Best gifts for Mac fans [Gift Guide 2018]

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Mac gift guide 2018
Buying for a Mac fan? Start here!
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We’ve shown you the best gifts for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch users, but what if the person you’re buying for is a long-time Apple fan whose first love was the Mac? Then you should start your shopping right here!

Gift guide 2018 bugThis guide is filled with awesome accessories and gadgets that every Mac addict will enjoy. We’ve handpicked only the best — things we’ve used, reviewed, and would recommend — so that you can be sure your hard-earned cash is being well spent.

Check out our gift guide selections for Mac users below.

How to stop apps from tracking your location

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Wherever you go, your iPhone is tracking you.
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Your iPhone apps can track your location. You already know that, but maybe you tell yourself that that weather app just uses your current location to give you an accurate forecast, or that your bike-routing and tracking app is just keeping a count of miles and calories.

In reality, any one of these apps may be taking that location data and selling it. One way to handle this is to keep up to date with the privacy policies of any location-aware apps you use, but that’s too much work for most of us. Instead, why not just deny them access to your location? On iOS, that’s easy, and it works.

First public betas of iOS 12.1.2, macOS Mojave 10.14.3 squash some bugs

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iOS 12.1.2 public beta 1 can be installed on your iPhone now.
iOS 12.1.2 public beta 1 can be installed on your iPhone now.
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There’s always another version of iOS in the pipeline. Just a few days after iOS 12.1.1 brought improvements to FaceTime and Face ID, the public can now download the first beta of the upcoming replacement.

Apple is equally diligent about macOS updates. The initial beta version of macOS Mojave 10.14.3 also just debuted to the general public.

Top iPhone suppliers give Apple investors good news

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The iPhone XS Max is 25 percent larger than any previous iOS handset. So how is it as an iPad mini replacement?
2018 iPhone sales might be a lot stronger than Apple’s share price would indicate.
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A pair of companies critical in producing the iPhone enjoyed very strong sales in November. While not definite, this is a clear hint that the recent pessimism about sales of Apple’s handsets is unjustified.

Apple’s share price has dropped about 25 percent in the past couple of months on previous equally vague but negative reports.

Linea Sketch adds fantastic new Apple Pencil features

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Linea Sketch get a ton of great iPad-Pro ready-features.
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The iPad’s best simple drawing app just got a fantastic update for the new 2018 iPad Pro. Linea Sketch is a crowd favorite thanks to its clean design, its advanced-yet-simple-to-use features, and its great drawing and ink engine. And now it has been brushed up to take advantage of the new 2018 iPadPro and second-gen Apple Pencil.

Enjoy big savings on MacBooks, Sonos speakers [Deals & Steals]

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Bag a bargain MacBook today only!
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Treating a loved one to a new Apple notebook this Christmas might not be as expensive as you think. Amazon currently has some incredible discounts on the 12-inch MacBook and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

That’s just some of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You’ll also find up to $100 off Sonos speakers, $150 off the latest iPad mini at Best Buy, and refurbished iPhone 6s units for under $170.

Super Micro investigation reveals no Chinese spy chips

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Bloomberg article made accusations about Chinese spy chips.
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As promised, Super Micro Computer, the manufacturer of technology accused by Bloomberg of containing Chinese spy chips, has carried out an investigation of its hardware. And it’s apparently clean.

The company hired outside investigators to resolve the claims leveled against it. On Tuesday, it told customers that there was no evidence of malicious hardware on its current or older motherboards.