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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.

An X to grind: Things we don’t need

Tue, 2017-11-07 07:00

Apparently there is too much turmoil in the upper ranks of Samsung to get an opinion from there on the iPhone X, so sometimes you have to turn to the next best option.

Writing for Fast Company, Jesus Diaz says we don’t need the education, we don’t need the thought control, and “We Don’t Need The iPhone X.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Marc, Ben, Carlton, Joel, Igor, Chris and Sean.)

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Vizio SmartCast P-Series 4K UHD Display review: Great color and HDR overcome a few minor issues

Tue, 2017-11-07 06:00
The P-Series color and HDR puts just about everything else in its class to shame.

Animoji FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple's adorable animated emoji

Mon, 2017-11-06 19:01

A talking fox. A pig doing stand-up. A singing pile of poo. A robot reciting slam poetry. You’re going to see all these things and more all over your iMessages and social media feeds in the coming months. They’re called “Animoji” and they’re Apple’s frivolous, fun, and downright addictive way to show off the capabilities of the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X.

If you want to know how they work and what you can do with them, read on. Once you learn a few tricks, they’re a lot more flexible and fun than just sending an iMessage to your friend as a talking pig.

What are Animoji?

The word Animoji is a portmanteau of “animated” and “emoji,” and that’s exactly what these are. It’s a feature exclusive to the iPhone X that uses the front-facing TrueDepth camera to scan your face and make an emoji follow your facial expressions and mouth position.

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iPhone 2018 rumors: Improved data transmission and an iPhone X Plus?

Mon, 2017-11-06 16:15

It’s not enough that the new iPhone X is only a few days old; rumors about next year’s iPhone are already starting to fly. We’ll keep track of what’s been said and what seems fesible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

What’s the latest?

The rumor: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote a research note obtained by other Mac news outlets that details his thoughts on next year’s iPhone. Kuo believes that the new phone will use a metal frame that is composed of more parts than the iPhone X, in order to improve data transmission quality. Kuo says that orders Apple has placed with Catcher Technology and Casetek are for two frames, one for a phone like the current iPhone X, and another for an iPhone X-like model with a larger screen.

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How to stop the capital 'I' from turning into gibberish on your iPhone

Mon, 2017-11-06 10:02

From the Department of Really Strange and Mystical Bugs comes this: Some iPhone users running the latest version of iOS 11 can’t type a capital "I." That means that millions of people who were trying to text their friends, “I got my new iPhone X!!” over the weekend were actually sending out this message instead: “A [?] got my new iPhone X!!”

The iOS 11.1 bug affects the autocorrect engine on phones, and changes a capital “I” to an “A” alongside an unreadable Unicode symbol. While it’s pretty low on the seriousness scale, it’s still an annoying bug to say the least. And it’s hardly uncommon. All over Twitter, unaware celebrities were posting “A [?]” all over the place. Apple, of course, is working on a fix, but in the meantime, there’s a workaround.

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D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD review: The first HomeKit-certified security camera

Mon, 2017-11-06 08:45
The Omna plays nice with other HomeKit accessories and Siri commands.

Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb review: Alexa-ready and budget-friendly smart lighting from Anker

Mon, 2017-11-06 08:30
Available in tunable- or fixed-white models, these smart bulbs deliver quality lighting at low prices.

Notes 4.5 High Sierra: How to create a table, add and rearrange rows and columns

Mon, 2017-11-06 08:00

In macOS High Sierra, Apple updated the Notes app with support for tables. Now you don’t need to resort to Numbers of Excel if you want to create a document and want to use rows and columns to keep your data orderly.

You still may want to use a spreadsheet app, especially if you are recording numerical data and want to perform functions, or you want to be able to sort your data in different ways. Notes’ tables don’t have functions like those; they are very basic grids.

Here’s how to create a table in Notes 4.5

Notes High Sierra: How to create a table
  1. Open the note where you want the table to appear or start a new note (Command-N).
  2. There are three ways to create a table:
    • Click on the “Add a table” button on the toolbar (the one that has a grid icon). IDG
    • Right-click on the note to make a contextual menu appear. Then select Add Table. IDG
    • Click on Format in the menu bar, and then select Table. IDG

A new table with two rows and two columns will appear.

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The 12 best iPhone and iPad word games

Mon, 2017-11-06 07:00
Word up!

Image by Zach Gage

We recently highlighted our favorite puzzle games for iPhone and iPad, but we purposely left out word games from that list. Why? Well, it helped us finely focus our selections, certainly—but more importantly, word games have such a unique appeal that it felt like they warranted their own dedicated list. 

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iPhone X: Unboxing Apple’s new flagship iPhone

Sat, 2017-11-04 08:00

A week after Apple started taking pre-orders, the first round of iPhone X arrivals happened on Friday. If you didn’t order one online, perhaps you waited in line and picked one up at your local Apple store.

Macworld got an iPhone X on Friday, and we took the wraps off the device during a live videostream to the Macworld Facebook page and the Macworld Twitter feed. We took a look at the design and compared it to a few older iPhones and even to the Google Pixel 2 XL. We went through the setup, went over some of the new gestures, set up and played with Face ID, and had some fun with Animojis. And we answered questions from the audience.

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Wanna bet? Face ID’s chances of success

Sat, 2017-11-04 07:00

The iPhone X is shipping and you may already have one but the joke’s on you because a key feature in it is a big loser.

Writing for Fortune, Rutgers business professor Chan Choi tries to explain “Why Apple Made a Bad Bet on Face ID.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter, Todd, 5cat and @designheretic.)

There’s the title, and then Fortune adds two zinger lines because the situation is just that bad.

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iPhone X: New iPhone features two battery cells, double-stacked logic board

Fri, 2017-11-03 15:34

If you’ve looked at your new iPhone X and wondered what exactly is inside the glass casing, wonder no more. The folks at iFixit—as they do with every new Apple product—have gotten their hands on the new iPhone X and took it apart.

Some of the highlights of the teardown:

  • Battery: The iPhone X uses a two-cell 10.35 Wh battery. Previous iPhones use a single-cell battery.
  • Logic board: The logic board is, as iFixit puts it, “folded” in half. This is done to make room for more battery.
  • Qualcomm: This particular iPhone X had Qualcomm LTE chips. As you might know, Qualcomm and Apple are battling out in court.
  • A look at the TrueDepth camera system used for Face ID.

Be sure to check out the iFixit iPhone X teardown to get a good look inside Apple’s new phone.

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If Face ID is Apple’s future, where will we see it next?

Fri, 2017-11-03 09:00

Ahead of the iPhone X’s announcement back in September, there had been plenty of rumors about it including biometric security based on facial recognition, as well as whether or not Apple was struggling to incorporate Touch ID into this new model. Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of handwringing over this move, with plenty of pundits who insisted that Face ID was only a sop until Apple could figure out how to incorporate Touch ID into its new all-screen phone. 

Now that the iPhone X has finally made its way into the world, we’ve gotten a little more perspective on the matter. Not only have we seen how Face ID is a major departure from previous facial recognition systems, but we’ve also had Apple executives point out that the company had long ago made the decision to ditch Touch ID for Face ID—which we should have all logically considered when the rumors were flying, as the company’s not going to be struggling with design decisions mere months before they ship millions of devices. 

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