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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.

How to create a private LAN for Mac hardware devices

Fri, 2018-02-16 08:00

Apple has long had robust networking support in macOS, allowing many different kinds of network interfaces to be connected at once, including multiples of the same kind (like ethernet), network adapters plugging into to interfaces (like ethernet over Thunderbolt and ethernet over USB-C), and multiple simultaneous internet connections.

But Macworld reader Steven can’t get a particular installation to work that he needs for speed for his music recording studio. He has a 200Mbps internet connection, and the Mac he’s using for editing connects directly to the broadband connection. That part works fine.

But he has two other devices he wants to connect via ethernet to his Mac to get the throughput he needs. When he plugs his Mac into the internet connection, one of the other music-editing devices loses its connection. He’s tried a lot of combinations and different ethernet adapters, and nothing’s worked. He wonders how to proceed.

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3 ways tech can improve travel

Fri, 2018-02-16 07:00

Traveling is a great chance to put technology through the wringer. It’s a time when you have to be economical about the gear you carry, when your environments challenge you, and when you start seeing places where your devices could go further and do more than they already do.

Last week, my girlfriend and I spent nine days in Iceland (it was supposed to be seven, but a blizzard stranded us for an extra forty-eight hours). During that time we covered roughly half the country, from snowy lava fields in the west to black sand beaches—also with their share of snow—in the south. We carried more than a few pieces of tech with us, which gave us ample time to see what worked well and where we could use some improvement over the status quo.

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Evodesk XE Pro sit/stand desk review: A smart addition to any home office

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:00
A motorized lift and a plethora of customization options are the highlights of this inexpensive workstation.

How to change Siri's voice on HomePod

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:00

You already know you can change Siri's voice on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. So it stands to reason that you can make Siri sound different on HomePod, too. You have similar voice options on HomePod, but you find the settings in a different place.

If you want to give Siri on HomePod a man's voice or a British accent, here's what you do:

1. Open the Home app and look for your HomePod in the Favorite Accessories list.

2. Long-press (or 3D touch) on the HomePod you wish you change.

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How to change Siri's voice

Thu, 2018-02-15 14:00

Siri sound great. It’s one of the more natural-sounding virtual assistants, and she’s full of personality, too.

She? Is Siri a “she?” It doesn’t have to be! Siri’s default voice is female, but you can make Siri sound male, too. You can even give her three different accents: American, British, and Australian. (If you’re using Siri in non-English language, your choices will probably differ).

Change Siri’s voice in iOS

Here’s how to make Siri sound the way you want.

1. Open the Settings app, then tap Siri & Search.

2. Tap on Siri Voice.

3. Choose the accent and gender you wish.

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Save 50% On TypeIt4Me Text Expansion App For Mac

Thu, 2018-02-15 10:18

Typing doesn't come to everyone naturally. Some of us can crank out 80 words per minute without breaking a sweat, while others have to hunt and peck to string together a sentence. Either way, there's still room for improvement. TypeIt4Me allows you to create shortcuts that expand to longer words, phrases or pictures, so you can type common things like names, email addresses, contact details, phrases, and more in just a couple keystrokes. And you can try it for yourself today for half-off the usual price.

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Can an iPhone's Personal Hotspot feature connect to a Wi-Fi network?

Thu, 2018-02-15 09:00

Personal Hotspot was introduced many years ago as a way to turn your iPhone (and later iPad) into a conduit between a cellular data connection and one or more computers or other devices. Macworld reader Gabriel was hoping to use Personal Hotspot after his MacBook Air’s internal Wi-Fi system apparently conked out.

Gabriel is in ultima Thule, far from cellular networks, but has access to a Wi-Fi network. He tried to use Personal Hotspot to tether his Mac via Bluetooth and USB to the local Wi-Fi network, but couldn’t get it to work. “Every time I try to pair the two, the Wi-Fi connection drops off on the iPhone,” he writes.

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SnapPower USB Charger 2 review: Double the USB ports and (sort of) twice the power

Thu, 2018-02-15 08:00
This outlet cover lets you charge two devices at once, or one device twice as fast as the original.

How to control HomePod from Mac or iOS

Thu, 2018-02-15 08:00

The HomePod doesn’t behave like most other Apple devices. Unlike the Apple Watch, there’s no dedicated app. It supports AirPlay, so it shows up in the list of audio sources—but it’s also remote-controllable like an Apple TV. And to configure it, you don’t visit the Settings app, but the Home app. Here’s a quick guide to where and how you can control the HomePod from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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