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With fan boys like these: Not charged about AirPods

Tue, 2019-03-26 10:00

New AirPods are hitting the streets this week (particularly if they fall out of your ears) causing no small amount of excitement from this furry observer, but not everyone is as impressed.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and rubber snake charming school, self-proclaimed “Apple fan boy” John Koetsier is back to… bash Apple.

“AirPods 2.0 Are A Massive Disappointment: Apple Innovation Slows To A Crawl.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Chris.)

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Get a Lifetime of NetSpot Home for Mac For Just $19

Tue, 2019-03-26 09:05

Wi-Fi is a must-have in any home or office. Unfortunately, there are dozens of things that can go wrong when setting up your Wi-Fi, such as dead zones or slow speeds. If you aren’t a network guru, pinpointing the solution can take hours. Luckily, NetSpot Home will take care of the guesswork for you, and it’s currently on sale for $19.

NetSpot Home for Mac is an easy-to-use app that helps you set up, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless connectivity. It analyzes your Wi-Fi coverage and provides reports on download and upload speeds wherever you are in your home or office. When conducting a survey with NetSpot Home, you’ll be given a visual map illustrating your network's dead zones, allowing you to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in the best area for optimal wireless speeds.

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Jamf Makes Management of Apple Devices Easy - Get Started For Free

Tue, 2019-03-26 08:05

Whether you’re just getting your small business off the ground or growing an already successful venture, onboarding and maintaining your employees’ tech gadgets are important steps. Unfortunately, IT can be expensive — and out of the question for many small businesses. Even if you can afford to purchase reliable Apple devices for your growing staff, it can be hard to find the time to keep them updated without a specialist. That’s where Jamf Now comes into play: it’s a cloud-based solution that delivers Apple management and security with just a few minutes of setup.

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BeatsX Earphones review: These Bluetooth earbuds are an ace for bass

Tue, 2019-03-26 07:00

It’s no wonder that Apple’s AirPods are a hit with many iOS users. They’ve got awesome battery life, a brilliantly designed charging case, and you can almost pair them with iPhones and iPads in your sleep.

But not every iOS user is a fan, thanks in part to their decidedly unsubtle design. While they produce decent-sounding audio, AirPods provide almost no passive noise cancellation, and so they allow any surrounding noise to interfere with your enjoyment of music and podcasts. Frustratingly, their rigid plastic ear caps make them uncomfortable and sometimes unwearable for people who don’t have Apple’s "ideal" ear shapes.

If any of these issues have kept you from buying AirPods, the BeatsX earphones could be the alternative you’ve been longing for. With their lower price, urbane design, and Apple’s ownership of Beats itself, the BeatsX manage to deliver many of the features that Apple’s AirPods so desirable.

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Dahlia Home Review: Finally, I can repurpose my old iPhone as a smart home hub (said no one ever)

Tue, 2019-03-26 06:00
Here’s a truly innovative solution in search of a problem.

Amarey A800 robot vacuum cleaner review: This budget robot vac delivers premium performance

Tue, 2019-03-26 06:00
Your floors won't collect dust but your stand-up vacuum might.

How Apple Arcade could make Apple a major player in gaming

Mon, 2019-03-25 18:43

Apple’s new gaming service is called Apple Arcade, which you, O loyal Macworld reader, may recognize as the name I use for my column on Mac and iOS gaming. I suppose we can effectively declare the column dead.

It’s a cool name, though, and what Apple showed us on stage at its “Show time” event looks like a cool service. Beginning sometime in the fall, you’ll be able to pay Apple an unspecified subscription fee that grants access to around 100 “new and exclusive” games. None of the games will have in-app purchases, and they will only be playable on iOS devices and Macs. All of the games will be accessible offline.

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Best media streaming devices

Mon, 2019-03-25 17:50
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

The Apple TV+ video streaming service: 8 burning questions

Mon, 2019-03-25 17:47

At long last, Apple on Monday took the wraps off of its new TV service. It’ll be called Apple TV+ and will include a variety of shows from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Kevin Durant, and Rupert Grint. Several of the major players were on hand at the event to outline their vision, and Apple basically billed the service as the greatest collection of talent ever assembled on television.

But after the songs, standing ovations, and flowery rhetoric was complete, we didn’t learn much about Apple’s new service that we didn’t already know. It may be the first time Apple has confirmed that it is indeed working on its own original content, but that was hardly a secret. Apple didn’t actually answer any of the questions we have about Apple TV+, which are many. For example...

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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

Mon, 2019-03-25 17:46
A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

The new Apple TV app and Apple TV Channels: 9 things you need to know

Mon, 2019-03-25 16:52

After months of speculation, rumors, and leaks, Apple has finally taken the wraps off its plans for the future of TV, and it comes in two parts: There’s a new subscription service coming this fall called Apple TV+, and an overhaul of the Apple TV app, coming this spring.

Here’s what you need to know about the new TV app, and the way Apple hopes it will change streaming and become the new destination for cord cutters.

A new design, but not many new features

Though the TV app has a newly refreshed design, you’ll recognize many features from the current app. The Up Next section—which shows a list of next episodes for shows you’ve watched, as well as TV shows or movies you stopped in the middle off—is still there. So are the sections for TV Shows, Movies, Sports, Kids, and your Library of shows or movies you own.

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iOS 12.2 is now available, adding Apple News+, new Animoji, and a host of interface tweaks

Mon, 2019-03-25 16:50

After releasing iOS 12.1.3 with a few minor bugfixes, Apple has has moved on to iOS 12.2. The first beta was released to developers on January 24, 2019, with the first public release following on the 28th.

At its “Show time” event on March 25, Apple mentioned the release of iOS 12.2, which brings with it the company’s new Apple News+ subscription service and a host of smaller features, such as four new Animoji. 

To download the update, open the Settings app, tap General, then Software Update

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Get This Bundle of 8 Productivity Mac Apps For $26

Mon, 2019-03-25 16:49

MacBooks are some of the most sought-after laptops on the market because Apple invests thousands of hours in its UI and apps. However, you shouldn’t let that stop you from downloading additional apps to enrich your experience. If you’re looking for additional functionality from your MacBook, this Mac bundle has what you’re looking for, and it's just $26 with code MADNESS15 at checkout.

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The Apple Card may be the most revolutionary announcement Apple made at its 'Show time' event

Mon, 2019-03-25 16:41

We might not have gotten a new iPhone or AirPower at Monday’s "Show time" event, but Apple did unveil a new product: It’s called Apple Card, and it's sure to shake things up.

Building on the success of Apple Pay, which will be available in more than 40 countries by the end of 2019, Apple Card—which consists of both a service and a sleek, thin, titanium card—dispenses with the usual confusion around credit cards to simplify and streamline financial transactions, as well as create an experience unlike any other card on the planet.

It just might be the most revolutionary announcement Apple made on Monday. Apple said that by the end of the year Apple Pay will be responsible for more than 10 billion transactions since its inception, but Apple Card promises to be more than just another tab in your digital wallet. It’s smarter, simpler, friendlier, and more fiscally transparent than any credit card out there—including Apple’s own Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards.

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7 reasons why we can't wait to try Apple News+

Mon, 2019-03-25 16:39

The focus of Apple’s “It’s show time” event may have been TV entertainment services, but the company made a big splash right out of the gate with the announcement of Apple News+. As the name implies, it’s a premium version of Apple News that offers more content than you’ll get with the free app—all with a focus on magazines.

Specifically, for $9.99 a month, you and your family get access to more than 300 magazines and other publications ranging from National Geographic to Wired to The Wall Street Journal. We’ll dig deeper once we’ve spent time with Apple News+, but for now, here’s what intrigues us the most.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Mon, 2019-03-25 13:27
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

It's showtime for big deals on the iPad Pro and MacBook Air at Amazon

Mon, 2019-03-25 12:49

Apple is holding one of its big events today, and we’ll get to see some of the flashiest new ideas from the folks in Cupertino. But today’s also a good time to pay attention to some not-so-new stuff, as you’ll find good deals for both the new iPad Pros and MacBook Air over at Amazon.

First off, Amazon is offering big discounts on several configurations of the new iPad Pros with Wi-Fi. I admire Apple’s new tablet for its transition from Touch ID to Face ID (which I find well-suited for tablets) and its ability to wirelessly charge the second-generation Apple Pencil (which you’ll have to buy separately). You can read more about it in my review from November. Here’s what’s on offer:

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The popular OontZ Angle 3 Ultra Bluetooth speaker is on sale for a near all-time-low of $30

Mon, 2019-03-25 12:01

Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have made it easier than ever to take your music library with you wherever you go. And with today's deal you can get great sound too. Amazon is selling the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra from Cambridge Soundworks for just $30Remove non-product link, 40 percent off its recently reduced list price and just a couple dollars off its all-time low.

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Apple's 'Show time' event: 10 surprises we might see

Mon, 2019-03-25 10:42

With just hours to go before Apple’s Show Time event kicks off at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, news reports are starting to answer lingering questions about what Apple will reveal—assuming the reports are true, of course. A flurry of leaks, rumors, and teases from Bloomberg, Recode, the Wall Street Journal and Apple itself have raised the stakes and piqued our curiosity about the event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific. Here's what we know so far.

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Get a Lifetime of Ivacy VPN For $40

Mon, 2019-03-25 10:05

Your private data is worth more than gold. That’s why you need to be wary when accessing public Wi-Fi networks, as doing so unprotected leaves you vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves. The best tools at your disposal are VPNs and firewalls, and Ivacy offers both for just $39.99.

This lifetime subscription includes Ivacy VPN, which protects your traffic using 256-bit encryption and sends it to one of over 450 servers worldwide. By doing so, your location and IP address are kept private, and you can stream region-blocked content wherever you go.

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