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Restricted views: Unstated reasons for limited access in iOS

Apple’s WWDC Keynote was on Monday so that meant you had to get any complaints about the company filed over the weekend if you wanted to maximize your humph.Writing for Wired and nailing that tried-and-true formula, Arielle Pardes complained that “Apple’s restrictions aren’t helping tech addiction.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Alter Eggo.)Pundits … [Read more...]

Apple puts privacy and security foremost in iOS 12, macOS Mojave

As news stories show nearly every day, there’s a never-ending barrage of attempts to break into our online accounts, steal identities and cash, and hijack computers and mobile devices to use as bots in vast online armies. In the just-announced updates to iOS and macOS, Apple has tightened the security screws but also makes it easier for its users … [Read more...]

Motiv Ring review: a stylish fitness tracker wrapped around your finger

The Motiv Ring is a stylish fitness tracker that shrinks down the guts of a traditional wearable to fit in a ring. The Motiv Ring blends into your wardrobe better than anything Fitbit has offered to date, but it’s a new device that’s severely lacking in app and community features—an area of strength of Fitbit.In this review I’ll go over the Motiv … [Read more...]

Razer Core X review: An inexpensive eGPU that turns your MacBook Pro into an iMac

Were I pressed to name a brand that pairs well with Apple products, Razer would be one of the last names to pass my lips. Its designs—which tend to favor mutagen-green lines snaking though sturdy plates of black metal and plastic—look better suited to the Borg than to the drawing board of Jony Ive. It’s a favored brand of the kind of gamers who … [Read more...]

Naim Audio Uniti Atom review: This is a magnificent music streamer

Exquisite design plus impeccable craftsmanship equal sonic bliss. … [Read more...]

iOS 12: Geeky features iOS needs

If June is for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), then May is for stories speculating about what will be announced at WWDC. My favorite genre of these stories is the iOS feature wish list, which Macworld has been publishing since... well, since before it was even called iOS.Yes, this is going to be one of those stories, but with … [Read more...]

Apple to stream WWDC 2018 keynote live

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is coming—it starts on June 4, to be exact. The company on Tuesday announced that the WWDC keynote presentation will be available to the general public to watch on the internet.If you’re interested in watching the keynote, mark down June 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific on your calendar. Or you can go to Apple’s WWDC … [Read more...]

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, May 23, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is coming soon, so where is iOS 11.4? There’s a movement for “sustainability in the App Store” for app developers. A new eGPU is on the market. We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld … [Read more...]

Apple’s original TV shows and series: Amazing Stories gets new showrunners

Updated 5/22/18: Variety reports that the co-creators of One Upon a Time, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, have signed on as the new executive producers of Amazing Stories. Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That's a lot of TV! It's not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but … [Read more...]

What you need to know about Speculative Store Bypass, the Spectre-like ‘Variant 4′ CPU flaw

Google and Microsoft discovered a new CPU flaw related to Meltdown and Spectre. Take action, but don't panic too much about Speculative Store Bypass. … [Read more...]

The Samsung T5, our favorite portable SSD drive, just hit its lowest price ever

For portable external storage, you can’t get much better than Samsung’s T5 portable SSD—and that's why it's our favorite external performance drive. Because of its killer speed and convenient size, this drive is usually a bit of an investment, but right now you can get the 500GB version for $150 on Amazon, good for a 20 percent discount off its … [Read more...]

How to find out where Apple stores your iCloud data (spoiler: you can’t exactly)

“The cloud” is a concept, not a place, although collectively, the cloud is made up of places. Cloud computing refers to an aggregation of servers that you don’t have to know much about to gain the benefit. This can be for storage, like iCloud Drive or Amazon Cloud Drive or Google Drive, or for computation and other more specialized purposes. When … [Read more...]

Problems with an Apple AirPort? It could be a hardware failure

Hardware fails in very different ways. Sometimes, it’s catastrophic and abrupt, and you hear terrible sounds coming from inside your hard drive. Other times, it’s subtle, and a failing component or system causes hardware to limp along, throwing out errors you can’t troubleshoot, because they aren’t consistent. I spent months with one of these … [Read more...]

Five products Apple needs to put to rest

Throughout much of its early life, Apple made printers. They were pretty good! Hell, the original LaserWriter was a groundbreaking advancement in home desktop publishing. Eventually, third-party printers with razor-thin profit margins flooded the market, and they worked fine with Macs, so it became a fool’s errand for Apple to continue trying to … [Read more...]

Wi-Fi gets quicker with 802.11ax, but buying early might offer few advantages

The latest Wi-Fi standard makes home networks faster, especially for video streaming. … [Read more...]

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. Pacific

Will Spotify’s new features keep Apple Music at bay? Which Apple product should the company put to rest? We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 602.Watch us live The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the … [Read more...]

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