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Buy last year's 9.7-inch iPad at Walmart for 25% off

Mon, 2018-04-23 14:02

If you’re in the market for an iPad (and you can’t see yourself using an Apple Pencil), you shouldn’t rule out last year’s 9.7-inch model. Sure, its near-identical modern-day cousin is hogging the spotlight these days, but that relative lack of attention means steep cuts on the 2017 variety grow more common by the day. Normally these discounts only get you down to $280 or so (down from the usual retail of $330), but Walmart is currently offering the 2017 32GB 9.7-inch iPad for an impressive $249.

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Boost your storage with these great deals on giant portable flash drives

Mon, 2018-04-23 10:34

Flash drives keep cramming more and more storage capacity into their pint-sized, portable packages, and right now there are a couple of deals to get you a ton of space for very low prices.

If your devices support USB Type-C, SanDisk’s Ultra Dual Drive is the deal for you. The one on offer packs a huge 256GB of capacity for $65, its lowest price ever on Amazon. It comes with two plugin ends; one is a USB Type-C connector and the other is a traditional USB, so you’ll be able to transfer files between different types of devices easily at speeds up to 159MB/s. It also gives you access to the SanDisk Memory Zone app, which helps you manage device memory in the cloud. And while we haven’t tried this particular flash drive, its 4.1 stars out of 5 with almost 600 Amazon user reviews shows that this is a winner.

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13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program FAQ: What it is and how to use it

Mon, 2018-04-23 10:21

It’s been a rough year for Apple’s batteries. After announcing a program to replace batteries in the iPhone 6 and 7 earlier this year, Apple has now launched a program to swap them out in the 13-inch non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro (affectionately known as the “MacBook Pro ESC” due to the presence of actual function keys). So if you have a laptop that’s been dying out mid-way through your day or just noticed some performance oddities, you might be able to get your battery replaced with a new one. Here’s everything you need to know about the new program:

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Get a RavPower Qi wireless charger for $9 today, the cheapest we've seen it

Mon, 2018-04-23 09:03

Qi wireless charging is magic. You plop your Qi-compatible phone on a charging pad and wait for the device to power up. It's so much simpler than plugging in a power cord, and today you can get that easy charging for less than $10.

Amazon's selling the RavPower Standard Qi Wireless Charging Pad for $9 as its Deal of the Day. It's been hovering around $15 recently, but this is the charger's all time low.

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The best rugged cases for the iPhone 8 Plus

Mon, 2018-04-23 07:00

The iPhone 8 Plus is back in the spotlight again thanks to the new Product(Red) model (and arguably, it’s brought it more attention than ever before). Some of you, no doubt, will want to show off your new crimson handset in all its slippery, fragile glory, and more power to you. The world needs risktakers.

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The best calculator apps for the iPhone and iPad

Mon, 2018-04-23 06:00

Believe it or not, Apple still does not support the iPad with its basic Calculator app. And as much as nerds love their calculator watches, there’s no support for Apple Watch, either. If you want advanced features like graphing or unit conversion, you’re going to need to look elsewhere, too.

There are certainly plenty of good reasons to grab a third-party calculator app that supports your iPhone, iPad, and maybe even Apple Watch. Fortunately, there are dozens of calculator apps in the App Store. Unfortunately, there are dozens of calculator apps to consider.

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The Elder Scrolls Online's Summerset expansion doesn't shy from the dark sides of elves

Sat, 2018-04-21 07:00

The first chap I meet in the Summerset Isles is an elf with a Sean Penn face who gripes about how he’s missing out on a wine tasting because some local Wood Elves “offed” the vintner, because of course. This, after all, is the closed beta for The Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset expansion ($40 on Amazon), which whisks us off to the ancestral homes of the High Elves, a magical land crammed with haughty wizards, Neuschwanstein-like villas, and flora that likely would have been at home in Eden. Whatever. This dude just wants his wine, and I can appreciate that.

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SE-ing the forest: Apple’s cheap phone strategy

Sat, 2018-04-21 07:00

Apple just took 86 percent of profit in the smartphone industry so that means it’s time to talk about units instead.

Writing for ZDNet, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is not impressed with Apple’s current low-priced phone.

“This is why Apple needs a cheaper iPhone.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

$349 isn’t cheap?

I've said it before and I'll say it again…

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Buy a highly-rated portable Bluetooth speaker on Amazon for $27.01

Fri, 2018-04-20 16:23

At this point I think it’s safe to say the HomePod isn’t a massive hit, and the $349 price tag likely has a lot to do with that—to say nothing of the way it basically locks you into Apple Music. Still, Bluetooth speakers are fun, especially when they’re portable. If you’d like to get your hands on a highly rated one for far less cash, Tronsmart is selling its portable T6 25-watt dual-driver speaker on Amazon for just $27.09, down from the usual price of $41.99.

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Q Acoustics' all-new 3000i speaker lineup promises to extend the company's bang-for-the-buck hi-fi tradition

Fri, 2018-04-20 12:55
Refinement, not revolution, takes center stage in this redesign.

Try out Alexa's new custom skills with this great deal on an Echo Dot

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:44

Amazon announced Alexa Blueprints this week, a new skill that lets you create custom responses and commands for your smart speaker. But you need an Echo to try them out. At $50, the Echo Dot is already the cheapest Alexa speaker you can buy, and right now it’s even cheaper: Newegg is selling the Echo Dot for $39.99 and they're even throwing in  promotional $10 gift card.

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Optimize Your Wi-Fi Connection With A Lifetime Of NetSpot Pro, Now 80% Off

Fri, 2018-04-20 10:50

Few things match the frustration that comes with a spotty Wi-Fi connection. And, despite your best efforts to troubleshoot them on your own, these networks can be fickle beasts that cut out for seemingly no reason at all. NetSpot Pro arms you with the tools to deep dive into your Wi-Fi network, diagnose its problems and optimize your connection, and lifetime licenses are currently on sale for 80 percent off the usual price.

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How to find your FileVault recovery key in macOS

Fri, 2018-04-20 08:00

The FileVault option in macOS is a fantastic way to enhance the security of your data at rest. It’s full-disk encryption (FDE), meaning that your entire startup volume is locked away when macOS is shut down (not just sleeping) using strong encryption. Without the password that unlocks an account on your Mac that’s authorized to log in with FileVault, there’s no effective way to bring that computer to life.

That’s a problem, however, if you forget the password to all the authorized account or, in some cases I’ve received a few emails about, something goes wrong and the Recovery Disk—used both for “cold start” logins to macOS and to diagnose problems on your startup volume—demands a login that doesn’t work.

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SkylinkNet Alarm System Starter Kit Plus review: Built by techies, for techies

Fri, 2018-04-20 07:00
It’s short on handholding, but SkylinkNet’s SK-250 kit is a good-enough security offering (though not recommended for beginners).

Yes, eGPUs boost Mac game performance, but limitations abound

Fri, 2018-04-20 07:00

Folks with more coding knowledge than I have (and a greater willingness to potentially brick a $2,400 machine) have been hooking up external graphics cards to Macs for years, but the support now come bundled into macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra. In layman’s terms, Apple officially supports some graphics cards that you’d normally only find in a bulky PC tower—so long as you have a separate external chassis to stick them in and a Mac with Thunderbolt 3.

I hoped eGPU support would be revolutionary. Beyond that, I hoped it’d allow me to break with PCs entirely, as I really only use them for gaming these days. Anyone who watches Apple Arcade knows I’ve been a little frustrated with the current state of Mac gaming, and an external graphics card struck me as an easy way to circumvent the limitations of Apple’s built-in processors.

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Astell&Kern Kann review: This high-resolution digital audio player delivers sweet sound, but with a steep price tag

Fri, 2018-04-20 06:00
An intoxicating sonic experience from a hi-res audio player that's as heavy as it is expensive.

Apple’s new model: Please subscribe

Fri, 2018-04-20 06:00

Over the past year or so, Apple’s spent a lot of time talking up its Services division—which includes not only Apple Music, but also the likes of iCloud, the iTunes Store, and Apple Pay—and for good reason. Analysts have been paying a lot of attention to Apple’s Services, not least of all because it’s shown solid growth, even at times when other segments of Apple’s financial results have been more lackluster.

So you can bet that Apple’s not about to walk away from the services business anytime soon. In fact, if recent reports are any indication, the company is devoting even more effort to the segment, with at least two brand new services in development and the shifting of two of its biggest storefronts to a more subscription-focused angle.

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How to create private Alexa skills without code

Thu, 2018-04-19 14:26
Amazon's Alexa Skills Blueprints let anyone with an Alexa device make household skills.

Amazon's custom Alexa Blueprints skills show how far ahead of Siri and Google Assistant it is

Thu, 2018-04-19 13:56
Amazon has released a super-easy tool for anyone to make their own Alexa skill, and you won't find anything like for Siri or Google Assistant.

Today only, get a refurbished 12-inch gold MacBook for just $780 on Amazon

Thu, 2018-04-19 13:45

The gold early-2015 12-inch MacBook is the star of today’s Amazon’s Deal of the Day, and fortunately it’s not priced like a chunk of gold. In fact, Amazon vendor Woot is selling a certified refurbished version of the notebook for a whopping $420 off, which brings the price down from $1,200 to just $800.

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