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If you buy a 1-year Office 365 Home subscription today you'll get a free $50 Amazon gift card

Thu, 2019-03-28 09:52

Even with free cloud-based options like Google Docs, if you want a full-featured office suite, there's still nothing better than Microsoft Office 365. And today Amazon will give you free money to try it out for a year. If you buy a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Home for $100 today, Amazon will throw in a free $50 gift cardRemove non-product link, bringing the true cost for the bundle to just $50.

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It's time for an 'Apple Prime' subscription bundle

Thu, 2019-03-28 06:30

Apple revealed many services at its March 25 “It’s show time” event, but wasn’t so eager to reveal how much they will cost. It’s no doubt still working out the details, but I think it also wanted to avoid the sticker shock of how much you’ll pay to subscribe to them all.

Both Apple Music and its newly announced Apple News+ service cost $9.99 a month. If Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade end up costing the same, that’s $40 a month you’ll pay to Apple to get it all. And that’s to say nothing of the extra buck or three for iCloud storage and the payments you’ll end up making on your new Apple Card. That’s not just expensive—that’s unwieldy.

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Apple's 'apology' for the MacBook keyboard only proves that we need a new MacBook keyboard

Thu, 2019-03-28 06:00

If there’s one thing both Apple fans and detractors can agree on, it’s that the MacBook keyboard sucks. Ever since Apple introduced the “butterfly” mechanism with the redesigned MacBook in 2015, Apple notebook users have had a love-hate relationship with their Macs. As in, they love everything about the MacBook but hate hate hate the keyboard.

In response to mounting criticism about the noise, travel, and dust ingress of the butterfly keyboard—named for the shape of the hinges beneath the keys—Apple has taken several steps. First they quietly launched a Keyboard Service Program for MacBook and MacBook Pro that offers a free repair for devices made between 2015 and 2017 that have letters or characters that repeat, do not appear, or generally don’t respond in a consistent manner. There’s no guarantee Apple is going to fix your machine, mind you, but anyone who bought a MacBook or MacBook Pro during those years can try their luck at an Apple Store.

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The best second-screen apps for watching Major League Baseball

Thu, 2019-03-28 00:11
Geek up the grand old game with data feeds, social media, and other interactive enhancements.

How to watch Major League Baseball online

Wed, 2019-03-27 20:03
Watching Major League Baseball without a cable subscription can be as difficult as hitting a hard slider. Our cord-cutting guide will help you find the sweet spot.

Apple releases watchOS 5.2 with ECG support for Europe and Hong Kong and new AirPods

Wed, 2019-03-27 19:10

Just a couple days after the release of iOS 12.2, Apple has released its Apple Watch companion update, watchOS 5.2. With it comes a bit of a surprise: support for the irregular heart rate detection and the ECG function on Apple Watch Series 4 for many European countries.

When Apple released the Apple Watch Series 4, it only promised the ECG function for the United States, stating that it had been cleared by the FDA to do so. Other countries would get the hardware, but would be locked out of the ECG software until Apple had secured the proper local clearances. Apple gave to timeframe for this, but it was commonly assumed that it could take a year or more.

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Best tax software discounts 2019: Get TurboTax and H&R Block for cheap while you still can

Wed, 2019-03-27 18:00

Where and when you buy your tax software can save you cash—which can take away a tiny bit of the sting if you end up owing cash to Uncle Sam.

If you’re looking to pay as little as possible for tax help, you’ll need a PC or Mac that can install software from a disc. For ease of use, you’ll want to go online and start a return directly with TurboTax, H&R Block, or the tax program of your choice.

Cheat sheet

The current best tax software deals on the most popular editions:

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Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: The complete list

Wed, 2019-03-27 17:43

Apple is said to be spending a couple billion dollars over 2018 and 2019 on the development of exclusive original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment.

What can you get for a couple billion dollars? Apple hopes to attract some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and to lock down the television and movie rights to best-selling books. Though the company has only given us a glimpse at a handful of shows, the Hollywood trade press has uncovered many more through its reporting on deals from casting agents and production companies.

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Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice for Mac users

Wed, 2019-03-27 17:02

With the internet abuzz with privacy concerns and the potential changes coming to net neutrality, you’ve likely heard about virtual private networks, better known as VPNs. When used correctly, a VPN can greatly strengthen your online privacy, assist in keeping your personal information secure, and even spoof your location in the world—allowing you to access websites or services that would otherwise be off limits due to region-locking.

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Iris Smart Hub (2017) review: Lowe’s offers an affordable smart-home system for the hacker mindset

Wed, 2019-03-27 14:27
A new professional monitoring option puts the focus squarely on security.

Apple releases iOS 12.3 beta to developers with new TV app

Wed, 2019-03-27 14:17

Apple’s “It’s show time” event on March 25 revealed a number of new services, most of which aren’t available yet. One of them, Apple News+, released immediately along with the update to iOS 12.2.

Just days later, the company released the first developer beta of iOS 12.3, which prepares for a major update to the TV app in May. 

Those who are part of Apple's developer program can register a device for developer betas by heading to developer.apple.com/download. Those who are not in the developer program can register their devices for public beta releases by visiting beta.apple.com while using the device on which they wish to run the beta software. While many beta releases are stable and even include new bug fixes, we suggest you do not run beta releases on your primary device.

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Save hundreds of bucks on MacBooks and iPad Pros with Best Buy's 24-hour sale

Wed, 2019-03-27 13:58

If you’ve been looking for a good deal on a MacBook or the latest iPad Pros, you should head over to Best Buy and check out its 24-hour Flash SaleRemove non-product link. You’ll find plenty of other products on sale as well.

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The Garmin Vivoactive 3 has built-in GPS and a weeklong battery life, and it's only $200 today

Wed, 2019-03-27 11:47

Smartwatches that blend the exercise-tracking capabilities of fitness bands with the functionality of a phone can help you keep tabs on many elements of your life—but they can get pretty pricey. Today, though, you can grab the Garmin vivoactive 3 GPS smartwatch for $200 on Amazon in the black with slate color, down from a list price of $280 and by far the lowest we’ve seen it.

This smartwatch is packed with features, most notably built-in GPS. A long battery life—up to a week in regular smartwatch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode—means you can keep the Garmin vivoactive 3 going without needing to constantly recharge. And that GPS tracking is just one of a whole lineup of sports-related features, including sport-specific apps, stress tracking, fitness age estimates, and more. Additionally, Garmin Pay allows you to use your watch like a contactless credit card, with a tap-to-pay set-up. The face of the watch is customizable to match your style, while a connected notification system lets you see your messages and other notifications right on the watch face (as you’d expect in a smartwatch). 

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Apple Card FAQ: Interest rates, rewards, sign-up and everything else you need to know

Wed, 2019-03-27 11:42

Among the TV shows, magazines, and games services unveiled at Apple’s “Show time” event was a surprise entry into a category that couldn’t be further outside Apple’s wheelhouse: a credit card. Dubbed Apple Card, it’s not a traditional plastic credit card that gives you points on things you buy. Rather, it’s a whole new way to shop online and offline. Here’s everything you need to know about it:

What is the Apple Card?

The Apple Card is an Apple-branded credit card from MasterCard. Unlike the current Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards, which is a partner card, the Apple Card is owned and operated by Apple.

When will it be available?

Apple says the Apple Card will be available this summer.

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Get A Lifetime Of Tech Training From Stone River For Just $50

Wed, 2019-03-27 10:05

No matter how old we get, we will always have the opportunity to learn something new, whether it’s to transfer to a different field or pick up a new hobby. However, many feel that the only way to learn something new is by going back to school. Luckily, a service like Stone River eLearning lets you learn at your own pace from the comfort of your home, and lifetime memberships are on sale for $59.

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Vivaldi 2.4 enhances the browser's tab wizardry

Wed, 2019-03-27 09:16
Vivaldi has a reputation for being an extremely configurable browser, and it's even more flexible with release 2.4 and its icon and tab rearranging.

Amazon's Fire HD 8 and 10 tablets have never been cheaper for Prime members

Wed, 2019-03-27 09:01
Amazon's selling the Fire HD 10 for $100 and the Fire HD 8 for $50 for Prime members right now.

TurboTax vs. H&R Block 2019: Which is the best tax software?

Wed, 2019-03-27 06:30

If you’ve been procrastinating on your taxes, we understand. Part of the challenge is deciding which tax preparer to trust with this annual chore. To help, we pitted two of the best web-based tax-filing applications against each other: TurboTax and H&R Block.

When we reviewed the 2019 versions of popular tax software, these two options finished at the top of the pile. Each offers excellent features and capabilities, clear user interfaces that are easy to understand, and collections of features that most tax filers need. But a few differences give each an edge depending on the situation.

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Can Apple's product expertise make Apple TV+ a success?

Wed, 2019-03-27 06:30

I’ve seen numerous celebrities in the audience at Apple events over the years, but Monday’s event at the Steve Jobs Theater was different. Captain America himself, Chris Evans, was in the audience. (I just missed him, but I think I spotted Tim Robbins talking to Apple’s Eddy Cue.) On stage were plenty of famous entertainment-industry faces, from directors like Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to actors like Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Even Oprah was there.

This was an Apple event unlike any other, and for many different reasons. There wasn't any new hardware or software to speak of, for one, and such a concept would’ve seemed impossible for Apple even a couple of years ago. Stranger still, the event was aimed as much at the entertainment industry as at the people who buy Apple’s products—but then, Apple waded into some pretty strange waters when it became a full-fledged movie and TV producer.

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