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Monday, February 17, 2020 4:15 am

With iPadOS 13, Apple made it easier to take the iPad seriously as a laptop replacement. Suddenly, that "What's a computer" ad didn't sound quite as wacky as it did the year before.

But Apple could do a little better. iPadOS 13 revealed an Apple that's willing to include features like mouse support that would have seemed unthinkable in iPads only a couple of years before. Apple should keep the ball rolling now that it's set it in motion.

Here are a few suggestions for how Apple could go about that. I don't want Apple to sacrifice the iPad's identity as a device with more versatility than, say, a Microsoft Surface, so you won't catch me saying that Apple should just let us boot macOS on its tablet. If Apple takes these steps, though, I'd be willing to consider ditching my MacBook for good.

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Monday, February 17, 2020 3:15 am

People usually subscribe to a VPN service for specific reasons. They want to stream Netflix outside of the U.S., protect their communications over open Wi-Fi, or participate in file sharing for TOTALLY LEGITIMATE REASONS.

Understanding that's how people use a virtual private network, PureVPN, officially based in Hong Kong, provides a list of servers based on those common use cases. Instead of asking you where you want to connect and sending you on your way, this service first asks what you want to do. PureVPN provides five options: stream, internet freedom, security/privacy, file-sharing, and dedicated IP--the latter requires an extra fee.

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Monday, February 17, 2020 3:00 am
This is a good video doorbell, but you'll need a subscription to get the most value from it.
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Friday, February 14, 2020 10:37 am

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here's a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We make a recommendation of what to buy, but feel free to check out the store inventory to find the right model for you.

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Friday, February 14, 2020 8:52 am

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? We've got plenty of answers. 

Updated 2/14/20: Added Loud House: Outta Control to the list of available games. 

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Friday, February 14, 2020 5:37 am
I got to use the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip for an hour and it changed my whole perception of folding phones.
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Friday, February 14, 2020 4:15 am

As February marches us ever closer to, well, March, it's time to pop our heads once again into the rumor mills to see what's being churned out.

March is often the time that Apple will make its first big announcements of the year, but they tend to be less cookie-cutter than WWDC or Apple's annual September shindig. In 2019, we got a Services-focused event that introduced Apple Arcade, Apple Card, Apple News+, and Apple TV+. The year before that there was a 9.7-inch iPad at an education-focused event.

As March grows near, rumors have started to coalesce around one Apple product line that seems poised for a refresh: the iPad Pro. Already speculation has begun over what might be due for Apple's high-end tablet tablet. While the main iPad was updated last September, the iPad Pro's most recent revamp was in October of 2018, making it ripe for some new features. Here's what might be in store.

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Friday, February 14, 2020 3:15 am

Making screenshots of parts of your Mac display can be a valuable tool when you're trying to remember settings or a sequence of actions or explain them to someone else. I know that I'm an oddball as a technology writer, as I'm constantly capturing pieces of a screen in order to write these columns. But my correspondence with readers over many years reveals that a lot of you also use built-in (and in some eras, third-party) screenshot tools.

Also over many years, Macworld has covered the basics and advanced features, but Apple has kept monkeying with how screen captures work, so here's a fairly full refresh including a few secrets I only learned days ago from Twitter.

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Friday, February 14, 2020 3:00 am
It will never displace Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, but the films--mostly classics, international fare, and cult-faves--rotating through this service are not to missed.
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Friday, February 14, 2020 3:00 am
This no-frills robot vacuum is a great option for first-timers.
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