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20 Apple TV games you should absolutely play

3 hours 4 min ago
Game on!

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You may not have a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch in your house, but if you have the current-gen Apple TV hooked up to your screen, then you really do have a game console ready and waiting to entertain. Just as the Apple TV runs an array of apps, it also offers a pretty sizable selection of games—some of which are even free.

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60% off Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard - Deal Alert

5 hours 38 min ago

The G105 gaming keyboard from Logitech features dual-level LED backlighting, fully programmable g-keys for single actions and macros, and anti-ghosting capabilities. Program 3 macros per key -- configure up to 18 unique functions per game. Program single keystrokes, complex macros or intricate LUA scripts. Record new macros on the fly while you're in the game. The G105 Logitech gaming keyboard is built for serious gaming and its typical list price of $59.99 has been reduced 60% to $23.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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65% off AcuRite Refrigerator/Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer - Deal Alert

5 hours 47 min ago

How often do you check temps in your fridge or freezer? With the AcuRite wireless fridge/freezer thermometer you can be sure that your food is being stored at safe temperatures. It displays the refrigerator temperature, freezer temperature and the high / low temperatures recorded for each. An alarm notifies you audibly and visually when temperatures exceed your customizable presets. Especially useful in a power outage, or if you plan to store food in a cooler for an extended period of time. Right now the typical list price on AcuRite's thermometer is discounted 65% to just $13.84. See this deal on Amazon.

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Kobo Aura H20 Edition 2 review: A waterproof e-reader worthy of your consideration

8 hours 19 min ago
While not indestructible, this Kindle competitor can survive being submerged in water.

Unfair share: Only one company’s environmental record gets examined

8 hours 34 min ago

The flowchart for writing an article complaining about e-waste is pretty simple. “Do you want to write an article about e-waste?” has two destinations: “No” leads to “END”, “Yes” leads to “Make it all about Apple.”

Writing for Mashable, Damon Beres details “The rotten hypocrisy of Apple’s environmental promises.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Brent Dennison and JoJoGabo.)

Your iPhone won’t last forever, even if you want it to.

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The best educational software for students

8 hours 49 min ago
Get your PC ready for another academic year with the best and most productive applications.

Google Home and Chromecast vs. Amazon Echo and Fire TV: Which is the best hands-free TV experience?

9 hours 19 min ago
Hands-free remote battle: Amazon Alexa and Fire TV vs. Google Home and Chromecast

How Apple can make the AirPods 2 even better

9 hours 19 min ago

For a first generation product, the AirPods really knocked it out of the (Apple?) park. They sound great, they stay in place, and they're not as easy to lose as everyone first thought.

In this week's episode of The iPhone Show, I've made a list of all the new features that could make the AirPods 2 even better. For starters, I'd like to see them be more responsive. Right now, you can only double-tap them to activate Siri, hit play or pause, and soon in iOS 11, skip to the next song or go to the previous track. The only thing still missing is volume controls. You still need your iPhone for that... unless you want to keep telling Siri to turn it down.

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How to experience VR on your iPhone with Google Cardboard

Wed, 2017-08-16 19:35

Editor's note: This article was updated on August 16, 2017 with up-to-date pricing information and app details. 

Despite rumors across the years, Apple still hasn’t made a virtual reality move of its own. And while Samsung’s top phones have the Gear VR headset and some Android phones support Google’s Daydream platform, there’s nothing of comparable quality for the iPhone.

But there is a lower-end alternative that works across iPhone and Android phones, and it might not cost you much of anything. Google Cardboard is an entry-level take on mobile VR, and it lets you strap your existing phone into a cheap, portable viewer and then pop it on your face. While the experience isn’t nearly as immersive or interactive as on those other platforms—let alone PC-based headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive—it can still provide cool, 360-degree multimedia experiences.

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Apple takes on Netflix, Apple Watch gets LTE, and iOS 11 has new app icons: Macworld Podcast episode 569

Wed, 2017-08-16 17:25

Guess how much money Apple is planning to spend on original programming next year. Hint: Not as much as Google is paying Apple to remain the default search engine on your iPhone. Plus, Apple Watch rumors point to LTE capabilities, and iOS 11 brings some questionable design choices to your favorite native apps.

Macworld’s Oscar Raymundo, Leah Yamshon, and Michael Simon talk about these topics and more in the Macworld Podcast, episode 569.

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Macworld’s August Digital Edition: 10 Years of the iPhone

Wed, 2017-08-16 16:01

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld magazine.

In the August issue

This month we look back at 10 years with one of the most groundbreaking products in history: the iPhone. We also have reviews of all of Apple’s new hardware, including the iPad Pro, the new MacBook and the new MacBook Pro. Also inside is our first hands-on look at Apple’s new HomePod.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Hackintosh, should you build one?

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31% off WD 4TB My Passport Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-08-16 09:26

Safely store massive amounts of photos, videos and music with this 4TB external drive from WD. It comes equipped with WD Backup software so you can automatically back up photos, videos, music and documents on your preferred schedule. And built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security software helps keep your content private and safe. The 4TB My Passport model is currently priced just $10 higher than its 3TB counterpart with this 31% off deal. See it now on Amazon.

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47% off Solartab S1111 Solar Mobile Device Charger - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-08-16 09:14

Whether in the park, at the beach, at a music festival or out trekking, Solartab lets you enjoy free and endless solar power. Simply open up the Solartab to start solar charging either the internal battery or or USB devices like your phone or tablet. Thanks to Solartab’s huge internal battery, you can even charge your devices after the sun sets. The typical list price on the charger has been reduced 47% to $69. See this deal on Amazon.

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Terk Trinity Xtend review: This TV antenna tries to pull double-duty as a Wi-Fi range extender

Wed, 2017-08-16 08:00
Two taste treats in one? Or less than the sum of its parts?

How to set network connection priority on a Mac

Wed, 2017-08-16 08:00

With different networking options available—ethernet, Wi-Fi, iPhone tethering, etc.—you may find yourself in a situation where you want your Mac to automatically select one type of connection over another. A Macworld reader finds themselves in that exact situation.

I’d like to connect to my grandma’s Wi-Fi connection so that I can use her printer. However, her internet connection is as slow as molasses, so I want to simultaneously use my iPhone’s tethering capability (via USB or Bluetooth, of course) to browse the internet.

macOS does let you prioritize network connections, so you can pick which adapter gets used first when your system tries to connect to local network and internet-connected resources.

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Emerson Sensi Touch review: A big step up from the first-generation, but it’s not as deluxe as the competition

Wed, 2017-08-16 06:00
This is a smart and stylish thermostat, but it’s not in the same league as Nest or Ecobee.

An LTE Apple Watch brings lots of potential problems. Can Apple solve them all?

Wed, 2017-08-16 06:00

In case you haven’t been paying attention, this year’s fall Apple event is shaping up to be a doozy. And it’s not just the iPhone 8. In addition to the anniversary handset and a possible 4K Apple TV, rumors are swirling about a new Apple Watch that won’t have to always be near your phone.

Just this week, both Ming Chi Kuo and CNBC corroborated an earlier rumor by Business Insider that spilled the beans on Apple’s plans to release an LTE-enabled Apple Watch. That would mean the Series 3 Apple Watch would be able to stream music, receive notifications, use apps, and even make calls without being tethered to an iPhone. It would be a huge step in its evolution and open up Apple Watch to a much wider audience.

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Is the $35 Chromecast a viable Apple TV alternative for iPhone users?

Wed, 2017-08-16 01:30

Editor's note: This article was updated on August 15, 2017 with up-to-date app links and pricing information. 

Apple believes that apps are the future of television, and maybe they’re right: The Apple TV’s selection of apps and games is ever expanding, and you can tap into a wide array of streaming services and traditional network apps with ease. It makes cutting the cord seem even easier than ever, and cable and satellite subscribers see a lot of added benefits too.

But at $149 for the base 32GB model, the Apple TV requires a solid upfront investment to dig into this app-centric TV vision that Apple is promoting—particularly since a lot of other devices large and small can access many of those same services. That might be worth the expense for some, but not everyone needs another way to run apps and games.

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Amazon's got a sale on Logitech products today, including an HTPC keyboard for $18

Tue, 2017-08-15 15:25

Amazon has a sale on Logitech products today. These are not incredibly deep discounts—despite the savings claims on Amazon's sales page. Nevertheless, there are a few good buys here that are worth pointing out. Amazon's Logitech sale lasts until just before midnight on Tuesday evening.

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The MX Master Mouse is available for $50 today, which is a savings of about $14 off the previous price. This Bluetooth mouse has a thumb wheel for horizontal navigation. Logitech says the laser sensor can track on multiple surfaces (including glass), and you can expect up to 40 days of use on a single charge. It's also got an Easy-Switch feature that lets you pair the mouse with up to 3 computers and move between them seamlessly.

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Collect them all: Living the dongle life

Tue, 2017-08-15 10:00

The Macalope hopes you like ridiculous scenarios that would never happen because that’s what’s on the menu today.

The very fine people and editors and pernicious hive mind that furiously generates Apple clickbait over at Business Insider are all back, this time to warn us that “Apple makes 23 different dongles — and it would cost you $857 to buy them all.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Alex.)

Why… why would you do that? Are you some sort of dongle completist? Do you buy them and keep them in their original packaging so they stay in mint-in-the-box condition?

“Here’s a SCSI terminator I bought in 1994. I won’t part for it for less than $750. Serious collectors only.”

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