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Apple TV 4K adds HDR and faster performance

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 14:10

The Apple TV, Apple’s flagship streaming media box, just got a major upgrade—which shouldn’t be a surprise, considering Apple’s interest in original programming and being a cord-cutting leader.

The new Apple TV 4K adds support for 4K video (naturally) as well as HDR, or High Dynamic Range, making for a significant upgrade to a product Apple once called a “hobby.” The 4K resolution offers four times the pixels of the current 1080p HD model, while HDR provides a greater range of richer colors with supported titles and TV sets.

The new Apple TV 4K costs $179 with 32GB of RAM and $199 for 64GB. Orders begin Friday, September 15, and it ships starting next Friday, September 22.

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Adobe Premiere Elements 15 is just $45 today

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 13:39

Nearly a year has passed since Adobe released Elements 15, and if history is any guide, Elements 16 is probably right around the corner. Right now, Amazon has a deal on Premiere Elements 15, the video editing component of the Elements suite. Typically, Adobe charges $100 for a fresh install of Premiere Elements, but Amazon's selling it for $45 until just before midnight Pacific time on Tuesday night.

When we reviewed Premiere Elements 15 for macOS in October 2016, we found the program very easy to use, stable, and responsive—and a highly recommended alternative to video editors like iMovie. One of the nicest features was Remix, which lets you drop in a music file and automatically match it to the length of your video, as long as it's over a minute or more.

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TP-Link's Kasa Cam is the company's first home security camera

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 08:00
The 1080p home security camera joins TP-Link's Kasa Wi-Fi smart plugs, smart bulbs, and in-wall switches.

Amazon is selling Norton Security Deluxe for $20 today

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 13:20

Been feeling the urge to beef up your computer's security? Amazon's got a deal for you today. The online retailer is selling a one-year license to Symantec's Norton Security Deluxe for $20 for U.S. customers. You can pick-up the package as a digital download or get a license key in the mail. The deal ends just before midnight Pacific time on Monday evening.

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iPhone 8 and iPhone X rumors: iOS 11 leak spills name, chip, and other details

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 09:48

Update 9/11/17: 9to5Mac has gotten an early copy of the final version of iOS 11 and it has revealed all sorts of details about the new iPhone X. Go to the “What’s the latest?” section for all the new details.

Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.

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How, when, and where to watch the live stream of Apple’s iPhone X event

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:00

We’re just a few days away from the launch of the next iPhone, which Apple is expected to unveil in the company’s brand-new Steve Jobs Theater at its Apple Park campus to members of the press this Tuesday, September 12. No worries if you didn’t get an invite, because Apple plans to live stream the entire keynote straight from Cupertino to your home office.

Apple has a special event page just for streaming the event, which you can find by clicking here. Heck, you could even bookmark it if you’d like, and launch the page ahead of the event on Tuesday morning. The page also has a link that will download a calendar invite so you can be reminded when to tune in.

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iPhone X: Rumored specs and features of the phone formerly known as iPhone 8

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 22:10

Update 9:45 p.m.: This FAQ has been updated with purported information about the iPhone X's True Tone display and six-core processor, as well as a new feature called Animoji.

The iPhone 8 may not be what you expect it to be. In two days, we may all be talking about iPhone X, the presumptive chart-topping handset in Apple’s mobile line-up. And thanks to firmware leaks, the world may even be privy to iPhone X specs and features. 

Indeed, it’s T-minus 1 day until the Apple event, and it’s starting to look like there are no surprises left. After the leak of the HomePod firmware back in August, 9to5Mac has now gotten its hands on iOS 11 GM, better known as the final build before the system is released to the public.

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The Humble Store is giving away free copies of Telltale's The Walking Dead

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 17:40

Summer is officially over in two weeks, but a bunch of PC game stores want to keep the seasonal fun going with free and discounted titles. Right now, The Humble Store—run by the makers of the famous Humble Bundle—is giving away copies of The Walking Dead: Season 1 by Telltale Games.

Arguably, Season 1 is the best set of episodes in the series and well-worth its full price. If you don't believe us, well, here's your opportunity to play it and tell us we're wrong.

This offer lasts until 10am Pacific Time on Saturday, September 9th.

To get this deal, you'll have to sign-up for a Humble Bundle account, and then link your Steam account to your Humble account. After that's done, you have to go through the usual rigmarole of grabbing the Steam redemption key and then using it on Steam. It's a shame Humble can't do that automatically since you have to link your Steam account anyway, but hey, it's a free game.

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Equifax hack: How to know if you're affected

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 14:25
After a data breach at Equifax, highly sensitive personal data for 143 million Americans are in the hands of hackers. Here's how to know if you're affected.

OLED vs LCD: How the iPhone’s new display could change everything

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 14:00

The OLED display Apple is tipped to use in the new high-end iPhone 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 current iPhones 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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iOS explained: How each version of Apple's mobile OS evolved

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 08:00

Ten years ago, the tech world shifted dramatically with the arrival of the first pocket computer, better known as Apple’s original iPhone. The combination of touchscreen hardware and a sophisticated, dynamically adjustable interface sparked a mobile revolution that re-ordered the landscape of many industries – and forever changed how people use technology.

Everything from mobile app stores to the Bring Your Own Device revolution at work to the creation of Android and a new tablet industry followed from that iPhone and the operating system it ran.

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Apple Pay FAQ: The ultimate guide on how and where to use Apple's payment platform

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 19:00

Apple Pay—the company’s flagship mobile payment platform—has had breathtaking growth since its introduction about three years ago. Apple Pay transactions continue to rise, and more banks, retailers, and countries continue to join. You can even use Apple Pay to complete web transactions via Safari, too.

Plus, you’ll be able to participate in peer-to-peer payment transactions through Apple Pay as soon as iOS 11 comes out of beta, similar to Venmo and Square Cash. This upgrade is billed as one of iOS 11’s marquee features.

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Google Drive is being replaced by Backup and Sync: What to expect

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 18:03
Google will turn off its Drive app for PCs and Macs, replacing it with two new cloud-storage apps: Backup and Sync for consumers, and Drive File Stream for business.

iPhone 8 rumors: Production delays may mean the new iPhone will be hard to find

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:25

Update September 7, 2017: Those new iPhones that will be introduced next week? Reports say that that you could be in for a longer wait before you actually get your hands on one. Go to the “What’s the latest?” section for all the new details.

Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.

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Homekit support is coming to Netatmo's Welcome and Presence cameras

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:39
The indoor and outdoor home security cameras will be compatible with HomeKit by the end of 2017.

Build the ultimate Chromecast remote with an old Android phone

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 06:00
Chromecast doesn’t come with a dedicated remote control, but you can easily make your own with these tips.

What's in the new iPhone? Just look at iOS 10 and iOS 11 to find out

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 06:00

Apple’s a company with a long-term product vision. Next week we’ll see the 2017 iPhones unveiled at the Steve Jobs Theater, but people inside Apple are already working hard on the 2018 model... and probably on the new features that will populate the 2019 and 2020 versions, too.

While the most interesting things to come out of any Apple event are the new product announcements, one of my favorite things about any Apple announcement is how it makes some of Apple’s previous decisions more understandable in hindsight. As outside observers who can’t peer into Apple’s inner workings, we don’t always have the necessary context to understand where the company is going.

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It's football season! These second-screen apps make NFL games even more fun to watch

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 20:46
Bringing you everything from stats to game-time snacks, these apps are as indispensable as your TV remote.

iSpy: Red Sox caught using Apple Watches to steal signs from Yankees

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:00

It seems that the Red Sox were doing a lot more with their Apple Watches than tracking their steps. According to a Major League Baseball investigation, the Boston baseball team was using their Apple wearables to gain an advantage over their biggest rival, the New York Yankees, in some of the most important games of the season.

The New York Times is reporting that the Red Sox used Apple Watches to steal signs in games at their home Fenway Park against the Yankees earlier this year. The Yankees apparently spotted a member of the Sox’s training staff using the wearable in the dugout to relay info to other players. The Yankees reported the incidents to MLB, and the Sox admitted to the ploy, the Times reports.

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Amazon is selling a two-bay Netgear NAS box for less than $200 today

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:34

If you’re ready to beef up your home network, Amazon has a good deal on a two-bay network attached storage device. For $191.20, you can get Netgear’s ReadyNAS 212 2-Bay NAS. The sale lasts until just before midnight on Tuesday, Pacific time.

A NAS is basically really smart external storage that can be used to backup your family’s PCs, run a media server, or act as a regular file server. This particular device features a 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, and supports up to 16TB of storage as 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA drives. It also has dual gigabit ethernet and a ready-made user interface for accessing files, and it comes with a three-year warranty on the chassis.

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