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WeatherFlow Tempest Weather System review: The best home weather station available

Thu, 2020-06-18 06:00

I’ve been trying to get my hands on a WeatherFlow Tempest for years. When I first spotted the device on Indiegogo in late 2016 (that’s not a typo), it sounded like nothing else available at the time. Now that it’s finally here, there’s still nothing better. Other weather stations are complex, challenging to install, and involve large sensor suites. The Tempest houses everything in one impossibly small and easy-to-set-up enclosure.

The Tempest took much longer than expected to reach the market. WeatherFlow promised backers a station by 2017, but manufacturing issues and delays repeatedly pushed its launch back. Most of the original backers didn’t get their stations until 2018 or later. And while the company was taking preorders—most of those preorders didn’t make it into customers’ hands until this year. 

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HBO Max still isn't supersized enough to attract cord-cutters

Thu, 2020-06-18 06:00
HBO Max needs more supersizing if AT&T really wants to take on Netflix.

WeatherFlow Tempest Weather System review: This is the best home weather station on the market

Thu, 2020-06-18 06:00
This home weather station will tell you everything you need to know about your local weather with market-leading accuracy.

Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist?

Thu, 2020-06-18 06:00
Home weather stations are getting more accurate and sophisticated all the time. Follow our buyer's guide to find your own personal meteorologist.

Apple picks a fight with popular app developer Basecamp on eve of WWDC

Wed, 2020-06-17 10:49

During a week that should be filled with leaks, spy shots, and excitement leading up to WWDC, Apple is instead making headlines for all the wrong reasons, being called “gangsters” and a “mafioso” after threatening one of its best-known developers.

It all started with an email app. On Monday, Basecamp launched a “potent reintroduction of email” in the form of Hey, a $99-a-year cross-platform subscription service that promised privacy and ease of use with 100GB of storage and a personalized email address. Even though it’s invitation-only until July 2020, Hey immediately picked up some buzz, with some 50,000 people waiting to get their Hey on, according to TechCrunch.

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Cloud storage plans you can use to replace your Mac’s external storage

Wed, 2020-06-17 07:00

Fast storage remains expensive; slower storage not so much. That can lead you to opt for relatively little SSD storage when upgrading to a new Mac, especially compared to hard disk drives you might have installed or accessible with your previous Mac.

An external hard drive is the best and easiest strategy. I have a 1TB Fusion Drive on my iMac and both 4TB and 8TB external drives for cloning the startup volume and for holding media and archives.

However, you might prefer to not have to maintain external storage and deal with maintaining local or internet-hosted backups. If you’re a laptop user, external storage is often a hassle. Instead, you might want to lean on the cloud. The easiest and most affordable cloud storage methods follow.

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Annual Android and iOS releases are boring and they need to stop

Wed, 2020-06-17 06:00
It's time for Apple and Google to stop rolling out splashy annual upgrades for our phones while there's still some excitement left.

Sonos Arc: A Dolby Atmos performance evaluation

Wed, 2020-06-17 06:00
Make sure your TV supports eARC if you want to experience Dolby Atmos on the Sonos Arc soundbar.

Apple announces WWDC20 Swift Student Challenge winners

Tue, 2020-06-16 15:43

In conjunction with its WWDC virtual developer event, Apple held a Swift Student Challenge where students 13 and older were invited to create Swift Playgrounds projects. Apple has announced that there are 350 winners from 41 countries, but has chosen to highlight the efforts of three students who have done much more than create a Swift Playgrounds project.

Sofia Ongele, Palash Taneja, and Devin Green all “view challenges in the world as opportunities to effect change,” as the Apple release says.

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Linksys announces $150 Max-Stream AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 router

Tue, 2020-06-16 12:00

Linksys is expanding its Wi-Fi 6 product portfolio with a new, lower-cost router: The $150 Max-Stream AX1800 (model MR7350). The new device can be set up as a primary router to cover homes up to about 1,700 square feet, or it can operate as a mesh node on any Wi-Fi 6-based mesh network where another Linksys MR7350, a Linksys MR9600, or a Linksys Velop is the primary router.

This is a dual-band router supporting two simultaneous spatial streams in each direction to deliver maximum theoretical throughput of 574Mbps on its 2.4GHz network and 1,201Mbps on its 5GHz network. The MR7350 has one gigabit WAN port, four gigabit LAN ports, and a USB 3.0 port that can be used to share storage over the network.

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Linksys is now shipping the three new Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers it announced at CES

Tue, 2020-06-16 12:00
The $150 Linksys Max-Stream AX1800 can operate as a primary router or as a node on any Linksys Max-Stream or Velop mesh network.

Apple’s back to school promo is both better and worse than ever

Tue, 2020-06-16 09:46

For the first time ever, Apple has sweetened its back to school promo with something everyone wants: AirPods. However, the maximum savings are a lot less than previous years.

Apple’s Beats-centric back to school promo has never been all that enticing, but it did offer big savings on headphones. For example, Mac buyers last year could get a free pair of Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones worth $400, while iPad Pro and iPad Air buyers got $250 in credit toward the same high-end headphones. This year’s credit is capped at $159 no matter which product you buy.

Like previous years, the promotion applies to all new Mac purchases except the Mac mini, as well as the iPad Pro and iPad Air.

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A hello to ARMs: The next generation of Apple tropes

Tue, 2020-06-16 07:00

Rumors are running rampant—as that is the only way they know how to run—that Apple will announce at WWDC that it is ditching using Intel chips in Macs in favor of its A-series chips.

Ah, rumors. How The Macalope loves to watch you stride majestically across the plains, moving in waves as if like the murmuration of starlings and, yes, sometimes tripping on your own hooves and falling face-first into a ravine, bouncing comically down the side until exploding like a Pinto packed with dynamite.

(Every serving of The Macalope comes with a free mixed metaphor salad.)

Surely this will come as a great disappointment to Rob Enderle who five years ago said the only smart move for Apple would be to give up making its own ARM chips and use those of Qualcomm instead. And the fact that Qualcomm was a client of Enderle’s certainly had nothing to do with it. Please. It’s just science.

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WWDC 2020: What we might expect Apple to announce on June 22

Tue, 2020-06-16 06:15

Apple’s annual WWDC event is always a big deal. It’s our first look at the new operating systems that will ship to the public in the fall, and often a place where Apple unveils new hardware. In recent years, we’ve seen Apple Music, the HomePod, the iMac Pro, and the Mac Pro announced at WWDC, in addition to new operating systems and updates to the current Macs.

This year is a little different. COVID-19 has caused Apple to change WWDC into an online-only event and to hold it later in June than it typically does. Still, the week-long developer conference will be preceded by a streaming video Special Event, where we expect lots of big announcements.

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Channel Master Smartenna+ review: This TV antenna tunes itself to pull in all the channels it can

Tue, 2020-06-16 06:00
Lots of companies call their products “smart,” but it’s more than hyperbole in this case.

Apple expands 0% financing for Apple Card users to all products except Apple Watch

Mon, 2020-06-15 12:56

While Apple has offered 24-month interest-free financing for Apple Card users since its debut, other Apple products haven’t enjoyed the same benefits. Starting today, Apple is changing that.

No matter which Apple product you buy, you can get spread your payments over six or 12 months, depending on your purchase. The monthly installments are similar to the promos offered with the Barclaycard Financing Visa, though where those are related to price, the Apple Card financing is based on product line. Here’s what Apple is offering:

  • iPhone: 24 months
  • Mac: 12 months
  • iPad: 12 months
  • AirPods: 6 months
  • HomePod: 6 months
  • Apple TV: 6 months

Apple says that “select accessories” are also eligible for Apple Card Monthly installments, but oddly the monthly installments plan doesn’t extend to Apple Watch.

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Mac Pro: Apple to offer a SSD kit to upgrade internal storage

Mon, 2020-06-15 12:00

The Mac Pro is Apple’s workstation. It’s designed for professionals who need a powerful and flexible machine, and is ideal for applications that use as many processing cores as possible—video-editing applications, image-editing software, 3D programs, and the like.

The Mac Pro is getting a revival of sorts. The company released a brand-new, redesigned Mac Pro in December 2019, after years of stagnation with the previous, cylindrical Mac Pro.


Apple doesn’t offer a standard configuration choices for the Mac Pro. It’s really meant to be customized by the customer. To give you an idea of where pricing starts: if you configure the Mac Pro with the base components, it’s $5,999 for the standard tower configuration, or $6,499 for a rack mountable version. Learn more about the Mac Pro by reading about its main features below.

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Apple updates 16-inch MacBook Pro graphics with AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU with integrated HBM2 memory

Mon, 2020-06-15 11:55

Apple on Monday announced that the 16-inch MacBook Pro now has an option available where you can upgrade the discrete graphics to an AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU that uses 8GB of HBM2 memory and is equipped with 40 compute units. The new graphics option is 75 percent faster than the Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory.

The memory for the 5600M is integrated into the 7nm 5600M and has 394 GB/s of bandwidth. In a press release from AMD, the 5600M “delivers up to 5.3 TFLOPS of single-precision (FP32) floating point performance.”

This option is an extra $800 for the $2,399 model, and $700 for the $2,799 laptop.

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Your old videos may not play in macOS Catalina. Here's why

Mon, 2020-06-15 07:00

Apple sheds the past as necessary to provide new features in its products. With macOS 10.15 Catalina, Apple gave up on 32-bit software after two years of Apple warning about that event coming. That meant iPhoto and a host of third-party apps could no longer be used after upgrading. But less remarked upon were video formats that relied on software components Apple had never updated to 64-bit compatibility.

There’s a long list of formats dropped in last fall’s macOS update, and it includes faves from years past: RealVideo, DivX, Sorenson 3, FlashPix, and many great hits that eventually were superseded by improved encoders. (An encoder takes a stream of video and represents it with a certain degree of fidelity to the original, while storing it efficiently, and often in a way that is also designed optimized for rapid, smooth playback as the data is read out of the file.)

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WWDC 2020 hopes and dreams for iOS, Macs, and more

Mon, 2020-06-15 06:15

We're now just a week away from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, which—in case you missed the many memos—will be held virtually for the first time in its 33-year history. Last week, Apple announced the schedule for the event, confirming that it will kick off with the traditional keynote on Monday, June 22nd.

So. Start your engines and let the speculation begin. What exactly will Apple be discussing in said keynote? Which announcements will they make? What rumors will immediately dissipate into dust?

Of course, my Magic 8-Ball is only as good as any you can get from a toy store, so I can't tell you exactly what Apple's going to show off. But what I can tell you is what I want to see from the company. Here are a few of the things that I'm the most excited to hear about when Tim Cook steps into a virtual keynote in just seven short days.

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