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Hello, again: Re-introducing the iPhone

Sat, 2017-11-11 07:00

Pundits have been screaming for years that Apple needed to show us something new. Naturally, now that it has, they’re complaining about them changing things.

Writing for Fast Company, Jesus Diaz is back to declare “The iPhone X Is A User Experience Nightmare.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Branden, Žiga and Chris.)

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NordVPN is offering 3 years of VPN service for $99

Fri, 2017-11-10 13:17
U.S. Netflix fans outside of the country should take a good look at this particular deal.

iPhone X display may become unresponsive in very cold weather—Apple promises a fix

Fri, 2017-11-10 13:03

Face ID has one important advantage over Touch ID that will become readily apparent this winter: you can quickly unlock your phone with gloves on. That may seem to make the iPhone X a cold weather champ, but there might be a fly in the ointment.

Recently, a small number of iPhone X owners have started to complain on social media that their display stopped registering touches when outside in the cold weather. The most prominent example is this thread on Reddit.

This is definitely not impacting the majority of iPhone X users. There has been plenty of cold weather in Canada over the last week, for example, and the majority of iPhone X users report that their screen works just fine. It's hard to get a handle on exactly how many users are experiencing the issue, but the responses on social media make it seem exceedingly rare.

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Apple: Betting big on AR

Fri, 2017-11-10 11:00

I’m not one to toot my own horn, but a couple months ago I theorized that Apple was absolutely working on a heads-up augmented reality display. This week, lo and behold, a Bloomberg report seemed to confirm that conjecture, adding that such a device could ship by 2020.

Meanwhile, in the company’s most recent financial results conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again made it clear that AR is at the top of his agenda, saying it will “change the way we use technology forever.”

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You should use a TV antenna, even if you have cable. Here's why

Fri, 2017-11-10 08:30
TV antennas aren't just for cord-cutters. Even if you have cable or satellite, an antenna will deliver a better picture to your big-screen TV.

Best power banks of 2017: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Fri, 2017-11-10 06:30
These USB battery packs from Anker, Mophie, Tronsmart, and others will keep your Android or Apple phone charged while you're on the go.

Mophie Powerstation Plus XL review: Sleek design and fully capable

Fri, 2017-11-10 06:15
This battery pack impresses with a stellar efficiency rating.

MyCharge Adventure Max review: A rugged battery pack for folks who are hard on their gear

Fri, 2017-11-10 06:15
A sleek rubber coating protects the pack, while a carabiner makes it easy to keep nearby.

DBPower Q100 Portable Energy Storage Battery review: You’ll be glad to have around

Fri, 2017-11-10 06:15
Two USB ports and an AC plug ensure you can charge just about anything.

Tronsmart Presto PBT10 review: Slender, portable, and extremely efficient

Fri, 2017-11-10 06:15
Tronsmart's lightweight, fast-charging battery pack makes a nice travel companion.

Anker Powercore II 20000 review: One of Anker’s best battery packs

Fri, 2017-11-10 06:15
Anker's high-capacity, dual-port battery pack demonstrates the company's penchant for well-designed products with consistent performance.

Anker Powercore Fusion 5000 review: It’s all you need, really

Fri, 2017-11-10 06:15
Not only can this USB battery pack charge your smartphone, it can charge itself.

Romoss Longuard 10 review: A short, stubby battery pack that does it all

Fri, 2017-11-10 06:15
Romoss isn't a well-known brand, but its Longuard 10 battery pack offers respectable power-on-the-go performance and features.

Romoss Solo 6 Plus reivew: Not great looking, but gets the job done

Fri, 2017-11-10 06:14
If style in a battery pack doesn't matter to you, this could be the product for you.

Amazon is offering a $40 discount when you buy two of its new Cloud Cam

Thu, 2017-11-09 18:55

Amazon Key seems like a crazy idea: You provide select permission to delivery people and service workers to enter your home while you’re away.

We found, however, that the security camera part of that system—the Amazon Cloud Cam—is really good even if you don’t want to let people enter your place. Today, you can get the security camera at its first deal price. Amazon is selling two of the Cloud Cam devices for $200, or a $40 discount on the usual $240 list price.

Anyone who wants to go crazy can even get three of the devices for $290, or about $70 off. To get the deal, you have to enter either coupon code 2CLOUDCAM or 3CLOUDCAM, depending on the offer you prefer. Amazon hasn’t put a specific end date on this deal, just the usual “offer good while supplies last.”

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iOS 11.1.1 update finally fixes that A[?] bug

Thu, 2017-11-09 13:34

iOS 11.1 added a bunch of new emojis and some important bug fixes, but it also introduced one of the most annoying iOS bugs we've seen in a long time. 

For some reason, when you type a capital I, the autocorrect would often turn it into a capital A followed by an undecipherable unicode symbol. Social media was flooded with messages like, "A [?] finally got my new iPhone X!"

As of today, you won't need to work around it anymore. Apple just released iOS 11.1.1, which fixes the hideous A [?] bug. It also fixes a rare bug that would cause "Hey, Siri" to become unresponsive.

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Apple Pay Cash guide: What it is, how it works, and what it costs

Thu, 2017-11-09 13:00

When iOS 11 landed on September 19, it came without of its most anticipated features: Apple Pay Cash. Similar to Venmo or Square Cash, Apple Pay Cash lets you instantly send money to another iOS user. You don’t even need a new app, as it’s built right into iMessage.

It’s an incredibly easy way to send person-to-person money, but it does have a few caveats you’ll need to be aware of. Here’s what you need to know about setting up and using it.

Apple Pay Cash Requirements

For starters, both the money sender and receiver need to be running iOS 11.2 or later. Apple Pay Cash was added in iOS 11.2 beta 2, and should be in the final release as well. According to Apple’s support page, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

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Apple’s Clips 2.0 puts you in the Millennium Falcon or a Mega-Destroyer

Thu, 2017-11-09 13:00

Apple on Thursday updated Clips, the company’s iOS app for creating short, sharable video clips. The update has a new iPhone X-specific feature called Selfie Scenes, in addition to new effects and stickers, iCloud support, and an updated interface.

Selfie Scenes uses the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera to place you in a special scene. The TrueDepth camera allows Clips to discern foreground and background objects, so it can place you (and whoever’s within your close proximity) in the foreground of a scene, and filter out objects behind you.

One of the Selfie Scenes is the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars, and you can make a video of yourself inside the spaceship, complete with BB8 rolling through the background. Selfie Scenes are 360-degree scenes, so when you move, the scene continues as if you are actually in that space.

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BrandPost: How to Secure Your Mac – Part 1

Thu, 2017-11-09 11:06

Yes—the newest macOS features built‑in encryption, crash‑safe protections, and simplified data backup on the fly. But the many versions of Apple’s desktop operating system in use today still leave a variety of simple ways for users to protect their privacy and security.

The following is the first in a 2-part series of tips & tricks for any Mac user who is eager to strengthen the security of their Apple computer and ensure privacy.

Perform a 'secure' setup

Your Mac comes out of the box with no user account, which means you must create one. Whether you’re new to Macs or an experienced user, be sure to create a password-protected account by visiting Apple menu -> System Preferences -> Users & Groups.

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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

Thu, 2017-11-09 07:00
A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

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