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How to manage new Sign in with Apple identities

Tue, 2019-11-12 08:00

At Apple’s 2019 developer conference, the company announced Sign in with Apple, its privacy-protecting alternative to third-party logins long provided by Facebook, Twitter, and others. These alternative sign-ins let you create an account leveraging an existing account at another service.

Using third-party sign-ins—a consumer version of what’s known in the corporate world as “single sign on” or SSO—reduces the number of passwords you have to create and manage, and centralizes control. You can see all the sites, services, and apps using your Twitter login, for instance, at a page at Twitter.

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Innr Smart Plug review: A cheaper way for Philips Hue users to take control of their “dumb” lights

Tue, 2019-11-12 06:00
Small, sturdy, and reliable, the Innr Smart Plug makes for an inexpensive alternative to the new Philips Hue Smart plug.

Nothingburgers: They don’t have to be what’s for lunch

Tue, 2019-11-12 06:00

One of the things that frustrates The Macalope is that pundits spend way too much time criticizing Apple for nothingburgers. Have you heard of these nothingburgers? The burgers, they make them from nothing these days.

Often Apple is criticized for things it hasn’t even done. Just one example: this summer saw the Forbes contributor network and exclusive distributors of the Impossible Nothing Burger spend months telling us how ugly the iPhone 11 Pro would be. It wasn’t. But they are glibly on to the next thing.

Why would you do that when there are actual things to criticize Apple for?

November 9th marked the 30th anniversary of the “fall” of the Berlin Wall (erm, excuse me, but the Wall didn’t so much “fall” as it was first rendered useless by popular action and later torn down, yes, I recognize this is a story time at a public library, I will leave of my own accord thank you very much). To mark the anniversary, Tim Cook tweeted:

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Tue, 2019-11-12 06:00
With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more to a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

Mon, 2019-11-11 17:30

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. And the new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

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macOS Catalina: How to make your iPhone and iPad appear on the Desktop

Mon, 2019-11-11 07:00

Make sure iOS devices appear via Finder Preferences.

With the death of iTunes in macOS, Apple shunted access to connected iPhones and iPads to the Finder via the Locations section of the sidebar. Some readers reported not spotting their devices there, and had no idea how to get them to show up.

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Mohu Curve 50 TV antenna review: Pretty, but not powerful

Mon, 2019-11-11 06:00
This interesting-looking antenna is good for the ‘burbs, but it’s not the best at pulling in broadcast channels.

BBEdit 13 review: A lucky number indeed for revered macOS text editor

Mon, 2019-11-11 06:00

Pop quiz for longtime Mac users: How many applications currently installed on your system have been there for close to 30 years? If you have a list, it’s likely to be short. But there’s a good chance BBEdit will be on it.

The venerable BBEdit is a text editor that has long held a place of honor among wordsmiths and coders, and with good reason. Although few will ever take advantage of everything it offers, we’re all better for having such a gleefully comprehensive arsenal of features at our fingertips.

Catching up

Before jumping into BBEdit 13, let’s recap what was new with version 12, a significant overhaul launched in late 2017. That release was the first to run entirely as a 64-bit application, allowing BBEdit to not only open larger text files than ever before, but also process them faster and more efficiently.

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Best TV antennas for cord cutters 2019: Tested for real-world signal strength

Mon, 2019-11-11 06:00
Ready to cut the cord? You’ll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations for best indoor and outdoor TV antennas.

Black Friday 2019: The best tech deals available now

Sun, 2019-11-10 04:39

Black Friday is no longer contained to the day after Thanksgiving. Deals roll out in a chaotic stream all throughout November, and these days, you can score great deals among the lackluster discounts.

For 2019, Best Buy, Newegg, and Amazon have all offered an early taste of sweet bargains. Today's the last day of this round, but we expect further teasers to come soon. Keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by—we’ll add new deals as we spot them.

Not sure if you should wait or buy now? Newegg's current Early Black Friday sale offers an interesting twist: If the company offers a lower price on a purchase between now and the end of November, they'll refund you the difference. Otherwise, holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure, assuming you can float the cash.

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