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What to do when Image Capture doesn’t see your iPhone and iPad

Tue, 2018-04-17 08:00

Many Mac users rely on the Image Capture app to transfer photos and videos from directly-connected cameras, memory cards, iPhones, and iPads. It’s an alternative to Photos (or iPhoto) if you’re not using iTunes for syncing, manually importing, or using iCloud Photo Library.

But sometimes you may plug in your iOS device and Image Capture fails to show it listed in the left bar that shows devices from which it can acquire media. This appears to happen due to a trust issue. MacOS has been gradually upping how it closes a verification loop between an iPhone or iPad and software on a Mac when you connect the iOS device via USB. That’s good for security—someone might be able to grab your device, plug it in, and rifle through data and media.

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Fibaro Wall Plug with USB review: Does light make right?

Tue, 2018-04-17 07:00
This pricey smart plug offers ground effects and solid energy-monitoring features.

The trust gap: Android’s persistent update problem

Tue, 2018-04-17 07:00

In these trying times it’s nice that we can still rely on certain constants, such as gravity, the almost unbearable hotness of Idris Elba and the fact that Android OEMs will find a way to screw up security if it’s the last thing they do.

Yes, The Verge’s Vlad Savov reports that Android’s trust problem isn’t getting better.

Published today, a two-year study of Android security updates has revealed a distressing gap between the software patches Android companies claim to have on their devices and the ones they actually have.

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Android P's flagrant iPhone X imitation shows how little Google is innovating

Tue, 2018-04-17 06:30
We already now that Android P will be bringing iPhone X-style notch support, but now Google has inadvertently outed a new gesture-based navigation system as well. What happened to Android's innovation?

Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth speaker review: This little box delivers more thump that you'd think

Tue, 2018-04-17 06:00
For the price, this 12-hour box sounds very good. It has the punch that many speakers in its class lack, as well as a surprising amount of thump.

eGPU on a MacBook Pro: Is it worth it?: Apple Arcade episode 6

Mon, 2018-04-16 17:29

Not too long ago, running a graphically intensive game like Rise of the Tomb Raider at 60fps on a humble MacBook seemed about as likely as Steve Jobs faking his death. With macOS High Sierra, though, it’s a reality.

Apple’s latest update brought official support for external graphics processing units, which means you can now hook up a high-powered PC graphics card to your Mac and experience breathtaking textures and shadows on a machine that could barely boot the game a few minutes before. It’s potentially revolutionary, but as with so many features like this that we see from Apple, you’ll have to steel yourself for a boatload of complications.

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Mon, 2018-04-16 13:33
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

Apple Watch Series 4 and watchOS 5 rumors: Are third-party watch faces on the way?

Mon, 2018-04-16 13:14

Updated 04/16/18: 9to5Mac is reporting of a hint in the latest watchOS beta that may point to third-party watch faces, but we're skeptical.

Apple has released a new version of the Apple Watch every year since its debut in 2015, and the company seems to show no signs of slowing down. Here we have compiled all the latest rumors, leaks, and reasonably well-informed speculation about Apple Watch Series 4 and the watchOS 5 OS that should come along with it.

We expect them both to be released sometime in the fall of 2018.

The latest: Third-party watch faces may be on the way

We've heard this rumor a few times over the last couple years. Everybody wants app developers to be able to create custom watch faces, as they can on competing smartwatch platforms. Apple has held fast, allowing only Complications to be used in its own built-in watch faces.

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Third-party faces might be more of a curse than a blessing for Apple Watch

Mon, 2018-04-16 12:45

When Apple released the first developer preview of watchOS 4.3.1 last week, the biggest news was that support for first-gen apps will be going away in the fifth version of Apple’s wrist-sized operating system. That’s not likely to affect many apps or users, but it does signal that Apple is developing its wearable platform at a blistering pace, with another round of new APIs and frameworks surely on deck for watchOS 5.

It was reported over the weekend that one of those new APIs might be third-party watch faces, a feature that Apple Watch users have wanted since day one. Hidden in the code for watchOS 4.3.1, 9to5Mac found a reference to a placeholder for “3rd part face config bundle generation” in Apple’s existing NanoTimeKit, which the site interpreted as a sign that Apple would finally loosen its grip on watch faces. That might not be the case, however. As longtime Apple developer Steve Troughton-Smith points out on Twitter, Apple could simply be referring to third-party complications with this log message, as the watchOS SDK already allows bundling for use across a variety of watch faces.

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Record wide-angle HD from your dash with this killer deal on Anker's Roav cam

Mon, 2018-04-16 10:16

Whether you're on a long trip or your daily commute, sometimes you want to be able to go back and see what happened on the road in front of you. That's why a dash cam can become your new best driving companion—and right now, you can get Anker's Roav dash cam for $51 while supplies last, which is the lowest we've seen it and nearly 45 percent off its average price on Amazon.

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Fitbit Versa vs Apple Watch Series 1: Which budget smartwatch is right for you?

Mon, 2018-04-16 09:00

After three years, Apple Watch finally has some competition. Fitbit's new Versa is on sale today, and if you're in the market for a smartwatch that costs less than $300 and up, it's worth considering, even if you're a staunch Apple user. Let's take a look at how it stacks up against Apple's Series 1 Watch.

Fitbit Versa vs. Apple Watch Series 1: Design Michael Simon/IDG

Versa has decidedly softer aesthetic than Ionic, which should appeal to a broader range of buyers.

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How to cancel a subscription on iOS

Mon, 2018-04-16 08:00

Signing up for a service through iOS kind of fun. A menu pops pop, you activate Face ID or Touch ID, and the world’s most satisfying ding lets you know your purchase was successful. It’s simplicity itself.

It’s funny, then, that Apple makes it such a Herculean ordeal to unsubscribe. Unsubscribing forces you to venture into depths of the Settings app that you probably never knew existed, and then through so many extra menus that you might start to worry you’re doing it wrong. Who knows? Maybe Apple wants to make it easy to hide your Tinder Gold subscription from prying eyes, but it’s a pain when you’re just trying to stop an app from sucking money from your wallet every month.

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LIFX A19 (2018) smart bulb review: The Wi-Fi bulb to beat keeps getting better

Mon, 2018-04-16 07:00
Shine on, you crazy lightbulb.

The best iPhone camera apps

Mon, 2018-04-16 07:00

Apple’s camera app is just fine. It’s fast, and simple, and offers a few nifty features like panorama shots and slow-motion video. But if you really want to make the most out of your iPhone photo and video experience—if you want more than “just fine”—you’re going to want a third-party camera app. From precise expert controls to top-notch filters and the ability to save RAW images, there are lots of great reasons to keep a couple of camera apps on your home screen.

A lot of these apps cost a few bucks, and even the free ones usually have paid add-ons. Don’t let that scare you off! Snapping photos is one of the most important features of our iPhones, and the ability to do it better is worth a few bucks. We tested over a dozen popular camera apps, and while many of them are great, we feel these are at the top of the pack.

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Avantree TC418 Bluetooth transmitter review: Play your legacy audio gear through any Bluetooth speaker

Mon, 2018-04-16 06:30
When you want to stream from older audio equipment that doesn't understand Bluetoth, all you need is this handy, dual transmitter box. It's also useful for computers without Bluetooth audio output.

HomePod racing: Apple not keeping up with the competition

Sat, 2018-04-14 07:00

The word on the street is the HomePod isn’t selling well so we must rush ourselves to the type-y machines and spread the bad word.

Writing for TNW, Abhimanyu Ghoshal says “Apple sucks at selling HomePods.”

[gif of whatever the character it is that Benicio del Toro plays in The Last Jedi pausing and then saying “Maybe.”]

Less than half a year since it became available, sales of Apple’s HomePod are already slowing to a crawl.

Yes, two and a half months is definitely less than half a year. That math checks out. Please proceed. You’re doing really great so far.

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Save $250 on a 12-inch MacBook at Best Buy; additional savings for iPads, iPhones

Fri, 2018-04-13 15:33

If you’ve been holding off on buying new Apple products because you can’t find a good deal, then this weekend is the time to stop procrastinating and start shopping. Best Buy is kicking off a new two-day sale with impressive discounts on everything from 12-inch MacBooks and the latest iPhones to last year’s regular iPad and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and at least one is the best deal we’ve ever seen.

The star of the show is the $200 discount on the 12-inch MacBook. If you’re a student, you can take off another $50, which will bring your total savings all the way to $250. Without the student pricing, that means you can get the 1.2 GHz MacBook with 256GB of storage for $1,100 (down from $1,300) or the 1.3 GHz MacBook with 512GB of storage for $1,400 (down from $1,600). Both models come with 8GB of RAM.

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What’s the difference between Ring’s Video Doorbell and Video Doorbell 2?

Fri, 2018-04-13 15:08
Ring's first-generation video doorbell is now half the price of its second-generation model, thanks to a recent price cut. So which one should you choose?

How to buy a refurbished MacBook, Mac, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Fri, 2018-04-13 13:18

Updated 04/13/18 to reflect the inventory change in the store.

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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The trouble with Desktop and Documents enabled for iCloud Drive

Fri, 2018-04-13 07:00

MacOS 10.12 Sierra introduced a feature that lets you sync your Mac's Desktop and Documents folder to iCloud Drive. The upside of this is that if you’re not employing any other backup method, all of these files are synced to your iCloud account, and can be available on iOS devices and other Macs.

But the downside is that the feature also automatically deletes local copies of files in these locations if they’re in active use, showing an iCloud download icon on those items, and letting you download them on demand when you do need them. As Apple notes in a support document explaining how to free up storage space:

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