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Hiding in plain sight: Apple’s iPhone strategy

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 07:00

The Macalope brings you this breaking news about Apple: Apple products cost too much. More updates on this late-breaking news as they come in.

Writing for the very nice people and editors and middle managers and a surprising number of luchadores over at Business Insider, Troy Wolverton says “Apple's $1,000 iPhones are turning it into a luxury brand — and it could lose a whole generation of customers.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick, Alex and Mickey.)

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Get a Milanese loop band for your Apple Watch for less than 8 bucks

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:58

Apple typically plays up the Milanese loop band for its higher-end Apple Watches, and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s as elegant as they come—a stainless steel mesh strap that wraps in around your wrist and stays in place with the help of a simple magnet. Normally you’ll pay $149 for this elegance on Apple’s own siteRemove non-product link. But today, by entering the code NPXMFVM6 at checkout on Tirnga’s listing on AmazonRemove non-product link, you get a Milanese loop band for your Apple Watch for as little as $7.49.

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With iOS 12, the HomePod finally feels like a member of the household

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:39

HomePod and I were going through a rough patch. It wasn’t a great relationship to begin with, admittedly, but in the beginning there was at least that thrill of attraction; that admiration for the way it could fill a room with ravishing sound. We didn’t do much else together, though, and so we drifted apart. She was kinda messy. For months, we didn’t even talk. But that was until iOS 12 came along and reignited the flame to burn brighter than it had before.

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Keep your phone powered up at home or on the go with Amazon's awesome Anker sale

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:24

Whether you're waiting for the FedEx truck to bring your shiny new iPhone XS Max or are just trying to get a squeeze more months out of your Galaxy S7, there's one thing you both have in common: the charger that comes in the box isn't good enough. So if you're looking for a better way to juice up your phone, Amazon has you covered today with some all-time lows on Anker's excellent line of high-speed charging accessoriesRemove non-product link.

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Apple Watch Series 4 has arrived but here are 5 reasons to buy a Series 3 instead

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:00

Take a trip to the glass display case at your local Apple Store today and you’ll see a brand new Apple Watch Series 4 inside. Available in two new sizes, 40mm and 44mm, a variety of new colors and bands, and sporting a 30-percent larger screen, it’s the most significant upgrade to Apple’s wearable yet.

But all that newness comes at a price. Literally. The new entry-level Apple Watch costs $100 more than its predecessor, with some LTE aluminum models crossing the $500 threshold for the first time. And that’s before you get into the stainless steel and Hermes models. That means you’ll be spending at least $399 on a new Apple Watch Series 4 and $499 if you want cellular connectivity, a starting price of $50 more than the original and the highest entry-level threshold the Apple Watch has ever had.

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Siri Shortcuts: Opening up Siri’s next chapter

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:00

In 2011, Apple announced that its newest iPhone would incorporate a brand new virtual assistant, based on an app developed by a company that Apple had acquired: Siri. This fall’s release of iOS 12 marks seven years since Siri’s debut, meaning that the virtual assistant would be roughly in first grade by now.

Over the intervening years, Siri has grown in fits and starts, expanding its features and its knowledge base, often with only a little fanfare from Apple. On rare occasions, Apple does devote some attention to the virtual assistant, such as when it produced a whole video dedicated to the relationship between action star—and impossibly cheerful human—Dwayne Johnson and the intelligent agent. But more often than not, Siri’s presented as a facet of Apple’s other products.

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Q Acoustics 3020i bookshelf speaker review: A definite contender for best-in-class status

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:00
What’s the opposite of sticker shock? It’s hard to believe these speakers are this inexpensive.

Did you just get your iPhone XS? Do these 10 things first!

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:00

So that $1,000-plus sticker shock didn’t put you off from upgrading to the poorly-named iPhone XS or even-worse-named iPhone XS Max. I don’t blame you—I bought the one, too.

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Apple’s original TV shows and series: Chris Evans to star in limited series 'Defending Jacob'

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 18:26

Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it’s still a huge commitment.

What can you get for a billion dollars? Well, some simple math gives us 200 episodes at $5 million a piece (a reasonable per-episode price for high-end TV). But we’re not likely to actually see 10-20 shows with 10-20 episodes each, all costing around that much. For starters, that billion dollars has to cover a lot more than per-episode production costs.

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This $13 RavPower wireless charging stand will make up for your iPhone XS's lame 5W plug

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:00

The new iPhone XS and XS Max are shipping out tomorrow, but it's not all good news: They still ship with the same 5W charger that takes forever to fill up your phone. That's why you need a wireless charger, and today, RaVPower's Qi-certified wireless charger is an all-time low of $13Remove non-product link so go grab one before they're all gone.

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Get the latest 21.5-inch iMac for under $1,000

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:24

It’s not often that we see a good deal on iMacs—by and large, the deals on the big Apple desktop products tend to focus on MacBooks. Today, though, the 2017 21-inch iMac is getting some love over at B&HRemove non-product link, where it’s available for $150 off. That’s enough to bring the price to an agreeable $949, down from the usual price of $1,099.00.

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What’s that weird app folder doing in your iCloud storage?

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:00

There’s nothing more disturbing than finding files on your hardware that come from an app you are sure you never installed.

Macworld reader Kevin wrote in asking about a video-management app. It’s an app he is positive he never installed on his iOS device, and he was shocked to find a folder in the iCloud Storage view in iOS (Settings > account name > iCloud > Manage Storage).

He noted that the information seemed quite personal, as it had images that seemed to represent all his network devices. I suggested this might be something related to an app he purchased and forgot, but the explanation Kevin uncovered is only slightly related.

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RapidWeaver 8 review: Device simulator can't replace true WYSIWYG editing

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:00

Realmac Software’s RapidWeaver is a WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) website development application designed to do most of the heavy lifting for you. Its easy-to-modify templates make it a snap to create a modern, custom website designs though the comfort of a user interface that feels like one that came straight out of Cupertino.

WYSIWYG web apps aren’t as novel as they once were-online services like Wix offer to do the same thing for free or dirt cheap, often bundled with bargain-priced web hosting. And to be fair, even the latest version of RapidWeaver will get you only so far on its own, which is why Realmac continues to foster a community chock full of add-ons including themes, plugins, and stacks that users can purchase to accomplish more advanced tasks the host software alone can’t handle.

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AirTV DVR doesn't quite pick up Sling TV's slack

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 06:00
AirTV now offers subscription-free DVR for cord-cutters, though its Sling TV app integration still needs work.

The real winner: It’s never Apple

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 06:00

Now that we’ve had some time to digest Apple’s announcements last week, The Macalope wonders who we can, in hindsight, determine to be the real winner.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and competitive fish slapping circuit, Ewan Spence finds “Three Reasons The Nokia 5.1 Can Beat The New iPhone XR.”

Sorry, The Macalope should have issued a spit take warning for that one. His bad.

Yes, turns out, Nokia still makes smartphones! Or, at least, it slaps its name on them. Who knew? Finland, probably.

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Take up to $300 off 2018 MacBook Pros at B&H and Best Buy

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 15:47

If you’ve been holding out for a good price on the latest MacBook Pros, it’s a good day to head over to B&H. Today the retailer is offering the 2018 MacBook Pro models for $200 to $300 offRemove non-product link their retail price, which brings the starting price for a 13-inch model down to just $1,599Remove non-product link. If you want a 15-inch model, the prices start at $2,099Remove non-product link.

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Apple Watch Series 4 review roundup: A little more screen makes a big difference

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 13:19

Along with the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, Apple has another new device going on sale Friday: the Apple Watch Series 4. Like the new iPhones, the difference between it and the previous Series 3 models comes down to two main things: a larger screen and a heftier price tag. But based on early reviews, it’s worth it.

Dieter Bohn of The Verge found that while the new Apple Watch sizes “don’t feel that much bigger on your wrist than the old sizes,” the extra pixels are a massive upgrade: “Things look different when the screen turns on. The screen on the Series 4 is just incredibly good. Apple says it’s 30 percent bigger, which is one of those specs that’s easy to just sort of pass over when you read it. But 30 percent is a lot, and you absolutely notice it right away.” He said the new display made his Series 3 watch “look dumpy and cramped by comparison.”

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

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:52
Home weather stations are getting more accurate and sophisticated all the time. Follow our buyer's guide to ensure you're not left in the cold or soaking wet.

Best smart lock for a keyless home

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:11
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

Amazon Prime members can get the Fire 7 tablet with Alexa for just $35 today

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:54
Amazon's giving Prime members a sizable $15 discount on the entry-level Fire 7 tablet, making it just $35 today.