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AKG N700NC Wireless headphone review: Finally, noise-cancelling headphones an audiophile can love

Tue, 2018-12-18 06:00
These AKG headphones prioritize music reproduction over noise cancellation.

Smart Alert for Mail (SAM) review: How to check your mailbox without leaving the house

Tue, 2018-12-18 06:00
Tired of trudging out to your mailbox only to find that your mail hasn't arrived yet? SAM will notify you the moment it arrives—as long as your box isn't too far from your house.

All the same to me: Apple and Google’s interest in tracking you

Tue, 2018-12-18 06:00

Welcome again to another episode of False Equivalency Theater, the only half-hour entertainment program the brings you the most ridiculous conflation of two things that are really not the same!

Last week, we looked at spelling bees and killer bees and found no difference whatsoever. What will we look at this week? Google and Apple’s approach to privacy!

Writing for Fox News, Brooke Crothers tells us “How to stop Apple and Google from tracking you.” (Tip o’ the antlers to DLAN.)

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Apple releases iOS 12.1.2, addressing eSIM activation bugs

Mon, 2018-12-17 18:13

Apple released iOS 12.1.1 fewer than two weeks ago, fixing a handful of bugs and expanding eSIM support. Today, Apple is fixing a few remaining bugs with iOS 12.1.2, as more carriers around the world roll out eSIM support for the iPhone XS and XR. (T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon now support adding lines via eSIM in the U.S.)

The release notes for 12.1.2 are the shortest we’ve seen in a long time.

iOS 12.1.2 includes bug fixes for your iPhone. This update: 

  • Fixes bugs with eSIM activation for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
  • Addresses an issue that could affect cellular connectivity in Turkey for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.

As you can see, this update only fixes a few eSIM activation bugs and cellular connectivity issues in Turkey.

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Sign Up for HelloSign and Get Your First Three eSignatures Free

Mon, 2018-12-17 16:06

When’s the last time you signed a contract on an actual piece of paper? Likely not lately, and likely not any time soon. Printing and manually signing pieces of paper is not only a logistical nightmare, it’s bad business in 2018. HelloSign is one of the leading companies allowing businesses and individuals to collectlegally binding e-signatures quickly and securely, and it’s making the case for eSignatures pretty darn clear.

If you find change daunting, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you navigate HelloSign’s crisp, clear user interface. It won’t frustrate you, and more importantly, it won’t frustrate your customers or employees. Right now, you can try out your first three signatures for free — no strings attached.

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Take $40 to $50 off the latest 11-inch iPad Pros at Amazon

Mon, 2018-12-17 13:53

Deals on Apple products at Amazon used to be rare, but they’re quite common now that Apple is selling its own wares through the juggernaut online retailer. And Amazon isn’t just offering discounts on old stuff, either. Today, for instance, Amazon is letting you take anywhere from $40 to $50 off the 64GB and 256GB models of the new 11-inch iPad Pro.

Below you’ll find the specific deals on the 11-inch model with Wi-Fi:

  • 64GB 11-inch Space Gray iPad Pro for $759 (down from $799)
  • 256GB 11-inch Space Gray iPad Pro for $899.99 (down from $949)
  • 256GB 11-inch Silver iPad Pro for $899.99 (down from $949)

You can also take $50 off the Space Gray 64GB 11-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and Cellular, which brings the price to $899 (down from $949).

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Get a 10% bonus when you add funds to your Apple ID

Mon, 2018-12-17 13:00

Who doesn’t like free money? Apple is offering some of that today in a special limited offer that started on Monday and ends on Thursday, December 20.

Apple’s promotion is a 10 percent bonus when you add funds to your Apple ID. For example, if you add $10, Apple chips in $1. The limit is $200, where you get a bonus $20.

The funds in your Apple ID can be used on the iOS and Mac App Store, and the iTunes Store. You can also use the funds towards iCloud Storage. Funds cannot be used in the online Apple Store.

This offer can be performed only once per customer.

iOS: How to add funds to your Apple ID Apple

Here’s how to add funds to your Apple ID, using an iPhone or iPad on iOS 12.

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Fitbit rolls out OS 3.0 for Versa and Ionic with new apps, more stats, and a bright future

Mon, 2018-12-17 09:00

It’s the season of giving, and Fitbit has a great gift for all Versa and Ionic owners. Starting today, the company is rolling out Fitbit OS 3.0 to all smartwatch models, bringing a slew of apps, features, and enhancements to help you get even more out of your new smartwatch.

At the center of the update is an extended on-device dashboard so you can both see and input more stats right on your wrist. While you could already monitor things like steps, exercise, and heart rate by swiping up to reveal the Today screen, OS 3.0 expands on the concept, letting you view sleep data as well as heart rate and hourly activity. You’ll also be able to see you weight and water log totals and update them right on your wrist.

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Apple Music Connect was doomed from the start

Mon, 2018-12-17 07:00

Remember Ping? Back in the days before all-you-can-eat streaming music services, iTunes was king. So Apple built a social media platform into iTunes where artists could promote their work and talk about what’s inspiring them. As for users, they could recommend tracks and albums to each other.

But nobody liked it, so Apple shut it down. Six years ago, we published a postmortem of sorts that laid out all the ways in which Ping went wrong. Discoverability was bad, artists didn’t keep up with posting. and it felt more like marketing than genuine social connection. For that matter, discoverability and virality were terrible—the list goes on and on.

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How to use Alexa Routines to make your Amazon Echo even smarter

Mon, 2018-12-17 06:00
Alexa Routines creates lots of new possibilities for your Amazon Echo. Here's how to put them to use.

Edifier S880DB Bluetooth speakers review: Small but serious musical performers

Mon, 2018-12-17 06:00
Edifier's self-powered Bluetooth speakers also support just about every wired source you could want, both digital (optical, coax, and USB) and analog (dual stereo RCA).

Capture, an iPhone 3D scanner app, hints at the future of augmented reality

Mon, 2018-12-17 06:00

3D scanners don’t have to cost a fortune: As it turns out, you may already have one in your pocket. A new free app called Capture uses the TrueDepth sensors on X-series iPhones to make crude 3D models of small objects, which you can then plop into different settings through augmented reality or share with other folks through iMessage or other means.

Or let’s put it this way: With Capture, I can use my iPhone XS Max to scan a 3D model of Macworld’s old Macintosh SE, being careful to scan each angle I can reach (or until it times out). Once done, I can flip and spin the 3D model around inside the app as though the old Mac were a prop in a video game. I could also send it to a friend, who’d then be able to use her iPhone’s camera see how it looks on her own desk through augmented reality. This will work even with her iPhone 7, which doesn’t have the TrueDepth sensor built in.

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How to link Apple Music to your Amazon Echo and set it as the default service

Fri, 2018-12-14 14:42

Listen up, Apple Music subscribers—HomePod isn’t the only smart speaker that can handle your tunes anymore. Apple has teamed up with Amazon to allow streaming on Echo devices, so all of your songs, albums, and playlists are good to go. Here’s how to set it all up:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone.
  2. Tap the menu icon in the top left corner.
  3. Navigate to Settings.
  4. Tap Music under Alexa Preferences.
  5. Tap the plus symbol next to Link New Service.
  6. Select Apple Music.
  7. Enter your username and password and two-factor authentication code.
  8. Tap Enable to Use on the Alexa Skill page.
  9. Tap Allow on the Apple authentication page.
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Setting up Apple Music on your Echo device takes just a few taps.

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Walmart is selling the 2018 128GB iPad for $100 off today

Fri, 2018-12-14 13:58

If you were planning on getting someone an iPad for a holiday gift, today’s a good day to do so. Right now Walmart is selling the 2018 128GB 9.7-inch iPad with Wi-Fi for a mere $329Remove non-product link, down $100 from its normal retail price.

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Amazon will give you a free Echo Dot when you buy 4 Tile Bluetooth trackers

Fri, 2018-12-14 11:20

We all know the age-old annoyance of losing our keys, phones, and other small-but-necessary objects. Tile is here to help with that, providing handy little Bluetooth-equipped “tiles” to help track down your missing stuff. And today, you can choose from two different bundles, each with a second-gen Echo Dot that’s essentially free.

A bundle with two Tile Mate, two Tile Slim, and an Echo Dot is $60 on Amazon, down from a list price of $110, and a bundle with four Tile Mate + Tile Pro (two each in black and white) and an Echo Dot is $100, down from a list price of $140.

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FamilyTreeDNA review: Unique genealogical collaboration, but an outdated interface

Fri, 2018-12-14 08:00
FamilyTreeDNA is the oldest consumer genetic geneaology company, and its age can show for the wrong reasons. But there are still some great features to consider. Read our review to learn more.

Family Tree DNA review: Unique genealogical collaboration, but an outdated interface

Fri, 2018-12-14 08:00
Family Tree DNA is the oldest consumer genetic geneaology company, and its age can show for the wrong reasons. But there are still some great features to consider. Read our review to learn more.

What Apple's new job additions tell us about its product plans

Fri, 2018-12-14 07:00

Apple’s well known for its centralized approach, not just in terms of hardware and software, but also in geography. The company has previously pushed hard to locate as many of its non-retail employees as possible in its hometown of Cupertino, in large part because of its belief that its employees work better on physically proximate teams. Look no further than its enormous new home base, Apple Park, which opened there earlier this year.

But this week, the company announced that it would be expanding its footprint in several U.S. cities outside the Bay Area, most notably in Austin, Texas, where it already has its largest non-Cupertino presence, but also in a few other key locations. In particular, Apple projects that in the next three years it will exceed 1000 employees in three cities: Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City.

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Blu-ray breakdown: The best movies newly available on disc

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:00
These recent, notable DVD and Blu-ray releases offer up cheery and chilling entertainment alike.

Momentum Cori review: this budget-priced two-pack offers an instant security solution

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:00
Having a tight budget doesn't mean you can't have pretty good video surveillance at home.

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