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The 10 best Mac games of 2018

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:00
The best games for MacBooks and iMacs

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Whatever else you may say about 2018, the year proved that plenty of developers still take the Mac seriously as a gaming platform. I’m fond of saying that we as Mac gamers enjoy quality at the expensive of quantity, and standout titles like Subnautica and Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire—both of which released at the same time as their PC counterparts—serve as proof of that. Nor did I have to struggle for this list: There are plenty of new enjoyable games like The Banner Saga 3 and The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset that deliver hours of entertainment but fall a tad short of the greatness of the following entries.

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Eufy RoboVac 30C review: A reliable cleaner gets app control and smart-home integration

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 06:00
This budget-priced robot vacuum from Eufy gets new features while remaining affordably priced.

Eufy RobotVac 30C review: A reliable cleaner gets app control and smart-home integration

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 06:00
This budget-priced robot vacuum from Eufy gets new features while remaining affordably priced.

Gjemeni USB couch review: You’ll get a charge out of this versatile convertible sofa

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 06:00
What better place for USB charging ports than the furniture you sit in every day? Gjemeni goes the extra mile to build 110-volt AC outlets into its tech-savvy couch.

The old guard of Mac indy apps has thrived for more than 25 years

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 06:00

It seems like it was only yesterday that I first used BareBones Software’s BBEdit, but in actuality, yesterday is so far away—25 years, in fact. With all the twists and turns across more than two decades of Apple as a company, Mac hardware, and the underlying operating system, you might think that BBEdit stands alone as a continuously-developed app shepherded largely or exclusively by the same independent developer—an app without a giant company behind it. As it turns out, BBEdit is one of several apps that’s been around the block more than a few times.

The longevity of indie apps is more extraordinary when you consider the changes Apple put the Mac through from the early 1990s to 2018. Apple switched from Motorola 680x0 processors to PowerPC to Intel chips, from 32-bit to 64-bit code, and among supported coding languages. It revved System 7 to 8 to 9, then to Unix across now 15 major releases (from 10.0 to 10.14). That’s a lot for any individual programmer or small company to cope with.

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How to modify Notifications on your iPhone

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 08:00

Notifications are a helpful and important part of the iPhone and iOS, but it’s easy to be bombarded by them. You can quickly find yourself with so many Notifications that they aren’t useful anymore. The key is to activate Notifications for only the apps you want, or to group them so they’re easier to manage.

To access your Notifications settings in iOS 12 on you iPhone:

1. Tap Settings.

2. Scroll down a little, then tap Notifications.

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Let’s go over the ways you can modify Notifications.

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Best iPhone screen protectors: Keep your screen flawless

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 07:00

Screen protectors can be a nuisance to get on your iPhone, but they’re essential for protecting your iPhone’s screen from drops and scratches.

A countless amount of screen protectors exist on the market today, and many of them are frustratingly poor quality. So we did the heavy lifting and found some of the best that money can buy.

How we reviewed: We did two things to test these screen protectors. First, we applied them to make if they fit well and didn’t bubble excessively. Then, we used a sharp pair of scissors to see if they resisted scratches.

Without further ado, here are our favorite screen protectors for the iPhone.

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Calendar whirls: Presenting all the best movies to stream this New Year’s Eve weekend

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00
Here are 12 great movies to watch while you ring in the New Year.

Reolink Go review: 4G LTE connectivity and heavy weatherization lets you install this security cam anywhere

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00
This home security camera connects to T-Mobile's LTE network, so you can set it up just about anywhere—no router required.

What to expect from Apple in 2019

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00

Seems like just yesterday I was running down what to look for in 2018, but the Earth has made it around the sun once again, which means that we’re once again poised to embark upon a new year of Apple news.

While there are some things that we can always reasonably expect from Apple in any given year—a new iPhone, probably at least one iPad revision, and some new Macs—2019 is unusual in that we already have several strong indications of announcements to expect from the company. Here’s a quick look at several things that I’m keeping an eye over the next twelve months.

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

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 16:32
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.

Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs. Hulu vs. PlayStation Vue, and all the rest

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 16:21
Is Sling TV better than Hulu, or should cord-cutters subscribe to PlayStation Vue? Or YouTube TV? We compare all the TV streaming services, and one rises to the top.

Apple's gaslighting over bent iPads is a stunning response to a serious problem

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 10:22

If the new iPad Pro you got for Christmas is bent in the center, don’t bother booking an appointment at the Apple Store. Just return the tablet, because the genius at the bar isn’t going to care. Why? Because, apparently, Apple doesn’t want you to think the bend is a problem.

It started like this: A couple of weeks ago, people began complaining on forums that their new iPads Pros were bent. Then photos began making the rounds, showing iPads that were clearly bent at the center, with one side perceptively higher than the other when lying flat on a table. At first it seemed like a nothing story. My initial reaction was that it was the result of a production defect that presumably affected a small batch of devices. Affected devices would be replaced at Apple Stores, the bent units would make their way through the channel and then peter out entirely, and business would proceed as usual.

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Bad medicine: The Apple Watch problem

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 09:00

First Apple ruined computers by making them for everyone. Then it ruined humanity by making everyone addicted to smartphones. Now it’s ruining medicine by… well, you have to read this to believe it.

Writing at The Motley Fool, Danny Vena asks “Is the Apple Watch Causing a Run on Emergency Rooms?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

Is insulin saving lives and creating an overpopulation problem? Are puppies making people too happy? Where does it all end?!

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How to rearrange app icons on your iPhone

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 08:00

You’re going to spend a lot of time using your iPhone, so it’s a good idea to set up the icons on the Home Screen to suit your needs. You can move the icons around so the ones you use the most are easy to access, and apps that aren’t used as much are on a secondary Home Screen or a folder.

Here’s how to rearrage your app icons on your iPhone.

How to move an app icon

1. On your Home Screen, press on an icon until it is highlighted and hold it. The icons on the screen should start to jiggle.

2. Here are your options to rearranging your app icons.

  • To move an icon, tap and hold it. Then drag it to the desired location. Let go of the icon to place it.
  • To move an icon to another Home Screen, tap and hold an icon, and then drag it to the right edge of the screen. This will add a new Home Screen page.
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  • To put an icon in a folder with other apps, tap and hold an icon, and then drag it on top of another icon. This will create a folder with both apps. You can then drag other icons into the folder. Remember to rename the folder
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  • To remove an icon, tap the X icon on the upper left of the icon. Some Apple apps (such as Safari) cannot be removed.

3. Tap Done at the upper right of the screen when you are finished.

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What to do whe you caot type certai letters o your MacBook

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 07:00

The Mac 911 mailbag has recently included a number of letters about missing letters—people either can’t type or encounter strange keyboard problems or other oddities.

One email began, “I am cotactig you because my Mac Book Pro keyboard has decided it does ot like to type the letter that appears betwee L ad M o the keyboard.” (Sadly, the writer even had an “n” in her name.)

These kind of keyboard problems are easy to diagnose, because Apple’s had a spate of problems with its MacBook and MacBook Pro models. It chose a new keyboard design starting with the 2015 12-inch MacBook, and then brought to the 2016 overhaul to the MacBook Pro line. Its revised its design once, but not with much improvement.

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The 2018 cord-cutter awards

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:00
The cord-cutter awards: How the best streaming services and devices got better in 2018.

4K HDMI cables: How to cut through the marketing lingo and figure out what you actually need

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:00
You probably don’t need to buy a HDMI cable to go with your new TV, but here’s how to tell for sure.

Why 2019 could be an enormous year of change for the Mac

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:00

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for the Mac, and I don’t just mean a year where there are a bunch of new Mac models released, along with a macOS update, like almost every other year. This could be the year that everything changes. It’s potentially the most tumultuous year since the transition from the original Mac OS to Mac OS X.

So here’s my annual mix of prediction and wishcasting for the Mac in the coming year.

The Mac Pro arrives at last

Apple has done all 2019 look-ahead columns the great service of preannouncing the new Mac Pro (in 2017!) and, this year, admitting that it would arrive in 2019. The company has also said that it will be releasing its own external display, so no points for guessing that one, either.

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10 must-have apps for your new Apple Watch

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 07:00

The Apple Watch is great right out of the box, but you’ll want to add a few apps to really make it sing. Apple’s wearable is a true marvel, especially the Series 4, but you’ll never know just how useful it can be if you don’t expand your horizons a bit.

When we think about the Apple Watch apps we just can’t live without, these are at the top of the list. Some are free, some are not, but every single one is worth your while.

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Pilow is our favorite app for adding automatic sleep tracking to your Apple Watch.

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