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What to do with your your old iPhone

33 min 14 sec ago

We’re just days away from Apple’s next media event, which will in all likelihood introduce the company’s next iPhone. While we may spend the week fantasizing over potential new features, there are some practical issues to take into account, too: What are you going to do with your old phone?

You’ve got plenty of options. Here are a few worth considering.

Keep it

Why not turn that old iPhone into a slightly used, slightly-thicker iPod touch? That old phone of yours can still connect to Wi-Fi networks and run iOS apps, and if it’s an iPhone 4s or later, it’ll upgrade to the forthcoming iOS 8 operating system just like your new phone will. What’s more, we’ve found that old phones make fun hand-me-downs to age-appropriate children.

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Automate your Mac: 10 ways to make managing email easier

1 hour 17 min ago

If there's one daily chore that cries out for automation, it's managing your email inbox. Fortunately, there are all kinds of tools—some built into itself, others from third-party vendors—that can help you do just that.

Hide the Reply-All-ers

Tool: Mail
Like every company, we here at Macworld deal with groups inside our organization who believe clicking Reply All is a proper response to any “Welcome Bob!” or “Great Work, Team!” message that crosses the wire. Thankfully, these people tend to cluster in their own domain—something along the lines of So I created a Mail rule to handle their effusions: In the Inbox Rules section of the Rules tab in Mail’s preferences, I added a rule that looks for messages in which the From field contains that domain, then performs the action Move Message and specifying a separate mailbox as the destination. I can then peruse that box when my patience allows.—Christopher Breen

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How to prevent your naughty pictures from appearing on the Internet

Mon, 2014-09-01 13:50

A reader who wished to remain really, really anonymous has failed in this regard. She writes:

Recently some pictures and movies stored in my iCloud account have found their way onto the Internet and they’re, well… embarrassing. Is there some way I could have prevented this from happening?

Yes. If you’d disabled photo sharing from your iPhone to your iCloud account those pictures would have remained on your phone. Although the horse has left the barn, here’s what you might have done.

Switch off iCloud photo sharing features and your images stay on your phone.

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iCloud flaw may have allowed nude celebrity photos to leak

Mon, 2014-09-01 13:41

A funny thing happened on the Internet Sunday as a cache of nude photos of Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, and other big-name stars made their way onto 4chan, as BuzzFeed notes. Reports indicate that this leak may have been the result of a hacker (or hackers) taking advantage of a flaw in Apple’s iCloud service.

According to TheNextWeb, a hacker may have used a Python script posted to GitHub to hack their way into celebrities’ iCloud accounts. The script, TheNextWeb reports, uses a flaw in Find My iPhone to make it easier to crack a password using “brute force” means where hackers use a piece of software to repeatedly guess a password.

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Comic: Pizza phone payments

Mon, 2014-09-01 10:00

Macworld and Rich Stevens of Diesel Sweeties present Multitouch Theater, a weekly cartoon about Macs, iOS, and everything in-between. This week: An oral history of Apple mice, part two.

Previously on Multitouch Theater: A history of Apple mice, part two.

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The Week in Mac Accessories: Bags and bytes

Mon, 2014-09-01 08:00
Bags and bytes

In our latest roundup of new Mac gear, we've got all kinds of ways to carry your MacBook, plus mega-storage, colorful mice, standing desks, and more.


The $295 Cobra brief is a mid-sized laptop bag — it’ll fit a 15-inch MacBook Pro — with an extra pocket for your iPad, phone, or other small items. The laptop compartment is padded, the pockets are trimmed with leather, and the entire bag is outfitted with a waterproof nylon exterior, ensuring that your valuable electronics are safe from the elements.

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Why I wish I could charge my iPhone wirelessly

Mon, 2014-09-01 05:30

With new iPhone hardware just around the corner, this is the time of the year when everyone who follows the world of Apple’s mobile handset gets to create a mental wishlist of new features they’d like to see when Tim Cook walks onto stage on September 9.

This year’s upcoming announcement has already been met in the press with a litany of expected improvements, from larger screens to all kinds of environmental sensors. But there is one particular feature that has been topping my wishlist for several years now: wireless charging.

Fighting for USB

Thanks to the nature of my job, my family owns a higher-than-average number of mobile devices: All four of us use some kind of iPad (some of which we’ve handed down to the kids), and both my wife and I have our own iPhones.

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StorageStatus review: Be a little smarter about how you use your storage

Mon, 2014-09-01 05:00


Connected drives are the lifeblood of my workflow. No matter how much internal storage I have in my machine, I still keep an arsenal of external drives around for backups, music, videos, and anything else I don’t want bogging down my day-to-day.

Once they’re plugged in, though, I tend to forget about them, to the point where I often pull them out without properly ejecting. StorageStatus (Mac App Store link) active menu bar icon didn’t just alleviate my absent-mindedness, it taught me to identify each drive’s cycles so to better maximize efficiency.

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Automate your Mac: three smart hacks for managing files

Mon, 2014-09-01 04:47

Managing files and folders is one of the most obvious—and easiest—chores to automate on your Mac, thanks to specialized tools like Hazel, as well as generalists like AppleScript, Automator, and Keyboard Maestro.

Clear the desktop

Tool: Automator
I’m one of those people who litters his desktop with files throughout the day. I’ve created an Automator workflow that moves these files to a Desktop Moved folder I’ve created within my Documents folder. To create, I opened Automator, and selected Calendar Alarm as the type of document. I then added the following actions, in order: Get Specified Finder Items (adding my Desktop folder to its list); Get Folder Contents; Move Finder Items (specifying my Desktop Moved folder as the target). I set up this alarm to go off every Sunday at 5:00 p.m., so I can start my work week the next morning with a clean desktop.—Christopher Breen

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The best apps for taking notes

Mon, 2014-09-01 04:00
With so many awesome apps at your disposal, using a pen and paper just doesn't make much sense.

New page on Apple's website explains common reasons for App Store rejection

Sun, 2014-08-31 13:23

App Store rejections may not be the hot-button issue it was a few years ago, but for developers, it’s still a chief area of concern. To give app makers a little clarity and direction, Apple published a new page to its Developer site that outlines some of the most common reasons an app gets rejected from the App Store.

According to the new page, which AppFigures linked to on Twitter, the most common reasons for rejection include issues with crashes and bugs, dead in-app links, and placeholder content that hasn’t been removed. Apple will also reject apps because of low-quality user interfaces, and apps that don’t match their description are also non-starters. 

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The Week in iPad Cases: Looks and feel

Sat, 2014-08-30 08:00
Looks and feel

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes a splash of High-Street looks (with prices to match) that will turn heads wherever you go.


The Supply Icon (iPad Air; $60) is an all-in-one solution that protects your tablet while providing an on-the-go working environment.

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Look what I can do!

Sat, 2014-08-30 05:00

Get ready for some silly pundit tricks, because these guys are more fun than a troop of dancing circus poodles. First, we’ll get a nice slathering of how awesome Android is (totally awesome). Next, a pundit shows us how to be right and wrong at the same time. Finally, the iWatch? Total disappointment.

Yes, we see you, guys! We see you.

Comedy jokes

Writing for “I can’t believe it’s still in” BetaNews, Mark Wilson says:

“There is simply no reason for anyone to care about the iPhone 6” (despite the link-baity-ness of this piece, the Macalope has added the link after the fact because he has pulled so liberally from it).

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Dive into OS X Yosemite in Macworld's October Digital Edition

Fri, 2014-08-29 17:30

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 Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and Replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s from the print magazine, along with interactive features, videos, slideshows, and podcasts—all customized for consumption on your iPad. The Replica Edition is just like a digital copy of the print magazine, but designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen, complete with links and search capabilities.

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Apple will keep pushing for a sales ban on Samsung products

Fri, 2014-08-29 13:00

Apple will appeal a judge’s order this week that denied its request for a sales ban on Samsung products that were found to infringe its patents.

A jury in California decided in May that Samsung infringed three of Apple’s patents and awarded the iPhone maker $119.6 million in damages.

Apple had been looking for $2 billion in damages, so the award was far smaller than it had hoped, but it also asked the court to prevent Samsung from selling the infringing products, including its Galaxy S III smartphone, in the U.S.

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Look but don't touch: Apple wearable won't ship until 2015, report says

Fri, 2014-08-29 10:57

Apple will reportedly announce its first wearable device in September, but the product may not ship until early next year.

That's according to Re/code's John Paczkowski, who reported earlier this week that Apple will announce the wearable on September 9. Apple later confirmed the date of the press event, but obviously hasn't said what it plans to reveal.

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Are environmental sensors coming to the iPhone 6?

Fri, 2014-08-29 10:00

In just about a week and a half, the mystery behind a surprisingly spartan invitation, historical locations, and unusual buildings will be revealed, and we’ll finally know what Apple’s new smartphone looks like.

Among the many rumors that surround the event, one of the more interesting is that the upcoming new iPhone models may contain a range of environmental sensors that could make Apple’s mobile handset much more aware of the world around it, and open up a realm of new possible applications in the process.

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Pixlr's free photo editor goes native on Windows and OS X

Fri, 2014-08-29 09:59

Windows and Mac users in need of a free photo editor can now download a desktop version of Pixlr.

The popular web app is now available as standalone software, no longer requiring an Internet connection to use. But be aware that the free version isn't quite the same as as what you get online.

In many ways, the desktop software is similar to the web-based Pixlr Express. Users can crop, resize and rotate images, adjust color and contrast, apply red-eye reduction, or just use the “auto-fix” button. The app includes dozens of filters, overlays, borders, effects and stickers as well.

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What to expect from Apple's September 9 event

Fri, 2014-08-29 09:00

Roll them bones, strain the tea leaves, and consult your crystal balls. With Apple’s September 9 event now a matter of public record, the only sensible way to while away the hours over the next week and a half is to speculate about what precisely the company might have hidden up its sleeves strange temporary building.

There are any number of rumors afoot about what Apple has in the works, but that doesn’t mean that every single theoretical device from Cupertino will pop up at September’s event. But there are certainly plenty of options to choose from, especially given Apple’s coy “wish we could say more” invitation.

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Barely there

Fri, 2014-08-29 08:30
Barely there

In this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases, you’ll find an accessory that sticks to your bike, one that's safe under water, and one that's so thin you’ll hardly notice it.


The ArmorGuard (iPhone 5 and 5s; $80) is a bicycle kit that includes a case, a mount, and a universal mounting bracket.

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