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Snag last year's 128GB 9.7-inch iPad for $80 off at Walmart

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:47

We’re big fans of the 2018 9.7-inch iPad, but last year’s model is no slouch, either—particularly if you have no plans to use the newly supported Apple Pencil. If you’d like to have a roomier model while saving some cash, Walmart is selling the 2017 128GB 9.7-inch iPad with Wi-Fi for just $349Remove non-product link, down from the list price of $429.

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Chase away the post-Prime Day blues with these two awesome smart home deals

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:48

Amazon’s Prime Day may be over, but all the discounts are not. So if you missed out on any of the smart home deals over the past 36 hours, we've got two more for you.

The first is the Lutron Caseat Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit for $120 on AmazonRemove non-product link. We've seem this bundle hit this all-time low a few times before, but it hasn't budged from its $160 MSRP since February, so this is a great time to grab it. In the box you get the two dimmer switches, two pico remotes, and a smart bridge, and they're certified to work with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant..

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Apple 15-inch 2.9GHz MacBook Pro review: A laptop that pro app users will love

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 07:00

Since its introduction in 2016, the MacBook Pro as we know it today has produced mixed reactions from its users. People love the combination of size, weight, and performance. But there are legitimate issues that make people hesitate or even regret buying a MacBook Pro: keyboard problems, the need to find ways to work with its Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, a low RAM ceiling.

With the 2018 MacBook Pro, Apple has addressed some of those issues. And if you’re lamenting that I didn’t say all of those issues, well, there are some things that, in an effort to move towards a particular technological ideal, Apple won’t change. But as a whole, the 2018 MacBook Pro is a better laptop than its 2017 predecessor, and a vast improvement over the 2016 model.

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How today’s Apple has thrown out its old rulebook

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 06:00

When Steve Jobs came back to Apple in 1997, he didn’t like what he saw, so he set about changing the corporate culture. A decade later, one proof of his success was the fact that the company seemed to follow a rulebook, largely behaving with a consistency that allowed those of us who covered the company to react to wild rumors with phrases like “Apple wouldn’t do that” or “that’s not how Apple does things.”

But in the years following Jobs’s death (and the departure of some other Jobs-era executives), Apple has continued to evolve—and in many cases, it’s torn up the old rulebook. A lot of the changes strike me as being for the better. I feel like after Steve laid down the law in the late 1990s, some policies and decisions were never really reconsidered until the Tim Cook era got into full swing.

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Macworld's August Digital Magazine: First look at iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 20:09

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the August issue

This month we have our first look at iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, including everything you need to know about the new OSes and all of the best features to keep an eye out for. Take a peak into the future to see our vision of the Mac in 2020 and find out why the announcements that Apple didn’t make at WWDC might be more important than the ones they did.

Also in this month’s issue:

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MacBook Pro: Features, specifications, and prices for Apple’s high-end laptop

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:00

The MacBook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line laptop. It offers top-notch performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend top dollar for it.

The current version of the MacBook Pro was released in July 2018. The new laptops have the same design as the previous version, but the laptops feature new processors that provide a speed boost. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading about its main features below.

Processor, memory, graphics, and SSDs

The MacBook Pro uses Intel’s Coffee Lake processors. Coffee Lake is Intel’s eighth-generation processor, and it replaces the seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors that were in the previous MacBook Pro.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:50
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 tech deals for students

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:44
Here are the best Amazon Prime Day deals for tech obsessed students heading to school.

Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:18
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:00
Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

Douchebags Scholar laptop backpack review: This is one Douchebag you'll want to be seen with

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 07:00

The first thing you need to know about a Douchebag is that the word “Douchebags” appears nowhere on the bag itself. Trust me, I looked, fearing giggled mockeries on the San Francisco Muni. The most you’ll find is a sleek “Db” logo peeking out from no less than six spots across the bag, along with a massive 2.5-inch monogram that hugs the small of your back when it’s worn. True, it looks a little like the “Op” logo that dominated T-shirts in the early ‘90s. Did those count as “douchey?” That’s something you’ll have to decide.

A douchebag and a scholar

For my money, though, this is a bag that has no right calling itself a “douchebag.” That’s not the case with some of the company’s other bags, admittedly, as it sometimes embraces style over substance. The Scholar, though, is practically understated; its only flamboyance being a bright crimson shining from one of the main front straps and the nylon zipper toggles. (Earlier models don’t even have that.) It’s so rectangular it’s almost square. The very name defies expectations. With a brand name like “Douchebags,” a name like “The Nerd” likely isn’t too far from the realms of possibility.

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Sonos Beam review: Features galore, but best suited to smaller home theaters

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:00
Alexa and AirPlay 2 support are just two of the features the Sonos Beam delivers, just don’t expect it to fill a big room.

Stupid writing tricks: Trying hard to fail with an iPad

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:00

No matter how many people use the iPad professionally, we can not seem to put to rest this old saw of pundits: “CAN the iPad be use as a professional tool?! Our resident greater-than-90-degree-angle Colin Blunderbuss investigates!”

Writing for ZDNet, Chris Matyszczyk says “I tried to write this article on an iPad Pro. It didn’t go well.”

This plays out a little bit like “I tried eat a ham sandwich by blending it and sucking it through a straw. It didn’t go well.”

You see, I wanted to believe all the ads that tell me an iPad Pro is actually a computer that's trimmed itself a little and had a makeover and Botox at the Cupertino Salon.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best tech, electronics, PC, and mobile deals

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 20:45

For Amazon Prime Day 2018, the retailer has upped its game considerably. Its annual summer sale may not yet rival Black Friday, but this year’s event is a bright spot in an otherwise ho-hum season of bargain hunting.

Tech enthusiasts will find plenty to dig into. Discounts range from good to excellent in multiple categories—you’ll find everything from cables to TVs on the cheap. Additionally, Amazon is supplementing the bargains with additional promotions, like deeply discounted trials for various Amazon services and a ton of free PC games via Twitch Prime.

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B&H and Costco make up for Apple's Prime Day absence with great deals

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 17:02

Yes, it's Amazon Prime Day, and there are plenty of deals over at Jeff Bezos' massive marketplace if you're looking to save some dough. We've already covered a few.

Thing is, very few of those deals cater directly to us, the Apple faithful. The most you'll find are deals on accessories, such as an Otterbox Defender case for the iPhone 8 or Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones. (Yeah, the headphones technically count as Apple, but let's not be picky.)

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Best Amazon Prime Day deals on fitness trackers and smartwatches

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:34

While Prime Day is a great chance to grab a cheap TV, PC, or DVD set, it’s also a good excuse to get the tools you need to get in shape. Amazon is running a few awesome deals on fitness trackers to help Prime members on the road to their workout goals, and we’ve collected the best ones here.

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Fitbit Alta HR Fitbit/Thinkstock

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, Fitbit’s Alta HR might fit the bill. Even with a slim design, it still brings a heart-rate sensor, sleep tracking, full fitness tracking, and 7-day battery life, as well as notifications and call alerts. It retails for $150, but Amazon is selling it today in black, blue, coral, or fuchsia for just $90Remove non-product link. We’ve previously seen it as low as $99, so this is an incredible deal.

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Best Amazon device deals on Prime Day 2018

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:23

Lest we forget, Amazon made e-readers ubiquitous, tablets affordable, and smart speakers a thing. And just like clockwork, the retail giant is using Prime Day 2018 to drop prices on Kindles, Fire tablets, and Echo smart speakers. Oh, and don’t forget Amazon owns Ring now—so Ring Video Doorbell products are on sale too, along with Amazon's own Cloud Cam.

If you want to see the whole line-up of Amazon device price reductions, go to this Amazon page that showcases all the gadgets Amazon makes itself. Or just keep reading for a rundown of what’s on sale by category.

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Pokémon Go Fest 2018 made up for last year's disastrous debut

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:21

Last July, Niantic kicked off the first-ever Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago’s Grant Park—and things quickly spiraled out of control. Both cellular networks and the game's servers struggled to keep up with the intense demand of 20,000 attendees bunched up and frantically refreshing their phones, and Pokémon Go was nigh-unusable for most of the day.

In the end, Niantic refunded ticket costs, provided $100 worth of in-game coins to attendees, and then later agreed to a $1.575 million class action settlement to reimburse travel expenses.

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Apple highlights new emojis coming with iOS 12 and macOS Mojave to celebrate World Emoji Day

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 14:57

World Emoji Day is tomorrow, July 17, and Apple is celebrating by highlighting some of the 70+ new emoji that will be featured in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave.

Apple says “more than 70 new emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac” later this year with the arrival of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. They’re based on the Unicode 11.0 standard, which was completed and released on June 5.

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