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Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: How the critical CPU flaws affect PCs and Macs

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs are very serious, and the fixes can create serious slowdowns in PCs, Macs, and other devices. Here‘s everything you need to know.

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Those fancy pants iPhone owners, they fix their phones

Look, it‘s OK if you have enough money to buy an iPhone. But for God‘s sake, don‘t get it fixed.In a blog post reposted at The Next Web, Zander Nethercutt says ‘iPhones are fragile - and so are their owners.‘YOU TAKE THAT BACK. [sob] As it has become clear just how luxurious life within the Apple ecosystem tends to be, so too has it become clear why Apple power users - often dubbed ‘sheep‘ - tend to be

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How to use AirPods with Apple TV

Apple‘s AirPods are far from perfect, but they some of the best true wireless earbuds on the market, particularly for those with a lot of Apple gear.Everyone knows that AirPods work with iPhones, iPads, and Macs, but we tend to overlook the fact that they also work wonderfully with Apple TV (4th generation or 4K). With the audio beaming wirelessly across your living room to your AirPods, you can enjoy late-night or early-morning TV witho

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How to watch the Super Bowl without cable

Options abound for checking out all the championship action on whatever screen you choose.

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iPhone 2018 rumors: Apple going all in on iPhone X with 6.1-inch, 6.5-inch models

Updated 01/19/18: Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will cease production of iPhone X in the summer as it readies for three new home button-less models in the fall.It‘s not enough that the new iPhone X is only a month or so old; rumors about next year‘s iPhone are already starting to fly. We‘ll keep track of what‘s been said and what seems feasible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.What‘s the

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Apple knows best (or so it would have you believe)

If there‘s one philosophy that seems to exemplify the vast majority of decisions that Apple has made about their products, it‘s this: ‘We know best.‘Now, I get it. That‘s kind of the upside of having a benevolent dictator: decisions get made for you, and you don‘t have to worry yourself about making the right ones. Of course, the downside to a benevolent dictator is that they‘re still, fundamentally, a

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iMac Pro review: Mac Pro power in the shape of an iMac

Four years since Apple last shipped a desktop Mac with the word ‘pro‘ in the name, the iMac Pro has arrived. Holding down the high end of the Mac product line until the day (hopefully in 2018) when a new Mac Pro arrives, the iMac Pro fuses the look of the 27-inch 5K iMac with the priorities of a professional workstation.This is not a computer designed for the masses-a new iMac Pro starts at 5,000 and you can pay five figures for a

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ConnectSense Smart Outlet review: A solid smart plug for the HomeKit set

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet for HomeKit stands out from the pack in looks and features.

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Puls begins offering same-day TV antenna installation

This new service can install a TV antenna on your roof on the same day you decide to cut the cable cord.

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Is CES a trouble spot for Apple?

The reports are in from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and they‘re not good if you‘re an Apple watcher: The days of CES being a show full of products trumpeting their connections to the App Store are over. This year, it‘s all about smart assistants-and that means Alexa and the Google Assistant, not Siri. It‘s bad news for Apple-or is it?I trust the trained eyes of CES observers. Both analyst Ben Bajarin and New Yor

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‘Hey Siri, give me the news‘ leaves beta, works with NPR, Fox, CNN, and Washington Post

One of those things people expect to be able to do with smart speakers is to get a news briefing in the morning. It was one of Alexa‘s first tricks when the Echo launched in 2014, and a core feature of Google Home in 2016. With the HomePod on the way, it simply has to be one of Siri‘s powers, too. It‘s table stakes.And so it has come to pass. Previously available only to users running the iOS 11.2.5 beta, the new news feature

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Cook says ‘people weren‘t paying attention‘ but vows to let users turn off iPhone throttling

In an interview with ABC News to tout Apple‘s new jobs strategy, second U.S. campus, and repatriation of some 250 billion in overseas cash, Tim Cook also spoke for the first time about the iPhone battery issue, offering an apology, a little blame, and an upcoming fix.Apple has already come clean on its practice of slowing down older iPhones to prevent against unnecessary shutdowns, but Cook put a slightly different spin on things, saying

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How Apple can turn the iPhone into an ultra portable MacBook Air

Amid the battles over bezels, screens, and battery life, there‘s one thing that all iPhones have in common: They‘re powerful enough to replace your PC.Now before you start yelling at your screen, I‘m not talking about the iMac Pro or the HP Omen. If you use your laptop or desktop to do something you can‘t do on your phone, the point is moot. PCs and Macs still have their place in the world, and it‘s going to be a

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iPhone fixation: It‘s all on Apple

It appears that some of you have an iPhone fixation!The Macalope is, of course, talking about the members of the tech punditry corps, who only ever look at the iPhone whenever there‘s a problem.Writing for The New York Times, Farhad Manjoo says ‘It‘s Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone.‘ (Tip o‘ the antlers to Philip, D_CMillsand @JonyIveParody.)To read this article in full, please click here

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It‘s time for cord cutters to embrace the smart TV

Smart TVs used to be consistently worse than dedicated streaming players. Not anymore.

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Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker review: Rugged, loud, and fun, but also pricey and only marginally portable

The absence of a battery leaves the thumpy Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker reliant on AC power.

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An Apple device for all seasons

Allow me to indulge my imagination for just a moment. Over the past few months there‘s been plenty of discussion about the future of the macOS and iOS platforms. About the possibility that they might come to share more hardware than they already do. About the potential for a unified application architecture between the two platforms.To read this article in full, please click here

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Aukey is selling its 12,000mAh power bank for 12 right now

Today‘s a good time for getting a deal on mobile charging gear: Aukey via Amazon has dropped the price of its12,000mAh portable charger to 12.This is one of the cheapest prices we‘ve seen.To get the deal, you must redeem the coupon in the drop-down menu near the current price of 26. At the time of this writing, three deals were available-the one you want is titled ‘54% off it item(s).‘This charger offers two USB ports w

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Meltdown and Spectre, iPhone addiction, CES, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 588

How do the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities affect Apple users? Is iPhone addition a problem? And does the recent Consumer Electronics Show mean anything for Apple? We also feature your comments and questions for Michael Simon, Jason Cross, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 588.Here are relevant links to get more info on the stuff discussed on the show.To read this article in full, please click here

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A list of Apple‘s original TV shows and series: Kristen Wiig to star in comedy series

Updated 01/17/18: According to Variety, Apple has ordered a 10-episode run of a new comedy series starting Kristen Wiig.Apple is said to be spending as much as 1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That‘s a lot of TV! It‘s not the 8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it‘s still a huge commitment.What can you get for a billion dollars? Well, some simple math gives us 200 episodes at 5 million a piec

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How to set up a new iPhone by restoring it from an older device

Macworld readers are likely quite used to restoring their iOS devices. Sometimes, you‘ll need to bring your iPhone or iPad in or ship it off for repair, and Apple has to reset or replace it. Other times, you might hit a glitch-a rapidly draining battery is a common one-where the ‘best‘ remedy is backing up and restoring.But Macworld reader Jim writes in with what I think is a common scenario for which there‘s an extra s

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Amazon‘s Fire TV boss: We‘re beating Roku, and we‘re still doing smart TVs

Amazon says it‘s winning the streaming device wars and plotting a return to smart TVs.

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Nest Secure review: This security offering carries a premium price tag despite missing some key features

Save your pennies if you want to adopt Nest‘s sleek-yet limited-security offering.

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HomeKit FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple‘s smart home ecosystem

We may not yet live in the world of the Smart Home, but we‘re getting there. Consumers are starting to outfit their homes with connected lights, locks, alarms, cameras, and thermostats. How is all of this stuff going to work together? Apple‘s answer is HomeKit. This quick primer will tell you what HomeKit is, how it works, and how it fits into the smart home ecosystem.What is HomeKit? First announced as part of iOS 8 in 2014, HomeK

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