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Como Audio Amico review: This wireless music-streaming speaker can go where you go

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:00
Fashionable design and high-quality sound get this streaming speaker in the door; its ability to tune in everything from FM radio to Spotify and internet radio will convince you to take it with you.

Olloclip Mobile Photography Box Set for iPhone X review: A good set of lenses you can carry all the time

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:00

Olloclip is known for its iPhone camera lenses that easily snap on to the phone, and with its new Connect X system, the company introduces a new iPhone X lens design that makes attachment quick and accurate. Everything joins together, making it easy to take with you.

The Connect X system lenses in Olloclip's Mobile Photography Box Set looks unlike other lens attachments for phones. The Box Set includes a mount that works for both the front and rear cameras, a super-wide lens, a combo fisheye + macro lens, and an attaching stand.

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Olloclip's camera mount was also redesigned for the iPhone X to accomodate the rear-facing cameras on the iPhone X, which are vertical instead of horizontal. Olloclip also says there was an issue where the previous mount tended to remove or scratch lens screen protectors—that shouldn’t be a problem with the new design. Instead of sliding on, a button is now pressed on the mount that expands the phone slot. Press the button and the gap closes, resulting in a snug fit. Because of the rear lens protrusion of the iPhone X, the mount is able to lock over it, preventing any sliding.

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Apple’s original TV shows and series: Alfre Woodard joins Jason Momoa in sci-fi drama 'See'

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:49

Updated 7/26/18: Alfre Woodard joins the cast of futuristic sci-fi drama See. Just two weeks ago we learned that Jason Momoa was also starring in that show. 

Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it’s still a huge commitment.

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How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity achievements

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:11

Updated 07/25/18:  Apple's first China-exclusive activity badge is for National Fitness Day, August 8th.

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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Save hundreds of dollars on Macs with B&H’s ‘Amazing Mac Savings Event’

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 13:55

B&H is currently having what it calls the "Amazing Mac Savings EventRemove non-product link," and from what I can tell, it’s aptly named. As a part of the promotion, you can get everything from iMacs and MacBook Airs to Mac minis for significant discounts. In some cases, you’ll even save hundreds of dollars.

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The MacBook Pro’s throttling issues are fixed, but Apple hasn’t solved its biggest problem

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 09:00

I have a prediction. At some point over the next month or so, Apple will issue an update to macOS High Sierra specifically designed to address an issue caused by the macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update. Granted, it might not be as highly publicized as the thermal throttling bug, but I’m betting there will be something Apple needs to correct that rises above the usual universal big fixes and performance tweaks.

I hope I’m wrong. But until Apple builds up a cushion of reliability, there’s no reason to think its new product launches, updates, and even patches won’t be riddled with bugs and issues, some so big that they make headlines. Just take a look at the last few releases, all within the past 12 months:

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What’s left for the Mac in 2018?

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 07:00

This month Apple demonstrated that it doesn’t need a major media event to launch new Mac hardware, as it rolled out new MacBook Pro models with an invitation-only press briefing in New York City. Sure, there could be new Macs announced at Apple’s annual iPhone launch event in September, or even a follow-on event in October... but they could also appear at literally any other time. As I wrote last week, Apple’s rulebook has changed.

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Roidmi F8 Storm review: This cordless smart vacuum makes cleaning a joy

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 06:00
It's not a robot, but this lightweight and powerful device transforms a once cumbersome chore.

First impressions of the macOS MacBook Pro update: It looks like it does fix the CPU throttling

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 01:45

On Tuesday, Apple released the macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update that is supposed to fix the CPU throttling issues that have plagued the 2018 MacBook Pro since its release. We installed the update on a 15-inch 2.9GHz Core i9 MacBook Pro, and ran several benchmark tests to see if, as Apple promised, performance improved.

Our preliminary results show that yes, the update does boost the laptop’s speed. For example, in our Adobe Premiere test, the updated 2018 MacBook Pro was about 11 percent faster than the same laptop without the update. Compared to the 2017 15-inch 2.9GHz MacBook Pro, the updated 2018 laptop was 22 percent faster.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, July 25, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 16:00

The 2018 MacBook Pro has had an eventful week. We’ll talk about the new laptop and its performance issues. Join us with your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Roman Loyola, Gordon Mah Ung (of PCWorld), and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 614.

Watch us live

The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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What Chrome's 'Not secure' warning for unencrypted HTTP websites really means

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:52
Google Chrome now labels any sites that lack HTTPS encryption as 'not secure,' but that doesn't mean you've been hacked.

Grab the 10 best movies from each decade for just $20 on iTunes today

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:52

Was The X Files: Fight the Future really one of the best films of the 1990sRemove non-product link? I have my doubts. Apple apparently doesn’t, though, as it included it in its “Best of the ‘90s” movie deal over at iTunes today. It’s but one of a ton of similarly themed collections on sale, all for the price of $20 a bundle, and it’s worth looking into if the question above stirs passions in you as it does with me.

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Apple says, yes, the new MacBook Pro is throttling, but here’s the fix

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:00

Buyers of the new MacBook Pro, take note: Apple on Tuesday released an update to macOS High Sierra that you’ll want to install right away. According to the company, the macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update should fix the performance issues that have come to light by reviewers and customers.

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

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:07
Is SlingTV 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.

Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:49

Macs may be a far less tempting target for malware and viruses, but they’re not immune from attack. Even if you don’t care about adware or being used as a means to infect users on other platforms, it’s still possible to fall victim to ransomware, password theft, or stolen iPhone backups.

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Lock down your logins with 75 percent off a LastPass Premium subscription through Humble Bundle

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:32

We've all heard the age-old advice: change your passwords often, never use the same password twice, create complicated passwords. But how many of us really follow that advice? That's where LastPass comes in, and right now its premium version is $6 for 12 months on Humble Bundle, down 75 percent from its list price of $24Remove non-product link—a deal that works for both new and existing users.

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Elgato's Stream Deck Mini is smaller, cheaper, and just as full-featured as the bigger broadcaster tool

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:28
The Elgato Stream Deck Mini is a smaller version of the popular Stream Deck, but it can perform all the same actions as the full-fat game broadcasting tool.

TP-Link adds an outdoor security camera to its Kasa Cam smart home lineup

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 08:00
The company also has a new Wi-Fi smart plug.

Does AirPort Utility see AirPort base stations that aren’t yours? Here’s what you can do

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 07:00

While Apple canceled its AirPort/Time Capsule line of Wi-Fi base stations, there are still an untold number of them in use. I have two in my house alone, and sold an unused third one recently.

The AirPort Utility Mac app is how you administer the features on an Apple Wi-Fi base station. Using this app, Macworld reader Tony can see all sorts of base stations in AirPort Utility that don’t belong to him. What's up with that?

His internet service provider configured its access so that it assigned network addresses from the same shared pool to several customers. That’s not great from a security perspective, because it means that subscribers who haven’t set up firewalls or who have vulnerable computers and devices, could be intentionally attacked or sniffed by other customers.

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Yamaha YAS-108 review: One of the best entry-level soundbars you can buy

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 06:00
Strong sound, clear dialogue, DTS Virtual:X, and the ability to connect two Bluetooth devices at once make this small speaker a winner.

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