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Apple finally updates Mac mini with new quad- and 6-core CPUs, space gray case

2 weeks ago

The wait for the Mac mini update is finally over. After four years since its last update, Apple on Tuesday announced at its New York City event that the company is delivering a new Mac mini with modern processors and specifications.

The upgrades are spotlighted by quad- and six-core 8th-generation Intel processors. According to Apple, the new Mac mini is five times faster than the four-year-old model it replaces.

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Apple boosts the maximum amount of memory supported from 16GB to 64GB, and the machine uses 2666MHz SO-DIMMs. The Mac mini also features flash storage that the company says is four times faster than the four-year-old predecessor, and can be outfitted with a maximum amount of 2TB.

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Roman Loyola

How to save on hit games through Xbox Game Pass

2 weeks ago

When it comes to hobbies that are friendly on the wallet, gaming sits somewhere between iPhone frisbee and collecting exotic cars. In addition to the hardware, controllers, and peripherals gamers need to invest in, most new games release with a $60 price tag; and more titles are launching with premium editions that edge closer to the $100 mark. Well worth it in the end, but significant all the while.

This makes gaming on a budget challenging, but it’s by no means impossible, especially now that Microsoft is shaking up the market with Xbox Game Pass.

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DealPost Team

Your Mac’s Photos Library is important. Make a secondary backup of it using sync software

2 weeks ago

Making backups of your Mac’s Photos Library are among the more popular questions to Mac 911. It’s not enough for many people to have one backup made by Time Machine; a lot of you also want a manually-created backup that’s more accessible in case something goes wrong. The catch to manually backing up a Photos Library is to use a method that isn’t tedious.

The answer may lie with sync software. Sync software lets you keep files and folders in two locations (or more) up to date with each other. Sync software has been around since the earliest days of the Mac, and I’ve used many sync apps.

My current favorite sync app is ChronoSync. It’s kind of a kitchen-sink program: it can do any kind of thing you could plausibly want to do to keep things synchronized, cloned, backed up, archived, whatever. It requires a little study to master, but it’s worth it. It’s $50 but it has a perpetual upgrade license, and all future improvements are included.

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Glenn Fleishman

Picture this: Judging Apple on cameras

2 weeks ago

Apple is set to announce new products today but why bother? Everyone knows innovation is dead at Apple.

Over at The Outline, Joshua Topolsky declares “Apple: the second-best tech company in the world.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Žiga.)

Based on a sample size of a couple of camera features.

Apple doesn’t lead the way anymore.

Someone should tell all those Android OEMs that ran out and copied the notch. Hey, dummies! Apple doesn’t lead the way anymore! You’re following the wrong company! A notch isn’t cool! You know what’s cool? Two notches.

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The Macalope

Macworld's November Digital Magazine: Five reasons why you should install macOS Mojave

2 weeks 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 November issue

MacOS Mojave is out. In the November issue we have five big reasons why you shouldn’t wait to upgrade. Got a new iPhone XS? We have a rundown of the ten things you should do first with your new phone. Plus, We pulled out our crystal ball to tell you what we are predicting for a MacBook Air replacement.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: How Apple’s push to subscriptions could save the App Store and cost you money

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Macworld Staff

What to expect from Apple’s October 30 event

2 weeks ago

On October 18, Apple sent out colorful invitations to a new event, to be held at the Howard Gilman Opera House in the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30. Each invitation had its own uniquely stylized Apple logo with the tagline “There’s more in the making.”

One never knows exactly what Apple will announce until they say it on stage, but there are always some strong rumors and leaks ahead of any major product unveiling. And the invitations and the venue provide clues. Here’s what we expect from Apple on October 30.

How to watch the event

Apple will livestream the event from its Events Page. Simply head there shortly before the start time of 10 a.m. Eastern time. 

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Jason Cross

Walmart shaves $125 off the 128GB iPad mini

2 weeks 1 day ago

Between the expanding screen size of the iPhone X series and the latest iPad dropping to $330, the iPad mini almost feels like a forgotten member of Apple’s family. But you’ll want to remember the 7.9-inch tablet today, because Walmart’s selling the 128GB iPad mini for $275Remove non-product link, or $125 off its usual $400 price, with free two-day shipping tossed in for good measure. The deal only applies to the Space Gray version of the tablet.

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Brad Chacos

Giveaway: Win a Razer Core X eGPU and a graphics card and mouse to go with it!

2 weeks 1 day ago

We at Macworld have been talking a lot about external graphics processing unit (eGPU) support for the Mac in both macOS High Sierra and Mojave, and we’d like for you to join in on the fun. To that end, we’re teaming with Razer to give away a Razer Core X eGPU. Not only that, the eGPU will come with a Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB card and a Razer Atheris Bluetooth mouse. Altogether, that’s a $650 value. And you’ll get it for free.

To sign up to win, all you need to do is sign up through the widget below. You get additional chances to win if you join one of our social media pages, whether it’s Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook (and yes, you get an extra chance for each one).

The contest ends on MondayNovember 12 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. We’ll announce the winner on our Macworld podcast on Wednesday, November 14. 

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Leif Johnson

Adobe Premiere Elements 2019 review: Movie editor with an AI spin

2 weeks 1 day ago

The new version of Adobe Premiere Elements may be a bit lighter on new features that most people are used to, but the 2019 version puts a laser focus on automated operations that make quick work of editing your family videos.

With increasing reliance on its Sensei artificial intelligence engine, Adobe assists users with tedious and complex tasks like picking the best photos or videos for a collage or trimming the fat out of movies before splicing them together.

The first place you encounter improved automation is the brand new Home Screen, identical to the one in Photoshop Elements 2019. It lets you access new auto- generated collages and slideshows derived from the photos and videos you loaded into the Organizer, the built-in asset manager that ships with the program. Premiere Elements dives into your photos and videos to create presentable and sharable social media posts, some of which are specifically designed for Instagram and Facebook.

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Jackie Dove

Load up on cheap, speedy storage with this 120GB SSD on sale for $23

2 weeks 4 days ago

It’s time to ditch that pokey mechanical hard drive. Solid-state storage prices have been plummeting, but today we’ve found a remarkably cheap SSD that should be a good option for a boot drive in a tower PC, or minimal, fast storage for a travel laptop. Newegg’s selling the 120GB Silicon Power S55 SSD for just $23Remove non-product link. That’s about $10 off the MSRP, and a flat-out outstanding price for a solid-state drive. Newegg’s sale price for this drive ends next Thursday, November 1.

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Ian Paul

iPhone XR vs iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: Which one should you buy?

2 weeks 4 days ago

Just like last year, Apple announced three new iPhone models, but it’s not so easy to tell them apart anymore. Gone is the old-school design with the home button and the giant bezels, and in its place are three new models with iPhone X styling. (But don’t worry, if you really like the old look, you can still buy an iPhone 8 or 8 PlusRemove non-product link.)

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Michael Simon

Save Over 50% On CrazyTalk Animator 3 Pro

2 weeks 4 days ago

If you visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo, you’ll find thousands of up and coming products from hopeful new businesses vying for your purchase. However, many of these crowdfunding campaigns fail to attract an audience simply because their advertising methods are bland.

If you’re interested in launching your own crowdfunding campaign, one of the best tools available is a short 2D video animation, and you can make one with CrazyTalk Animator 3 Pro for 55% off.

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DealPost Team

Tim Cook says companies are weaponizing our personal data, and he’s right

2 weeks 4 days ago

On Wednesday, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook gave the keynote speech at the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. In it he sounded the warning bell about how our personal data is being collected, processed, bought, and sold.

In TechCrunch’s report, he’s quoted as saying, “Our own information—from the everyday to the deeply personal—is being weaponized against us with military efficiency...Taken to the extreme this process creates an enduring digital profile and lets companies know you better than you may know yourself. Your profile is a bunch of algorithms that serve up increasingly extreme content, pounding our harmless preferences into harm. We shouldn’t sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance.”

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