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Everyone loves Tile trackers, but this $12 Bluetooth tracker is better in one important way

Tile is the biggest name in Bluetooth finders, but it’s certainly not the only name. In fact, there’s a great alternative you’ve probably never heard …

Tech Trends

I asked Apple for all my data. Here's what was sent back

Apple gave me all the data it collected on me since I bought my first iPhone — in 2010.<p>Last week, I asked Apple to give me all the data it's …

40 Things You Should Know About a Home By Age 40

Home repair is learned over time<p>Even if a power outage stops your well pump or the city water supply, you can still flush the toilet. Dump a couple …

Home Improvement

Apple offers tips on choosing Wi-Fi routers

Apple yesterday published a support document with tips for choosing Wi-Fi routers.... Read the rest of this post here"Apple offers tips on choosing …

How to make better use of your disk drives in macOS

Is disk space at a premium? Here is one way to use your storage more efficiently.I have an older solid state disk drive (SSD) in my Mac Pro that is …

How to speed up Apple Watch software updates dramatically

Downloading watchOS software to your Apple Watch is a tremendously slow process.... Read the rest of this post here"How to speed up Apple Watch …

How to Identify Mac Issues With Apple’s Hardware Diagnostics Tests

Apple hardware is often cited for reliability, but you can end up with an expensive fix when something goes wrong. That’s why it’s great if you’re …

What's new in macOS High Sierra

macOS High Sierra could be considered a minor upgrade, but it comes with some major new features.Apple gave macOS 10.13 the "half-step" name of High …

Here are the cars that currently support Apple CarPlay

Looking for a new vehicle that supports CarPlay? Here's a list of the cars that have integrated Apple's hands-free feature.In the market for a new …

Santa Fe

This Fall, Sheriff Walt Longmire Returns In Craig Johnson’s New Novel, ‘Depth of Winter’

The Netflix television show might be over, but Longmire lives on in Craig Johnson’s novels. In fact, the Absoroka sheriff is set to ride again on …

How to Show the Expanded Print Details Dialog in Mac OS by Default

Do you frequently access the detailed printing options when printing from a Mac? If so, you’ll really appreciate this trick to always show the …

How to create a smart home in a smart way

Those of you who’ve been following my Smart Home Diary series will know that I’ve learned a number of lessons – some of them the hard way. But I thought it would be useful to distill these into a single piece offering my best advice for anyone planning to create a smart home from scratch today.<p>And …

Home Automation

Apple video explains how iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting effects were created

Apple last evening posted a new video to its official YouTube channel, offering a rare behind the scenes look at how the Portrait Lighting effects on …

How to cut the cord with Apple TV 4K

Even if you're all-in on 4K, you can easily drop your expensive cable bill for entertainment more customized to you!Thanks to the many streaming …

watchOS 4 appears to lack advanced heart rate functionality on first-gen Apple Watch

Even though it currently sells three main iPhone generations, as well as the lower-end SE, not to mention three types of iPads with four different …

Cutting the cord? How to pick your streaming services

“Cut the cord.” It sounds so freeing, doesn’t it? No more paying exorbitant fees for hundreds of channels you never watch. With streaming services, you can watch whatever, whenever, wherever. Pretty great, right?<p>There’s just one roadblock: Streaming services are complicated, far more complicated …

Timberland’s Timeless 1978 Hiker Boot Is Back for the First Time Ever — for a Limited Time Only

A classic Timberland hiking boot is back in its original form for the first time ever.<p>The Timberland 1978 Hiker Boot was the brand’s original …

ETA Update Automatically Calculates Calendar Event Travel Times

In the past, I rarely added locations to my calendar events unless I was going someplace I’d never been, but that’s changed since I started testing the update to ETA that was released today. The reason for the switch is a powerful new feature available as an In-App Purchase in ETA, which uses …

The best voice recording apps for Apple Watch

The potential of voice recording from your wrist is huge, as it certainly has been for years on iPhone and iPad. For that reason, Apple itself has …

How to block all calls on your iPhone except those from your contacts

There are very few things that are more annoying than unwanted cell phone calls. <i>Macworld</i> reader Douglas Cowan asks a question about a way to block …

New report offers more detail on Apple’s work w/ Cochlear to improve iPhone accessibility

Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple was working with hearing-aid manufacturer Cochlear on Bluetooth and other technologic challenges to offer a direct connection to iPhones. Now, a new piece from Wired offers more detail on the efforts and talks about how “Apple is putting voices in …

Plex pushes Live TV broadcasts to Apple TV, Android

It hasn't been that long since Plex launched live TV and DVR support, but now it's officially out of beta testing. While it's still a premium feature tied to the Plex Pass subscription ($5 per month, $40 per year or $120 lifetime), it's available on a few more platforms via the Plex app. Already …

Smart TV

Everything new with Apple’s Photos app in macOS High Sierra

In macOS High Sierra, the built-in Photos app packs some great new tools as well as lots of small improvements. It brings better organization, new editing tools (like selective color and curves), and extended integration with third-party apps.<p>Check out all the new features and improvements in …

Mobile Photography

Apple Teams Up With Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson for Siri Movie

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson today announced that he's teamed up with Apple for a movie that co-stars Apple's AI-based personal assistant, Siri.<p>According to the poster tweeted by Johnson, the movie is called "The ROCKxSIRI Dominate the Day." There are no details on how long the film is or what it's …

How to segment your Apple Watch workout mid session

If you’re fastidious about tracking your workouts, be it running, cycling or hitting the weights, you might have been irritated before by the …

Apple quietly extends first-gen Watch warranty to three years

The first-generation Apple Watch suffered from a few problems, including "ballooning batteries" that ended up displacing a few users' screens. In response, Apple quietly extended service coverage on first-gen device battery issues for an extra year. Now, they've done it again in response to another …

Apple Music gains new $99 annual subscription option

It appears Apple has quietly added a new annual subscription option for its Apple Music service. TechCrunch points to the new plan, which costs just …

How to Customize Your Mac’s Login Screen

Wish your Mac’s login screen worked differently? Maybe you don’t want to see a list of users, or maybe you wish you could change your keyboard format …

watchOS 3.2 with Theater Mode, Siri in apps & more now available for Apple Watch

Shortly following the public release of iOS 10.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch today, Apple also released watchOS 3.2 (build 14V249) for Apple …

How to record live TV without a cable subscription using Plex DVR

I'm always looking for ways to maximize my TV watching experience. That's why Plex DVR is a fantastic service for cord cutters like me. Combined with …

Smart TV