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macOS Catalina: How to use the new features in Safari 13

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 06:00

Safari is probably the most frequently used app in macOS. Fortunately, with the upgrade to macOS Catalina, Safari gets a few helpful new features. Here’s a look.


The new start page includes Siri Suggestions.

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Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 06:00
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

The best wireless chargers for iPhone

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 17:42

Beginning with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple added wireless charging to the iPhone. That continues with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.

Wireless charging isn’t always a great substitute for plugging in, but it’s a very convenient way to keep your phone topped off through most of the day. A wireless charger on your desk means no more plugging and unplugging throughout the day and a full charge when you head home from work. A wireless charger next to your bed makes it easy to grab and go in the morning, or just pick up your phone to “check one thing” without fussing with the lightning cable.

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Report: Apple Card on track to launch in the first half of August

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:59

Ever since the iOS 12.4 beta began back in May, we’ve been waiting for the promised “summer” release of Apple Card. During testing, the iOS 12.4 update appeared to show no new features, and it was assumed to be made in preparation for the release of Apple’s credit card. On July 22 iOS 12.4 was released, with no Apple Card in sight.

A new report from Mark Gurman and Julie Verhage at Bloomberg now claims that the update does indeed contain the necessary code to support Apple Card, and that launch is coming in the first half of August—anywhere from one to three weeks from now.

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How you back up your iPhone and iPad in macOS 10.15 Catalina

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 08:00

For iPhone and iPad users who still connect their devices to a Mac for syncing and backups (and there are a lot of people who still do this), there are changes coming in the next version of the Mac operating system. In macOS 10.15 Catalina, the iTunes app is gone.

Now you use the Finder, similar to how you see a hard drive or a server. Here’s how to use your device in the Finder and how to back it up.

Your iOS device in the Finder

When you connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac using a Lightning cable, it will appear in a Finder window. In the macOS Catalina Public Beta, your device is in the left column in the “Locations” section. (If this is the first time you are connecting the Mac and iOS device, you will be asked to pair the two on the Mac, and you’ll have to trust the Mac on your iOS device.)

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Apple should make authentication its next killer app

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 07:00

When it comes to security, we often think primarily of protecting our data: encrypting it to make sure that nobody else can access it. But just as important as that is the concept of authentication: proving that we are who we say we are.

Apple has made great strides with authentication in the past few years. Biometric measures like Touch ID and Face ID help make it easier for users to identify themselves and ensure that only they can access their private data.

In Apple’s usage, that authentication has generally been inward-facing: users control access to their own files and data, and the system checks to see whether or not we are the person who should be allowed in. But beginning in iOS 13, a few minor updates will start moving that authentication into the public realm, opening up the ability for us to prove our identity to others. And there’s a lot more room for Apple to expand there.

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10 incredibly useful Mac keyboard shortcuts you should be using

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 06:00

If you’re not using keyboard shortcuts on your Mac, you’re missing out on a big part of the reason why so many people love Apple’s desktop operating system. Thanks to Apple’s integration of hardware and software, you’ll rarely have to reach for your mouse or trackpad once you learn to speak the language of the keys.

MacOS has many shortcuts, but I consider these the ones everyone should know. I’ve tried to avoid (still useful) shortcuts with related Windows counterparts—such as ⌘+A to select all or ⌘+F open the Find prompt—and focus on shortcuts you may not be familiar with if you’re new to Mac.

And let’s talk about that “⌘” symbol. That’s the Command key, and it’s the key to all the shortcuts listed here. It works kind of like the Control key on a Windows PC, except it’s in a handier spot—typically on both sides of the space bar. In the following examples, an example like “⌘+A” typically means you need to hold down the Command button and press A or press both at the same time.

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Apple confirms that it will acquire most of Intel's smartphone modem business

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 16:28

Apple has announced that it plans to buy the “majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business,” following recent rumors to that effect.

The deal will cost Apple about one billion dollars, and should close in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approval. For the price, Apple will acquire approximately 2,200 Intel employees along with intellectual property, equipment, and leases.

The deal will greatly boost Apple’s patent portfolio, taking the company to over 17,000 patents related to current and future wireless technology.

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Macworld's August Digital Magazine: 10 essential iPad features you need to start using now

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 15:03

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the August issue

Have a new iPad? In the August issue we have 10 essential iPad features you need to start using, now! If you're an Apple Watch owner who hasn't realized the full potential of your watch, check out our 12 little-known Apple Watch features you should really be using.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Project Catalyst reveals Apple’s struggle with the future of the Mac

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How to transfer all your data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 14:20

How do you effectively transfer the contents of an older iPhone to a new one? It’s not too difficult to do, whether you’re setting up a brand new iPhone fresh out of the box, or your new iPhone is already set up and running, just not with your data.

Here are the steps using iOS 12.4 or later.

Update your devices

It’s typically a good idea to make sure that your old device has the latest version of iOS before you begin. This helps ensure compatibility with the new device and can minimize problems during the data transfer process. What’s more, Apple added a new and very useful iPhone Migration tool to iOS 12.4, so you’ll want to make sure both your original and new iPhone are updated at least that far.

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IKEA Symfonisk speakers review: Sonos made sure they sound great, but that Scandi-chic lamp design is polarizing

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 09:00
Both the lamp and the bookshelf speaker can operate independently, as a stereo pair, or as surround speakers with a Sonos soundbar in your home theater.

This DVR records both over-the-air and streaming cable channels

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 09:00
Channels DVR now combines over-the-air and cable recordings into one unified app.

iPhone and MacBook rumors, what’s wrong with the iPhone lineup, your hot takes, and more

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 08:00

What could we see in the new iPhones next year? Will there also be new MacBooks? And your hot takes! That’s all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 660 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 660

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Firewall: Robo Call Blocker review: The app equivalent of Kryptonite against iPhone robocalls

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 07:00

According to The New York Times, upwards of 48 billion Americans were hounded by robocalls in 2018, an increase of 56.8 percent over the previous year. That averages out to roughly 150 scam, telemarketing, and unwanted calls annually for every adult with a phone—a number expected to balloon higher in the future.

That’s precisely why a cottage industry flourishes on the App Store, supplying tools to combat this menace. Unfortunately, most call blocker solutions rely on outdated, ineffective blacklists, or worse yet, require users to do the heavy lifting by reporting rogue numbers as they pop up. A new app called Firewall takes the opposite approach: Whitelisting everyone you know and sending the rest to limbo.

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Sky: Children of the Light is a stunning reminder that we need more controller support in iOS games

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 06:00

I don’t remember much about the physical experience of playing Journey, Thatgamecompany’s stylized 2012 PlayStation 3 masterpiece about a pilgrimage up a distant light-crowned peak. I remember the emotion, though, and that memory sometimes leads me to describe it as “the religious experience as game.” I wept during the credits. I let the music sweep me away, and I felt love for the nameless player who trudged with me up the mountainside. And in that flood of emotion, the last things thought about were the controls.

After an eight-year absence, Thatgamecompany has a new game out called Sky: Children of the Light, and I suppose we in the Appleverse should be grateful that it came to iOS first. As we’ve come to expect from the studio, it’s lovely, both in sight and sound. Its tale of returning souls to constellations champions empathy, flying, and puzzle-solving, not combat, and almost moment is worthy of a screenshot. Much like Journey, it strips multiplayer interactions of voice and text and leaves us with the universal language of gestures and actions. It’s a wonderful game.

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Awair Glow C review: Automating "dumb" appliances remains this air-quality monitor's best trick

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 09:00
This air-quality monitor will activate an existing appliance—a fan or an air condition, for example—can improve your home's indoor air quality whenever it's needed.

The best indoor air-quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 09:00
Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

How a 16-inch MacBook Pro sets the table for ARM MacBooks

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 07:00

A 16-inch MacBook Pro with reduced bezels and possibly a new keyboard design is coming in October, according to a report in the Economic Daily News relayed by 9to5Mac. Most notable in this latest suggestion of Apple’s next-generation laptop is the price—EDN suggests a starting price around an eye-watering $3,000.

Should we be surprised? Apple has never been focused on being the low-price leader, and at the top end of its product range, it has been unafraid to charge a whole lot of money... especially for products bearing the name “pro.”

From power users to pros

Long after the arrival of the iMac as a low-cost consumer computer, most Mac power users still bought Power Macs. But during the Intel switch, Apple turned the Power Mac into the Mac Pro—and that was more than just a marketing change. If the Power Mac was used by power users (and yes, its name also signified that it had a PowerPC processor inside), the Mac Pro was meant to be used by pros and is priced accordingly.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 review: Small and solid wins the race

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 06:00
Amazon's newest Echo speaker is its best yet, with a great design, excellent features, and a killer price tag.

How the App Store is changing in iOS 13

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 06:00

The most oft-used app on our iPhones is probably Safari. It is the default web browser, after all. But just behind that, and arguably more important, is the app we use to find, download, and update most of our other apps: the App Store.

Back in iOS 11, Apple gave the App Store its first big facelift in a years when it added its own editorial content in a new Today tab, split Games and Apps into their own tabs, and redesigned app pages. In iOS 13, the App Store is going through another significant revision. It’s not quite as big a reorganization as in iOS 11, but it’s a significant change to how you update and manage your apps.

Here’s what’s new in the iOS 13 App Store.

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