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How to use iOS 12 to enter passwords on an Apple TV

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:00

There’s one Apple TV issue that Macworld readers (and me) have dealt with for years: entering passwords! Many tvOS apps rely on a round-trip with a browser instead of a password, providing a code that you enter after using a desktop computer or mobile browser to log into an account. That’s just fine.

With apps that want actual text entered, it’s been frustrating. A few releases ago, Apple linked tvOS and iOS, so that when a text entry field appeared, you received an alert on iOS devices logged into the same Apple ID, and could at least type in from your iPhone or iPad.

You could also enter a password by tapping it in with the keyboard or switching to a password manager app in iOS, finding the account and password, copying the password, switching back, and pasting it in.

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The most useful Siri Shortcuts for iPhone

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:00

The Shortcuts app for iOS 12 is here at last, and if all goes well, it’ll make up for a lot of the shortcomings of Apple’s Siri service. That’s the plan, anyway. Shortcuts can be fairly complicated, especially when you move beyond the simple actions for accessing popular apps. The whole idea is to trigger a lengthy sequence of actions with a single phrase or button. As a result, Shortcuts can be daunting for the uninitiated (and I fully admit I’m still wrapping my head around them), and that’s one reason so many of the Shortcuts we’ve seen so far have been, well, dreadfully boring.

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iMovR ZipLift Patriot standing desk review: Great build quality, but no motor and monitor support costs extra

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:00
The robust construction, large surface area, and tilting keyboard tray are great, but you’ll miss the easy precision a motor can offer.

MacOS Mojave and the future of the Mac

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:00

“The Mac keeps going forever.”

So said Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller in an interview in this very publication on the occasion of the computing platform’s 30th anniversary in 2014. With this week’s release of macOS Mojave, the modern version of the Mac’s operating system hit its fifteenth major release, and celebrated its seventeen-and-a-half birthday—quickly closing in on outliving its predecessor, the classic Mac OS.

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Why iOS apps on the Mac will not just improve the Mac, but iOS, too

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 16:00

MacOS Mojave is here, and with it, Apple is now officially shipping four Mac apps that were written for iOS and run using a translation system that Apple’s planning on rolling out to app developers next year.

But while it’s fun to consider what apps from the iOS App Store might come to the Mac App Store in 2019, it’s also worth asking what else Apple might bring to macOS next year—and whether it might have some unexpected benefits for iPad users in the process.

This system needs to improve

Let’s start with the obvious: This entire project of bringing iOS apps to the Mac is a work in progress. As Apple said on stage at WWDC in June, perhaps the best way for Apple to understand the scope of work that’s required to allow iOS apps to reside on the Mac is for the company to apply that technology to its own apps. So in macOS Mojave, we have News, Home, Voice Memos, and Stocks.

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The Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat just hit an all-time low at Amazon

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 12:10

As the seasons change, there's no better time to add some convenience to your home's temperature control. But smart thermostats can be pricy, with our top pick, the Ecobee4, coming in at well over $200. Today, though, you can get similar model for a lot less: the Ecobee3 Lite is just $139, down from a list price of $169Remove non-product link and an all-time low.

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Want to connect an old DVI monitor to newer Mac with USB-C? Here’s one way to do it

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 08:00

One problem that Mac 911 can always count on: The complexities of using old Apple monitors to work with new USB-C-equipped Macs.

The 2015 and later MacBook uses USB-C for USB 3 and DisplayPort. The newer MacBook Pro and iMac models pass Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C, along with DisplayPort and other standards.

I recently updated our best advice and knowledge for Apple’s Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 2 displays. For older Apple monitors that relied on DVI—sometimes requiring a dual-link DVI setup for its largest displays—I had yet to find a solution in a single product, with adapters, or from readers who had solved it.

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Word to the wise: Apple’s always-failing strategy

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 07:00

If there’s one thing Tim Cook needs it’s advice. Apparently.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and illegal clown car racing circuit, Ewan Spence says the “New iPhone XS Reveals Tim Cook's Failure To Innovate.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Touchpad Afficionado and Chris.)

When you step back and look at the details in last week’s iPhone launch event, it tells you everything you need to know about Apple. It cannot grow iPhone sales…

That’s pretty true, but how is smartphone market growth as a whole doing?

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Bluesound Pulse Soundbar and Pulse Subwoofer review: Reference sound and outstanding streaming features

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 06:00
This soundbar/subwoofer combo is for audiophiles and cineastes who can afford to indulge their craving for refined, dynamic sound.

The 10 Mac games you need to play from September 2018

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 06:00
September's Mac games

Image by Square Enix

Another month, another impressive stack of new games to play on your Mac. September brought us a fine bounty of fresh releases, and there’s quite a bit of variety in the mix. Fantasy role-player Pathfinder: Kingmaker and episodic narrative adventure Life is Strange: Before the Storm are this month’s biggest releases, but they’re just the start of this fine collection.

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MacOS Mojave: How to turn on favicons in Safari 12 tabs

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 03:03

We’ve all had this happen—in fact, it’s probably happening on your web browser right now, and it probably happens all the time. You have so many tabs open than you can’t quickly find the tab you need.

Safari 12 in macOS Mojave has a new feature that displays favicons—icons (usually a logo) that represent a website—right in the tab itself. You can now find the tab you want with a simple glance.


This actually isn't as bad as it can get, but you get the idea: Too many tabs open, making it difficult to discern the webpage you want.

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MacOS Mojave: How to add emoji to emails in Apple Mail

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 03:02

Emoji are a handy way to communicate while texting, so it seems natural for emoji to make its way into email, too. The Mail 12 app in macOS Mojave now supports emoji, and the characters available are the same ones found in iOS. 

Here’s how to add emoji into the emails you create using Mail 12.

How to add emoji in an email using macOS Mojave Mail 12

1. Create an email by clicking on the New Message button in the Viewer Window, or press Command-N.

2. At the upper right of the New Message window is the Emoji & Symbols button. It has a smiley face and is located between the Format and Photo Browser buttons. Click it.

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MacOS Mojave: How to turn off or turn on recent apps in the Dock

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 03:01

The Dock in macOS Mojave has a new, very helpful feature: It now displays recently-used apps. It’s handy when you’re going through a phase of using a particular app frequently, but you don’t want that app to appear in your regular Dock lineup.

Recent apps is on by default, and they appear on the right side of the Dock in a section marked off by horizontal white lines. In the Dock’s default setup, recent apps appear in a section between the Settings and Downloads icons.

IDG The Mojave Dock with recents apps.

The Dock shows the three recent apps that you’ve used; if a recently-used app already has a home in the Dock, it doesn’t appear in the recents section. (In case you’re wondering, recent apps, documents, and servers are still available in  > Recent Items.)

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MacOS Mojave: How to perform system updates

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 03:00

Updates to the operating system are important to install because they fix bugs and security holes. Sometimes they even add new features. Recent versions of macOS had their updates installed through the App Store, but that changes with macOS Mojave.

In Mojave, Apple moved OS updates to a Software Update system preference. Apple also simplified the settings for automatic update installations. Let’s take a look at the Software Update system preference settings.

Where are the settings for Software Update?

The Software Update system preference is located in  > System Preferences. Software Update is located in the third row.

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Macworld's October Digital Magazine: Apple's new MacBook Pro reviewed

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 19:26

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

This month you can read our review of Apple's new MacBook Pro: a powerful laptop for power users. Find out how Apple's most iconic destop computer, the original iMac, changed computing. Is a dockable iPhone in your future? Don't hold your breath. Plus, find out how to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Five things the Mac mini needs to make it a true pro machine

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Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 18:45

Earbud makers have been busy doing away with wires—a good thing whether or not your phone still has a headset jack. You no longer have to deal with cords if you don't want to. True wireless earbuds connect to one another and your audio source via Bluetooth.

No wires mean no inline microphones or controls, but truly wireless earbuds sound just as good as traditional Bluetooth counterparts (for better or worse). They also boast all of the features we've come to expect from earbuds designed to work with your smartphone, tablet, or PC.

Since Apple’s AirPods became a runaway hit, an endless stream of companies have rolled out their own true wireless earbuds and earphones. As you might expect, not all of them are worth your time or money—so we've got your back with buying suggestions to meet a wide variety of needs.

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Want an inexpensive faux-leather iPhone XS case? Head to Amazon today

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 16:24

If you like the look of leather but don’t like paying the sky-high prices leather products often go for, you’d be wise to check out the deal Amazon is running on its polyurethane AmazonBasics iPhone X (and iPhone XS) Leather Wallet Detachable Case. Normally these cases sell for somewhere around $20 to $28, but today Amazon is letting some of them go for as little as $6.95.

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Upgrade your keyboard, mouse, and webcam for cheap in Amazon's Logitech blowout sale

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:27

The right accessories can make or break your PC setup. Upgrading from the cheap add-ins that came with your computer to proper peripherals not only helps your system work better, it helps your hands feel better. And if you haven’t upgraded yet, today’s the perfect day, as Amazon’s throwing a huge one-day blowout sale on all sorts of Logitech’s acclaimed peripherals. We’ll highlight a few of our favorite deals here.

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Amazon's one-day storage sale has great prices on SSDs, thumb drives, and external drives

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:21

Amazon is in full sales mode today with two, count ‘em two, major one-day price drops on storage and Logitech devices. We’re covering both sales today, and this article is all about getting great deals on internal, external, and supplementary storage. All of today’s deals end just before midnight Pacific time on Wednesday evening.

You can find all of the deals here, but let's focus on our three top picks, all of which are at their lowest-ever prices on Amazon.

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Yevo Air true wireless earphones review: Second time's not quite the charm

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:00

When Yevo released its first true wireless earbuds, the $249 Yevo 1, the headphones were widely criticized for offering a mediocre listening experience at such a high price. Less than a year, Yevo is back for round two with a new product, the far more reasonably priced $129 Yevo Air true wireless earphones. And it seems like the company listened to the feedback—though as you'll see, it could go further with improvements.


The Yevo Air comes in two colors: white and a matte black, the latter of which I was sent for review. I loved the look of the matte black color scheme, but I did find that both the headphones and their battery case attract fingerprints.

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