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Macworld Australia October 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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7 highlights of tim cook’s q3 2017 financial call with analysts

Every 90 days there’s a new Apple financial quarter, a new raft of federally-mandated financial disclosures, and another hour-long conference call that lets us hear Apple CEO Tim Cook (and CFO Luca Maestri) take questions from inquisitive Wall Street analysts. On Tuesday, Apple announced its quarterly earnings ( ) and followed it up with that exciting phone call. (If you’d like to read a complete transcript, I made one [ ixo ].) Here are seven highlights that I gleaned from Apple’s quarterly exercise in extremely limited disclosure. 1. COOK DIDN’T DEFEND THE iPAD For the first time in a while, Tim Cook didn’t have to express publicly his belief that everything will be just fine with the iPad. That’s because, for the first time in three years, iPad sales grew when…

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how to move from crashplan for home to another backup solution

If you’ve read any articles about Mac-based local and cloud backup software and services by me or any other longtime tech writers, you’ll know that, first, we largely recommended Code42’s CrashPlan for Home and, second, we have long also had concerns about it. That turned out to be reasonable, given that Code42 has announced the end of its Home product. Now it’s time to pursue a CrashPlan alternative, and this article will help get you started. First off, why did we like CrashPlan for Home so much? It was comprehensive, letting you back up nearly anything to anything: from a computer to external drives; from one computer to another you controlled for networked or remote backup; from one computer to a peer, a computer run by a friend or colleague, with…

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why the mac needs icloud backup

Apple’s Services division has been going strong for a couple of years now, and the company likes to tout its ability to combine those services with hardware and software in order to deliver unparalleled functionality to its users. But not all of Apple’s devices are created equal when it comes to its primary service, iCloud. It might be a bit strong to say that Mac users are second-class citizens in terms of iCloud integration, so let’s just say instead that there’s some goodwill for Apple to earn among Mac users—both those who are new to the platform as well as the ones who have used it for decades—by broadening iCloud’s options for those who still prefer laptops and desktops. In particular, with the announcement this week that CrashPlan was discontinuing its consumer-oriented…

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ravpower 26800mah portable charger: compact, affordable battery delivers usb-c laptop charging

RAVPower has significantly improved the efficiency of its USB-C offerings with its 26800mAh Portable Charger with Power Delivery 2.0 (PD 2.0) support. The 30W output is enough to charge and use the 12-inch MacBook and some of the MacBook Pro models, and charge all of them rapidly while in sleep mode. CHARGING LAPTOPS The RAVPower took about 2.5 hours to fully recharge a 2015 12-inch MacBook with a new Apple battery from empty, and a little less than five hours to recharge its internal cells. That’s substantially faster than any other USB-C battery without PD 2.0 on the market. These higher-wattage batteries also appear to be much more efficient than previously tested USB-C packs. In the case of RAVPower, it’s a huge difference. Its 20100mAh battery ostensibly had about 75Wh, but in testing,…

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anker powercore+ 26800 pd: quickly recharge your usb-c macbook or macbook pro

If you’re looking for a USB-C battery with no compromises and with all the extras, consider the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD ( ; $119; $110 on Amazon: ). Using Power Delivery 2.0 (PD 2.0), the Anker battery can charge a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or other USB-C devices at up to 30 watts, allowing use of most laptops while you’re recharging. Anker has paired its 30W output charge for devices with a 27W recharging capability and includes a small AC adapter capable of that feat. The PowerCore+ 26800 has internal cells that add up to 26,800 mAh or 96 Wh. CHARGING LAPTOPS It took about two hours to fully recharge a 2015 12-inch MacBook with a new Apple battery from empty, and about five hours to recharge the PowerCore+ 26800. That’s much…

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cable matters 72w 4-port usb charger with usb-c power delivery: high-wattage usb-c charger delivers the goods

With more Apple laptops with USB-C on the market and in people’s hands, and with the relatively high cost of Apple’s AC adapters, it’s natural to seek alternatives. Cable Matter’s 72W 4-Port USB Charger with USB-C Power Delivery ( go.macworld. com/72w ; $49; $29 on Amazon in black: ; or white: ) has a 60W jack for USB-C and shares 12W (5V at 2.4A) among its three USB Type-A ports. Its low price, compactness, and features make it a great travel or replacement charger. USB-C allows the use of Power Delivery 2.0 (part of the USB spec), which can provide a variety of voltages and amperages to charge higher-wattage devices, like Apple’s 12-inch MacBook and the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models. They vary in power requirements from 29W…