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How to make sure your sent email is copied to the right location in Mail

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 08:00

When you send a message, your computer or mobile device is obviously not “sending” it, any more than a Star Trek transporter is “transporting” people to the surface of a planet. In both cases, the information that makes up the original is sent, but the original remains in place and is optionally deleted. (Yes, the crew is copied then destroyed, otherwise, you’d end up with a lot of Captain Kirks wandering around.)

With Mail for iOS and macOS, sent mail is always retained in a Sent mailbox. However, you can opt where that Sent folder is kept.

In macOS, find the settings through these steps:

  1. Select Mail > Preferences and click Accounts.

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Smart Beat video baby monitor review: This breath-detecting baby monitor should put parents at ease

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 06:00
This video baby monitor can also track your child's breathing and will alert you if his or her respiration pattern changes.

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac review: Metal makes this one for the gamers

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 06:00

Every year there are events we look forward to—the changing of seasons, favorite holidays—and those which evoke a sense of dread—filing taxes, standing in line to buy the latest iPhone. The now-annual upgrades to Parallels Desktop fall squarely into the former camp.

That’s because new releases of this magical application which allow Mac owners to run multiple operating systems at the same time are almost always a big improvement over previous versions. And wouldn’t you know it, they’ve done it again this year, too.

Heavy metal

For those who spend as much time in a Windows virtual machine as they do native macOS, Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is a godsend thanks to support for Apple’s hardware-accelerated Metal graphics API, which replaces aging OpenGL. As a result, Parallels now supports Windows applications that rely on DirectX 11, while offering improved performance for DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 as well.

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Watch us unbox the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Max

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 19:45

On Tuesday, Macworld got its hands on the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Max. We did a live unboxing broadcast on YouTube and took your comments and questions. If you missed it, you can watch the unboxing below.

We’ll be taking a close look at the new phones over the next few days. Stay tuned for our full review!

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I played 53 Apple Arcade titles and enjoyed almost every one

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 17:06

Yesterday I went a little nuts and played quick snippets of all 53 of the available Apple Arcade games in the iPadOS 13.1 beta (aside from What the Golf, which kept crashing on my iPad mini 5). I was exhausted by the end, but I wouldn’t say I was bored.

And while I never saw anything that immediately struck me as great, I can say with certainty that every game was at least good. Aside from Hot Lava, which frustrated me on the iPad with its first-person perspective, I’d be happy to jump into any of the other titles today. It’s a good start for a good service, but Apple Arcade’s future depends on how easily and frequently Apple can announce new, critically acclaimed games; how many top-tier developers it can attract; and whether it can adequately pay those developers.

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Macworld's October Digital Magazine: Is it time to replace your iPhone?

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 16:16

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 October issue

In the October issue see the 5 signs that you need to replace your iPhone. We’ve also got 10 of our favorite complications for Apple Watch. Find out what Intel’s new chips mean for the future of MacBooks. Plus, 10 incredibly useful Mac keyboard shortcuts you should be using.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: How Apple reinvents its core business to keep growing

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Steam's wonderful Library Update beta is finally live: Here's how to get it

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:35
The Steam Library Update went live today, bringing with it new organizational tools and a slick interface. You could (and should) join.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro reviews call out massive leaps in photography, battery life, and value

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:18

Apple’s new iPhone 11 ($699), iPhone 11 Pro ($999), and iPhone 11 Pro Max ($1,099) go on sale Friday, and right on schedule, the first round of reviews are in. As expected, people are loving them—so much so that some current-gen iPhone owners might want to consider upgrading.

In fact, Nilay Patel from The Verge wrote exactly that: “I think the iPhone 11 cameras are so good that they’re worth a year-over-year upgrade from the XR; I don’t usually say that.”

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How to load a massive amount of data into Photos on a Mac set to Optimize Mac Storage

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 08:00

iCloud Photos lets you keep full-resolution versions of your images and videos in iCloud storage, while letting you choose to store just optimized versions—thumbnails and low-res video previews—on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. That’s great, especially when you have more media than storage. When you need the full image or video, you can double-click it within Photos to retrieve it for local use.

The conundrum can come when you want to load a massive amount of media data into Photos on a Mac set to Optimize Mac Storage (in Photos > Preferences > iCloud) all at once instead of adding to it over time. The trick is to stagger your import. Let’s say you have—as one Macworld reader did—600GB of media data and a 128GB disk drive in your Mac.

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Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you'd expect from any bookshelf speaker

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 06:00
Polk's Legend L100 speakers deliver well-rounded sound with generally precise renderings.

A sour note: Calling on Apple to stop doing keynotes

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 06:00

Deriding the iPhone is so 2018. What’s hot this year is deriding iPhone events.

Writing for a local paper in the New York area called… [puts on reading glasses, squints]… The New York Times, Charlie Warzel called for Apple to stop doing product release keynotes. Because all our problems can be traced back to Apple keynotes.

John Gruber has already responded to Warzel’s piece but suffice it to say Warzel seems to have written it under the principle, “let the light of my burning strawmen guide your way.”

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Apple Arcade FAQ: Games, price, compatibility, and everything else you need to know

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 14:32

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally almost ready to launch. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service will feature premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If it works as well as it sounds, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Many questions remain, but fortunately we already have plenty of answers. Here’s everything we know about Apple Arcade so far.

Updated 09/16/19: Some users with the iOS 13 or iOS 13.1 beta have access to Apple Arcade now, a few days ahead of its official launch. There are 53 games available; we have updated the list in this article.

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Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Charlie Hunnam is to star in the series Shantaram

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:19

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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How to refresh the tiny tab icons in Safari when they start disappearing

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 08:00

The wee little icon that appears for most websites in Safari tabs when you have Safari > Preferences > Tabs > Show Website Icons in Tabs enabled is called a favicon. These micro-badges can help you identify a site by icon, instead of by tab name or other details.

Sometimes these tab icons and the similar ones in the bookmarks list go missing. You’ll see a generic globe symbol or even something that looks broken. A few years ago, I provided advice to reset the state of favicons, but Apple changed Safari’s storage of these little drawings in the interim.

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Yamaha YAS-209 soundbar with Alexa review: DTS Virtual:X 3D surround effects aren’t worth the harsh sound

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 06:00
While we like the standard surround-sound modes on this budget-priced soundbar, we aren’t fans of its harsh-sounding DTS Virtual:X implementation.

Kami Wire-Free Camera Kit review: Inexpensive, but you'll get what you paid for

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 06:00
This indoor/outdoor camera seems like a good value, but factor in the cost of a cloud storage subscription before you consider buying it.

PDF Expert 7 review: Must-have document utility for iOS now offers pro subscription

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 06:00

There was a time when buying software meant using it as long as you’d like — that is, assuming one could avert their gaze from the allure of upgrades with cool new features or OS compatibility fixes. However, modern developers have found in-app purchases and subscriptions to be a more sustainable form of revenue in the long run.

Although I prefer the old way of doing business, companies like Readdle have found a way to successfully evolve from paid apps to subscriptions without raising the ire of longtime users who helped get them this far.

Free is the new paid

After debuting on iPad in 2010, PDF Expert has lived up to its name as the premiere iOS app for working with PDF documents on the go. And there’s absolutely no reason not to own it now, because version 7.0 of the app is free. That’s right, no more up-front purchase, nor in-app upgrades.

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