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Macworld's May Digital Magazine: Apple, at your service

5 hours 26 minutes ago

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 May issue

In the May issue we have all of the details of Apple’s new service offerings: Apple News+, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade. Samsung just introduced an AirPod competitor. Find out how Galaxy Buds compare to AirPods on the iPhone.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Apple updates iMac with 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors; Google’s Stadia service could shatter the barriers of Mac gaming

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Macworld Staff

Apple releases iOS 12.3 beta 3 to public beta testers

6 hours 57 minutes ago

Apple’s “It’s show time” event on March 25 revealed a number of new services, most of which aren’t available yet. One of them, Apple News+, released immediately along with the update to iOS 12.2.

Just days later, the company released the first beta of iOS 12.3, which sets the stage for a major update to the TV app in May. 

Those who are part of Apple's developer program can register a device for developer betas by heading to developer.apple.com/download. Those who are not in the developer program can register their devices for public beta releases by visiting beta.apple.com while using the device on which they wish to run the beta software. While many beta releases are stable and even include new bug fixes, we suggest you do not run beta releases on your primary device.

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Jason Cross

Tim Cook on Apple’s values, regulation, excessive phone use, health, and more

7 hours 4 minutes ago

Tim Cook is not one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2019. Nonetheless, as a three-time honoree of that list, he was invited to be interviewed by Nancy Gibbs at the Time 100 Summit. As expected, Cook didn’t reveal any details about new products, software, or services. Instead, the questions posed and answers given were broad, touching on Cook’s and Apple’s values and how technology fits into the world we live in.

Here’s some of what he said about a variety of issues. Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity.

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Jason Cross

Best smart sprinkler controller

9 hours 38 minutes ago
Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.
Christopher Null

iOS 13 rumors: Everything you need to know

10 hours 43 minutes ago

Like clockwork, Apple releases a major revision of iOS every year. The company formally unveils the new operating system for iPhone and iPad at WWDC in June, followed by a beta testing period and then a final release in the fall (typically in September, just before the new iPhones hit the shelves).

One never really knows exactly what new features and design changes Apple will bring until the company gets on stage at WWDC, but the rumor mill churns early and often. After all, iOS is one of the widest-used and most influential consumer operating systems in the world. We have our own wishlist of iOS 13 features, but we’ve also collected all the rumors about iOS 13 here.

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Jason Cross

Get a refurbished 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro for more than $500 off the retail price

11 hours 3 minutes ago

Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pros are powerful machines, but they also tend to pack a powerful punch to your wallet. Today, though, Amazon’s Woot site is softening that blow by offering a certified refurbished 2018 256GB 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch BarRemove non-product link for as little as $1,879.99, down $519 from the original price of $2,399. For only $100 more, you can bump up to the 512GB model.

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Leif Johnson

Three ways to add an iCloud.com address, even if you already have one

16 hours 43 minutes ago

Apple gives icloud.com email addresses away at no cost, but it’s not always obvious how to obtain one by itself or add one to an existing Apple ID account, or how to get additional addresses if you already have one at icloud.com.

But there are three paths, which vary by what you already have and what you want.

  • If you have an Apple ID without an associated icloud.com address, you can add one (via iOS or macOS).

  • If you have an icloud.com address already, you can add aliases (via iCloud.com).

  • If you want a separate icloud.com address for email that isn’t an alias, you can create one by creating an Apple ID account (via macOS).

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Glenn Fleishman

Keychron K1 Wireless Keyboard review: Mechanical RGB magic beats backlit butterfly

17 hours 43 minutes ago

The Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard may as well be the anti-butterfly keyboard. It’s thicker than Apple’s MacBook and Magic Keyboard. It has wild RGB lighting. It has an 87- or 104-key layout. And most importantly, its keys don’t get stuck.

I’ve been using the Keychron K1 Mechanical Wireless KeyboardRemove non-product link with my MacBook Pro for a couple of months and it’s hard to switch back. I’m not generally a fan of the clickity-clack noise that mechanical keys make, but the Keychron K1 made me a believer in Blue switches. I imagine that in a quiet office I’d get a few dirty looks, but I actually grew to like the sound. Typing on it is way more pleasurable than the cramped and noisy MacBook keyboard, and its function row is inherently more useful that the Touch Bar.

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Michael Simon

Thought experiments: Different bars for Samsung and Apple

18 hours 43 minutes ago

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Apple is behind on innovation. Let’s look at one innovation in particular that we’ve heard a lot about recently. That is…

[checks notes]

…incredibly fragile folding screens that can break after just a day.

Yes, that big innovation that was all the rage just a few weeks ago turns out to be kind of not great when put into use.

“My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day.”

Well, is $1,900 a day too much to pay for the future?

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The Macalope

Big changes to Siri, Marzipan, AR, and more could dramatically change the Apple ecosystem

1 day 7 hours ago

A fascinating report at 9to5Mac offers a sneak peek at some of the announcements Apple has in store for developers at WWDC in June. Previous reports have focused on changes coming to iOS 13 and macOS 10.15, but this leak is all about the tools developers use to make apps and services on Apple’s platforms. If they prove true, it could mean a big improvement in the way we use our iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

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Jason Cross

Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

1 day 10 hours ago
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.
Ian Paul

Get an Apple Watch Series 3 from Amazon for just $199

1 day 11 hours ago

If you want an Apple Watch but don’t want to spend a mountain of cash, then you should head over to Amazon and pick up one of the 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 models with GPS that it’s selling for a mere $199, down $80 from the normal price of $279. That’s a match of the lowest price we’ve ever seen on Amazon, and it’s been about a month since it was listed at that price. You can also get the 42mm model for an $80 discount.

I don’t think you’ll be missing out on much if you buy the Series 3 instead of the Series 4. I personally still use a Series 3, and I find it’s fast and capable, although I do sometimes envy cosmetic features such as the Series 4’s slightly larger display and its custom watch faces. You also won’t have access to some of the cooler health features of the Series 3, such as the built-in ECG and the fall detection sensor.

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Leif Johnson

How to scan documents and make PDFs using Notes on your iPhone or iPad

1 day 17 hours ago

Sometimes, you need to turn a piece of paper into a digital file. Maybe you need to include a receipt, registration, or other form of proof in an online form. Or, you want keep copies of your important documents in the cloud, so they’re always accessible and safe from being lost or destroyed. Such documents are often digitized as Portable Document Format files, or PDFs.

It used to be that you needed to use either dedicated hardware or a third-party iPhone app to take a photo of a document and convert it to PDF. In iOS 11, Apple added a very handy document scanner into the Notes app, and it does a surprisingly good job of capturing most documents and converting them to PDF. Because it’s not very obvious, you’d be forgiven for not even knowing it exists. Here’s how you scan, convert, and store documents with Notes.

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Jason Cross

10 augmented reality apps for iPhone and iPad you should be using right now

1 day 18 hours ago

Apple wants us to believe that augmented reality will be a transformative technology. I want to believe it. It sure as heck feels like it has better potential than virtual reality, which still strikes me as little more than a means of escaping the world by sticking your eyes to a sweaty box. AR, though, can add wonder to the mundane. It can provide information at a glance that we could otherwise only guess at (especially when Google Lens finally makes a full debut on the iPhone). And yes, in some cases, it can even make the world more fun.

But even in its flashiest keynotes, Apple struggles to show us any compelling reason why we should embrace AR technology now. With that in mind, here's a list of AR apps from the App Store that best show what AR technology is currently capable of, and how it’s evolved from the simplistic days of Pokémon Go. Whether you want to learn how to waltz or feed donuts to mythological creatures, you’ll find something to like here.

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Leif Johnson

The Register

High Court confirms the way UK banned GSM gateways was illegal

14 hours 13 minutes ago
Ministers can't tell Ofcom to ignore the law after all

UK comms regulator Ofcom can't be ordered to ignore its legal duties, the High Court has ruled, paving the way for GSM gateway operators to claim compensation after Home Office ministers and mandarins destroyed their businesses.…

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