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Apple TV
It’s twitch.tv, dude Free If you love video games, chances are you watch live streaming action on twitch.tv. Curiously, the Amazon-owned platform still doesn’t have a native Apple TV app nearly six months after the arrival of the internet giant’s Pri
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FirstSeed Calendar
$19.99 From FirstSeed, firstseed.io Needs macOS 10.12 or later; 64-bit processor FirstSeed Calendar’s Quick Add tool supports natural language input, but has its limitations. There are a host of Calendar apps that offer an alternative to macOS’ built
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Snappy Safari Techniques
To search for a word or phrase on a web page in Safari, either tap Find on Page in the Share sheet’s bottom row, or type in the search field and then tap the last item in the suggestions, under On This Page. It’s easy to lose count of the number of t
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How Green Is Apple?
Apple Park generates its own energy using a huge array of solar panels. IN LATE 2017 Greenpeace ranked Apple the best of the world’s major consumer tech companies for sustainability. (Overall Apple came second only to Fairphone, a small Dutch company
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Five Of The Best
amazon.com Apple’s HomePod is a great speaker, but at $349 it’s an expensive way to gain voice control of your home. The Echo Dot, by contrast, isn’t a speaker at all — it’s a microphone that you plug in to an existing speaker in order to use the Ale
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6 Apps To Take On A Road Trip
Whether you’re looking forward to a long weekend away exploring a national park, or simply fancy a day trip down the nearest interstate, there are plenty of reasons to bring along your iPhone or iPad. While it’s tempting to go off-grid and leave your
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Quick Controls
You can change Control Center’s contents in Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. To use the following shortcuts, apply a firm press if your device has 3D Touch, or hold a finger on the control for a moment. You needn’t reach for your Siri
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More Chip Flaws Found
RESEARCHERS HAVE IDENTIFIED eight new security flaws in Intel processors, which could affect Apple devices. The flaws are essentially caused by the same design problem as the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities reported last year, so they’ve been du
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Smart Tech For Less
Voice control is the big thing in smart home technology at the moment and, of course, Apple recently got in on the act with its HomePod smart speaker. But, in typical Apple fashion, the HomePod is far and away the most expensive option in this catego
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Halide Camera
$5.99 From Chroma Noir, chromanoir.com Made For watchOS, iPhone Needs iOS 10 or later One of the coolest, and yet frequently overlooked, Apple Watch features is the ability to compose and snap photos remotely on your connected iPhone. It’s great for
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IOS Shortcuts
Adding important apps to the Dock means they’re only a tap away on any page of the Home screen. On an iPad with iOS 11, the Dock is also only a swipe away (upwards, from the foot of the screen), even when you’re in an app. To add an app to the Dock,
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AirPort Discontinued
APPLE HAS CONFIRMED it is axing its AirPort range of wireless networking devices. They will continue to be available through Apple Stores, apple.com, and retailers while supplies last, and (as per Apple’s usual policy for discontinued products) suppo
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Macintosh IIvx
BY THE TURN of the 1990s, compact disc was established as an audio format and the specifications existed, in Philips and Sony’s Yellow Book, to use it for other kinds of data. Within Apple, a project was set up to prototype the inclusion of a CD-ROM
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Rise Of The Tomb Raider
$59.99 From Feral Interactive, feralinteractive.com Needs macOS 10.13.4 or later, 2.3GHz Core i5, see website for graphics cards Lara Croft no longer feels like a victim of her environment — and that’s a welcome change. The opening of Lara Croft’s la
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Money Pro
$4.99 From iBear, ibearmoney.com Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Needs iOS 8.0 or later Money Pro includes Watch support for entering transactions on the go. Smartphones and tablets enable consumers to keep tabs on their money even while on the go.
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Keyboard Quick Tips
Key combos enable you to move the text insertion point (caret) without using a mouse or trackpad. In TextEdit, Pages and many other text editors, use Cmd+Up Arrow to go to the start of the doc or Cmd+Down Arrow to go to the end. Cmd+Left Arrow or Cmd
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Letter Of The Month
Bought an iMac Pro or thinking of getting one? Let us know at letters@maclife.com I have been a big fan of Apple since my first iPod in 2002. Shortly afterwards I bought the funky iMac and fell in love with the ease of use. While ‘free’ music was all
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Identify Fonts
WHETHER YOU’RE A jobbing designer, someone who enjoys working on flyers for a local club, or just a typography aficionado, you may at times spot a font you desperately want to identify. If you’re armed with an iOS device, WhatTheFont (free, App Store
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Dapper
$19.99 From MapPin Software, map-pin.com Needs macOS X 10.8 or later There are plenty of presets that you can customize. Dapper tries to simplify a fairly complex process. The help screens are particularly useful. Not everybody plays music on iPods.
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Armello
Free (IAPs) From League of Geeks, armello.com Made for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Needs iOS 9.1 or later Armello is a beautiful, well-made game that just does not suit the mobile platform. It’s a shame, since the care and attention that has gone int
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Creating Documents
Wrestling with Pages, Numbers and Keynote? Here are some top tips to help make them easier to use. In System Preferences’ Keyboard pane, tick ‘Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar.’ — click the icon it adds to the menu bar and choose Show Keyb
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Do More With Less Time
WWDC 2018 (the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference) is almost upon us, and it’s an exciting time of the year where we get to see what new and amazing tech Cupertino has up its sleeves. We’ll leave the big reveal until next issue, but in the meanti
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Keep Fit With Your Watch
APPLE WATCH HAS always been a health and fitness device as much as anything else, but Apple has been careful to make sure that those features were accessible to everyone. Its status as your healthy conscience starts with the Activity rings. The Stand
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Bookmark OS
$12 per year From Bookmark OS, bookmarkos.com Needs Web browser When it comes to organizing browser bookmarks, there are no shortage of options on macOS. Bookmark OS differs from most, however, in that it’s accessed from within a browser, rather than
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Eventail
Free (IAPs) From Jozef Legeny, eventailapp.com Made for iPhone, iPad Needs iOS 11 An answer to the question of just where the iOS Calendar widget has got to, Eventail does nothing but sit on your Today View and display the data — up to five days’ wor
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Safari Speed-up Strategies
Press Shift+Cmd+T to reopen the tab you just closed (or window with all its tabs). Click and hold the Back button to see its history, and jump to an earlier page with one more click. To switch tabs using just the keyboard, press Ctrl+Tab to go one ri
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Create Templates In Pages
PAGES IS A great document creation and editing tool, but chances are you’re probably working harder than you need to be. If you find yourself putting the same things into document after document, it’s time to create a template. You can’t save a docum
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Canary Mail 2
$19.99 From Mailr Tech, canarymail.io Needs OS X 10.10 or later Simple, secure, stunning. That’s a bold claim by the developers of Canary Mail, an email app for Mac and iOS, but it does seem to stand up to scrutiny. Canary is a visually elegant email
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Minimoog Model D
$14.99 From Moog Music, moogmusic.com Made for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Needs iOS 10.3 or later The Minimoog Model D is one of the world’s most famous synthesizers, and if you want one you’ll need to spend thousands of dollars. Or you can just do
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Terminal Tweaks
The Dock has a number of options that can make it even more useful, yet they aren’t available in its System Preferences pane. To access them, you’ll need to use either Terminal (/Applications/Utilities) or try TinkerTool (see below). Before you begin
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