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How to erase documents on a printer before sale or disposal

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 08:00

It’s right to be paranoid about what happens with your hardware devices after they leave your hands. Researchers have gone to thrift stores and company surplus shops and acquired computers, hard drives, and other equipment, and found that improperly erased drives or information stored private data in nooks and crannies remained for the taking.

Macworld reader Michael wrote in wondering about whether he needed to worry about that with his printer, specifically a Canon MX310:

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Bear it in mind: Rumors of the iPhone X failure failed

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 07:00

The Macalope has written a lot about iPhone X sales in the first four months of this year. Based on the company’s quarterly results we can see that many were wrong about iPhone X sales, but who among them were the wrongerest?

Witness now the unbearable wrongness of being an Apple bear this cycle.

Remember this one? Just late last month Quartz’s David Gershgorn was telling us that “Almost nobody wants the iPhone X.”

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Best smart lock for a keyless home

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 18:55
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

Report: Apple to sell third-party video subscriptions directly through TV app

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 18:25

A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple has plans to start selling subscriptions to third-party streaming services directly through its TV app. This could greatly simplify the confusing array of apps, accounts, and sign-ins necessary to navigate the increasingly complex world of streaming TV.

Currently, the TV app brings together content from a variety of different apps and services. The list of supported apps and services in the U.S. is fairly extensive, including HBO Go and Now, Hulu, and most major network apps. Notably absent are Netflix, DirectTV Now, PlayStation Vue, or YouTube TV—those services work fine on Apple TV, but don’t integrate into the TV app. 

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Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement program: Apple says batteries are available ‘without delay’

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 18:20

After admitting that it was purposefully throttling some older iPhones in order to conserve battery life, Apple has announced a new program that offers replacement batteries to all customers that may be affected. Here's everything you need to know about it.

Editor's note: Updated 5/9/18 with a report that replacement batteries are now available without delay.

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Valve's Steam Link app will let you stream PC games to Android and iOS devices

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:54
Valve's Steam Link app will stream games from your PC to your phone across your home network, freeing you up to play anywhere you'd like. But probably the bathroom.

'Black Dot' Unicode bug can crash Messages—here's how to fix it

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:26

Uh oh! Another Unicode attack is messing up a popular messaging platform. This time it’s Apple’s own Messages app being hit by what has come to be called the “Black Dot” bug.

We know iPhones and iPads running iOS 11.3 and 11.4 beta are affected, and it’s highly likely that Apple Watch and Apple TV are as well. Messages on the Mac might be affected as well, but the greater resources of the Mac could give you the ability to quickly delete the message thread before the app becomes totally unresponsive.

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Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:52
Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

Aukey's 10,000mAh Powerbank is now 36% cheaper on Amazon

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:25

Portable chargers provide convenience and peace-of-mind wherever life takes you, and right now, you can snag a 10,000mAh Aukey powerbank for the lowest price we’ve ever seen it—just $12.80 on Amazon using a code.

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MacOS File Settings: The difference between Locked and Sharing & Permissions

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 08:00

It’s an easy matter to overwrite a file in macOS that you want to keep unchanged. One way to prevent this: Select the file in the Finder, choose File > Get Info, and check the Locked box. A padlock icon appears on the file’s icon or preview. Locking a file doesn’t prevent throwing it into the Trash, but you can’t empty the Trash with a locked file in it.


The Get Info window’s Locked option prevents changes on a single Mac, and modifies the item’s Finder icon.

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4 ways Android P's gesture navigation is better than the iPhone X's (and 4 ways it's not)

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 06:00
Google has introduced new gesture navigation in Android P, powering the virtual home button with swipes and taps. Here's how it's better (and worse) than Apple's method on the iPhone X.

iMac at 20: The reaction after the 1998 iMac introduction

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 06:00

I was working at home when I got the message: The entire Macworld editorial staff needed to gather in a conference room in a couple of hours. Apple had announced something huge and we needed to react immediately.

Stop the presses!

It was May 1998 and I was working as a features editor at Macworld magazine—and in those days, magazines were superheroes and websites were their plucky sidekicks. Monthly magazines had a relatively leisurely schedule, but the day the iMac was announced, Macworld was in the midst of “close”—the one week where we finalized every single page in the magazine, back to front, and transmitted them to our printing press in the midwest.

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Get the 2017 9.7-inch iPad for 20% off at Walmart

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 19:40

One of the best things about the new 9.7-inch iPad is that it keeps sparking impressive sales on the 2017 model. Take the one that’s currently running at Walmart, for instance. Right now, you can get the 2017 32GB 9.7-inch iPad with Wi-Fi for just $249 shipped.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, May 9, at 10 p.m. Pacific

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 18:30

Google is having its developers conference this week, and the company showed off new tech. Should Apple take notice? 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 604.

Watch us live

The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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The best fitness trackers at every price point

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 17:00

Fitness trackers are some of the best devices you can buy yourself or a loved one—if you think either of you will find activity-tracking useful. There’s no reason to buy a gadget that will just sit in a drawer. But if you’re on the hunt for the best fitness band, there are three things to consider: price, style, and the type of activity you want to track.

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get a high-quality fitness tracker, but you might not want to spend more than $100 on one, either. And there’s no point buying a band that doesn’t suit your personal style, because you’ll never wear it. Don’t run or swim? A waterproof running watch is the last thing you need.

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Gmail now supports sending money and snoozing emails on iOS

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 13:27

For more than a year now, Android users have been able to send money through the Gmail app using Google Pay. And you could snooze messages too, so that new emails would go away for awhile until you can get to them later. That feature was available on iOS in the Inbox app, but not the Gmail app...until now.

Google is rolling out an app update for Gmail on iOS that lets you snooze messages and send or request money using Google Pay. This brings the iOS version of Gmail mostly up to par with the Android version (notwithstanding basic platform features like notification style).

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

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:20
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.

Deal alert: Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini are both on sale at 20% off

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:54

When it comes to compact smart speakers, Google and Amazon lead the pack—and right now the dueling companies are offering their most popular tiny speakers on sale.

Across many retailers, including the Google Store and Best Buy, the Google Home Mini is on offer for $39, a savings of $10, or you can save $40 when you buy two. Either way, you’ll be able to access the Google Assistant (probably the smartest of all digital assistants) via voice control to do everything from querying Google’s search engine to controlling various smart home devices.

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Nokia Steel HR review: A hybrid watch with a new name but old issues

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 08:00

If there's one thing the Nokia Steel HR has over the Fitbit Versa, it's elegance. While Fitbit has been working tirelessly to get the right combination of smart and watch in its wearables, it has yet to launch a model that rivals the Nokia Steel HR’s classic looks. The hybrid watch looks like a standard analog timepiece and blends seamlessly with whatever you’re wearing, while still offering fitness and heart-rate tracking information via a small, discreet digital screen right on its face. It’s a far cry from the chunky style of traditional fitness trackers.

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Rabble rousing: iOS 11 bugaboo

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 07:00

The Macalope has said it time and time again but, kids, if you want to be a pundit in technology today just remember one rule: all Apple problems are the worst thing ever.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and illegal manatee fighting ring, Gordon Kelly is back to take nothing but fair trade, organic mole hills and—using an artisanal, hand-crafting technique—turn them into mountains.

“Apple Warns iPhones Have A Serious Problem.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

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