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Calendar whirls: Presenting all the best movies to stream this New Year’s Eve weekend

Fri, 2018-12-28 06:00
Here are 12 great movies to watch while you ring in the New Year.

Reolink Go review: 4G LTE connectivity and heavy weatherization lets you install this security cam anywhere

Fri, 2018-12-28 06:00
This home security camera connects to T-Mobile's LTE network, so you can set it up just about anywhere—no router required.

What to expect from Apple in 2019

Fri, 2018-12-28 06:00

Seems like just yesterday I was running down what to look for in 2018, but the Earth has made it around the sun once again, which means that we’re once again poised to embark upon a new year of Apple news.

While there are some things that we can always reasonably expect from Apple in any given year—a new iPhone, probably at least one iPad revision, and some new Macs—2019 is unusual in that we already have several strong indications of announcements to expect from the company. Here’s a quick look at several things that I’m keeping an eye over the next twelve months.

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Apple's gaslighting over bent iPads is a stunning response to a serious problem

Thu, 2018-12-27 10:22

If the new iPad Pro you got for Christmas is bent in the center, don’t bother booking an appointment at the Apple Store. Just return the tablet, because the genius at the bar isn’t going to care. Why? Because, apparently, Apple doesn’t want you to think the bend is a problem.

It started like this: A couple of weeks ago, people began complaining on forums that their new iPads Pros were bent. Then photos began making the rounds, showing iPads that were clearly bent at the center, with one side perceptively higher than the other when lying flat on a table. At first it seemed like a nothing story. My initial reaction was that it was the result of a production defect that presumably affected a small batch of devices. Affected devices would be replaced at Apple Stores, the bent units would make their way through the channel and then peter out entirely, and business would proceed as usual.

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Boost your PC's sound with an all-time low price on the Logitech's awesome 2.1 Z523 speaker system

Thu, 2018-12-27 10:19

If you unwrapped a new PC under the tree, there’s one thing you need to get the best movie and game experience: a set of awesome speakers. And today Amazon is selling a great system for half price: the popular 2.1 Logitech Speaker System Z523 is down to $50, matching an all-time lowRemove non-product link.

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Bad medicine: The Apple Watch problem

Thu, 2018-12-27 09:00

First Apple ruined computers by making them for everyone. Then it ruined humanity by making everyone addicted to smartphones. Now it’s ruining medicine by… well, you have to read this to believe it.

Writing at The Motley Fool, Danny Vena asks “Is the Apple Watch Causing a Run on Emergency Rooms?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

Is insulin saving lives and creating an overpopulation problem? Are puppies making people too happy? Where does it all end?!

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How to rearrange app icons on your iPhone

Thu, 2018-12-27 08:00

You’re going to spend a lot of time using your iPhone, so it’s a good idea to set up the icons on the Home Screen to suit your needs. You can move the icons around so the ones you use the most are easy to access, and apps that aren’t used as much are on a secondary Home Screen or a folder.

Here’s how to rearrage your app icons on your iPhone.

How to move an app icon

1. On your Home Screen, press on an icon until it is highlighted and hold it. The icons on the screen should start to jiggle.

2. Here are your options to rearranging your app icons.

  • To move an icon, tap and hold it. Then drag it to the desired location. Let go of the icon to place it.
  • To move an icon to another Home Screen, tap and hold an icon, and then drag it to the right edge of the screen. This will add a new Home Screen page.
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  • To put an icon in a folder with other apps, tap and hold an icon, and then drag it on top of another icon. This will create a folder with both apps. You can then drag other icons into the folder. Remember to rename the folder
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  • To remove an icon, tap the X icon on the upper left of the icon. Some Apple apps (such as Safari) cannot be removed.

3. Tap Done at the upper right of the screen when you are finished.

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What to do whe you caot type certai letters o your MacBook

Thu, 2018-12-27 07:00

The Mac 911 mailbag has recently included a number of letters about missing letters—people either can’t type or encounter strange keyboard problems or other oddities.

One email began, “I am cotactig you because my Mac Book Pro keyboard has decided it does ot like to type the letter that appears betwee L ad M o the keyboard.” (Sadly, the writer even had an “n” in her name.)

These kind of keyboard problems are easy to diagnose, because Apple’s had a spate of problems with its MacBook and MacBook Pro models. It chose a new keyboard design starting with the 2015 12-inch MacBook, and then brought to the 2016 overhaul to the MacBook Pro line. Its revised its design once, but not with much improvement.

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The 2018 cord-cutter awards

Thu, 2018-12-27 06:00
The cord-cutter awards: How the best streaming services and devices got better in 2018.

4K HDMI cables: How to cut through the marketing lingo and figure out what you actually need

Thu, 2018-12-27 06:00
You probably don’t need to buy a HDMI cable to go with your new TV, but here’s how to tell for sure.

Why 2019 could be an enormous year of change for the Mac

Thu, 2018-12-27 06:00

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for the Mac, and I don’t just mean a year where there are a bunch of new Mac models released, along with a macOS update, like almost every other year. This could be the year that everything changes. It’s potentially the most tumultuous year since the transition from the original Mac OS to Mac OS X.

So here’s my annual mix of prediction and wishcasting for the Mac in the coming year.

The Mac Pro arrives at last

Apple has done all 2019 look-ahead columns the great service of preannouncing the new Mac Pro (in 2017!) and, this year, admitting that it would arrive in 2019. The company has also said that it will be releasing its own external display, so no points for guessing that one, either.

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Amazon and B&H are selling the new Mac mini for the lowest price we’ve ever seen

Wed, 2018-12-26 12:53

The new Mac mini is an impressive little price of hardware, but we initially weren’t terribly impressed with its price. Thankfully, Amazon and B&HRemove non-product link are both selling it for a mere $699, which is a full $100 off the $799 it normally sells for. It’s enough to make it a much more appealing purchase if you’re simply looking for a relatively inexpensive Mac.

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10 must-have apps for your new Apple Watch

Wed, 2018-12-26 07:00

The Apple Watch is great right out of the box, but you’ll want to add a few apps to really make it sing. Apple’s wearable is a true marvel, especially the Series 4, but you’ll never know just how useful it can be if you don’t expand your horizons a bit.

When we think about the Apple Watch apps we just can’t live without, these are at the top of the list. Some are free, some are not, but every single one is worth your while.

Pillow Neybox Digital

Pilow is our favorite app for adding automatic sleep tracking to your Apple Watch.

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ESPN+ review: This sports channel offshoot could use some identity

Wed, 2018-12-26 06:00
ESPN's cable-free sports streaming service, ESPN+, would be better if it embraced its weirdness.

10 must-have apps for your new iPhone

Wed, 2018-12-26 06:00

You just got a new iPhone, you’re done setting it up, and it’s time to hit the App Store. Which apps should you download to really make your iPhone great?

Obviously, there are the go-to standards that nearly everyone seems to have on their phone. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, maybe Netflix or Amazon…you don’t need a list of suggestions to tell you about those household names. If you’re new to iPhone, or just looking to find some new favorite apps, you should also consider these ten gotta-have-it suggestions.

Shortcuts IDG

One of iOS 12's best features is an app you download from the App Store.

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Ghosts of Christmas present: Spooky stories of other platforms

Tue, 2018-12-25 10:00

The Macalope isn’t here to tell you that everything is all sugarplums and candy canes on Apple devices all the time, but since he deals with the worst of complaints about them week in and week out, let’s spend this magical day looking at what could be if only…

If only…

…we were on other platforms.

[cue wavy screen effect and xylophone music]

“Couple 'frightened' after Samsung phones fail to connect to 911 on Freedom Mobile.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Ramin.)

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How to change the iPhone wallpaper

Tue, 2018-12-25 08:00

Got a new iPhone? Congratulations, you’re now among the millions of people who use and love an iPhone. Wait, millions? Yep. Millions. So how can you make your iPhone stand out from the crowd? One way is to customize the iPhone’s wallpaper.

In iOS, there are two installments of your wallpaper. There’s the image that appears on the Lock Screen, and then there’s the image that appears in the background while you’re on the iPhone’s Home Screen. Here’s how to change either of those. You can use one of the images that comes with the iPhone, or you can use a picture in your Photo app.

How to change the iPhone wallpaper

1. Tap the Settings app

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RCA WiFi Camera Security System review: This camera is too ordinary to impress

Tue, 2018-12-25 06:00
RCA's first wireless home security camera is too boring to impress, and too expensive to be a strong value.

Antennas Direct DB8e review: This large roof-mount TV antenna is great at finding weak signals

Tue, 2018-12-25 06:00
The Antennas Direct DB8e is a large outdoor antenna for reception of medium to very weak TV signals. In our tests it did a good job of pulling in distant stations with minimal interference.

Antennas Direct 91XG review: Another roof-mount TV antenna that delivers great reception

Tue, 2018-12-25 06:00
The Antennas Direct 91XG is a large antenna, designed for the reception of medium to very weak signals in the UHF broadcast band, a goal it accomplishes with aplomb.

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