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AirPods Pro: Coming October 30 for $249 with better sound and active noise cancellation

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 12:12

After months of rumors and hints found in its operating systems, Apple has finally announced the AirPods Pro. Available for $249, they feature a tweaked design with shorter stems and silicone eartips and provide better sound, active noise cancelling, and come with a wireless charging case.

Here’s what you need to know about Apple’s new high-end AirPods.

Do they have active noise-cancelling?

Yes, the big new feature of the AirPods Pro is active noise cancelling. AirPods Pro continually adapts to outside noise using a pair of microphones and software.


The new AirPods Pro features technology that performs active noise cancelling.

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You have one week to update your iPhone 5 before it stops working

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 10:06

In case anyone still doubts that Apple cares about people using old iPhones, Apple is warning all all iPhone 5 users to update to the latest iOS version before Monday, November 3, lest they encounter a giant headache.

The update in question is the same 10.3.4 update that was released in late July, more than two years after the last 10.3 update. At the time, Apple stressed the importance of the update, telling users that it “addresses an issue that could impact GPS location performance and could cause system date and time to be incorrect.”

Now that check is about to be cashed. Any iPhone 5 that isn’t updated to 10.3.4 by November 3 will have to go through a lengthy restore process to get things up and running again: “If you have an iPhone 5, it’s especially important to update your device’s software wirelessly or using your computer before November 3 to maintain accurate GPS location and to continue to use functions that rely on correct date and time including App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing.”

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The all-new Nvidia Shield TV costs $150, but packs advanced features

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 08:00
Nvidia officially outs Shield TV Pro and Shield TV that both support Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and use AI to upscale your streamed content

How to stop getting a reminder to update to Catalina in macOS

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 07:00

Apple is persistent about software updates. Since the updates are free, it’s not exactly a monetary motivation, though newer versions of macOS have an increasing number of services, like the new TV app in Catalina, which inherits previous features from iTunes and will allow Apple TV+ subscriptions when they arrive.

Many people simply aren’t ready for macOS 10.15 Catalina, and may be waiting for a “dot one” release—10.15.1—or for “never.” How can you prevent a persistent update reminder and badge? It involves some command-line instructions.


Whenever you work at the command line, you need to enter instructions exactly and it’s best to have a current complete backup before you start just in case.

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Bose Portable Home Speaker review: This mobile smart speaker is good to go

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 06:00
Doing more with less, Bose challenges the Sonos Move and almost prevails.

Swift Publisher 5.5 review: Affordable DTP software for Mac expands design options

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 06:00

As someone who still burns a fair amount of DVDs and Blu-rays, I was alarmed to discover my favorite Mac applications for printing disc labels have been either abandoned entirely (R.I.P. Disclabel) or become victims of the macOS Catalina 32-bit “app-ocalypse” (Disc Cover). Thankfully, BeLight Software comes to the rescue by incorporating the latter into their already awesome page layout software.

Editor's note: Updated 10/28/2019; This review previously stated that Disc Cover 3 files could not be opened by Swift Publisher. A software update was released to add this functionality.

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GameClub and Apple Arcade: How do they compare?

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 08:00

Barely a month after Apple Arcade burst into our lives, it’s already being challenged by a new, curated subscription gaming service called GameClub that also costs only $4.99 per month. Each of the two services has slightly different goals, but they’re also similar enough that you may find yourself struggling to decide which one to toss your subscription money at. Never fear, dear readers. We’ve dug in and compared to the two services so you don’t have to.

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When Apple makes changes, communication is key

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 07:00

As a company, Apple is constantly innovating: rolling out new features, making changes to old ones, fixing bugs, and so on. That’s great. It’s exactly what we expect from technology companies.

But an equally important part of that process is finding a way to communicate those changes to its users, and that’s one area where Apple has recently demonstrated a more mixed record. The company has made a few choices that have left some users scratching their heads, trying to figure out exactly how to use or find a feature—or whether they should at all.

Finding Find My

As of iOS 13, Apple rolled two of its location-related apps—Find My Friends and Find My iPhone—into a single program called Find My. The app itself is perfectly fine: it maintains the most important features of those apps, but groups them together in a sensible fashion.

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Amazon Fire TV Cube (second-generation) review: This is the best streaming box with voice control

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 06:00
The Fire TV Cube's voice controls are on another level from competing streamers, though some limitations still apply.

13 classic horror films to stream this Halloween

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 06:00
Why celebrate Halloween on just one night when there are so many great scary movies to watch?

Graber Virtual Cord Motorized Shade review: Deliciously decadent lighting control

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 06:00
Want to set your house apart from the other smart homes in the neighborhood? Consider investing in smart window coverings.

How to delete photos, links, and attachments from conversations in Messages

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 06:00

Even as iPhones and iPads have dramatically increased internal storage, you can still fill them with music, photos, and videos—and attachments sent along with messages. Apple lets you delete these attachments, although it’s a bit of a convoluted process. Remarkably, these deletions don’t sync across your devices with Messages enabled in Cloud—even though the messages themselves do sync.

Here’s how to manage attachments in Messages.

Delete attachments in iOS and iPadOS IDG

You can hold and tap to delete individual attachments from Messages in iOS.

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Best media streaming devices

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 03:00
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

How Apple TV Channels prices compare to native apps like HBO Now, Showtime, and CBS All Access

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 13:35

Apple’s newly redesigned TV app, coming in iOS 12.3, isn’t exactly packed with new features. The layout has changed a little, but it’s really the same TV app we’ve had on our iPhones and Apple TV boxes for a couple years now.

The new app is all about access, not features. It’s going to appear on smart TVs, Roku, and Fire TV. It’ll even come to the Mac this fall.

It’s also the place where you’ll find new ways to subscribe to content. Apple TV+ will showcase Apple’s original shows and series starting this fall, and Apple TV Channels let you subscribe to other streaming providers from right within the TV app. It’s just like Amazon Prime Video Channels or Roku Channel Premium Subscriptions.

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Apple TV Channels FAQ: Services, pricing, availability, and everything else you need to know

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 13:29

With iOS 12.3, Apple is refreshing the TV app and adding a new feature called Apple TV Channels. Channels lets you subscribe to third-party streaming services like CBS All Access or HBO, right from within the TV app. You can watch that content in the TV app, served directly from Apple, without the need to install other apps.

Here’s everything you need to know about which services are available as Apple TV Channels, what they cost, and how they work.

Updated 10/24/19: IFC Films Unlimited is now available, at $5.99 per month. In addition, the TV app is now available on Roku and some Fire TV devices.

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Apple TV+ FAQ: Everything you need to know

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 13:06

This fall, Apple will make a risky venture outside its familiar spheres of hardware and software when it launches Apple TV+. The new service features a wide assortment of TV shows funded by Apple’s mountainous cash pile, and the Cupertino company is sparing no expense in its attempt to lure viewers with some of the best-known actors, writers, and directors.

Below, you’ll find a compendium of everything we know about the ambitious service so far, and we’ll keep it updated as we encounter credible rumors and get news from Apple itself.

Updated 10/24/19: The TV app is now available on Roku and Fire TV stick devices.

How will you access Apple TV+?

Once it launches, you’ll sign up for and watch Apple TV+ content through Apple’s recently redesigned TV app, which will be available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the Mac—in addition to some supported third-party smart TVs, Roku, and Fire TV devices.

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Apple TV app lands on select Amazon Fire TV devices ahead of Apple TV+ launch

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 11:28

With the launch of Apple TV+ just a week away, Apple is gearing up for a big celebration. And you won’t need an iPhone or iPad to join the party. Following availability on Roku devices and Samsung TVs, you can now get the Apple TV app on Amazon Fire TV devices as well.

The app is currently limited to Fire TV Stick 4K and second-gen Fire TV Stick, with support for the Fire TV Cube, third-gen Fire TV, Fire TV Edition smart TVs, and the Nebula sound bar coming soon. There’s no word on whether those devices will receive the app in time for the Apple TV+ launch. To get the app, you’ll need to search for “Apple” using Alexa or the on-screen search on the home screen.

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iPhone rumors, Mac rumors, your hot takes, and more

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 08:00

We’re talking rumors, rumors, and more rumors! Find out what we could see in the next iPhone and Mac—and could Apple come out with its own AR headset? It’s all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 673 with Jason Cross , Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 673

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Got a 32-bit app in Catalina? You don’t have to delete it

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 07:00

Catalina marked the end of 32-bit apps for macOS, something Apple had provided over a decade of transition help with and two years of warnings about for consumers. Nonetheless, people with older apps they hadn’t launched in a long while were still taken by surprise, judging by email from readers and forum posts.

Macworld offers a guide on how to find outdated apps to figure out what to get (if anything) to replace them, both before you update to Catalina and afterwards.

However, if you no longer need an app that can’t launch in Catalina, you’re not obliged to get rid of it. Apps, launch agents, daemons, helpers, and other components no longer work, but they won’t do harm. And it might be a mistake to delete apps that only have modules that aren’t yet 64-bit compatible.

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Google Nest Hub Max review: This surprisingly svelte smart display is a great cook’s companion

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 06:00
Capable of controlling your smart home gadgets while showing off your photos in style, the Nest Hub Max boasts robust sound and even a Nest camera.