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Another High Sierra update is now available for the 2018 MacBook Pro

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:18

Apple on Tuesday released a supplemental update for users of the 2018 MacBook Pro. This is the second macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra supplemental update for this particular laptop. The first supplemental update was released in July to address throttling issues that affected performance.

Apple’s release notes only state that the update “improves the stability and reliability of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.”

Before installing the update, users should perform a back of the laptop. Once that is complete, you can get the update through the App Store. You can also download the update by visiting Apple’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update 2 support page and then click on the Download button.

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Get an external monitor for your MacBook Pro for just $100 today

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 13:10

As much as I love working with Apple's gorgeous all-in-one displays, I'd be lying if I said I didn't find that working with multiple monitors boosts my productivity significantly. Fortunately, there's no need to drop several hundred (or thousand) dollars on another Apple display if you want to go that route. Today, in fact, you get pick up Acer's G247HYL display as one of Amazon's Deals of the Day for just $100 (down from $149.99).

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Smarten up your home lighting for cheap with deals on Wemo dimmer switches and Philips Hue bulbs

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 10:48

Add some smarts to your home lighting system today with Amazon deals on a few essential lighting items. First is a two-pack of Wemo dimmer switches; usually $80 apiece, you can get the pair for $100. Also on sale: Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 bulbs for $40 each, down from $50.

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Samsung Portable SSD X5 review: Wickedly fast, portable Thunderbolt 3 storage

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 10:00

Once Apple finally introduced support for third-party NVMe drives in macOS 10.12 Sierra, NVMe over Thunderbolt storage became only a matter of time. And for a while, the path to external storage nirvana was a bit of a rocky road—but the bumpy ride is over now thanks to Samsung’s Portable SSD X5, a ready-made NVMe over Thunderbolt 3 storage solution that delivers blazingly fast 2GBps-plus read and write speeds

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How old can your version of iOS be before upgrading?

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 08:00

Macworld reader Dave writes in on behalf of his wife, who is apparently happy with the iOS that shipped on her iPhone 6s. But she now has an iPhone 8 Plus, and wants to move the background from old version of iOS to the latest, running on her new device. He wonders if there are any pitfalls.

It’s an interesting question, and one I wasn’t able to find a definitive answer to.

The iTunes and iCloud backups typically contains a relatively small amount of specific data, like encrypted passwords or file settings, and largely comprise either media files or instructions on what to sync or download from where, including apps.

First, it’s obvious that you can update in place from iOS whatever to the latest version. That’s the basis of upgrading, of course. And because you’re advised to make a backup before upgrading, Apple has ensured that a previous iOS backup can be applied to a later iOS release. (You can also take a backup from a later version of iOS and install it on a device that hasn’t been updated to that release, but it can be a little more involved.)

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Alternate reality: Where Apple is behind on AR

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 07:00

Well, here we are in 2018 and everyone is using virtual reality and augmented reality and we are all certainly enjoying our VR and AR lifestyles that come from the few vendors that have locked up the market, are we not? Sad that Apple got left out on this revolu-

Oh, sorry, The Macalope was looking at the wrong universe. He really has to stop gazing into the Flame of All-Seeing before starting to write these pieces. That was what happened in universe 3629/A, the VR/AR universe. Right next to the universe of cats in hats. In our universe, companies are still waiting for the technology to be better.

Writing for CNet, Ian Sherr says “Here's what happened to Microsoft's Xbox VR gaming headset.”

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth review: The world is enough

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 06:35

In our age of divisiveness, World of Warcraft's Battle for Azeroth expansion begins with a premise that cuts deep. It's nasty stuff. Greed (and quite a bit of petty hate) led the Horde to burn the Night Elves' tree city a few weeks before launch, potentially killing thousands. The Alliance sought revenge, leading to an assault on its old capital of Lordaeron. And all because a godlike figure thrust his gigantic sword into Azeroth itself, causing a powerful new substance called Azerite to erupt from its core through fissures and even small volcanoes, spread over the entire world.

At a time when everyone should have been working together, suddenly everyone was at each other’s throats. Considering what the world had just gone through, the conflict seemed unnecessary. It was all a little too on-the-nose, leading some longtime Horde players to question the integrity of the Horde. Some claimed they wouldn't even play the expansion.

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Wisenet 8-channel, 4-camera 5MP DVR Kit review: Wired, multi-camera security

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 06:00
This four-camera kit provides comprehensive coverage for your home or small business.

How to buy a refurbished iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 19:00

Updated 8/27/18 to reflect the inventory changes in the store.

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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MacOS Mojave: Everything you need to know about Apple’s Macintosh operating system

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 14:35

Apple next major revision to its Macintosh operating system is called macOS Mojave. The company revealed the update at its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and it features several user interface improvements to make the experience on the Mac better.

In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS Mojave: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc. We’ll add more details to this article as they become available.

Editor’s note: Updated 8/27/18 with the release of macOS Mojave developer beta 9.

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Get the 2018 9.7-inch iPad for the best price we’ve seen to date

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 13:47

Apple’s new iPad has only been out for a few months, but we’re already starting to see some fantastic deals for it that go beyond the agreeable student pricing. Consider the deal today at Staples: Right now the office retailer is selling both the 32GB and 128GB 2018 9.7-inch iPads (with Wi-Fi) for $40 offRemove non-product link.

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iOS 12: Beta 11 released for developers and public testers

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 13:37

Updated 08/27/18: Apple has released iOS 12 beta 11 for developers and public testers (where it's called Public Beta 9). 

Apple both sets trends and chases them, and iOS 12, unveiled Monday at the WWDC keynote, is no exception. With this release, Apple is focusing on performance improvements and enhancements, even for older devices. The company is also making important changes to augmented reality that will enable new experiences; improving Siri, FaceTime, and the Photos app to catch up to the competition; and adding new features like personalized Memoji and weekly reports about how you’re using your device.

iOS 12 will be a free update for all users this fall, and it’s supported by every device that runs iOS 11, all the way back to the iPhone 5s released in 2013. Here’s a rundown of the biggest improvements in iOS 12.

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iPhone 2018 rumors: New screens, new chips, new cameras, new colors

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 13:18

Updated 08/27/18: Mark Gurman of Bloomberg News has weighed in with his often-accurate roundup of what to expect at next month's iPhone event. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also issued an investor note with several details of the upcoming phones.

Now that we’re well into 2018, rumors about the next iPhone have started to pile up. We’ll keep track of everything that’s being said and analyze what seems feasible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

No Apple Pencil support, 6.1-inch model slightly delayed

A new investor note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo adds several new details to already-reported rumors about the upcoming iPhones.

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Move over Memoji: Here's how to use Google's custom Mini selfie stickers in Gboard

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 13:15
Google just brought Allo's awesome selfie stickers to Gboard in the form of Minis. Here's how to make yours.

Amazon's Echo Look Style Assistant just got its first price drop ever—and it's a big one

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:42

If you've ever dreamed of having your own personal stylist—or if you just want to get perfect shots of your #OutfitoftheDay—Amazon's Echo Look might be you new BFF. And today you can get the Alexa-powered camera for just $120, 40 percent off its list price and the first price drop everRemove non-product link. And what's more, today's deal also includes a $25 Amazon Fashion credit that's good on Amazon-sold clothing until December 31, 2018.

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You can get 200GB of free iCloud storage because even Apple knows its free tier sucks

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:03

It’s no surprise that the new iPhones are arriving next month. And as always, there are three things to do once you decide to buy one: pick your color, choose your carrier, and back up your old phone.

But if you’re on the free iCloud tier, that last one might be difficult since Apple still only grants 5 gigs of free space to each iCloud user. So if you take a lot of pics or have more than one device, you’re probably not going to have enough space to back up everything you need to take to your new iPhone. That may be why Apple is enticing users to upgrade to a paid plan by offering 200GB of iCloud space, 40 times as much storage as the no-cost tier, for free. Some major strings are attached, though.

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Give your door some brains! The most affordable August Smart Lock is $50 cheaper today

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 09:42

Sometimes smart home devices are loved by everyone, and sometimes opinions differ. That’s the case with today’s deal, the third-generation August Smart Lock, which is $100 at Amazon today. That’s close to $32 off its most recent sale price, and a full $50 off its retail price.

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AirPlay 2, macOS, and the limits of the HomePod

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 08:00

At $349 each, you’ll pay a pretty price to get two HomePods and pair them to work as stereo speakers. The stereo feature relies on AirPlay 2, which Apple pushed out to iOS, Apple TV, and HomePod in May 2018, after a long delay.

You’ll note I didn’t list macOS. That’s related to the question I received from Macworld reader Mikael. He paired his two HomePods for stereo sound, and cannot figure out how to access them from macOS as a single stereo audio destination. The reason? It’s currently not possible. (See Apple’s system requirements list for AirPlay 2.)

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Activo CT10 high-res digital audio player review: High-end personal audio without the high-end price tag

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 06:00
Sweet sound, compact size, superb interface, rich feature set, and a $299 price tag render this player a steal.

What to expect from Apple’s A12 processor

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 06:00

We’re getting very close to the introduction of Apple’s new iPhones for 2018, and of course they’re certain to be powered by a new Apple-designed custom system-on-chip (SoC). In carrying on from past naming conventions, it will almost certainly be called the A12, along with a colorful descriptor (as in the “A10 Fusion” or “A11 Bionic”).

By taking a look at the improvements made in previous Apple-designed SoCs and projecting forward to the current state-of-the-art in manufacturing technology, we can get a pretty good idea of what to expect from the A12. 

Apple has been very secretive about its upcoming processor, so there’s precious little solid information out there. Call this article an educated guess.

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