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Battery charges: Apple’s always doing it wrong

Tue, 2018-11-27 09:00

Apple has added more iPhones to the list of those that can be subject to battery performance management, proving once and for all that the company is the worst thing since unsliced bread.

(“When will someone invent the knife and rid us of these unbearably uneven pieces of bread?!” our ancestors wailed.)

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and cold monkey fusion research facility, Ewan Spence tells us “Apple Adds Performance Management To Throttle iPhone X Battery.” (Tip o’ the antlers to 5cat.)

Once more, Apple has decided on what is best for everyone with an iPhone as it sneakily adds code in the latest release of iOS 12 to slow down the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X smartphones in a bid to extend the battery life of the handsets.

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iHome iSB02 Wi-Fi Dual Leak Sensor review: This leak detector suffers from a flood of problems

Tue, 2018-11-27 08:30
iHome makes some good smart home products, but this water leak detector isn't one of them.

Sutter Tech Sling review: One of the best urban daily carries

Tue, 2018-11-27 07:00

I was getting fed up with bags. I’m a carless San Franciscan, so good bags rank right up there with good shoes among my priorities, but for months I’ve struggled to find something that nails the sweet spot between comfort and convenience. Backpacks win for comfort (and they’re better for my back), but getting anything out of them usually demands convoluted acrobatics. Messenger bags win for urban convenience, but they gnaw into my shoulder when I’ve crammed them with MacBooks, iPads, and regular books.

But then I found the Sutter Tech Sling from WaterField Designs. The name makes it sound a bit like a 1920s-themed shindig in Silicon Valley, but it comes as close to perfection as anything I’ve ever used. Comfort? Check. Convenience? Check. And as with almost product from WaterField, it’s made with Apple products specifically in mind.

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Rachio Wireless Flow Meter review: A watchful eye for irrigation leaks

Tue, 2018-11-27 06:00
If you have a Rachio 3 smart sprinkler controller, this add-on device will inform you if your irrigation system springs a leak.

How to add automatic sleep tracking to your Apple Watch

Tue, 2018-11-27 06:00

The Apple Watch Series 4 is a fantastic upgrade to Apple’s wrist-wearable accessory, but it’s still missing a key competitive feature: sleep tracking. Each year, we hope the new version of watchOS will add integrated sleep tracking, and each year we’re disappointed.

Fortunately, a number of third-party applications pick up the slack. After trying quite a few, we think the best two are AutoSleep and Pillow. They’re reliable, attractive, informative, and best of all, they track sleep automatically. All you need to do is wear your Apple Watch to bed.

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T-Mobile is handing out free iPads and Apple Watches to new customers for Cyber Monday

Mon, 2018-11-26 13:40

Just when we thought we were hitting Apple sale fatigue as Cyber Monday rolls along, T-Mobile has dropped what could be the best deal of allRemove non-product link. When you activate a new account with a voice line and a dedicated data line, you’ll score a brand new LTE-enabled iPad or Apple Watch Series 4.

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Cyber Monday Special: You Can Get This $130 Wifi HD Panoramic Security Camera For $36

Mon, 2018-11-26 13:01

There are many wireless IP security cameras on the market. A lot of them, however, can be easily hacked which quickly renders them useless. This isn’t the case with the iPM World Camera. It, instead, offers full video encryption so your security camera does what it’s designed to do — keep you and your family safe.

You can get it on sale today at a special Cyber Monday price of $44.99; and you can bring its cost down to an even lower $35.99 price with the CMSAVE20 coupon code.

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Cyber Monday Steal: Get A Lifetime Of VPN Unlimited For Just $31.99 (90% Off)

Mon, 2018-11-26 13:00

When accessing unsecured Wi-Fi, using a VPN is vital. With VPN Unlimited by KeepSolid, you can protect your devices and bypass content restrictions, and while a lifetime subscription normally costs $500, you can get it just $31.99 for Cyber Week.

VPN Unlimited encrypts all of your traffic to ensure your private data remains secure when accessing public networks. All of your traffic is redirected to one of over 400 servers worldwide in over 70 locations. Your IP address remains hidden, and your device will appear to be accessing the web from a different location, allowing you to bypass content restrictions while in countries like China and the UAE.

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The Blue Yeti USB microphone makes you sound amazing and it's $40 off

Mon, 2018-11-26 11:14

Whether you’re making a podcast, live streaming games, or recording some music of your own, a good microphone is key to top sound quality. Today, the ultra-popular Blue Yeti USB microphone is $89 on Amazon, down from a list price of $129 and one of the lowest we’ve ever seen it.

This beloved microphone comes with four settings to provide the best possible recording conditions for your projects. Stereo mode is a nice general setting for most recording types, cardioid mode records in front for podcasting and gaming, omnidirectional mode captures all-direction sound for group recordings, and bidirectional mode records the front and back for interviewing.

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Cyber Monday Special: Get These $260 Noise Cancelling Headphones For Just $64

Mon, 2018-11-26 09:27

Whether you're traveling for the holidays or just kicking back at home, you'll appreciate having a pair of headphones that are comfy to wear and tune out exterior sound. The TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones do just that, and you can get them today at a special Cyber Monday price. Normally $259.99, these headphones are available for just $63.19 when you use the code CMSAVE20 at checkout.

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How to modify iOS Notifications settings at the lock screen

Mon, 2018-11-26 08:00

Notifications are one of iOS’s best features, letting apps and the iOS system alert you about important updates: a new episode of a show is available, a new text has arrived, your Lyft is on its way, and more. But you can wind up with apps that either notify you too often, or change their notification pattern after you’ve given permission.

You can dive into Settings > Notifications, swipe to find the app, and adjust settings there. But Apple introduced a nifty way in iOS 12 to change notification settings from within a lock screen alert.


Swipe left and you can tap Manage.

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Airthings Wave Plus review: real-time radon detection is this all-purpose air quality monitor's best feature

Mon, 2018-11-26 06:00
Newly added carbon-dioxide, volatile organic compound, and air-pressure sensors are good to have, but radon detection remains the primary attraction of this air-quality monitor.

Currant WiFi Smart Outlet review: This is a nearly perfect smart plug

Mon, 2018-11-26 06:00
The smart plug market is getting crowded, but the innovative Currant Smart Outlet stands out.

Why add-on iPhone lenses help you take better photos

Mon, 2018-11-26 06:00

Every new iPhone launch leads to a heated discussion on how much Apple improved its camera. And we at Macworld are always ready to jump into that debate. However, if your iPhone is only a generation or two old, you should know your photography can make an even bigger jump by adding external lenses.

Daniel Masaoka / IDG The argument for external lenses

Why use external lenses? First and foremost, they let you take photos that weren’t even possible before. For example, a wide-angle lens allows you to get a wider shot—you get a larger field of view. Sometimes you physically can’t step backwards, so a wide-angle lens allows you to capture more of a landscape, or get an entire group of people into the frame that you couldn’t otherwise before.

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Cyber Monday 2018: All the best tech deals at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Newegg, and more

Mon, 2018-11-26 05:34
Cyber Monday may not rival Black Friday, but you can still score some sweet deals on laptops, PC components, TVs, streaming devices, and more.

The best Apple Cyber Monday deals on iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more

Mon, 2018-11-26 04:42

Black Friday may be over, but that doesn’t meant the deals are gone. After all, today is “Cyber Monday”—the after-Thanksgiving sales day that traditionally emphasizes deals on gadgets like those from our favorite Cupertino fruit company.

Truth be told, though, many of those deals are essentially the same ones that have been running all through the weekend (although plenty of others have fallen by the wayside). Still, there are a few new deals out there, and today is also a good time to take a second look at offers you might have skipped last week. Act soon, though, as most of these deals end tonight.

We'll update this article with more deals as we find them throughout the day. If you want some quick tips for how to get the most out of the final day of massive sales, be sure to check out our handy guide.

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Cyber Monday deals: Tech bargains that truly save you serious money

Sun, 2018-11-25 14:35
The sales aren't over yet

Cyber Monday (the Monday after Black Friday) 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 PCs, tablets, smart speakers, TVs, monitors, 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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Six tips for getting the most out of Apple's Black Friday-Cyber Monday shopping event

Sat, 2018-11-24 11:40

If you haven’t heard, Apple is running an uncharacteristically long Black Friday sale this year—a full four days. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t offering any deals on any of its new products—namely the iPhone XS, XR, or iPad Pro—nor or they handing out actual price cuts. Like in recent years, you’ll be paying the full amount for the devices you choose to buy and receiving Apple Store gift cards instead of lower prices.

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Black Friday Weekend exclusive: Spectacles are on sale for their lowest price yet (up to 33% off)

Sat, 2018-11-24 09:24

Sometimes, the best photos and videos are candid — the more posed a photo is, the more artificial it can be. Whipping out your smartphone to capture the moment might not always be the best or easiest option, which is why Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat, developed Spectacles, a new take on wearables that combines function and aesthetic. They’re like a smartphone camera, designer sunglasses, and a GoPro — all wrapped up in one. For all this functionality, you cannot beat the discount they’re offering for just Black Friday weekend with up to 33% in savings.

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23andMe, our favorite DNA test, is a whopping 50 percent off right now

Fri, 2018-11-23 12:40
23andMe's exceptional Ancestry + Health test service is down to just $100 on Amazon for Black Friday. That's a stunning price for a DNA test that'll only get better with time.