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Nest Hello is the company's first video doorbell

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:25
Nest previewed a new video door bell coming in 2018, in addition to its Nest Secure home-security system and Nest Cam IQ Outdoor security camera.

Nest jumps into home security with Nest Secure

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:44
Nest is hoping to revolutionize home security with Nest Secure, a smart security system that offers several advantages over conventional systems.

Apple Watch Series 3 reviews: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:35

It turns out the third time isn’t the charm for Apple Watch. Early reviews for the Series 3 model with cellular have landed and let’s just say there are some concerns.

Most of the problems result from LTE connectivity issues, the major new feature on Apple Watch. While the woes weren’t universal, enough reviewers had issues that Apple is investigating a fix that will be included in a future software update. In a statement to the Verge, one of the outlets that experienced severe issues, Apple says it has pinpointed an issue where Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without adequate connectivity (like a public Wi-Fi hotspot), which in turn prevents the watch from using the cellular connection. With the first wave of shipments due to arrive Friday, here’s hoping that update arrives sooner than later.

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Amazon's updated Fire HD 10 is a fast, powerful iPad competitor for $150

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:33
Amazon has upgraded its Fire HD 10 with a Full HD screen, faster processor, more storage, and hands-free Alexa for just $150.

PayPal is offering a free one-year ShopRunner membership right now

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:45

Successful holiday shopping is all about preparation, and right now you can start getting ready with a free one-year membership for ShopRunner. The only requirement is that you have a PayPal account, and sign-up for your ShopRunner membership using the same email address you use on PayPal.

This is a pretty good deal, as ShopRunner memberships usually costs $79.95 per year, though there are other ways you can get a free account. American Express and select Mastercard cardholders, for example, get complimentary access to ShopRunner as part of their credit card accounts.

If you've never heard of it, ShopRunner is a multi-retailer alternative to Amazon Prime. With ShopRunner you also get free, 2-day shipping, free return shipping, and members-only deals. ShopRunner service works with all kinds of retailers that include technology shops like Newegg, MacMall, and Staples.

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Google Chrome will start blocking noisy autoplay videos in January

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:46
Google Chrome is taking aim at those annoying autoplay videos spreading across the web.

iPhone Upgrade Program FAQ: How to upgrade your iPhone every year through Apple’s financing plan

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 16:29

Upgrading to a new iPhone is always an exciting process, but there’s one aspect that’s never fun: the cost. Apple’s latest crop of smartphones are the company’s most expensive yet, with the iPhone 8 starting at $699, the iPhone 8 Plus at $799, and the iPhone X at a whopping $999. Ouch! And that’s only for the base 64GB model—if you want more storage, the 256GB version will cost you more ($1,149 for the iPhone X, $949 for the iPhone 8 Plus, and $849 for the iPhone 8). Toss in an extra $129 to $149 for AppleCare+, and we’re suddenly dealing with some serious sticker shock.

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iPhone X Face ID fail: A feature, not a bug

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:42

Update 3:15 p.m. ET: Craig Federighi responded to a customer email about Face ID and confirmed that it works with sunglasses.

When the moment of truth arrived at the Apple event on Tuesday, iPhone X failed. During the world premier of the device’s lauded Face ID biometric security system, it took Craig Federighi three times to get face ID to unlock his demo phone. But don’t worry, Apple says. That’s supposed to happen.

When Federighi began the iPhone X demo, he naturally started with a locked iPhone. “Unlocking it is as easy as looking at it and swiping up,” he said, hoping to magically unlock the phone to whoops and cheers from the audience like when Steve Jobs swiped to unlock the original iPhone. Except that didn’t happen.

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Apple Watch Series 3: How much data plans will cost on Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 07:00

If you've decided to buy an Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular, it's going to cost you. For one, it's $70 more than the GPS-only Series 3 watch. But there's also a somewhat hidden cost: You're going to need a data plan.

Don't worry, you're not going to need a separate data plan just for your watch. But even though the wearable uses your existing wireless plan, LTE connectivity on Apple Watch Series 3 doesn't come free. No matter your carrier, you'll be paying a little extra in your monthly bill. So, before you commit to more charges, consider how much an Apple Watch data plan will cost.

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iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Where, when, and how to preorder Apple's latest smartphone

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 06:00

It’s been a quick two days since Apple unveiled the latest iPhones in its lineup: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. That’s right! We’re skipping the standard “S” release and heading straight to prime time with the 8, and there are plenty of new features to look forward to— including wireless charging, a glass back, and a new TrueTone LCD display.

Now that you’ve had time to drink in all the details, it’s time to preorder. Preorders start on Friday, September 15 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific (that’s 3:01 a.m. Eastern—sorry for the bad news). That’s right after midnight, so don’t go to bed without setting your alarm. The phones officially come out next Friday, September 22.

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The Apple TV 4K skates to where the puck was

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 05:00
4K HDR iTunes movies are an odd thing to emphasize in an age of subscription streaming.

Macworld’s September Digital Edition: iOS 11 for iPad

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 17:08

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 magazine.

In the September issue

This month we dig deep into iOS 11 and tell you what it means for the iPad and multitasking. Find out what 3 features are at the top of our wishlist for the new HomePod. Also, can the iPhone 8 live up to all this crazy hype? 

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Hoping for a Mac mini revival

• MacUser Reviews: Google Backup and Sync, Transmit 5

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Amazon is selling a 2TB WD portable hard drive for $60

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 15:07

Earlier today, Walmart dropped WD's 2TB Elements external hard drive to $60—and then Amazon price-matched. That's particularly good news, because while Walmart's since raised its price again, Amazon's still offering this deal.

It's not clear how long this sale will last, so you'd best hop on this discount right away if you're interested.

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Missed the iPhone X Event? Here’s how you can watch it

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 02:04

The iPhone X, iPhone 8, and Apple Watch Series 3 made their debuts at Apple’s special event on Tuesday. Apple streamed the event live on its website, but most people haves lives to live and don’t have time to stop what they’re doing for about two hours during work or school hours to watch.

Apple does record the event and make it available to watch after the event. You can watch it at your leisure, or if you watched it live, watch it again.

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iPhone X event recap: Everything Apple announced at its first Apple Park event

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 22:20
Let's meet at our place

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While the iPhone always headlines Apple’s annual September event, the opening acts are worth tuning in for in their own right—and this year was no exception! From three new iPhones (the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X) to an LTE Apple Watch to new animated emoji (“Animoji”), this keynote certainly was one for the books. Read on to see everything Apple announced on Tuesday at the stunning Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino. 

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iTunes 12.7 for Mac removes iOS app store

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 20:22

iTunes 12.7 for Mac was released on Tuesday with a major change in the app. Apple has redesign iTunes so that it focuses on sales of music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and podcasts. It no longer has an App Store for buying apps for your iPhone or iPad.

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One last look of the App Store in iTunes 12.6.

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OLED vs LCD: How the iPhone X's display changes everything

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 17:10

The OLED display Apple is using in its new iPhone X brings several benefits over current LCD technology, but supplies are likely to be limited at first. Will be benefits of the new screen make it worth the wait? Here’s a quick rundown on OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology and how it differs from today’s LCD (liquid crystal display) screens.

OLED vs LCD. What’s the difference?

LCD screens like those used in previous iPhones and the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are built on a backlight—a panel as large as the screen itself that produces a constant white light anytime the screen is on. A series of polarizers and filters are layered in front of the backlight to control the light and produce the image you see on screen. It’s been the dominant technology used in flat-panel displays for almost two decades, but keeping that backlight on draws a lot of power—and that’s a big disadvantage in a portable device.

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iPhone X: Face ID, OLED screen, wireless charging and the other features you'll care about most

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 15:38

iPhone X: It’s real, it’s here, and it’s very expensive. After months of rumor and speculation, followed by the biggest pre-launch leak ever, on Tuesday we finally laid eyes on the iPhone X (you pronounce it “iPhone Ten”). It comes with a jet-black OLED screen topped by a TrueDetect camera system that enables a brand-new Face ID unlocking system and Animoji features.

Apple will take preorders for the iPhone X starting Friday, October 27, and the phones ship November 3. iPhone X starts at $999 for 64GB of storage (the highest starting price of any iPhone to date), with a 256GB upgrade for $1149. To compare, the just-announced 4.7-inch iPhone 8 is $699 for the same storage.

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Wireless charging, Portrait Lighting, and five more features you'll want

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 15:02

If the super-spendy iPhone X is more than you want to pay for a phone, Apple is also offering updates to the smaller iPhones, called the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. They still have the Home button and body bezels, they still use Touch ID instead of Face ID, and the LCD screen sizes are the same that you’re used to. But don’t call them retro.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 8 goes on sale Friday, September 22 for $699 for 64GB, with a 256GB option too. And the 5.5-inch 7s Plus will start at $799 for 64GB, with a 256GB option. You can preorder these phones on Friday, September 15.

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Apple Watch Series 3: Six reasons why it's a must-upgrade

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 15:00

Apple’s smartwatch just got a whole lot smarter. Apple Watch Series 3 has arrived, and while it didn’t get the dramatic redesign we were hoping for, its improvements on the inside more than make up for the sameness of the enclosure. (And if you need people to know you have the latest model, there are some cool new colors too, like ceramic gray and a different shade of gold to match the iPhone 8.)

But what makes Apple Series 3 such a monumental upgrade isn’t fashion, it’s flexibility. More than ever, Apple Watch is built to fit into your lifestyle, no matter how you spend your free time. Here are the six things we’re most excited about in Apple Watch Series 3:

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