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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, 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

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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Snag a 43-inch, Roku-powered smart TV for only $170 today

Mon, 2019-04-01 09:25
The TCL 43S305 is $170 at Amazon today with Roku software and a 1080p 43-inch display.

Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb 2.0 Dimmable White review: Updates give the Lumos line a fresh profile

Mon, 2019-04-01 07:00
Never mind the light, it’s the low price tag on these smart LED light bulbs that will catch your eye.

AirPods (2nd generation) review: Apple's mega-hit headphones get a few modest improvements

Mon, 2019-04-01 06:30

When AirPods were first announced in 2016, people were skeptical. Apple wants us to pay $160 for EarPods without wires? What’s with those sticks sticking out of your ears? The case looks like dental floss!

But then, everyone who actually used them fell instantly in love. Easy pairing, auto-pausing, lightweight comfort, and rock-solid connection—Apple took all the pain points of Bluetooth headphones away. AirPods flew off the shelves and were backordered for months as Apple ramped up production to meet demand.

So what does Apple do for an encore? We’ll have to wait for a while to find out. Apple’s new AirPods are just that—new AirPods. They’re not AirPods 2 or AirPods X. They’re not a revolution or even a new design. But if you rely on Apple devices, they’re still the best true wireless earbuds around.

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Tronsmart Element Force review: This small and inexpensive Bluetooth speaker produces high-quality sound

Mon, 2019-04-01 06:00
Strong water resistance and support for the ability to wirelessly combine two of these speakers into a true stereo pair make for a real winner.

Apple Card: Here's who will benefit from it most

Fri, 2019-03-29 19:18

In case you missed it, Apple announced its own credit card during Monday's livestream. Administered by Goldman Sachs, this new entrant into the realm of cash-back rewards will have plenty going for it: zero fees, the promise of low interest rates, daily payout of cash earned, and a polished, helpful interface for management. (You can read all about it in our Apple Card FAQ.)

But as we dug into in our comparison of the Apple Card versus other credit cards, this particular Apple product doesn't have the numbers to trounce its closest cash-back reward card rivals. So who is it for? We outline our thoughts in the video above.

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Apple breaks its silence on AirPower only to kill the charging mat once and for all

Fri, 2019-03-29 15:59

Were you hoping that Apple would surprise us with a release of the AirPower wireless charging mat at some point in the coming days? Dash those hopes away, my friends. As TechCrunch reports, Apple has officially canceled the project.

“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project,” said Apple hardware engineering chief Dan Riccio in a statement. “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.”

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