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New wireless charging AirPods rumor could mean Apple is finally going to release AirPower soon

Mon, 2018-12-03 10:33

A lot has happened since Apple unveiled the iPhone X on September 12, 2017. We saw the launch of HomePod, Apple’s first smart speaker, a new Apple Watch, home button-less iPad Pros, new MacBook Pros, a new MacBook Air and Mac Mini, and a new lineup of iPhones. What Apple hasn’t released are two products that were teased alongside the iPhone X: a wireless charging AirPods case and the AirPower charging mat. That might be changing soon though.

According to oft-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via a 9to5Mac report), Apple is finally gearing up to release a version of AirPods “with wireless charging support,” which likely refers to a separate charging case. While Apple never placed a release date on what Phil Schiller called an “optional new wireless charging case,” it was presumed that it would release at the same time as AirPower, which at the time was pegged for a 2018 release.

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Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:30
At-home DNA testing has rapidly become a popular way to learn more about your ethnic background and heritage. We took numerous different tests to evaluate and compare their services.

Philips Hue Calla outdoor pathway light review: A sophisticated outdoor lighting system

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:00
Philips takes its Hue smart lighting outdoors with this elegant and well-built pathway light.

Eufy SpaceView Baby Monitor review: simple security for your small fry

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:00
This video baby monitor comes with an attachable wide-angle lens to give you a full view of your child's nursery once they're old enough to be out of their crib.

The $29 iPhone battery replacement program ends on New Year’s Eve

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:00

Apple’s reduced-rate battery replacement program for older iPhones has been around for so long that it started to feel as though it’d always be with us. Alas, all good things come to an end. The year-long promotion—which lets you replace your older iPhone’s battery for just $29 (down from $79)—is set to end on December 31. If you have an iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, or X and you aren’t satisfied with its battery life, now is the time to act.

Seriously, get on that if you haven’t. Even I know a couple of iPhone 6 users who are dragging their feet, which surprises me as they regularly complain about the device’s battery life. It’s not even that hard. Replacing it is a simple battery of taking your phone to a Genius Bar or (less optimally) shipping it off to Apple for repairs.

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SaferVPN review: This newcomer is off to a good start

Fri, 2018-11-30 18:08
SaferVPN has some great European connection speeds and is very easy to use.

Best password managers: Reviews and buying advice

Fri, 2018-11-30 15:49
The best password is one you probably can't easily remember—that's why a password manager is so crucial to your online security. This guide will help you find the best tool for generating and storing strong passwords to shore up your online defenses.

Marriott Starwood hotel data breach FAQ: What 500 million hacked guests need to know

Fri, 2018-11-30 11:25
Marriott has announced a database breach affecting some 500 million of its customers. Here's everything you need to know.

Arlo is planning to launch a 4K smart home security camera next year

Fri, 2018-11-30 11:21
Arlo plans to launch a 4K security camera in 2019, potentially stealing a lead on competitors and kicking off a new race in the smart home security market.

Amazon's 7th-gen Kindle Paperwhite is $60 off, by far its lowest price yet

Fri, 2018-11-30 11:02

If you’re a bookworm with nowhere to stash more paperbacks, Amazon’s 7th-edition Kindle Paperwhite—a.k.a. the best Kindle for most readers—is on sale for $80 today. That’s a steep discount from its $140 list price and well below its previous best price of $110.

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Last Chance: Get These $150 Wireless Earbuds For Just $64

Fri, 2018-11-30 09:29

Headphones come in all shapes and sizes. There’s so many different options, in fact, it’s difficult to find a pair that has everything you want at a price that’s affordable. That’s where Revel True Wireless Earbuds come into play. Delivering premium Bluetooth sound in a sleek, wireless package, these earbuds are a solid choice for those looking to upgrade their listening but don't want to drop upwards of $150 on a pair of AirPods or Bose SoundSport Free earbuds. They're on sale for only $64 today when you use code CMSAVE20 at checkout.

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Apple Music on Echo speakers is the best gift Apple will give its fans this year

Fri, 2018-11-30 09:19

While this time last year Apple Music fans were lamenting the fact that they wouldn’t be getting HomePod in time for Christmas, there’s a lot more to cheer about this year. According to USA Today, Echo devices will be getting Apple Music support beginning the week of December 17, making it the first third-party smart speaker to support the streaming music service.

While there’s no special Echo rate—the service will still cost $10 a month or $99 a year, with the same student and family tiers—support for Amazon devices opens Apple Music up to a huge untapped audience. But it’s even better for Apple Music’s current subscribers. Now they don’t have to buy a HomePod or use a clunky workaround to pump their Apple Music playlists through a smart speaker.

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Why you should use a VPN on a public Wi-Fi network

Fri, 2018-11-30 08:00

When you connect to a free or paid public Wi-Fi network, you may notice that some redirection takes place. Instead of taking you to a website you intended to visit or retrieving your email, Apple cleverly inserts a Wi-Fi portal pop-up or screen in both iOS and macOS. On that screen, you can login or agree to terms and conditions for use of the network and proceed.

Apple makes this portal page appear when your iPhone, iPad, or Mac can’t reach an Apple site directly after you joined that network. The operating system understands that something is standing in your way, and it’s almost always a portal page that Apple can repackage to make it easier for you to spot.

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CyberLink PhotoDirector 10 Ultra review: Intriguing alternative to consumer Mac photo editors

Fri, 2018-11-30 07:00

CyberLink PhotoDirector is kind of a sleeper in the Mac pantheon of desktop image editors. It competes with Apple Photos, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Pixelmator, Luminar, and other consumer imagers. CyberLink is mostly associated with Windows, and PhotoDirector is the only cross platform item in the company’s suite of multimedia prosumer apps.

Like many of CyberLink’s Windows apps, PhotoDirector 10 has its own brand of sizzle that may prove appealing to Mac users, especially those interested in turning their photos into works of art.

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JBL Xtreme 2 review: A sturdy Bluetooth speaker that's up for serious partying

Fri, 2018-11-30 06:00
Boasting a weatherization rating of IPX7, JBL's beefy Xtreme 2 portable Bluetooth speaker can deliver the tunes just about anywhere.

Lockly Secure Plus Review: Biometrics comes to the smart lock

Fri, 2018-11-30 06:00
You can open this smart lock with a PIN or your uniquely identifiable fingerprint.

Should Apple have its own search engine?

Fri, 2018-11-30 06:00

In a recent interview with Axios on HBO, Apple CEO Tim Cook was made to answer a very uncomfortable question. He was asked how he squares taking billions of dollars from Google to make it the default search engine for Safari (both on Mac and iOS) with his company’s stance on privacy. Google is certainly not the only company that trades in monetizing your online activity, but it’s one of the biggest. And Google’s search is far from achieving the level of data privacy that Apple demands of its products and services.

Tim’s answer was honest, if not satisfactory.

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B&H slashes hundreds of dollars off 2017 iPad Pros

Thu, 2018-11-29 13:49

Now that there’s a new and significantly improved iPad Pro, B&H is slashing prices on last year’s modelsRemove non-product link. In fact, some of these deals are considerably more impressive than what we saw last weekend.

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Get a pair of 3rd-gen Nest thermostats for $338 at Home Depot, better than Black Friday's lows

Thu, 2018-11-29 11:50

Smart thermostats provide fine-tuned temperature control and can even help you save some money, but they can be a bit of an investment. Today, though, you can grab a two-pack of the awesome 3rd-generation Nest Learning Thermostat for $338 ($169/each) at Home DepotRemove non-product link, down from $498 ($249/each) and among the lowest prices we've seen.

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Apple is selling more iPhone XRs than any other model, but that might not mean much

Thu, 2018-11-29 10:35

During a time when it usually sits back and counts money, Apple is in full damage-control mode. It started with its Black Friday sale, which lasted four days this year instead of one. Then it upped the trade-in value of older phones when you upgrade to the iPhone XR or XS. And now it’s straight up telling us that there’s nothing to worry about.

In an interview with CNET, Apple VP Greg Joswiak said that the iPhone XR “been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available.” While you can quibble with the term “most popular,” Joswiak clarified his remark to Reuters, telling the publication that the XR is Apple’s “most mainstream product and best-selling iPhone” since it became available on Oct. 26.

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