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Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker review: It's not just a nostalgia trip, this speaker sounds great

Wed, 2017-11-29 06:00
Designed in the classic style of Fender's guitar amps, the Newport delivers solid quality, very good audio, and fun analog controls.

Best smart lock

Tue, 2017-11-28 18:40
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

iOS 11.2: Beta 5 is now available

Tue, 2017-11-28 17:56

Updated 11/28/17: The fifth iOS 11.2 beta is available to developers and public testers.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud, though that seems increasingly unlikely.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

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macOS High Sierra ‘root’ security issue allows admin access without a password—but there’s a fix

Tue, 2017-11-28 16:50

On Tuesday, a macOS 10.13.1 security issue was revealed—a flaw that allows root access to a Mac without the need for a password. Developer Lemi Orhan Ergin tweeted that anyone can log into a Mac by entering the user name root without a password. The first time you try to login, it won’t work. But if you try it again, you will be granted access. Here’s Erign’s tweet:

Dear @AppleSupport, we noticed a HUGE security issue at MacOS High Sierra. Anyone can login as “root” with empty password after clicking on login button several times. Are you aware of it @Apple?

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iPad 2018 rumors: Thinner bezels, Face ID, and a faster processor

Tue, 2017-11-28 12:30

When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.

But the fundamental design of the iPad hasn’t changed much in years. That could all change in 2018, as Apple gives use the first holistic new iPad design in a very long time.

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Animal Crossing Pocket Camp review: Nintendo's latest is a charming distraction

Tue, 2017-11-28 09:00

After making a big splash a year ago with Super Mario Run, Nintendo has turned its attention to mobile versions of games that aren’t quite as iconic or widely known. But just like with Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing has its die-hard proponents—which is kind of funny, given how low-key and incredibly chill the actual experience is on Nintendo’s own devices. 


Equip your campsite with cool stuff, invite new acquaintances, and watch the friendships flourish.

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Kwikset Obsidian touchscreen deadbolt review: Slim and sexy, but not entirely smart

Tue, 2017-11-28 08:15
As electronic lock manufacturers up their design game, Kwikset gets to work.

iCloud Photo Library: Finding a way to sort photos by the device they were created with

Tue, 2017-11-28 08:00

If you use multiple iPhones, iPads, and Macs, iCloud Photo Library is a handy way to keep photos from those devices in one place. However, all those photos are stored in one place, and Macworld reader Allan wants to know if there’s a way to separate out media brought in from all those devices in Photos for iOS and macOS.

Oddly, there’s not. In Photos 3 for macOS 10.13 High Sierra, Apple added a kind of perpetual Imports history, so you can see in which batches images were imported into the app in macOS. But that doesn’t distinguish by device.

The smart album feature is both very powerful and very limited, in that it allows you to specify many different kinds of parameters, but not the name of device or other embedded metadata.

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Not cool for Yule: The AirPod-killing Pixel Buds

Tue, 2017-11-28 07:00

Pundits are wearing out their fake fainting couches over Apple missing the holiday gift-giving season with the HomePod. But what about devices other companies have shipped that probably should have missed the annual display of our collective avarice, uh, love, the Macalope meant love? Sometimes its actually better to finish a product before shipping it.

Let us go back to October when Google announced its Pixel Buds for your bud-holes. Writing for Mashable, Raymond Wong explained “How Google’s Pixel Buds will kill Apple AirPods.”

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Best MacBook: Which Mac laptop should you buy?

Tue, 2017-11-28 03:01

It's the holiday season, and you're planning on buying that special someone a new Mac laptop. So you head over to your local Apple store, or you peruse the pages of Apple’s website, and you find yourself with money to spend but no idea on which MacBook to buy.

Don’t worry! That’s why we’re here. In this guide, we’ll go over Apple’s current MacBook lineup, point out their differences and similarities, and provide you with the information you need to pick the right MacBook for you. You can get more in-depth information in our reviews of the MacBook and the MacBook Pro.

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The iMac Pro might be the first ARM Mac, but it won’t be the last

Mon, 2017-11-27 16:55

In the latest in a long line of leaks lately, a recent report says that the upcoming iMac Pro will also include an A10 Fusion chip—the same processor that powers the iPhone 7 series. This is a shoe we’ve been expecting to drop for some time, and it’s fueled a lot of discussion of whether or not a Mac solely powered by an ARM processor might be in the offing. 

I think it’s pretty clear that if this report is true—and the evidence is solid enough to believe it is—that this first Mac with an ARM chip won’t be the last. But at the same time, it doesn’t mean that Apple’s about to throw the x86 architecture to the side and put all its chips—if you’ll pardon the expression—on ARM.

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Cyber Monday Steal: Get 120+ Hours of iOS 11 Dev Training for $15

Mon, 2017-11-27 16:07

From Siri upgrades to AR technology, iOS 11 brings a treasure trove of new features to the iPhone, and developers are scrambling to create apps on the new platform. You can stay ahead of the curve and create your own smash hit applications with the Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle. It normally costs over $1000, but today, you can get it for just $15 with code CYBER70 at checkout. 

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Cyber Monday: The best software deals

Mon, 2017-11-27 15:42

Cyber Monday isn't just a good time to stock up on tech devices. There are also quite a few good sales on software kicking around the Internet right now, too.

We've dug around and found the top deals on productivity and security software for today. The list includes antivirus subscriptions, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Photoshop Elements: All the type of thing that get regular use but aren't nearly as exciting as, say, a $100 Android tablet.

For sales on PC games, check out the top 5 gaming deals for Cyber Monday.

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides updates add support for iPhone X, iOS 11 drag-and-drop

Mon, 2017-11-27 14:08

Millions of people rely on Google’s productivity tools for their daily work, and the last few months have been frustrating for iPhone and iPad users. Even though iOS 11 was released back in September—and was in beta for months before—Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides did not support the drag-and-drop feature for iPad users. Such a critical productivity feature, ignored in some of the most popular productivity apps in the world!

And while the iPhone X may have been released just a few weeks ago, the emulator has been available since September for developers, and yet Google has been slow to support the new display size in many of its apps.

Today, Google fixes both of those problems with big updates to Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. You now get proper formatting on the iPhone X and drag-and-drop on the iPad with iOS 11.

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Cyber Monday Exclusive: Save Hundreds on a Lifetime Subscription to Windscribe VPN ($30)

Mon, 2017-11-27 13:03

Surfing on public Wi-Fi is certainly convenient, but what most users aren't aware of is the risk they take when they log on to an unsecured network. These networks can be home to snoopers and hackers eager to take a look at your browsing movements and personal information. That's why it's important to protect your privacy with a VPN like Windscribe. For Cyber Monday, they're offering a lifetime subscription (normally $900) for just $30 with code CYBER40 at checkout. 

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Best smart home system

Mon, 2017-11-27 12:13
Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. These DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

Pay What You Want For The Cyber Monday Mac Bundle ($469 value)

Mon, 2017-11-27 09:10

If you're looking for a good deal on Mac software, you're in luck. The Cyber Monday Mac Bundle features 10 highly rated Mac apps including Pathfinder 7, Photolemur, and Live Home 3D. It has a combined value of over $468, but right now, you can get all 10 apps for a price you pick.

Here's what's included:

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Play these 10 awesome, optimized games on your iPhone X

Mon, 2017-11-27 08:00
The X factor

Image by Andrew Hayward/IDG

There’s nothing more frustrating than firing up your luxurious new smartphone, tapping one of your favorite apps or games from your last device, and finding that it just doesn’t look right. In the case of the iPhone X, apps not updated for the new extra-tall, notch-adorned OLED display have black bars bookending the experience on the top and bottom.

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HomePod is looking more and more like the return of iPod Hi-Fi

Mon, 2017-11-27 06:00

When HomePod was announced at WWDC in June, it seemed like Apple was finally jumping head first into the smart speaker race. Introduced as a coveted “one last thing,” Tim Cook and Phil Schiller extolled the devices music playback abilities, saying HomePod was going to “reinvent the way we enjoy music in the home” in a device that combined the fidelity of Sonos with the fun of an Amazon Echo.

Like many others, I wanted to believe that pristine music quality was just one of many features Apple was bringing to the smart speaker space. But as more details begin to trickle out about Apple’s plans for HomePod, it’s becoming clear that the new device is more of a voice-controlled speaker than a true Echo competitor. While HomePod will work with HomeKit to control smart home devices and respond to general knowledge queries, it doesn’t appear as though it will break any ground that Google Home and Amazon Echo hasn’t already broken.

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Cyber Monday deals: 13 tech bargains that truly save you serious money

Mon, 2017-11-27 03:25
The sales aren't over yet

Cyber Monday is still a day of second chances for holiday tech shopping. If you missed Black Friday, you have a final opportunity to snag deals on new TVs, tablets, phones, PCs, and other gadgets.

As with previous years, some retailers are keeping their most popular gadget deals active from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. We’re also seeing some completely new offers worth checking out.

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