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35% off Etekcity Smart Plug 2 Pack, Energy Monitoring and Alexa Compatible - Deal Alert

Thu, 2017-08-31 09:46

With this smart plug from Etekcity, you can turn your appliances on/off remotely from your mobile device, or with your voice via Alexa. Or automate the on/off cycle with a schedule. The plug also monitors and helps control energy usage, and the slow drain that occurs even when devices are powered down. With this deal, a 2-pack of smart plugs is discounted 35% down to $38.74, or just under $20 per plug. See this deal now on Amazon.

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Crazy for 8s: The forgotten iPhone of 2017

Thu, 2017-08-31 08:00

The Macalope is fascinated by the collective madness that has seized technology coverage in 2017. It might be understandable that people mostly want to talk about the iPhone 8, since it’ll be the high-end model. What is really weird, however, is how many refuse to even mention the iPhone 7s.

Writing for Computerworld, John Brandon explains “Why the iPhone 8 probably won’t be worth the $999 price tag.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Alan Grassia.)

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Sony incorporates Google Assistant into its new wireless smart speaker

Thu, 2017-08-31 07:15
But the Sony LF-S50G Wireless Speaker looks less like Google Home and more like Apple’s HomePod.

iPhone 8: All the rumors we're (almost) certain will come true

Thu, 2017-08-31 07:00

After months and months (and months) of speculation, the iPhone 8 is finally upon us. But don’t believe everything you read. In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, I highlight only the rumors most likely to come true.

OLED display? Virtual Home button? Facial recognition? Watch the vide above to see which iPhone 8 rumors are the most plausible. And if you want to get the details on everything that’s been speculated about this special iPhone, check out Macworld’s ultimate rumor roundup.

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Android TV: The Oreo update isn't enough

Thu, 2017-08-31 06:00
Android 8.0 Oreo crash-lands on the Nexus Player. Now what?

iOS and macOS automation: What does the future hold?

Thu, 2017-08-31 06:00

One of the great things about computers is that they’re machines we can use to perform repetitive tasks that would bore human beings to tears. Power users have access to utilities and scripting languages to become incredibly productive, cutting out hours of busy work.

But in the past year, two events have occurred that call into question the future of tools to boost our productivity on both macOS and iOS. Longtime Automation product manager Sal Soghoian had his position at Apple eliminated, and Apple bought the leading iOS automation app, Workflow.

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Philips sweetens its Hue smart bulb starter kits and announces two new light fixtures

Thu, 2017-08-31 05:00
Hue starter kits now come with four bulbs instead of three, and there are new downlight and suspension fixtures.

Libratone will convert its Zipp and Zipp Mini speakers into Alexa-powered smart speakers this fall

Thu, 2017-08-31 03:01
Own one of these upscale wireless speakers? It’s about to get a whole lot more capable.

Nest unveils the simpler, cheaper Nest Thermostat E

Thu, 2017-08-31 00:01
The company is implementing a better, best strategy in pursuit of more buyers.

iPhone event on Sept. 12? iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8, and 4K Apple TV: Macworld Podcast episode 571

Wed, 2017-08-30 17:15

Apple may have an event on September 12 that showcases the new iPhone. What would it take for you to be more productive with your iPhone? And reports say that 4K video is in the works for the Apple TV.

Macworld’s Roman Loyola, Leah YamshonMichael Simon, and Dan Masaoka talk about these topics and more in the Macworld Podcast, episode 571.

Editor’s note: We had technical issues with this episode and we were not able to broadcast the live video feed on the Macworld Facebook page or on Twitter. We hope to have those issues resolved by next week’s podcast.

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38% off Dishonored 2 for XBox One, PS4 and PC - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-08-30 09:08

Play your way in a world where mysticism and industry collide. Will you choose to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or the royal protector, Corvo Attano? Will you make your way through the game unseen, make full use of its brutal combat system, or use a blend of both? How will you combine your character's unique set of powers, weapons and gadgets to eliminate your enemies? The story responds to your choices, leading to intriguing outcomes, as you play through each of the game's hand-crafted missions. Right now Dishonored 2 is discounted 38% down to $24.99, for the XBOX One, PS4 and PC versions. See this deal on Amazon.

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TerraMaster F2-420 NAS review: Storage device hampered by clunky management software

Wed, 2017-08-30 09:00

The TerraMaster F2-420 ($300, available on Amazon) is a basic RAID 1, 2-bay NAS designed for small office or personal use. The device ships with a 2GHz quad core Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM (upgradable to 8GB), two gigabit LAN ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. You must provide your own hard drives.

After installing drives and connecting the F2-420 to your network and power, you use the TNAS application (available on the web at start.terra-master.com) to begin the process of setting up the F2-420. The TNAS desktop application, which is available for Mac or PC, is what you use to locate the TerraMaster NAS on your network and begin the initial setup process. The entire setup process, which includes initializing the hard drives, downloading firmware, creating an initial admin account, and setting up the RAID, takes about 20 minutes, depending on your network speed. An integrity check on the RAID took several hours longer, but the F2-420 was usable during that time.

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Switchmate Bright review: The quick and easy path to smart lighting

Wed, 2017-08-30 07:00
You’ll spend more time downloading the app than installing this smart switch.

How to delete iOS apps in iTunes for Mac to free up storage

Wed, 2017-08-30 07:00

Syncing your iPhone and iPad to your Mac is a good way to keep your devices organized. But if you like to download iOS apps, those apps take up a lot of sotrage space on your Mac.

This is the case with reader Lauren King. She finds that a fair amount of storage on her Mac is occupied with iOS apps. She wonders, “Is there a way to delete them from the computer and not the other devices?”

This happens if you use or have used iTunes to sync with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. iTunes downloads the iOS apps locally, and then copies them over when you synchronize. Apps you downloaded directly to an iOS device will sync to iTunes as well. You can also click an update button in iTunes to retrieve newer versions of those apps to sync to your iOS device.

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Moment Lens Version 2 review: This full lens suite brings DSLR photography to the iPhone 7

Wed, 2017-08-30 06:30

The quality of photography made possible with an iPhone has significantly grown in quality over the past few years. But there’s always room for improvement. Enter Moment’s latest system of high quality photographic lenses. After a month of using them on trips to China, Japan, and while driving across western Canada I can say, with few reservations, that they’re one of the best investments a smartphone shutterbug can make.

Out with the old

Up until the release of their version two hardware, the most common way to attach a Moment lens to your iPhone was to invest in one of the company’s adhesive mounting plates. I used these mounting plates for years, but was never happy with them. You’d line the plate up with your phone’s camera lens, and pat it into place. The mounting plate had a twist-and-lock bayonet-style mechanism on its face to secure your lenses to. But it was easy to misalign the mounting plate with the camera lens. This caused unwanted vignetting in the photos you’d take with or without Moment’s lenses attached. Moment also sold a case that their lenses could be used with. But it offered little protection against impact damage, making it a poor choice to use for anything other than taking pictures with.

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iMac: Could the iMac Pro feature Intel’s new Xeon W processors?

Tue, 2017-08-29 17:25

Editor’s note: We’ve updated the iMac Pro section of this article with news about new Intel Xeon-W workstation-class processors, which could be the processor in the iMac Pro.

The iMac is a direct descendant of the very first Mac, and it’s often the computer that longtime users think about when they think about the Macintosh. The iMac’s all-in-one design is popular and iconic.

The iMac is great for both novices and demanding users. It can handle general-purpose and heavy-duty tasks equally well. It’s ideal for someone who needs to buy a complete computer setup (keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and display) and wants to maximize workspace efficiency.

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Which Mac should you buy?

Tue, 2017-08-29 17:24

Editor's note: We've updated the iMac Pro section of this article with news about new Intel Xeon-W workstation-class processors, which could be the processor in the iMac Pro.

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

Before we proceed, we should specifically address Apple’s desktop Macs. It’s been a while since the company has updated the Mac mini and Mac Pro. While our advice for each Mac model provides guidance as to which model you should buy, you might actually consider waiting to see if Apple releases a new Mac mini or Mac Pro, or consider buying an iMac.

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Save 60% on TechTool Pro 9.5 - Mac's Deepest Diagnostic Tool

Tue, 2017-08-29 15:20

Apple produces powerful computers, but, over time, their processing speeds can take a hit if you don't routinely run diagnostics on them. That's why TechTool Pro 9.5 for Mac is valuable for any Mac user looking to improve their computer's performance, and it's on sale for 60 percent off.

This diagnostic tool thoroughly inspects your device to ensure components like its RAM, processor, and cache are running effectively. It tests and repairs damaged directories and corrupted hard drives and rebuilds your cache to prevent slow booting, application errors, and more. Plus, TechTool Pro 9.5 is the only diagnostic tool that tests your Mac's motherboard, giving you an even more comprehensive inspection.

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How to keep Migration Assistant from overwriting existing files on a new Mac

Tue, 2017-08-29 08:00

The Mac has a great app called Migration Assistant that is very helpful when setting up a new Mac and you need to transfer files from an old Mac. Jim O’Reilly asks a great question about using Migration Assistant:

If I use Migration Assistant, how can I avoid writing over on the new Mac files with the same name as the corresponding files from the old Mac?

While Migration Assistant is relatively straightforward to use, it does have settings that let you twiddle what’s transferred.

Typically, after you go through the setup process and connect two Macs, you’re given the option to transfer four kinds of things:

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Face it: Every new Apple technology is a disaster

Tue, 2017-08-29 07:00

Apple is expected to release a new technology next month so you know what that means: it’s time to worry about how bad it will be.

Writing for Mashable, Jack Morse says if you’re not afraid, you will be. You will be.

That is, of course, a reference to a line the popular movie series Star Trek. Don’t @ me.

“Facial recognition tech is taking over smartphones. Here’s why you should be worried.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor Csapo.)

There are few things more personal than a face.

A bespoke granite carving of a beloved pet thrown through the plate glass window of your summer house. A loved one who can recite your genome from memory. An H-shaped pair of coffins so you and your spouse can hold hands for all eternity. Your groin. That’s about it.

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