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Amazon is selling a 12-inch MacBook for $799 for today only

Wed, 2018-02-21 15:53

If you're looking for a good deal on a MacBook, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better offer than the current Deal of the Day at a little company called Amazon. You'll need to act quick, though, as the offer is only valid through midnight Pacific tonight.

Act now, though, and you'll get a refurbished 12-inch 1.1GHz MacBook from 2015 with 256GB of storage and 8GB of memory for just $799.99. That's an impressive 400 bucks off the normal asking price.

For further specs, the device's Retina display boasts a resolution of 2304x1440 at 226 pixels per inch. It comes with macOS Yosemite built in and was one of the first devices with a Force Touch trackpad.

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Walmart's selling a white Philips Hue lightbulb for $10 today

Wed, 2018-02-21 15:25

Today's a good day to stock up on light bulbs for your smart home. Walmart is selling a single Philips Hue White A19 bulb for $10—or for 33 percent off the usual price. This deal is particularly nice since you can buy the exact amount of bulbs you want. Previously, the best price we've seen is a two-pack for $30.

The Philips Hue White A19 is a plain white LED bulb (read our review here). It doesn't have colors and doesn't come with a Philips Bridge. The Bridge is the go-between for the ZigBee-based Hue bulbs and a home network.

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Nest Cam IQ review: Lots of exciting features, but the price tag triggers less-desirable emotions

Wed, 2018-02-21 12:44
The latest security camera from Nest Labs is super powerful (and super expensive).

What to do when macOS High Sierra's Content Caching isn't working

Wed, 2018-02-21 08:00

Before iTunes 12.7, you could use iTunes for iOS syncing and backups, and iTunes could copy over downloaded iOS apps. Apple changed all that a few months ago with the release of iTunes 12.7. I suggested that a newly available feature in macOS 10.13 High Sierra could help cushion the blow of repeated downloads.

If you needed to restore an iOS device, those apps would be copied locally, instead of downloaded from the internet. And with multiple iOS devices in a household all using iTunes, it seemed like iTunes 12.7 could require a lot more app downloading, which can affect people with limited bandwidth or charges for bandwidth overages.

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Merge Cube review: A clever but short-lived augmented reality toy

Wed, 2018-02-21 07:00

Augmented reality got a nice jump-start from Apple’s ARKit in iOS 11, which increased the visual quality and responsiveness of digital objects placed into your real-world view. But how about a physical object—one that you can hold, feel, and rotate—that can be transformed into almost anything via your iPhone’s camera? That’s what the Merge Cube has to offer.

As high-tech as that might sound, the actual Merge Cube itself looks and feels like a squeezable stress reliever, making it both durable and kid-safe. It’s also impressively cheap—retailers like Walmart and Amazon have it for less than the $15 MSRP as of this writing. The Merge Cube is covered on all sides with shiny silver symbols, which help your phone track its position as you hold it in view of the back camera.

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Reolink RLC-422W home security camera review: Affordable, nearly vandal-proof outdoor security

Wed, 2018-02-21 06:00
With crystal clear video, 100-feet of night vision, and customizable motion alerts, this dome-style camera delivers peace of mind at a wallet-friendly price.

How to reset your HomePod

Wed, 2018-02-21 06:00

Currently, HomePod works with only one Apple ID. If you want to switch to someone else's account, you have to reset your HomePod and set it up with a different iOS device. You'll also want to reset your HomePod if you plan to give it away or sell it, if you need to send it to be serviced, or if some technical problem is preventing it from responding.

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Get a 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $700 off

Tue, 2018-02-20 16:16

We really admired the 2016 MacBook Pro when it first came out, and the then-new Touch Bar led us to say that it has the “best bits of iOS in a really great Mac.”

It’s such a good machine that it’s still a smart buy just a couple of years later. If you’ve been looking to upgrade but aren’t quite ready to face the prices for a 2017 model (which is essentially the same notebook but with some under-the-hood improvements), you can now pick up one of the most powerful versions of the 2016 rig from B&H for an impressive $700 off Apple’s price.

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Apple releases iOS 11.2.6, macOS 10.13.3 update, and more to fix Telugu 'text bomb' bug

Tue, 2018-02-20 13:33

Internet trolls had a great time causing Apple products to freeze last week thanks to a bug involving a specific character from India’s Telugu language. Fortunately, the party’s over now, as Apple released a barrage of updates that patch the issue on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and Apple TV boxes.

Take our word for it: update your devices now. You’re most likely to encounter the bug on your iPhone and iPad, so be sure to get the iOS 11.2.6 patch on your device straight away.

Apple’s had to deal with some high-profile bugs in the last few months, but this one, while obscure, was particularly nasty. All someone had to do was send a message with the specific character to an app like Messages, Facebook Messenger, or WhatsApp, and the app would freeze while Apple’s software struggled to interpret the character.

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12 sweet cases for the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Tue, 2018-02-20 13:24
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Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro hits a sweet spot for many—it’s big enough to offer productivity gains, yet small enough to still be pretty portable. If you’re using the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro as a laptop replacement and toting it all over town with you, you’ve probably realized this by now: You need a case or some sort of protection for it. It’s still an iPad, after all, not a laptop, and that big, bright, 10.5-inch screen is easily damaged. But don’t worry—we’ve got your back. Here are some of the coolest cases on the market.

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Design Your Dream Home with Live Home 3D Pro for Mac, Now 60% Off

Tue, 2018-02-20 09:29

Envisioning changes before they occur is often one of the most difficult and problematic aspects of designing a living space. That's why Live Home 3D Pro for Mac was created. This award-winning tool removes the guesswork behind floor planning and renovating by allowing you to create detailed plans of your living spaces digitally, and it's on sale for over 60% off.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mac App Store, Live Home 3D Pro for Mac lets you design advanced 2D floor plans using intuitive, point and click drafting tools. You can explore the 2D side view of a design using the elevation view to see walls, adjust doors and windows, or arrange furniture. Plus, you can even add custom light sources to your design, giving you complete control over light attenuation, glow, and direction. What's more, Live Home allows you to render your projects into ultra HD video files, handy if you're a contractor aiming to impress a client.

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Get a 299-Piece All-Purpose First Aid Kit For $12 Today

Tue, 2018-02-20 08:59

This full-fledged, easy-to-tote first aid softpack is designed to save time and frustration in the midst of an emergency. It's compact and portable, but contains 299 physician-recommended supplies.  Among the items neatly organized inside the zippered kit is a first aid guide, vinyl gloves, bandages, cold compress, gauze pads, trauma pad, cotton-tipped applicators, first aid tape roll, antiseptics and all three common OTC pain medications. The kit is currently a #1 best seller on Amazon, averages 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 2,230 customers, and its typical list price of has been reduced to just a hair over $12. Click over to Amazon to see this deal.

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$27 For Two Etekcity Smart Plugs With Alexa Compatibility - Deal Alert

Tue, 2018-02-20 08:09

With this smart plug from Etekcity, you can turn your appliances on/off remotely from your mobile device, or with your voice via Alexa. Or automate the on/off cycle with a schedule. The plug also monitors and helps control energy usage, and the slow drain that occurs even when devices are powered down. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 2,200 people on Amazon, the 2-pack of smart plugs has been discounted to just $26.99, or $13.50 per plug. See this deal now on Amazon.

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Killing it: Apple kills supposedly killer bug

Tue, 2018-02-20 08:00

The Macalope thinks it must exhausting being an Apple nay-sayer. You have to constantly scan the news so that when anything negative happens regarding Apple you can quickly type it up and declare it to be life-threatening to the company.

Writing for Inc., Erik Sherman says the “iPhone Has a Killer Character Problem, and It’s Kicking Apple’s Brand.” (Tip o’ the antlers to SamT.)

Killer karacter problem kicks Apple! Katastrophically.

If you have an iPhone, better be careful about any text your apps display.

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7 easy tweaks to breathe new life into your Apple Watch

Tue, 2018-02-20 06:00

I was over the moon about the Apple Watch when it was first announced. At the time, I was feeling intense jealousy over Android Wear watches that couldn’t work with my iPhone (back then, at least), and had picked up a cheap Pebble to help fill the void. And despite some initial shellshock over the price levels and version differences, I bought the Apple Watch Sport on day one and was excited for its future.

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Zolo Liberty+ Truly Wireless Headphones review: Fantastic battery life but mediocre audio

Mon, 2018-02-19 07:00

Anker has been making high quality mobile accessories and selling them at a reasonable price for years. Their audio brand, Zolo, is in on this action too: The

company’s first truly wireless headphones, the $150 Zolo Liberty+, are indeed reasonably priced. You’ll get the longest lasting battery life of any truly wireless earphones that I’ve tested so far. However, connectivity issues and mediocre sound mean you might not want to listen for too long.


In-ear headphone design doesn’t vary much—the things have to be shaped to fit into a user’s ears, after all—but Zolo did well in this area. The Liberty+ comfortably fit into my ears right out of the box, and even if it hadn’t, Zolo includes three different ear tip sizes and four pairs of ‘Grip Fit’ sleeves to create a good seal and keep the earphones in place.

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Apption Labs Meater review: This smart thermometer changed the way I grill

Mon, 2018-02-19 06:00
The Meater smart thermometer takes the guess work out of cooking meat and helps time cooks perfectly.

Unseriously: The iPhone’s supposed problem

Sat, 2018-02-17 07:00

Put on your very serious face because it’s time to discuss Apple’s very serious problem.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and home for wayward children with tongues stuck to cold metal objects, Ewan Spence has all the news that’s fit to doom.

“Apple's Serious Image Problem With The New iPhone.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

You know. You know. The very serious image problem. With the new iPhone. That one.

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Get one of the biggest iPad Pros for $120 off

Fri, 2018-02-16 15:11

We absolutely fell in love with the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro when we reviewed it back in June, calling it "one of the best Apple products ever made."

If that kind of quality sounds impressive but you'd like to have an even larger screen, B&H is currently offering the 2017 12.9-inch Wi-Fi-only 256GB model in space gray for $829, which is a fairly impressive $120 off of Apple's asking price.

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Amazon has dropped $50 off the Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Fri, 2018-02-16 12:57
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is $199 today on Amazon.