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

Tue, 2017-09-12 22:20
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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.


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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iPhone X: Hands-on and first impressions with Apple’s new iPhone

Tue, 2017-09-12 16:27

The iPhone X is real, though it won’t be arriving in customers’ hands until November. I got to use one for a few minutes Tuesday at the Steve Jobs Theater after Apple wrapped up its latest media event.

My first impression is that, in many ways, this is the iPhone that Apple has always wanted to build—one where the front face is almost entirely covered by a screen. And what a screen—a bright, colorful OLED display that Apple claims is the best by far that it’s ever put on an iPhone.

iPhone X: No Home button, no problem

Losing a physical home button will require users to adapt, but it should be an easy process. When I wanted to change apps, I reached down instinctively with my thumb to click the home button—but then, realizing I was using an iPhone X, I simply redirected my thumb to swipe up from the bottom of the screen, just as I would today to call up Control Center. One quick swipe and the current app goes away, replaced by the home screen.

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iPhone X: Face ID, OLED screen, wireless charging and the other features you'll care about most

Tue, 2017-09-12 15:38

iPhone X: It’s real, it’s here, and it’s very expensive. After months of rumor and speculation, followed by the biggest pre-launch leak ever, on Tuesday we finally laid eyes on the iPhone X (you pronounce it “iPhone Ten”). It comes with a jet-black OLED screen topped by a TrueDetect camera system that enables a brand-new Face ID unlocking system and Animoji features.

Apple will take preorders for the iPhone X starting Friday, October 27, and the phones ship November 3. iPhone X starts at $999 for 64GB of storage (the highest starting price of any iPhone to date), with a 256GB upgrade for $1149. To compare, the just-announced 4.7-inch iPhone 8 is $699 for the same storage.

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iOS 11: September 19 is the release date for Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system

Tue, 2017-09-12 15:15

iOs 11 is the next generation of Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPads. Apple CEO Tim Cook and friends gave us a full overview of iOS 11 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote back in June, and now we’re days away from its official launch. New features include sweeping new upgrades to Siri, a redesigned Control Center and App Store, and a brand-new Apple Pay feature that lets you send or receive money to your contacts via iMessage.

In addition, developers can now create apps that tap into your iOS device’s potential to create augmented reality experiences via the new ARKit. Plus, there are new productivity features for the iPad, including drag-and-drop capability and a new Mac-style Dock.

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Wireless charging, Portrait Lighting, and five more features you'll want

Tue, 2017-09-12 15:02

If the super-spendy iPhone X is more than you want to pay for a phone, Apple is also offering updates to the smaller iPhones, called the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. They still have the Home button and body bezels, they still use Touch ID instead of Face ID, and the LCD screen sizes are the same that you’re used to. But don’t call them retro.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 8 goes on sale Friday, September 22 for $699 for 64GB, with a 256GB option too. And the 5.5-inch 7s Plus will start at $799 for 64GB, with a 256GB option. You can preorder these phones on Friday, September 15.

Apple iPhone 8: Like the iPhone 7, but different

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the same body size and shape as the previous generation. But instead of keeping the aluminum back, these new iPhones have a glass back that might remind you of the classic iPhone 4 design.

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Apple Watch Series 3: Six reasons why it's a must-upgrade

Tue, 2017-09-12 15:00

Apple’s smartwatch just got a whole lot smarter. Apple Watch Series 3 has arrived, and while it didn’t get the dramatic redesign we were hoping for, its improvements on the inside more than make up for the sameness of the enclosure. (And if you need people to know you have the latest model, there are some cool new colors too, like ceramic gray and a different shade of gold to match the iPhone 8.)

But what makes Apple Series 3 such a monumental upgrade isn’t fashion, it’s flexibility. More than ever, Apple Watch is built to fit into your lifestyle, no matter how you spend your free time. Here are the six things we’re most excited about in Apple Watch Series 3:

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Apple TV 4K adds HDR and faster performance

Tue, 2017-09-12 14:10

The new Apple TV 4K adds support for 4K video (naturally) as well as HDR, or High Dynamic Range, making for a significant upgrade to a product Apple once called a “hobby.” The 4K resolution offers four times the pixels of the current 1080p HD model, while HDR provides a greater range of richer colors with supported titles and TV sets. The new Apple TV 4K costs $179 with 32GB of RAM and $199 for 64GB. Orders begin Sept. 15, and it ships starting Sept. 22.

Customers who’ve purchased HD movies will receive upgrades in their iTunes libraries to corresponding 4K versions at no additional cost, and new titles in 4K will be sold at the same price as HD versions. Apple said that it’s working with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to bring their 4K libraries to Apple TV. Apple offered no new information today when an Amazon video app would be available for tvOS.

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Adobe Premiere Elements 15 is just $45 today

Tue, 2017-09-12 13:39

Nearly a year has passed since Adobe released Elements 15, and if history is any guide, Elements 16 is probably right around the corner. Right now, Amazon has a deal on Premiere Elements 15, the video editing component of the Elements suite. Typically, Adobe charges $100 for a fresh install of Premiere Elements, but Amazon's selling it for $45 until just before midnight Pacific time on Tuesday night.

When we reviewed Premiere Elements 15 for macOS in October 2016, we found the program very easy to use, stable, and responsive—and a highly recommended alternative to video editors like iMovie. One of the nicest features was Remix, which lets you drop in a music file and automatically match it to the length of your video, as long as it's over a minute or more.

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61% off this 3-foot Anker Powerline+ USB C to USB 3.0 Cable - Deal Alert

Tue, 2017-09-12 09:32

This USB C to USB 3.0 cable from Anker merges seamless connectivity, premium materials and market benchmark production techniques. Features a double-braided nylon exterior, toughened aramid fiber core and laser-welded connectors for with superior toughness end-to-end, and super fast 5Gbps data transfer speeds. Right now you can pick up the 3-foot version for 61% off, or just $10.19. See it on Amazon.

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The numbers game: 8 does not equal 8

Tue, 2017-09-12 09:00

Happy Apple event day! If you have been living in a sensory-deprivation tank for the last 12 months… well, lucky you. Your one mistake was getting out, really. But you may not know that, according to recent leaks, the iPhone 8 will not be priced at close to $1,000!

That is because the 8 is not going to be the 8. As it appears, Apple will be skipping the iPhone 7s moniker and calling this year’s iterative release the iPhone 8. The high-end iPhone everyone’s been tearing their hair out over recent months will be the iPhone X and, no, the Macalope is not offering a pronunciation for that.

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TP-Link's Kasa Cam is the company's first home security camera

Tue, 2017-09-12 08:00
The 1080p home security camera joins TP-Link's Kasa Wi-Fi smart plugs, smart bulbs, and in-wall switches.

How to copy a Live Photo from your Mac back to an iOS device

Tue, 2017-09-12 08:00

Apple's Live Photos are a lot of fun and provide more context than your typical photo. When your iPhone is full of them, you may want to offload your Live Photos to your Mac. That's easy. But what if you have a favorite Live Photo on your Mac and you want to move it back to your iPhone? Reader Jonas Marel has this problem.

How can I transfer my Live Photo from my iPhone 6s to my Mac and back again to my iPhone as a Live Photo? The transfer from my iPhone to my Mac is easy, but I am not able to transfer the Live Photo back from my Mac.

Apple doesn’t have a total symmetry in how Live Photos transfer across platforms, but it is possible to move them back and forth. A Live Photo is actually a combination package of a JPEG and a MOV movie file, as I describe a year ago in “How to export a Live Photos movie into OS X.”

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WiZ Connected Lights Color A E26 Light Kit review: Wi-Fi smart bulbs on a budget

Tue, 2017-09-12 06:00
This new smart lighting player offers plenty of flexibility at a price that makes sense.

Learn How To Build 20 iOS 11 Apps For $15 - Deal Alert

Mon, 2017-09-11 14:00

iOS 11 is generating a great deal of hype in the tech industry, and as its eventual launch looms closer, more developers are gearing up for a new wave of changes that will shake up the app market. This makes now the ideal time for aspiring coders and developers to learn its inner-workings, and the Complete iOS 11 & Swift Developer Course can get you started for over 90 percent off.

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Amazon is selling Norton Security Deluxe for $20 today

Mon, 2017-09-11 13:20

Been feeling the urge to beef up your computer's security? Amazon's got a deal for you today. The online retailer is selling a one-year license to Symantec's Norton Security Deluxe for $20 for U.S. customers. You can pick-up the package as a digital download or get a license key in the mail. The deal ends just before midnight Pacific time on Monday evening.

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iPhone 8 and iPhone X rumors: iOS 11 leak spills name, chip, and other details

Mon, 2017-09-11 09:48

Update 9/11/17: 9to5Mac has gotten an early copy of the final version of iOS 11 and it has revealed all sorts of details about the new iPhone X. Go to the “What’s the latest?” section for all the new details.

Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.

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44% off Anker SoundBuds Bluetooth and Sweatproof Sport Headphones - Deal Alert

Mon, 2017-09-11 09:37

These Bluetooth headphones from Anker are lightweight, water resistant and provide up to 7 hours of listening on a single charge, making them a good consideration for workouts or outdoor activities. Customizable EarTips and InEar-Hooks give anyone a strong and comfortable fit. Anker promises a worry-free 18 month warranty, and right now if you buy the item on Amazon you'll get it for just $19.99, 44% off its typical list price, and an additional promotion also gets you discounts when you buy other Anker gadgets as well. See this deal on Amazon.

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