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Year in review 2018: Apple’s year of predictable updates and high prices

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If 2017 was a year in which Apple let some products stagnate while over-aggressively trying to update others, 2018 was the exact opposite. Long-neglected favorites like the MacBook Air and Mac mini were finally refreshed, and iOS 12 focused on addressing longstanding complaints.For the most part, Apple didn’t wow us in 2018 with breakthrough … [Read more...]

Let’s face it: The iPhone XS Max is the new iPad mini

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Let us pity them—the sad, devoted lovers of the iPad mini. In the wake of every Apple iPad event since 2015, you can find them frowning in the crowds or, later, rushing to Reddit to weep in collective misery at the absence of their beloved device’s Fifth Coming.But I say there’s no cause for all that melodrama. I say Apple has already given us the … [Read more...]

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable review: Listen to your vinyl collection and digitize it, too

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Vinyl records are making a major comeback, but digital recordings are better suited to mobile pursuits. Audio-Technica's USB turntable gives you the best of both worlds. … [Read more...]

Ring vs Nest: Choosing a DIY home security system is a bigger decision than you might think

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Your decision isn't between two products, it's between two entire ecosystems. … [Read more...]

Epic Games removes ‘Infinity Blade,’ location tracking in apps, and best Apple holiday gifts

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IDG For this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we'll be discussing Epic Games' removal of the Infinity Blade series from the App Store and what it says about app maintenance and game preservation. We'll also be discussing The New York Times' report on how apps constantly track your location data, even when using an otherwise secure device like an … [Read more...]

Epic Games cuts the once-loved ‘Infinity Blade’ series from the App Store

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And just like that, the Infinity Blade games are gone. Yesterday Infinity Blade and Fortnite maker Epic Games stripped them from the iOS App Store, claiming that “it has become increasingly difficult for our team to support the Infinity Blade series at a level that meets our standards.”So much for infinity.You can’t buy the games anymore, but if … [Read more...]

Best iPhone XR cases: Top picks in every style

Apple has announced a fleet of new iPhones. The most affordable of the bunch is 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 … [Read more...]

Save up to $140 on the new MacBook Air at Amazon

Amazon is selling the latest 128GB MacBook Air for just $1,059, which amounts to $140 (or 12 percent off) the regular retail price of $1,199. You can only get it at this price in silver, but fortunately the space gray model is also on sale for an agreeable $1,069.Not bad. If Amazon had chopped the price down just $60 or $70, that’d be how much it’d … [Read more...]

23andMe vs. AncestryDNA: What’s the difference?

23andMe and AncestryDNA are the two most popular DNA tests in the world. But there are some key differences you should know before buying one or the other. … [Read more...]

Record live HD TV for less with this deal on Amazon’s Fire TV Recast over-the-air DVR

We all know December can get busy, and for cord-cutting TV fans, it can be hard to squeeze in time to watch all of your favorite shows. The Amazon Fire TV Recast over-the-air DVR lets you record live HD broadcasts do you can watch whenever you want, and today Amazon's running a great sale: you can grab a two tuner for $190 or a four-tuner one for … [Read more...]

How to use iCloud for continuity when restoring from an iOS backup

When migrating from one iOS device to another, iCloud provides continuity. If you’ve already set up a target device and logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID as on the device from which you’re migrating, you don’t lose anything synced with iCloud in the process.The only thing to watch out for is information you’ve created uniquely on the target … [Read more...]

Online security tools: The holiday gift that shows you really care

In an era of conspicuous consumption, many folks have shifted from material gifts to offering experiences or digital goods. Here’s a digital gift suggestion: Give the gift of security. With free and inexpensive options that pay huge dividends to the recipient, you can be the savviest and most beloved person in the house.Why give the gift of … [Read more...]

Is Apple’s TV service bound for the Apple TV’s competition?

Just how big is Amazon’s announcement last week that Apple Music is coming to Echo devices? It all depends on if you see it as something larger about how Apple is prioritizing its subscription services compared to its traditional focus on making money by selling hardware.The cold war between Amazon and Apple seems to be thawing at last. Amazon’s … [Read more...]

Nanoleaf Canvas Smart Light Squares review: Nanoleaf’s wall lighting goes touch-sensitive

Nanoleaf continues to innovate in the realm of decorative home lighting. It's new Canvas Smart Light Squares open up new opportunities for creating your own illuminated wall art. … [Read more...]

Macworld Podcast Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. Pacific: We want your hot takes

For this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we respond to hot takes by Macworld readers. We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Adam Patrick Murray, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 632.Give us your hot take Got a hot take on Apple or other tech topic? Let us know on Twitter and we may discuss … [Read more...]

We want your hot takes for the Macworld Podcast

For Wednesday's Macworld Podcast, we respond to hot takes by Macworld readers. Post your hot take on Twitter about Apple or any tech topic and we may discuss it on the show.(twitter.com)To read this article in full, please click here … [Read more...]

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