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Verizon's free NFL streaming deal is good for cord cutters—but there's a catch

Thu, 2017-12-14 06:00
NFL games will be free to stream on smartphones next year, but watching on TV could still cost you.

Best iPhone: How to pick the perfect iPhone for you

Wed, 2017-12-13 17:34

This guide was most recently updated on December 13, 2017.

Picking out an iPhone used to be easier—just get the newest one with all the storage you can afford. We still recommend plenty of storage, but the choice of which iPhone to get it on isn’t quite so cut-and-dry. Do you want the phone with the best camera, the one with the lowest starting price, or maybe just one with a headphone jack?

There's another major factor that will influence what iPhone you should buy: Apple's latest iPhone release included three (!!!) new models to choose from: The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (which went on sale on September 22, 2017), and the iPhone X (which landed in stores six weeks later).

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BrandPost: macOS – A Carrier for Windows Viruses

Wed, 2017-12-13 13:56

Remember Apple’s infamous “Get a Mac” campaign? If not, you’re not alone. Things have changed a lot since Apple could use malware to capitalize on the higher vulnerability of regular PCs. Today, Mac antivirus software is not only abundant, it’s necessary!

The age-old myth that Macs are immune to malware no longer holds water for two main reasons:

1) With the rising popularity of the iPhone (iOS), the Apple ecosystem has increased tremendously, prompting cybercriminals to also set their sights on Mac users.

2)  Platform-agnostic schemes such as, fraud, spam, and phishing scams are targeting every type of device, from computers, to tablets and smartphones.

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Amplify your team's productivity with Droplr Pro -- now over 90% off

Wed, 2017-12-13 09:08

Working remotely has grown in popularity among teams in the workplace, but it's not exactly perfect—especially in the realm of communication. Thankfully, Droplr Pro exists to fill in the gaps and keep your team on the same page, and you can get up to three users access for life for over 90 percent off the usual price.

With Droplr, you can streamline communication by simply capturing a screenshot of whatever you're working on, add comments, and send it in a short link (Drop) to your intended recipient—all in a single interface. You can record and share .gifs to show users how to perform a particular task, and you can use the new Boards feature to create and share tasks with team members around concepts, ideas, projects, and more.

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New Amazon Echo Discounted $20 Right Now - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-12-13 08:59

Amazon has a discount of $20 active right now on their all new Echo smart speaker, which features a new speaker, new design, and is available in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more --
instantly. Echo averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,200 reviewers, and with the current discount you can grab it for yourself (or someone else) now for just $79.99. See the discounted Echo deal now on Amazon.

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Apple Photos: What do you need to do to get People to sync?

Wed, 2017-12-13 08:00

Apple promised that when we identified people in Photos in iOS 10 or macOS 10.12 Sierra, it would sync and merge this special album’s contents across all our linked devices. Oops! Well, it finally made it into iOS 11 and High Sierra, at least.

Macworld reader Gerry was looking forward to this working, but finds that his various devices never sync up, no matter how long he takes or how much he observes the Photos’ apps instructions to wait.

However, Gerry doesn’t use iCloud Photo Library. He says, “If iCloud Photo Library is required, then nuts!” Have some pistachios, because that feature is required. On every device on which iCloud Photo Library is enabled and you’re connected with the same iCloud account, Apple passes various information related to photos and videos.

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Should you buy an iMac Pro? Here are the reasons why and why not

Wed, 2017-12-13 07:00

Apple’s sure-sellers for the holiday season have been on store shelves for a while now, but for fans of high-powered Macs, Christmas comes early this week with the release of the iMac Pro on Thursday. It’s undoubtedly going to take the crown as the most powerful Mac ever made--and will undoubtedly hold onto that distinction until a new Mac Pro arrives on the scene.

There’s a lot to be said for the iMac Pro. It’s the first Mac with workstation-level processors with a plethora of processor cores (8 and up!) since the Mac Pro in 2013. The Radeon Pro Vega is the most powerful graphic processor ever in a Mac.

If you’re someone who uses a 5K iMac to get work done today, should you consider buying the iMac Pro or not? Here’s a list of reasons why you should--and also a few reasons you might want to keep that credit card in your pocket.

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What is Next Gen TV and when will it launch?

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00
Next-generation TV is coming soon.

Star Wars iPhone cases: Celebrate the release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00
Disney Star Wars cases

Image by Disney

Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, so it’s no surprise that there are Star Wars iPhone cases in the Disney store. These are basic shells cases for the Plus-sized phones. Note that the camera cutout is for the iPhone 7 Plus camera; Disney says these cases fit the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus, which have single-lens camera that don’t require such a big hole.

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Get a Lifetime of VPN Unlimited for Just $29.99

Tue, 2017-12-12 14:05

With the potential of Internet service providers selling off your browsing info, protecting your data has become more essential than ever. A lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited can help by safeguarding your online activities and sensitive business information. Normally $500, you can get a lifetime subscription today for just $29.99 today. 

VPN Unlimited hides and encrypts your data from prying eyes, which is ideal when you're connected to public WiFi, regardless of whether you're sitting in a coffee shop or an airport.

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You can buy an iMac Pro on Dec. 14, but you can't upgrade the RAM

Tue, 2017-12-12 10:44

When Apple unveiled the new iMac Pro at WWDC in June, Phil Schiller promised that the new machine would begin shipping in December. With just a bit over two weeks to go, Apple is making good on its promise.

Apple has announced that the iMac Pro will be available beginning Thursday, Dec. 14 starting at $5,000 for an 8-core Xeon procession, 32GB of RAM, an 8GB Radeon Pro Vega GPU and 1TB SSD. That’s a lot of machine, but it’s hardly maxed out. Customers will be able to customize the iMac Pro up to an 18-core Xeon chip, 128GB of RAM, 16GB GPU, and 4TB hard drive.

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Is there a drawback to using Wi-Fi Calling on an iPhone?

Tue, 2017-12-12 08:00

Wi-Fi Calling is a feature that lets an iPhone effectively re-route mobile calls over the Wi-Fi network to which you’re connected—if it has the right qualities instead of using the cellular network. Most carriers support Wi-Fi Calling.

Macwrold reader Steve wonders if there’s a drawback to Wi-Fi Calling. His iPhone typically picks up a stronger Wi-Fi signal than a cellular one.

There’s none that I can think of, even though carriers mostly offer no benefit to you offloading phone calls from their networks to your own or someone else’s. (At one point, T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling option had some real cost advantages.)

Voice calls over 3G and 4G networks are just data, anyway. Calls use up very little bandwidth, so even on a lower-speed broadband network or one that has usage caps, the data consumed is minimal.

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Goodbye and good luck: Enjoy your switch to Android

Tue, 2017-12-12 07:00

Let the Macalope be clear here: while he prefers iOS, he will defend to the death anyone’s right to choose to use another platform.

OK, not really to the death. Come on. These are smartphones we’re talking about. To the hang nail. He will defend your right… to the hang nail.

Which is a bad example since hoofed animals don’t get hang nails, but you get the gist of the level of discomfort he’s will to go to.

Writing for Fast Company, Mark Wilson says “Life Without The iPhone Is Pretty Damn Great.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Paul and @designheretic.)

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TouchJet Wave review: This pricey gadget can make your dumb TV smart—and touchable

Tue, 2017-12-12 06:00
Android and infrared come together to convert your big-screen TV into a massive tablet.

Apple and Shazam: It’s not just about identifying songs

Mon, 2017-12-11 15:00

Shazam was a true game-changer as one of the first apps to appear in the App Store back in July 2008. With just a tap, Shazam could identify nearly any song you heard without needing to know anything about it. Shazam was a magical app that I used to show off my iPhone, and unlike all those other apps whose novelty wore off in just a few weeks (anyone remember iBeer?), Shazam has only gotten better over the years.

Apple has long had partnered with Shazam to power Siri’s song identification service, but now the Cupertino giant has confirmed that it is buying the company outright for a cool $400 million, a relative bargain in today’s tech dollars. On the surface, a Shazam purchase ensures that Siri will always be able to recognize the song you’re listening to and will provide a boost to Apple Music, but I think Apple has much bigger plans for the service.

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Lowe's is selling a two-port Anker power bank for $17

Mon, 2017-12-11 14:09

Lowe's has a nice deal today on an Anker Power Bank charger. For $17, you can get a 10,400 mAH Anker portable charger from the big-box store. This is about $11 cheaper than the price you can find on Amazon, and $10 off Lowe's usual price.

This charger comes with two USB ports, and supports high-speed charging via Anker's PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies. Anker claims this Power Bank can charge the iPhone 6 up to four times, the Samsung Galaxy S6 up to three times, or the iPad Air once. Each port pumps out a maximum of 2.4 amps each. The Power Bank only comes in black, and it has indicator lights on the side to show how much power the device has left.

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Apple to buy music-recognition app Shazam

Mon, 2017-12-11 12:54

After rumors started swirling around a few days ago, Apple has confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it is indeed buying the music-recognition app Shazam. The acquisition price was not revealed, but is reportedly around $400 million. That’s a far cry from the Shazam valuation of $1 billion the company was claiming in its last round of fundraising (in 2015), but the world of streaming music services has evolved since then.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr made the following statement to BuzzFeed News:

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Fusion Drive or hybrid drive: Which one should you use?

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:00

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are expensive, especially if want a capacity above 1TB. That's why hard drives still rule the roost, even though they don't offer the speed of an SSD. Apple's software-based Fusion Drive provides a compromise: it uses a small amount of high-performance SSD alongside a higher-capacity HDD. macOS caches frequently used drive-based data in the SSD, boosting performance.

When deciding on a drive for an iMac I purchased earlier this year, I felt that the performance I’d get from the $700 jump from a 1TB Fusion Drive to a 1TB SSD simply wasn’t worth it. Apple pairs a 32GB SSD with its 1TB hard drive, and 128GB with its 2TB and 3TB options.

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Eaton Halo RL56 review: Upgrade your existing canisters to smart and efficient LED lighting

Mon, 2017-12-11 07:45
If you have recessed lighting, this is a superior solution to replacing the bulbs.

Cambridge Audio CXUHD 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: A classy chassis with Dolby Vision

Mon, 2017-12-11 07:45
This handsome device is a top-notch disc player that's great for digital audio systems, but it doesn't off any type of analog output.