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Macworld Australia November 2017

Australian Macworld is the longest-running Mac magazine outside the USA. We bring you the latest news, reviews, help and tips for the Mac, iPad, iPhone and everything else from Apple. Plus you'll find photography, lifestyle and the latest gadgets. It's the full package for Mac fans.

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how to stop autoplay videos in safari 11

Autoplay video: The bane of the web. You either hate them, or are completely disgusted by them. Fortunately, with Safari 11 in macOS High Sierra (Safari 11 is also available for macOS Sierra), you can easily disable autoplay video and surf the web in relative peace. Here’s how to stop autoplay videos in Safari 11. THE QUICK WAY 1. When you’re on a website with autoplay videos, you can change how those video behave. Click on Safari Settings For This Website or right-click the URL box and select Settings For This Website. 2. A pop-up will appear underneath the URL box. There is a listing that says Auto-Play. If you move your cursor over the phrase next to Auto-Play, you will see that it turns into a pop-up menu with three choices: > Allow…

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everything you need to know about apple’s extended warranty program

Your Apple gear wasn’t cheap. And if you drop your iPhone, your iPad stops turning on one day, or your Mac’s hard drive just ups and dies on you, getting it repaired probably won’t be cheap either. Apple includes a one-year limited warranty with all hardware so if there’s a manufacturing defect, you’ll be covered. To also protect against accidental damage, plus extend the original warranty for longer and enjoy free tech support, you can opt to purchase AppleCare+. Here’s what it is, what it covers, and what you can expect to pay. Is AppleCare+ worth it? Only you can decide for your own situation, but this should be everything you need to know to make a smart choice. GENERAL APPLECARE+ INFORMATION If you’ve never even heard of AppleCare, start here! Otherwise,…

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report: security hole in macos keychain puts passwords at risk

Apple released macOS High Sierra recently, so it should be a nice way to spotlight the Mac soon after the iOS 11 ( ) and iPhone 8 releases. But a report by a security researcher at Synack puts a bit of a damper on the High Sierra release. Patrick Wardle, Synack’s head of research, posted a video that shows how code he wrote can be used to get passwords from macOS’s Keychain. Keychain is the password manger built into macOS, and it usually requires a master password to access it. But Wardle’s code was able to access Keychain and collect passwords. The above screenshot is from a video demonstration posted by Wardle (see ). Wardle has not publicized the exploit he used, so it’s probably not being put to use…

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terk trinity xtend: this tv antenna tries to pull double-duty as a wi-fi range extender

Before you cut the cord, you need to figure out two things: How you’re going to tune in local over-the-air TV channels, and how you’re going to stream TV, movies, and other video content over your network to your TV. Terk offers one product that it says can resolve both questions: Its Trinity Xtend is both an amplified indoor digital TV antenna and a Wi-Fi range extender. Connect it to your TV and it will pull in those local channels and eliminate the dead spots that have prevented you from streaming video to your TV. Great idea, right? Well…. The Trinity Xtend ($89.99) looks very much like the standard Terk Trinity with an extra pair of antennas. It can be hung on the wall or rest on a flat surface, and its…

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wd my cloud home duo: super easy to use, but also super slow and short on features

WD’s latest My Cloud NAS boxes, the single-drive Home and dual-drive Home Duo aren’t just new products, but new products refocused on ease of use. To that end, the setup, management, and browsing experience has been rendered as close to that of familiar online storage services as possible; i.e., you log in via a web portal to set up, peruse your files, and configure the unit. We like the approach, and it’s quite proper for WD to refer to the My Cloud Home not as NAS (network attached storage), but rather as a personal cloud. The only problem is that functionality and performance are all too close to what you can expect from a cloud-based solution, even though the box is right inside your home. DESIGN AND PORTS The WD My Cloud Home…

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verbatim usb-c pocket card reader: a great combination of price and performance

The Verbatim USB-C Pocket Card Reader ( ) supports UHS-II speeds, is fairly compact, and costs just $17 from Amazon ( ). That makes for a winning combination. When we compared a host of USB-C memory card readers, the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II USB-C Reader ( ) came out as the fastest choice. It supports UHS-II SD cards, which incorporate two rows of contacts to read data at a theoretical maximum of 312 MBps. (See our SD Card Explainer [ ] for details on the many acronyms and specifications of these tiny little memory cards.) The downside is that it’s $47. Our runner up, the Cable Matters USB 3.1 Type-C Dual Slot Card Reader for Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards ( ), costs $12, but doesn’t support UHS-II. In…