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How to upgrade to macOS Mojave

Mon, 2018-09-24 13:00

Apple has released the latest version of its Macintosh operating system. Called macOS Mojave, this is version 10.14 of the OS, and it features several new features including Dark Mode, Dynamic Desktop, Finder enhancements, and a lot more.

Ready to install Mojave? First, you should back up your Mac’s data, just in case something goes wrong during the installation. Once that’s done, you need to connect to a reliable (and preferably reasonably fast) internet connection to download the software. The installation takes several minutes to download and install, so prepare accordingly.

How to install macOS Mojave

1. Here is the link to the macOS Mojave Apple Store webpage. Click on it, and the page will open in your browser. 

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Apple completes Shazam acquisition, removes ads from Shazam app

Mon, 2018-09-24 12:42

Apple formally announced that it has completed its acquisition of Shazam, the song-identifying app that has become so synonymous with “identifying songs” that it has its own game show on a major network. Apple first announced it would acquire the company back in December 2017 for an undisclosed price (rumored to be around $400 million).

Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music, had the following to say:

Apple and Shazam have a long history together. Shazam was one of the first apps available when we launched the App Store and has become a favorite app for music fans everywhere. With a shared love of music and innovation, we are thrilled to bring our teams together to provide users even more great ways to discover, experience and enjoy music.

It’s not yet clear what Apple plans to do with the Shazam app or its underlying technology. Apple has only said, “The app will soon offer its experience ad-free for all users so everyone can enjoy the best of Shazam without interruption.”

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The Arlo video baby monitor, the best way to monitor your little one, is $30 off today

Mon, 2018-09-24 11:37

Any new parent will tell you how important a video baby monitor is for keeping an eye on your child when you're in another room. The choices can be overwhelming, however, but we've already done all of the testing for you and our top pick, the Arlo Baby smart video monitor, is on sale today for $170Remove non-product link, $30 off and the lowest price we've seen.

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Roku adds low-cost Premiere 4K players to its line up

Mon, 2018-09-24 09:00
Roku is expanding its streaming video player lineup with a 4K player that is half the price of its current 4K offering. The Roku Premiere will launch ahead of the year-end shopping season when 4K TVs are likely to be big sellers.

Ecovacs Deebot 901 review: an affordable floor-mapping robot vacuum

Mon, 2018-09-24 06:00
This competent cleaner boasts laser navigation and Google Home and Amazon Alexa integration at a fraction of premium-model prices.

iPhone XS networking performance gets a big boost

Mon, 2018-09-24 06:00

The performance improvements in the A12 Bionic chip used in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max certainly sound impressive. Apple says the CPU is up to 15 percent faster, the GPU is up to 50 percent quicker, and the Neural Engine (used in machine learning and augmented reality) is around nine times as fast!

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Hiding in plain sight: Apple’s iPhone strategy

Sat, 2018-09-22 07:00

The Macalope brings you this breaking news about Apple: Apple products cost too much. More updates on this late-breaking news as they come in.

Writing for the very nice people and editors and middle managers and a surprising number of luchadores over at Business Insider, Troy Wolverton says “Apple's $1,000 iPhones are turning it into a luxury brand — and it could lose a whole generation of customers.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick, Alex and Mickey.)

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If you're upgrading to an iPhone XS, your old iPhone X case might cause more harm than good

Fri, 2018-09-21 16:46

To the untrained eye, it seems as though the iPhone X and the iPhone XS are identical. They both have the same screen, the same dual camera, and the same dimensions, so it would stand to reason that any old iPhone X case would fit fine.

That's not the case. Although some case makers were originally simply rebranding their iPhone X cases as iPhone XS cases after the Gather Round event earlier this month, things have changed since the iPhone XS started shipping. Apparently, the camera bump is imperceptibly taller on the iPhone XS, which is causing issues with some stiffer cases.

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Unboxing of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Fri, 2018-09-21 15:31
We got the new iPhone and we took the wraps off during a video that was streamed live to Twitter. If you missed it, you can watch it here.(twitter.com)

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Get a Milanese loop band for your Apple Watch for less than 8 bucks

Fri, 2018-09-21 13:58

Apple typically plays up the Milanese loop band for its higher-end Apple Watches, and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s as elegant as they come—a stainless steel mesh strap that wraps in around your wrist and stays in place with the help of a simple magnet. Normally you’ll pay $149 for this elegance on Apple’s own siteRemove non-product link. But today, by entering the code NPXMFVM6 at checkout on Tirnga’s listing on AmazonRemove non-product link, you get a Milanese loop band for your Apple Watch for as little as $7.49.

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With iOS 12, the HomePod finally feels like a member of the household

Fri, 2018-09-21 13:39

HomePod and I were going through a rough patch. It wasn’t a great relationship to begin with, admittedly, but in the beginning there was at least that thrill of attraction; that admiration for the way it could fill a room with ravishing sound. We didn’t do much else together, though, and so we drifted apart. She was kinda messy. For months, we didn’t even talk. But that was until iOS 12 came along and reignited the flame to burn brighter than it had before.

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Keep your phone powered up at home or on the go with Amazon's awesome Anker sale

Fri, 2018-09-21 12:24

Whether you're waiting for the FedEx truck to bring your shiny new iPhone XS Max or are just trying to get a squeeze more months out of your Galaxy S7, there's one thing you both have in common: the charger that comes in the box isn't good enough. So if you're looking for a better way to juice up your phone, Amazon has you covered today with some all-time lows on Anker's excellent line of high-speed charging accessoriesRemove non-product link.

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Apple's dropping Back To My Mac Remote Access. Here's an Alternative, Currently Discounted.

Fri, 2018-09-21 11:10

Apple is dropping the Back To My Mac remote access feature, and in a recent support document they urge you to be prepared by looking for alternatives.

RemotePC by iDrive is a full-featured remote access solution that lets you connect to your work or office computer securely from anywhere, and from any iOS or Android device. Right now, their 50 computer package is 90% off or just $6.95 for your 1st year. So if you need an alternative to Back To My Mac, or have been thinking about remote access, now is a good time to consider RemotePC. Learn more about it here.

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Get a Lifetime Subscription To Stone River's 2000+ Hours Of Tech Training For $59

Fri, 2018-09-21 10:12

Just because you’ve completed school doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. In fact, continuing your education beyond traditional schooling can have a profound effect on your adult life because you get to choose what you want to learn, and do so at your own pace, rather than following a strict classroom rubric. One of the most popular ways to learn new skills is through an eLearning course, and Stone River is currently offering lifetime eLearning memberships for $59.

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Apple Watch Series 4 has arrived but here are 5 reasons to buy a Series 3 instead

Fri, 2018-09-21 08:00

Take a trip to the glass display case at your local Apple Store today and you’ll see a brand new Apple Watch Series 4 inside. Available in two new sizes, 40mm and 44mm, a variety of new colors and bands, and sporting a 30-percent larger screen, it’s the most significant upgrade to Apple’s wearable yet.

But all that newness comes at a price. Literally. The new entry-level Apple Watch costs $100 more than its predecessor, with some LTE aluminum models crossing the $500 threshold for the first time. And that’s before you get into the stainless steel and Hermes models. That means you’ll be spending at least $399 on a new Apple Watch Series 4 and $499 if you want cellular connectivity, a starting price of $50 more than the original and the highest entry-level threshold the Apple Watch has ever had.

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Siri Shortcuts: Opening up Siri’s next chapter

Fri, 2018-09-21 07:00

In 2011, Apple announced that its newest iPhone would incorporate a brand new virtual assistant, based on an app developed by a company that Apple had acquired: Siri. This fall’s release of iOS 12 marks seven years since Siri’s debut, meaning that the virtual assistant would be roughly in first grade by now.

Over the intervening years, Siri has grown in fits and starts, expanding its features and its knowledge base, often with only a little fanfare from Apple. On rare occasions, Apple does devote some attention to the virtual assistant, such as when it produced a whole video dedicated to the relationship between action star—and impossibly cheerful human—Dwayne Johnson and the intelligent agent. But more often than not, Siri’s presented as a facet of Apple’s other products.

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Q Acoustics 3020i bookshelf speaker review: A definite contender for best-in-class status

Fri, 2018-09-21 06:00
What’s the opposite of sticker shock? It’s hard to believe these speakers are this inexpensive.

Did you just get your iPhone XS? Do these 10 things first!

Fri, 2018-09-21 06:00

So that $1,000-plus sticker shock didn’t put you off from upgrading to the poorly-named iPhone XS or even-worse-named iPhone XS Max. I don’t blame you—I bought the one, too.

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This $13 RavPower wireless charging stand will make up for your iPhone XS's lame 5W plug

Thu, 2018-09-20 14:00

The new iPhone XS and XS Max are shipping out tomorrow, but it's not all good news: They still ship with the same 5W charger that takes forever to fill up your phone. That's why you need a wireless charger, and today, RaVPower's Qi-certified wireless charger is an all-time low of $13Remove non-product link so go grab one before they're all gone.

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Get the latest 21.5-inch iMac for under $1,000

Thu, 2018-09-20 13:24

It’s not often that we see a good deal on iMacs—by and large, the deals on the big Apple desktop products tend to focus on MacBooks. Today, though, the 2017 21-inch iMac is getting some love over at B&HRemove non-product link, where it’s available for $150 off. That’s enough to bring the price to an agreeable $949, down from the usual price of $1,099.00.

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