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This awesome surge protector with individually controlled outlets is 50% off today

Tue, 2018-07-31 12:00

In a home filled with PCs, monitors, and smart speakers, having enough outlets is key. But protecting those plugs is just as important, so if you're looking for a surge protector with lots of control, the Tripp Lite seven-outlet power strip provides individual outlet switches for that very purpose. And right now, it's cheaper than ever at $18, down from a list price of $34Remove non-product link.

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Market sharing: The Apple Watch by the numbers

Tue, 2018-07-31 10:00

How exactly do you spin a story about a huge increase in shipments of an Apple product negatively? Let’s find out!

Writing for the very nice people and possessed cymbal-banging monkeys over at Business Insider, Isobel Asher Hamilton definitely has that “market share is the most important thing ever” BI house style down pat.

“The Apple Watch’s dominance is under threat.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter.)

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Google takes on Apple, Windows with Chromebook attack ad as Amazon slashes Pixelbook prices

Tue, 2018-07-31 09:42
Google is running a new ad spotlighting Chromebooks' advantage over Mac and Windows PCs, namely longer battery life, less lag, and no viruses.

Losing 60 pounds with Apple: Putting Apple-compatible fitness devices through a trial by fire

Tue, 2018-07-31 08:00

Apple calls the Apple Watch “the ultimate device for a healthy life.” It plays up the way corporations weave it into their fitness programs, and it trumpets how the watch’s numerous third-party apps “help monitor nutrition and fitness.” Gosh, it sounds so perfect.

But is it really so helpful as all that? As an overweight guy who’s rapidly hurtling toward middle age, I’m a little skeptical about its usefulness. Much of the marketing for the Apple Watch showcases folks who are already fit. If they're not fit, they're usually at least thin. The message that comes across is that the Apple Watch helps them stay in shape; whenever activities and practices led to their current appearance were already in place.

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Mophie Powerstation Plus XL review: Leave your micro-USB cable at home

Tue, 2018-07-31 07:00

Carrying along a portable battery pack is a convenient way to avoid hunting for a plug when you travel, but it can also mean carrying around multiple charging cables. For those that use Apple devices, the fact that our iPhones and iPads use a Lightning cable while our battery packs recharge via micro-USB or USB-C can be a real hassle.

Now, Mophie makes Apple-exclusive versions of some Powerstation products that eliminate the multi-cable headache. They’ve got Lightning ports for power input, so the same power adapter and cable used to charge up your phone can be used to charge up the battery pack. They’re only sold on Mophie’s site and Apple stores

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Alexa Cast: What it is and how to use it

Tue, 2018-07-31 06:00
Alexa Cast is a new feature on Amazon products for streaming and control of media content. Similar to Google's Chromecast and Apple's AirPlay, it allows users to transfer the playback of media from a phone to a compatible device.

TASCAM 202MKVII dual cassette deck review: A high-quality, but pricey, tool for digitizing your tape collection

Tue, 2018-07-31 06:00
The Tascam 202 MK VII USB cassette deck is the best we've seen for digitizing audio cassettes (in good condition), but at $500, it's a very expensive option.

The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from July 2018

Tue, 2018-07-31 06:00
July's iOS games

Image by Gameloft

If you’re out and about a lot this summer, then you might be in need of some new games to play on your iPhone. You never know when you’ll need a moment in the shade to unwind and cool down, and a great new game can make that moment even more enjoyable.

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Best smart speakers: Which delivers the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

Mon, 2018-07-30 21:10
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

Get A Lifetime Of Mondly's AI-Powered Language Training For $40

Mon, 2018-07-30 15:03

In an ever-changing corporate environment, the likelihood of working with international branches will soon be inevitable. Your career advancement may very well hinge on how effectively you can communicate with the rest of the world. Therefore, knowing multiple languages will be quite valuable in your career advancement, especially if you work for a multinational corporation.

The first step in your career development is deciding which languages will be valuable to you. Spanish and Simplified Chinese are the most useful, as they will help you communicate with a large percentage of the world. However, what if your company has markets elsewhere, such as India or Portugal? It’ll be difficult to find a language instructor for each language you need.

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Nike is selling the best Apple Watch for 20 percent off today

Mon, 2018-07-30 13:46

If you want the best Apple Watch experience, you want the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity. It delivers all the monitoring powers, speed, and brightness of the other varieties, but you can also wear it without worrying if your phone is close enough. Usually it’s a super pricey thing, but today you can head over to Nike and pick one up for 20 percent offRemove non-product link when you enter the code HOT20 at checkout.

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iPad Pro rumor watch: Apple isn't crazy enough to change the location of the Smart Connector

Mon, 2018-07-30 12:23

OK, so either Jony Ive has lost his mind or the Apple rumor mill will basically publish anything these days. Over the weekend, Japan-based Apple blog Macotakara published an iPad Pro rumor based on its usual supply chain sources that corroborated a few things we already expect in the new models:

  1. The home button will disappear.
  2. The bezels will shrink.
  3. It will gain a TrueDepth camera for Face ID.
  4. The headphone jack will be removed.

OK, all good so far. While the last bit is a new rumor as far as I know, it's hardly surprising, given that Apple all but declared a courageous war on headphone jacks with the iPhone 7. The shrinking bezels, home button-less frame, and TrueDepth camera all corroborate rumors we've heard before, and I fully expect the new iPads to adopt a similar design as the iPhone X, albeit with larger bezels and no notch.

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Smarten up your lights with Philips Hue gear that's cheaper than ever

Mon, 2018-07-30 11:09

Smart bulbs give your smart home setup a bright start by adding ambiance and fine-grained lighting control to any room. Right now, some Philips Hue lighting essentials are on sale on Amazon for cheaper than ever. A four-pack of Philips Hue White A19 dimmable LED smart bulbs is $39.97, down from a list price of $50, and the Philips Hue Smart Dimming Kit is $28, down from a list price of $35.

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Get Adobe's Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements for $70 off on Amazon

Mon, 2018-07-30 09:35

It’s a great for budding amateur photographers and home movie perfectionists to buy Adobe’s Elements software bundle on the cheap. Amazon is selling the boxed versions of Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements for Mac and Windows for $80.

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Zagg Nomad Book review: An iPad keyboard case that tries to do all things and fails at most

Mon, 2018-07-30 08:00

On paper, the Zagg Nomad Book sounds like the perfect keyboard case. It’s an outwardly sturdy 10.5-inch by 7.75-inch carapace that’s designed to hold everything from a 9.7-inch iPad and a 10.5-inch iPad Pro to a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 in its loving embrace, which represents a rare stab at one-size-fits-all simplicity in an accessory market that’s often confusing in its specificity. At the moment, it’s most remarkable for filling the unexpected void for 9.7-inch iPad keyboard cases that also come with a spot for the newly supported Apple Pencil.

In practice, it’s a wonder that it even got off the assembly line.

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Fitbit Ace review: An awesome activity tracker for kids, but a bit confusing

Mon, 2018-07-30 06:30

I’m 11 years old, and have been jealous of Fitbit wearers for the last two years. I’ve been bugging my mom to buy one for me, but unfortunately all the Fitbit models have been too large for my kid-sized wrists. So I was excited to learn about the Fitbit Ace ($99.95), an activity tracker designed just for kids, ages 8 and above.

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Aukey SK-S1 Bluetooth speaker review: Classy looks and sonic goodness (at least at low volume)

Mon, 2018-07-30 06:00
This pretty little near-field speaker will sound great on your desk, but it's not the right choice for parties or taking your tunes outdoors.

Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi review: Recent upgrades pile on the control options

Mon, 2018-07-30 06:00
Added support for Nest and IFTTT brings Leviton’s Wi-Fi-based smart products closer to a buy rating.

The 2018 MacBook Pro gets a boost with the Supplemental Update

Mon, 2018-07-30 06:00

With Apple having addressed its throttling issues with a firmware update for the 2018 MacBook Pro, it’s time to take another look at the laptop and supplement our original benchmark results from our initial review.

We’re not going to recap the whole controversy about the new MacBook Pro here. But if you are interested in the history of this issue, here are a few articles you can read (listed in order from the discovery of the problem to now).

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Pattern-making: Any three Apple problems

Sat, 2018-07-28 07:00

There is an unwritten rule of punditry that say that anything that happens to be Apple must be put on the big conspiracy board covered in red string and containing every problem it has ever had so it can be fit into a larger narrative about how everything is going dreadfully wrong for the company.

The company’s financials do not appear on this board. There just wasn’t enough room.

Writing for Fast Company, Mark Wilson says “This is Apple’s come-to-Jesus moment.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Aaron.)

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