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The 5 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from February 2019

2 weeks ago
February’s best iOS games

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Mention the word February at random, and I’d say the minds of most folks drift to thoughts of love, relationships, and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. Sorry, but you won’t be getting anything like that from us. We can, however, give you a list of iPhone and iPad games we believe you’ll love as much as we do.

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Leif Johnson

Get new MacBook Pros and iPad Pros for steep discounts with Best Buy’s one-day sale

2 weeks 3 days ago

Best Buy is living up to its name with an extensive sale on Apple products, but the offers will only last until the end of Friday. You’ll find some of the best deals available on both the latest MacBook ProsRemove non-product link and iPad ProsRemove non-product link. You’ll also find plenty of great deals on non-Apple products as well.

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Leif Johnson

We adore Edifier's beautiful, rich-sounding speakers, and today they're cheaper than ever

2 weeks 3 days ago

A killer home sound system can elevate your personal audio to studio-quality levels. And today, you can get one of our favorite top-of-class home speaker sets for its lowest price ever. The Edifier S2000 Pro is $320 today on Amazon, a huge drop from a list price of $500.

These sleek, wood-sided speakers bring a sweet design to their excellent sound quality. On that note, that sound is made possible by a fast-responding flat diaphragm and aluminum woofers. You can also customize your sound for any listening situation using four EQ settings, and control modes, volumes, inputs, and more with the included remote. These beauties punch way above their weight class.

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Alexandria Haslam

Organize and customize your dock elements for $20 with ActiveDock

2 weeks 3 days ago

One MacOS’s core UI experiences is the dock on the bottom of the screen, which easily lets you select your favorite apps with the click of a button. However, if you’re switching from a different operating system, the dock may feel like a limitation. Luckily, ActiveDock can open up a world of functionality, and it’s currently on sale for $19.99.

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DealPost Team

Alien Skin Exposure X4 review: Raw photo processing app applies creative flair to your photos

2 weeks 3 days ago

Alien Skin Exposure X4 is a prosumer app targeted to photo hobbyists and enthusiasts who want to kick their photographic output up a notch or two.

While the app—which works both as a standalone or a plug-into Photoshop—specializes in raw images, it’s also compatible with a variety of formats including TIFF, JPEG and PSD. Version X4 offers improved shadow and highlight recovery for improved detail. New, customizable light effects add drama to your compositions while new transform tools let you correct keystone tilt and other skewed perspectives.

In addition to photographic features, Exposure X4’s Smart Collections let you more efficiently organize your photo library using keywords, ratings, and colors. A tethered shooting feature, mostly targeted to professional photographers, lets you monitor folders and do tethered shooting directly from camera to screen.

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Jackie Dove

How repairing an old Mac mini made me anticipate a new Mac Pro

2 weeks 3 days ago

I spent the better part of this week with my 2012 Mac mini in pieces in my living room, as I attempted to fix an issue with a dead drive. The problem that sparked it is still plaguing me, but the experience has given me both some appreciation for the way Apple used to do things, as well as the way it might once again.

This isn’t the first time I’ve taken apart a Mac—it’s not even the first time I’ve taken apart this particular Mac mini. Diving into hardware has always been a task that I enjoy. It’s fun not only to see how everything fits together (especially with Apple’s famously small tolerances) but also to realize that this amazing box, which can do all these cool things, is a clever combination of so many parts working in concert.

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Dan Moren

The iPhone SE is available on Apple’s online Clearance Products store

2 weeks 3 days ago

Apple’s iPhone SE disappeared from the iPhone lineup last fall, when the company introduced the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. But it keeps reappearing in Apple’s online Clearance store. It’s back again, and who knows how long inventory will last.

You can’t find the iPhone SE at the retail Apple Store, though you may be able to find one at a carrier store. If you’ve wanted one but had no luck through the methods above, now’s your chance. Since it’s on clearance, stock on these phones is limited.

Here’s what’s available. 

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Roman Loyola

Train to become an AWS-certified developer with this $35 bundle

2 weeks 4 days ago

When a successful company expands, its data demands grow as well, making cloud computing a necessity. There are many cloud computing services on the market, but Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the most popular ones, so becoming AWS-certified will make you a valuable commodity for any company looking to expand their infrastructure. If you’re interested in a career in cloud computing, this $35 bundle can help.

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DealPost Team

How to convert vector artwork into different formats using the Preview app

2 weeks 4 days ago

There’s a gulf of difference between bitmap and vector graphics. Bitmap art is made of pixels and has a scale attached: each pixel represents black or white, or some gray or color tone. The resolution of the file—how many pixels wide by how tall—defines the amount of information in it. Scale it up and you start to see the individual pixels.

A vector graphic, however, defines just the relationship of arcs and lines, which can be colored or filled with tints or patterns, and can be scaled to any size large or small. At whatever size they’re scaled, they render to the screen: the geometrical data gets converted to pixels for display. (Text included in vector files are almost always made of vectors themselves!)

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Glenn Fleishman

Gamevice review: A good iPhone game controller, but not for Fortnite

2 weeks 4 days ago

Hook up any latter-day iPhone to the Gamevice and you’ll wind up with a device that looks a lot like a Nintendo Switch. An iPhone XS Max in particular does a good job of masquerading as the Switch’s expansive central touchscreen. The Gamevice controllers themselves hug the phone’s edges like Joy-Cons. So fully does the Gamevice pull off the illusion that I spent the week before its arrival envisioning a future where we wouldn’t even need devices like the Switch. With the help of peripherals like these, I was ready to proclaim, the iPhone alone would suffice.

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Leif Johnson

Apple dominates the podcast market. But for how long?

2 weeks 4 days ago

If you aren’t someone who is part of the podcast business (disclosure: I make the majority of my income from podcasting), you might not realize that Apple is the dominant player in the field. That dominance is driven by two factors: its definitive directory of podcasts, and the built-in iOS Podcasts app, which drives the majority of podcast listening on the planet.

The slow shift from radio to on-demand audio continues, and companies are noticing. Investment in podcast companies is up, listening is growing, and the podcast advertising market continues to expand. Yet despite its dominance, Apple seems strangely uninterested in podcasting.

It started with the iPod

Apple reached this point because in 2005 it noticed that people were going to great lengths to load the first podcasts onto its iPod music player, and decided to make some effort to make the process easier. Apple released a new version of GarageBand with additional podcast-focused features, created a directory of podcasts using the iTunes Store framework, and updated iTunes to support podcast subscriptions directly. You still had to attach your iPod directly in order to download new episodes, which was not the best, but it beat the old method of loading podcast audio files into iTunes, marking them as songs or audiobooks, and syncing them manually.

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Jason Snell

Macworld's March Digital Magazine: 10 must-have apps for your iPhone

2 weeks 5 days ago

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the March issue

In the March issue of Macworld we’ve got apps. If you have a new iPhone or Apple Watch, we have our picks for the must-have apps for each device. And not to ignore the Mac, we’ve got the 10 best Mac games of 2018; don’t miss our list. 

In this month’s issue:

• MacUser: The old guard of Mac indy apps has thrived for more than 25 years

• MacUser Reviews: Adobe Premiere Rush CC, Sony PSZ-RA4T Professional RAID

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Macworld Staff

The 2017 15-inch 1TB MacBook Pro gets a whopping $1,200 discount at B&H

2 weeks 5 days ago

MacBooks are great. They’re fantastic. But the sad truth is that you have to plunk out a fortune if you want one with all the bells and whistles, and in the case of the MacBook Pro, “bells and whistles” often merely means having enough storage space to properly use your rig for video editing. That’s why we’re so happy to see today’s B&H Photo’s deal on a 2017 15.4-inch 1TB MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Today, B&H is knocking a whopping $1,200 off the normal price of $3,399, which brings the price down to $2,199.

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Leif Johnson

How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

2 weeks 5 days ago

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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Jason Cross

Eradicate Wi-Fi dead spots with the Linksys Velop mesh router system for $100, a 50% discount

2 weeks 5 days ago

Wi-Fi dead spots are a bane in any home. A mesh router system can eliminate them—but their all-over coverage usually comes with a hefty price tag. Not today! Amazon is selling one of our favorite mesh routers on an ultra-steep discount. TheLinksys Velop Home Mesh Wi-Fi System is $100, 50 percent off its $200 list price and a sharp drop from its most recent price of $180.

The Linksys Velop system comes with two mesh routers, with the possibility to add on more as needed. These nodes, placed strategically in your home, can expand your Wi-Fi range and ensure no basement or garage becomes a dead spot. Their sleek, rectangular shape is easy to tuck into a room, while you can choose either black or white depending on your design needs. In addition, you’ll be able to control your Wi-Fi from anywhere with the Linksys mobile app, which will allow you to test connection speeds, set parental controls, allow guest access, and prioritize devices’ connectivity. In addition, the router system can be controlled using just your voice.

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