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which mac should you buy?

if you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new mac and may be in need of a little guidance. fortunately, we’re quite familiar with apple’s macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right mac for you.before we proceed, we should specifically address apple’s desktop macs. it’s been a while since the company has updated the mac mini and mac pro. while our advice for each mac model provides guidance as to which model you should buy, you might actually consider waiting to see if apple releases a new mac mini or mac pro, or consider buying an imac.this buying guide provides an overview of all the mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. to get more details, you can read the full review by clicking the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.macbook airmodels for sale were originally released june 2017.what is it? the macbook air is apple’s affordable line of laptops. apple currently offers two 13-inch models.the company used to sell an 11-inch macbook air, but it is no longer available to to general public. if you really want an 11-inch model, you can try looking in apple’s certified refurbished store or amazon. (the 11-inch model is only available as a bulk purchase by educational institutions.)who’s it for? the macbook air is ideal for the budget conscious. it’s also for anyone who is always on the go, doesn’t want to be bogged down by a regular-size laptop, and needs a computer tha...





37% off fitfort 4k wifi ultra hd waterproof sport camera - deal alert

this sport camera is a budget-friendly alternative to gopro. it averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 230 reviewers on amazon, where its list price of $100 is currently discounted 37% to just $64. designed to be used for biking, hiking, diving, swimming, surfing, or anywhere else you could use a rugged, waterproof camera. the camera provides 4k/25fps, 2.7k/30fps, 1080p/60fps, 1080p/30fps and 720p/120fps video resolution. comes with a wireless remote, and 2 rechargeable batteries that provide up to 90 minutes of continuous filming each. see this deal on amazon.this story, "37% off fitfort 4k wifi ultra hd waterproof sport camera - deal alert" was originally published by techconnect. to comment on this article and other macworld content, visit our facebook page or our twitter feed.





the big journey takes you on a charming, dumpling-fueled adventure

these days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. so how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the temple runs from the temple jumps? allow us to help by regularly selecting a game you should play.imagine you’re a cat. an adorable blue kitty who loves food—specifically, fresh-steamed dumplings. that’s not too much of a stretch, right? armor gameswho doesn’t want to be this cat?! perfect. because the big journey is a crazy-addictive physics-based adventure game that involves a round, blue kitty named mr. whiskers who only wants one thing in life: dumplings. but his friend, and the owner of his favorite dumpling stand, mr. choo, is missing. so it’s up to mr. whiskers to find mr. choo…by rolling around. mr. whiskers’ mission is to roll through forests, caves, and deserts, and question the local inhabitants about mr. choo’s whereabouts. and a cat can’t do that without food or…points…so he’ll also have to collect bugs and dumplings along the way.it’s been a while since i’ve played a game with a physical controller scheme—and that’s not really a mistake, because i generally prefer games that you can play while you’re lying in bed. the big journey’s tilt controls will have you dipping and diving with mr. whiskers as he tumbles through tunnels and bounces over hills—and it’s super fun.the big journey is definitely the whole package: this game hits all the checkboxes for what makes an awesome mobile game...





the week in ios accessories and cases: pi case does a little bit of everything

nomad iphone 7 horween leather case - rustic brown... $39.95msrp $39.95viewon amazonnomadnomad’s horween leather iphone cases are available in standard ($39.95 msrp, same price on amazon) and bifold ($49.95 msrp, same price on amazonremove product link) versions for the iphone 7 and 7 plus. both are midnight blue, and made of “minimally treated, vegetable-tanned leather from one of america’s oldest tanneries.”





ask the itunes guy: consolidating itunes libraries, deleting songs, correcting an email address for an itunes account

itunes is great at storing all your music and other media, but only if you let it. if, like one correspondent, you have a number of hard drives with old itunes media folders, you need to do some work to consolidate them. in other news, itunes has changed the way you delete files from your library, but not from the cloud. and if itunes displays a “session expired” dialog, here’s how to fix it.combining old music folders in one itunes libraryq: i have multiple itunes music folders from different old hard drives that were dying, and they all now reside on an external hd. one of them is in my itunes media folder, others are named music 2, 3, etc. i am struggling to find an efficient way to consolidate all the music into the itunes media folder. currently i have to open two finder windows highlighting two different music folders to manually compare contents, select the correct content and then drag it into the correct folder; then delete the artist and album from music 2, and then repeat this dozens of times. is there a better way?there are lots of reasons that people end up with multiple music folders. in some cases, itunes will lose track of a library, and prompt a user to create a new one. in others, people have thought it was a good idea to segregate music, manually managing it and spending a lot of time juggling files and folders.i get these questions a lot, and there’s only one real answer. decide which is going to be your master itunes library, open it, then drag th...





how to turn off website tracking in safari for macos high sierra

ever do something on the web, like shop for shoes, and then notice that every other website you visit has ads for shoes? that’s the result of website tracking. it’s a little creepy, the idea that you’re essentially being followed on the web, targeted with advertising. (and yes, macworld.com is guilty as charged.)apple’s safari uses webkit as its engine to present websites through a browser window. webkit has features to reduce the amount of tracking a site does, and the latest feature is called intelligent tracking prevention. itp cuts down on the ability of a site to do cross-site tracking, which leads to the experience i mentioned above.safari 11 in macos high sierra uses itp. you have the option of turning it on or off. here’s how. (these instructions were made using the macos high sierra public beta. it will be updated when apple releases the final version.)1. in safari, go to safari > preferences.2. click on the privacy icon at the top of the window.3. in the website tracking section, you have two options:prevent cross-site tracking: this takes the cookie that was installed for cross-tracking purposes and makes is active for one day. after one day the cookie loses its effectiveness. after 30 days, the cookie is removed.ask websites not to track me: a website may track what you’re doing during your visit. you can tell safari to ask that website not to track you. some websites will honor the request, some won’t.check the boxes if you want these features turne...





3 features apple’s homepod needs in order to hit the smarthome sweet spot

a month out, it’s pretty clear that the homepod was one of the star attractions of this year’s wwdc. for a product that had little in the way of actual stage time (and even less in terms of what was demonstrated to journalists) and won’t ship for several months yet, it certainly grabbed a lot of the airtime directly following the event. and in that, it follows in the merry tradition of products like the original iphone and the ipad. but it’s hard to tell from the meager time devoted to it just how important apple thinks the homepod is. its “kicker” placement at the end of the keynote would suggest that the company thinks the device is positioned to make a big splash, but the intense focus on music also seems to point to more of a niche utility for many. so, which is it? is the homepod a product on the same level of importance as the ipad or apple tv, or is it simply a souped up version of the ipod hi-fi?wysiwygfirst off, let me say that i’m a firm believer that with apple what you see is generally what you get. so the rumors that the homepod might contain some significant hitherto unseen functionality, like a replacement for the airport extreme, seem to me entirely fanciful. there may be small implementation details or features that we haven’t seen yet, but what apple is selling is a high-quality networked speaker with siri built-in. anything more than that is pure conjecture.that’s not nothing. as sonos has proved, there’s a market for high-quality netw...





not bad, but not great

netgear continues to very quietly buck the mesh networking trend. its new orbi rbk30 wifi system is based on a tri-band router that operates on a hub-and-spoke topology, instead of a true mesh. so it’s very similar to its pricier stablemate, the orbi rbk50, that we picked as best mesh wi-fi router in april.both systems consist of a router and a satellite that uses a dedicated third network (a second network on the 5ghz frequency band) for data backhaul. but where the rbk50 uses a 3x3 radio for that task, the rbk30 has only a 2x2 radio. in a true mesh network, backhaul traffic hops from one node to the next back to the router.netgear’s scheme works splendidly with the rbk50, and it helped the rbk30 pick up a pair of second-place finishes when i benchmarked its tcp throughput with a windows laptop client (an hp envy x360 with a 2x2 intel dual band wireless-ac7265 wi-fi adapter). the rbk30 was much less exciting when benchmarked with a macbook pro outfitted with a 3x3 broadcom bcm4360 adapter. it turned in middling performances on that front with one exception: a strong second-place finish that beat the more-expensive rbk50 when the macbook pro was located in the great room, 33 feet from the router.the rbk30’s long-distance performance was much less impressive, however, delivering just 38.6mbps of throughput when the windows client was in the sun room. the second-generation eero wifi system, by comparison, delivered near triple-digit throughput in every room in my home.mic...





net neutrality: what happened during the july 12 internet-wide day of action protest

updated july 14:the internet-wide day of action to save net neutrality on july 12 enjoyed a healthy turnout.thousands of companies and some visible tech celebrities united against the fcc proposal called restoring internet freedom, by which the new fcc chairman ajit pai hopes to loosen regulations for the isps and telecom companies that provide internet service nationwide. the public has until mid-august to give comments to the fcc.the protests took many forms. organizations including the american civil liberties union, reddit, the nation, and greenpeace placed website blockers to imitate what would happen if the fcc loosened regulations. other companies participating online displayed images on their sites that simulated a slowed-down internet, or demanded extra money for faster access.haley velasco/idgfor the july 12 internet-wide day of action advocating net neutrality, sites including the nation displayed images showing people what the web would be like if corporations operated it for a profit. tech giant google published a blog post in defense of net neutrality. “today’s open internet ensures that both new and established services, whether offered by an established internet company like google, a broadband provider or a small startup, have the same ability to reach users on an equal playing field.”melissa riofrio/idgfacebook coo sheryl sandberg posted to her page about net neutrality as part of the july 12 internet-wide day of action. facebook joined in with shery...





features, specs, and prices for apple's all-in-one computer

the imac is a direct descendant of the very first mac, and it’s often the computer that longtime users think about when they think about the macintosh. the imac’s all-in-one design is popular and iconic.the imac is great for both novices and demanding users. it can handle general-purpose and heavy-duty tasks equally well. it’s ideal for someone who needs to buy a complete computer setup (keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and display) and wants to maximize workspace efficiency.the current imac lineup was released in june 2017 during apple’s worldwide developers conference. while the new imacs might look the same on the outside as its predecesors, they’re quite a bit different inside. it starts with the screen: apple says the new imacs have the “best mac displays ever,” upping the brightness to 500 nits to make them 43 percent brighter while bringing support for a billion colors. you’ll also get faster intel kaby lake processors, higher memory capacity, super-fast storage, and next-generation graphics, as well as a pair of thunderbolt 3/usb-c ports.if you’re in the market for an imac, this guide will help you make the right choice. apple has two versions of the imac: the standard imac and the imac with retina display. apple announced the imac pro at wwdc this year, but it won’t be available until december—we’ll update this guide with more info on the imac pro once it gets released.standard imacapple offers one standard imac model. it’s priced at $1,099.ap...





the circle of life: iphone killers come and go

please, a moment of silence as we pour out of a bottle of the finest of malt liquors.“windows phone dies today.” (tip o’ the antlers to @ericdano.)c’mon, macalope. funerary rituals for anthropomorphized mobile operating systems are just stupid. i mean, who does that?the macalope is so old he remembers when it was predicted that windows phone would overtake android in market share by 2013. by which he means he is more than six years old. (yes, the macalope knows he uses that joke construction a lot, he will stop the minute people stop making ridiculous predictions that are proven wrong so quickly.)apparently that… [checks market share numbers] did not happen. did not. nnnnnope. not even close.as a matter of fact, the macalope seems to remember reading somewhere that it’s no longer even supported anymore. where was that?oh, right. in the article linked to up there near the top. how silly.now, don’t despair. microsoft has replaced it with the jauntily-named windows 10 mobile os. so, if you’re still hot to run an operating system with low single digit share in the smartphone market, you can totally still do that. which is more than can be said for ubuntu mobile or firefox os (which was also expected to shove the iphone out of the way and go phono-a-phono against android), which are also both dead.even if windows 10 mobile os playsforsure for workgroups 3.1 enterprise edition doesn’t take the world by storm, there is always another phone waiting in the wings to k...





acer's 34-inch ultrawide freesync monitor has dropped to $550

cdw's got a pretty good deal right now for ultrawide curved display fans. the retailer's selling the 34-inch acer xr341ck for $550. that's quite a drop from this monitor's initial $1,100 asking price back in 2015, and it's better than the best price you'll find elsewhere. for example, the going rate in amazon's marketplace is about $150 more.the specs on acer's ultrawide ips panel are a mix of great and respectable. it has a 4ms response time, which is about what you'd expect on an ips display. it also has a 75hz refresh rate. speaking of which—this monitor comes with amd freesync technology. this allows compatible amd graphics cards to sync their refresh rates with the monitor. the end result is less screen tearing and image stutter. (by the way, cdw's page says this monitor also supports nvidia's g-sync, but that's a mistake. the g-sync version of this model is the xr341cka.)on the back there are two hdmi ports, a displayport and mini displayport. the monitor's also rocking a usb 3.0 hub and a two 7-watt speakers. overall, you should get good value out of this monitor, given cdw's price.acer[ today's deal: acer 34-inch xr341ck ultrawide monitor for $550 at cdw ]this story, "acer's 34-inch ultrawide freesync monitor has dropped to $550" was originally published by pcworld. to comment on this article and other macworld content, visit our facebook page or our twitter feed.





iphone 8 rumors: frickin laser beams in the frickin camera?!

updated july 13, 2017 with a report about a laser sensor that will reportedly take ar and autofocus to the next level. apple’s is still selling tens of millions of iphone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. after all, 2017 marks the iphone’s 10th anniversary, so apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.if you passed on the iphone 7 to wait for the iphone 8—or the iphone 7s or whatever name apple decides to use—it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. just don’t expect the headphone jack to return. we’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest.what’s the latest?the rumor: we already know that apple is hard at work at a killer ar framework that lets developers create amazing virtual experiences, but fast company reports that apple is working to add a rear-facing 3d vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser system to the iphone 8. what that means to us is a killer way to lock in on what the camera sees. according to the site, the new sensor will accomplish two tasks, enabling better depth detection for augmented reality apps, and implementing more accurate autofocus for photography.as it stands apple has done some amazing things with arkit, but all eyes are on the iphone 8 to bring it to the next level. fast company cautions that th...





66% off anker soundcore bluetooth speaker with 24-hour playtime & built-in mic - deal alert

anker's highly rated soundcore bluetooth speaker's typical list price of $79.99 has been discounted 66% today to just $26.99 on amazon, where it averages 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 7,500 reviewers (76% rate the full 5 stars: read reviews here). it features rich sound, a generous 24 hours of play time (500 continuous songs without needing a charge), bluetooth 4.0 66-foot wireless range and a worry-free 18 month warranty. this deal is good for today only (7/13), so see it now on amazon.this story, "66% off anker soundcore bluetooth speaker with 24-hour playtime & built-in mic - deal alert" was originally published by techconnect. to comment on this article and other macworld content, visit our facebook page or our twitter feed.





48% off inateck 2.5 inch usb 3.0 hard drive enclosure external case - deal alert

this 3 port usb 3.0 hub converts any 9.5mm & 7mm 2.5-inch sata hdd/ssd into an external hard drive for ultimate mobility and convenience. setup is tool free and easy to install and disassemble.  a built-in foam pad protects the hard disk. this device features automatic sleep and spin-down, and goes into sleep mode automatically after 10 minutes in idle state. currently receiving 4.5 out of 5 stars on amazon (read reviews), it's discounted by 48% down to just $21.99,  see it on amazon.this story, "48% off inateck 2.5 inch usb 3.0 hard drive enclosure external case - deal alert" was originally published by techconnect. to comment on this article and other macworld content, visit our facebook page or our twitter feed.





how to succeed in pokémon go's new raid battles and gyms

pokémon go is a year old, and while niantic is celebrating the smash mobile game’s first birthday with hat-wearing pikachu sightings in the game and this july’s pokémon go fest in chicago, there’s also a big functional addition to the game: raid battles and the totally rebuilt gym system.just rolled out over the last couple weeks, the raid battles hatch powerful pokémon at gyms throughout the game for limited-time showdowns—and up to 20 players can take them on at the same time, working together towards a big bounty. meanwhile, the gyms themselves have changed in structure, not only in the way they’re managed by teams and players but also in the way they parcel out rewards for staying put. outside of february’s influx of second-generation monsters, it’s surely the largest feature addition the game has seen to date—and it might get your competitive juices flowing again if you grew tired of the old gym system. here’s a look at how the game’s updated elements work, and how you can thrive in both. ready to raididgraid battles pop up on gyms all around the map.if you live near any gyms and you’ve played pokémon go over the past several days, then you’ve probably already seen some raid battles on the map. they pop up every so often on gyms, and you’ll either see an egg or a pokémon at the top of the beacon, both with a timer below. if there’s an egg, that means a raid battle will begin as soon as the timer hits zero. if there’s already a pokém...





the circle of life: iphone killers come and go

please, a moment of silence a pouring out of a bottle of your finest of malt liquors.“windows phone dies today.” (tip o’ the antlers to @ericdano.)c’mon, macalope. funerary rituals for anthropomorphized mobile operating systems are just stupid. i mean, who does that?the macalope is so old he remembers when it was predicted that windows phone would overtake android in market share by 2013. by which he means he is more than six years old. (yes, the macalope knows he uses that joke construction a lot, he will stop the minute people stop making ridiculous predictions that are proven wrong so quickly.)apparently that… [checks market share numbers] did not happen. did not. nnnnnope. not even close.as a matter of fact, the macalope seems to remember reading somewhere that it’s no longer even supported anymore. where was that?oh, right. in the article linked to up there near the top. how silly.now, don’t despair. microsoft has replaced it with the jauntily-named windows 10 mobile os. so, if you’re still hot to run an operating system with low single digit share in the smartphone market, you can totally still do that. which is more than can be said for ubuntu mobile or firefox os (which was also expected to shove the iphone out of the way and go phono-y-phono against android), which are also both dead.even if windows 10 mobile os playsforsure for workgroups 3.1 enterprise edition doesn’t take the world by storm, there is always another phone waiting in the wings to k...





12 sweet cases for the new 10.5-inch ipad pro

if the otterbox defender series is overkill, but you still need your 10.5-inch ipad pro to be able to withstand some gritty situations, griffin’s survivor rugged folio case might be a good option. this folio-style case has a “tactical grip” cover that, according to the company, “resists dirt, grease, and stains.” the cover aligns and attaches using strong magnets, which can also be used to hold your tablet on “most metal surfaces,” such as toolboxes, whiteboard, or, i suppose, the fridge. the survivor rugged folio protects against drops from up to four feet—like the speck balance folio, so it’s really these strong magnets that set it apart.$60 msrp, griffintechnology.com





it's official: safari 11 is the fastest web browser for the mac

apple calls safari 11, the web browser that ships with macos high sierra, “the world’s fastest desktop browser.” and based on the benchmarks we’ve run, it’s true.we ran a series of browser benchmarks comparing safari 11 (in the high sierra public beta) to google chrome, mozilla firefox, and opera. in every test except one, safari 11 reached the finish line first. (we’ll run these tests again when high sierra is finalized in the fall, but for now, the results are very impressive.)here’s a look at all the tests we ran, presented in alphabetical order. we also provide links to each test so you can run it yourself. note that some of these benchmarks haven’t been updated in a while or are no longer supported by the developer.ares-6idgresults are in milliseconds. shorter bars/lower times are better. click to enlarge.the ares-6 benchmarks uses a javascript-based series of tests. safari 11 is the clear winner; it’s almost twice as fast as its nearest competitor, opera.jetstreamidgresults are scores. longer bars/higher scores are better. click to enlarge.jetstream is a javascript-based benchmark developed by the webkit open source project. since safari is a webkit-based browser, it’s probably not surprising how well safari does in this benchmark.krakenidgresults are in milliseconds. shorter bars/lower times are better. click to enlarge.mozilla released the kraken to test javascript performance. safari is much fastest than firefox in this test.motionmarkidgresul...





apple’s risky balancing act with the next iphone

as there always are at this time of year, there are lots of rumors out there about what the next iphone will be. this year we’re hearing that apple is going to release a high-priced, next-generation phone in addition to the expected iphone 7s and iphone 7s plus models.the idea that apple might make an ultra-high-end phone with a huge price tag has rubbed many people the wrong way. daring fireball’s john gruber did the math, and while this potential move makes a lot of sense, it’s also a gamble on apple’s part. but if apple didn’t release a next-generation phone this fall, it would also be risking the fortunes of both its brand and its most important product.the trouble with the cutting edgein the early days of the smartphone market, every new phone model brought huge leaps forward in functionality. but these days it’s tougher to make major advances that motivate users of older phones to upgrade. still, apple’s got to sell new iphones—so in secret product labs in cupertino, apple’s designers and engineers are always trying to figure out what’s next. apple’s well-earned reputation for bringing cutting-edge technology to the masses is on the line with every release.appleit’s going to take more than new cameras to impress people with the iphone 8.while apple made some major improvements between 2014’s iphone 6 and 2016’s iphone 7—dual cameras on the plus model and huge processor and graphics updates under the hood, just to name a few—the fact is th...