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The top 5 features of the new Google Home Hub

Tue, 2018-10-09 13:55
Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.

Where to buy an Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter

Tue, 2018-10-09 13:00

Apple has discontinued its Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, the plug required for modern iOS devices to connect to accessories equipped with a 30-pin connector. The 30-pin connector made its debut in the iPod in 2003, and was the original type used with the first iPhone and iPad. It was replaced by Lightning in iPhones and iPads in 2012.


The Apple iPod Hi-Fi comes with a 30-pin connector. An adapter is needed to use a modern iOS deivce with it.

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Protect against outages with this $35, six outlet uninterruptible power supply

Tue, 2018-10-09 09:30

There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of an intense gaming or spreadsheet-wrangling session and a power outage kills it. One way to avoid a sudden power demise is to get an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for when tragedy strikes. Today, B&H Photo is selling the 255 watt (450 volt) output APC Back-UPS BN450M for $35Remove non-product link when you click the Clip Coupon button on the sale page. That’s $10 off its MSRP. The sale ends on Friday, October 12 at 6:15 PM Eastern.

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Can’t find a file in macOS? Here’s what to do

Tue, 2018-10-09 08:00

Macworld reader Lon has a problem finding a file on his Mac. He needs to remove it to avoid a compatibility problem, and no amount of Spotlight searches nor browsing through folders can find it.

Spotlight should let you find nearly any file you create or store in macOS with ease, but it doesn’t always work that way. There’s a way to search comprehensively through your macOS drive (or drives) using the Terminal, but I think of it as a last resort, because it involves tricky syntax and can be slow. It also may match a lot of files you’re not interested in.

In the Terminal, a command called find can perform a comprehensive and deep search across everything, including system files and other stuff that we don’t need to interact with and macOS doesn’t readily expose to users. (Find is something I’ve used for decades, and it feels like a tool designed for a computer with a teletypewriter attached.)

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Zombie narratives: The Apple Watch as failure

Tue, 2018-10-09 07:00

You know that old saw about a broken watch being right twice a day? That’s more than you can say about a lot of opinions about the Apple Watch.

Writing for The New York Times, John Herrman claims “Apple Used to Know Exactly What People Wanted—Then It Made a Watch.” (Tip o’ the antlers to DLAN, Philip Elmer-DeWitt and Bill in Texas.)

Yeah. Who wants one of those?

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Google Home Routines: How to put them to use

Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00
How to use Google Home Routines for automation and shortcuts.

Wi-Fi 6 FAQ: What it is, why you should care, and when it might come to Apple products

Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00

Since the beginning, Wi-Fi network standards have been designated by a set of numbers and letters only an engineer could love. 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11ac (there are two letters now?)… how can you possibly expect regular users to know what they’re buying or connecting to?

In a stunningly rational move, the Wi-Fi Alliance (the industry group that sets Wi-Fi standards) has decided to dump the confusing alphabet soup and go with simple version numbers.

The networking standard previously known as 802.11ax will now be known as Wi-Fi 6, and it’s coming in 2019. Here are some answers to common questions about the new standard.

What’s with the new numbers?

The Wi-Fi Alliance has decided that simply using IEEE standard designations on products is probably a little too confusing. Now, instead of seeing routers with “802.11n” and “802.11ac” and such, you’ll see simple generational numbers like “Wi-Fi 3” and “Wi-Fi 5.” Those 802.11 numbers are still there, but they’re not meant to be used in marketing and user-facing menus. It’s the kind of decision they should have made two decades ago.

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Google is shutting down Google+ after it exposed user data and neglected to tell anyone

Mon, 2018-10-08 15:12
After The Wall Street Journal reported that Google had hid a Google+ breach for more than six months, the company announced it was shutting down the service for consumers.

Apple releases iOS 12.0.1, fixing iPhone XS charging and Wi-Fi bugs

Mon, 2018-10-08 13:26

Apple has released the first update to its iOS 12 operating system. Every iOS 12 user can now upgrade to iOS 12.0.1, while iOS 12.1 is still in beta,.

To grab the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

This release doesn’t add any new features, but it fixes a few annoying bugs discovered since the release of iOS 12, like the “.?123” key position getting flipped on the iPad keyboard. There are also a couple of bug fixes aimed at fixing problems with the new iPhone XS, including the infamous charging bug and an issue where the phones would connect to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks even with 5GHz networks were available. 

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Make your own DIY smart home kit with these great deals on an Echo, smart plug, and smart switch

Mon, 2018-10-08 12:38

With seemingly endless smart tech available today, it can be a little daunting to set up a smart home. Even intro bundles can be tough to sort through. But today, a few discounted devices can help you DIY your way to a setup of your own. TheTP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug is $17Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $40 and less than $2 off its all-time low. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch is $50Remove non-product link, good for $10 off its $60 MSRP and the best price we've ever seen. And to bring it all together with voice control, the 2nd-gen Amazon Echo is $80Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $100 and matching an all-time low.

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TaoTronics 40-inch soundbar review: How low can you go?

Mon, 2018-10-08 08:30
A 40-inch soundbar for just $90? If your budget is tight and you can live with its quirks, TaoTronics offers a very inexpensive solution for improving your TV's sound.

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) review: Better in every way, and better than every other smart display

Mon, 2018-10-08 08:00
It’s a major step up, but Amazon still doesn’t have the best smart speaker.

Why does Apple’s two-factor sign-in think you’re hundreds of miles away?

Mon, 2018-10-08 08:00

Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA) is a boon for anyone who wants to be sure that even if their Apple ID or iCloud password were stolen or found out, an intruder would still need a piece of equipment associated with the account to complete the login. These trusted phone numbers and trusted devices offer good deterrence.

When you log in to an iCloud account, the Apple ID site, or an Apple app that gives you account access or lets you make purchases, you’re prompted on a trusted device if you haven’t been challenged in a while at the software location at which you’re logging in. It’s in two parts: first, iOS and macOS show a tiny map and Don’t Allow and Allow buttons. If you tap or click Allow, you then get a six-digit code you can enter to complete the login.

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AirPods knockoffs tested: Sometimes you get what you pay for

Mon, 2018-10-08 06:00

When Apple debuted the AirPods in September of 2016, everybody scoffed at the seemingly exorbitant $159 price. Since then, scores of other true wireless earbuds have been released, and it turns out that all the good ones cost that much or more. Apple was giving us a bargain, and we just didn’t realize it.

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The $100 Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Bluetooth speaker is on sale for nearly 75% off today

Fri, 2018-10-05 12:06

Picking the right Bluetooth speaker can be an exercise in futility, but today Amazon is making it easy. The popular Oontz Angle 3 Ultra is on sale for $27Remove non-product link, the best price we've ever seen and nearly 75 percent off its $100 MSRP.

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Bait and fix: Apple is basically forcing you to get AppleCare for your new MacBook Pro

Fri, 2018-10-05 09:50

The new MacBook Pros aren’t cheap. The least expensive 13-inch model costs $1,800 and goes all the way up to $6,700 for the maxed-out 15-inch model with a 2.9GHz Intel Core i9 processor. And now there’s a hidden catch that might make them way more expensive.

Along with the high price tag and any dongles you may need to purchase to get your old USB-A devices up and running, you might be in for a rude awakening if you try to fix your new MacBook Pro. As reported by Motherboard, Apple has introduced new software locks with its new laptops that “will render the computer ‘inoperative’ unless a proprietary Apple ‘system configuration’ software is run after parts of the system are replaced.”

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The HomePod’s growing pains

Fri, 2018-10-05 07:00

Nearly six months into having a HomePod, I made a decision to have it stop listening to me.

If you’re thinking to yourself “Well, that sounds like a fairly central feature of the device?” you’d be right. I now essentially have a very nice but rather expensive AirPlay 2 speaker. But this decision came after a steady and measured observation of how I used Apple’s smart speaker, what it does right, and what it does...less than right.

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Logitech K600 TV review: A keyboard for the couch

Fri, 2018-10-05 06:00
Logitech's keyboard-trackpad combo gets a hand from thumb-friendly navigation options.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review: It’s time for older iPhone owners to jump on the X bandwagon

Fri, 2018-10-05 06:00

Long-time iPhone users should be familiar with the iPhone product release cycle by now. Usually, it works like this: Apple releases a major product, then the following year is the “s” generation of iPhones that offer incremental upgrades. In this case, the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the incremental upgrades to last year’s iPhone X.

The iPhone X was an exciting release, so what can the iPhone XS do to follow it up? It does plenty, but if you currently own an iPhone X, you’ll probably be fine with sitting this model out and waiting to see what happens next year. If you own an older iPhone, now’s the time to upgrade. You’ll be glad you did.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Thu, 2018-10-04 16:00
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.