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Pro or no? How the high-end 2019 iMac measures up

Wed, 2019-04-03 06:00

High-end iMac or iMac Pro? Ever since the iMac Pro was released in 2017, that’s been a key question for pro-level Mac users who aren’t sure if taking the perilous leap from the summit of the iMac product line across to the $4,999 (and up) iMac Pro was worth the financial risk. With the 2019 updates to the iMac line, the gap between the two products has narrowed even more, making the question that much harder to answer.

I’ve been using a base-model iMac Pro as my primary computer since it shipped, and last week Apple sent me a high-end 2019 iMac, so as I write this I am literally sitting in that iMac Pro gap. (It’s comfy here, thanks for asking.) The 5K iMac is equipped with the 3.6GHz 8-core ninth-generation Core i9 processor, 16GB of RAM, a Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU, and 512GB of SSD storage—a configuration you can buy today on Apple’s website for $3,449—a savings of $1,550 from the price of the base-model iMac Pro.

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Remo+ RemoBell S video doorbell review: This one’s priced to sell, but the app needs a lot of work

Wed, 2019-04-03 06:00
You can buy this modern doorbell cam for the same price as the comparatively ancient original Ring, but should you?

Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

Tue, 2019-04-02 14:57
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

Tue, 2019-04-02 14:38
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

Apple’s Clips iOS app gets new posters, titles and captions, and ClassKit support

Tue, 2019-04-02 13:00

Apple on Tuesday released an update to its Clips app for the iPhone and iPad. Clips is designed to let users create short videos, slideshows, and school projects that can be shared through Messages on iOS or on social media.

Version 2.0.6 is now available in the App Store. According to Apple’s release notes, these are the new features.

  • Use the new camcorder filter to give your videos a retro video camera look
  • Choose from 8 new posters including options with solid backgrounds, colorful vintage designs, a classic blue camcorder recording screen, and an animated globe to celebrate Earth Day
  • Create titles and captions with 3 new Live Titles styles featuring static text that appears all at once or animated text that highlights each word as it's spoken
  • Apply new 8-bit and 3D-styled stickers to add emphasis to your videos
  • Create songs in GarageBand and other music apps, then add them directly to new or existing Clips projects
  • Duplicate and rename projects
  • Share projects with friends via AirDrop or email, save them to Files, or upload them to cloud storage services with share extensions
  • ClassKit support lets students deliver video assignments to teachers using the Schoolwork app
Apple Clips 2.0.6 includes eight new posters.

If you already have Clips installed, you can install the update by launching the App Store app, and then tap on Updates at the bottom of the screen. Give the app a moment to check for new updates; you can swipe down on the Updates screen to check the server. Once Clips appear in the list, tap the Update button and the update process will begin.

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Verizon’s dubious new Just Kids plan is a terrible deal for you and your kids

Tue, 2019-04-02 12:21
Verizon is selling a new Just Kids plan that limits data and contacts to "make it easier for families to call a technology truce." If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you.

Control and manage your dumb appliances with a 3-pack of TP-Link smart plugs for just $34

Tue, 2019-04-02 11:49

Adding some smarts to even dumb devices can be as easy as connecting them to a smart plug. And today, you can grab a trio of those brain enhancers for a pretty sweet deal. A three-pack of TP-Link’s HS100 smart plugs is $34 on NeweggRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $50.97.

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House of Marley Exodus headphone review: Sustainably sourced, sweet-sounding headphones

Tue, 2019-04-02 09:00
The Exodus proves that you don't need to sacrifice sweet sound for mindfully sourced and sustainably built headphones

Hype cycling: Apple’s AirPower failure

Tue, 2019-04-02 08:00

After making us wonder for a year and a half, Apple finally pulled the plug (power puns!) on the AirPower mat. Possibly to avoid a fire.

This situation is already so bad, a legitimate embarrassment for the company, why would anyone have to exaggerate to try to make it worse? Because it’s Apple, that’s why!

Writing for Mashable, Karissa Bell is not incorrect in saying “Apple’s AirPower fail is an unprecedented embarrassment.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

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How to cope with a Photos library too big to fit on an internal Mac drive

Tue, 2019-04-02 07:00

iCloud Photos lets you have your picture of a cake and shoot a video of eating it, too. You can create a library of images and movies that’s far larger than the storage space available on any linked iOS or macOS device without losing anything you’ve captured.

Apple accomplishes this by treating iCloud as the “truth.” It stores the original, high-resolution versions of your media in your iCloud storage, while providing the option to store only “optimized” or thumbnail versions that take up a fraction of the space on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

You can choose to download the full-scale originals, but you obviously need to have enough storage to hold the library.

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Sinopé TH1120RF programmable line-voltage thermostat review: A smarter way to control baseboard heaters

Tue, 2019-04-02 06:00
It doesn’t offer the panache of a Nest or the sensor-savvy of an Ecobee, but those smart thermostats don’t work with high-voltage heaters anyway.

Apple News+ FAQ: Magazine list, price, downloads, and everything else you need to know

Tue, 2019-04-02 06:00

Apple News+ is a subscription service for people who crave a greater variety of content than they get through the free Apple News app. It’s Apple’s way of letting you get the “good stuff” of journalism—the features are normally locked behind magazine subscriptions or (in a few but notable cases) paywalled daily news sites—without forcing you to plunk down hundreds of dollars in subscription fees. Instead, you’ll just pay a modest price to Apple. Below you’ll find answers to some of the biggest questions you might have about the service.

What is Apple News+?

Apple News+ is a new subscription-based addition to the existing Apple News app for iOS and macOS. While the free Apple News app largely emphasizes “straight” news, Apple News+ emphasizes longer-tailed magazine content, although you’ll also get access to content from sites like The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times that would normally be behind paywalls.

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The best wireless chargers for iPhone

Mon, 2019-04-01 18:51

Beginning with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple has finally added wireless charging to the iPhone. That continues with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. For years, many Android users have had the ability to simply plop their phone on a pad to juice it up, but to do that with an iPhone used to require a special (and bulky) case.

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Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords

Mon, 2019-04-01 17:30

Earbud makers have been busy doing away with wires—a good thing whether or not your phone still has a headset jack. You no longer have to deal with cords if you don’t want to. True wireless earbuds connect to one another and your audio source via Bluetooth.

No wires mean no inline microphones or controls, but truly wireless earbuds sound just as good as traditional Bluetooth counterparts (for better or worse). They also boast all of the features we’ve come to expect from earbuds designed to work with your smartphone, tablet, or PC.

Since Apple’s AirPods became a runaway hit, an endless stream of companies have rolled out their own true wireless earbuds and earphones. As you might expect, not all of them are worth your time or money—so we’ve got your back with buying suggestions to meet a wide variety of needs.

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Apple AirPower wireless charging pad: Nope

Mon, 2019-04-01 16:26

Apple’s new AirPower was a wireless charging pad to help clean up the mess of charging cables for your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Apple unveiled AirPower at its iPhone X Event, but the company didn’t provide much detail. More than a year later, the project was killed. 

Updated 03/29/19: In a statement to the press, Apple has announced that AirPower is dead.

What’s the latest?

In a statement to the press Friday, March 29, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio officially killed the AirPower project. “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.” So that’s that.

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Funcl W1 review: Finally, decent quality in a budget pair of true wireless earbuds

Mon, 2019-04-01 15:43

Since the introduction of Macworld’s True Wireless Earphone Hub back in 2017, I’ve maintained a mantra: If you want a decent set of true wireless earphones, you’re gonna pay through the nose—at least for a while.

Cutting-edge technologies cost bleeding-edge prices. For the past couple of years, a tolerable set of truly wireless earphones would set you back at least $150. Pay less than this and things started to get sketchy. Build quality is sacrificed in the name of keeping costs low. Too many advertised features don’t work as advertised. Perhaps worst of all, while the earbuds might look good, they would sound like hot garbage.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Mon, 2019-04-01 14:54
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Mon, 2019-04-01 14:36
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

No joke, Google is killing off the Pixel 2, Inbox, goo.gl URL shortener, and Google+ this week

Mon, 2019-04-01 12:44
Google is trimming down its product line with the removal of Inbox, the Pixel 2, Google+, and URL shortener goo.gl.

Keep your delicate devices dirt-free with over 1,500 sprays of screen cleaner for $17

Mon, 2019-04-01 11:33

Whether you’re working at a desk or swiping at your phone, nobody likes a dirty screen, and trying to wipe away those specks with your finger or shirt never seems to work. You need a good cleaner to get your screen shining again, and today you can grab the popular Screen Mom cleaning kit on Amazon for $16, down from a list price of $22.

This cleaning kit includes a spray bottle of cleaner and a large microfiber towel. Designed to clean odor-free and without leaving streaks, Screen Mom cleans smudges and fingerprints from all kinds of screens. In addition, the bottle should provide over 1,500 sprays, so you’ll be able to clean all your devices for a while with one purchase.

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