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Apple‘s ‘It‘s show time‘ event: Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, Apple Card, and your hot takes

In the latest episode of the Macworld Podcast, we have a long chat about Apple‘s March 25 "It‘s show time" event. For our feature discussion, we pick apart all the services announced during the event: Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and the Apple Card. In our two-minute tip, we‘ll show you how to add a Shortcut to your iPhone‘s home screen. We‘ll also discuss hot takes from our audience. This is episode 645

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Apple updates Shortcuts app with Notes access and other new actions

Hot on the heels of the iOS 12.2 release, Apple has updated its handy Shortcuts app to version 2.2.The update adds several new actions, the most prominent of which is the ability for Shortcuts to work with the Notes app. There are now actions forCreate Note, Append to Note, Find Notes, and Show Note. This is going to make both the Shortcuts app and the Notes app a lot more useful.The Shortcuts app is a free download, but isn‘t pre-instal

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

Apple TV+ will have couple dozen exclusive movies and shows, but still needs a raison d‘tre.

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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‘tre.

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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&lsqu

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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

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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 in

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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

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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 wi

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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&lsq

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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 i

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Get This Bundle of 8 Productivity Mac Apps For 26

MacBooks are some of the most sought-after laptops on the market because Apple invests thousands of hours in its UI and apps. However, you shouldn‘t let that stop you from downloading additional apps to enrich your experience. If you‘re looking for additional functionality from your MacBook, this Mac bundle has what you‘re looking for,and it‘s just 26 with code MADNESS15 at checkout.To read this article in full, please

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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

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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.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, bu

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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 magaz

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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, the Apple Card-which consists of both a service and a sleek, thin and light, titanium card-dispenses with the usual confusion around cre

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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.

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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

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