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Can you disable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID?

Mon, 2018-12-24 08:00

Two-factor authentication (2FA) provides an effective way to deter people from hijacking an online account. With 2FA, you supplement a password with something else—typically you enter a code that’s sent via a text message. The second factor means someone has to know both your password and have access to something you own—a phone number, a phone, or a computer—and dramatically reduces your exposure when password breaches inevitably happen.

Apple added 2FA for Apple IDs a few releases ago, an upgrade from its hastily constructed two-step verification, which it created after high-publicity cracks using social engineering (i.e., guessing and phishing) of its iCloud service.

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Anki Vector robot review: A magnetic personality covers a lack of smarts

Mon, 2018-12-24 06:00
Anki's Vector probably won't win you over as a traditional smart device, but its personality will melt your heart.

ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 review: A solid smart plug gets marginally better

Mon, 2018-12-24 06:00
ConnectSense extends the appeal of its winning smart outlet, adding Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa in addition to HomeKit support.

The five coolest tech products that should have arrived in 2018 but didn't

Mon, 2018-12-24 06:00
Don't call them vaporware just yet, but there are some cool things that missed the 2018 deadline.

How to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve: NORAD Santa Tracker, Google Santa Tracker

Mon, 2018-12-24 00:17

The presents are wrapped, the tree is up, and the stockings will soon be hung by the chimney with care. There’s only one thing left to do: track Santa’s annual Christmas Eve voyage around the world from your PC, smartphone, or tablet.

This year Santa’s departure time depends on which version of the Santa-tracking fun you’re following. Check out our explanations below for all the details.

NORAD Tracks Santa

It’s been 63 years since a misprinted telephone number in a newspaper ad led children in the Colorado Springs area to call NORAD predecessor CONAD, looking for Santa.

As usual, the fun begins with NORAD Tracks Santa, at NORAD’s pulled out the stops for 2018, with a redesigned website, an active social media presence, and a call center for kiddies who want a live update. Here are all the details:

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Apple will replace your bent iPad Pro, but it will cost you

Fri, 2018-12-21 19:13

Yesterday I told the story of Zach, a Macworld reader who discovered that his 2018 11-inch iPad Pro was starting to bend down the middle after a month of normal use. We reported that Zach was on his way to see if Apple would replace the device, particularly in light of Apple’s acknowledgement that some 11-inch iPad Pro models would be bent from the moment you opened the box, owing to a problem with the cooling process during manufacture. This was normal, Apple seemed to suggest in an unquoted statement, and as such Apple wouldn’t replace units outside the first 14 days.

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Save hundreds of dollars on Apple products with Best Buy’s one-day sale

Fri, 2018-12-21 13:56

It’s the Friday before Christmas, which means any gifts you order online today almost certainly won’t make it under the tree in time for the big day. All the same, Best Buy is hosting an impressive one-day Apple sale on products like MacBooks, iPads, Apple Watches, and HomePod, making this a perfect opportunity to pick up a late gift. Before we hop in, though, you should know that you can find matches of some of these deals at places like Amazon and Target, but Best Buy’s sale is nice because they’re all in the same place at once.

iPad Pro

If you’re looking for the latest 11-inch iPad Pro, Best Buy is offering it for $40 off. In the case of the entry-level 64GB modelRemove non-product link, that brings the price to $759.99 (down from $799.99). This isn’t really a standout deal, though, as Amazon and B&HRemove non-product link are selling it for the same price.

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Apple's Powerbeats3 wireless earphones are cheaper than ever and arrive by Christmas

Fri, 2018-12-21 11:13

If you’ve waited until the last minute to buy your holiday gifts, it’s not too late to grab something cool for your loved ones—and even at this late date, you won’t have to break the bank. You can get a pair of Powerbeats3 wireless earphones for $90Remove non-product link, a steep discount from their list price of $200, and their lowest price to date. And Amazon says they should arrive in time for Christmas if you order today.

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This $130 3-in-1 Charging Station Is Just $43 Right Now

Fri, 2018-12-21 10:25

Right before you go to bed after a long day, you’ll probably reach for your iPhone charger. Then your Apple Watch charger. Then your AirPods charger. If you checked all three of these boxes, then you likely have quite a bit of cable clutter on your nightstand. However, you can eliminate all of the clutter for $42.99 with the iPM 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Station.

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Master Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator For Just $39 (95% Off)

Fri, 2018-12-21 10:23

Graphic design is everywhere. It’s on the commercials you watch, the billboards you see on the street, and the ads displayed on every website you visit. Nowadays, anyone with a computer can install graphic design apps to create their own designs, but becoming a master at these apps requires hours of practice and dedication. If you want to learn the tools of the trade and impress potential clients, you can buy the Graphic Design Certification School course for just $39.

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Giveaway: Win a pair of BoseBuild Bluetooth Headphones!

Fri, 2018-12-21 09:00

Are you worried your kids aren’t learning enough while listening to their headphones? Well, here’s an idea: Get them a pair of Bose headphones that they have to build themselves. If all goes well, they’ll have a good set of headphones and a better understanding of how their favorite technology works. That’s the idea behind the BoseBuild Bluetooth Headphones, and we’re happy to announce that we’re giving away a pair of these $149 do-it-yourself cans for free.

It’s a cool way to both let your children listen to music with Bose’s famed sound technology and to give them an early grounding in technology. Since they need to assemble the headphones from their component parts—and, of course, you can help them through the process—this is a great introduction to the way headphones work.

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HIghPoint RocketStor 6661A Thunderbolt 3 storage enclosure review: Fast, easy and affordable

Fri, 2018-12-21 08:26
HighPoint's RocketStor 6661A Thunderbolt 3 PCIe/NVMe enclosure is a relatively affordable way to add super-fast storage to your system or laptop. Assuming, of course, you have a T3 port.

Apple’s biggest moves in 2018

Fri, 2018-12-21 07:00

If there’s one thing about 2018 on which we can all agree it’s that it’ll be over soon. For Apple, this has been another blockbuster year filled with new products, major strategic moves, and more than a few decisions that have left us scratching our heads. (AirPower? Why?)

In advance of this year drawing to a close, it’s the perfect time to look back at what just might prove to be the most significant actions that Apple has taken in the past 12 months.

In the house

One of the biggest trends for Apple over the past decade has been increasing the amount of the iPhone that it designs itself. That’s gone way past the surface level, and even past decisions as central as the CPU, all the way down to designing individual chips that handle specific subsystems.

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Amazon Echo Show vs Google Home Hub: One of these smart displays is better than the other

Fri, 2018-12-21 06:00
Which smart display belongs in your smart home? We put the Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) and Google Home Hub through the wringer to find out.

Best Google Home add-ons and accessories

Fri, 2018-12-21 06:00
These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Google Home smart speakers even better.

BoseBuild Headphones review: An educational kit that teaches the science of sound

Fri, 2018-12-21 06:00

Seeing the BoseBuild Headphones at Maker Faire this past summer was instantly intriguing. Only a handful of large established companies have made the foray into the STEM educational market and I'm curious how they are able to leverage their expertise and brands. It's no shock that Bose created a kit focused on sound.

The BoseBuild Headphones kit is targeted at children ages 8 and up and is comprised of 10 pieces that snap together to build fully functional wireless bluetooth headphones.

Before, during, and after assembly, there are various lessons and activities on the BoseBuild's iOS app that teach about the physics of sound and how the brain processes it. One critical lesson teaches about proper listening volume, there's even a simulation that shows what damaged hearing sounds like. The kit also has simple games that utilize some of the learnings.

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No, Apple, bent iPad Pros are not acceptable

Thu, 2018-12-20 18:30

It turns out there may be a “bendgate” for the iPad Pro, after all. On Wednesday, Apple confirmed to The Verge that some iPad Pro models shipped with a slight bend, but the company claims this isn’t a defect. The problem seems to affect cellular models more than regular models, and that this is all simply part of the cooling process, Apple says it shouldn’t worsen over time. It’ll be fine! Everybody go home.

What a crock. What an embarrassment. I said last month that I personally had no problems with warped aluminum on Macworld’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and that continues to be the case. I'm still ready to believe the problems may spring from a bad batch of iPads. But that doesn't justify Apple's response. After Apple acknowledged that there is, in fact, a problem, it defies belief that Apple would essentially claim it’s no big deal. Considering what the iPad Pro is used for, a bent chassis potentially makes the tablet useless.

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Goal Zero Sherpa 100AC battery pack review: This portable battery pack does it all

Thu, 2018-12-20 17:00
he Sherpa 100AC is what happens when someone builds a battery pack that includes everything but the kitchen sink.

The 2018 Steam Winter Sale is here with steep savings and free daily gifts

Thu, 2018-12-20 14:35
Check out the Steam Winter Sale's Extremely Cozy Cottage every day for wallpapers, in-game items, and more. Or don't, and just buy games on the cheap like usual.

Moshi Porto Q 5K battery pack review: A well-designed power bank with the bonus of wireless charging

Thu, 2018-12-20 13:52
If attractive product design matters to you, Moshi brings it with the Porto Q 5K battery pack. Just don't expect the fastest charging speeds.