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Synology DS419slim NAS box review: A low-profile, power-saving media server for the smart home

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 00:00
Designed for 2.5-inch drives, including SATA SSDs, the Synology DS419slim is a mighty mite with a cornucopia of media-serving features, including the power to stream 4K video.

Macworld's July Digital Magazine: Hidden iPhone Tips

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 17:58

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 July issue

The July issue features 11 little-known iPhone features you should start using. We give our favorite features a little extra love. Also, check our our review of the 2nd generation AirPods.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Apple upgrades processors in MacBook Pro, 8-core 15-inch model now available

• MacUser Reviews: PrivateVPN by Trunkspace, DriveDx

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News, Voice Memos, Home, and Stocks to get a design refresh in macOS Catalina

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 16:09

According to an interview with Apple Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi conducted by Cnet at WWDC, the first four Catalyst apps introduced to macOS last year are in for a design refresh.

Apple first demonstrated its technology to help bring iPad apps to the Mac—then called Marzipan—with macOS Mojave. When the OS shipped last fall, it included four new apps built using UIKit, the framework that developers use to build iPhone and iPad apps: News, Home, Voice Memos, and Stocks. They were not well-received by Mac fans.

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Apple certified repair service expands to every Best Buy in the U.S.

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 13:52

Need to get your iPhone screen fixed (or maybe your MacBook keyboard) but the nearest Apple store is over an hour away? You may now have another option.

Apple has announced that it has partnered with Best Buy to offer certified repairs at every one of its nearly 1,000 locations in the United States. According to the release, Best Buy’s Geek Squad now has nearly 7,600 newly Apple-certified technicians that can make same-day iPhone repairs and service other products. Best Buy stores will use official Apple parts and their repair work will be backed by Apple.

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic's follow-up to Pokémon Go, launches this Friday

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 11:22

Almost two years after we first heard about it, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set to work its magic in the United States and the United Kingdom this Friday, June 21. The augmented reality-based game is developer Niantic's long-awaited follow-up to Pokémon Go, and it shares many features in common with the 2016 phenomenon. Australia and New Zealand got to enjoy a beta rollout back in May, and Niantic hinted yesterday that Wizards Unite will launch in other countries later. Considering how long it took Pokémon Go to launch in Japan, though, “later” could mean anywhere from weeks to months.

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Safari on iPadOS 13: The best new features

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 07:00

Since the iPad was introduced in 2010, users have endured the same Safari experience they knew from the iPhone, which fueled jabs that Apple’s tablet was little more than a gigantic version of the iPhone. Interfaces for commonly used sites like WordPress wouldn’t load properly. Google Docs forced you to a dedicated app that lacked features of both the desktop and mobile versions. Sometimes you simply couldn’t see key interface elements that you’d get on the desktop version of a site.

Apple has finally given us a Safari browsing experience that makes it easier to take the iPad seriously as a laptop alternative or replacement. When iPadOS 13 drops sometime this fall, here are some of the treats you can expect.

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Eufy RoboVac 11s Max review: This popular budget vacuum gets increased suction

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 06:00
Eufy's latest robot vac is an even better dirt collector than its predecessor, thanks to more suction and a redesigned dustbin.

The Mac no longer needs compatibility to thrive

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 06:00

Compatibility and interoperability are concepts Apple has ignored or embraced, depending on its situation. To me, it seems that the Mac is about to enter a new era of incompatibility… and I’m okay with it.

When I started using a Mac in 1989, I rapidly discovered that it was essentially incompatible with every other computer in existence. Certainly, it didn’t work with my old Apple IIe, but all the PCs running DOS and Windows on my college campus couldn’t talk to it, either. The Mac of the 90s was populated with tech that was uncommon or unavailable elsewhere—ADB keyboards and mice, Mac serial printers, SCSI drives, AAUI and LocalTalk networking, Mac file sharing, Motorola 680x0 processors, and the rest. It was an enormous liability: If you were in certain markets, in certain industries, needed to attach to certain networks or peripherals, you just couldn't use a Mac.

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Can’t download an app update? It might be time to update your Mac

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 08:00

There’s got to be the name for the paradox that occurs when you’re told by the Mac App Store that you both have an update for a free or purchased app and you can’t install it. Maybe it’s the Apprisoner’s Dilemma? You might experience this no-win situation when you see a message that says “[app name] can’t be installed on [device] because [OS X/macOS] version 10.[X] or later is required.”

This situation occurs when you’re running an older version of macOS than the minimum required for the latest version of the program’s updated code. App developers who routinely revise their apps earn our thanks for adding features, keeping them up to date with the latest system changes, and fixing bugs.

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What’s new in Apple Maps in iOS 13

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 07:00

Apple has a bad reputation with maps. Seven years ago, Apple replaced Google Maps with its own Apple Maps service in iOS 6, and the rollout was nothing short of disastrous. Apple Maps was inferior to Google Maps in every way: features, stability, accuracy, performance—you name it. It took two years to really clear out the bugs, and Apple has spent the last several years languishing behind Google with a dated, less-detailed data set and a dearth of features. About the only thing Apple Maps has going for it is that it respects your privacy.

With iOS 13, Apple Maps may finally turn the corner. Whether it will be a superior mapping solution to Google Maps remains to be seen, but the beleaguered service may finally close the gap enough that you won’t need to bother with installing the Google Maps app anymore. Here’s what you can expect from Apple Maps with the rollout of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 this fall.

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Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500 Wi-Fi turntable review: Stream your LPs to any room in your home

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:00
Yamaha's turntable lets you stream your vinyl LPs to any or every room in your home, thanks to its support for the company's MusicCast wireless streaming platform.

Mad Macs: No enthusiasm for the Mac Pro

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:00

Apple has failed again to deliver exactly what someone wants! When will the company learn?! It’s very simple: you read the online manifesto and then you get to work! How much simpler could it be?

Writing for The MacObserver, John Khelt decries Apple and its pundit-enablers.

“Mac Pro: All Apologies, Signed Apple Pundits.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Jason and Aaron.)

God I hate Apple pundits.

They never talk about what I want them to talk about. I am the last good Apple pundit.

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Get your hands on a refurbished 21.5-inch iMac for just $379

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:58

The Apple iMac is one of the most iconic computers on the market. Aside from its impressive performance and intuitive operating system, the iMac also features a stylish design and one of the most vibrant displays you can find in an all-in-one computer. The caveat, however, is its high price; a brand new iMac will set you back at least $1,000. Luckily, this deal lets you get your hands on an iMac for just $379.

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This $140 electric toothbrush is just $40 today

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:57

A great smile can make a great first impression, but oral care is more than just a pearly white smile. If you don’t practice good oral hygiene, you’ll be left with brittle teeth, cavities, plaque, or worse, but typical manual toothbrush simply doesn’t get the job done adequately. Why not invest in your oral health with this $39.99 AquaSonic toothbrush?

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Make cloud uploads easy and seamless for $19 with CloudMounter for Mac (57% off)

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:57

Once you’ve established a groove in your workflow, you’re unstoppable. That is, of course, until you’re slowed down while transferring your data to the cloud. While convenient, cloud storage requires extra steps to store important files, unlike a traditionally mounted storage device. Luckily, CloudMounter bypasses this for just $19.

CloudMounter is an app for MacOS that lets you mount cloud storage services as if they were physical drives. All you have to do is install CloudMounter and sign into your cloud account, whether it’s Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, or OneDrive. Once mounted, you can drag and drop files like your normally would on your computer. CloudMounter will connect to your cloud storage with advanced encryption, so you can rest assured that your files will remain secure. Best of all, this lifetime license will include all major updates to the app, allowing you to install this on a new computer.

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Save money and batteries with $20 off the Logitech K750 wireless light-charging keyboard

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:57

Wireless keyboards are great, but keeping them charged can be a pain. The Logitech K750 wireless light-charging keyboard for Mac eliminates that issue and today you can get one for just $40Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $60 and just a couple bucks away from its lowest price ever.

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2020 iPhone rumors: 5G is coming, LCD is going away, and the XS might get a surprising downgrade

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:13

The 2019 iPhone may still be three months away, but analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is already looking beyond this year’s release. And his crystal ball is showing a major upgrade for 2020.

As reported by MacRumors, the oft-accurate analyst reports that Apple will be sticking with the three-model lineup it introduced with the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR last September, but the sizes may be changing. According to Kuo, the new models will have 5.4-, 6.1-, and 6.7-inch screens, with all models getting the OLED treatment. That would bring the iPhone XR (or whatever it’s called by then) up to speed with the other models.

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The 2019 MacBook Pros get the steepest Amazon discounts we've seen so far

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:05

This year’s MacBook Pro models are getting their steepest discounts ever at Amazon, with price cuts ranging from $149 to $199. Those aren't huge discounts, but they’re the best we've seen for the devices that launched just last month, with several configurations up for sale:

13-inch MacBook Pro
  • 2.4GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5
  • 256GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
  • $1,649.99 (down from $1,799)
13-inch MacBook Pro
  • 2.4GHz quad-core 8th-Generation Intel Core i5
  • 512GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
  • $1,849.99 (down from $1,999)
15-inch MacBook Pro
  • 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 Processor
  • 256GB SSD
  • 16GB RAM
  • $2,199.99 (down from $2,399)

These newer models don’t look all that different from their counterparts from 2018, but they’re sporting better processors across the board. Additionally, Apple says it made some improvements its "butterfly" keyboards that should make them less likely to fail. So if you've been holding out on buying a new MacBook for a better price, now's your chance.

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The iPhone X notch: It's time for haters to apologize

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:30

It’s time, folks. Time to admit Apple was right to introduce the notch for the iPhone X back in 2017. Oh, sure, it was fun to ridicule the little black strip at the time; to see the memes grumbling about how Apple had lost its way and the tweets asserting that Steve Jobs Would Never Have Done This. But just 21 months later, we’re already seeing articles discussing which phones don’t have notches. Even Apple’s most direct rivals have embraced the notch: It sticks out like a black tongue on the Google Pixel 3 XL, and it lurks in the corner of Samsung’s overly ambitious Galaxy Fold. All these months later, Apple’s implementation of it remains, well, top notch.

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tvOS 13 FAQ: All the new features coming to your Apple TV

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:30

Apple TV hardware is in an odd place. Apple is more invested in streaming TV than ever, with a new Channels feature to subscribe to premium content right in the TV app (and play it all from Apple’s robust distribution network), and a huge investment in its own premium streaming service, Apple TV+. That service may not be launching until the fall and we don’t know what it will cost, but we know Apple’s got dozens of projects in the works for it.

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