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Ring Stick Up Cam review: A companion camera for the Ring Video Doorbell

Thu, 2017-09-14 07:00
The weatherproof outdoor camera lets you keep an eye on the rest of your property.

Apple Watch Series 3: How much data plans will cost on Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint

Thu, 2017-09-14 07:00

If you've decided to buy an Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular, it's going to cost you. For one, it's $70 more than the GPS-only Series 3 watch. But there's also a somewhat hidden cost: You're going to need a data plan.

Don't worry, you're not going to need a separate data plan just for your watch. But even though the wearable uses your existing wireless plan, LTE connectivity on Apple Watch Series 3 doesn't come free. No matter your carrier, you'll be paying a little extra in your monthly bill. So, before you commit to more charges, consider how much an Apple Watch data plan will cost.

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iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Where, when, and how to preorder Apple's latest smartphone

Thu, 2017-09-14 06:00

It’s been a quick two days since Apple unveiled the latest iPhones in its lineup: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. That’s right! We’re skipping the standard “S” release and heading straight to prime time with the 8, and there are plenty of new features to look forward to— including wireless charging, a glass back, and a new TrueTone LCD display.

Now that you’ve had time to drink in all the details, it’s time to preorder. Preorders start on Friday, September 15 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific (that’s 3:01 a.m. Eastern—sorry for the bad news). That’s right after midnight, so don’t go to bed without setting your alarm. The phones officially come out next Friday, September 22.

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The Apple TV 4K skates to where the puck was

Thu, 2017-09-14 05:00
4K HDR iTunes movies are an odd thing to emphasize in an age of subscription streaming.

Macworld’s September Digital Edition: iOS 11 for iPad

Wed, 2017-09-13 17:08

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld magazine.

In the September issue

This month we dig deep into iOS 11 and tell you what it means for the iPad and multitasking. Find out what 3 features are at the top of our wishlist for the new HomePod. Also, can the iPhone 8 live up to all this crazy hype? 

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Hoping for a Mac mini revival

• MacUser Reviews: Google Backup and Sync, Transmit 5

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Amazon is selling a 2TB WD portable hard drive for $60

Wed, 2017-09-13 15:07

Earlier today, Walmart dropped WD's 2TB Elements external hard drive to $60—and then Amazon price-matched. That's particularly good news, because while Walmart's since raised its price again, Amazon's still offering this deal.

It's not clear how long this sale will last, so you'd best hop on this discount right away if you're interested.

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Amazon Discounts Fire 7 by $15, Fire HD 8 by $25 For Prime Members - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-09-13 09:15

Amazon's best-selling tablets feature vibrant displays, generous battery life, Alexa, parental controls, and everything you need to surf, check email, watch Netflix, read books, and more. If you're a Prime member, you can get get the Fire 7 for as low as $34.99 after a $15 discount, or the Fire HD 8 for as low as $54.99 after a $25 discount. If you're looking for a tablet that won't drain your bank account these are solid considerations especially at these discounted prices. 

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iTunes 12.7: How to cope with the abrupt changes

Wed, 2017-09-13 09:00

iTunes 12.7 appeared Tuesday following Apple’s slate of product announcements, and its version number hides how much that’s disappeared and changed in this release. The iOS App Store is wiped out, as are ringtones. iTunes U and Internet Radio have moved locations. And iTunes for Windows lost its ability to manage books in iOS.

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The first time you launch iTunes 12.7, it gives you this hilarious bit of fluff about the changes made.

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iPad Pro vs. iPad mini 4 vs. iPad: Which one should you buy?

Wed, 2017-09-13 08:30

Update 9-13-2017: This article has been updated to reflect a price increase for the 256GB and 512GB models of the iPad Pro.

So you’re in the market for a new iPad. Excellent choice—I couldn’t live without mine. It’s my companion when I’m catching up on news and email in the morning over tea, reading a comic book in the evening to unwind, or watching a movie while traveling on a plane.

But these days, picking an iPad can be tricky. Apple currently sells four different models of iPad, with prices ranging from $329 to $1279. There are size, storage, color, and connectivity options to consider. All in all, there are 60 different variations of iPad from which to choose. So which iPad is right for you? Read on.

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How to recover your files when your Mac won’t start up properly

Wed, 2017-09-13 08:00

When your Mac won't finish its startup process, how do you get access to the data? That's the problem facing reader Norma Moncrieff with her 2013 MacBook Pro.

It won’t boot up. It does turn on, starts to load then freezes. I took it into Apple and they suggested a recovery service.

She’d like to recover her photos. While Norma writes that she tried a lot of advice she’d found on the internet, I’m not sure precisely how Apple evaluated her computer. My suspicion is that they’ve found the drive is actually damaged and can’t be mounted properly, rather than needing repair.

Nonetheless, I advise people to run through this set of attempts first, since disk recovery can be expensive.

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Sensibo Sky A/C controller review: Control your room air conditioner from anywhere

Wed, 2017-09-13 07:00
While the app is still under construction and the price is a bit off-putting, this device should help reduce your electric bill.

Sensibo Sky A/C controller review: Control your room air conditioner from anywhere

Wed, 2017-09-13 07:00
While the app is still under construction and the price is a bit off-putting, this device should help reduce your electric bill.

Apple AirPower wireless charging pad: Everything you need to know

Wed, 2017-09-13 07:00

Apple’s new AirPower is a wireless charging pad to help clean up the mess of charging cables for your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Apple unveiled AirPower at its iPhone X Event, but the company didn’t provide much detail. We hope to fill the void here. We’ll update this article as we get more details, so stay tuned.

What is AirPower?

AirPower is a wireless charging pad. There are several wireless charging pads on the market, but before the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, you had to use a special case with your iPhone in order to use a wireless charging pad.

AirPower works without the need of a special case. Just plop your iPhone on to the AirPower pad, and it starts charging. No need to plug in your iPhone.

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone X vs Samsung Note 8: Phablet spec showdown

Wed, 2017-09-13 06:30

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 was the best phone you could buy for about a week. Now Apple has come along and spoiled Samsung’s party with not one but two new phablet-sized phones: the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. While the new iPhones still don’t come with a stylus, Apple did upgrade them in just about every other way. So how does Samsung’s flagship stack up to Apple’s latest handsets? Let’s take a look.

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Missed the iPhone X Event? Here’s how you can watch it

Wed, 2017-09-13 02:04

The iPhone X, iPhone 8, and Apple Watch Series 3 made their debuts at Apple’s special event on Tuesday. Apple streamed the event live on its website, but most people haves lives to live and don’t have time to stop what they’re doing for about two hours during work or school hours to watch.

Apple does record the event and make it available to watch after the event. You can watch it at your leisure, or if you watched it live, watch it again.

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iPhone X event recap: Everything Apple announced at its first Apple Park event

Tue, 2017-09-12 22:20
Let's meet at our place

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While the iPhone always headlines Apple’s annual September event, the opening acts are worth tuning in for in their own right—and this year was no exception! From three new iPhones (the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X) to an LTE Apple Watch to new animated emoji (“Animoji”), this keynote certainly was one for the books. Read on to see everything Apple announced on Tuesday at the stunning Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino. 

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iTunes 12.7 for Mac removes iOS app store

Tue, 2017-09-12 20:22

iTunes 12.7 for Mac was released on Tuesday with a major change in the app. Apple has redesign iTunes so that it focuses on sales of music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and podcasts. It no longer has an App Store for buying apps for your iPhone or iPad.

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One last look of the App Store in iTunes 12.6.

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AirPods: New case for Apple’s wireless earbuds supports wireless charging

Tue, 2017-09-12 18:36

The AirPods are here! After a couple months of delays, Apple is selling the $159 AirPods. But even though they’re for sale, the AirPods will be scarce for a while—the Apple online store is estimating about a two-week delivery time, but you might be able to track down a pair at an Apple retail store. Maybe call ahead first.

Here's what Apple CEO Tim Cook said about the AirPods during the company's third quarter 2017 financial results call with analysts in August:

We’re also seeing incredible enthusiasm for AirPods, with 98 percent customer satisfaction based on Creative Strategies’ survey. We have increased production capacity for AirPods and are working very hard to get them to customers as quickly as we can, but we are still not able to meet the strong level of demand.

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OLED vs LCD: How the iPhone X's display changes everything

Tue, 2017-09-12 17:10

The OLED display Apple is using in its new iPhone X brings several benefits over current LCD technology, but supplies are likely to be limited at first. Will be benefits of the new screen make it worth the wait? Here’s a quick rundown on OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology and how it differs from today’s LCD (liquid crystal display) screens.

OLED vs LCD. What’s the difference?

LCD screens like those used in previous iPhones and the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are built on a backlight—a panel as large as the screen itself that produces a constant white light anytime the screen is on. A series of polarizers and filters are layered in front of the backlight to control the light and produce the image you see on screen. It’s been the dominant technology used in flat-panel displays for almost two decades, but keeping that backlight on draws a lot of power—and that’s a big disadvantage in a portable device.

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