The 2019 MacBook Pros get the steepest Amazon discounts we’ve seen so far


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This year’s MacBook Pro models are getting their steepest discounts ever at Amazon, with price cuts ranging from $149 to $199. Those aren’t huge discounts, but they’re the best we’ve seen for the devices that launched just last month, with several configurations up for sale:

13-inch MacBook Pro

  • 2.4GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5
  • 256GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
  • $1,649.99 (down from $1,799)

13-inch MacBook Pro

  • 2.4GHz quad-core 8th-Generation Intel Core i5
  • 512GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
  • $1,849.99 (down from $1,999)

15-inch MacBook Pro

  • 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 Processor
  • 256GB SSD
  • 16GB RAM
  • $2,199.99 (down from $2,399)

These newer models don’t look all that different from their counterparts from 2018, but they’re sporting better processors across the board. Additionally, Apple says it made some improvements its “butterfly” keyboards that should make them less likely to fail. So if you’ve been holding out on Continue reading “The 2019 MacBook Pros get the steepest Amazon discounts we’ve seen so far”

The iPhone X notch: It’s time for haters to apologize


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It’s time, folks. Time to admit Apple was right to introduce the notch for the iPhone X back in 2017. Oh, sure, it was fun to ridicule the little black strip at the time; to see the memes grumbling about how Apple had lost its way and the tweets asserting that Steve Jobs Would Never Have Done This. But just 21 months later, we’re already seeing articles discussing which phones don’t have notches. Even Apple’s most direct rivals have embraced the notch: It sticks out like a black tongue on the Google Pixel 3 XL, and it lurks in the corner of Samsung’s overly ambitious Galaxy Fold. All these months later, Apple’s implementation of it remains, well, top notch.

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Apple Pencil: All the changes coming in iPadOS 13


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Apple didn’t announce any new versions of the Apple Pencil hardware at this year’s WWDC, but it did announce some substantial improvements to how we’ll use it. The stylish stylus only took up a few minutes of Apple’s iPadOS presentation, but those moments were enough to demonstrate that Apple’s transforming it into more of a necessity than a novelty.

Apple is taking care to show that the Pencil isn’t just a tool for artists. Indeed, the WWDC presentation spent more time showing how we might use it in an office environment—in other words, more like a pen and legal pad. Here’s what you can expect when iPadOS drops later in the year.

Better latency, better writing experience

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Amazon is selling the new iPad Air for the best prices we’ve seen so far


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Head over to Amazon today, and you’ll find a heavy discount on the new iPad Air. The online retailer is selling both the cellular and Wi-Fi-only models for anywhere from $30 to $40 off and that includes multiple configurations. If B&H Photo is more your speed, you’ll find many of the same deals over there as well.

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Apple’s iCloud app finally comes to the Windows Store, with OneDrive’s syncing prowess


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Apple’s new app uses the Microsoft technology behind OneDrive’s Files On-Demand.

E3 2019: The best game and service announcements for Mac and iOS


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We’ve now heard most of the big announcements coming out of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, and—as usual—the lion’s share of the attention went to games for consoles and Windows PCs.

But there’s a decent amount of love here for the iOS and Mac crowds, too, particularly from Bethesda Softworks and Square Enix. This year’s show also introduced us to xCloud—Microsoft’s Xbox-centered alternative to Google’s upcoming Stadia streaming service—as well as Bethesda’s new technology for making all these new streaming services run more efficiently. We didn’t see many truly new game announcements for Mac and iOS, but there are plenty of updates for existing games.

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iMovie’s latest update brings green screen effects, 80 new soundtracks, and more


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Apple’s iMovie app for iOS just got updated to version 2.2.7, and it’s one of the app’s most interesting updates in a while. It includes support for a green screen effect, 80 new soundtracks, support for images with transparent backgrounds, and some noteworthy smaller changes.

The green screen effect is by far the most interesting as it lets you replace any green or blue background in your videos with imported imagery. It does a lot to make iMovie more like the real movies.

You’ll also get 80 new soundtracks that run the gamut from pop to chill, and each one adjusts to fit the length of your projects. Today’s update also introduces the ability to drop images with transparent backgrounds into your videos, which will come in handy if you’d like to keep your logo on the screen for a YouTube project.

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Amazon knocks more than $100 off the price of the 9.7-inch iPad


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The baseline 9.7-inch iPad may lack a lot of the power of its specialized siblings like the iPad Air and iPad Pro (and even the iPad mini), but it’s a great little device for anyone who just needs a dependable tablet. Today, Amazon is selling the 128GB model for the lowest price we’ve ever seen it listed for—although, truth be told, it’s only a dollar less than the previous low mark. Still, that’s a $101 discount, which lets you pick it up for just $328, down from the usual price of $429. For a bit of context, that’s a dollar less than you’d pay for the 32GB model at retail.

For that matter, the 32GB model is also enjoying an $80 discount, which brings the price down to $249. Short of a Black Friday sale, I can’t imagine these prices going much lower.

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Get the Apple Watch Series 4 for some of the best prices ever at Target


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If you’ve been waiting for a great deal on the Apple Watch Series 4, you need to stop what you’re doing and check out Target while Apple’s wearables are still in stock. Today the retailer is selling Apple’s latest smartwatches for the lowest prices we’ve ever seen on the GPS and cellular models, especially if you happen to have a Target REDcard. Even if you don’t, you’ll almost certainly end up paying less for Apple’s new watch than you would elsewhere.

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Apple Arcade is poised to make Apple the ‘art house’ gaming platform


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Almost out of nowhere, Apple is poised to be a major force in mainstream gaming. It’s doing it in its own Apple way, too—not by chasing down the graphics-intensive blockbusters so popular on devices like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (or even the PC), but instead by positioning its upcoming Apple Arcade service as a hub for remarkable and tightly focused games that often get mentioned in discussions of whether games are art.

It’s quite the turnaround. Last year I would have laughed if you’ve have told me we’d be at this point today.

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Amazon is selling the 9.7-inch iPad with cellular for a match of the lowest price ever


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It’s a great time to get the base 9.7-inch iPad, particularly if you want one with cellular connectivity. Right now, Amazon is selling the 32GB Wi-Fi and cellular model for just $379, down $80 from the usual price of $459. It’s a match of the lowest price we’ever even seen for this model.

You’ll also find discounts on other versions of the tablet, such as the 128GB model for $459, down from the regular price of $559. There’s also an $80 discount on the 32GB model with Wi-Fi that brings the price down to $249. That’s not the lowest price we’ve ever seen—and it’s been hovering around this price lately—but it’s still a heck of a good deal.

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B&H is selling 2018 MacBook Pros for some of their lowest prices ever


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Look, the upcoming Mac Pro is a phenomenal machine, but you’re going to have to pay far more than the starting price of $5,999 if you want to push it anywhere near its potential.

Fortunately, there are plenty of powerful 2018 MacBook Pros available if you’re fine with not aiming quite so high, and today B&H is selling them for anywhere from $150 to $900 off. In some cases, these are the best prices we’ve ever seen, and we’ve outlined a few of the units we believe you should check out.

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With iPadOS, Apple’s dream of replacing laptops finally looks like a reality


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As recently as last week we could still look at the iPad and smirk at Apple’s dogged insistence that its tablet works as a laptop replacement—one that will even leave us asking questions like, “What’s a computer?” The power was certainly there—especially in latter-day models—but not the freedom.

I know this all too well. For over a year I used an iPad as my main work device, but I crawled back to the Mac after enduring months of unusable thumb drives at press junkets and frustrations springing from actions as simple as selecting text. This week, though, Apple dashed away most of my concerns with a masterstroke that it’s calling iPadOS.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr review: Watch the fur fly


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ESO’s new expansion has dragons, necromancers, and cat people, but it doesn’t always have a focus.

The new Mac Pro: 3 big reasons to be excited about Apple’s beastly workstation


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Two years after Apple officially confirmed that it was working on a new Mac Pro, the machine finally made an appearance during today’s WWDC keynote. And the new rig doesn’t disappoint.

You’ll find no “trashcans” here. Instead, the new design riffs on the “cheese grater” Mac Pros that were so popular in the last decade. That’s a strong signal to video editors and other content creators who need a lot of graphics and CPU power. The Mac Pro feels “pro” again, and to complement that power, Apple also announced a new 32-inch Pro Display XDR that’s a massive upgrade over the old Thunderbolt Display.

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tvOS 13 for Apple TV: 6 cool new features to check out


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Apple didn’t introduce any new Apple TV hardware at today’s WWDC, but it did announce several new features for tvOS 13 that make Apple’s set-top box a far more attractive device. In tvOS 13, it’s easier for multiple family members to personalize the device, and Apple also introduced features that allow Apple TV to act more like a regular game console. Here are the updates we’re anticipating most…

A redesigned home screen

The current Apple TV home screen is kind of dull, especially compared to what you find in the Netflix and HBO streaming apps. With tvOS 13, though, the Apple TV home screen will take a cue from those apps and start playing trailers when you slide over TV and movie apps and even specific episodes. Much as in Netflix, these trailers will dominate the screen behind the interface, giving you a good idea of what you’ll be watching Continue reading “tvOS 13 for Apple TV: 6 cool new features to check out”

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


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May’s best iOS games
very little nightmares hero

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Enjoy a good puzzler? Then you may find something to love among May’s drop of standout iOS games. Sometimes last month’s puzzling is slow and tense, as in the moody but delightful Very Little Nightmares. Sometimes it’s so fast that you barely have time to think, as in the rapid-fire Jumpgrid. Regardless of your preferred pace, May’s games remind us that puzzlers work so well on the iPhone because they thrive on touch controls in ways that genres like platformers and action games do not.

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The 5 Mac games you need to play from May 2019


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May’s best Mac games
void bastards hero

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May has been a banger of a month for Mac gaming, especially for those of us who like to play the good stuff at the same time it drops for our friends over on the PC. The merry month gave us one of the best strategy games in years, an enjoyable MMORPG expansion with lots of dragons, a rhythm platformer, as well as a cool comic book-styled FPS from some of the folks behind BioShock. There’s even a thought-provoking new art house game if you’re into that kind of thing.

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B&H knocks up to $450 off the previous-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pros


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Prefer the form factor of the previous-generation iPad Pros? You’ll want to head over to B&H Photo today, where the retailer is selling the 2017 12.9-inch models for anywhere from $270 to $450 off at a time when competitors like Best Buy are still selling them for full price. On the low end, that will get you a silver 256GB model with Wi-Fi and LTE for $679, down $400 from the normal retail price of $1,079.

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WaterField Designs Tech Rolltop Backpack review: A pouch with a slouch


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How can a bag feel so perfect yet so flawed? That’s what I kept asking myself during my time with WaterField Designs’ new full-sized Tech Rolltop Backpack, which is made from solid materials and holds a ton of stuff but sports a ill-designed “convenience” pocket that threatens to undermine the excellence of the bag as a whole. It’s not a bad bag, but it’s certainly a puzzling one.

WaterField’s signature thoughtful design reveals itself in every other feature. There’s its water-resistant waxed canvas, for one, which also now comes in a less rugged-looking shade of blue. (If you’re looking for something better suited to the boardroom than the backwoods, you can also get it in a “black ballistic” nylon fabric.) It’s attractive for a rolltop bag, although I miss the heavy leather accents WaterField tends to use for its bags. Here, you’ll only find them on the leather handle Continue reading “WaterField Designs Tech Rolltop Backpack review: A pouch with a slouch”