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The new 2018 MacBook Pro has a silicone membrane under each key

Mon, 2018-07-16 13:45

Leave it to the teardown experts at iFixit to figure out what Apple is doing to address reliability issues with its “butterfly” MacBook keyboards.

The site has begun tearing down the new MacBook Pros—the ones with eighth-generation Intel Core processors—and it’s discovered something interesting under the keycaps. Covering the butterfly mechanism is a very thin, flexible silicone membrane. 

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A LIFX A19 LED lights four-pack is $98 from LIFX and half off Amazon's price

Mon, 2018-07-16 10:58

The LIFX A19 LED light, one of the best smart bulbs we've tested, is available from LIFX's website today for $97.98 for a four pack, using the code B2G2Remove non-product link. That’s a steep discount from the $240 list price and Amazon's price, where the same pack is $196.

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Best Amazon Kindle and Fire tablet deals for Prime Day 2018

Mon, 2018-07-16 09:45

Hopefully you haven’t purchased an Amazon Kindle or Fire tablet in the last few months—because now is the time to buy. Amazon has been hyping Prime Day savings for weeks now, and like Prime Days past, its own branded mobile devices receive some of the best discounts of all. 

Obviously, you’ll need Amazon Prime to score these deals, and if you don’t yet have a membership, you can sign up hereRemove non-product link. You may also consider our suggestions for getting a short-term Prime membership for free.

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Best Amazon Echo and Fire TV deals for Prime Day 2018

Mon, 2018-07-16 09:33
Prices for Echo Look, Echo Show, Echo Dot and more are dropping as Amazon battles to own voice-activated home control and the smart speaker space.

Roku will ship its first wireless speaker in October and surprise! It’s not a soundbar

Mon, 2018-07-16 09:00
Designed specifically for Roku TVs, the Bluetooth speakers will be bundled with Roku's voice remote and an all-new tabletop voice remote.

Adobe Photoshop on iPad? This ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ artist is ready for the revolution

Mon, 2018-07-16 07:00

Lizzie Nichols tells me she’s mildly insulted that painting programs like Procreate get stuffed under “Entertainment” on the iPad App Store.

I can’t say I blame her. Nichols is one of the visual development artists for Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which hit theaters late last week and has consistently racked up praise for its art and animation (if not its crass humor). Art is her business—specifically, the painting of environments and props that inform 3D designers how a production should look, along with the painting of characters—and she does it well. She worked on the previous Hotel Transylvania film, and her long list of credits include The Emoji Movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Futurama, along with freelance work for the likes of Disney Television and Cartoon Network. And she does almost all of it with Adobe Photoshop on a Mac Pro with an attached Wacom Cintiq Companion display.

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Brinno SHC1000 Peephole Camera review: Combat porch pirates with this concealed camera

Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
With integrated knock and motion sensors, this upgraded peephole camera will detect wrongdoers darkening your door.

Sengled Element Color Plus Kit review: These ZigBee smart bulbs don’t raise the bar, but they’re perfectly acceptable

Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
These bulbs work with the included hub, or with third-party gear.

The 10 best free Apple Watch apps of 2018

Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00

The Apple Watch may be Apple’s most personal device, but to truly make it yours you’ll need to start adding some of your favorite apps. But don’t worry if you’ve spent the last of your wearable budget on the watch itself—there are plenty of great apps to be had for free. So put away the credit card and check out our 10 favorite free Apple Watch apps.

Chirp Chirp

Ever since Twitter pulled its app from the Apple Watch, there’s been a missing link between our timelines and our wrists. Chirp restores the connection. A simple interface lets you browse your timeline, scan your mentions, and catch up on the latest trends, and with a quick tap you can like or retweet anything you see. Heavy Twitter users can donate a couple bucks to unlock the pro version, which adds direct posting, DMs, and lists, but if you’re just looking for a way to stay in touch with your feed, the free Chirp app needs to be on your Watch.

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Unicorn updates: Apple fails to fix it all

Sat, 2018-07-14 07:00

Apple updated the MacBook Pro this week and, just like with rumored update to the iPhone, it only serves to point out how terrible everything is and how we all die alone and afraid behind the Denny’s in Emeryville dressed in a cowboy outfit because we’re in a Big Audio Dynamite cover band.

Wow, these new Tarot cards the Macalope got are weirdly specific.

Writing for ZDnet, Larry Dignan details the existential terror of the Mac.

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Apple’s new MacBook Pro: First impressions

Fri, 2018-07-13 17:00

Friday mornings at the Macworld office are usually low-key, but this day is different. On this particular Friday, we received Apple new MacBook Pro, which was announced the day before.

Macworld was live on YouTube and Twitter with a video broadcast of an unboxing of the new MacBook Pro. We also took a look at some of the new features, like Hey Siri support and True Tone. We ran a preliminary set of Geekbench 4 benchmark tests and compared the numbers to older MacBook Pros. We also fielded questions and comments from viewers who tuned in.

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Get a fantastic Timbuk2 bag for your new MacBook Pro for 62 percent off at Amazon

Fri, 2018-07-13 15:51

It’s almost time to go back to school, and if you’re thinking of picking up one of the hot new MacBook Pros, it’s also a good time to start looking for a good laptop bag. Amazon is making that search easy today by offering the Timbuk2 Command Laptop Messenger Bag for just $56.96Remove non-product link, down from its usual price of $149.00.

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Adobe is bringing full Photoshop to iPad

Fri, 2018-07-13 13:52

When it comes to image manipulation, there’s Photoshop, and then there’s everyone else. Of course there are many great image editors out there, but let’s be real: Photoshop is a verb now.

So the report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Nico Grant that Adobe is working on an iPad version of the full Photoshop application is really big news. It represents a marked shift in Adobe’s strategy, where Windows PCs and Macs get the tools to do professional work like Photoshop and Premiere, while phones and tablets get watered-down “consumer” experiences like Photoshop Express and Photoshop Mix

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Pump up your summer parties with this killer Prime deal on Anker's SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker

Fri, 2018-07-13 11:12

There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers out there, and it can be hard to cut through all the noise. Amazon makes it easy today with this killer deal on Anker's super popular, well-reviewed SoundCore 2. Right now it's on sale for $28Remove non-product link, the lowest price we've ever seen and a sharp discount from its usual price of $42. Like most of the deals this week, you need to be a Prime member to get that price. (You can sign up for a 30-day free trial hereRemove non-product link.)

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How to find the original timestamp on your photos after changing it

Fri, 2018-07-13 08:00

Photos for macOS lets you adjust the date and time assigned as metadata to images and videos in its library. This lets you fix chronological sorting and categorization when it’s gone wrong. You select one or more items in any view, and then select Image > Adjust Date and Time.


You can adjust the time and date of media within Photos, but there’s no undo option.

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The Walking Dead: Our World is Pokémon Go with AR zombies

Fri, 2018-07-13 07:00

Shortly after work yesterday I strolled out of my office and found a bunch of zombies loitering around the San Francisco Ferry Building. This being San Francisco, I was tempted to live and let, well, unlive.

I had obligations, though, so I fired a pistol on the lot of them. Blam, a headshot there. Boom, another in the back. I even tossed in a grenade for good measure. And right as I prepared to shoot the final one, I gasped as a real-world teenager skated into the line of fire.

He’s fine, of course. This isn’t the real world, or at least not really: It’s The Walking Dead: Our World: Next Games’ new free-to-play augmented reality game in the vein of Pokémon Go.

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TCL 55R617 4K UHD Roku TV review: Great color and HDR for a very modest price

Fri, 2018-07-13 06:00
The 6-series' color and HDR are astounding for this price range, but weak motion handling and problematic backlighting remind you this isn't a high-end TV.

The new MacBook Pros only make me long for an Apple custom processor even more

Fri, 2018-07-13 06:00

Apple unveiled new MacBook Pros on Thursday and they bring much of the enhancements we expected they would: Powerful new eighth-gen Intel processors, new DDR4 RAM with double the maximum capacity, and—hallelujah—a quieter keyboard.

It also has a bigger battery, but before you get too excited, there aren’t any actual real-world gains from it. The new MacBook Pros are rated for the same “up to 10 hours wireless web and iTunes movie playback,” but good luck getting anywhere near that with actual work. Anyone who is using their Mac primarily for “wireless web” surfing probably shouldn’t be wasting their money on a $2,000 MacBook Pro.

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You Can Get This $130 Wifi HD Panoramic Security Camera For $45

Thu, 2018-07-12 14:05

The future home is the smart home, with homeowners exercising control over every aspect of a home’s functionality, such as lighting, heating, music, and when your coffee gets prepared in the morning. However, a growing worry in our ever-increasing reliance on smart devices is vulnerability to hacking, which jeopardizes not only our home’s functionality, but also our safety.

A security camera can add an extra layer of security to your smart home setup, but its functionality is immediately compromised if a hacker taps into its security feed. Luckily, hackers will find it next to impossible to hack into this iPM World HD 360 Degree 1080p Wireless IP Camera, which you can find here for $49.99.

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Apple ends its photo printing service after 16 years

Thu, 2018-07-12 14:00

If you’re a fan of Apple’s photo printing service, you won’t like this news one bit. According to a new message popping up in the Photos app, Apple appears to be discontinuing its Photo Print Products service. First launched in 2002, Photo Prints Products grew from supporting simple prints to producing albums, calendars, and photo books.

The message, first spotted by 9to5Mac, instructs users of macOS 10.13.6 to make their “final purchases” by September 30 of this year. MacOS Mojave’s Photo app has already scrapped any mention of the service.

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