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Here are all the Apple Arcade games that support controllers

2 days 5 hours ago

Apple Arcade is here, and you can play some of the subscription service’s many games with select models of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers as well as Mfi (Made for iOS) controllers!

During Apple Arcade’s announcement, though, Apple gave the impression that all Apple Arcade games would work with gamepads (in part because the service will eventually also come to macOS and tvOS), but it turns out that’s not entirely true. Some games have interfaces solely designed for touchscreens—at least on iPhone and iPad. 

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Leif Johnson

Apple Arcade: Hockey game 'Ultimate Rivals: The Rink' now available

2 days 5 hours ago

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally here. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service features premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If all goes well, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Got questions? We've got plenty of answers. 

Updated 12/13/19: Added Unleash the Light to the list of available games.

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Macworld Staff

5G FAQ: What is 5G and when is it coming to the iPhone

2 days 5 hours ago

The marketing machine for 5G is just getting warmed up. AT&T arguably fired the first shot when it started re-labeling some of its 4G LTE service “5G Evolution,” complete with a “5G e” logo in the status bar of some phones. Soon, 5G will be everywhere you look. All four major carriers are going to spend billions of dollars hyping up “5G” and trying to convince you that, first of all, you need it, and two, you need it from that carrier.

It’s all going to be needlessly confusing, too. The carriers will bamboozle us with big bandwidth numbers, misleading coverage maps, and confusing claims that have little to do with reality.

Here’s what you really need to know about 5G and how it’s going to impact you as an iPhone user.

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Jason Cross

Best media streaming devices

2 days 12 hours ago
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.
Jared Newman

How to perform backups more complicated than Time Machine allows

3 days 11 hours ago

Time Machine is a great, baseline, no-fuss archiving solution for macOS. While it has many drawbacks and can be fussy, it’s far better than not having a backup and it works generally well for the vast majority of Mac owners. It’s a great solution for family members who otherwise don’t back up. (Especially coupled with convincing them to subscribe to or giving them Backblaze or another highly related secure, automated, hosted backup service.)

If you’re frustrated with Time Machine’s limitations, however, you have other options. Econ Technologies’ ChronoSync always sits at the top of my list. It’s not per se backup software. Rather, it’s an exhaustive solution for synchronizing files between two local, two remote, or one local and remote location. Backup and archiving is just one of its many features.

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Glenn Fleishman

Which Mac should you buy?

3 days 12 hours ago

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac computer and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review by clicking the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.

MacBook Air

Models for sale were originally released July 2019.

What is it? The MacBook Air is Apple’s affordable line of laptops. Apple currently offers two 13-inch models.

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Roman Loyola

Best iPhone: How to pick the perfect iPhone for you

3 days 12 hours ago

This guide was most recently updated on December 10, 2019.

Picking out an iPhone used to be easier—just get the newest one with all the storage you can afford. We still recommend plenty of storage, but the choice of which iPhone to get it on isn’t quite so cut-and-dry. Do you want the phone with the best camera, the one with the lowest starting price, or maybe size is a big factor in your decision?

Apple’s latest iPhone release includes three new models to choose from: The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, and the iPhone 11. And the iPhone 8 is still in the lineup.

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Macworld Staff

Which iPhone model do you have? Here’s where to look

4 days 10 hours ago

You probably have a general idea of which iPhone you have—iPhone 7, SE, 5s, X, and so on. But behind the marketing names, each iPhone configuration has its own model number. You normally won’t need to know this number, but it could come in handy if you ever need to get more technical details about your device. Here’s where you can find your iPhone’s model number—and what that number means.

Which number is which?

Apple uses two numbering schemes for its devices. The first, which we’ll call the “A” number (hat tip to The iPhone Wiki for the name) is a five-digit alphanumeric string that starts with the letter A followed by four numbers.

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Nick Mediati,

Macworld Staff

How and why would Apple kill the iPhone’s Lightning port

4 days 12 hours ago

Does Apple think that a single port is still one port too many? That’s a possibility according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a relatively reliable source on Apple’s supply-chain plans, who reports that in 2021 Apple will launch a high-end iPhone without a Lightning connector.

Apple pushing Lightning out of the equation isn’t surprising—the USB-C port on the iPad Pro could be a portent for such a move—but that’s not what Kuo is actually suggesting. He’s suggesting the Lightning port will be removed, to be replaced by a “completely wireless experience.”

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Jason Snell

Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords

5 days 4 hours ago

Earbud makers have been busy doing away with wires—a good thing whether or not your phone still has a headset jack. You no longer have to deal with cords if you don’t want to. True wireless earbuds connect to one another and your audio source via Bluetooth.

No wires mean no inline microphones or controls, but truly wireless earbuds sound just as good as traditional Bluetooth counterparts (for better or worse). They also boast all of the features we’ve come to expect from earbuds designed to work with your smartphone, tablet, or PC.

Since Apple’s AirPods became a runaway hit, an endless stream of companies have rolled out their own true wireless earbuds and earphones. As you might expect, not all of them are worth your time or money—so we’ve got your back with buying suggestions to meet a wide variety of needs.

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Macworld Staff

iOS 13.3 has been released with fixes for multitasking, communications limits in Screen Time, and more

5 days 4 hours ago

While iOS 13.2 delivered the last of the features Apple promised when it first introduced iOS 13 back at WWDC, it’s not like the company is just going to kick back and relax until iOS 14 next year. We can expect at least one or two more point-releases with minor new features, and a few bugfix releases, as well.

iOS 13.2 brings a handful of minor interface tweaks, like the ability to disable memoji stickers suggestions in the emoji keyboard. It may also address the memory management issue reported by some users, where apps are too aggressively purged from memory and have to be reloaded often.

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Jason Cross

Mac Pro: Features, specifications, and prices for Apple’s workstation

5 days 4 hours ago

The Mac Pro is Apple’s workstation. It’s designed for professionals who need a powerful and flexible machine, and is ideal for applications that use as many processing cores as possible—video-editing applications, image-editing software, 3D programs, and the like.

The Mac Pro is getting a revival of sorts. The company released a brand-new, redesigned Mac Pro in December 2019, after years of stagnation with the previous, cylindrical Mac Pro.

Apple

Apple doesn’t offer a standard configuration choices for the Mac Pro. It’s really meant to be customized by the customer. To give you an idea of where pricing starts: if you configure the Mac Pro with the base components, it’s $5,999. Learn more about the Mac Pro by reading about its main features below.

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Roman Loyola

The Register

US and China wave white flags, hit pause button on trade war

2 days 4 hours ago
Pending tariffs on notebooks, phones, monitors shelved as super powers strike 'prelimary' deal

Chinese officials have announced a preliminary agreement on phase one of negotiations with the United States - and of course US President Trump has leapt onto his favourite digital soap box to add his cents worth.…

These are the droids you're looking for: Softbank launches Japan cafe staffed by bots

2 days 6 hours ago
Probably a better investment than WeWork

If you thought the service at your local Starbucks was robotic and impersonal, you might want to give Softbank’s newest Tokyo cafe a miss. Working alongside the company’s meatbag workers are a small army of Softbank Robotics’ droids, who’ll help serve and entertain the punters, and will even clean up after them.…

Xbox Series X: Gee thanks, Microsoft! Just what we wanted for Xmas 2020 – a Gateway tower PC

2 days 10 hours ago
Redmond tears wrapping on new retro-look gaming console

It's always interesting to see where industrial designers source their inspiration. Tesla, in creating the futuristic CyberTruck, looked to the dystopian world of Blade Runner. Iconic '80s movie Back To The Future directly inspired Nike’s self-lacing MAG kicks. And in creating the upcoming Xbox Series X console, Microsoft's muse was presumably a Gateway tower PC from the 1990s.…

GlaxoSmithKline ditches IR35 contractors: Go PAYE or go home

2 days 11 hours ago
Flexible workforce look to pre-election promises

Contractor organisations are insisting the Tory government sticks to promises to revisit IR35 reforms as it emerges that GlaxoSmithKline is ordering contractors to switch to pay as you earn tax arrangements or leave the company.…

NPM swats path traversal bug that lets evil packages modify, steal files. That's bad for JavaScript crypto-wallets

2 days 21 hours ago
Trio of vulnerabilities made registry full of uncertain code even more of a risk

On Wednesday, NPM, Inc, the California-based biz that has taken it upon itself to organize the world's JavaScript packages into the npm registry, warned that its command line tool, the npm CLI, has a rather serious security vulnerability. Version 6.13.4 has been rushed out with a fix.…

CSS-Tricks

Blue Beanie Day 2019

2 days 2 hours ago

November 30th, the official "Blue Beanie Day," has come and gone. I'm not sure I ever grokked the exact spirit of it, but I've written about what it means to me. Last year:

Web standards, as an overall idea, has entirely taken hold and won the day. That's worth celebrating, as the web would be kind of a joke without them. So now, our job is to uphold them. We need to cry foul when we see a

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Chris Coyier

Adam Argyle’s 2020 CSS Predictions

2 days 2 hours ago

I think Adam's first prediction is his boldest, even beyond his Hail Mary prediction. CSS grid is awesome and gap is perhaps one of its best qualities, but gap superseding spacing things out in other ways (e.g. margin) is a bold prediction indeed, especially with Firefox being the only browser supporting it in flexbox.

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Chris Coyier

Yap

2 days 7 hours ago

Interesting idea for a "chat room" from Postlight:

  1. Create a Yap chat room.
  2. Invite others to join and talk.
  3. Share a URL of just about anything.
  4. Everyone gathering can comment on what you’ve shared.
  5. If you think your conversation deserves an audience, share the URL of your chat publicly.
  6. Only six people can join. Lots of people can observe if you invite them. But just six chatters.

Yap.

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Chris Coyier

Detecting Inactive Users

2 days 8 hours ago

Most of the time you don’t really care about whether a user is actively engaged or temporarily inactive on your application. Inactive, meaning, perhaps they got up to get a drink of water, or more likely, changed tabs to do something else for a bit. There are situations, though, when tracking the user activity and detecting inactive-ness might be handy.

Let’s think about few examples when you just might need that functionality:

  • tracking article reading time
  • auto saving form or

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Mateusz Rybczonek

lite-youtube-embed

2 days 8 hours ago

A standard copy-and-paste YouTube embed lands on your page as an <iframe> which loads a big ol' pile of other stuff to play that video. But the UX of it is still essentially an image and a play button. Click the play button and the video plays. You can build essentially the same thing with an anchor link wrapping an image!

Not long ago, we covered a very clever "lazy load" technique doing exactly this from Arthur Corenzan that was … Read article

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Chris Coyier

Weekly Platform News: Strict Tracking Protection, Dark Web Pages, Periodic Background Sync

3 days 1 hour ago

In this week's news: Firefox gets strict, Opera goes to the dark side, and Chrome plans to let web apps run in the background.

Let's get into the news.

Firefox for Android will block tracking content

Mozilla has announced that the upcoming revamped Firefox for Android (currently available in a test version under the name "Firefox Preview") will include strict tracking protection by default.

On the phone or tablet, most users care much more about performance and blocking of annoyances

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Šime Vidas

Dip Your Toes Into Hardware With WebMIDI

3 days 8 hours ago

Did you know there is a well-supported browser API that allows you to interface with interesting and even custom-built hardware using a mature protocol that predates the web? Let me introduce you to MIDI and the WebMIDI API and show you how it presents a unique opportunity for front-end developers to break outside the browser and dabble in the world of hardware programming without leaving the relative comfort of JavaScript and the DOM.

What are MIDI and WebMIDI exactly?

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George Mandis

How I’ve Improved as a Web Developer (and a Person) in 2019

4 days 1 hour ago

We’re sliding into the roaring twenties of the twenty-first century (cue Jazz music &#x1f3b7;). It’s important that you and I, as responsible people, follow the tradition of looking back on the past year and reflect on the things that went right and wrong in the hopes of becoming the best version of ourselves in the year ahead.

I never do New Year’s resolutions, except for when I was ten years old and wanted to open a local self-run detective agency … Read article

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Preethi

Freak Flags

4 days 8 hours ago

I don't see image sprites used that much anymore, but it's still a good technique for reducing downloaded decorative image assets when you have multiple on a page. The big idea is combining all the graphics into one and then shifting around the size and background-position to reveal one at a time.

Say you're site needs dozens or hundreds of country flags — that's a perfect opportunity for a sprite. Michael P. Cohen has built a generator site to help … Read article

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Chris Coyier

Just Sharing My Gulpfile

4 days 8 hours ago

Seemingly out of the blue, the Gulp processing I had set up for this site started to have a race condition. I'd run my watch command, change some CSS, and the processing would sometimes leave behind some extra files that were meant to be cleaned up during the processing. Like the cleanup tasks happened before the files landed in the file system (or something... I never really got to the bottom of it).

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Chris Coyier

Making a Better Custom Select Element

4 days 22 hours ago

We just covered The Current State of Styling Selects in 2019, but we didn't get nearly as far and fancy as Julie Grundy gets here. There is a decent chunk of JavaScript that powers it, so I'm still very much eyeballing browsers' recent interest in giving us more powerful selects in (presumably) just HTML and CSS.

I tossed a fork on CodePen in case you just wanna see the final result.

See the Pen
Custom Select Input
by … Read article

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Chris Coyier

WordPress.com: One CMS, Infinite Possibilities

4 days 22 hours ago

(This is a sponsored post.)

Have you ever looked at a site and knew exactly what CMS powers it? You might see a distinctive design aesthetic that gives it away. Or maybe it's something even less obvious and even harder to articulate, but you know it when you see it.

That seems true with just about any platform, especially those that rely on a set of templates. If you were to jump from one site ot another on the … Read article

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Geoff Graham

Quoting in HTML: Quotations, Citations, and Blockquotes

5 days 8 hours ago

It’s all too common to see the incorrect HTML used for quotes in markup. In this article, let’s dig into all this, looking at different situations and different HTML tags to handle those situations.

There are three major HTML elements involved in quotations:

  • <blockquote>
  • <q>
  • <cite>

Let’s take a look.

Blockquotes

Blockquote tags are used for distinguishing quoted text from the rest of the content. My tenth grade English teacher drilled it into my head that any quote of four … Read article

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John Rhea

How Facebook Avoids Ad Blockers

6 days 1 hour ago

Dylan Paulus:

Facebook actually hides 'dummy' DOM nodes between the 'Sponsored' text. These values are entirely random characters, with a random number of DOM nodes between them. Invisible characters. At this point our CSS ad blocker is completely broken. There is no way for us to possibly code every possible value in CSS.

We've covered this before when Mike Pan noted it. Looks like it's evolved a bit since then, getting even a little tricker.

I just opened my … Read article

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Chris Coyier

Music and Web Design

6 days 4 hours ago

Brad has a long history in music outside of being a web designer, and draws some interesting parallels. One is that he had reached for more complex music in an effort to become a better musician — and developers can do the same thing. The other is that the composition of music can be seen from very large parts down to very tiny parts, just like atomic design.

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Chris Coyier

A Handy Sass-Powered Tool for Making Balanced Color Palettes

6 days 7 hours ago

For those who may not come from a design background, selecting a color palette is often based on personal preferences. Choosing colors might be done with an online color tool, sampling from an image, "borrowing" from favorite brands, or just sort of randomly picking from a color wheel until a palette "just feels right."

Our goal is to better understand what makes a palette "feel right" by exploring key color attributes with Sass color functions. By the end, you will … Read article

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Stephanie Eckles