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Remo+ Doorcam review: This wireless security camera hangs on your front door

Mon, 2017-12-18 06:00
This easy-to-install alternative to a doorbell cam alerts you to visitors and lets you talk with them even when you're not at home.

Shinola Canfield on-ear headphones review: These cans are made for hipsters, not audiophiles

Mon, 2017-12-18 06:00

Detroit—car capital of America—has had difficulty recovering from a decade-long economic downturn. Many companies have left the Motor City, outsourcing their manufacturing, assembly, and materials production overseas. Shinola is bucking that trend, manufacturing headphones, luxury watches and watch straps, hand-built bicycles, and high-end leather goods here. (You can read the larger story behind Shinola’s drive to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. here). It’s a noble effort to be sure, but it's not enough to make Shinola’s Canfield on-ear headphones worthy of their substantial price tag.

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Profane in the membrane: Apple’s naughty list

Sat, 2017-12-16 07:00

The year will be over soon so it is the natural time to look back at everything Apple has done and swear at it all.

Writing for Gizmodo, Adam Clark Estes details “Everything Apple F***ed Up This Year.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Rick.)

Who said journalism was dead? Some real forking shirtballs, that’s who.

People like to believe that Apple is a company that never makes mistakes.

Strawmen like to believe that they are real people. But they are not. At least not without an animation spell cast by a bog witch. And even then for some reason the animated strawmen espouse a preference for Hawaiian pizza, so it’s sort of a gray area.

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iMac Pro, Apple and Shazam, holiday wish lists, 2018 predictions, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 586

Fri, 2017-12-15 19:00

Apple’s most power and most expensive Mac is the iMac Pro. Why would Apple want Shazam? Thoughts about the end of the year and the one coming up, and we also feature your comments and questions for Michael Simon, Jason Cross, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 586.

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Amazon's Echo Show has dropped in price by $80

Fri, 2017-12-15 12:17

Amazon has one of the new additions to the Echo family at a Black Friday-level discount: For the past few days, the retailer's been selling the Echo Show for $150. This Alexa device normally sells for $230.

This deal is also available at Echo-friendly stores like Best Buy, Target, and B&H.

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Best smart thermostat

Fri, 2017-12-15 11:05
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Bosch Connected Control BCC100 Wi-Fi thermostat review: Pretty to look at, easy to program

Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00
It’s not as slick as some of its competitors, but it can control the humidifiers and dehumidifiers others don’t.

Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00
PCWorld's Star Wars gift guide, is for people who are (or are shopping for) Star Wars fans who are also tech geeks. Our top picks range from droids to drones, from LEGOs to ugly sweaters, and even snow globes.

Apple off to a promising start with its revamped pro Mac lineup

Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00

So, the iMac Pro is shipping. After many years’ worth of fretting and worrying, Apple once again has a pro-level desktop that boasts the modern technology. And all is right with the world.

But is it? There’s no disputing that the iMac Pro is a capable machine: with up to 18 cores, a maximum of 128GB of RAM, and a hefty video card, the benchmarks indicate that this is a machine that can take everything you throw at it.

And yet it’s not Apple’s whole “pro” story. In an interview with select outlets back in April of this year, Apple executive Phil Schiller had multiple shoes to drop, including this morsel:

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How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money

Fri, 2017-12-15 00:35

Looking for a way to save some money on new 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, iPhone, or iPad.

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FCC votes to kill net neutrality in an unsurprising move. What happens now?

Thu, 2017-12-14 15:04
The FCC has voted to kill its own net neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote along party lines. Here's what will likely happen next.

Run Windows On Your Mac With CrossOver 17, Now 50% Off

Thu, 2017-12-14 14:29

No matter where you stand on the Mac vs. PC debate, you shouldn't have to jump through hoops to get your favorite Windows apps running on your Mac. With CrossOver 17, you can quickly and easily launch Windows apps right from your Mac dock without buying a Windows license, rebooting, or using a virtual machine, and it's on sale for over half-off the usual price.

Whether you're looking to tap into Window's suite of productivity tools or just add some killer games to your Mac, CrossOver 17 allows you to seamlessly install and run Windows applications on your Mac (or Linux computer) without any extra add-ons. You can launch Windows software straight from your dock and operate Windows software at native speed, preserving precious performance speed.

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Oppo UDP-205 Ultra-HD Audiophile Blu-ray player review: Audiophile sound and price tag (plus Dolby Vision)

Thu, 2017-12-14 13:50
With 32-bit DACs and other upscale components, you won't hear better analog audio from an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. It's also the first player we've tested to support Dolby Vision 4K UHD discs.

Amazon is selling the Ecobee4 at its Black Friday price

Thu, 2017-12-14 13:21

If you missed the Ecobee4 sale the first time around, Amazon has you covered. Today the retailer is selling the Ecobee4 for $200. That's the same price we saw at Lowe's and others (including Amazon) on Black Friday. Usually this latest model of the Ecobee sells for the MSRP of $249.

The big change with the Ecobee4 compared to its predecessor is built-in Alexa Voice Service. Prior to this, the Ecobee integrated with Alexa devices like most other smart home devices. With Alexa built-in, you can use the smart thermometer to get news, set timers, and many of the other things you can ask of an Echo device. The Ecobee4 works with the Google Assistant if you've got a Google Home device, too.

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Save 50% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

Thu, 2017-12-14 09:22

The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.

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iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast

Thu, 2017-12-14 08:30

The long-awaited iMac Pro is finally here. On Thursday, December 14, Apple’s new workstation-class Mac became available on the company’s website. The 8- and 10-core iMac Pro ships immediately, while the 14- and 18-core models ship in January.

The release of the iMac Pro is significant for Apple. The Mac Pro, released in 2013, has had only one minor update in four years, and Apple earlier this year admitted that the machine is a mistake. And while the company could say that a top-of-the-line iMac has plenty of processing power, it’s not the workstation-level computer that demanding professionals want. This machine is a sign that Apple still values pro users and wants to offer a Mac that can meet their demands. During an iMac Pro media event (attended by Macworld), company executives and third-party developers in attendance hammered that point home.

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Wash, rinse, repeat: Pre-dooming the iPhone

Thu, 2017-12-14 07:00

It’s a little early for Christmas but, let’s face it, any time is a good time for the Ghost of iPhones Future to visit Apple.

Writing for The Motley Fool, Ashraf Eassa defies the linear nature of time in order to doom the 2019 iPhone.

“Apple Inc.'s 2019 iPhone Problem.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Joel.)

You, a dullard: “The 2018 iPhone is doomed!”

Ashraf Eassa, a learned man of letters: “I say the 2019 iPhone is doomed!”

How does he do it?

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Verizon's free NFL streaming deal is good for cord cutters—but there's a catch

Thu, 2017-12-14 06:00
NFL games will be free to stream on smartphones next year, but watching on TV could still cost you.

Best iPhone: How to pick the perfect iPhone for you

Wed, 2017-12-13 17:34

This guide was most recently updated on December 13, 2017.

Picking out an iPhone used to be easier—just get the newest one with all the storage you can afford. We still recommend plenty of storage, but the choice of which iPhone to get it on isn’t quite so cut-and-dry. Do you want the phone with the best camera, the one with the lowest starting price, or maybe just one with a headphone jack?

There's another major factor that will influence what iPhone you should buy: Apple's latest iPhone release included three (!!!) new models to choose from: The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (which went on sale on September 22, 2017), and the iPhone X (which landed in stores six weeks later).

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BrandPost: macOS – A Carrier for Windows Viruses

Wed, 2017-12-13 13:56

Remember Apple’s infamous “Get a Mac” campaign? If not, you’re not alone. Things have changed a lot since Apple could use malware to capitalize on the higher vulnerability of regular PCs. Today, Mac antivirus software is not only abundant, it’s necessary!

The age-old myth that Macs are immune to malware no longer holds water for two main reasons:

1) With the rising popularity of the iPhone (iOS), the Apple ecosystem has increased tremendously, prompting cybercriminals to also set their sights on Mac users.

2)  Platform-agnostic schemes such as, fraud, spam, and phishing scams are targeting every type of device, from computers, to tablets and smartphones.

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