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Battlestation alert! This Targus USB-C dock connects four monitors

Wed, 2019-01-09 16:22

If you own a notebook equipped with a USB-C port, you’ll want a USB-C hub to enable legacy connectivity with ethernet or an external HDMI monitor. One external monitor. Wait, you want four? Well, Targus has you covered.

At CES 2019, Targus showed off the DOCK520USZ, also known as the USB-C Universal QUAD HD (QVHD) Docking StationRemove non-product link. There’s a slew of regular ports, including four USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port with power, gigabit ethernet, a 3.5mm audio jack, and so on. What’s unique about this dock, however, is the four 1080p HDMI outputs, which essentially can be used to create a multi-monitor battlestation as the video shows. Because who doesn’t want to plug into four monitors for work and play?

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Enhance your outlets with these all-time-low Amazon prices on Aukey smart plugs

Wed, 2019-01-09 12:29

Smart homes are the way of the future, but to add a little extra control to your lights and electronics, you don't need to buy all-new smart devices. Smart plugs can replicate the functionality of expensive bulbs and appliances, and today you grab a pair for cheap: Aukey's Wi-Fi Smart Plug two-pack is just $20Remove non-product link today on Amazon with the code AUKEY4AP, down from a $28 MSRP and a couple dollars cheaper than their previous all-time low.

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Get a lifetime subscription to Aware Mindfulness meditation app for just $29

Wed, 2019-01-09 08:00

With the hustle and bustle of the modern world, we’re often glued to technology, be it our phones or computers. We don’t take enough time to gain awareness of our senses and mental stability. Luckily, Aware Mindfulness utilizes our smartphone dependency to give you a structured meditation schedule for $29.

Aware Mindfulness is an app for iOS and Android that offers a vast library of meditation courses to help you relieve stress, manage anxiety, improve focus, and improve your quality of life overall. The app uses an intelligent algorithm that will recommend you daily meditations. Alternatively, experienced meditators can choose their own specific meditations, such as breathing exercises or quick 2-3 minute Energizers, so you can always find the right exercise for your needs. Finally, Aware offers resources like blogs and videos to keep you motivated throughout your meditation journey.

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Apple’s 4K TV deals show how the company’s business strategy is evolving

Wed, 2019-01-09 07:00

Apple doesn’t officially participate in the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but this year it’s all over the show. That’s because Apple has been cutting deals with major TV manufacturers to embed support for AirPlay 2 (and in at least one case, the iTunes movie and TV stores) in their 4K HDR televisions, and CES is when TV manufacturers make big announcements.

I’ve heard from some people who are baffled about why Apple would make it so that people aren’t forced to buy an Apple TV in order to get access to Apple’s video content. Those people are, quite frankly, thinking about an Apple that no longer exists, namely one that’s committed to making money on high-margin hardware sales.

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HomeKit was a surprise winner of CES 2019. Now Siri needs to get a whole lot better

Wed, 2019-01-09 06:00

For a company that’s mired in its biggest stock slump in a decade, Apple sure isn’t wallowing in its poor sales. Without stepping foot in Las Vegas or making a single announcement of its own, Apple is having one of its best CES conferences in years, as companies turned to HomeKit en masse to boost their smart offerings.

While Google Assistant and Alexa controlled their fair share of the CES spotlight, they did little to overshadow Siri. In fact, Apple’s HomeKit was one of the surprise winners of this year’s show, as Sony, LG, GE, Vizio, Belkin, Arlo, Ikea, TP-Link and several others all rolled out products and updates featuring HomeKit integration, an abrupt turnaround from previous shows that all but ignored the iPhone maker’s smart home ambitions.

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SanDisk's Extreme Pro portable SSD is so fast you can edit video on it

Tue, 2019-01-08 16:18

While editing a document or spreadsheet directly from a flash drive is trivial, that’s not the case for video, where the interface speed limits performance considerably. WD’s SanDisk thinks they’ve solved the problem with the SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD.

The Extreme Pro uses its internally developed NVMe technology to saturate the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, with read speeds up to 1 gigabyte per second. That’s fast enough for users to edit video directly on the drive itself, without the need for copying the file from the drive to a local hard drive, then back.

SanDisk said that the company will deliver the Extreme Pro in spring 2019, in 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacity points. The company hasn’t released pricing, however, which is fairly typical for storage companies announcing products before they ship.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 2019-01-08 16:00

Apple adjusts its earnings forecast for Q2 2019. The Consumer Electronics Show is full of TVs with AirPlay 2 support. HomeKit is being used by more and more products. We also respond to your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 635.

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support is coming to smart TVs, including those from Vizio, Sony, and LG

Tue, 2019-01-08 12:19

Apple fans don’t typically have a lot to look forward to from CES, but we were treated to a surprise announcement from Samsung that it will bring the iTunes video store to its smart TVs, complete with Bixby support. But Samsung isn’t the only TV maker working with Apple—AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are coming to other smart TVs.

Apple has updated its AirPlay page with a focus on TV entertainment and special mention of smart TV support. What’s more, individual TV manufacturers have started to announce support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

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This tiny Anker charger is three times more powerful than Apple’s and it’s under $12 today

Tue, 2019-01-08 12:12

There’s only one thing worse than seeing a red battery indicator on your iPhone: plugging into Apple’s 5W charger and watching your phone take hours to fill up. Anker has solved that problem with a fast charger that’s barely bigger than the one Apple supplies. And today, Amazon is selling the Anker 15W PowerPort C 1 USB wall charger for just $11.74Remove non-product link when you check the $1 off coupon box in the listing. That’s down from a list price of $19 and the best price we’ve seen for this new charger.

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The Philips Hue lineup expands with three new outdoor fixtures and an outdoor sensor

Tue, 2019-01-08 09:00
The outdoor sensor could be a great home security offering, as well as a convenient way to turn on lights when you come home in the dark.

WriterDuet Pro Is Over Half Off Right Now, Starting At Just $40

Tue, 2019-01-08 08:00

Every feature film requires a screenplay, which is a script that provides acting and scene instructions. While major blockbusters like Marvel films differ greatly from low budget indie films, both require a polished screenplay to be successful. So whether you’re an entry-level screenwriter looking to master your craft or an experienced screenwriter with a few movie scripts under your belt, WriterDuet Pro can help bring your screenplays to life for as low as $39.99

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From bad to worse: Bad news leads to simplistic analysis

Tue, 2019-01-08 07:00

Apple’s announcement of revised expectations for the most recently ended quarter was met in typical fashion by a flurry of slapdash analysis.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and competitive back waxing circuit, Gordon Kelly provides almost one-stop shopping for ridiculous assertions about Apple’s downward revision.

“iPhone Sales Fears After Apple Slashes Estimates.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Uluroo.)

The leaks were right.

And it only took 10 years of breathless reporting on supply chain Apple doom rumors for them to finally be right! So, it was all worth it.

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Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard with Numeric Keypad review: Good form, unreliable function

Tue, 2019-01-08 06:00

Products like the Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard grant us a peek at the Apple that could be—in this case, an Apple that remains enamored with space gray aluminum but also committed to keyboards with generous key travel. And the Satechi keyboard is a decent effort, weighty and pleasant for typing, and it lets you pair it with up to three different Bluetooth devices. Viewed from across the room, it readily looks like it spawned in the mind of Jony Ive.

Yet I never felt a strong connection to the Satechi keyboard, mainly because it always struggled to connect with my Mac.

Maybe we can see this as a reminder that an Apple logo really does translate into quality, but first it’s also important to keep in mind that the logo’s absence lets you pick up what essentially amounts to a passable cousin of the Apple Magic Keyboard 2 with a keypad for a mere $79.99. If that sounds expensive, remember that Apple sells its own space gray version for a stunning $149. You could almost buy two Satechi keyboards for that price.

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Third-generation Meural Canvas is like having an art gallery in your home

Mon, 2019-01-07 21:30
Meural scales up the technology in its unique digital displays after being acquired by Netgear.

Sony goes big with 8K and hones its OLED technology

Mon, 2019-01-07 20:15
Sony goes 8K UHD with its 98- and 85-inch Z9G models, and it revs its 4K UHD OLED TV from the A9F to the A9G

iPhone 2019 rumors: Everything you need to know

Mon, 2019-01-07 19:25

What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page will keep track of what’s being rumored as new features of the 2019 iPhones, and we’ll provide some analysis and whether or not a rumor seems feasible.

Three-camera system

Updated 1/7/2019 with reports about a three-camera system.

The current iPhone XS has a rear dual-camera setup. Could the 2019 iPhone use three cameras? That’s what was rumored last April. though there wasn’t much detail as to how the three-camera system would work.

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Cut The Chord With This Digital Antenna, Now Half Off

Mon, 2019-01-07 15:40

Cord cutting continues to gain popularity, but some of us still resist the movement for fear that we'll lose access to key programming. What you may not realize, however, is that you can still watch popular television shows—for free—via over the air transmissions and without having to mount an ugly mechanical antenna over your roof. All you need is a digital antenna like as the ANTOP AT-402B, which is currently on sale for just $79.99.

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Roku TVs from TCL to get hands-free voice control in 2019

Mon, 2019-01-07 15:00
TCL is making Roku TVs with hands-free voice control and 8K resolution.

Costco is selling the Apple Watch Series 3 for Black Friday pricing

Mon, 2019-01-07 13:42

Today’s deal goes out to all the Costco members out there who can visit the popular wholesaler’s website and pick up an Apple Watch Series 3Remove non-product link for as little as $229. That’s essentially Black Friday pricing, and most models are priced at around $50 down from what they’re currently listed for at other sites.

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support is coming to smart TVs, including those from Vizio and LG

Mon, 2019-01-07 13:29

Apple fans don’t typically have a lot to look forward to from CES, but we were treated to a surprise announcement from Samsung that it will bring the iTunes video store to its smart TVs, complete with Bixby support. But Samsung isn’t the only TV maker working with Apple—AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are coming to other smart TVs.

Apple has updated its AirPlay page with a focus on TV entertainment and special mention of smart TV support. What’s more, individual TV manufacturers have started to announce support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

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