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Apple cuts Q1 2019 earnings estimates, blames everyone but itself

Wed, 2019-01-02 17:33

Trading for Apple stock halted briefly on Wednesday afternoon as Tim Cook issued a letter providing revised guidance for the company’s first-quarter 2019 earnings estimates. The new estimates are as follows:

  • Revenue of approximately $84 billion
  • Gross margin of approximately 38 percent
  • Operating expenses of approximately $8.7 billion
  • Other income/(expense) of approximately $550 million
  • Tax rate of approximately 16.5 percent before discrete items

Most of the numbers are not very different from the guidance the company issued back in November, but there is one big change—revenue is projected to be down about $5-9B from the company’s previous $89-93B estimate.

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Amazon is selling stylish Milanese Loop Apple Watch bands for as little as $4

Wed, 2019-01-02 13:50

Few styles of Apple Watch bands are as practical and as elegant as the Milanese Loop, and few are so expensive. At least, that is, if you buy one from Apple, which sells them for a whopping $149. Today on Amazon, though, you can get a Milanese Loop band from Penom in any style in stock for as little as $3.99 when you enter the code 50NBM4JV for a 50 percent discount at checkout.

I’m especially a fan of the way the sale applies to every model available, as these kinds of impressive sales tend to apply to clearly unpopular variations. As for me, I’ve already used this promotion to buy a space gray band for my 42mm Apple Watch Series 3.

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Get your backups in order for 2019 with 25% off the 2TB WD My Passport drive

Wed, 2019-01-02 12:32

It's a new year, and you know what that means—new projects, new memories, and the possibility that you could lose them all. So start the new year right with a great deal on our favorite backup drive: Amazon is selling the 2TB WD My Passport external drive for $60Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and its lowest price since last summer.

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Protect up to 5 devices with the excellent Norton Security Deluxe for just $15

Wed, 2019-01-02 09:41

Amazon’s dishing out software deals this week designed to help you get your digital life in order for the new year. Yesterday, it was personal finance software, today it’s a great deal on antivirus software. A one-year subscription to Norton Security Deluxe for up to five devices is just $15 today, for the downloadable version only.

Norton is currently charging $40 for new customers for the same suite. Amazon’s price, meanwhile, is at its all-time low for this security suite and the first time it’s dropped under $20.

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Save Over 47% On Keyboard Maestro Macro Master ($19)

Wed, 2019-01-02 09:20

The MacBook is one of the handiest tools in a creative’s arsenal. It allows us to produce stunning videos, edit high-quality photos, and mix music. However, you’ll soon find that the keyboard shortcuts required to perform our favorite functions can be clunky, which ultimately slows your productivity. With Keyboard Maestro Macro Manager, you can create your own macros to increase your productivity for $19.

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Can’t figure out how to type a character on a Mac? It’s time for the virtual keyboard

Wed, 2019-01-02 07:00

As a long-time Mac user, I once had to rely on Key Caps, an early Mac helper that would show you where special characters hid on a keyboard. Holding down Option and Shift-Option would reveal the secrets of π and ‰ and accent marks.

That feature never disappeared, though it did recede from view, and was renamed Keyboard Viewer. You may rarely need it—except when you’re trying to type a key that your keyboard doesn’t allow or you can’t find.

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Keyboard Viewer shows you “key caps.” You can click to “type.”

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Disney+ streaming service: Everything we know so far

Wed, 2019-01-02 06:00
Disney+ details: The shows, the movies, pricing, and more.

Future shlock: Apple’s prospects never look good

Tue, 2019-01-01 10:00

It’s the first day of a new year so let’s take a look at what the future looks like for…

“Apple's Future Looks Rotten.” (Tip o’ the antlers to 5cat, Tibor, Brian, Bill and Alberto.)

Oh. Well. There you go. That was quick. Thanks to Gizmodo’s Brian Clark Estes for clearing that up.

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Bose Soundbar 500 review: Alexa, make me a sleek, smart sound bar

Tue, 2019-01-01 06:00
Bose's mid-range soundbar needs a bit of tonal adjustment to sound its best, but it provides a great way to incorporate Amazon's Alexa into your home theater.

Soundcast VG5 Bluetooth speaker review: Large and in charge in the great outdoors

Tue, 2019-01-01 06:00
The weatherized Soundcast VG5 pumps out the bass that's so often lacking in outdoor speakers. But it's truly for outdoor or large spaces, not the average indoor space.

Get a new Apple Watch Series 4 for one of the lowest prices we've seen

Mon, 2018-12-31 13:23

It’s almost a new year, so why not treat yourself to a new Apple Watch? It’s a good time for it. Currently Amazon is selling the 40mm GPS Apple Watch Series 4 with silver coloring and a white Sport Band for a discount of 5 percent, which is enough to knock over $19 off the price. That means you can buy it for just $365.74, which is one of the best prices we’ve seen to date for this device.

Keep in mind, though, that you’ll have to check the coupon box below the price to qualify for the discount.

The same discount applies to the larger space gray 44mm Apple Watch Series 4 with an aluminum body and black Sport Loop. Apply the coupon, and you’ll get it for just $407.55, down from the normal price of $429.00. Again, don’t forget about the coupon code.

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If you have an older Mac, don’t forget about the SD Card slot

Mon, 2018-12-31 08:00

What if need more storage space on your Mac, but upgrades are impossible or too expensive, or an externally connected drive won’t do? The SD Card slot found in many older and some newer Macs is worth looking at as an option.

In recent years, Apple has shifted from Macs that can have internal storage upgraded to higher capacities or from a hard disk drive (HDD) to an SSD—though sometimes with a fair amount of difficulty—to storage that can’t be modified after purchase.

Even on Macs that offer some degree of drive upgradability, you may still feel stung by SSD prices. My wife recently acquired a mid-2014 MacBook Pro with an easily swappable 500GB SSD module. But upgrading to 1TB? The price tag is over $400. (SSD modules that work with other computers can be as little as $150 for the same capacity, but those aren’t compatible with Apple’s slot.)

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The 10 best Mac games of 2018

Mon, 2018-12-31 07:00
The best games for MacBooks and iMacs

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Whatever else you may say about 2018, the year proved that plenty of developers still take the Mac seriously as a gaming platform. I’m fond of saying that we as Mac gamers enjoy quality at the expensive of quantity, and standout titles like Subnautica and Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire—both of which released at the same time as their PC counterparts—serve as proof of that. Nor did I have to struggle for this list: There are plenty of new enjoyable games like The Banner Saga 3 and The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset that deliver hours of entertainment but fall a tad short of the greatness of the following entries.

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Eufy RoboVac 30C review: A reliable cleaner gets app control and smart-home integration

Mon, 2018-12-31 06:00
This budget-priced robot vacuum from Eufy gets new features while remaining affordably priced.

Eufy RobotVac 30C review: A reliable cleaner gets app control and smart-home integration

Mon, 2018-12-31 06:00
This budget-priced robot vacuum from Eufy gets new features while remaining affordably priced.

Gjemeni USB couch review: You’ll get a charge out of this versatile convertible sofa

Mon, 2018-12-31 06:00
What better place for USB charging ports than the furniture you sit in every day? Gjemeni goes the extra mile to build 110-volt AC outlets into its tech-savvy couch.

The old guard of Mac indy apps has thrived for more than 25 years

Mon, 2018-12-31 06:00

It seems like it was only yesterday that I first used BareBones Software’s BBEdit, but in actuality, yesterday is so far away—25 years, in fact. With all the twists and turns across more than two decades of Apple as a company, Mac hardware, and the underlying operating system, you might think that BBEdit stands alone as a continuously-developed app shepherded largely or exclusively by the same independent developer—an app without a giant company behind it. As it turns out, BBEdit is one of several apps with longevity as an indie app.

The longevity of indie apps is more extraordinary when you consider the changes Apple put the Mac through from the early 1990s to 2018. Apple switched from Motorola 680x0 processors to PowerPC to Intel chips, from 32-bit to 64-bit code, and among supported coding languages. It revved System 7 to 8 to 9, then to Unix across now 15 major releases (from 10.0 to 10.14). That’s a lot for any individual programmer or small company to cope with.

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Get a new MacBook Air for just $999 at B&H

Fri, 2018-12-28 12:46

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook Air, you’ll be happy to know that B&H Photo is currently selling the entry-level 128GB modelRemove non-product link for a mere $999, down from the normal retail price of $1,199. That means you’ll be getting it for the retail price of the old MacBook Air (although discounts for that model are becoming increasingly common). Act quickly, though, as the deal ends on December 29 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

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How to modify Notifications on your iPhone

Fri, 2018-12-28 08:00

Notifications are a helpful and important part of the iPhone and iOS, but it’s easy to be bombarded by them. You can quickly find yourself with so many Notifications that they aren’t useful anymore. The key is to activate Notifications for only the apps you want, or to group them so they’re easier to manage.

To access your Notifications settings in iOS 12 on you iPhone:

1. Tap Settings.

2. Scroll down a little, then tap Notifications.

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Let’s go over the ways you can modify Notifications.

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Best iPhone screen protectors: Keep your screen flawless

Fri, 2018-12-28 07:00

Screen protectors can be a nuisance to get on your iPhone, but they’re essential for protecting your iPhone’s screen from drops and scratches.

A countless amount of screen protectors exist on the market today, and many of them are frustratingly poor quality. So we did the heavy lifting and found some of the best that money can buy.

How we reviewed: We did two things to test these screen protectors. First, we applied them to make if they fit well and didn’t bubble excessively. Then, we used a sharp pair of scissors to see if they resisted scratches.

Without further ado, here are our favorite screen protectors for the iPhone.

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