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AirPlay 2 FAQ: What it is, how it works, and which devices support it

Wed, 2017-11-22 06:00

AirPlay has been with us for a long time. It’s an evolution of the old AirTunes protocol, which was meant only for music. In 2010, AirTunes got a host of new capabilities (music, photos, video) and a new name. A year later, it gained the ability to mirror your iOS or Mac screen to a compatible AirPlay receiver. With an Apple TV, you could put your Mac desktop on your PC in the blink of an eye!


The AirPlay symbol you’ve seen for years.

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Looking for an iPhone X case? Here’s what’s available at the online Apple store

Tue, 2017-11-21 22:50

The iPhone X is a marvelous device—a device with a glass shell. And as strong as that glass is, you probably want to do what you can to protect it, especially since you paid a lot of money for it.

iPhone X cases by third-party companies are starting to trickle out. As of this writing, the selection in the online Apple store is pretty limited. Here’s what you’ll find. We’ll update this list as new products appear.

iPhone X Silicone Case

What’s nice about this case is that it’s a thin covering that adds some grip to the slick iPhone X. It costs $39 and is available in black, blue cobalt, dark olive, midnight blue, pink sand, (Product) Red, rose red, ultra violet, and white.

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iPad Buying Guide: How to choose the iPad that's right for you

Tue, 2017-11-21 15:45

Update 11-21-2017: We’ve added some advice for those looking for iPad accessories.

So you’re in the market for a new iPad. Excellent choice—we couldn’t live without ours. It’s a great companion when catching up on news and email in the morning over tea, reading a comic book in the evening to unwind, or watching a movie while traveling on a plane.

But these days, picking an iPad can be tricky. Apple currently sells four different models of iPad, with prices ranging from $329 to $1279. There are size, storage, color, and connectivity options to consider. All in all, there are 60 different variations of iPad from which to choose. So which iPad is right for you? Read on.

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Today, 75% off Lumina 5200 mAh Portable Power Bank Charger - Deal Alert

Tue, 2017-11-21 09:28

This powerful full-speed 5200mAh charger from Lumina features huge 2.4A output to keep your devices powered up while you're out, or in an emergency. The charger currently averages 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 380 reviewers (read recent reviews here). This item has been included as one of Amazon's "Prime Week" deals of the day, so right now its typical list price of $49.99 has been cut 75% down to just $12.74. See this deal now on Amazon.

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How to power off your iPhone X

Tue, 2017-11-21 08:00

You shouldn’t have to turn off your iPhone very often. If you’re not going to use it for a few hours, it’s not worth the hassle (and minuscule battery life savings) to shut it down.

But, if you know you’re not going to use your phone for a couple days, or on a very long international flight, and you want to save every last ounce of battery life, shutting it down can be an effective option.

Also, if you suspect some bug has made your phone unresponsive or slow, the first troubleshooting step should be that old IT standby: turn it off and on again.

Since the iPhone X has no Home button, you have to shut it down a little differently than other iPhones.

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Not HomePod for Christmas: Apple's delay problems

Tue, 2017-11-21 07:00

Apple announced that the HomePod would not ship until “early 2018” and as with anything that happens with the company we must now dissect how devastatingly terrible and awful it is.

Writing for Bloomberg, Shira Ovide says “Apple’s HomePod Stumble Isn’t a Momentary Lapse.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Bill in Dallas and @designheretic.)

Christmas will be a little disappointing for some Apple fans.

Yes, Jony Ive is no longer appearing as Santa at the Valley Fair mall after last year’s labor dispute with the elves. He simply won’t cross the picket line. He won’t do it.

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C by GE smart LED bulb review: Not the right choice for enthusiasts

Mon, 2017-11-20 10:59
The C-Life is an inexpensive choice, but its value is undercut by the price of the C-Sleep.

Apple's upcoming iMac Pro might have an iPhone chip

Mon, 2017-11-20 10:35

The new iMac Pro set to release month will be Apple’s fastest Mac by a country mile. With 18 CPU cores, Radeon Vega graphics, and 128GB of RAM, there isn’t much Apple’s newest all-in-one won’t be able to do. But a recent discovery by Apple code spelunker Steven Troughton-Smith suggest an iPhone chip might be along for the ride.

Troughton-Smith has gotten his hands on Apple’s new BridgeOS 2.0 software, which will presumably be part of the upcoming iMac Pro's software package. And while it didn't divulge quite as much as the HomePod firmware leak earlier this year that spilled the beans on the iPhone X, it does include some very interesting things. Chief among them is a reference to an A10 Fusion chip, the same silicon that powers the iPhone 7.

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Today, Eufy Genie Speaker With Alexa is Just $19.99 - Deal Alert

Mon, 2017-11-20 09:50

This Alexa-enabled smart speaker from Eufy is discounted 43% today on Amazon as part of their "Black Friday Week" event (see all of today's active deals here). Stream music from Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM and others. Control smart home devices. Ask for weather, sports score, news and more. Eufy Genie currently averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon where Its typical list price has been reduced 43% to just $19.99. See it on Amazon here.

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Roku Express review: Cheap, decent, and probably still not the streaming box for you

Mon, 2017-11-20 07:00
The new Roku Express is much faster than its predecessor, but the best Roku still doesn’t cost much more.

Astropad Studio review: Use your iPad Pro as a digitizer for your Mac

Mon, 2017-11-20 07:00

As a longtime Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom user, I periodically consider buying a digitizer, such as a Wacom tablet, to better take advantage of editing with brushes and other tools that work with pen-based input. I know photographers and artists who swear by them, but it would be a significant expense for my comparatively modest editing needs.

It turns out, though, I already have an excellent pen-based touchscreen device: an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. More often than not, it’s usually on my desk at home or in my bag at a coffee shop.

Astropad Studio ($79.99 per year) turns that iPad Pro into a digitizer. Most Wacom tablets incorporate a pen-sensitive surface that transmits strokes and taps over a wire. If you want to spend at least $800, the Wacom Cintiq provides a touch-sensitive screen on which to work. (Wacom tablets that don’t incorporate a screen start at around $60.)

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Best Bluetooth speakers

Mon, 2017-11-20 06:11
We'll help you find the best wireless speakers for pairing with your smartphone or tablet—whatever your budget, and whatever music floats your boat.

iPhone power adapters tested: Is fast charging worth the price?

Mon, 2017-11-20 06:00

New to this years’ iPhones is fast-charging capability. According to Apple, you can juice up your phone to 50 percent in just 30 minutes! There’s just one catch: You have to buy a new power adapter. Oh, and a new USB-C to Lightning cable, too. That’s two catches, and it's starting to sound expensive.

Is it even worth it? We grabbed five power adapters and three iPhones, ran a bunch of tests, and got to the bottom of the iPhone charging mystery. The truth is, while USB-C fast charging certainly works, you’re much better off buying Apple’s 12W USB-A Power Adapter—the one that comes with most iPads. It’s a lot less expensive ($19) and nearly as fast.

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How to close apps on the iPhone X

Sun, 2017-11-19 08:00

It’s a common misconception that closing out apps on your iPhone helps extend battery life. This isn’t really true—iOS suspends inactive background applications qui5te effectively. Re-starting apps from scratch takes more time and can result in shorter battery life than simply un-suspending them.

But apps aren’t always perfectly well behaved. Sometimes they freeze or the interface gets corrupted, and you need to start over fresh. Those sorts of situations are the only times you should really close apps.

With no home button on the iPhone X, how do you do it? Simple:

1. Bring up your list of all apps by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and pausing for a second. You’ll see cards for all your apps pop in.

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How to take a screenshot on the iPhone X

Sat, 2017-11-18 08:00

Taking screenshots is one of the most-used iPhone features, and with iOS 11’s new screenshot editing features, it’s more useful than ever. But you've always taken a screenshot by pressing the Side button and Home button, and that won’t work on an iPhone X. After all, there is no Home button.


Just press the side button and volume up to take a screenshot.

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The annual ritual: An airing of iOS grievances

Sat, 2017-11-18 07:00

Yes, it’s time again for the exercise we go through literally every year, like the running of the bulls, it’s time to declare this year’s iOS update to be the worst ever!

Writing for Gizmodo, Adam Clark Estes says “iOS 11 Is Killing Me.”

Softly with its love? Killing you softly?

No! Like in the face! Angrily! Because so many bugs!

One thing is for sure, this isn’t like before when there were no problems with iOS updates.

2016: “Apple’s iOS 10 update is causing major problems for some users.”

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iOS 11.2: Beta 4 is now available for developers

Fri, 2017-11-17 15:39

Updated 11/17/17: The fourth iOS 11.2 beta is available to the developers.

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.

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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Apple delays HomePod till 2018

Fri, 2017-11-17 12:19

Here’s one Apple product you won’t find under the tree this year: HomePod. While Apple had originally planned to release its HomePod smart speaker in December, it has now announced that it will be pushed back until early 2018.

In a statement to Macworld, Apple said, “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”

The impact on your home: HomePod might not quite have the appeal of iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, or even Apple TV 4K, but it’s still an important product in Apple’s catalog. But it’s more important to get it right. We’ve already seen Google deal with issues related to its mini Google Home unknowingly recording people, and Apple can hardly afford a similar gaffe on its first smart speaker. Amazon’s Echo has turned the home speaker into a must-have product, and Apple’s entry needs to be perfect. Missing the important holiday shopping season is tough, but if it means more features and a better experience, than we’re all for it.

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Hex TLS Bluetooth speaker review: 808 Audio delivers solid mono thump and good looks, but few amenities

Fri, 2017-11-17 09:00
This speaker is attractive, rugged, easy to pack, and it delivers an authoritative thump, but it's missing a few key features, including speakerphone functionality and the ability to charge other USB devices.

How to quickly and discreetly disable Face ID on the iPhone X

Fri, 2017-11-17 08:00

Face ID is at least as secure as Touch ID, but it does have its drawbacks. If you have an identical twin, for example, they will probably be able to fool it. And if someone gets ahold of your phone and manages to point it at your face, that might unlock it (provided you turn your attention toward it).

Apple has safeguards in place, just as it did with Touch ID: If Face ID tries to authenticate on someone else's face and fails several times, it will disable and require your passcode.

Still, there may be times when you feel that you don't want anyone to be able to use Face ID to get into your phone. Fortunately, it's quite easy to temporarily disable it. It's fast and discreet.

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