Almost a year ago, we wrote about a report from CNet that Apple is working on a wireless AR/VR headset for release in 2020. Given the current state of related technologies, the advanced combined AR-and-VR headset described in that report seems wildly unrealistic.
Now, a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo makes a prediction that is a little more down to earth. Kuo’s predictions are by no means perfect, but he has a better track record than most and is dialed-in to the supply chain Apple relies on.
We’ve covered a lot of SSD deals in recent months, but few offer as much space for such a low price as today’s Amazon deal on the 480GB Kingston A400 SSD. In January, when this SSD was $65, we called that price “insane,” but today it’s even lower at a truly ridiculous $52.
Kingston’s drive is designed to provide faster speeds for everything from boot-ups to file transfers to app loading, with read speeds up to 500MB/s and write speeds up to 450MB/s—up to 10x faster than a standard hard drive. It’s also built to be pretty rugged, with shock- and vibration-resistance to keep your data safe if you tuck the drive into a laptop. As a standard 2.5-inch SSD with a 7mm form factor, the Kingston A400 shouldn’t have any trouble fitting into even slim notebooks.
If you need to secure a whole bunch of devices, Newegg’s got a great deal today. The online retailer is selling a two-year subscription to the Bitdefender Family Pack for $30Remove non-product link. This package usually sells for $200, and that’s the current price on Amazon. Newegg isn’t displaying the sale price, but you will see it once you add the software to the cart. The sale price ends on Thursday, March 14. The sale appears to be for disc-based software, not a download.
The indicator lights for active Ethernet connections might help you troubleshoot problems with a Wi-Fi router. While Wi-Fi and Ethernet may seem like two utterly different pieces of technology, they combine in a wireless router, in which the device’s software interconnects networking traffic across the two types—and on some models, across a third via DSL or cable standards.
That can provide a problem if the Wi-Fi part of the gateway remains active and healthy, meaning that client devices, like smartphones and laptops, can connect to the network and report back that everything’s fine, but the Internet connection appears dead.
I’ve found frequently that when a Wi-Fi router appears at fault, Ethernet is the actual culprit. While Ethernet is an extremely reliable and long-running technology, cables fail through wear (if you move them around) and over time. It’s especially a difficult issue when Ethernet is threaded through the walls of your home. (Some homes were also wired long enough ago that they use an older standard of Ethernet cable that can’t consistently support gigabit Ethernet signalling.)
When people roll out wish lists of things they wish Apple would do to its products, they’re often focused on brand new features. We all like new features, sure, but part of me worries that while the focus is on the shiny, the basics—the software that we’re all using everyday—gets ignored. In particular, I’m really ready for Apple to tackle that old standby: Mail.
I know: email’s dead, supplanted by a myriad of other means of digital communication. Except, for many of us, email is still something that we’re unavoidably attached to when it comes to corresponding with people, signing up for accounts, and archiving or doing a to-do list.
Apple expended a lot of effort developing tools in iOS 12 that let us spend less time on our devices by preventing us from using them at certain times. But what about all that time where we are using our smartphones, tablets, and computers? Maybe there are features that can help us be more efficient, and treat our time with the respect it deserves.
In 2018, a solid set of true wirelesses earphones, like Apple’s AirPods or the Jabra Elite 65t, can be had for around $150. They sound good, are reasonably well-made and, for the price, have few enough problems that most people will be happy with them.
Some companies, such as Bang & Olufson or Master & Dynamic with their excellent MW07s, offer their true wireless earphones for twice as much money. In exchange for this steep premium, it’s reasonable to expect a well-built, stylish set of true wireless earbuds that offer a vastly superior listening experience.
A good MacBook bag shares many qualities with a MacBook. We want it to be tough, so it needs to be made from good materials. We want to use it for multiple tasks, so it needs to have plenty of pockets and compartments. (And let’s admit it, with the diminishing number of ports on the MacBook, the bags often have the edge.) And since we all admire good design here, we certainly don’t mind if the bag looks fantastic.
All of the bags below fit those criteria, but we’ve been careful to choose bags that meet specific needs. One of these bags will keep your MacBook safe on rainy treks, while another stands out for letting you easily grab your stuff. One is here mainly because it manages to meet the above criteria without costing as much as a HomePod, and all of them have a laptop sleeve for stowing the MacBook.
Smart lighting can elevate the ambiance and control of your home, but outfitting all of your lamps with WiFi bulbs can be pretty expensive. Today, though, you can grab one of our favorite smart bulbs, the LIFX A19, for $40Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $60 and the best deal we've seen on this bulb in a while.
Unless you have an identical twin, there’s no other human out there like you. This means that your genetics will influence your health in a unique way that no one else will experience, so it’s best to learn your genetic background before structuring a diet and workout plan. Vitagene can help you with both for just $69.
While malware hasn’t found a fertile home on the Mac for decades, scammers keep trying. As many of you have experienced, adware and other software that delivers unwanted content or an unwanted experience abounds—like redirecting you to a specific website for searching or turning all Amazon links into affiliate links that earn the scammers a commission until they’re shut down.
Even with vigilance against nasty threats, you or (more likely) someone you know may have installed otherwise reasonable seeming software that hijacks Safari in some particular way. That includes a rather nasty way in which you can be prevented from changing your homepage in Safari in Safari > Preferences > General, then the Homepage field.
The iPhone’s future with 5G; USB 4 and the Mac; how to change the Apple Watch app list; your hot takes
The Macworld Podcast has a new format that we'd like to explain before we go on with the show. The main difference is that we’re going back to an audio-only format. If you’ve been joining our live video feeds, thank you! Moving forward, you can get the podcast on the Macworld channel on iTunes and Soundcloud, as well as on Macworld.com.
In addition, the podcast now has new segments. We’ll kick off with news, followed by a deeper discussion on a featured topic. After that, we have a new segment called Two-Minute Tip, and then we’ll wrap up with your hot takes posted to us on Twitter and Facebook.
As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting the best Fitbit model for your needs, however, isn’t quite as simple.
The different Fitbit trackers have a lot of overlap in features, and so it’s not straightforward which one is the “best.” Moving up the scale in price doesn’t necessarily mean you get all the features of the cheaper trackers plus additional ones. (This quirk is particularly relevant if you need water resistance.)
That’s where we come in. We’ve boiled down the options into three simple picks that should match most people’s activity levels and styles.
Fitbit’s new lineup of watches and trackers isn’t meant to get you to replace your existing device with a new one. It’s meant for people who don’t have one yet.
In fact, if you already own a Fitbit, the new members of the lineup will look remarkably similar to the one on your wrist. There’s a new member of the Versa family, an updated fitness band with a monochrome display, and a new tracker for kids. But they all have one thing in common: they’re cheaper than ever.
The new devices couldn’t come at a better time. According to the company, Fitbit is still the number two smartwatch maker in the world behind Apple, but the gap is shrinking between it and its competitors. The company still posted growth in active users last year, but the rate was its slowest yet, just 10 percent over the prior year. The main reason, according to Fitbit, is price and complexity, and the new lineup addresses those two things head on.