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New alert in macOS 10.13.4 signals the upcoming end of 32-bit app support

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:00

Apple’s transition from 32-bit to 64-bit technology on the Mac has been in the works for a while for the company and developers, but so far users haven’t really been affected. That will start to change beginning on Thursday.

New 32-bit alerts in macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra

If you’re using an old 32-bit app on a Mac, macOS will display an alert to let you know that it may not run optimally and that you should check with the developer to see if an update is available. The alert is similar to the ones that appeared when Apple transitioned iOS from 32-bit to 64-bit.

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How well does ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ run on a Mac? Apple Arcade episode 5

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 17:35

Apple is ahead of the curve in many fields, but gaming simply isn’t one of them. Take Crystal Dynamics’ beautiful and exciting Rise of the Tomb Raider. Lara Croft’s latest adventure launched on Xbox consoles all the way back in 2015 (and a PC release followed in January of 2016), but it won’t be making its Mac debut until Thursday, April 12. Better late than never, I guess.

If you’re wary of slapping down $60 for a new release, you'll want to tune in to Apple Arcade on Thursday at 2 p.m. Pacific. We will be on hand to show you how well Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration performs on a 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro. It’s an absolutely gorgeous game on PC, which unfortunately means it’s probably going to struggle a bit on Apple’s line of desktop machines, even with its support for Apple’s Metal 2 API.

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WatchOS 4.3.1 beta warns that watchOS 1 apps won't work on future versions

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 13:44

If you're using an old Apple Watch app that hasn't been updated in a while, you might run into some problems when watchOS 5 lands (likely sometime this fall). The latest beta of watchOS 4.3.1, which is sort of the watchOS equivalent of iOS 11.4, warns you when you try to launch an out-of-date app.

"This app will not work with future versions of watchOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility."

That's the warning that pops up on your Apple Watch when you try to run an older app made for watchOS 1. That doesn't mean watchOS 4.3.1 will break your old apps, but watchOS 5 almost certainly will.

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Get a foldable Apple Watch charging stand for $28 on Amazon

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 13:37

Want a nifty Apple Watch charging dock for a buck less than it takes to buy a charging cable from Apple itself? Today on Amazon you’ll find Dodocool’s MFi-certified foldable stand for Apple Watch for $28. It’s listed as $40, but you’ll see the $12 discount if you plug in the code H43FB8KU at checkout.

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40-inch smart TV with built-in Roku costs just $230 on Amazon now

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:24

Whether you’re a cord cutter, a cord shaver, or even a cable subscriber, a smart TV can elevate your viewing experience. And if you use cord-cutting services like Hulu and HBO Now, Roku’s lineup of video streamers are among the best on the market. But you don’t have to buy these two things separately. In fact, you can get a 40-inch TCL smart TV with built-in Roku for $229.99 right now, which is about 10 percent off its average price on Amazon.

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DarbeeVision DVP-5000S video processor review: A clever, but pricey fidelity upgrade for 1080p video

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:00
The DVP-5000S sits between your HDMI source and display and uses a stereoscopic processing trick to create greater apparent detail in 1080p and lower-resolution video.

Buy iTunes gift cards for 15% off, then buy discounted movies on iTunes

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:21

PayPal has gotten rather fond of discounting iTunes gift cards over the last couple of months, to the point that it barely even counts as news anymore. But if you’re out of the loop, you should know that PayPal is offering $100 iTunes gift cards for 15 percent off through eBay today, which brings your overall price down to a more palatable $85. Act quickly, though, because these things tend to sell out fast.

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The Anker charger that brings Amazon's Alexa into your car has never been cheaper

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:40

Car chargers are essential for keeping your phone powered up during busy days. They’re a boring, necessary accessory that get the job done, but usually don’t spice up the drive. Not Anker’s Roav Viva. This car charger is compatible with the Alexa smart assistant found in the heart of Amazon Echo, and you can get it right now for $40 on Amazon, almost 20 percent off its average price. It’s never been cheaper on the retail site.

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The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA playoffs

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 23:12
How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

Amazon is selling a 2TB WD external hard drive for just $58.49

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 13:20

Portable hard drives are risky buys: It sometimes seems as though they break merely because you looked at them. Right now, though, Amazon is offering a decent 22 percent discount on the dependable 2TB WD Elements portable hard drive, which brings its price down from $75 to a more agreeable $58.49.

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Anker's wireless, waterproof SoundBuds Curve last 12 hours and are only $21 today

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:55

For a lot of us, one of the best motivators during a workout is a perfect playlist. Finding headphones built for action can be tricky and sometimes expensive, but right now you can get a pair of wireless Anker SoundBuds Curve ear buds for $20.99 on Amazon, down from their usual $27.99.

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Apple clads the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in (Product)Red to help fight HIV

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 09:57

The newest version of the iPhone 8 does justice to the Apple name while also doing good for humanity. On Monday, Apple announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (Product)Red Special Edition. The latest in a long line of (Product)Red editions from Apple, a portion of every sale of these blazing red phones go to the Global Fund’s HIV and AIDS grants, with Apple donating more than $120 million dollars since 2006.

It’s not just the rear of the phone getting a makeover. Look closely and you’ll see that the iPhone 8 (Product)Red Special Edition swaps the standard model’s white front out for a slick black sheen, too.

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Get Belkin’s 8-port USB-C dock for MacBooks for $60 off

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 14:14

Everybody loves ports, unless you’re Apple’s design team and you’re designing a new iPad. But if you’re not feeling enough port love on your MacBook, you might want to consider picking up Belkin’s USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD for roughly 27 percent off.

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Snapchat finally delivers those TrueDepth-enhanced AR Lenses

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 13:16

Last September, when Apple announced the iPhone X and its new TrueDepth camera, it demonstrated the capabilities by showing off awesome new Snapchat AR lenses. The same sort of selfie accessories we've seen before—masks and hats and such—would now precisely follow the contours of your face and accurately follow your movements. Neat!

The only catch is, the feature didn’t appear with the release of the iPhone X. Only now, six months later, has Snapchat finally delivered its first TrueDepth-enabled AR lenses.

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Apple's event calendar: When is the next Apple event?

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:12

Updated 04/06/18: Apple education event is over. The next Apple event we expect this year is now WWDC in June.

Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds it own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.

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The easy-to-use Ecobee 3 Lite smart thermostat is cheaper than we've ever seen it

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 10:34

Smart thermostats help you get temperatures just right in your home, bolstered by handy extras like remote adjustment and the ability to communicate with other devices around the house. Right now, you can get the Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat for an all-time low price of $144, or about $25 off its average price on Amazon.

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Apple needs to stop promising new products and start delivering them

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 09:31

At WWDC last year, Apple introduced AirPlay 2, a new wireless protocol that allows users to beam audio to multiple rooms, control speakers through the Home app, and use the Apple TV as a hub for music streaming. Apple partnered with some 14 speaker makers including Bose, Bang & Olufsen, and Denon to bring AirPlay 2 support to a whole new crop of devices, and a developer API even promised third-party streaming apps “could all get in on the multi-room audio fun.”

Ten months later, we’re still waiting for it.

After teasing the feature in the original iOS beta, and then in iOS 11.2 and again in iOS 11.3, Apple has once again signaled that AirPlay 2 will be the main feature of iOS 11.4, which will likely release next month. If it arrives, it will be nearly a full year from announcement to availability.

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Get a 4th-gen 64GB Apple TV from Best Buy for 20% off

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:47

There’s a lot of attention on the new iPad right now, but if you’re looking for a hefty deal on an Apple product that hasn’t been in the spotlight much lately, head over to Best Buy. For today only, the retailer is selling the previous-generation 64GB Apple TV for $160, down from the usual price of $200. That’s one of the best prices we’ve ever seen it listed for, and to give you an idea of the savings, it’s the same price as the refurbished version of the same model that Best Buy is currently selling.

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Apple’s new Mac Pro is expected to launch in 2019

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:23

We’ve known for awhile that Apple is going back to the drawing board with the Mac Pro. Apple signaled as much a year ago, while making sure everyone understood that the newly revamped model wouldn’t come that year.

In speaking with TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino, Apple straight-out confirmed that the new Mac Pro will be a 2019 product.

Apple was keen to clarify the date (an unusual move for the company) because it doesn’t want customers who are currently considering the iMac Pro to hold off, anticipating a Mac Pro launch later in the year.

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Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with ProRes RAW support, closed captioning tools

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:00

Apple on Thursday announced its second update in four months to Final Cut Pro X, the company’s professional-level app for video editing on the Mac. Free for current owners of the software, the update includes two new features: the ProRes RAW file format, and closed captions.

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