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All over but the shouting: The iPhone X doom bringer

Thu, 2017-11-09 07:00

It seems a particularly 2017 thing to ask “When does The End begin?” but don’t bother because, for Apple, it has already begun.

Writing for Fortune, Kellogg School of Management professor Mohanbir Sawhney says “The iPhone X Is the Beginning of the End for Apple.” (Tip o’ the antlers to David, Alex, Jason and Ben Thompson who offers his thoughts on the piece.)

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Media streamer upgrade guide

Thu, 2017-11-09 06:00
How to decide if you should replace your Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, or Roku—or stick with what you have.

Apple prepares for its biggest holiday season ever

Thu, 2017-11-09 06:00

Last week, Apple announced its biggest fiscal fourth quarter ever, with the promise of an even bigger holiday quarter to come. The three months encompassing holiday shopping—October through December—are always Apple’s biggest of the year, generating a third of the company’s overall revenue.

Apple delivered an early Christmas present to analysts last week when it provided guidance that it expected the holiday quarter to be an all-time record for Apple, with revenue between $84 and $87 billion. (To put that in perspective, that’s 11 percent higher revenue than the previous year’s holiday quarter.)

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iPhone X first impressions and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 581

Wed, 2017-11-08 18:46

We’ve had a few days with the iPhone X, so we’re going to talk about our experiences. We also feature your comments and questions for Macworld’s Roman Loyola, Jason Cross, Michael Simon, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 581.

Here are relevant links to get more info on the stuff discussed on the show.

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Black Friday 2017: The best early deals

Wed, 2017-11-08 18:28

Black Friday is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving. Now deals spill out willy-nilly from retailers at almost any given time in November.

Just a year or two ago, most discounts weren’t any good. But that’s changed.

While the deals that command headlines (those so-called “doorbusters”) are typically still available on only Thanksgiving or Black Friday, some worthwhile sales are already trickling out now. 

We’ve begun rounding those up here, so keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by and we add new deals as we spot them. And don’t forget: Holiday return windows have just expanded (most will run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure—assuming you can float the cash.

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Report: iPad redesign in 2018 will bring slim bezels and Face ID

Wed, 2017-11-08 14:58

Apple is all-in on Face ID. It’s going to take some time for the manufacturing volume to scale up to the point where it can be on all Apple products, but the iPhone X is definitely not a one-off.

That’s the takeaway from the latest out of Mark Gurman and Alex Webb at Bloomberg. Their report claims that at least one model of iPad—roughly the size of the current 10.5-inch iPad Pro—will enjoy a redesign in 2018. 

What might this redesign look like? The report gives only a few details. You can expect slimmer bezels and no Home button. You should not expect an OLED display like that in the iPhone X, however. That's not really a surprise, as an OLED display of that size would balloon costs, and Apple is unlikely to give up the 120Hz variable refresh rate ProMotion technology in its premium iPad.

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Photoshop Elements 2018 is 30 percent off right now

Wed, 2017-11-08 13:33

Adobe's got a sale on Photoshop Elements 2018 right now, just in time to spruce up your photo game for the holidays. You can find Elements 2018 on sale for $70 at multiple online retailers including Amazon, Best Buy (disc version), and B&H (disc version)--not to mention Adobe itself. Elements 2018 usually sells for $100. Officially, the sale runs until November 12, but mileage may vary at the various retailers.

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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight review: $50 is cheap if it saves your house from burning down

Wed, 2017-11-08 11:08
It plugs into an AC outlet, alerts you to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and contacts you via an app with a recording of the sound. A few false alarms aside, this security device is a smart buy for any home.

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight review: $50 is cheap if it saves your house from burning down

Wed, 2017-11-08 11:08
It plugs into an AC outlet, alerts you to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and contacts you via an app with a recording of the sound. A few false alarms aside, this security device is a smart buy for any home.

iEyes? An Apple AR wearable device is reportedly on track for 2020

Wed, 2017-11-08 10:10

It’s no secret that Apple is high on augmented reality. Tim Cook has been touting the new tech as the next big revolution even before Apple released ARKit for iOS at WWDC in June. But a new report suggests its ambitions go far beyond the iPhone.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is aiming to launch an AR wearable in 2019, with plans to start shipping in 2020. Sources tell the publication that the device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, unlike Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Daydream headsets, both of which rely on phones to do the heavy lifting. The $200 Oculus Go will be a standalone device, but it focuses on virtual reality, not augmented reality.

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15% off APC 11-Outlet Surge Protector with USB Charging Ports and SurgeArrest - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-11-08 08:35

Be it a lightning strike that destroys a home entertainment center or consistently fluctuating power that degrades the performance and shortens the life of your electronics – surges, lightning, and other power disturbances can have a devastating impact on the valuable electronics you rely on every day. The P11U2 from APC offers guaranteed surge protection. Connect and protect up to 11 electronics, and conveniently charge your mobile devices via 2 additional USB ports. Installation is convenient and easy with a 180-degree rotating power cord and right-angle plug. Lastly, three LED indicators inform you if there is any overload, unit, or wall wiring issues. The P11U2 averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 1,800 people on Amazon (read reviews), where its typical list price of $34.25 is discounted 15% to $28.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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Is there any way to shorten the available Wi-Fi list in macOS and iOS? Unfortunately, no

Wed, 2017-11-08 08:00

macOS and iOS displays a list of the Wi-Fi networks in your area, whether they are private or not. This can be helpful, but how often are you able to really use a private network you can see but know nothing about?

Macworld reader Michael is irritated by the huge list of Wi-Fi networks around him whenever he tries to connect in iOS. He’s in a densely populated city, and neighbors’ networks are all around him. Since he’s connected to his own network and he’ll never connect to any of the others, is there a way to make them not appear in his list?

It’s a good question and one I honestly never thought about in 17 years of writing about Wi-Fi. The network scanning features built into Wi-Fi user interfaces on every platform I can think of that let you select a network are designed to maximize what you see. They weren’t created for crowded network environments, and a re-think would make a lot of sense, since we mostly don’t want to connect to any network, nor see them.

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How iOS 12 can unlock iPhone X's full potential

Wed, 2017-11-08 07:00

If iPhone X is the future, then iOS is the vehicle to get us there. Apple’s latest iPhone introduces all sorts of little changes to iOS that compensate for the lack of Home button and the camera notch, but for the most part, iOS on iPhone X isn’t all that different than it is on the iPhone 8.

In fact, if iPhone X shows us anything, it’s that iOS is a little behind the times. Apple has done well to freshen it up with new gestures and animations, but compared to the sleek curves and OLED screen on iPhone X, iOS feels less modern than ever. And if iPhone X is truly going to lead Apple over the next 10 years, then iOS is going to need to be three steps ahead of it. Here are 10 ways iOS 12 can get the ball rolling:

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Amazon Cloud Cam review: The gatekeeper for Amazon's in-home delivery is a swell security camera

Wed, 2017-11-08 03:01
This Alexa-enabled camera is well-suited for any home-security scenario, and it has strong ties to other Amazon products.

Amazon Cloud Cam: The gatekeeper for Amazon's in-home delivery is also a swell standalone security camera

Wed, 2017-11-08 03:01
This Alexa-enabled camera is well-suited for any home-security scenario, and it has strong ties to other Amazon products.

What to do when breaking up a shared Apple ID account

Tue, 2017-11-07 20:00

Apple’s cloud services (iTunes, iCloud, etc.) require you to create an Apple ID, which is essentially your key to access. Each person using Apple’s services should have a unique Apple ID, but sometimes people share IDs for convenience. That could led to some issues, however.

For example, if an Apple ID is being shared by a couple, it can create a problem if the couple breaks up. A reader writes in with such a story:

My partner and I broke up. We’ve been sharing the same iTunes account for years. Everything downloaded on one phone appears on the other. How do I stop this?

While the question is about iTunes, an iTunes account is a form of Apple ID: you can use it just for purchasing, or with iCloud for calendar, contacts, email, photos, and music, as well as macOS access and elements associated with Continuity (iOS/macOS interactions).

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Get 120+ hours of iOS 11 dev training for less than $50

Tue, 2017-11-07 14:53

From Siri upgrades to AR technology, iOS 11 brings a treasure trove of new features to the iPhone, and developers are scrambling to create apps on the new platform. You can stay ahead of the curve and create your own smash hit applications with the Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle, on sale for more than 90 percent off the usual price.

Boasting more than 120 hours of training, this 7-course collection takes you step-by-step as you master iOS 11, Swift 4, and several other programming tools regardless of your experience level. You'll start with the basics, tackling the essential algorithms and principles as you explore tools like Xcode 9, Interface Builder, Firebase, Core Data, and more. Then, you'll move on to hands-on training by creating your own app projects including an emoji dictionary and clones of Snapchat and Slack.

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Manage All of Your iOS Data Between Devices with iMazing 2, Now 68% Off ($25)

Tue, 2017-11-07 14:49

Whether you're upgrading from an old smartphone or simply alternating from your iPhone to your iPad, keeping your data consistent across all your devices is no easy feat. Thankfully iMazing 2 is here to make the process easier, and universal licenses are on sale for more than 65 percent off.

iMazing 2 is an all-purpose tool that lets you easily browse and manage your backups, extract and print your text messages, and drag and drop songs to your iPhone without jailbreaking your device. You can transfer files between any Mac or PC and any iOS device wirelessly (or via USB), and even export your pictures and videos without having to rely on iCloud or iTunes.

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67% off ThermoPro TP03A Digital Food Cooking Thermometer Instant Read Meat Thermometer - Deal Alert

Tue, 2017-11-07 09:16

The ThermoPro TP03A is an effective solution to achieve the most accurate temperature in a matter of seconds. With a simplistic yet practical design, and at the push of the button, the foldaway probe will pop open for quick an easy temperature reading, and when you're done taking the temperature measurement you can fold the probe back into the holding to ensure the probe is kept safe and clean. Stop overcooking or under-cooking your meat and perfect meat temperatures like a professional, ensuring the perfect temp every time you're grilling or cooking. It typically lists for $29.99 and is being discounted 65%, down to $10.49. Learn more or purchase the discounted ThermoPro TP03A Thermometer at Amazon.

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LTE filters for TV antennas: what they are and do you need one?

Tue, 2017-11-07 07:00
Cellular signals on frequencies adjacent to the ones used for TV broadcasts can interfere with TV reception. An inexpensive filter can fix the problem.

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