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Logitech Harmony Express universal remote control review: Practical, but not perfect

Tue, 2019-04-16 03:01
It's not the be-all, end-all of universal remote controls, but it's plenty powerful for most people's needs.

Which Mac should you buy?

Mon, 2019-04-15 22:00

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review by clicking the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.

MacBook Air

Models for sale were originally released October 2018.

What is it? The MacBook Air is Apple’s affordable line of laptops. Apple currently offers three 13-inch models.

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iOS 13 rumored to be a massive overhaul with dark mode, new gestures, and multi-window apps for the iPad

Mon, 2019-04-15 12:55

With just two months to go until Apple’s expected unveiling of iOS 13 at WWDC19 on June 3, 9to5Mac published a report from “people familiar with the development of the operating system,” and if accurate, the iPhone and iPad are in for some major changes this fall, including several of the features we’ve been clamoring to see.

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Snag a four-pack of our favorite Philips Hue white smart bulbs for their cheapest price yet

Mon, 2019-04-15 11:18

Smart bulbs help you automate and fine-tune your lighting situation, and today you can get a four-pack of our favorite white LED bulb, the Philips Hue White Ambiance A19, for $40 on Amazon. That’s down from a list price of $50 and the lowest we’ve ever seen it.

These LED bulbs provide detailed control options, allowing you to personalize the dim, set schedules, turn lights off and on from anywhere, and more using the Philips Hue app. You can also control the bulbs using your voice when you connect them with an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomeKit. And you won’t have to replace them often—each bulb lasts over 25,000 hours, or 20 years.

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Safari: macOS browser now autosubmits logins. Here’s how to disable it

Mon, 2019-04-15 08:00

Apple changed the behavior of Safari in macOS 10.14.4, and you may have noticed it and thought it was a bug. Now, if you have stored a password for a website, when you select a login entry to autofill, Safari 12.1 for macOS automatically submits the login. Previously, it would fill the fields and still require you to click a Login or Submit or other button to proceed.

I understand Apple’s logic in making this change, as it reduces friction and takes less time to log into a site, much like dropping text message login codes into an autofill field for macOS and iOS. Apple described this Safari change in 10.14.4’s release notes as “Streamlines website login when filling credentials with Password AutoFill.”

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Zagg Slim Book Go keyboard case for 9.7-inch iPad review: Pressing all the right buttons

Mon, 2019-04-15 07:00

The best thing I can say about the Zagg Slim Book Go is that it has me seriously thinking about using my 9.7-inch iPad as my primary work machine again. Apple’s baseline iPad feels a lot like a miniature laptop once it’s paired with this case, right down to a backlit keyboard that’s far more satisfying to type on than anything Apple itself offers. It’s also one of the few cases with a good solution for handling the Apple Pencil, and its detachable keyboard makes it easy to use as either a tablet or a laptop as required.

It’s not an unattractive case, but it’s never going to turn heads. Zagg covered the keyboard half with a linen material that reminds me (not unpleasantly) of coverless hardbound library books, while the side that houses the iPad sports a no-nonsense thick plastic shell. Aside from the volume buttons and a stiff but durable adjustable flap that folds down so you can use the iPad as a laptop, it’s fairly nondescript.

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Best Bluetooth trackers: These tiny gadgets help find your lost stuff

Mon, 2019-04-15 06:30
If you're constantly misplacing your keys or wallet, one of these devices can save time (and headache) while locating your belongings.

WiSA, the low-latency, wireless multi-channel audio standard is ready for take-off

Mon, 2019-04-15 06:00
WiSA is a wireless audio standard that promises hassle-free setup for up to 7.1-channel surround with latency as low as 2.6 millisecond, lag that's barely perceptible to humans.

Fingerprint scanner face-off: Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs OnePlus 6T vs Galaxy S9 vs Apple's iPhone

Mon, 2019-04-15 06:00
Are the newer optical and ultrasonic fingerprint scanners actually better than the physical sensors? We put four of them to the test.

Forget Netflix or Tesla, here are three companies Apple should really buy

Mon, 2019-04-15 06:00

Apple is sitting on a mountain of cash, and often uses this money to expand its business by acquiring others. Sometimes, it’s a consumer-facing product or service. Texture morphed into Apple News+. Workflow led to the Shortcuts app. Beats still makes headphones under its own brand, but the Beats music service essentially became Apple Music.

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TP-Link Kasa Smart KL-series Wi-Fi light bulb review: Three new smart bulbs offer mostly great results

Mon, 2019-04-15 06:00
This trio of smart bulbs offer a little light for any type of user.

Disney+ sets a high bar for Apple TV+

Fri, 2019-04-12 16:36

Disney has finally taken the wraps off its streaming service, Disney+. The service will launch on November 12, 2019 in the U.S. and follow overseas at a later date. Priced at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year (a 20 percent discount), it appears to offer exceptional breath of content and value, which hast earned it high praise from both investors and cord-cutting fans online.

Everyone from exhausted parents to Star Wars fanatics is chomping at the bit to sign up, and Apple would do well to take notice as it fleshes out its own Apple TV+ service.

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How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Fri, 2019-04-12 14:28

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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The new AirPods just got a big discount at Costco

Fri, 2019-04-12 13:15

If you don’t want to pay full price on the new AirPods and you also have a Costco membership, today’s your lucky day. The popular retailer is currently selling the standard model for just $139.99Remove non-product link, down from the normal retail price of $159. You can pick them up at your local Costco for free, but you’ll have to pay a $5 fee if you want to have them shipped.

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Apple combats subscription scams with new ‘Confirm Subscription’ dialog

Fri, 2019-04-12 12:59

Apple has reportedly added a new feature to the App Store in an attempt to stem the tide of scam subscription purchases.

First publicized by developer David Barnard on Twitter, any In-App purchase that is a subscription will have an additional confirmation box after the purchase is approved. The box reads:

Confirm Subscription

The subscription will continue unless cancelled in Settings at least one day before a subscription period ends.

Apple has suffered a bad rash of subscription scams lately, with apps that contain seemingly reasonable in-app purchases that look like you’re buying a one-time thing, when in fact you’re buying a recurring monthly (or weekly) subscription. It’s easy to accidentally approve the purchase without looking closely enough to see what you’re agreeing to.

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We praised the affordable Ecovacs Deebot 901 robot vacuum, and today, it's over $100 off

Fri, 2019-04-12 10:51

We’ve called the Ecovacs Deebot 901 “an affordable floor-mapping robot vacuum,” praising it as a solid budget option for anyone who wants to offload tedious cleaning chores—but today it’s even more affordable. A lot more affordable. A sale on Amazon brings this robot vacuum down to $265, an incredibly steep discount from its usual $375 to $450 list price.

The Deebot 901 is designed to provide a customizable clean to your floor, with swappable suction plates to switch between carpet and hardwood and modes like Edge and Spot to help with specific areas. The Ecovacs app allows you to control your robot vacuum from anywhere, including start, stop, and charge options, while you can add voice control by connecting the vacuum to Alexa or Google Assistant. In addition, smart mapping capabilities allow this robot vacuum to navigate around your home and learn your floor plan.

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Charge up to 4 devices at once for $45 with the GOSPACE SuperCharger

Fri, 2019-04-12 10:05

No tech enthusiast can live without their gadgets. Smartphone. Laptop. Tablet. Smartwatch. You probably own them all, but they all need to be charged eventually, and you won’t always be near a wall plug to charge them. That’s why you need a portable power bank, and the GOSPACE SuperCharger is everything you need in a power bank and more for $44.99.

The GOSPACE SuperCharger is a 10,000 mAh power bank sporting four charging options. You can charge your devices the traditional way with either the two USB ports or the USB Type-C port, but the SuperCharger also features a Qi wireless charging pad. Additionally, the Type-C charging port uses fast charging, which is ideal if your laptop or phone has a dangerously low battery percentage. On top of that, the SuperCharger has a built-in wall charger, so you can charge it while it’s charging connected devices. Finally, GOSPACE includes multiple interchangeable socket adaptors so that you can charge your devices no matter where you travel.

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How to use iCloud to help manage Photos libraries too large for an internal Mac drive

Fri, 2019-04-12 08:00

In a recent column, “How to cope with a Photos library too big to fit on an internal Mac drive,” I explained that there aren’t any methods supported by Apple that let you have a Photos library at full resolution on a Mac if the library can’t fit on your internal drive with the spare room you need—or exceeds the drive entirely.

Macworld reader Matt wrote in with a terrific workaround that offers an approach much closer to what other readers were looking for: one copy of a Photos library set up with iCloud Photos that’s only thumbnails and stored on your internal drive, and a second iCloud Photos-linked copy that’s linked to an external drive.

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When 2FA isn’t 2FA: How Apple’s iCloud authentication system fails to protect your account

Fri, 2019-04-12 07:00

With an iCloud account and an Apple device, two-factor authentication is quite different than it is on any other device or account. As is the Apple way, 2FA on your iPhone or Mac is baked into the device you own, setting up a system that is theoretically as secure as a security key. Except when it’s not.

Here’s how it works. When you’re trying to log into your iCloud or Apple Music account account on your iPhone, you’ll first be prompted to enter your password. Once that is recognized, you will then be asked to input a code that has been sent to one of your trusted devices, say an iPad. You’ll get a message on your iPad informing you that someone is trying to log into your account and asking whether you want to allow it. Then you’ll receive a six-digit code that you’ll enter into the boxes on your iPhone.

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Now on Blu-ray: The latest movie releases on disc

Fri, 2019-04-12 06:00
For movie lovers, a Blu-ray disc offers image quality, special features, and collectability that you can't get from streaming. Here are 10 new contenders for your BD / DVD collection.