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iSpy: Red Sox caught using Apple Watches in scheme to steal signs from Yankees

Tue, 2017-09-05 19:00

It seems that the Red Sox were doing a lot more with their Apple Watches than tracking their steps. According to an MLB investigation, the Boston baseball team was using their Apple wearables to gain an advantage over their biggest rival, the New York Yankees, in some of the most important games of the season.

The New York Times is reporting that the Red Sox used Apple Watches to steal signs in games at their home Fenway Park against the Yankees earlier this year. The Yankees apparently spotted a member of the Sox’s straining staff using the wearable in the dugout to relaying info to other players. The Yankees reported the incidents to MLB, and the Sox admitted to the ploy, the Times reports.

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Amazon is selling a two-bay Netgear NAS box for less than $200 today

Tue, 2017-09-05 13:34

If you’re ready to beef up your home network, Amazon has a good deal on a two-bay network attached storage device. For $191.20, you can get Netgear’s ReadyNAS 212 2-Bay NAS. The sale lasts until just before midnight on Tuesday, Pacific time.

A NAS is basically really smart external storage that can be used to backup your family’s PCs, run a media server, or act as a regular file server. This particular device features a 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, and supports up to 16TB of storage as 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA drives. It also has dual gigabit ethernet and a ready-made user interface for accessing files, and it comes with a three-year warranty on the chassis.

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Tested: Galaxy Note 8 Live Focus vs iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

Tue, 2017-09-05 11:05

The Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung phone to feature a dual lens camera system. Similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, it includes a telephoto lens paired with a standard lens. This allows both phones to deliver fun depth of field effects—but does one company do bokeh better? Let’s check out the differences between their approaches, and see if one phone can emerge victorious.

Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus came out late last year while Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 launches in September.

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Astell&Kern AK XB10 Bluetooth DAC and amp review: Wireless, hi-res audio for any headphones

Tue, 2017-09-05 07:30
You don't need new headphones to benefit from Qualcomm's aptX HD codec.

People in Glass houses: Throwing stones at the Apple Watch

Tue, 2017-09-05 07:00

It is handy that in the world of technology there are many prior examples that one can look to when evaluating the state of a particular set of products. It should be noted, however, that even this most mundane of powers can be twisted into something so bizarre is it almost unrecognizable as an attempt at our Earthly logic.

Writing for Computerworld, Mike Elgan explains “Why smartwatches failed.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Glen T and Chuck Savadelis.)

Oh. Did “smartwatches” fail? Well, all the smartwatches that weren’t made by Apple, maybe. But the Apple Watch?

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The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from August 2017

Tue, 2017-09-05 06:30
August's iOS games

Image by TinyTouchTales

With loads of new games flooding the App Store each and every week, it’s hard to keep track of fresh releases—and especially tricky to try and find the good ones in the mix. Luckily, we keep close tabs on the latest and greatest iPhone and iPad games, week in and week out, and we’re happy to point out the biggest and brightest debuts from the last month. 

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Why continuous backups on your Mac are a good idea

Tue, 2017-09-05 06:00

A Macworld reader has concerns that continuous or frequently made automatic backups would impede performance on their computer. They want to only initiate backups manually. I’d argue this is a bad idea.

Continuous backups that archive a file whenever changes are made or frequent backups, such as software that checks at a fast interval, like 15 or 60 minutes, ensure that you lose the least amount of work possible, and have a position to revert to in case of deletion or corruption. I use Dropbox plus Backblaze: Dropbox makes new versions of files, recording just the difference between the previous version, every time you save or the file is modified. Backblaze defaults to continuous, though you can set it to daily or on demand.

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MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more

Mon, 2017-09-04 10:48

Editor's note: We've updated the HDMI and MagSafe sections of this article.

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

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Echogear Outlet Shelf review: A brilliant, if not always practical, shelving idea

Mon, 2017-09-04 07:00
You’re plugging stuff in that outlet, so why not make use of the space around it?

Nonda USB-C HDMI review: Foldable adapter offers a well-made travel option

Mon, 2017-09-04 07:00

It’s a little thing, but not having a USB-C to HDMI connector on a laptop becomes a big deal when you need to plug into a monitor or projector. Fortunately, a little thing can help: the Nonda USB-C to HDMI Adapter ($23 on Amazon) is compact and foldable, robust, and functional.


Like many other HDMI adapters for USB-C ports, the Nonda translates DisplayPort video data at up to 4K (4096 by 2160 pixels) and up to 60 frames per second (fps). Where it’s unique is that it has a durable braided cable that wraps around the HDMI adapter portion, fitting snugly into a channel that also holds the USB-C jack’s head. This keeps the cable and adapter well protected while it bangs around in a bag.

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Yamaha YAS-107 soundbar review: This speaker delivers plenty of bang for the buck

Mon, 2017-09-04 06:00
Highly intelligible dialog and great overall performance make Yamaha's sound bar a top performer in its price class.

A tale of two phones: The best of iPhones, the worst of iPhones

Sat, 2017-09-02 07:00

The further you read into a piece, it becomes clear how the iPhone 8 exists in an bizarre quantum mechanical state a bit like Schrödinger’s cat. Up top it’s horribly overpriced and no one wants it. But once you read and understand everything, it turns out it looks like it’s going to be very successful.

Writing for Fortune, Don Reisinger explains to us in no uncertain terms “Why Apple’s Next iPhone Could Be an Expensive Problem.”

The page title for this piece is “Apple iPhone 8: Rumors of $1,000 Price Tag Rattles [sic] Buyers”.

Nobody wants a thousand dollar phone! Besides, Apple will not be able to make enough to keep up with demand.

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It's not the destination, it's the journey: Old Man's Journey

Fri, 2017-09-01 08:00

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

When it comes to mobile gaming, immersion isn’t usually high on the list of priorities—it’s pretty hard to lose yourself in a 4.7-inch screen, no matter how engaging the story is. And that’s why games that are able to transport you to another world—or rather, multiple other worlds—are so impressive. Old Man’s Journey is an incredibly atmospheric, narrative-driven adventure game that will take you through quaint French villages, past pastoral countryside, and across the sea on a surprisingly relatable journey.

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How to learn Apple Swift, Apple’s language for creating iOS and macOS apps

Fri, 2017-09-01 07:00

Want to create your own app? To do so, you need to learn a programming language. Fortunately, Apple has a language for writing apps for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and you can have fun learning it, as well. It’s called Swift.

Released in 2014, Swift’s popularity amongst programmers continues to grow. Swift is an open-source language, so you can write apps for Linux, as well.

There are a lot of ways to go about learning Swift, and many of the lessons can be done on your own time, sometimes for free. Many of these tutorials and guides are based on the premise that you already know how to program in another language, or are familiar with programming concepts.

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3 products I want to hear about at Apple's September 12 event

Fri, 2017-09-01 06:30

Now that Apple’s gone ahead and made it official, sending out its save-the-date cards for the September 12 event that will christen the new Steve Jobs Theater, it’s time for the prognosticating to shift into overdrive. (What, you already thought it was in overdrive? Now we’ve got a deadline.) 

Look, we all know that there are a handful of things that are shoe-ins for this particular song and dance: there’s going to be a new iPhone, probably an LTE-enabled Apple Watch, and likely even a touched-up Apple TV. iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra will get some show time along with official release dates, and we’ll probably learn a little more about the upcoming HomePod

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YouTube TV review: Patience pays off

Fri, 2017-09-01 06:00
YouTube TV is the best streaming bundle for Chromecast users within the service's footprint.

Microsoft tells some Mac Office users to pass on Apple's High Sierra

Thu, 2017-08-31 14:32

Microsoft has warned users of Office for Mac 2011 not to upgrade to Apple’s macOS High Sierra when the new operating system launches next month.

“Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Lync have not been tested on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and no formal support for this configuration will be provided,” Microsoft wrote in a support document.

In the same document, Microsoft told those running the newer Office 2016 for Mac that they must update its applications to version 15.35 or later, if they intend to upgrade their Macs to High Sierra. (Version 15.35 was released in June; since then, Microsoft has issued 15.36 in July and 15.37 in August.) “In some cases, you may not be able to launch the Office apps [of version 15.34 under High Sierra],” Microsoft said.

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The Garmin Vivomove Classic is on sale for $50 today

Thu, 2017-08-31 13:35

Don’t call it a smartwatch, but if you want a smarter watch on the cheap, BuyDig has a good deal on Garmin Vivomove Classic today. Enter the code ‘CLASSYFIT’ at checkout to get it for $50. This watch typically sells for $80 and includes a black leather band.

The Vivomove is an analog watch that can also track your steps, monitor sleep patterns, and automatically sync with your mobile device. This kind of activity tracker watch doesn’t do much compared to a smartwatch, but if all you want is step tracking, you get that without a half-second delay when you check the time.

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It’s happening: Apple announces September 12 event

Thu, 2017-08-31 13:03

It’s no longer a rumor: the September 12 event is officially happening. Apple sent media invites out on Thursday, inviting the press to an event at the Steve Jobs Theater, located at the new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. The event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific.

The invitation didn’t specify what products will be revealed—the invites say, “Let’s meet at our place,” emphasizing the company’s new facilities.

Traditionally, Apple’s early fall event showcases new iPhone models. Reports have stated that Apple will release three iPhone models, two models that are upgrades to the iPhone 7, and a new “premier” iPhone that has been rumored to feature an OLED display surrounded by a thin bezel, facial recognition, new hardware interface and more.

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Neato Robotics adds more smarts to its vacuum cleaners

Thu, 2017-08-31 11:57
Neato Robotics has doubled the storage in its latest robot vacuum cleaner, the Botvac D7 Connected, and given owners new ways to interact with it.