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The new iPad Air gets its first big price drop at Amazon

Wed, 2019-04-17 12:49

Just under a month after its release, the new iPad Air is seeing its first significant price drops over at Amazon. The discount is only $20, but that’s enough to bring the price of the 64GB model to $479, down from the retail price of $499.99. And as a reminder, you won’t even to pay shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

The iPad Air is a great device if you want a machine that almost handles like an iPad Pro but lacks some “pro” bells and whistles, like Apple’s ProMotion display refresh technology. The new Air also retains the old iPad form factor, so you have access to Touch ID, a headphone jack, and some big bezels. It also only supports the first-generation Apple Pencil (and its infamously losable cap). Fortunately, Amazon is also selling the Pencil for $5 off, which brings the price down to $94.

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You can get a 43-inch 4K smart Fire TV for a ridiculously low price of $180 today

Wed, 2019-04-17 11:36

In a streaming-centric world, a 4K smart TV is practically a must-have these days, and today you can get a great one for a crazy low price. Via Best Buy's storefront, Amazon is selling the 43-inch Insignia 4K Ultra HD Smart LED with Fire TV on board for just $180Remove non-product link, a significant drop from its $300 list price and an all-time low.

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Anker's Roav Bolt brings Google Assistant to your car's 12V socket, even with an iPhone

Wed, 2019-04-17 11:30
Anker's new Roav Bolt brings Google Assistant and a pair of USB ports to your car for $50.

How to disable Live Photos on your iPhone or iPad

Wed, 2019-04-17 09:00

Live Photos are a cool but inessential feature of the iOS photography experience that preserve the moments before and after you take a photo, including the sound. They’re great for bringing a particular photo “to life,” and they’re especially excellent for making your own GIFs from photos—but they also take up a lot of storage space. The files are usually twice as big as those for a regular photo. That can be a big problem for your photo storage, considering that Apple keeps Live Photos on by default.

Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to turn the feature off, and you can easily (and temporarily) switch it back on if you want to take a specific shot as a Live Photo. First, I’ll show you how to keep your Camera app from automatically taking Live Photos, then I’ll show you how make Live Photos act like regular photos when you share them with other iOS users.

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Why iOS apps will make the Mac a better place... eventually

Wed, 2019-04-17 08:00

Who knew that a report that Apple was replacing iTunes with new apps brought to the Mac from iOS would open a Pandora’s Box of Mac angst?

But it’s really not that surprising. 2019 promises to be a huge year of change for the Mac, in large part because this fall’s macOS release will open the floodgates to apps originally designed for iOS. When you compare the features of an iTunes (conceived for the Mac of nearly two decades ago) with Music (built for the iPhone and retrofitted for Apple Music), it’s hard not to feel like the Mac is about to get dumbed down.

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What the Apple-Qualcomm settlement means for a 5G iPhone

Wed, 2019-04-17 07:00

In a completely unexpected turn of events, Apple and Qualcomm just settled their legal dispute, dropping all litigation. The details from Apple and Qualcomm are brief, but give us the following four key details:

  • Apple and Qualcomm are ending their lawsuits.
  • Apple will pay Qualcomm an undisclosed sum.
  • Apple has entered a six-year patent licensing agreement with Qualcomm, with a two-year extension option.
  • Apple has entered a multi-year chipset licensing agreement with Qualcomm.

What will this mean for future iPhones, including the timing of the first 5G iPhone? Let’s break down what we know, and what we think we know.

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Cavalier Audio Maverick wireless smart speaker review: This Alexa-powered Wi-Fi speaker speaks Bluetooth, too

Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00
It’s fabricated from high-end materials, including aluminum and genuine leather, but this speaker’s sound quality left me saying "meh."

Why you should get an Apple Pencil even if you don’t draw

Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00

Apple’s ads tend to imply that you need to be some kind of artist if you want to buy an Apple Pencil, but it’s great for plenty of other things, even if those things don’t look so hot in the latest TV spot out of Cupertino. Not everyone needs to use an Apple Pencil, but you’ll get a lot of use out of one if you frequently find yourself in the situations below.

A few pointers before we begin. First, as a rule of thumb, if you’ve never found yourself thinking that some iPad activity would be easier if you only had a pen, you probably don’t need an Apple Pencil. Second, there’s a whole range of cheap styluses you can use with an iPad instead of an Apple Pencil for these tasks, but keep in mind that they won’t have Apple’s pressure technology or the Pencil’s sleek design. Many feel like you’re writing with a stubby crayon.

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Apple and Qualcomm surprisingly settle their legal differences, and it’s pretty clear who won

Tue, 2019-04-16 16:14

Just when their legal battle was just beginning the trial phase, Apple and Qualcomm have ironed out their differences in a surprise settlement. The terms of the agreement include the dismissal of all litigation between the two companies as well as any pending cases brought by Apple’s global contract manufacturers, and basically returns the relationship to the way it was before the allegations started flying.

Most notably, Apple has agreed to pay Qualcomm a one-time payment of an undisclosed sum, as well as royalties going forward. Both companies issued short press releases to announce the agreement, but it’s hard to find much good news in it for Apple. Qualcomm is getting paid and keeps Apple as a customer, and there’s no indication that they will be changing their business practices.

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Vivint's Outdoor Camera Pro can detect someone casing your home

Tue, 2019-04-16 14:46
The AI-powered Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro has a 4K image sensor and issues warnings to anyone lurking around your property.

Amazon is slashing up to $200 off the prices of the new iPad Pros

Tue, 2019-04-16 14:14

Today’s a good day to head to Amazon if you’ve been looking for a good price on the 2018 iPad Pros. The massive retailer is offering discounts on many configurations of both the 11- and 12-inch models, but I’m particularly impressed by the $200 dollars it’s knocking off the 512GB units regardless of whether they’re Wi-Fi only or have both Wi-Fi and cellular.

Here’s everything I could find with the $200 discount:

2018 iPad Pro
  • 11-inch 512GB Wi-Fi (silver) for $949.99 (down from $1, 149.99)
  • 11-inch 1TB Wi-Fi (space gray) for $1,349.99 (down from $1,549.99)
  • 11-inch 512GB cellular (silver) for $1,099.99 (down from $1,299.99)
  • 12.9-inch 512GB (space gray) for $1,149.99 (down from $1,349.99)

It’s also a good sale if you’re just trying to save some cash on the entry-level models with less storage space. Below you’ll find the absolute lowest prices I saw:

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Beat the average price to earn this 10-course Complete Learn to Design Bundle

Tue, 2019-04-16 14:04

Every logo you see on screen and every billboard you pass on the highway was meticulously designed by a graphic designer. These artists spent years honing their skills before their work landed on print or on screen, but don’t let that discourage you. If you’re interested in a career in graphic design, you can get started with this Pay What You Want: The Complete Learn to Design Bundle.

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Convert your DVD collection to video files for $15 with MacX DVD Ripper Pro

Tue, 2019-04-16 14:03

With streaming services like Netflix and Hulu dominating the video market, physical media like DVDs are all but obsolete. That doesn’t mean you should throw out your DVD player, but the bad news is that tablets and new laptops won’t include anything to play DVDs on. If you want to cherish your extensive library of DVDs, MacX will rip your library for as low as $14.99.

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Master social media marketing with this $29 training bundle

Tue, 2019-04-16 14:02

Becoming a social media influencer isn’t as simple as uploading content and waiting for your follower count to grow; there are hundreds of variables that go into making great social media content and optimizing your search engine visibility. This $29 bundle will show you the best practices you need to market yourself through social media.

The Social Media Marketing In 2019 Master Class Bundle features 10 courses on different areas of influencer and social media marketing. For example, if you’re interested in becoming the next hit YouTuber, The Complete YouTube Channel Course will cover topics such as video equipment, monetization, and SEO tactics to help you grow your audience.

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Report: macOS 10.15 could allow Mac users to use iPads as an external display

Tue, 2019-04-16 12:29

Chances are, if you own a Mac, you probably own an iPad. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to use that iPad as a Mac display? You can with a third-party solution called Luna Display, but 9to5Mac reports that Apple is developing the feature for macOS 10.15, the next version of the Mac operating system.

Citing “people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15,” 9to5Mac says that this feature, code-named Sidecar, will let Mac users send any app window to an external display, which can be an iPad. MacOS 10.15 will have a new menu that activates when you hover over the maximize button of an app window, showing the options to expand the window fullscreen, tiling, or move it to an external display.

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Best universal remote control

Tue, 2019-04-16 12:13
Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

Amazon is selling an Anker USB-C car charger that can power your laptop for just $17 today

Tue, 2019-04-16 11:28

Keeping your phone charged up on the go is key to avoiding that dreaded “low battery” notification and the headaches that come with it, so if you do a lot of driving, a car charger can be a savior. Today, you can grab a great one for cheap. Amazon is selling the Anker PowerDrive Speed+ Duo USB-C car charger for $17Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $27 and an all-time low for this highly rated charger.

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By the book: Why Apple makes the headline

Tue, 2019-04-16 08:00

Remember Apple? Man, it seems so long ago, right? You were so much younger then! You had that wavy hair and that Members Only jacket! Ah, we’ll never get those days back. Those days when Apple was still a thing.

Ah, jokes.

Anyway, writing for Tiger Beat in the Valley, Christina Wallace and David Kidder tell us of the fall of Apple. And apparently they’re not talking about cider presses, pumpkin carving and horror movie releases.

“From Macintosh to Granny Smith: The rise and fall of Apple.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Jason.)

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What we might expect from Apple’s A13 chip

Tue, 2019-04-16 07:00

We’re still a long way away from hearing anything official about Apple’s next system-on-a-chip. The A13 is likely to be unveiled in September, along with the new iPhones it will power. But the design, manufacture, and testing of these chips takes years, far too long for Apple to suddenly make radical changes. The A13 design is likely, for all intents and purposes, set in stone by now.

By looking at past A-series chips and extrapolating from what we know of the manufacturing process Apple will use this year, we can get a reasonable picture about what to expect from the A13 chip. It will almost certainly be the fastest SoC Apple has ever developed for iPhones, but exactly how fast can we expect?

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How to find and clean what’s eating up your Mac’s disk storage

Tue, 2019-04-16 06:00

MacOS can act in mysterious ways, and it can be difficult from either the Finder or through  > About This Mac > Storage view to figure out exactly what is eating up your disk storage. Especially on external drives, which the Storage display doesn’t break out into categories, or when System or Other seems to be occupying a truly enormous portion of your drive, and you can’t find a folder with that much data in it to examine.


macOS’s Storage view is quite limited and often shows large amounts of consumed storage that doesn’t match up with what a user thinks they’ve used.

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