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Petcube Bites review: Interactive camera indulges your pets with treats while you’re away

Mon, 2017-09-11 09:00

Here’s the scenario: You’re at work all day, leaving your companion animals all by their lonesome. Sure, they’re enjoying the comforts of home, but one essential thing is missing: You. The remedy: Petcube Bites ($249 MSRP: $229 on Amazon), an interactive camera-slash-feeder that lets you view, talk to, and serve up treats to your furry friend.

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Petcube Bites, the latest incarnation of Petcube’s internet-based pet care monitors, joins the original Petcube Play that specializes in animal-human interaction. Available in silver, rose gold, and carbon black to fit any decor, Petcube is part baby sitter, part security camera, featuring a 138-degree wide-angle view, 1080p HD video, night vision, 3x digital zoom, and two-way audio.

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How, when, and where to watch the live stream of Apple’s iPhone X event

Mon, 2017-09-11 07:00

We’re just a few days away from the launch of the next iPhone, which Apple is expected to unveil in the company’s brand-new Steve Jobs Theater at its Apple Park campus to members of the press this Tuesday, September 12. No worries if you didn’t get an invite, because Apple plans to live stream the entire keynote straight from Cupertino to your home office.

Apple has a special event page just for streaming the event, which you can find by clicking here. Heck, you could even bookmark it if you’d like, and launch the page ahead of the event on Tuesday morning. The page also has a link that will download a calendar invite so you can be reminded when to tune in.

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Bowers & Wilkins 704 S2 loudspeaker review: These floor-standers sound as exquisite as they look

Mon, 2017-09-11 06:00
You don’t need anything more for critical listening, but you’ll want to pair them with a subwoofer—at least—for home theater use.

Sylvania Smart+ Color Light Bulb review: Supports HomeKit, ditches hub

Mon, 2017-09-11 06:00
Smart+ earns bonus points for seamless setup, but loses marks for buggy controls and poor responsiveness.

8 things more exciting than Apple’s new iPhone

Mon, 2017-09-11 06:00

The big day is nearly upon us. After many months of rumors, we’re finally going to get a look at Apple’s next-generation iPhone. You know, the one with no bezels, no home button, and no limits on price. Finally, we’ll be able to stop speculating about the iPhone 8, or Pro, or Premier or X, or whatever it’s called, and start preordering it.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve read and seen so much about the new iPhone, I’m already tired of it. I can pretty much rattle off most of the (supposed) specs already, and after so many leaks, I’m not about to be surprised by the all-screen design or the new blush gold color. Don’t get me wrong, it’ll be awesome and I’ll be rushing to preorder one. But my level of excitement about it is fairly low.

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iPhone X: Rumored specs and features of the phone formerly known as iPhone 8

Sun, 2017-09-10 14:45

The iPhone 8 may not be what you expect it to be. In two days, we may all be talking about iPhone X, the presumptive chart-topping handset in Apple’s mobile line-up. And thanks to firmware leaks, the world may even be privy to iPhone X specs and features. 

Indeed, it’s T-minus 1 day until the Apple event, and it’s starting to look like there are no surprises left. After the leak of the HomePod firmware back in August, 9to5Mac has now gotten its hands on iOS 11 GM, better known as the final build before the system is released to the public.

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Voldephone: The iPhone 7s must not be named

Sat, 2017-09-09 07:00

The iPhone 8 has been called a lot of things for a phone no one has seen yet. Now it can add “THE BANE OF APPLE” to its lengthy list of appellations.

Writing for Inc., Alex Sherman warns “Apple’s Outrageous iPhone 8 Price Could Be the Beginning of the End.” (Tip o’ the antlers to El Santo.)

Rumors have it that Apple’s iPhone 8 will have a price tag of $999. Although some fans will undoubtedly pony up a grand each, millions will likely shy away. And that could be the beginning of Apple’s end.

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How to open Microsoft Excel spreadsheets in Apple Numbers on a Mac

Sat, 2017-09-09 06:00

If you use Microsoft Excel on your Mac, you can save the spreadsheets you create and open them in Numbers, Apple’s spreadsheet app. It’s a handy feature to use in case you can’t access Microsoft’s apps—not to mention that Microsoft recently announced that its Office apps won’t have “formal” support for Apple macOS High Sierra operating system.

Every Mac comes with Apple’s iWork apps: Pages (word processor), Numbers (spreadsheet), and Keynote (presentations). And these apps can import Office documents. Here’s how you can open Excel spreadsheets in Numbers, as well as export Numbers spreadsheets for use in Excel.

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How to open Microsoft PowerPoint presentations in Apple Keynote on a Mac

Sat, 2017-09-09 06:00

If you use Microsoft PowerPoint on your Mac, you can save the presentations you create and open them in Keynote, Apple’s presentation app. It’s a handy feature to use in case you can’t access Microsoft’s apps—not to mention that Microsoft recently announced that its Office apps won’t have “formal” support for Apple macOS High Sierra operating system.

Every Mac comes with Apple’s iWork apps: Pages (word processor), Numbers (spreadsheet), and Keynote (presentations). And these apps can import Office documents. Here’s how you can open Word documents in Pages, as well as export Pages documents for use in Word.

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How to open Microsoft Word documents in Apple Pages on a Mac

Sat, 2017-09-09 06:00

If you use Microsoft Word on your Mac, you can save the documents you create and open them in Pages, Apple’s word processor. It’s a handy feature to use in case you can’t access Microsoft’s apps—not to mention that Microsoft recently announced that its Office apps won’t have “formal” support for Apple macOS High Sierra operating system.

Every Mac comes with Apple’s iWork apps: Pages (word processor), Numbers (spreadsheet), and Keynote (presentations). And these apps can import Office documents. Here’s how you can open Word documents in Pages, as well as export Pages documents for use in Word.

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macOS High Sierra: Office for Mac to fully support High Sierra GM

Sat, 2017-09-09 03:01

The next version of Apple’s operating system for the Mac is called macOS High Sierra. While the OS is mostly about software refinements, it also lays the foundation for future innovations in the worlds of VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality).

You can learn more by taking a look at our favorite High Sierra features listed below. That’s followed by an FAQ, where you can get details on High Sierra’s release date, system requirements, installation instructions, and more.

Editor’s note: We’ve updated this story with information about the macOS High Sierra beta compatibility with Microsoft Office apps. (This article incorrectly stated that the problems would be with the final version; the issues are with High Sierra betas.)

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macOS High Sierra: Potential beta problems with Office for Mac

Sat, 2017-09-09 03:01

The next version of Apple’s operating system for the Mac is called macOS High Sierra. While the OS is mostly about software refinements, it also lays the foundation for future innovations in the worlds of VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality).

You can learn more by taking a look at our favorite High Sierra features listed below. That’s followed by an FAQ, where you can get details on High Sierra’s release date, system requirements, installation instructions, and more.

Editor’s note: We’ve updated this story with information about the macOS High Sierra beta compatibility with Microsoft Office apps. (This article incorrectly stated that the problems would be with the final version; the issues are with High Sierra betas.)

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macOS High Sierra: Potential problems with Office for Mac

Sat, 2017-09-09 03:01

The next version of Apple’s operating system for the Mac is called macOS High Sierra. While the OS is mostly about software refinements, it also lays the foundation for future innovations in the worlds of VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality).

You can learn more by taking a look at our favorite High Sierra features listed below. That’s followed by an FAQ, where you can get details on High Sierra’s release date, system requirements, installation instructions, and more.

Editor’s note: We’ve updated this story with information about compatibility with Microsoft Office apps.

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The Humble Store is giving away free copies of Telltale's The Walking Dead

Fri, 2017-09-08 17:40

Summer is officially over in two weeks, but a bunch of PC game stores want to keep the seasonal fun going with free and discounted titles. Right now, The Humble Store—run by the makers of the famous Humble Bundle—is giving away copies of The Walking Dead: Season 1 by Telltale Games.

Arguably, Season 1 is the best set of episodes in the series and well-worth its full price. If you don't believe us, well, here's your opportunity to play it and tell us we're wrong.

This offer lasts until 10am Pacific Time on Saturday, September 9th.

To get this deal, you'll have to sign-up for a Humble Bundle account, and then link your Steam account to your Humble account. After that's done, you have to go through the usual rigmarole of grabbing the Steam redemption key and then using it on Steam. It's a shame Humble can't do that automatically since you have to link your Steam account anyway, but hey, it's a free game.

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OLED vs LCD: How the iPhone’s new display could change everything

Fri, 2017-09-08 14:00

The OLED display Apple is tipped to use in the new high-end iPhone 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 current iPhones 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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Equifax hack: How to know if you're affected

Fri, 2017-09-08 10:20
After a data breach at Equifax, highly sensitive personal data for 143 million Americans are in the hands of hackers. Here's how to know if you're affected.

Little Snitch 4 review: Mac app excels at monitoring and controlling network activity

Fri, 2017-09-08 09:00

The Internet is a terrifying place, and Objective Development’s Little Snitch 4 ($49) has tried for many years to help keep your Mac locked down by monitoring connections and letting you control inbound and outbound traffic. Version 4 refines and extends this friendly firewall, and if you’ve used it or looked at it in the past, you’ll find it mostly familiar. But the app has significant updates for visualizing connections and improves how it explains what apps are trying to do.

It’s bizarre that this many decades into the net’s evolution, Apple still doesn’t include strong tools enabled by default that restrict access to your Mac or examine connections from macOS or apps you’re running out to the Internet. The firewall option in the Security & Privacy system preference pane is extremely coarse and lacks necessary features. Enabling it likely causes more problems and confusion for less-experienced users than leaving it off, but a Mac with unfettered bidirectional access isn’t a good thing, either.

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iOS explained: How each version of Apple's mobile OS evolved

Fri, 2017-09-08 08:00

Ten years ago, the tech world shifted dramatically with the arrival of the first pocket computer, better known as Apple’s original iPhone. The combination of touchscreen hardware and a sophisticated, dynamically adjustable interface sparked a mobile revolution that re-ordered the landscape of many industries – and forever changed how people use technology.

Everything from mobile app stores to the Bring Your Own Device revolution at work to the creation of Android and a new tablet industry followed from that iPhone and the operating system it ran.

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Logitech Circle 2 review: Second time's the charm for this wired home security camera

Fri, 2017-09-08 07:00
The Circle 2 improves on its predecessor is every way, but you have to spend a little extra to unlock all its goodness.

Samsung UBD-M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: Better color and integration with Samung's ecosystem

Fri, 2017-09-08 06:00
Highlights include a camouflaged OLED display, better color, and wireless streaming Samsung mobile devices, but there's still no support Dolby Vision HDR.

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