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A big complaint: The iPhone X’s major flaw

Sat, 2017-11-25 07:00

Are you ready? Ready to read the horrible secret about the iPhone X? The secret that Apple doesn’t want you to know?

Turns Out™… it’s a big phone!

And writing for the very lovely people and twisted homunculi and sausage-fingered headline writers at Business Insider, Dennis Green says enough is enough.

“I’ve been using my iPhone X for nearly a month, and I’ve decided I hate it.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nathan and Nick.)

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Black Friday Exclusive: Save Over 50% On The RevolCam Multi Lens Kit for Smartphones

Fri, 2017-11-24 14:45

Sometimes your smartphone's built-in camera isn't enough to snap that breathtaking sunset or capture the dew drops on a lone flower petal. Therein lies the utility of RevolCam: The Multi-Lens Photo Revolution for Smartphones. With three high-quality camera lenses, an adjustable brightness LED, and a selfie mirror all on the same device, RevolCam has completely reinvented smartphone photography. It normally costs $60, but you can get it for an exclusive Black Friday price of $27.99 with code BFRIDAY20 at checkout. 

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Black Friday Exclusive: Save Over 40% On The Nix Mini Color Sensor - Deal Alert

Fri, 2017-11-24 11:45

Color matching shouldn't be a guessing game, and with the Nix Mini Color Sensor, it doesn't have to be. Whether you're painting a room, coating car, or designing a website, this pocket-sized sensor matches colors with extreme precision, and it's on sale at a Black Friday price—only $55.20 when you enter code BFRIDAY20 at checkout.

With the Nix sensor, you can simply scan any color critical surface, save it to your phone or tablet, and match it to an existing color library of more than 28,000 brand name paint colors, as well as RGB, HEX, CMYK, and LAB colors. It's the size of a ping pong ball and fits comfortably on your keychain. Plus, it's engineered with solid-state technology for added durability when you're on the move.

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Black Friday Deal: Save 80% On The FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

Fri, 2017-11-24 08:45

Nowadays, Bluetooth earbuds exist in two forms: powerful and expensive or cheap and quiet. New and improved, FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds are looking to bridge the gap by delivering crisp, wireless sound that won't break the bank. Today, you can score these earbuds for over 80% off their normal $120 retail price when you plug in the BFRIDAY20 coupon code at checkout, taking the final price down to $23.95!

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Why photo counts might differ between Photos in iOS, macOS, and

Fri, 2017-11-24 08:00

Computers are supposed to be good at counting, right? So why do the numbers sometimes not add up for photos? Macworld reader Jeffrey asks a question that’s similar to ones asked by others:

The photo count between my Mac and my iPhone are not the same. I use iTunes syncing along with My Photo Stream to keep the devices identical. Something has gone amiss. I don’t have any idea how to troubleshoot the image counts since iTunes is supposed to be syncing the images. How might I determine if a problem really exists, and if so, how do I fix it?

There are long-running discussions on Apple’s forums about iTunes syncing not matching up numbers in iPhoto and Photos for macOS and iOS devices. These seem to stem from deleted photos where corresponding thumbnails remain in the library databases. If that’s the case, you can rebuild an iPhoto library with these instructions and repair a Photos library by following these directions.

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Tivo Bolt Vox DVR review: New look, same old app problem

Fri, 2017-11-24 06:00
The TiVo Bolt Vox brings a software overhaul and voice search, but it still feels tethered to the past.

All the X-tras: The iPhone X doesn’t have everything

Thu, 2017-11-23 07:00

It is unbelievable that in this day and age we should be expected to purchase a thing and then have to purchase other things to get more features for said thing. What has this world come to?

Writing for Quartz, Mike Murphy complains “To charge your iPhone X as quickly as possible, you need to spend another $94.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip Speicher.)

No one tell Murphy about in-app purchases.

It’s as if $1,000 wasn’t enough to begin with.

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More great holiday movies to stream and give thanks for

Thu, 2017-11-23 06:00
You’ll encounter some odd dishes on our list, plus a couple of turkeys that are still fun to watch.

Does Next-Gen TV spell doom for over-the-air DVR?

Thu, 2017-11-23 06:00
Next-gen TV (the ATSC 3.0 TV broadcast standard) could cripple over-the-air DVR products like Tablo and TiVo.

Why Apple’s next laptop should run iOS

Thu, 2017-11-23 06:00

The dividing lines between Apple products are clear. Apple makes phones and tablets that run iOS, and laptops and desktop computers than run macOS. But it’s time for Apple to start breaking down those barriers and experimenting with new kinds of products that cross the streams. It’s time for Apple to expand beyond the MacBook and MacBook Pro. It’s time for the first iOS laptop.

Consider the iPad Pro. With screens that measure 10.5 and 12.9 inches diagonally, they’re practically the size of Apple’s old MacBook Air models. The iPad Pro was the first iOS to ship with an Apple-designed keyboard, the Smart Keyboard. When the Smart Keyboard is engaged, at a glance the iPad Pro already looks like a strange laptop.

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Black Friday Amazon deals: Price drops for Echos, Kindles and Fire tablets

Thu, 2017-11-23 00:05

When the cheapest Kindle e-reader drops to $50, it’s difficult to resist snagging one on an impulse buy. Appealing to our most reptilian consumer instincts is just how Amazon rolls, and—right on schedule—the retail behemoth-cum-hardware manufacturer is dropping prices across its product lines.

Here are all the Black Friday deals for the Amazon Echo, Kindle, and Fire tablet lines. We’re also including links to our own coverage of the price-dropped devices (many of which are best in their categories, the Amazon pedigree notwithstanding). Amazon says these deals will end at the stroke of midnight on Monday, Nov. 27.

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Amazon Black Friday deals: The best tech at killer prices

Thu, 2017-11-23 00:00

Amazon is ground zero for Black Friday shopping, but not all of its deals are worth your attention. That's where we come in: We've sifted through Amazon's staggering amount of Black Friday deals, and cherry-picked the very best deals in the tech categories you care about most.

A note about Amazon Prime deals: You can sign up for a 30-day Prime membership if you're not already a member. This also gives you earlier access to some of Amazon's limited-time Lightning deals—which we won't be covering in this article. We'll be eating turkey instead.

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The best classic movies to stream for Thanksgiving 2017

Wed, 2017-11-22 17:00
Who needs football? Gather the family around the big screen to watch these 14 films, before and after your feast.

Black Friday 2017: The best tech deals

Wed, 2017-11-22 13:40
Most Black Friday 'deals' aren't really deals at all. These tech deals truly are.

Black Friday deals: Best smart-home discounts

Wed, 2017-11-22 11:46
Get smart

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The future is now. Just look at all the new and nifty ways our homes can do more for us. From regulating temperatures, to operating our lights, to keeping us secure and responding to a variety of our commands.

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Pre-Friday Deals: Amazon's Highest Rated Tech Deals Under $25 - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-11-22 10:20

If you need some practice buying stuff before the big day (Black Friday), Amazon has released a boat load of deals in these days leading up to it. What we've done here is simply filtered their list of current deals down to the tech categories we care about, and only the deals $25 or less with 4 or 5 star ratings.  Discounted USB cords, chargers, phone accessories, BlueTooth speakers, splitters, and other gadgets. Here it is: An impulse shopper's dream/nightmare. Note: Scroll down past the "featured deals" to where the lists really starts. Enjoy!

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How to upgrade a drive with High Sierra and APFS

Wed, 2017-11-22 08:00

The new Apple File System (APFS) that replaces the long-running HFS+ in macOS caused a lot of concern and confusion, because it seemed like a massive change, but the effects aren’t noticeable to end users, except in improving the speed of SSD-only Macs. (Apple doesn’t upgrade hard drives to APFS, and hasn’t yet released a Fusion APFS update for its mixed SSD/hard drive systems.)

APFS restructures how files are stored in a disk partition, but it doesn’t change how programs access files within the operating system. When copying individual files or cloning a drive with Disk Utility, SuperDuper, or Carbon Copy Cloner ($40), macOS continues to abstract interaction with files, so you don’t have to learn anything about the filesystem to use it or to use cloning software. (That’s just so long as the cloning software is up to date. Carbon Copy Cloner released a major update for APFS weeks ago, and SuperDuper finished its beta testing and released an APFS-ready version 3.0 on November 8.)

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How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money

Wed, 2017-11-22 07:00

If you’re looking for a way to save some money on new Apple products, try checking out the Apple Certified Refurbished store. You can find some good deals on Macs, iPhone, iPads, and more. Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: iPhones

As of this writing, the store only has the 32GB iPhone 6s Plus available—it costs $469, which is $80 less than a new iPhone 6s Plus that Apple still sells. The 6s may be two years old, but it’s still a very good phone, and it’s at an attractive price.

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Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless noise-cancelling headphones review: They demand a small sacrifice for silence

Wed, 2017-11-22 06:00
B&W’s first noise-cancelling headphones sound so good that you’ll happily to live with their quirks.