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6 ways to find the perfect TV show or movie on Netflix

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 06:00
Picking just the right Netflix video for a given night isn’t the chillaxing experience it could be. Find out how to take a deep dive into Netflix’s collection of movies and TV episodes, slicing and dicing its categories to pinpoint the perfect video.

Features that should be in Apple’s upcoming OS releases but aren’t

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 06:00

As we get further away from this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the reality of Apple’s latest OS upgrades are beginning to sink in. That’s even more the case this week, as the release of Apple’s public betas for iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and macOS arrived slightly earlier than expected.

Of course, betas, like the future, are always in motion, and there’s no guarantee that what we see now is what will end up shipping in the fall—but usually the tweaks between then and now are on the minor side, more about stability and usability than big foundational changes.

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Design guru Jony Ive is leaving Apple

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 17:14

Apple on Thursday announced that Sir Jony Ive, the company’s Chief Design Officer, is leaving the company. Ive will be forming his own design company, of which Apple will be a client.

“After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer,” said Ive in a statement released by Apple. “Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,”

Leading Apple’s design teams now are Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design. Both will report to Apple COO Jeff Williams.

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New Philips Hue smart bulbs don’t need the Hue Bridge—but there’s a catch

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 09:00
Philips is shifting to a new chip that has both Bluetooth and Zigbee radios onboard, but most people will still want a Hue Bridge on their home network.

How to set a higher dpi without changing an image’s resolution

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 09:00

Some purposes require high-resolution images. Others require high-density ones. How can you tell the difference and provide what’s needed? Resolution and image pixel density are two separate concepts often blurred into the single term “resolution.” This makes it difficult to provide what’s needed.

Resolution refers effectively to the amount of information in an image, and more concretely to its dimensions measured in pixels. The amount of detail you capture in an image—whether a photo, scan, or graphic—is directly related to its resolution, as to capture ever more detail, you need ever more pixels. You might need quite a lot of pixels to provide a zoomable image of something with a lot of detail, like a machine, or to print a large-format photograph.

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How to use iOS 13’s new Silence Unknown Callers feature to fight phone spam

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 07:00

Spam calls have gotten way out of hand. It used to be that you could simply ignore anything with a caller ID of “unknown caller” or a distant or toll-free area code. Today, thanks to automated systems that spoof phone numbers, scammers and spammers can call you from numbers that look like they’re from right in your neighborhood. Many people now get several spam calls every day.

Fortunately, iOS 13 brings with it a feature that can help combat this nuisance, and it’s really easy to enable and disable.

Turn on Silence Unknown Callers

First, open Settings. Then tap on Phone

Scroll down to the section labeled “Call Silencing and Blocked Callers” and look for the toggle switch Silence Unknown Callers. Turn that on, and you’re good to go!

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Apple public betas, iPhone rumors, MacBook Pro rumors, your hot takes, and more

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 06:00

Public betas for iOS and macOS are here! iPhone rumors: The camera bump lives! Will you be able to afford Apple’s next laptop?! And your hot takes! That’s all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast. I’m Roman Loyola, here with Leif Johnson, and Jason Cross.

Listen to episode 657

News

Here are articles for more information on the things we talked about on the show.

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The Cardiogram app can finally tap into Fitbit's heart rate sensors

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 09:43

Apple Watch and WearOS users already know all about Cardiogram's health and fitness charts and trackers, but now there’s a new wearable brand getting in on the act. Beginning today, any Fitbit device with an optical heart-rate sensor can link with the Cardiogram app on their iPhone or Android phone. 

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Project Catalyst reveals Apple’s struggle with the future of the Mac

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 07:00

There’s a old joke about a bad writer blaming his tools—a sad excuse that it was the typewriter and not poor writing skill that was to blame. When macOS Mojave was announced last year, featuring four apps that originated on iOS and had been moved to the Mac by something we now call Catalyst, many of us were quick to blame Catalyst for the strange design quirks of those apps, which seemed simplified in ways that were jarring.

Recent statements by Apple software head Craig Federighi, including his interview with John Gruber during WWDC and a subsequent interview with Jason Hiner of Cnet, make it worth revisiting that assumption.

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Our favorite hidden features in iOS 13

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 06:30

Dark Mode. Privacy enhancements. All-new Maps. There are lots of big new features in iOS 13 to get excited about, but we’re just as excited about the little things: small touches, quality-of-life improvements, and little features that make our daily interactions with our iPhones more joyful.

As we kick the tires of the iOS 13 beta, we’re discovering all sorts of cool little features that didn’t make the stage for iOS 13’s WWDC debut. Here’s a list of some of our favorite hidden gems buried just out of sight in iOS 13.

Silence unknown callers Apple

iOS 13 can send calls right to voicemail, if the number isn’t found in your contacts, messages, or mail.

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Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control review: Ecobee’s fifth-gen device is its best yet

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 06:00
Nest Who? Ecobee builds our top pick in smart thermostats.

Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i review: This well-built wireless speaker delivers an underwhelming audio performance

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 06:00
Don't be fooled by the distinguished parentage. This pricey Bluetooth speaker from Bluesound has great features, but its sound is a disappointment.

iPadOS changes everything and nothing about Apple’s vision for the tablet

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 06:00

Maybe I’m using it wrong, but when I finally got to install the iPadOS 13 Public Beta on my iPad Air 2, it wasn’t the revelatory tablet experience I was hoping for. It didn’t open my eyes to what the iPad could be or give me any indication that I could use it as my primary computer. Quite frankly, it didn’t feel any less or more like the iPad than was running iOS 12 the day before.

I’m not even really sure why Apple felt the need to change the name. Most likely it’s mainly for marketing purposes—especially since my iPad still informs me that iOS 13 is up to date in the Settings—but a new name generally implies major changes, which iPadOS doesn’t really deliver. Yes, there are more icons on the home screen and a new panel of widgets that brings the Today screen out of its hiding place, but all in all, iPadOS 13 seems more like a capitulation than a revolution.

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Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 06:00
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

iOS 13: How to turn on Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 16:30

One of iOS 13’s most highly anticipated changes is also one of its simplest. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system finally introduces a Dark Mode for your iPhone and iPad’s interface, much as last year’s macOS Mojave finally bought a Dark Mode to Apple’s desktop operating system.

Once it’s on, formerly white interface elements of iOS change to black (or a deep slate gray), and the text shifts to a brighter color for better legibility. That means that many Apple apps (such as Mail and Music) will now put less of a strain on your eyes at night, and there’s a small chance that Dark Mode will even improve your battery life. And, of course, it just looks cool.

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Pages, Numbers, and Keynote productivity apps for iOS and macOS get major update

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 16:10

Fresh on the heels of the release of the public betas for iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina, Apple has updated both the iOS and macOS versions of its iWork apps:\

Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.

Each app comes with its own bag of goodies, but each one now comes with better options for editing lists, charts, and tables—including the ability to create customized bullets. All three apps also let you stylize your text with new outline styles or by filling in the letters with gradients or your own images.

In addition, all of the updates include a "face detection" feature that intelligently positions subjects in photos when you place those photos in placeholders or objects.

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Steam Summer Sale 2019 kicks off with a Grand Prix and some of the best deals in years

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 15:41
The 2019 Steam Summer Sale is one of the better ones in recent memory. Maybe Valve's feeling the heat from the Epic Games Store? Regardless, you win.

Can’t erase your Mac’s startup disk? Try Internet Recovery as a last resort

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 08:00

When you’re trying to wipe an old Mac to set it up fresh or to give it away or sell it, you typically want to erase the drive. Sometimes, you’re thwarted.

The easiest sequence is the following:

  1. Select  > Restart if your Mac is running.

  2. Just as the computer starts, hold down Command-R, which loads macOS Recovery.

  3. Wait until the startup progress bar appears and release the keys. (If you see a globe, skip down to the end of the article.)

  4. When Recovery starts up, select Disk Utility and click Continue.

  5. Make sure you’re selecting your macOS startup partition and not the entire drive, which contains the macOS Recovery partition you’re currently using. Fom the View menu, select Show All Devices.

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OWC unveils its Envoy Pro Ex with USB-C, an external NVMe drive promising 980MBps speed

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 07:00
OWC's Envoy Pro Ex with USB-C is an external NVMe SSD with a weather-resistant case and capacities up to 2TB, as well at 980MBps speed.

Making mountains out of camera bumps: How Apple ruined the 2019 iPhones

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 07:00

At this point should Apple even bother releasing iPhones this fall? We hate them so much already. What’s the point?

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and ipecac concept laboratory, Gordon Kelly tells us who put the bump in the bump bah bump. It was Apple and they ruined the iPhone by doing it.

“Apple Secrets Exposed As Insider Models 2019 iPhone Designs.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

And by “insider” he does not mean someone who works at Apple. So, by “insider” he means “outsider.” Sorry for any confusion.

There’s a popular theory emerging from Apple fans: the company’s ugly new iPhone designs will not look so bad once you get them in hand. But they’re wrong.

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