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How to conserve mobile data by turning off iTunes and other downloads in iOS

Mon, 2019-03-25 07:00
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Disable cellular-based downloads in iTunes & App Stores.

If you find you’re using unexpected amounts of cellular data with your iPhone or iPad, according to your carrier, you can check Settings > Cellular in iOS to view usage. (The current period listed is since the last time you swiped to the bottom—and you may have to swipe a very long way—and chose to reset statistics.)

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How to make the most of Roku voice controls

Mon, 2019-03-25 06:00
Everything you need to know about controlling Roku with Alexa, Google Assistant, or your voice remote.

Ninety7 Sky Tote Portable Battery Base review: Take your second-gen Amazon Echo anywhere

Mon, 2019-03-25 06:00
Here’s an inexpensive way to carry the Alexa digital assistant with you everywhere.

IVPN review: The WireGuard protocol made easy for Mac users

Mon, 2019-03-25 06:00

Hang around in the world of VPNs long enough, and you’ll inevitably hear about Wireguard, a new VPN protocol that’s supposed to deliver fast transfer speeds and be easy to implement. To try it out, however, you need to be running a Unix-y system such as macOS or Linux, find a VPN service supplying WireGuard, and then get it up and running via the command line.

That all changed when IVPN implemented WireGuard in 2018 as a beta option in its macOS app. IVPN warns that the protocol is still under development, and you shouldn’t use WireGuard “except for testing or in situations where security is not critical.” Nonetheless, the protocol is available and it’s easy to use, so we gave it a try to see how it works, and what IVPN can offer.

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Apple’s iPad, iMac, and AirPod launches weren’t just a surprise, they were a smart strategy shift

Fri, 2019-03-22 16:45

I expected “one more thing” yesterday, and I was bummed when I didn’t get it. Sure, I was disappointed, but my anticipation for another hardware refresh only proved that Apple’s experiment with dribbling out modest product releases is working.

On each of the first three days of this work week, Apple dropped updated versions of existing products with little of its typical fanfare or event theatrics. It began with the iPad mini and iPad Air on Monday and then progressed to the iMac on Tuesday and the AirPods on Wednesday. Nobody would call these earthshaking updates. Certainly none would have made the crowds ooh and ahh during a keynote. You could even argue they were disappointing on some level.

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How to watch Apple’s ‘It’s show time’ event on Monday, March 25

Fri, 2019-03-22 13:00

Apple calls its next event “It’s show time”—a name that strongly hints it’ll highlight the rumored streaming TV service we’ve heard about for a while now. It’s fitting, then, that Apple will also stream the announcement on a wide variety of devices ranging from the iPhone to a Windows PC. We can only hope the service itself will be so device-inclusive.

The event itself begins at 10 a.m. Pacific time on March 25.

No matter how you want to watch it, you’ll find links and requirements for each method below.

Watch on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can watch the event on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Safari. According to Apple, your device needs to run iOS 10 or later. You’ll need to navigate to Apple’s events website.

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Help your iPhone stay safe and last all day with Amazon's big one-day accessory sale

Fri, 2019-03-22 11:01

Phone accessories can add functionality or fun personalized flair to your device, and it’s even better when you get them on a deal. If you’re looking for a cheap case or battery pack for your iPhone, Amazon is running a today-only sale on many of little-known mobile company Altigo’s accessoriesRemove non-product link. The sale features portable chargers, cases, earbuds, and over-the-ear headphones, for discounted prices ranging from $7 to $35.

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Get a Two-Pack of Tactical Military Flashlights for $15

Fri, 2019-03-22 10:05

Emergencies like power outages or a broken-down car happen anytime, and if you’re unlucky enough to experience this at night, you’ll need a reliable flashlight to light your way. You might think that your phone’s flashlight is adequate enough, but how will you reach for help once your battery is drained? A flashlight will shine brighter and last longer than your phone, which is why you should always keep one handy. Luckily, you can buy two for just $14.99.

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Upgrade your gaming setup with killer deals on peripherals we adore—and a free game

Fri, 2019-03-22 09:54

Friday is always a good day for a gaming deal, and we’ve put together a juicy combo deal today. Amazon’s got great deals on one of our favorite gaming mice, and a highly regarded mechanical keyboard that earned our Editors’ Choice award. On top of that we’ve found a great free game. Let’s get started.

First up is the Roccat Tyon multi-button gaming mouse for $50, down from $60. This is the all-time low for this mouse on Amazon, though we have seen it hit this price several times in recent weeks. This is truly a multi-button mouse. In fact, we named it  “the best gaming mouse with lots of buttons” in our roundup of the top gaming mice. It offers a ridiculous 14 programmable buttons, along with an 8,200 DPI sensor and an RGB light channel around the bottom of the mouse.

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With Apple, everything old is new again

Fri, 2019-03-22 09:00

Whoever said “out with the old, in with the new” clearly wasn’t talking about Apple’s playbook.

The company may have its fair share of new and updated devices, but it’s also made a habit of building off of its existing devices—and not just in terms of spec bumps and speed boosts, but in actively finding ways to use old products as launching points for brand new devices. It’s a move that most companies probably couldn’t pull off, but one with which Apple has had great success—and which it will probably continue to use in the future.

Something in the Air

When Apple launched the redesigned 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros late last year, it discontinued the 10.5-inch iPad Pro after only a little over a year of service. Apple’s certainly no stranger to quick turnarounds on products—remember the seven-month reign of the third-generation iPad?—but it seemed extra strange to build out an entire new screen size of device only to summarily replace it.

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Bent iPad Pros may develop logic board issues, but good luck getting the Apple Store to fix it

Fri, 2019-03-22 08:00

Editor's note: A reader contacted Macworld with this tale of a bent iPad Pro and his struggle to get it repaired, but requested that we only use his first name in the article.

When reports started surfacing late last year of bent iPad Pro devices and Apple’s unwillingness to repair or replace affected units, they didn’t register on Marcus's radar. Having just bought a tablet in July, he wasn’t in the market for a new one. Even though his 10.5-inch iPad Pro was part of the previous Touch ID generation, Marcus was perfectly happy with it, having safely secured it with an Otterbox Defender case from the moment he unboxed it.

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3 things cord-cutters should look for at Apple’s ‘show time’ event

Fri, 2019-03-22 07:00

Monday’s Apple event won’t be the first that’s been dubbed “Showtime.” The landscape was very different for the first Showtime event back then. There was no iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. Streaming was a thing that relied heavily on buffering. Netflix was shipping out DVDs in red envelopes.

That event was over 12 years ago. It brought a slew of new products, including an updated iPod, a brand new iPod nano, an even smaller iPod shuffle, and a sneak peek at “iTV,” which would eventually become Apple TV. But the star of that show was the addition of movies to the iTunes Store. Previously limited to music, the store’s new section had a grand total of 75 movies from Disney, Pixar, Touchstone, and Miramax in “near-DVD” 640x480 quality.

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7 things you need to know about Apple’s new AirPods

Fri, 2019-03-22 06:00

This week, Apple finally announced the sequel to the AirPods, its true wireless earbuds that have proven to be way more popular than anyone ever expected. After more than two years, Apple’s follow-on to the AirPods is...AirPods?

Okay, so the new second-generation AirPods aren’t exactly the true sequel we’ve all been hoping for. They still look and act like the AirPods we love. But they are substantially different than the first-generation model. Here are the most important things you should know.

[ Further reading: Best true wireless earbuds ] They’re not AirPods 2

The new AirPods are just that: new AirPods. They are not named AirPods 2, not billed as such on Apple’s site, and not sold separately from original AirPods. Apple still has only one AirPods page on its site, and it only sells the new model. If you buy AirPods from Apple, you will only get this new version. In fact, if you buy AirPods from another source, you may want to double-check that they’re not selling you the old model.

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Swann Outdoor Security Camera review: a straightforward way to monitor the exterior of your home

Fri, 2019-03-22 06:00
With only the most essential features, this weatherproof camera is ideal for security novices.

The best indoor air quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort

Fri, 2019-03-22 06:00
Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Thu, 2019-03-21 18:36
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Best password managers: Reviews of the top products

Thu, 2019-03-21 17:24
The best password is one you probably can't easily remember—that's why a password manager is so crucial to your online security. We review LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper, 1Password, and others to find the best one for managing passwords.

Apple issues updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie

Thu, 2019-03-21 15:43

They aren’t as glamourous as this week’s AirPods, iPad, and iMac announcements, but you could say that Apple’s updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie on Thursday allows the company to maintain its release streak this week.

Final Cut Pro 10.4.6 and iMovie 10.1.11 both feature the ability to detect media files that could be incompatible with future versions of macOS, and converts those files to a compatible format. The update also “improves reliability when sharing video to YouTube.” Apple also issued updates for Motion and Compressor that address the same issues.

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Facebook passwords for hundreds of millions of users were exposed to Facebook employees

Thu, 2019-03-21 12:49
Facebook confirms that user passwords were being stored in a readable format on Facebook servers. Hundreds of millions of accounts will be notified accordingly.

You can add 2 TP-Link smart outlets to your home for just $25 today

Thu, 2019-03-21 11:33

It’s cheaper and easier than ever to add some smarts to your home, and today you can make two of your dumb devices smarter for the lowest price we’ve ever seen. B&H Photo Video is selling the TP-Link HS107 Wi-Fi dual-outlet smart plug for $25Remove non-product link with the on-page coupon today, down from a list price of $35. The coupon applies $10 off for each plug that you buy, so you can get multiple at this price.

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