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RAVPower 24W Dual USB car charger review: An inexpensive and compact option

Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
A two-port car charger for less than $9? Go on, we’re listening.

Quick Charge 3.0 Aukey car charger review: Bigger than most, but it works

Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
A trustworthy device with Quick Charge 3.0 tech.

Maxboost USB Car Charger review: Bulky but functional

Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
There’s one very annoying problem with this car charger.

Belkin BoostUp 2-Port car charger review: High-quality, and well designed

Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Belkin's BoostUp 2-Port car charger doesn't offer the fastest speeds, but it's still a good product.

Spigen Quick Charge 3.0 car charger review: Streamlined design with fast-charging capabilities

Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Spigen Quick Charge 3.0 offers two ports with different outputs in a slim form factor.

Anker PowerDrive Speed 2 car charger review: Anker lights the way

Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Dual QC3.0 ports with lights make this an attractive and powerful car charger.

Which iPhone model do you have? Here's where to look

Mon, 2017-12-04 16:17

You probably have a general idea of which iPhone you have—iPhone 6, SE, 4s, X, and so on. But behind the marketing names, each iPhone configuration has its own model number. You normally won’t need to know this number, but it could come in handy if you ever need to get more technical details about your device. Here’s where you can find your iPhone’s model number—and what that number means.

Which number is which?

Apple uses two numbering schemes for its devices. The first, which we’ll call the “A” number (hat tip to The iPhone Wiki for the name) is a five-digit alphanumeric string that starts with the letter A followed by four numbers.

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tvOS 11.2 is now available, adding a Sports section, HDR and frame rate options

Mon, 2017-12-04 15:13

Hot on the heels of the iOS 11.2 release, Apple has flipped the switch on tvOS 11.2. You can download it now on the Apple TV 4th gen and Apple TV 4K. Go to the Settings app and navigate to System > Software Update.

This update adds two significant features. First, the TV app now has a Sports tab. You can pick your favorite teams and see schedules, live games, and (optionally) scores. Go to Settings > Apps > TV to turn off sports scores in order to prevent spoilers.

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Need Stocking Stuffers? See Amazon's Highest Rated Tech Deals Under $25 - Deal Alert

Mon, 2017-12-04 09:34

This month, you'll probably need to buy stocking stuffers and cheap little gadgety things for co-workers, extended family members, or to fill in gaps last-minute when you find yourself asking, "Did I buy enough?".  Amazon has deals running every day, so we've filtered their list of active deals down to just the tech categories, and only the deals $25 or less with 4 or 5 star ratings.  Discounted USB cords, chargers, phone accessories, BlueTooth speakers, splitters, and other gadgets. Here it is: An impulse shopper's dream/nightmare. (Note: When you get to Amazon's page, scroll down past their "featured" deals to where the filtered list begins).

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HDMI 2.1 has arrived: Here's everything you need to know

Mon, 2017-12-04 06:00
Higher resolution audio and video, faster refresh rates, and more bandwidth will enable better experiences with movies, games, VR, and more.

The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from November 2017

Sat, 2017-12-02 09:00
November's iOS games

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Whether you’re playing on the spectacular iPhone X or something a bit less extravagant (but no less useful), the App Store has plenty of new games to help bring a swipe to your finger and a smile to your face. November saw a pretty sweet stack of compelling iOS game releases, and amidst the excitement and stress of the holiday season, you may need some fresh distractions.

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If your iPhone started crashing at midnight on Dec. 2, iOS 11.2 will fix it

Sat, 2017-12-02 08:53

It’s like Y2K all over again for iPhone users. When the clock struck midnight on December 2, 2017, many iPhones that were running iOS 11.1.2 began inexplicably rebooting and crashing. But if you’re one of the affected users, there’s already a fix.

The bug involves iOS’s “local” notifications, alerts that happen on your iPhone rather than Apple’s push notification service. It’s difficult to know which apps use local notifications and which use remote notifications, but one example is meditation app Headspace, which sends users daily reminders to relax and breathe. Any app that sends local notifications could be a culprit.

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If you don’t have anything nice to say about AirPods, write it up

Sat, 2017-12-02 07:00

Looks like somebody’s mother got a cherished chestnut backward so it’s time to take a look at some ranting about AirPods.

Writing for U.K.’s Metro, Alex Hudson says “Thank you Apple for making it much easier to spot a*seholes.” (No link because that’s positively screaming “LINK TO MEEEEE!”, as was every quote the Macalope pulled from this piece which used Tynt to dump in the URL of the piece as well. So… NOT TODAY, SATAN!)

Yes, people enjoying listening to things sure are unbearable jerks, aren’t they? As opposed to the people who run around judging others by what they’re wearing.

The earbuds batched in with iPhones are terrible.

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Best Buy is selling two Google Home speakers for the price of one today

Fri, 2017-12-01 13:35

Best Buy has a nice two-for-one deal today: Right now, you can get two of Google's voice-activated smart speakers for $130. It's not clear when the deal will end, but it appears to be a daily doorbuster that will likely expire by the end of the day.

While the Google Home hasn't typically budged from its $129 price tag, the smart speaker has seen a lot of discounts lately--in addition to this deal, it's $79 right now on the Google Store. Google's Echo competitor is a great choice for people who are already integrated into Google's ecosystem. (For example, you can use it with Google's Chromecast streaming device to call up Netflix videos via voice commands.) It also works with a number of third-party smart home device makers including Honeywell, Logitech Harmony, Nest, Philips Hue, SmartThings, and TP-Link Smart Home.

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Best soundbars

Fri, 2017-12-01 10:08
Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle

Fri, 2017-12-01 09:00

As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting a specific Fitbit model, however, isn’t quite as simple.

The different Fitbit trackers have a lot of overlap in features, and so it’s not straightforward which one is the “best.” Moving up the scale in price doesn’t necessarily mean you get all the features of the cheaper trackers plus additional ones.

That’s where we come in. We’ve boiled down the options into three simple picks that should match most people’s activity levels and styles.

Best Fitbit: Fitbit Charge 2

Most people who want a fitness tracker are best matched with a general, all-purpose device that records steps, sleep, and heart rate. The Fitbit Charge 2 does all that well, and offers more on top of it: In addition to basic step tracking, continuous heart-rate monitoring, and sleep tracking, you also get automatic exercise tracking, silent alarms, and reminders to exercise and to practice mindful breathing.

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How to set up Medical ID on your iPhone

Fri, 2017-12-01 08:00

There are plenty of iPhone features that feel like you just can’t live without them. But there is one that can literally save your life: Medical ID.

If you get into an accident or otherwise become unconscious or unresponsive, a first responder can pick up your phone and place an emergency call. But they can also tap the Medical ID button to be taken to a screen that shows important information about you: Age, blood type, allergies, medical conditions...whatever information you wish to share that may help a medical professional to treat you properly.

Setting it up is a snap, but you may not have thought about it because you access it through the Health app rather than Settings. 

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No man's land: The lack of MacBook middle ground

Fri, 2017-12-01 06:30

Recently, in taking stock of my primary computing hardware, I noticed an interesting trend: Over the course of the last year, I’ve swapped out almost all of the devices that I use every day. I replaced a 2011 iMac with a new 2017 5K model. My iPad Air 2 got superseded by a 10.5-inch iPad Pro. And, of course, my iPhone 7 was turned in for an iPhone X.

Some of this is the nature of the job. When you write about tech, people want to know about the latest and greatest devices, and there’s not much to say if you don’t have access to those devices. But some of it is about your own usage, too. That iMac was getting too long in the tooth for some of the things that I do every day (namely podcast editing); I wanted to get an Apple Pencil, which didn’t work with the Air 2… and so on.

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Samsung HW-MS750 Sound+ soundbar review: It’s great for music, but you’ll want the optional sub for movies

Fri, 2017-12-01 06:00
Music sounds fantastic on Samsung’s flagship soundbar, but it needs more oomph for soundtracks.

Which Mac should you buy?

Fri, 2017-12-01 03:01

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

Before we proceed, we should specifically address Apple’s desktop Macs. It’s been a while since the company has updated the Mac mini and Mac Pro. While our advice for each Mac model provides guidance as to which model you should buy, you might actually consider waiting to see if Apple releases a new Mac mini or Mac Pro, or consider buying an iMac.

This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review by clicking the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.

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