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  • Apple TV+ needs a better hook if it expects us to pay for it

    Apple TV+ will have couple dozen exclusive movies and shows, but still needs a raison d'être.
  • Apple Card vs Citi, Chase, and Capital One: Is Apple's new credit card as good as it seems?

    Apple might not be turning into a bank, but it wants to handle your money. But while we heard a lot about financial health, interest rates, and fees on the stage during Monday’s announcement of the Apple Card, the hard numbers behind Apple's new cash-back rewards credit card built on top of Apple Pay were notably absent. Though Apple made quick references to zero fees and cash-back percentages while taking digs at other cards, much of the reveal focused on simplicity, security, and ease of use.

    Apple trumpeted the Apple Card as a counter to competing credit cards that offer point-based rewards for things like miles and gift cards, but it's not like the Apple Card is completely unique in offering cash. Several other credit cards offer similar cash-back benefits too. So where does the Apple Card differ? We dug into the nitty-gritty details of cash-back percentages, interest rates, and fees and crunched the numbers to see how the Apple Card will stack up against the most popular cash-back cards out there.

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  • Start streaming in luscious 4K HDR with the Roku Streaming Stick+ for one of its lowest prices yet

    Whether you're new to the streaming game or just want to boost your existing setup, Roku offers some of the best streaming devices on the market. And today, you can grab the fully loaded Roku Streaming Stick+ for $49 on Amazon, down from a list price of $60.

    This compact plug-and-play streamer comes with all the power of Roku built in, so you'll be able to access a huge lineup of streaming services all from one device. An intuitive included remote makes it easy to navigate through Roku's user-friendly interface, while 4K and HDR capabilities offer solid visuals for the services that support such lofty levels of eye candy. In addition, you can use your phone as a remote with the Roku app, and use it to cast content, control with your voice, and even plug in your headphones for private listening.

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  • Apple's services event laid the groundwork for a long and difficult transition away from the iPhone

    As it turns out, it’s not time to play the music or light the lights. It’s not time to put on makeup or dress up right. It’s not actually “show time” at all.

    Apple unveiled several services at its star-studded event Monday, and they all have one thing on common: they’re not ready yet. The only service that’s available to try out this month is Apple News+, and a quick scan of the titles available reveals that the majority of them haven’t been formatted to take advantage of the Apple News Format, so you’re basically getting PDFs. As far as the other services Apple announced, you’re going to have to wait:

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  • With fan boys like these: Not charged about AirPods

    New AirPods are hitting the streets this week (particularly if they fall out of your ears) causing no small amount of excitement from this furry observer, but not everyone is as impressed.

    Writing for the Forbes contributor network and rubber snake charming school, self-proclaimed “Apple fan boy” John Koetsier is back to… bash Apple.

    “AirPods 2.0 Are A Massive Disappointment: Apple Innovation Slows To A Crawl.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Chris.)

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  • Get a Lifetime of NetSpot Home for Mac For Just $19

    Wi-Fi is a must-have in any home or office. Unfortunately, there are dozens of things that can go wrong when setting up your Wi-Fi, such as dead zones or slow speeds. If you aren’t a network guru, pinpointing the solution can take hours. Luckily, NetSpot Home will take care of the guesswork for you, and it’s currently on sale for $19.

    NetSpot Home for Mac is an easy-to-use app that helps you set up, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless connectivity. It analyzes your Wi-Fi coverage and provides reports on download and upload speeds wherever you are in your home or office. When conducting a survey with NetSpot Home, you’ll be given a visual map illustrating your network's dead zones, allowing you to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in the best area for optimal wireless speeds.

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  • Jamf Makes Management of Apple Devices Easy - Get Started For Free

    Whether you’re just getting your small business off the ground or growing an already successful venture, onboarding and maintaining your employees’ tech gadgets are important steps. Unfortunately, IT can be expensive — and out of the question for many small businesses. Even if you can afford to purchase reliable Apple devices for your growing staff, it can be hard to find the time to keep them updated without a specialist. That’s where Jamf Now comes into play: it’s a cloud-based solution that delivers Apple management and security with just a few minutes of setup.

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  • BeatsX Earphones review: These Bluetooth earbuds are an ace for bass

    It’s no wonder that Apple’s AirPods are a hit with many iOS users. They’ve got awesome battery life, a brilliantly designed charging case, and you can almost pair them with iPhones and iPads in your sleep.

    But not every iOS user is a fan, thanks in part to their decidedly unsubtle design. While they produce decent-sounding audio, AirPods provide almost no passive noise cancellation, and so they allow any surrounding noise to interfere with your enjoyment of music and podcasts. Frustratingly, their rigid plastic ear caps make them uncomfortable and sometimes unwearable for people who don’t have Apple’s "ideal" ear shapes.

    If any of these issues have kept you from buying AirPods, the BeatsX earphones could be the alternative you’ve been longing for. With their lower price, urbane design, and Apple’s ownership of Beats itself, the BeatsX manage to deliver many of the features that Apple’s AirPods so desirable.

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  • Dahlia Home Review: Finally, I can repurpose my old iPhone as a smart home hub (said no one ever)

    Here’s a truly innovative solution in search of a problem.
  • Amarey A800 robot vacuum cleaner review: This budget robot vac delivers premium performance

    Your floors won't collect dust but your stand-up vacuum might.
  • How Apple Arcade could make Apple a major player in gaming

    Apple’s new gaming service is called Apple Arcade, which you, O loyal Macworld reader, may recognize as the name I use for my column on Mac and iOS gaming. I suppose we can effectively declare the column dead.

    It’s a cool name, though, and what Apple showed us on stage at its “Show time” event looks like a cool service. Beginning sometime in the fall, you’ll be able to pay Apple an unspecified subscription fee that grants access to around 100 “new and exclusive” games. None of the games will have in-app purchases, and they will only be playable on iOS devices and Macs. All of the games will be accessible offline.

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  • Best media streaming devices

    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.
  • The Apple TV+ video streaming service: 8 burning questions

    At long last, Apple on Monday took the wraps off of its new TV service. It’ll be called Apple TV+ and will include a variety of shows from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Kevin Durant, and Rupert Grint. Several of the major players were on hand at the event to outline their vision, and Apple basically billed the service as the greatest collection of talent ever assembled on television.

    But after the songs, standing ovations, and flowery rhetoric was complete, we didn’t learn much about Apple’s new service that we didn’t already know. It may be the first time Apple has confirmed that it is indeed working on its own original content, but that was hardly a secret. Apple didn’t actually answer any of the questions we have about Apple TV+, which are many. For example...

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  • The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

    A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.
  • The new Apple TV app and Apple TV Channels: 9 things you need to know

    After months of speculation, rumors, and leaks, Apple has finally taken the wraps off its plans for the future of TV, and it comes in two parts: There’s a new subscription service coming this fall called Apple TV+, and an overhaul of the Apple TV app, coming this spring.

    We've covered Apple TV+ in a separate article, but here’s what you need to know about the new TV app, and the way Apple hopes it will change streaming and become the new destination for cord cutters.

    A new design, but not many new features

    Though the TV app has a newly refreshed design, you’ll recognize many features from the current app. The Up Next section—which shows a list of next episodes for shows you’ve watched, as well as TV shows or movies you stopped in the middle off—is still there. So are the sections for TV Shows, Movies, Sports, Kids, and your Library of shows or movies you own.

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  • iOS 12.2 is now available, adding Apple News+, new Animoji, and a host of interface tweaks

    After releasing iOS 12.1.3 with a few minor bugfixes, Apple has has moved on to iOS 12.2. The first beta was released to developers on January 24, 2019, with the first public release following on the 28th.

    At its “Show time” event on March 25, Apple mentioned the release of iOS 12.2, which brings with it the company’s new Apple News+ subscription service and a host of smaller features, such as four new Animoji. 

    To download the update, open the Settings app, tap General, then Software Update

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  • Get This Bundle of 8 Productivity Mac Apps For $26

  • The Apple Card may be the most revolutionary announcement Apple made at its 'Show time' event

    We might not have gotten a new iPhone or AirPower at Monday’s "Show time" event, but Apple did unveil a new product: It’s called Apple Card, and it's sure to shake things up.

    Building on the success of Apple Pay, which will be available in more than 40 countries by the end of 2019, Apple Card—which consists of both a service and a sleek, thin, titanium card—dispenses with the usual confusion around credit cards to simplify and streamline financial transactions, as well as create an experience unlike any other card on the planet.

    It just might be the most revolutionary announcement Apple made on Monday. Apple said that by the end of the year Apple Pay will be responsible for more than 10 billion transactions since its inception, but Apple Card promises to be more than just another tab in your digital wallet. It’s smarter, simpler, friendlier, and more fiscally transparent than any credit card out there—including Apple’s own Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards.

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  • 7 reasons why we can't wait to try Apple News+

    The focus of Apple’s “It’s show time” event may have been TV entertainment services, but the company made a big splash right out of the gate with the announcement of Apple News+. As the name implies, it’s a premium version of Apple News that offers more content than you’ll get with the free app—all with a focus on magazines.

    Specifically, for $9.99 a month, you and your family get access to more than 300 magazines and other publications ranging from National Geographic to Wired to The Wall Street Journal. We’ll dig deeper once we’ve spent time with Apple News+, but for now, here’s what intrigues us the most.

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  • Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

    A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.
  • It's showtime for big deals on the iPad Pro and MacBook Air at Amazon

    Apple is holding one of its big events today, and we’ll get to see some of the flashiest new ideas from the folks in Cupertino. But today’s also a good time to pay attention to some not-so-new stuff, as you’ll find good deals for both the new iPad Pros and MacBook Air over at Amazon.

    First off, Amazon is offering big discounts on several configurations of the new iPad Pros with Wi-Fi. I admire Apple’s new tablet for its transition from Touch ID to Face ID (which I find well-suited for tablets) and its ability to wirelessly charge the second-generation Apple Pencil (which you’ll have to buy separately). You can read more about it in my review from November. Here’s what’s on offer:

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  • The popular OontZ Angle 3 Ultra Bluetooth speaker is on sale for a near all-time-low of $30

    Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have made it easier than ever to take your music library with you wherever you go. And with today's deal you can get great sound too. Amazon is selling the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra from Cambridge Soundworks for just $30, 40 percent off its recently reduced list price and just a couple dollars off its all-time low.

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  • Apple's 'Show time' event: 10 surprises we might see

    With just hours to go before Apple’s Show Time event kicks off at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, news reports are starting to answer lingering questions about what Apple will reveal—assuming the reports are true, of course. A flurry of leaks, rumors, and teases from Bloomberg, Recode, the Wall Street Journal and Apple itself have raised the stakes and piqued our curiosity about the event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific. Here's what we know so far.

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  • Get a Lifetime of Ivacy VPN For $40

    Your private data is worth more than gold. That’s why you need to be wary when accessing public Wi-Fi networks, as doing so unprotected leaves you vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves. The best tools at your disposal are VPNs and firewalls, and Ivacy offers both for just $39.99.

    This lifetime subscription includes Ivacy VPN, which protects your traffic using 256-bit encryption and sends it to one of over 450 servers worldwide. By doing so, your location and IP address are kept private, and you can stream region-blocked content wherever you go.

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  • How to conserve mobile data by turning off iTunes and other downloads in iOS

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    Disable cellular-based downloads in iTunes & App Stores.

    If you find you’re using unexpected amounts of cellular data with your iPhone or iPad, according to your carrier, you can check Settings > Cellular in iOS to view usage. (The current period listed is since the last time you swiped to the bottom—and you may have to swipe a very long way—and chose to reset statistics.)

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  • How to make the most of Roku voice controls

    Everything you need to know about controlling Roku with Alexa, Google Assistant, or your voice remote.
  • Ninety7 Sky Tote Portable Battery Base review: Take your second-gen Amazon Echo anywhere

    Here’s an inexpensive way to carry the Alexa digital assistant with you everywhere.
  • IVPN review: The WireGuard protocol made easy for Mac users

    Hang around in the world of VPNs long enough, and you’ll inevitably hear about Wireguard, a new VPN protocol that’s supposed to deliver fast transfer speeds and be easy to implement. To try it out, however, you need to be running a Unix-y system such as macOS or Linux, find a VPN service supplying WireGuard, and then get it up and running via the command line.

    That all changed when IVPN implemented WireGuard in 2018 as a beta option in its macOS app. IVPN warns that the protocol is still under development, and you shouldn’t use WireGuard “except for testing or in situations where security is not critical.” Nonetheless, the protocol is available and it’s easy to use, so we gave it a try to see how it works, and what IVPN can offer.

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  • Apple’s iPad, iMac, and AirPod launches weren’t just a surprise, they were a smart strategy shift

    I expected “one more thing” yesterday, and I was bummed when I didn’t get it. Sure, I was disappointed, but my anticipation for another hardware refresh only proved that Apple’s experiment with dribbling out modest product releases is working.

    On each of the first three days of this work week, Apple dropped updated versions of existing products with little of its typical fanfare or event theatrics. It began with the iPad mini and iPad Air on Monday and then progressed to the iMac on Tuesday and the AirPods on Wednesday. Nobody would call these earthshaking updates. Certainly none would have made the crowds ooh and ahh during a keynote. You could even argue they were disappointing on some level.

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  • How to watch Apple’s ‘It’s show time’ event on Monday, March 25

    Apple calls its next event “It’s show time”—a name that strongly hints it’ll highlight the rumored streaming TV service we’ve heard about for a while now. It’s fitting, then, that Apple will also stream the announcement on a wide variety of devices ranging from the iPhone to a Windows PC. We can only hope the service itself will be so device-inclusive.

    The event itself begins at 10 a.m. Pacific time on March 25.

    No matter how you want to watch it, you’ll find links and requirements for each method below.

    Watch on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

    You can watch the event on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Safari. According to Apple, your device needs to run iOS 10 or later. You’ll need to navigate to Apple’s events website.

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