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Philips Hue Bluetooth + Zigbee smart bulbs review: The best smart lighting just got better (but no less expensive)

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 06:00
Adding Bluetooth eliminates the need to buy a Philips Hue Bridge. But you can run only 10 bulbs without it, and you'll be cut off from the broader Hue ecosystem.

Six things we’d like to see in the next Apple TV

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 06:00

The Apple TV 4K is coming up on its second anniversary. Two years isn’t necessarily old age for an Apple product, and it certainly holds up well against its rivals. With support for Dolby Vision and Atmos, and all the cool enhancements coming to tvOS 13 this fall, it’s arguably the most capable streaming box around. That said, it’s very much a continuation of the old line—it looks and operates like the 4th generation Apple TV, released almost four years ago.

That doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement. Apple’s pushing hard into streaming content, enabling you to subscribe to other providers from within the TV app with the new Channels feature and launching its own subscription service, Apple TV+, this fall. Between streaming video and HomePod, Apple’s spending billions on the living room; it’s clearly very important, and that’s why we think it’s time to reexamine its streaming hardware.

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 06:00
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: Apple releases Public Beta 3

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 14:41

Apple’s huge WWDC developer conference kicked off on Monday, and as expected, the company took the wraps off iOS 13. It’s the next major revision for one of the most important and influential operating systems of all time, with iOS used daily on over a billion iPhones and iPads. It looks to be a doozy.

Here are all the major new features that iOS 13 will bring to your iPhone and iPad when it releases this fall, along with details about supported devices and how to join the beta test to try it out early.

Update 07/18/19: One day after releasing Developer Beta 4, Apple has released Public Beta 3. These two versions should be identical, and mostly include lots of interface tweaks and bug fixes. You’ll find a “rearrange apps” option on the long-press home screen menu, an updated share sheet look, and more.

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Thatgamecompany’s stunning Sky: Children of the Light finally comes to iOS

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:56

We’ve been waiting for a long time for Thatgamecompany’s Sky: Children of the Light, as Apple first revealed it in order to show off the power of the Apple TV 4K way back in 2017. We even had to suffer another delay earlier this month.

It’s finally out, but not for the Apple TV oddly, enough: You can only take to Sky on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. I’m looking forward to jumping in, and I’ll have a review ready in the next couple of days.

The whimsically named Thatgamecompany is the studio behind the short but lovely 2012 PlayStation 3 game Journey, which even netted composer Austin Wintory a Grammy nomination for its soundtrack (a rarity for games).

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Macworld reader hot takes on the MacBook Air, Apple Maps, Jony Ive, and more

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:00

We did a special edition of the show where we feature your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds. The hot takes are your reactions to Macworld stories and other happenings in the world of Apple. We share what you wrote, and we offer our thoughts.

As a reminder, you can comment or ask questions via Twitter (@macworld), on Facebook, or through email at

Here’s how today’s show works.

  1. We explain the subject at hand. If the hot take is a reaction to the article, we briefly summarize that article. If the take is a reaction to a recent event, we explain what happened.

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Denon AH-D9200 headphone review: Superb sound quality in a luxurious, closed-back, over-ear headphone

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 06:00
The build quality is exceptional, and it's super comfortable, which befits its high price tag.

Commander One 2.1 review: Mac file manager now works with iOS devices

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 06:00

For average Mac users, the concept of a separate application just to manage files and folders probably sounds like overkill. After all, the Finder is free, baked right into macOS, and does just about everything one could ever want. But file manager apps are no longer just for power users, and once you’ve gone dual-pane, it’s hard to go back.

Transmit and Forklift are among the most recognizable names in the Finder alternative subgenre, but the folks at Eltima Software have also been busy cultivating their own solution in recent years, and if you can deal with the less-refined Windows-style UI, has a few unique tricks up its sleeve.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 06:00
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 19:46
A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 15:36
Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

LG SL8YG soundbar review: Generally excellent sound quality, though only in certain circumstances

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 11:00
This soundbar has some significant limitations, especially for such a high price.

Jony Ive is gone, but he won’t take Apple with him

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 07:00

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Here we are, once again debating whether or not the departure of a single prominent Apple employee signals doom for the company. This time it’s designer extraordinaire Jony Ive who’s leaving the company, though the reception to his exit is decidedly mixed. Some feel Ive is the embodiment of an Apple that’s placed too high a value on form over function; others worry that the company won’t be able to keep delivering world-class design without him. Neither of these is precisely true—and they’re definitely not both true.

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Your Time Capsule has died. How can you wipe its data?

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 06:00

A few days ago, I explained how to extract data from a Time Capsule networked drive and Wi-Fi router if you received a warning that you couldn’t back up to it as a destination. That was a “logical” solution, offering advice on archiving and reformatting.

But as Time Capsule age, they’re more likely to fail: the drive dies, the circuit board goes wonky, or the power supply poops out. If you can’t get the Time Capsule to power up or respond, how do you deal with the physical element of its drive? With a dead Time Capsule, you can’t easily extract the hard disk, either to recover it or erase it if you want to pass the unit on—or to destroy it to render the data unrecoverable.

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Kuo: Scissor-switch keyboards to return in 2019 MacBook Air, 2020 MacBook Pro

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 11:51

Few if any of Apple’s recent designs have been so vocally reviled as its butterfly keyboards for the MacBook. But according to a new report from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (as reported by 9to5Mac), Apple may at last be reverting to the scissor-switch design for this year’s MacBook Air and 2020’s MacBook Pro.

This doesn’t mean that Apple is simply bringing back the beloved keyboard it used in older MacBooks. Instead, Kuo claims the new keyboards will have a fresh design that includes glass fiber for reinforcing the keys. Interestingly, Kuo suggests that such a scissor-switch design should cost Apple less to make, although I’ll caution that we’ll have to wait to see if that translates into savings at the consumer level.

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Best iPhone XR cases: Top picks in every style

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 08:00

More than six months into its lifespan, the best iPhone to buy is still the most affordable of the bunch: the iPhone XR, starting at $749. The 6.1-inch phone has many of the premium features found in the more expensive iPhone XS and XS Max, and comes in six different colors. (See why we think the iPhone XR is a worthy upgrade to the iPhone X.) It might be the more affordable option, but it’s still a significant expense, so you’re going to want a case to protect it. Fortunately, there are some very nice case options to choose from. We rounded up our top picks to help you decide. We’ll add more to the list as new cases become available, so watch this space.

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Best Mac remote access apps

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 06:00

Sometimes—maybe often—you need to access your Mac, but you’re not sitting in front of it. You might be an office away, across town, or on the other side of the world. For decades, the fix for this involves an ever-changing mix of remote-access software that can pierce network complexities, allowing you to remotely control or observe a computer. More modern flavors can pass along audio inputs and output, transfer files, and allow remote peripheral access.

In this round-up of remote-access software, I look at products that have the right mix of features and price to consider for personal, non-commercial use and for small business.

For multiple users who need to control a few computers

With LogMeIn Pro, remote access can be installed on one or two computers. But an unlimited number of different users can access those computers. It’s the right option for a small business that has software with a single-seat license or with massive files installed on a computer, and that wants multiple employees who aren’t on site to have access, or to have cross-platform access.

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TeamViewer review: Great remote-access system for personal use, but priced high for most business purposes

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 05:40

TeamViewer is a powerful remote-access tool designed for large-scale use, and combining remote screen control, remote file access, and robust ability to share the observation or control of screens among users. It bundles in text, audio conferencing, and video conferencing, and a single-user license allows the remote control of unlimited computers.

It’s also the most generous company out there where personal use is concerned. TeamViewer allows unlimited use of the full version of its software for non-commercial purposes, which the company offers a clear definition of (no direct or indirect revenue or business support).

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Splashtop review: affordable remote access app with core remote access options

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 05:20

With a focus on just providing solid remote-access tools, Splashtop is far less expensive than its closest competitors, which include features that many users may not need, such as file storage, password management, and full-blown conferencing tools.

That approach appears to allow Splashtop to offer pricing that makes sense to individual users as well as some categories of business user. Splashtop Business Solo at $5 a month (billed at $60 a year) lets a single user access two computers. It offers a range of expected remote-access features, including remote printing, playing remote audio locally through client software, and managing a system with multiple moderns.

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LogMeIn Pro review: The right remote access when you have many users that need to control a few computers

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 05:00

LogMeIn provides straightforward remote access to a computer’s screen and files from a smartphone, tablet, or other computer. The company orients its approach around the number of computers available to control in a given account, rather than users.

With the LogMeIn Pro flavor of the service, remote access can be installed on one or two computers. But an unlimited number of different users can access those computers. It’s the right option for a small business that has software with a single-seat license or with massive files installed on a computer, and which wants multiple employees who aren’t on site to have access, or to have cross-platform access.

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