it.

Postbox 7 review: A clean, full-featured alternative to Apple Mail for the Mac

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 13:20

Many of us spend more time every day in our email client than in any other piece of software. If you’re in sales, marketing, design, HR, PR, or other professional fields with an “R” in the name, you may have to compose and reply to hundreds of messages a day, customizing many to each recipient and creating attractive or well-formatted messages for mass distribution. Postbox 7 is tailored for people who swim in email and deal with customers, clients, and leads.

That’s not to say there’s not a lot for the rest of us. Even as a writer, I also often handle hundreds of emails a day, and Postbox meets my needs as an advanced alternative to Apple Mail, but one that hides its power through solid, attractive interface design. Postbox looks mild-mannered, but there’s a Supermail waiting to break out as you need it.

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Beauty marks: The iPhone 11 camera bump

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 11:00

Surely you know the story of the ugly duckling. If you don’t, it goes a little like this: pundits had not yet seen the duckling but they spent months telling everyone that it most assuredly was going to be a very ugly duckling. And then, when it was revealed on September 10th, it turned out it wasn’t a duckling at all! It was a smartphone with a really good camera.

The Macalope’s pretty sure he’s got that right.

If you will recall (or even if you refuse, really), Gordon Kelly of the Forbes contributor network and Institute for the Advancement of Screaming at Pigeons in the Park spent the better part of the spring and summer bemoaning how the iPhone 11 was going to be $10,000 of ugly in a device as low $399 with a qualifying trade-in. Why? Because of the camera bump.

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 07:37
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

Kami Indoor Camera review: An affordable, AI-enabled security solution

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 07:30
Packed with features like motion tracking and intelligent activity detection, this home security camera makes advanced features available to folks with modest budgets.

Apple releases bugfix updates iOS 13.1.2 and iPadOS 13.1.2

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 13:51

After each major fall iOS release, Apple invariably follows up with a series of really small releases that don’t add any features, they just fix some bugs. Despite public beta tests that last for months, some problems simply aren’t found until the new release is running on hundreds of millions of devices (or they simply couldn’t get fixed in time).

The latest such release is iOS 13.1.2, which includes the following fixes:

  • Fixes a bug where the progress bar for iCloud Backup could continue to show after a successful backup.
  • Fixes an issue where Camera may not work.
  • Addresses an issue where the flashlight may not activate.
  • Fixes a bug that could result in a loss of display calibration data.
  • Fixes an issue where shortcuts could not be run from HomePod.
  • Addresses an issue where Bluetooth may disconnect on certain vehicles.

In addition to the iOS update for iPhones, Apple has released iPadOS 13.1.2, which has separate release notes:

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Spotify is beta-testing Siri support for iOS 13

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 13:16

Shortly after iOS 13 was announced at WWDC this summer, we wrote about how it would finally make true one of our greatest wishes: the ability to use Siri with third-party audio apps

Siri’s new Media Intents in iOS 13 allow apps like Spotify, Overcast, Audible, Pandora, and others to operate with Siri. It’s not quite the same as the support for Apple Music or Apple Podcasts—those play when you don’t specify an app, while third-party apps require to name them by saying “on Spotify” or “on Audible”—but it’s the next best thing. Of course, these apps need to be updated to support the new Siri frameworks.

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Giveaway: Win a brand-new iPhone 11 Pro Max and a copy of AnyTrans

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 09:00

Want an iPhone 11 Pro Max? Starting today, we’re teaming up with AnyTrans—the iPhone manager that helps users transfer, manage, and back up their iPhone content from one place—to give away a free 64GB space gray iPhone 11 Pro Max to one lucky Macworld reader, along with a lifetime license of AnyTrans.

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Apple Watch Series 5 review: As always, on point

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 08:27

The Apple Watch Series 5 is so far ahead of anything that professes to be a peer, there’s only one reason not to buy one: You want multi-day battery life. Otherwise, you’re not going to find a smartwatch with a better screen, more advanced sensors, nicer design, or stronger app support.

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Watch faces look rich, bold, and straight up gorgeous on the Series 5’s OLED screen.

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How to convert a case-sensitive Mac HFS+ partition into a case-insensitive one

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 08:00

Apple has long offered two versions of the same HFS+ partition formatting scheme used to create a filesystem for a Mac-mountable volume: “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and “Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)”. With the addition of APFS formatting, that flavor is also available in case sensitive and insensitive versions. What a difference that “case-sensitive” makes!

Case-sensitive filesystems can allow multiple files to have the same human-readable name using different capitalization. Blue dolphin.pdf and blue dolphin.pdf and bLuE dOlPhIn.PDF are all considered different items to a case-sensitive filesystem. With the opposite, a case-insensitive filesystem, the default option for macOS in HFS+ and APFS, those files can’t co-exist: They’re all effectively the same name with a different appearance.

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Baldwin Evolved Bluetooth smart lock review: Splendid build quality, run-of-the-mill electronics

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 06:00
The beefy, beautiful hardware is a cut above mass-market smart locks, but the Evolved's brains are no different from the much less-expensive Kwikset Kevo.

Why you should use Google Photos over iCloud Photos: Sharing photos and movies

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 08:00

iCloud Photos is a fantastic way to sync your images and videos across all the devices you own that use the same Apple ID for iCloud, have access anywhere via a web browser to the same media at iCloud.com, and let Apple effectively perform a backup (or extra backup, depending on your configuration) of all your media.

But iCloud Photos is for devices, not people. When it comes to sharing pictures and movies with other people, it’s not a robust solution. You can use Shared Albums, which let you invite people or create a publicly accessible album that anyone with the URL can access. This is great for an event or a pool of photos that families might share of each other’s kids and pets.

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Apple Arcade is the best part of iOS 13. Now Apple needs to open it up

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 07:00

When we first heard about Apple Arcade, long before we knew it would only cost $4.99 a month, I hoped that it would give developers an alternative to the freemium model that has plagued mobile gaming.

Now iOS 13 has been released and with it, the Apple Arcade service. At $4.99 a month with family sharing, it’s a much better deal than anticipated. And the games are great—the variety and quality exceeds my highest hopes. I’ve only played about 15 of the games offered, and I can see myself spending a lot more time with at least 10 of those.

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How to watch the MLB playoffs and the World Series without cable

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 06:00
Don't miss a postseason pitch, read our cord-cutter's guide to the 2018 MLB playoffs and the World Series.

Roborock S4 review: This robot vac delivers advanced features at an affordable price

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 06:00
With improved navigation and a refreshed design, the latest Roborock takes another step forward.

Is the writing on the wall for the Apple TV?

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 06:00

Of all of Apple’s platforms, tvOS seems to have gotten the least attention in this year’s annual round of updates. When you think about it, that’s a little surprising. After all, Apple is on the verge of launching a major new video streaming service, and the Apple TV hardware device is sure to be a part of that. Where’s the love?

But look a little closer and the big picture starts to come into focus. Even with the imminent launch of Apple TV+, the Apple TV set-top box, once Apple’s beachhead in the living room, is simply not nearly as critical to the company’s mission as it used to be.

The future of TV is app

Apple’s TV platform has long been a third-class citizen in the company’s ecosystem, after both macOS and iOS. These days, I’d argue it even falls behind the Apple Watch as a significant product. Updates to tvOS are few and far between, and tend to bring very small adjustments or modest new features. Updates to the Apple TV set-top box are even less common, especially since 4K HDR and Dolby Vision arrived on the scene. After all, when you support the latest and greatest video and audio formats, what more is there to add?

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Amazon Echo Glow: Hands-on first impressions

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 20:20
Increasingly sensitive to criticism of its privacy practices, Amazon leaves a microphone out of this child-oriented smart lamp.

Amazon Echo Frames: Hands-on first impressions

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 16:22
Alexa is moving out of the house to become a more mobile digital assistant.

Apple releases security update for iOS 12, macOS Mojave, High Sierra, and Sierra

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 14:00

Apple on Thursday released a security update for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, High Sierra and Sierra. According to the release notes for the Mac and iOS, the update is described as follows:

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2019-8641: Samuel Groß and Natalie Silvanovich of Google Project Zero

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