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Brinno Duo review: Our favorite peephole camera adds live remote viewing

Fri, 2018-12-07 06:00
This security camera mounts to your door's peephole and streams live video to your smartphone and to its own display on the interior side of your door.

Two important ways Apple is preparing for life after the iPhone

Fri, 2018-12-07 06:00

Over the many decades of its existence, Apple has faced a lot of challenges. There was the company’s battle against IBM early in the PC era, the seeming dominance of Windows during the 1990s, and even the worry that the company itself might cease to exist in the dark days of 1997.

Lately, though, it seems as though the challenge for Apple might simply be that it’s ahead of its own game. Rumors of slow iPhone XS and XR sales are hard to substantiate, with the company stepping back from providing information on how many smartphones it is selling. But it does seem clear that the amazing growth of previous years is leveling off somewhat, whether because the new phones are more expensive or haven’t wooed customers away from their current phones.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive goes free-to-play, adds a battle royale mode called Danger Zone

Thu, 2018-12-06 17:24
CS:GO finally ditches its archaic $15 price tag and embraces free-to-play, timed with an 18-player battle royale(ish) mode called Danger Zone.

How to use the ECG feature on Apple Watch Series 4

Thu, 2018-12-06 15:40

The Series 4 is the first truly big update to the Apple Watch line. It changes everything: the display, size, the shape, the sensors, the processor, the speaker and microphones—you name it. It truly elevated Apple’s wrist-wearable to a new level, but its most exciting new feature has been missing action since the Series 4's September launch.

With today's release of watchOS 5.1.2, though, that feature is finally here. Apple has given us the first smartwatch with a built-in electrocardiogram (ECG) feature (and they say Apple doesn’t innovate anymore!).

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ECG for the Apple Watch Series 4 now available in watchOS 5.1.2 update. Here’s how to get it

Thu, 2018-12-06 13:00

The much-anticipated electrocardiogram (ECG) feature that Apple highlighted during its Apple Watch 4 unveiling back in September is now available.

Part of the watchOS 5.1.2 update, the new ECG app and the new irregular heart rhythm notification feature can be used with the Apple Watch Series 4 to monitor heart rhythms. An ECG can be performed at any time, and ECG recordings, classifications and any noted symptoms are stored in the iPhone’s Health app. A PDF of the information can be provided to physicians.

Macworld will have a detailed hands-on with the ECG app soon after the update becomes available.

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Amazon is selling Microsoft Office 365 and 2019 for insanely cheap today

Thu, 2018-12-06 12:05

As a longtime staple of work and personal computer use, Microsoft Office doesn’t often go on sale. So if you need a copy, today’s the day to grab it: Amazon is knocking up to $45 off a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and taking $50 off a one-time purchaseRemove non-product link of the suite of apps, bringing them to rarely-seen lows.

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Download Malwarebytes Today and Protect Your Data for Free

Thu, 2018-12-06 11:57

Everyone lives on the internet, period. Whether you’re streaming a standup special on Netflix, answering emails from your boss, chatting on Tinder, or completing everyday errands like paying bills online, you’re likely spending most of your day tangled up in the world wide web.

Unfortunately, that makes you a high-risk candidate for a cyber attack at some point along the way, be it through malware, phishing, or hacking. Best-case scenario, it sucks up your time to fix (or your money by paying someone else to fix it). Worst case scenario, it puts you and your computer out of commission for days and damages your files beyond repair. Not to mention the sheer terror of knowing some hacker has complete and total access to virtually everything about you, including all of your banking and credit card information. Malwarebytes is a free program built to help you avoid the above scenarios altogether — and it makes traditional antivirus look old, tired, and played out (seriously it’s free, download it here).

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Your lying eyes: No, you can’t run macOS on an iPad

Thu, 2018-12-06 07:00

Weep not for the state of tech coverage on the Internet, dear reader, for it is already dead.

It is time now to marvel at the care and concern for accuracy that are the hallmarks of writing for Business Insider. Dave Smith tells us how “This guy found a way to run Apple's Mac software on an iPad — and it works surprisingly well.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter and PorthosJon.)

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Roku tips: How to make the most of your streamer

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:00
These Roku how-to tips will help you navigate faster, find free content, and master your playback controls.

Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 review: Popular features reach new levels for a streamlined workflow

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:00

Photoshop CC, Adobe’s flagship image editing app, remains an industry standard because of its innovative vision of how the software can assist photographers and graphic designers in doing their jobs. While technically, Photoshop’s subscription model frees it from the tyranny of yearly upgrades, Adobe still announces high-profile updates on a yearly schedule. Having dispensed with commercial version numbers (it is now at version 20), Adobe now renames the app according to the prospective year.

If you already use Photoshop CC, then you are either a Creative Cloud or a Photography Plan subscriber, which means that the Photoshop 2019 update is automatically available. If you are not a subscriber, new features in the 2019 version may inspire you to give the app a try.

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Apple’s squid emoji has been anatomically incorrect for years, Monterey Bay Aquarium points out

Wed, 2018-12-05 19:13

Apple recently changed its bagel emoji in response to criticisms that it didn’t look delicious enough, and soon we may see it revise its squid emoji in order to make it more anatomically correct. Earlier on Wednesday, the Twitter account of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California produced a series of tweets explaining the inaccuracy alongside a photo of a real squid.

The issue lies with the squid emoji’s siphon—a valve that lets a squid breathe and release waste. You’ll find this valve on the underside of a squid in real life, but in Apple’s emoji it looks like a “weirdo nose,” to use the aquarium’s tweeted words. The aquarium also said that this means the emoji is effectively “upside down.”

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The best video baby monitors: Keep eyes—and ears—on your bundle of joy

Wed, 2018-12-05 17:07
Today's baby monitors are more capable—and more complex—than ever. Here's how to find the right one, so you and your baby can get some sleep.

Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Wed, 2018-12-05 16:55
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

iPhone power adapters tested: Is fast charging worth the price?

Wed, 2018-12-05 15:25

Update 12/05/18: Apple now sells an 18W USB-C power adapter for $26Remove non-product link. To use it with your iPhone, you still need to purchase a USB-C to Lightning cable. We haven't tested it yet, but it should charge your iPhone exactly as fast as all of Apple's other USB-C power adapters.

New to this years’ iPhones is fast-charging capability. According to Apple, you can juice up your phone to 50 percent in just 30 minutes! There’s just one catch: You have to buy a new power adapter. Oh, and a new USB-C to Lightning cable, too. That’s two catches, and it's starting to sound expensive.

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Apple releases iOS 12.1.1 with updated eSIM support, Live Photos in FaceTime, and more

Wed, 2018-12-05 14:47

Apple has released iOS 12.1.1, a minor update that comes five weeks after the last major public release (iOS 12.1). The update is primarily concerned with fixing minor bugs, but there are a few user-facing changes worth noting.

FaceTime is improved with an easier, one-tap interface to change between the front and rear camera. The previous iOS 12 FaceTime interface was roundly criticized for being needlessly obtuse. You can also record Live Photos from FaceTime calls. 

Those with an iPhone XR will see new support for Haptic Touch on notifications. And all iPhone XR and XS users get more carrier options for eSIM support.

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Here are five cheaper alternatives to Apple’s new $39 iPhone XR clear case

Wed, 2018-12-05 12:44

The iPhone XR has been out for more than a month, but Apple is only just now getting around to offering a case for it. As expected, it’s clear to show off the natural color of iPhone XR. And also as expected, it’s not cheap.

At $39, Apple's iPhone XR Clear Case costs as much as the colored silicone cases Apple sells for the iPhone XS and XS Max, and you don't get a cool color choice or an embossed Apple logo. Fortunately, you don’t need to look too far to find a cheaper one. It might not be crafted with the same “blend of optically clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU materials” as Apple’s, but they’ll surely protect your phone from bumps just as well. Here are five of the highest rated alternatives on Amazon right now:

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Steve Jobs-autographed copy of Macworld headed to auction

Wed, 2018-12-05 12:10

A copy of Macworld’s first issue that was signed by Steve Jobs will head to auction between December 6 and December 13 on RR Auction, and I’d totally be on that if I had more cash to throw around. Not only is our February 1984 issue one of the better-known artifacts of Apple history, but Jobs’ autograph on this issue is particularly remarkable as he wasn’t fond of giving them out.

RR Auction

First issues of our magazine usually fetch good prices on their own, but RR Auction estimates that Jobs’ signature on this copy will fetch around $10,000.

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Amazon's one-day Logitech sale features 50% off keyboards, mice, and headphones

Wed, 2018-12-05 11:41

The right peripheral devices can make or break your entire PC experience, and today you can grab some awesome ones for super cheap. Amazon has a whole lineup of accessories available for half off or better today, from keyboards to headphones and everything in between.

First up is the MK545 Advanced Wireless Keyboard combo for $30, half off its $60 list priceRemove non-product link. This is the Amazon exclusive version of Logitech's awesome MK540—which we gave 4.5 stars out of 5 for its comfortable design and programmable and quiet keys—and comes with a few enhancements over the standard model, namely a textured palm rest and longer mouse battery life (24 month versus 18 months).

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Roku TV Wireless Speakers review: A terrific sonic value for anyone rocking a Roku TV

Wed, 2018-12-05 09:30
Theser stereo speakers will tightly integrate with TVs based on Roku OS, and those are the only TVs they're compatible with.

Never Lose Track Of Your Keys Again With KeySmart Pro, Now Just $34

Wed, 2018-12-05 09:26

Do you or a loved one have trouble finding your phone or keys before heading to work in the morning? No matter how hard you try, you’ll always end up misplacing one or the other, but with a Tile Bluetooth tag, you can easily locate your misplaced phone or keys.

However, if you like to maintain a minimal amount of everyday carry, adding a Tile to your keys will add extra bulk. To solve this, KeySmart and Tile have collaborated to deliver the KeySmart Pro, a key holder with built-in Tile functionality, and you can pick one up in black, red or white for $33.99 with code MERRY15 at checkout.

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