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The best second-screen apps for watching Major League Baseball

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 00:11
Geek up the grand old game with data feeds, social media, and other interactive enhancements.

How to watch Major League Baseball online

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 20:03
Watching Major League Baseball without a cable subscription can be as difficult as hitting a hard slider. Our cord-cutting guide will help you find the sweet spot.

Apple releases watchOS 5.2 with ECG support for Europe and Hong Kong and new AirPods

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 19:10

Just a couple days after the release of iOS 12.2, Apple has released its Apple Watch companion update, watchOS 5.2. With it comes a bit of a surprise: support for the irregular heart rate detection and the ECG function on Apple Watch Series 4 for many European countries.

When Apple released the Apple Watch Series 4, it only promised the ECG function for the United States, stating that it had been cleared by the FDA to do so. Other countries would get the hardware, but would be locked out of the ECG software until Apple had secured the proper local clearances. Apple gave to timeframe for this, but it was commonly assumed that it could take a year or more.

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Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: The complete list

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 17:43

Apple is said to be spending a couple billion dollars over 2018 and 2019 on the development of exclusive original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment.

What can you get for a couple billion dollars? Apple hopes to attract some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and to lock down the television and movie rights to best-selling books. Though the company has only given us a glimpse at a handful of shows, the Hollywood trade press has uncovered many more through its reporting on deals from casting agents and production companies.

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Iris Smart Hub (2017) review: Lowe’s offers an affordable smart-home system for the hacker mindset

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 14:27
A new professional monitoring option puts the focus squarely on security.

Apple releases iOS 12.3 beta to developers with new TV app

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 14:17

Apple’s “It’s show time” event on March 25 revealed a number of new services, most of which aren’t available yet. One of them, Apple News+, released immediately along with the update to iOS 12.2.

Just days later, the company released the first developer beta of iOS 12.3, which prepares for a major update to the TV app in May. 

Those who are part of Apple's developer program can register a device for developer betas by heading to Those who are not in the developer program can register their devices for public beta releases by visiting while using the device on which they wish to run the beta software. While many beta releases are stable and even include new bug fixes, we suggest you do not run beta releases on your primary device.

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

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 13:11

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:

What is the Apple Card?

The Apple Card is an Apple-branded credit card from MasterCard. Unlike the current Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards, which is a partner card, the Apple Card is owned and operated by Apple.

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Vivaldi 2.4 enhances the browser's tab wizardry

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 09:16
Vivaldi has a reputation for being an extremely configurable browser, and it's even more flexible with release 2.4 and its icon and tab rearranging.

TurboTax vs. H&R Block 2019: Which is the best tax software?

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 06:30

If you’ve been procrastinating on your taxes, we understand. Part of the challenge is deciding which tax preparer to trust with this annual chore. To help, we pitted two of the best web-based tax-filing applications against each other: TurboTax and H&R Block.

When we reviewed the 2019 versions of popular tax software, these two options finished at the top of the pile. Each offers excellent features and capabilities, clear user interfaces that are easy to understand, and collections of features that most tax filers need. But a few differences give each an edge depending on the situation.

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Can Apple's product expertise make Apple TV+ a success?

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 06:30

I’ve seen numerous celebrities in the audience at Apple events over the years, but Monday’s event at the Steve Jobs Theater was different. Captain America himself, Chris Evans, was in the audience. (I just missed him, but I think I spotted Tim Robbins talking to Apple’s Eddy Cue.) On stage were plenty of famous entertainment-industry faces, from directors like Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to actors like Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Even Oprah was there.

This was an Apple event unlike any other, and for many different reasons. There wasn't any new hardware or software to speak of, for one, and such a concept would’ve seemed impossible for Apple even a couple of years ago. Stranger still, the event was aimed as much at the entertainment industry as at the people who buy Apple’s products—but then, Apple waded into some pretty strange waters when it became a full-fledged movie and TV producer.

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Samsung SmartThings Hub (2018) review: Samsung’s smart hub finally goes wireless

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 06:00
The third-generation SmartThings Hub is equipped with the latest in ZigBee and Z-Wave technology, and it no longer requires an ethernet cable to join your home network.

The best smart home devices that work with Alexa

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:01
Amazon’s Echo smart speakers are most powerful when paired with third-party smart home hardware. These products earned our highest raitings.

Apple's 'It's show time' event: Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, Apple Card, and your hot takes

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 19:32

In the latest episode of the Macworld Podcast, we have a long chat about Apple's March 25 "It's show time" event. For our feature discussion, we pick apart all the services announced during the event: Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and the Apple Card. In our two-minute tip, we'll show you how to add a Shortcut to your iPhone's home screen. We'll also discuss hot takes from our audience. This is episode 645 of the Macworld Podcast with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Mike Simon.

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Apple updates Shortcuts app with Notes access and other new actions

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 15:05

Hot on the heels of the iOS 12.2 release, Apple has updated its handy Shortcuts app to version 2.2. 

The update adds several new actions, the most prominent of which is the ability for Shortcuts to work with the Notes app. There are now actions for Create Note, Append to Note, Find Notes, and Show Note. This is going to make both the Shortcuts app and the Notes app a lot more useful.

The Shortcuts app is a free download, but isn't pre-installed on iOS devices. If you're interested in it, we suggest checking out our list of the most useful Shortcuts.

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Apple TV+ needs a better hook if Apple expects us to pay for it

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:07
Apple TV+ will have couple dozen exclusive movies and shows, but still needs a raison d'être.

Apple Card vs Citi, Chase, and Capital One: Is Apple's new credit card as good as it seems?

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 11:30

Apple might not be turning into a bank, but it wants to handle your money. However, while we heard a lot about financial health, interest rates, and fees on the stage during Monday’s announcement of Apple Card, the hard numbers behind Apple's new cash-back rewards credit card built on top of Apple Pay were notably absent. Apple made quick references to zero fees and cash-back percentages while taking digs at other cards, yet much of the reveal focused on simplicity, security, and ease of use.

Apple trumpeted the Apple Card as a counter to competing credit cards that offer point-based rewards for things like miles and gift cards, but it's not like the Apple Card is completely unique in offering cash. Several other credit cards offer similar cash-back benefits too. So where does the Apple Card differ? We dug into the nitty-gritty details of cash-back percentages, interest rates, and fees and crunched the numbers to see how the Apple Card will stack up against the most popular cash-back cards out there.

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Apple's services event laid the groundwork for a long and difficult transition away from the iPhone

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 10:10

As it turns out, it’s not time to play the music or light the lights. It’s not time to put on makeup or dress up right. It’s not actually “show time” at all.

Apple unveiled several services at its star-studded event Monday, and they all have one thing on common: They’re not ready yet. The only service that’s available to try out this month is Apple News+, and a quick scan of the titles available reveals that the majority of them haven’t been formatted to take advantage of the Apple News Format, so you’re basically getting PDFs. As far as the other services Apple announced, you’re going to have to wait:

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With fan boys like these: Not charged about AirPods

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 10:00

New AirPods are hitting the streets this week (particularly if they fall out of your ears) causing no small amount of excitement from this furry observer, but not everyone is as impressed.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and rubber snake charming school, self-proclaimed “Apple fan boy” John Koetsier is back to… bash Apple.

“AirPods 2.0 Are A Massive Disappointment: Apple Innovation Slows To A Crawl.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Chris.)

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BeatsX Earphones review: These Bluetooth earbuds are an ace for bass

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 07:00

It’s no wonder that Apple’s AirPods are a hit with many iOS users. They’ve got awesome battery life, a brilliantly designed charging case, and you can almost pair them with iPhones and iPads in your sleep.

But not every iOS user is a fan, thanks in part to their decidedly unsubtle design. While they produce decent-sounding audio, AirPods provide almost no passive noise cancellation, and so they allow any surrounding noise to interfere with your enjoyment of music and podcasts. Frustratingly, their rigid plastic ear caps make them uncomfortable and sometimes unwearable for people who don’t have Apple’s "ideal" ear shapes.

If any of these issues have kept you from buying AirPods, the BeatsX earphones could be the alternative you’ve been longing for. With their lower price, urbane design, and Apple’s ownership of Beats itself, the BeatsX manage to deliver many of the features that Apple’s AirPods so desirable.

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