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Where to buy an iPhone

Wed, 2017-12-06 06:00

When the original iPhone went on sale a decade ago, there was no asking where you should buy one. The only possible options were the Apple Store (if you were lucky enough to live near one) or AT&T carrier store. The bigger concern was who had any in stock!

Today, the iPhone is sold all over. Every carrier store has it, Apple Stores are all over the place, big-box retailers like Best Buy and Target carry them, and of course, you have a seemingly endless number of online options. So...where should you buy your iPhone from? The answer can be complicated, so let’s break down some of the most common options.

For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

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11 of the flashiest, best-looking cases for the iPhone X

Tue, 2017-12-05 10:00
iPhone X cases that will make you stand out

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You might not want to cover up your gorgeous new iPhone X, but you should. Between the edge-to-edge screen and the wireless-charging-compatible back, this slippery $1000+ device is basically 100 percent glass, and it’s not cheap to repair. Prevention is definitely key, but you don’t have to wrap your phone in layers of ugly foam and rubber. Here are 12 stylish cases to check out—some might even be prettier than the iPhone X itself.

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BrandPost: Even Mac users need protection from malware

Tue, 2017-12-05 09:46

Years ago, Apple aficionados believed Macs were safe from malware. Now, everyone knows that’s simply not true.

Cybercrime is on the rise, so the idea of malware increasingly targeting the mostly overlooked macOS make sense. Although Apple has created a variety of security layers designed to strengthen the security of its desktop OS and protect its users, often these safeguards are not enough to protect a Mac. For example, Apple can’t always prevent users from unknowingly getting infected with adware.

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Fitbit expands Ionic OS with Hue, Flipboard apps, and 80 clock faces

Tue, 2017-12-05 09:00

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch ($299 on Amazon) is getting some new friends for the holidays. A software update available Tuesday will deliver more than 80 new clock faces and a variety of apps so you can control your lights and check stocks while you work out.

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How to allow remote access to your Mac

Tue, 2017-12-05 08:00

Computers are ubiquitous, and you've probably had an instance where you are using a computer in one place and you need to access a computer in another location. For example, you're at a coffee shop with a laptop, and you need something from the desktop computer in your home office. You might even want to give people you know the ability to access a computer when they are away. This ability is called remote access.

Macworld reader Sandy has three remote access scenarios she’d like to get set up:

  • One contractor accessing an iMac remotely to use QuickBooks on the iMac. But that contractor is using Windows.
  • Another contractor who has a Mac and needs to access a different iMac on a daily basis.
  • The first iMac might sometimes need to be accessed remotely by the second contractor and by Sandy.

What to do?

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Useless exercises: Opinions on Apple’s results

Tue, 2017-12-05 07:00

We are not yet even through the holiday buying season but it is apparently time to pretend we know how many of the devices it announced this cycle that Apple will sell.

Writing for Quartz, Mike Murphy gives a thumbs down and releases the lions, tigers, bears, wolverines, and Gary on Apple.

“This was meant to be the year of the Apple ‘supercycle,’ but Samsung’s phones were better.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor, 5cat, and Chris.)

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Best USB car chargers for your phone

Tue, 2017-12-05 06:30
We put a variety of USB car chargers to the test to find the best ones for keeping your smartphone powered on the go.

Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

Parker: Your Augmented Reality Bear is an adorable plush toy that doesn't overwhelm with tech

Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

Most tech-enhanced plush toys become the bane of parents’ existences: they come alive with lights and sound at inopportune times, require batteries, can be heavy and clunky, and may not wash very easily. And in the case of certain connected toys, you might even worry about your child’s personal data being recorded and stored.

Given all of that, you might bristle when you first hear of Parker: Your Augmented Reality Bear, Seedling’s new iPad and iPhone-enhanced toy. But this charming bear is fully squeezable with no caveats: it doesn’t have any wires or batteries inside, and it won’t make a peep or start to glow if you accidentally step on it while your kid is asleep. 

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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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