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Monoprice True Wireless Plus Earbuds review: The same again, only better

1 week 3 days ago

At $50, I already thought Monoprice’s True Wireless Earbuds were very good. That’s why I was so surprised by its slightly more expensive earbuds, the $70 True Wireless Plus. The two pairs of earbuds look identical: They’re exactly the same size and shape, and they even weigh the same. Could Monoprice really cram in enough of an upgrade to make this worth it?

It turns out, it can. For a modest increase in price, Monoprice squeezed a huge upgrade into these earbuds. The new Monoprice earbuds sound better, reconnect faster, and last more than twice as long on a charge.

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Ian Birnbaum

Black Friday 2019: The best tech deals at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Newegg, and more

1 week 4 days ago

Much hype went into the lead-up to Black Friday 2019, with some changes to retailers' habits—more stores released early looks at their advertisements for Thanksgiving week, as well as small amounts of the best deals to chum the waters for the main event.

Well, Black Friday is here now, and though many deals are of varieties we've seen before (Echo Dot or Google Home Mini for dirt cheap, anyone?), some genuinely unique standout bargains exist within the piles and piles of fodder. To help you spot them, we've sifted through popular stores' advertisements and websites to find the true gems, all of which are listed below.

Everything we've picked are items that we've rated highly or that enjoy tremendous popularity and are near or below the historical all-time low price. So if you see gear that you like, you can rest assured that we've done your research for you.

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Alaina Yee

Best iPhone 11 cases: For iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

1 week 5 days ago

Just three days before my iPhone 11 Pro arrived, I was harshly reminded of how important it is to have a phone good case when my poor iPhone XS Max decided to dive into the concrete—three days before I was supposed to trade it in. The screen cracked, and in a rarity for me, I wasn’t using a case.

[See our hand-picked list of all the best Black Friday deals on Apple gear, from AirPods to Apple Watches to iPads, MacBooks, and more]

That’s partially why great care was taken to create this list of the best cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Since the designs for the three phones (and cases) are all so similar this year, we’ve compiled them all into one listing and provided links to each model. Over on the right, you’ll see a link to “See More,” and these links will almost always go to the iPhone 11 version. If you don’t see a price listing for a particular model, that means there isn’t one.

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Leif Johnson

This weekend, new Apple News+ users can score a three-month free trial

1 week 5 days ago

Remember Apple News+? Apple really wants you to give its off-the-radar magazine-based subscription service a shot, so if you’re a new user and you sign up today, you can get a free trial for three months instead of the usual single month. To activate it, go to your Apple News app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and press the Apple News+ tab, and you should then see the offer.

Sorry, early adopters: If you used a free trial when Apple News+ first launched and you’d like to see what has changed, you’ll have to pay the full $9.99 monthly fee (or $12.99, if you're in Canada) to jump in again.

I wouldn’t worry too much—after all, not much has changed. Apple News+ appears to have had a rougher time than any of Apple’s other new subscription-based services, and earlier this month I suggested that may partially be because Apple can’t curate the content as easily as it can with Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+. It has apparently struggled to gain more subscribers than the 200,000 that signed up in March. Among a few other remaining problems I first wrote about in March, the integration with regular Apple News remains wonky and you’ll find a jarring mishmash of PDFs and normal digital text as you jump from magazine to magazine.

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Leif Johnson

Best Walmart Black Friday deals 2019

1 week 5 days ago

Walmart might not be as strongly associated with tech as Best Buy, but its deals on gadgets and gear are fiercely competitive. Be it a new pre-built PC, smart home devices, or Apple's latest, you'll find standouts in the entries below.

Among them is a $99 Chromebook, a $580 gaming PC, and iPhones. In fact, Walmart is certainly one of best places to pick up an iPhone this weekend because of the generous gift cards it’s offering. For more information on that, check out our roundup of the best Apple-related Black Friday deals.

If you find this list isn't enough to quench your thirst for tech bargains, we highly suggest checking out our full round-up of the best tech-related Black Friday deals from major stores.

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Alaina Yee,

PCWorld Staff,

Macworld Staff,

TechHive Staff

How to send large attachments with Mail Drop and other services

1 week 6 days ago

Apple added a clever option in its 2014 Mac operating system update for letting the Mail app handle large files. Many email servers limit the file size of attachments to something that can be quite modest—in the 10s to 100s of megabytes. This is partly to prevent spam and harassment that could clog a mail server or an email account, putting a user over their quota.

But it’s also just for plain efficiency. Email is a terrible way to send large files.

For an iCloud account, you can choose to check the “Send large attachments with Mail Drop” box in Mail > Preferences > Accounts in the iCloud account’s Account Information tab. Apple has never defined how large “large” is, presumably so it vary that amount over time or based on factors for individual recipient mail servers.

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Glenn Fleishman

Apple software features to be thankful for

1 week 6 days ago

It's that time of year here in the U.S. where we take a break from viewing everything through the lens of what technology companies can do in the future and instead remind ourselves of all the things we're lucky to already have in the present. And so, inspired by my colleague Jason Snell's look at the tech accessories that he's thankful for, I figured I'd take a similar tack and run down some of the software capabilities that I just couldn't get by without.

Some of them are marquee features, others unsung heroes, but they all have one thing in common: they're things I use day in and day out, and my life just wouldn't be the same if they weren't around. So, in the spirit of the holiday, here are the Apple software features that I'm most thankful for.

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Dan Moren

Best Target Black Friday deals 2019

2 weeks ago

If you’re in the market for phones, smart home accessories, gaming devices, TVs, or fitness trackers, Target’s deals are, well, right on target. The retailer is even selling some phones for “free”—with a qualifying activation from Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, that is.

Target is a good source of Apple-related deals, too, and for those we recommend checking out our list of the best Apple-related Black Friday deals. Standouts there include $200 gift cards with some iPhone purchases and a record low price for the new 10.2-inch iPad (which a few other retailers are matching).

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Alaina Yee,

PCWorld Staff,

Macworld Staff,

TechHive Staff

Your hot takes on MacBooks, iPhones, and more

2 weeks ago

On this episode of the Macworld Podcast, it’s all about your hot takes. We’ll respond to your thoughts on Apple’s MacBooks, the iPhone, and more. Stay tuned!

This is episode 677 with Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

This is a special edition of the show, where we feature your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds. The hot takes are your reactions to Macworld stories and other happenings in the world of Apple. We’ll share what you wrote, and we will offer our thoughts.

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Leif Johnson,

Roman Loyola,

Michael Simon

Apple Arcade: 'Unleash the Light' now available

2 weeks 1 day ago

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally here. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service features premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If all goes well, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Got questions? Fortunately we have plenty of answers. Here’s everything we know about Apple Arcade so far.

Updated 11/27/19: Added Unleash the Light to the list of available games.

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