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Apple Apologizes For Siri Grading Program And Will Resume It This Fall After Changes
About a month ago, a report in The Guardian exposed the fact that third-party contractors have been listening in on a small percentage of Siri requests as part of a “Siri grading” program. Apple promised to halt the Siri grading program while it cond
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Mac 911
You have the option with iTunes to add music and other audio files to its library in one of two ways: you can use the default method of copying all files into the iTunes Media folder, or you can opt to add by reference, where the file remains where i
MacWorld4 min read
Why You Should Get An Apple Pencil Even If You Don’t Draw
Apple’s ads tend to imply that you need to be some kind of artist if you want to buy an Apple Pencil, but it’s great for plenty of other things, even if those things don’t look so hot in the latest TV spot out of Cupertino. Not everyone needs to use
MacWorld4 min read
Bose SoundSport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones: These Earbuds Are An Athlete’s Friend
Most athletic earphones work fine for everyday tasks, but everyday earphones usually aren’t suited to athletics. Working out or playing sports takes a heavy toll on them. Moisture from rain, mud, or sweat can fry their delicate electronics. Even clea
MacWorld4 min read
IPhone Other Storage: What Is It And How Do You Delete It?
You’re trying to download and install the latest iOS release, or take some photos, or download that cool app your friend told you about, and your iPhone says the storage is full. You’ve already deleted every app you don’t think you need, and there’s
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Apple Is Finally Sending ‘Genuine’ Parts To Independent Repair Shops To Fix Broken IPhones
Ahead of the upcoming launch of the iPhone 11, Apple has announced a new program that might let you keep your out-of-warranty iPhone a little longer. Instead of taking your broken iPhone to a high-priced Apple Genius or roll the dice with third-party
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YUBIKEY 5CI: WEBAUTHN ENCRYPTED LIGHTNING KEY FOR iPHONE AND iPAD FOR SECURE AUTHENTICATION
Yubico’s new YubiKey 5Ci is the company’s first hardware authentication device with a Lightning adapter for the iPhone. YubiKey provides security that reduces the potential of password-based account hijacking. Just like a second-factor token sent via
MacWorld4 min read
ZAGG FOLIO KEYBOARD CASE FOR iPAD MINI 5: LIKE A BOOK-SIZED MACBOOK
I’m always looking for ways to do my job on the go while using the least amount of space in my bag, and that’s why I love the Zagg Folio wireless keyboard case for the fifth-generation iPad mini. Slip it on, and Apple’s smallest tablet transforms int
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Firewall: Robo Call Blocker: The App Equivalent Of Kryptonite Against iPhone Robocalls
According to The New York Times, upwards of 48 billion Americans were hounded by robocalls in 2018, an increase of 56.8 percent over the previous year. That averages out to roughly 150 scam, telemarketing, and unwanted calls annually for every adult
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WoW Classic Is A Step Back In Time—and A Step Back For World Of Warcraft
Few of us ever get a chance to start over from scratch, but recently World of Warcraft players got exactly that with the launch of WoW Classic. Blizzard Entertainment’s “newest” game is essentially the popular massive multiplayer online roleplaying g
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5 GREAT iOS GAMES FROM THE PAST MONTH
The title Dead Cells ($7.99) refers to the hero of Motion Twin’s game, who’s basically a bundle of sentient cells that slithers into the bodies of decapitated prisoners in their…cells. Wordplay is fun, y’all! And so is Dead Cells, which, like Castlev
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How Apple Reinvents Its Core Business To Keep Growing
Apple’s Q3 2019 financial results caused a bit of a hubbub because iPhone revenue was—for the first time in seven years—less than half of Apple’s overall revenue. The cause is a slowdown in iPhone sales combined with dramatic growth in two other area
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The 10 Best Complications For Apple Watch
Don't be scared by the word complication. The ones you find on the Apple Watch can make your life much simpler, as they’re basically bite-sized versions of the full apps you normally open through the home screen grid. You can have anywhere from one t
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What Intel’s New Ice Lake Chips Could Mean For Future MacBooks
When it comes to the performance of Mac laptops, it’s safe to say that Intel is in the driver’s seat. Unless Apple shows some sign of either switching to AMD or producing its own laptop processors, the MacBook line will be inextricably linked to Inte
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10 Incredibly Useful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Be Using
If you’re not using keyboard shortcuts on your Mac, you’re missing out on a big part of the reason why so many people love Apple’s desktop operating system. Thanks to Apple’s integration of hardware and software, you’ll rarely have to reach for your
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Upgrading An Older IMac’s PCIe SSD: Third-party Solutions That Save You Beaucoup Bucks
I love Retina iMacs. So much so that I took a chance and bought a used 2015 low-end Core i5 iMac with a 1TB Fusion Drive (which combines a 24GB NVMe SSD and a 1TB hard drive)—a machine that’s actually slower than my 2012 Core i7 iMac. I bought it wit
MacWorld2 min read
Avira Free Antivirus: Solid Protection For Your Mac
Perhaps you’re the type of Mac user who hates the idea of running an antivirus suite but recognizes its necessity. If so, then Avira Free Antivirus for Mac might be for you. For no money down, this suite offers real-time protection and a firewall. It
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Fledging Shell Thunderbolt 3: Roll Your Own X5 With This Fast, Portable Nvme Enclosure
There’s nothing like generic when it comes to saving money, be it prescription medicines or the Shell Thunderbolt 3. The Shell, a svelte $165 unpopulated (no drive) enclosure from Fledging offers about the same performance as Samsung’s X5, but for qu
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FIVE SIGNS THAT YOU NEED TO REPLACE YOUR iPHONE
Do you really need a new iPhone? They’re so expensive now, and yours is…fine. It’s fine. You’ve never been one of those people who needs a new phone every year, or every other year, anyway. How do you know when it’s time to take the plunge and ditch
MacWorld2 min read
Anker Powercore+ 19000 Pd: Fresh Design And New Features Make This Battery Pack Very Appealing
Battery packs have become commonplace. These small power banks are easy to carry and make it possible to top off a phone or tablet—and more recently with the addition of Power Delivery (PD) capabilities, a laptop even—while on the go. Anker’s PowerCo
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Dark Mode Is Coming To Office On The Web, Plus Outlook For IOS
If you can’t stand an excess of photons blasting your retinas, rejoice: dark mode is coming to the mobile version of Outlook, as well as Office on the web. In late August, Microsoft said that it’s bringing dark mode to both Outlook for iOS and Androi
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Hot Stuff
The Roborock S6 is a whiz at sucking up all the pet hair, food crumbs, dust, and dirt on our floors during testing. The amount of debris filling its dustbin after each cleaning was amazing, since the floors never seemed that dirty to the naked eye. T
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How To Use Siri For Hands-free Apple TV Control
Siri has always been one of the Apple TV’s best features. On a fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K, the voice assistant can quickly launch videos, tune to live TV channels, and provide search results for specific genres. But until recently, App
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Malwarebytes Premium: A Fast, Efficient Security Program With An Unusual Approach
Malwarebytes began life as a complement to antivirus suites. It was a backstop to catch and remove particularly troublesome malware that your primary security program couldn’t. That all changed in December 2016 when the company announced its paid ver
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Hide.me: Serviceable Speeds And Simple To Use
The fundamental features you want in any VPN service are an easy-to-use desktop application, privacy protection, and speedy connections. The latter two are harder to determine. In the case of privacy, you have to trust that your VPN is doing what it
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Traveling With Apple Tech: What Soars, What Falls Flat
Travel has a way of opening your eyes to new possibilities. For the last three weeks, I’ve been away from home, spending time in a few European countries. During this trip, I found myself thinking about the different ways that we use technology when
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Grace Digital Mondo+ Classic: A Neoclassical Clock Radio For The Internet Age
Grace Digital dives into the mid-century modern design revival with the aptly named Mondo+ Classic internet radio. With its buffed warm sound and soft good looks, this glorified $250 (MSRP) table radio evokes vintage 1950s and 60s products from such
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Microsoft To-Do: Check ‘New Mac To-do App’ Off Your List
It’s been four years since Microsoft scooped up Wunderlist, the popular cross-platform to-do app. Although that software has thus far received a stay of execution and remains available, the introduction of Microsoft To-Do two years later with no nati
MacWorld4 min read
How A 16-inch MacBook Pro Sets The Table For ARM MacBooks
A 16-inch MacBook Pro with reduced bezels and possibly a new keyboard design is coming in October, according to a report in the Economic Daily News relayed by 9to5Mac. Most notable in this latest suggestion of Apple’s next-generation laptop is the pr
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