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iPhone X versus Android's best: A surprisingly lopsided affair

Wed, 2017-11-15 06:00

The Galaxy Note 8 is an incredible phone. Back when I reviewed it for PCWorld I gave it the highest possible score and raved about its display, still the greatest I’ve seen in Android phone. The dual camera delivered impressive portraits and lush landscapes, and the battery powered through the busiest of days. In short, it was the best phone I had ever used and I thought it would be a long while before anything topped it.

I was wrong. Apple’s iPhone X not only beats the Note 8, it practically makes it seem obsolete. I’ve tested a wide array of Android handsets over the past 12 months, and I can confidently say that none are in the same league as Apple’s newest handset. And only a couple come close.

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47% off HDMI Female to Female Coupler 2-Pack, Gold Plated High Speed Adapter - Deal Alert

Tue, 2017-11-14 13:52

Here's an adapter that's always good to have on hand. Pop one of them on the end of an HDMI cable and extend your back-of-the-tv HDMI port around front where it's easier to access. Or use them to couple multiple HDMI cables together for extended reach. Supports 3D and 4k signals. The list price of $10.99 has been reduced to just $5.89 for the two-pack. See this deal now on Amazon.

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2017 New York Audio Show: From the cool to the outrageous, long live great audio

Tue, 2017-11-14 13:42

New York became the center of the audio universe this past weekend, hosting the 2017 New York Audio Show. Three floors of the Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South were home to some of the biggest, newest, and most obscure names in audio. With gear ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to more than the cost of a house, audio bliss was within reach of all who attended--even if only temporarily.

Vinyl, vinyl everywhere

Vinyl and turntables were everywhere, but there was no turntable more unique or flexible than +Audio’s The+Record Player. This all-in-one record player features a custom Pro-ject belt-drive turntable and is for the consumer who wants a high-end turntable, speakers, digital inputs, and DAC in a single, turnkey package. The on-board DAC is a fully bi-directional sound card that’s capable of playing music from a USB source or digitizing your vinyl collection.

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iOS 11.2: Third beta adds faster wireless charging, Control Center popups for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Tue, 2017-11-14 12:26

Updated 11/14/17: The third iOS 11.2 beta is available to the public, and brings a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth toggle explanation and faster wireless charging.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud.

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Future iPhones may include a laser-powered, 3D-sensing rear camera to augment AR

Tue, 2017-11-14 11:03

If you’re already growing tired of iPhone X2 rumors, a new report sheds light on a new feature that’s due not for next year’s iPhone but the 2019 model. According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on bringing 3D-sensing to the rear camera to turn the iPhone into an augmented reality powerhouse.

iPhone X already features a snazzy selfie camera that creates a depth map of your face to use with Face ID and animoji. Called TrueDepth, it relies on sensors that project thousands of dots onto your face to learn and adapt to the unique geometry of your face. But Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on something much more advanced for the iPhone’s rear camera.

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Score 40+ Hours of Adobe Creative Cloud Training for a Price You Choose - Deal Alert

Tue, 2017-11-14 10:47

Nowadays, marketers understand the value of promoting a brand with gripping visual content online. And, as such, graphic designers are surging in demand. However, if you're looking to break into this booming field, you're going to need to master the tools these professionals use daily, and with the Pay What You Want: The Adobe CC Lifetime Mastery Bundle, you can do just that for a price you choose.

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Yale Real Living Assure SL Lock review: Yale’s next-gen lock makes significant strides

Tue, 2017-11-14 08:00
While the new Assure looks great on the outside, its smart home capabilities remain lacking.

Why you should not rely on iCloud Photo Library as your only media backup

Tue, 2017-11-14 08:00

iCloud Photo Library, when it fits your needs, is a great way to avoid having to manage where your images and videos wind up. You capture video on your iPhone or drag an image into Photos in macOS, and it just syncs everywhere while making a central copy at iCloud. While I hear regularly from people having difficulty with aspects of it, it's a way to reduce the stress about how much storage you have on any given device, especially iOS devices.

(And, yes, once again: if you delete an image on one device that's linked to iCloud Photo Library, it deletes it everywhere. Apple's warning when you try to delete is real.)

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Philo is a sports-free TV bundle for just $16 per month

Tue, 2017-11-14 07:21
Philo is the cheapest streaming TV bundle yet with AMC, Discovery, and Viacom channels.

Stay off target: Attacking Apple’s privacy record

Tue, 2017-11-14 07:00

Apple has released a new thing and thus we must wring our hands about issues related to the new thing that are actually only bad on other companies’ platforms and not Apple’s. Look, it doesn’t make sense, but it’s thing we have to do.

No, no one knows why.

Look, this will go faster if we just get to the piece, OK?

Writing for The Independent, Hamish McRae says “Consumers seem happy for Apple’s iPhone X to know more about us than our own Government does, but it won’t last.” (The Macalope seems to have misplaced the name of who sent the link to this one but a tip o’ the antlers to you, whoever you are.)

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iPhone X review: The thrill is back

Tue, 2017-11-14 06:00

This is it—the iPhone that longtime Apple users have been waiting for. The iPhone X brings back the thrill of the original iPhone, which was introduced 10 years ago. It breathes new life into the product line with an eye toward the future, while providing plenty of functionality for today.

What makes the iPhone X exciting? First, there’s the TrueDepth camera, used for Face ID (Apple's new security feature), as well augmented reality. Then there’s the OLED display, which is so good looking, you may make the iPhone X your primary device to look at pictures and watch video. And last but not least, there’s the A11 Bionic processor, which brings the iPhone to a new level of performance.

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iOS 11.2: Apple releases third beta to developers

Mon, 2017-11-13 13:22

Updated 11/13/17: The third iOS 11.2 beta is available for developers. The public beta version should follow in a couple days.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

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Forget Pokémon Go – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Niantic's next potential AR obsession

Mon, 2017-11-13 08:35

There’s never been a mobile gaming sensation quite like Pokémon Go, and in summer 2016, Niantic’s game had millions of people wandering their neighborhoods to catch digital monsters. You could see it on the faces of the people staring down at their phones as they shambled around: the excitement of catching a new Pokémon for the first time or winning a gym battle, or alternately, the frustration of the game’s many early glitches.

But there might be another mobile phenomenon just like it next year or soon after: Niantic and Warner Bros. announced that they’re working on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a new location-based, augmented reality game. It will seemingly follow the Pokémon Go mold as it sends you around the real world to learn spells, battle magical creatures, and soak in some of that media universe’s ample magic.

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Fabriq Chorus review: This Alexa-powered smart speaker is an excellent value

Mon, 2017-11-13 07:30
It sounds great, can operate on battery power, and comes with a charging dock.

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 review: Photo editor gets into the AI spirit with a solid grip on emerging tech

Mon, 2017-11-13 07:00

The Photoshop CC 2018 update has plenty to look forward to beyond the typical annual upgrade of Adobe’s subscription desktop photo/graphic design app. It integrates support for emerging technologies like 360-degree spherical panoramas and the HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) image file format adopted by Apple for macOS 10.13 and iOS 11.

Combined with new features like variable fonts, paint stroke smoothing, a symmetry tool, a Curvature Pen tool, direct social media sharing, instant access to synced Lightroom photos, enhanced search, brush management, layer copy and paste, and more, Photoshop CC 2018 welcomes newcomers by incorporating training directly into the app.

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First Alert Onelink review: This Homekit smoke alarm can smell a fire, but its push alerts need work

Mon, 2017-11-13 06:00
What good is a smart smoke alarm if the smart component isn’t fully baked?

Best smart smoke detector

Mon, 2017-11-13 06:00
Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don’t just sound the alarm, they also alert your smart phone and more.

Nest Protect review: No-nonsense “smart” smoke and carbon-monoxide detection

Mon, 2017-11-13 06:00
The best smart smoke detector on the market is also the most expensive.

Halo+ Smart Smoke & CO Alarm with Weather Alerts review: A pricey alternative to the Nest Protect

Mon, 2017-11-13 06:00
This smoke detector packs all the bells, whistles, and a weather radio, too.

Hello, again: Re-introducing the iPhone

Sat, 2017-11-11 07:00

Pundits have been screaming for years that Apple needed to show us something new. Naturally, now that it has, they’re complaining about them changing things.

Writing for Fast Company, Jesus Diaz is back to declare “The iPhone X Is A User Experience Nightmare.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Branden, Žiga and Chris.)

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