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Apple considering Venmo-like feature to make you more likely to use Apple Pay

1 hour 25 min ago

There are already a zillion ways to send money to people: banks, Venmo, Square Cash, Google, and even social networks like Facebook and Snapchat have gotten in on the act. But Apple is reportedly looking to build a money transfer feature into Apple Pay so iPhone users can send money to each other.

According to Recode, Apple has been in talks with payment processors and banks about a Venmo-like service for two years, but nothing has happened—yet. Those talks are back on, and we may see an Apple Pay money transfer feature as soon as this year.

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13% off Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 - Deal Alert

1 hour 40 min ago

The Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive is the simple, one-click way to protect and share your entire digital life. At 12.1 millimeters thin and a generous 2TB of storage, it’s ready to take with you and go. All your photos, movies, and videos can be backed up using the downloadable Seagate Dashboard software, including the ones you’ve shared on Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. Run a one-click backup or schedule an automatic backup plan to protect your files on your Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive at your convenience. High-speed USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity offers plug-and-play functionality without the need of an external power supply. Compatible with both PC and Mac systems. The drive averages 4 out of 5 stars from over 11,600 people on Amazon (read reviews). The typical list price has been reduced 13% to just $69.99 for the 2TB model. See it now on Amazon.

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Apple Music in iOS 11 could put video front and center

2 hours 27 min ago

Apple Music is a work in progress, and with iOS 11 Apple plans to revamp its $9.99 per month streaming service once again—this time to make video a more prominent feature.

According to Bloomberg, the redesign reflects Apple’s big bets on video. Apple’s video plans span from the previously announced (and since delayed) “Carpool Karaoke” to a potential sequel to the classic R. Kelly hip hopera “Trapped in the Closet” to feature-length documentaries. A show about Dr. Dre has been discussed. Producer Brian Grazer and director J.J. Abrams are brainstorming ideas. About 10 new original series are scheduled to debut on Apple Music this year.

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60% off SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speeds Up To 260MB/s - Deal Alert

2 hours 32 min ago

The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive features a sizable 128GB of storage, and read speeds of up to 260MB/s lets you easily transfer a full-length movie in seconds. The sophisticated design and durable aluminum metal casing help to protect against every day wear and tear on the outside, while the included SanDisk SecureAccess software provides 128-bit AES file encryption and password protection on the inside for your private files. The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive is backed with a lifetime limited warranty. It currently averages 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 530 people (80% rate the full 5 stars: see reviews here), and its typical list price has been reduced generously to just $52.10. See this deal on Amazon.

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Google Trips update reminds us Google has another travel app, and it's actually pretty great

4 hours 3 min ago

Google has so many apps these days, it’s easy to forget what they all do. So, if you happened to see an update to the Trips app that you downloaded last year but didn’t use much, you’re probably wondering what’s new. Or maybe you just need a refresher on what it does.

A smart planner and city guide, Trips is meant to be the one-stop travel companion for all of your tourism needs. It pulls reservation information from Gmail, suggests places to go, and even lets you download everything for offline use. If you're a frequent traveler it's a way better option than Maps, and while the new update isn’t a huge one, it does bring a few features that might make people more apt to use it.

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The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Put your iPhone in camo

4 hours 40 min ago
Welcome to the jungle

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup features two new lines of iPhone cases with camouflage decorations. Will you ever be able to find your phone again? Read on!

Snow Lizard

Image by Snow Lizard

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PrintLife 4 review: Easy desktop design for all, now with a big splash of color

5 hours 40 min ago

Does your band needs to make a flyer to promote an upcoming show? Want to create letterhead for a new business venture with minimal effort. You’ll find plenty of template options from Chronos’ PrintLife 4 desktop design software, which just received a colorful new upgrade.

Rainbow connection

At first glance, PrintLife 4 ($50) looks untouched from version 3.0, which I reviewed in late 2015. That upgrade offered a major user interface overhaul along with new visual flourishes like 3D headlines, built-in texture overlays, and photo effects, all of which help produce dazzling results for printing any kind of custom media.

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PDFpen 9 and PDFpenPro 9 review: PDF-editing apps get solid enhancements over previous versions

5 hours 40 min ago

You can’t avoid handling PDF (Portable Document Format) files: every website and program seems to generate them, either as a preferred choice or an option. And, often, you need to make some tweak or change in a PDF or fill it out when it hasn’t been set up by its creator to have preset form elements.

If you’re working as a design professional, you probably already subscribe to or have access at work to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, which includes Adobe Acrobat pro tools. If not, you likely rely on Apple’s Preview app, which has basic PDF handling, but suffered a series of glitches in Sierra that made it hard to use with PDFs. (Those all seem to be fixed now.)

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What to expect from Apple's Q2 2017 earnings call on May 2

8 hours 10 min ago

Did you forget to mark your calendar for the orgy of charts and numbers that is Apple’s legally mandated quarterly release of its financial results? If so, have no fear–I remembered to mark mine for next Tuesday, May 2, when Apple will release the results in the early afternoon (Cupertino time) and then offer some of its executives up to financial analysts in an hour-long telephone call.

This is the season where Wall Street tries to intuit where Apple’s stock price will go, and those of us more focused on Apple’s products will scrape for any suggestion about how those products are selling and what might come next.

It can be easy to joke about these quarterly rituals–I’ve already done it several times, and this is only my third paragraph–but they’re vital opportunities to take a rare glimpse into Apple’s inner workings and the thinking of Apple executives about the company’s business strategies. Yes, it’s a choreographed dance, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t glean understanding from it.

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Problem-o-matic: iPhone 8 problems keep coming

8 hours 40 min ago

Are you worried about the iPhone 8 yet?

[Yoda voice] You will be. You will be.

Yoda was nothing if not famous for his hot takes on products that haven’t been announced yet. That’s like his whole character, bro. Go see a Star War.

Writing for CNet, Roger Cheng explains “iPhone 8 may miss one key feature already in the Galaxy S8.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Laurie Stoker and Alex.)

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33% off MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths For Screens and Other Delicate Surfaces, 30 Pack - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-04-26 16:13

This extremely soft, high-quality 6x7 microfiber cloth from MagicFiber absorbs and safely removes dust, oil smudges, fingerprints, and dirt from eyeglasses, camera lenses, computer screens, televisions, and other delicate surfaces without any harsh chemicals. It's machine or hand washable, and is built to last. The cloths are highly rated on Amazon, where it currently averages 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 9,100 people (90% rate 5 stars: read recent reviews). Its typical list price of $29.99 has been reduced 33% to $20 for a pack of 30 individually wrapped, so you may decide to toss one in everybody's stocking this holiday season. See the discounted 30-pack of microfiber cleaning cloths now on Amazon.

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How to find out your Uber rating

Wed, 2017-04-26 16:09

Uber used to make it difficult to find out your passenger rating. To find out if you were a 5-star rider, you had to ask a driver (and they would usually tell you, but that’s kind of an awkward conversation) or toggle through some menu options to submit a request to Uber.

As of this week, finding your rating is simple. Super easy. In fact, you can’t miss it. Uber is putting your stars just beneath your name in the top left of the app.

Uber says the change is because riders “forget that their driver is also rating them, too, and things like eating in the car, slamming the door, or trying to pile in more people than seatbelts can impact whether it’s a 5-star experience for drivers.” I don’t know anyone who forgets that drivers rate them, too. Some people are on a quest to be 5-star passengers, while others just want to know if their behavior is costing them stars.

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47% off Cable Organizer Electronics Accessories Travel Bag - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-04-26 16:07

This Universal Electronics Accessories Travel Organizer provides a flexible organization solution for your electronics and computer accessories. It helps make you better organized with all the small items and gadgets.  Made of durable and weather-resistant nylon with well padded semi-flexible covers.  It's compact size of  8.8“ x W 6.1"allows it to easily stored in you laptop bag or backpack.  This travel organizers typical list price of $18.99 has been reduced 47% to just $9.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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FCC chairman plans to 'reverse the mistake' of net neutrality

Wed, 2017-04-26 15:09

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on May 18 to kick off a proceeding to “reverse the mistake” of the agency’s 2-year-old net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said.

The rulemaking proceeding would be the first step toward repealing the regulations and reversing the agency’s 2015 decision to classify broadband as a regulated, telecom-like service.

Pai didn’t provide a lot of detail about his proposal during a speech Wednesday, but during the rulemaking, the FCC will seek public comment on how best to move forward with new net neutrality rules or guidelines, he said. The FCC is scheduled to release the text of Pai’s proposal on Thursday.

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Podcast 556: Uber my dead body

Wed, 2017-04-26 14:42

Oh, Uber. Uber, Uber, Uber. When will this nightmare of a company shape up? Probably never. But we have another chance to shake our heads and sigh here on the podcast, because according to a story in the New York Times, Uber’s C.E.Bro got a polite dressing down from Tim Cook, for purposely running afoul of Apple’s App Store guidelines and then trying its pathetic best to evade detection. Faced with the threat of being removed from the App Store, Travis Kalanick immediately rolled over, but Glenn thinks the violation is serious enough that Apple should have warned users, or even given Uber an App Store timeout.

Elsewhere, Apple wants to stop mining minerals, which would be good, and attracting packs of millenials to Apple stores even if they’re not there to shop or visit the Geniuses. Which could be bad. Unless there are themed coffee drinks, for which we have several suggestions. (Call us, Angela!)

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29% off Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-04-26 13:30

The Hyper 212 EVO now features four Cooler Master patented Continuous Direct Contact (CDC) heat pipes that are tightly packed into a flat array on the CPU Cooler base. This acts as a virtual vapor chamber that dissipates a large amount of heat. The aluminum fin structure has been optimized to provide the perfect performance balance between high and low speed fan operations.  The fan averages 4.4 out of 5 stars from over 7,600 people on Amazon (read reviews here), where its typical list price of $34.99 has been reduced 29% to just $24.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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Save $51 on Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch Right Now - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-04-26 10:18

Gear S3 frontier in dark gray is a timeless smartwatch, combining style with the latest innovation in digital technology. It features an always-on 1.3” super AMOLED full color display, and a distinctive steel bezel that you rotate to access apps or text, call and other notifications. Make payments via Samsung Pay. Keep track of your activity or share your location with its built-in GPS. And much more. With military-grade performance, the Gear S3 resists water, dust, extreme temperatures and the occasional drop. Gear S3 averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 900 customers on Amazon (read recent reviews here), where its typical list price of $349.99 is currently discounted down to $299, saving you 15%. See this deal on Amazon.

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Just $59 for Roku 4 Streaming Media Player 4K UHD If You Buy Refurbished - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-04-26 10:02

You can pick up the Roku 4 4K UHD player for far below list price, if you're comfortable buying refurbushed. Which you can be -- certified refurbished products are tested and certified to look and work like new, and come with 90-day warranties. Roku provides access to 3,500+ channels on demand, offering 350,000+ movies and TV episodes, and the ability to search across the top streaming channels. Follow movies, TV shows, actors, and directors and get automatic updates when new content is ready to stream. Roku 4 will automatically adapt and deliver the best picture quality your TV can display. Advanced upscaling ensures that your TV’s maximum resolution will be optimized, so whether you have an HD TV or a 4K Ultra HD TV, you’ll view the best picture possible. Gremlin hid your remote? Just press the button on top of your Roku 4 and your remote will tell you where it is. With a typical list price of well above $59, you're getting a solid deal if you decide to go refurbished. See the certified refurbished Roku 4 streaming media player on Amazon.

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Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble brings the animated show to life through colorful puzzles

Wed, 2017-04-26 10:00

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

I love Yo-Kai Watch, so naturally I had to download Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble, a casual match-3 style game with bright, adorable graphics, an energetic soundtrack, and plenty of levels to keep you occupied.

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How to save your parking spot in Google Maps

Wed, 2017-04-26 09:51

Update, 4/26/17: The article has been updated with additional information now that the parking feature is out of beta testing.

Google Maps is finally starting to understand the headache that is parking. Earlier this year it added a parking availability feature that let you know how hard it would be to find a spot at your destination, but the latest addition to Maps is one we’ve been waiting years to get.

Google has long offered a parking reminder card in Google Now, but it’s always been kind of flaky (and never really belonged there). With the latest version of Maps on iOS and Android, Google is giving it a new home, right inside the Maps app. And it's a snap to use. When you tap the blue location dot on the map on your Android phone, you’ll see a new "Save your parking" option, (or "Set as parking location" on iOS), which will let you chart your position right inside Maps.

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