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After another massive Google+ data breach, you should probably delete your profile right now

3 hours 4 min ago
Google has announced another Google+ data breach, this time affecting more than 50 million users. So here's how to shut down your profile for good.

Save up to $100 on the new Mac mini at B&H Photo

5 hours 17 min ago

In celebration of "Green Monday," B&H Photo is offering a mini price drop on the 2018 Mac mini. The discounts range from $70 to $100, which are enough to push the newer models closer to the retail prices for the high-end models from 2014.

And the 2014 models are on sale, too. If you’re not interested in the latest and greatest units, today’s sale lets you walk away with a 2014 Mac mini for a mere $399.

You can view the entire sale here, but we’ve listed the standout deals below:

2018 Mac mini for $724Remove non-product link (down from $799)

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Amazon has slashed prices on Fitbit's best trackers and smartwatches to all-time lows

5 hours 22 min ago

If improving your heath is part of your new year's resolutions, a fitness tracker needs to be on your holiday wish list. And today's a great day to buy one. Amazon is running a fantastic sale on some of Fitbit's best trackers and smartwatches, most of which are at all-time lows.

Most notably, the flagship Ionic is on sale for $150, $120 off its $270 list priceRemove non-product link and $50 less than its Black Friday pricing. With a five-day battery life, the Ionic is built for athletes, and is the only Fitbit to feature built-in GPS to keep track of locations and distances without having to use your phone. It also features full smartwatch features, with notifications, calls, and quick replies for messages, as well as on-board storage for phone-free music listening, on-screen coaching and routines, 50M water resistance, and of course, sleep, activity, and heart rate tracking. We gave the Ionic 3.5 out of 5 for its long battery life, detailed movement tracking, and comfortable design.

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Give your lights and appliances brains with these awesome beginner smart home deals

7 hours 37 min ago

Today we've found a collection of deals that’ll make your home a little smarter, and make life a little easier when you’re feeling lazy or have your hands full.

First up is this TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini for $15.82 at Amazon. We’ve seen the plug priced this low before but only recently. Typically, the price jumps anywhere between $20 and $30. This smart plug only takes up a single socket, allowing you to buy two and stack them. The beauty of a smart plug is that it turns any standard appliance—such as a light, coffee maker, or even a phony electric fireplace—into a smart device. The plug connects directly to your Wi-Fi and doesn’t require a hub or bridge. Instead, you control it via the Kasa smartphone app, or by using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

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Nuheara IQbuds Boost true wireless earphones review: Meh as both music players and hearing aids

8 hours 8 min ago

Nuheara’s IQbuds Boost are expensive—even at their current street price of $399 ($100 off the MSRP of $499), they still cost lot of money. By comparison, the B&O Beoplay E8, our current pick for best-sounding true wireless earbuds, can be had for $299.

That said, $399 (or even $499) isn't exorbitant for a hearing augmentation appliance. In fact, audiologist-prescribed hearing aids often cost thousands of dollars. The IQbuds Boost are designed to boost one’s hearing for a fraction of the cost of a traditional hearing aid, making them a tempting purchase for anyone who has trouble hearing, but hasn’t yet committed to rigorous testing and ultra-expensive hardware.

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How to save email downloaded to an iPhone or iPad via POP3 or a local iOS mail folder

9 hours 8 min ago

It’s easy to think that an iOS backup would include all the personal data stored on your iPhone or iPad. But Apple explains in a support page that some things aren’t copied off your phone, because they’re stored elsewhere. This includes “data stored in other cloud services, like Gmail and Exchange mail.”

What if you download messages from an email account to your iOS device and they’re deleted from the server? Those emails are gone for good when your iPhone or iPad is restored from backup or dies. Apple doesn’t mention this in the support note or elsewhere, even though it can affect people who store certain messages locally on their devices instead of synced with a mail server.

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Sony PSZ-RA4T Professional RAID review: Clever portable and rugged design, plus Thunderbolt and USB

10 hours 8 min ago

Designed with on-location video production in mind, Sony’s PSZ-RA4T Professional RAID is not the fastest RAID box we’ve tested, but it’s certainly fast enough. Made for travel, the PSZ-RA4T is thoroughly ruggedized and especially easy on the eye.

Add the ability of this dual-drive unit to function via Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.1 on your cohort’s or client’s Windows machine as well as your Mac, and you’ve got a winner.

Design and features

The PSZ-RA4T has enough deft design flourishes that leave no doubt that folks that work with such products supplied more than a little input. Or there’s simply an especially brilliant and practical designer at Sony. Kudos to the company, whatever the scenario.

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Ecovacs Deebot 601 review: Mapping features are missed in this otherwise capable cleaner

11 hours 8 min ago
This budget robot vacuum has some good features, but navigation skills aren't among them.

Centralite 4-Series Smart Outlet review: This add-on outlet is a tiny treat

11 hours 8 min ago
Centralite's new smart outlet is an affordable, compact choice for ZigBee ecosystems.

With a $100 discount, Target is selling the HomePod for Black Friday pricing

Sun, 2018-12-09 18:05

The chief criticism of the HomePod has always been its price. Almost everyone agrees it’s a fantastic speaker, but few potential buyers have been willing to stomach the $349 price tag when it lacks many of the voice commands you’ll get from cheaper competition from Amazon and Google.

So how does $249 sound? That’s Target’s current price for the HomePodRemove non-product link in both space gray and white, which amounts to a full $100 off the normal retail price. That discount brings it back down to the Black Friday pricing we saw from Best Buy, and if I were still in the market for a HomePod, this discount would suffice to convince me to buy one.

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Save $59 to $79 on Apple’s latest 9.7-inch iPad on Amazon

Fri, 2018-12-07 14:57

Earlier this week were we impressed that Amazon was selling Apple’s latest 9.7-inch iPad for as little as $289, but that’s nothing compared to the prices you can get today. Right now, Amazon is selling the entry-level 32GB version of the scrappy tablet for just $269.99—a savings of $59.01 off the regular price of $329.

That’s a savings of 18 percent, and it’s approaching some of the prices we’ve saw on Black Friday. Even better, the pricing extends to all three colors available: space gray, gold, and silver.

You can also save a ton of cash if you move up to the 128GB model with Wi-Fi, as it’s on sale for just $349.99, down $79.01 from the normal asking price of $429. That’s just $20 more from what you can expect to pay for the 32GB model at its normal retail price.

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Keep all of your devices powered up with these awesome prices on Anker chargers today

Fri, 2018-12-07 11:42

If you're reading this post, you have a device that needs a charger. And today's a great day to stock up on them. Amazon is offering fantastic deals on two of Anker's most popular charging accessories, with one hitting an all-time low.

First up, you can grab the PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C wall charger for $30Remove non-product link, 25 percent off its $40 list price and the lowest price we've ever seen. The 60W plug is equipped with USB-C power delivery so it can safely charge everything from a cell phone to a laptop. A tight design with a foldable plug allow you to take this charger with you on the road, while a built-in LED indicator lets you see when your device is charging at a glance.

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What to do when the Mac App Store says ‘Update Unavailable with This Apple ID’

Fri, 2018-12-07 08:00

The Mac App Store (MAS) registers downloaded apps—paid and free—to the Apple ID associated with the store at the time of download. Most people only ever log in with a single Apple ID for app purchases or retrievals, and thus all apps installed on their Macs remain correctly licensed to that Apple ID.

However, it’s possible even using a single Apple ID that you will see an error when you attempt to update certain apps that reads, “Update Unavailable with This Apple ID.” This seems to happen commonly with Apple’s productivity apps: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

The message goes on to say, “This update is not available for this Apple ID either because it was bought by a different user or the item was refunded or canceled.” If none of those conditions are true, you may still see the error in some readers’ (and my family’s) experience. (Why does this happen? Apple hasn’t provided any insight.)

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from October and November 2018

Fri, 2018-12-07 07:00
The latest and greatest Mac games

Image by Studio MDHR

It’s been a slow couple of months for Mac games, but luckily we’ve been blessed with quality in the absence of quantity. At last, for instance, the incredible Total War: Warhammer 2 made it to the Mac, along with the punishing platformer Cuphead. But these last two months haven’t just been about year-old ports. We also got to experience some fantastic games at the same time as our PC cousins, such as the collectible card game Artifact, the management sim RimWorld, or the haunting mystery The Return of the Obra Dinn. If you’re looking for some gifts to stuff under your digital Christmas tree, any of the following games will make a fine choice.

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Brinno Duo review: Our favorite peephole camera adds live remote viewing

Fri, 2018-12-07 06:00
This security camera mounts to your door's peephole and streams live video to your smartphone and to its own display on the interior side of your door.

Two important ways Apple is preparing for life after the iPhone

Fri, 2018-12-07 06:00

Over the many decades of its existence, Apple has faced a lot of challenges. There was the company’s battle against IBM early in the PC era, the seeming dominance of Windows during the 1990s, and even the worry that the company itself might cease to exist in the dark days of 1997.

Lately, though, it seems as though the challenge for Apple might simply be that it’s ahead of its own game. Rumors of slow iPhone XS and XR sales are hard to substantiate, with the company stepping back from providing information on how many smartphones it is selling. But it does seem clear that the amazing growth of previous years is leveling off somewhat, whether because the new phones are more expensive or haven’t wooed customers away from their current phones.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive goes free-to-play, adds a battle royale mode called Danger Zone

Thu, 2018-12-06 17:24
CS:GO finally ditches its archaic $15 price tag and embraces free-to-play, timed with an 18-player battle royale(ish) mode called Danger Zone.

How to use the ECG feature on Apple Watch Series 4

Thu, 2018-12-06 15:40

The Series 4 is the first truly big update to the Apple Watch line. It changes everything: the display, size, the shape, the sensors, the processor, the speaker and microphones—you name it. It truly elevated Apple’s wrist-wearable to a new level, but its most exciting new feature has been missing action since the Series 4's September launch.

With today's release of watchOS 5.1.2, though, that feature is finally here. Apple has given us the first smartwatch with a built-in electrocardiogram (ECG) feature (and they say Apple doesn’t innovate anymore!).

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ECG for the Apple Watch Series 4 now available in watchOS 5.1.2 update. Here’s how to get it

Thu, 2018-12-06 13:00

The much-anticipated electrocardiogram (ECG) feature that Apple highlighted during its Apple Watch 4 unveiling back in September is now available.

Part of the watchOS 5.1.2 update, the new ECG app and the new irregular heart rhythm notification feature can be used with the Apple Watch Series 4 to monitor heart rhythms. An ECG can be performed at any time, and ECG recordings, classifications and any noted symptoms are stored in the iPhone’s Health app. A PDF of the information can be provided to physicians.

Macworld will have a detailed hands-on with the ECG app soon after the update becomes available.

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Amazon is selling Microsoft Office 365 and 2019 for insanely cheap today

Thu, 2018-12-06 12:05

As a longtime staple of work and personal computer use, Microsoft Office doesn’t often go on sale. So if you need a copy, today’s the day to grab it: Amazon is knocking up to $45 off a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and taking $50 off a one-time purchaseRemove non-product link of the suite of apps, bringing them to rarely-seen lows.

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