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Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:30

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is coming soon, so where is iOS 11.4? There’s a movement for “sustainability in the App Store” for app developers. A new eGPU is on the market. We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 606.

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Apple's original TV shows and series: Amazing Stories gets new showrunners

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:12

Updated 5/22/18: Variety reports that the co-creators of One Upon a Time, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, have signed on as the new executive producers of Amazing Stories

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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What you need to know about Speculative Store Bypass, the Spectre-like 'Variant 4' CPU flaw

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:54
Google and Microsoft discovered a new CPU flaw related to Meltdown and Spectre. Take action, but don't panic too much about Speculative Store Bypass.

The Samsung T5, our favorite portable SSD drive, just hit its lowest price ever

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:42

For portable external storage, you can’t get much better than Samsung’s T5 portable SSD—and that's why it's our favorite external performance drive. Because of its killer speed and convenient size, this drive is usually a bit of an investment, but right now you can get the 500GB version for $150 on Amazon, good for a 20 percent discount off its $190 MSRP and the lowest price we've seen.

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How to find out where Apple stores your iCloud data (spoiler: you can’t exactly)

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:00

“The cloud” is a concept, not a place, although collectively, the cloud is made up of places. Cloud computing refers to an aggregation of servers that you don’t have to know much about to gain the benefit. This can be for storage, like iCloud Drive or Amazon Cloud Drive or Google Drive, or for computation and other more specialized purposes. When you use a cloud-based service, your actions and data may be split among many machines and drives—maybe even across continents.

Macworld reader Craig has a question about that, having read that Apple stores some of its iCloud data on other companies’ servers. “What data/services are hosted/stored on Apple-owned data centers and which data/services are hosted/stored on Google data centers? A web search as well as Apple forums provide no details on this.”

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Canary is putting security cameras in the hands of those who help keep us secure

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:00
The company will donate its All-In-One home monitoring camera to first responders and emergency services departments you nominate.

Sticking with it: iPhone X sales have to disappoint eventually

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:00

It’s been an annoying year already what with covering all the nonsense about supposedly poor iPhone X sales. But, it’s nice that we can finally put that all to bed and get on with our lives by going back to enjoying…

“Apple shares to struggle over the next 12 months on weak iPhone X demand, Instinet says.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic and paul.)

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Eve Button review: This programmable button puts you touch with your HomeKit tech

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:00
This smart button brings tactile control to HomeKit-enabled devices.

Hands on: Razer's Core X GPU enclosure is cheaper, bigger, and even works with Macs

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 03:01
The Core X external GPU case will take up to a 3-slot wide GPU, provide up to 100 watts over Thunderbolt 3 for charging, and cost just $299.