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Anker's 5-port USB charger helps all your gear survive long days, and it's cheaper than ever

Mon, 2019-01-14 11:23

Keeping a bag full of devices all charged up can be a juggling act. A multi-port charger can help with that, and today you can grab Anker’s Premium 60W 5-port USB charger for $35 on Amazon, its lowest price ever and a sharp discount from its list price of $50.

This wall charger comes with five ports, including four high-speed USB-A ports with PowerIQ and one USB-C Power Delivery port. An LED indicator light shows when it’s plugged in. To keep all your devices safe, this charger comes with features like temperature control and surge protection, while a durable exterior keeps the charger itself safe from drops and scratches.

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Our favorite low profile mechanical keyboard, Corsair's K70 MK.2, is nearly half off today

Mon, 2019-01-14 09:40
The Corsair K70 MK.2 Rapidfire low profile keyboard with RGB lighting is nearly half off right now at Best Buy.

How to use the iPhone’s Today View and manage its widgets

Mon, 2019-01-14 08:00

The iPhone has a Today View that provides access to at-a-glance information from your most-used apps. It’s a great way to use your apps without actually tapping them on the Home screen. For example, the Weather widget in Today View shows the local forecast. You can even access Today View from the iPhone’s Lock screen.

Here’s how to access and manage the widgets in Today View.

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On the iPhone Home or Lock screen, swipe to the right edge of the screen. You can do this swipe from anywhere: the far left edge, the middle, or even close to the right edge of the screen.

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Best organizer bags, fanny packs, and pouches for your gear

Mon, 2019-01-14 06:45
For most of us, even our most pared-down tech includes not just a phone, but also cables, adapters, and other sundry accessories. This is where an accessory pouch, bag, or organizer comes in. We've rounded up some of our favorites.

Electrolux Pure i9 review: This robot vac is a few features short of justifying its price tag

Mon, 2019-01-14 06:00
The storied brand has produce a robot vac that boasts excellent suction and superb navigation skills, but the Electrolux Pure i9 lacks the extra features of comparably priced robot vacuums.

TaoTronics TT-BH060 Bluetooth headphones review: Affordable noise cancellation, but the sound lacks sparkle

Mon, 2019-01-14 06:00
TaoTronics TT-BH060 headphones feature noise cancellation and a very comfortable design, as well as supporting Bluetooth 5.0. But the sound leans heavily towards the bottom end of the spectrum and lacks high-end brilliance.

Best Buy is offering the steepest discounts we’ve seen on the 2018 iPad Pro to date

Fri, 2019-01-11 14:03

The new iPad Pros models are pretty awesome, but they’re also pretty expensive. Fortunately, for two days Best Buy is offering discounts ranging from $100 to $150 for both new and old iPad Pro modelsRemove non-product link, which makes these prices a heck of a lot more palatable for the pocketbook. In some cases, they’re the best prices we’ve ever seen.

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This 8-in-1 USB-C hub is 25% off at Amazon today and your MacBook needs it

Fri, 2019-01-11 12:19

All Macbook users know the pain of a paltry port situation. Today, you can fix your lacking I/O with a pretty slick deal: Amazon is selling the Vava USB-C Hub 8-in-1 adapter for just $45Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $60 and the lowest price we've seen.

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Store all the things with this massive 4TB WD hard drive for $85

Fri, 2019-01-11 09:32
The WD Blue 4TB 3.5-inch internal hard drive is $85 at Newegg until Monday.

The most important thing to do if your Mac has a Fusion Drive: Back up your data

Fri, 2019-01-11 07:00

SSDs (solid-state drives) offer extremely reliable, fast, and consistent performance over many, many years. They aren’t subject to problems that can harm even the best-designed modern hard disk drives (HDDs): exposure to magnetic fields or the failure of moving parts inside the drives.

But SSDs remain expensive many years after they first appeared. Nearly all other aspects of computation—from processors to RAM to LCD displays—have dropped dramatically in price while improving in quality and performance year after and year. SSDs initially followed that curve, especially for lower-capacity drives, but tapered way off. The cost of manufacturing higher-capacity memory chips used in SSDs hasn’t dropped much in recent years.

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Best of CES: The coolest smart home and home entertainment gear we saw

Fri, 2019-01-11 06:30
From a smart wall outlet to a new range of smart lights to an amazing roll-up TV—and more!—we name the most impressive connected home and home entertainment gear of CES 2019.

The future of Apple is playing well with others

Fri, 2019-01-11 06:00

Apple’s not known for being the most outward-looking organization. For much of its existence, it’s seemed to project an aura of indifference—verging on ignorance—of what goes on outside its walls. That’s in large part by design: Apple has always had a carefully cultivated veneer of being in a league of its own, eschewing any need to pay attention to what its would-be rivals were up to.

Even when it has deigned to work with others, Apple generally presented an attitude of doing this as a favor to its partners, bestowing some small iota of the Apple brand and mojo upon them. (Remember its deals with Motorola and HP in the 2000s?) There’s no better example than porting iTunes to Windows—arguably one of the best business decisions Apple made, since it brought the iPod to scads of PC users—a move that Steve Jobs famously, if not decorously, described as “giving a glass of ice water to someone in hell.”

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Black & Decker is moving into the smart home with a mesh Wi-Fi router and an innovative home healthcare assistant

Thu, 2019-01-10 18:20
Pria is designed to help the elderly age in place, while the Omni mesh Wi-Fi router could be useful for everyone.

This 480GB Kingston SSD is down to an insane $65 on Amazon today

Thu, 2019-01-10 12:14

We love to spotlight SSD deals on PCWorld, but we rarely see one this low. So if you've been avoiding taking the plunge, wait no longer: Today, you can grab a Kingston 480GB A400 SSD for just $65 at AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and the best price since Black Friday's blowout.

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A surfeit of wrong: Cold takes on iPhone demand

Thu, 2019-01-10 08:00

If there’s one thing we know about the smartphone industry, it is a zero sum game. So, if Apple is down, that must mean that everyone else is up! That’s how zero sum games work, right? It’s just everyone against Apple.

Writing for BGR, Andy Meek suggests that “Apple’s bad news for investors might be good news for Samsung and Huawei.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

Two of Apple’s biggest rivals in the smartphone game likely broke out some bubbly over the past 24 hours in celebration of the good fortune that’s suddenly come their way.

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Apple should drop Intel for AMD

Thu, 2019-01-10 07:00

Rumor has it pthat Apple is planning to produce its own CPUs and GPUs for Macs. Those T2 processors we have today are just a tiny first step—the big leap is to take something like the A12X and build a MacBook around it. It makes sense from the perspective of both power-to-performance ratio and a cost-to-performance ratio. Perhaps more importantly, it puts Apple fully in control of its whole platform, and allows the company to innovate in ways it can’t when it cedes the very heart of its computers to other companies.

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Google just might power the streaming box of your dreams in 2019

Thu, 2019-01-10 06:00
Android TV is finally getting its due on consumer streaming players.

Cambridge Audio’s exquisite ALVA TT turntable is the first to support aptX HD for wireless streaming

Thu, 2019-01-10 06:00
The British high-end audio manufacturer shows off the most convenient way to enjoy your vinyl collection.

The 6 best iPhone apps for weight loss

Thu, 2019-01-10 06:00

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you told yourself that you’re going to lose weight as a New Year’s resolution. Congratulations! The bad news is that there’s a good chance you’re going to fail, at least if thousands of personal anecdotes and studies have any weight.

But these days it’s easier to avoid falling into that trap. The iOS App Store is as stuffed with helpful apps for losing weight as I was stuffed with turkey and bread in the aftermath of Christmas dinner.

These are the best of the bunch. Almost all of them track activity and calories, but a couple go so far as to pester you throughout the day to stay on focus (and some of us need that). I recommend parking them on your home screen, as they’ll be there to glare at you every time you’re tempted to open Uber Eats or check Safari for the hours of the local Chipotle.

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Get a 42mm leather Apple Watch band for less than $9

Wed, 2019-01-09 18:03

It’s been an excellent couple of weeks for deals on Apple Watches and Apple Watch accessories, and today’s deal shows that trend apparently isn’t slowing down. Head over to Amazon, and you can get a snazzy 42mm black leather Apple Watch band from Top4cus for a mere $8.37 when you enter the code 6LAIYVEZ at checkout. Without the deal, the strap sells for $13.98.

Alas, if you want it in any other color or size, you’ll have to pay the full price as the promo code applies only to this model. It’s a decent band, though, as it has a rating of 4.0 out of 5 starts after 85 customer reviews.

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