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How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang without cable

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 06:00
Ditching cable doesn't mean you'll miss all the Olympics action. Here's how to watch every moment of action for free or through a streaming service.

iPhone, iPad sales surprisingly flat, but Apple still soars to record revenue in first quarter

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:42

If iPhone X is slumping, it’s sure not affecting Apple’s bottom line. In the quarter ending December 31, 2017, Apple reported a record revenue of $88.3 billion, a 13 percent increase over last year’s $78.4 billion (which was also a record). Additionally, Apple posted an all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.89. And that's with one less week of sales over last year's first quarter.

Leading the way was the iPhone, but not due to unit sales. Apple moved 77.3 million iPhones in the three-month holiday quarter, about a million less than last year, but revenue grew by more than $7 billion to $61.6 billion. While Apple didn’t break out the different models of iPhone, it’s clear that the higher price of iPhone X contributed to the gains. Tim Cook said the newly redesigned handset “surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November.”

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Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: How the critical CPU flaws affect PCs and Macs

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 17:05
The Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs are very serious, and the fixes can create serious slowdowns in PCs, Macs, and other devices. Here's everything you need to know.

The Amazon Fire TV 4K is 21% off right now

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:54

If you need a 4K-compatible streaming device, Amazon, Staples, Best Buy, and Target have the 4K Fire TV on sale for $55 right now. That's about 21 percent off the usual price, and close to the all-time low of $50.

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Mario Kart is coming to your phone, but don't start your engines just yet

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 09:56
Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart is coming to smartphones, but it might not roll in until next year.

Is it the end of the line for the ‘i’ at Apple? Analyzing Apple’s naming scheme

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 07:00

The discovery that in iOS 11.3 Apple is renaming the iBooks app to “Books” seemed... not particularly revelatory. We’ve all read about how Apple’s been slowly stripping away the lower-case-i prefix from older products. New products and services are a generic word preceded with the word “Apple,” as in Apple TV and Apple Watch. This is the conventional wisdom. But is it true?

No, kill ‘i’

Apple’s made no pronouncements itself about it. Yes, it seems the “i” prefix introduced with the iMac 20 years ago has fallen out of favor. (I’m reminded of the time when Steve Jobs said that the “power” prefix of the PowerBook and Power Mac had gotten tired.) And yet that same prefix continues to appear in front of some of Apple’s most popular products and platforms! Meanwhile, Apple has announced new hardware—like AirPods and the HomePod—with absolutely no sign of either the letter “i” or the Apple prefix.

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Super Bowl streaming: What to expect in terms of video quality

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 06:00
Options abound for watching the big game without cable, but matching cable-TV quality is another story.

How to watch the Super Bowl without cable

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:30
Options abound for checking out all the championship action on whatever screen you choose.

RavPower's 20,000mAh power bank is just $26 right now

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:00

Charger maker RavPower is having a one-day sale on Amazon today. The discounts are decent across the board, but the best item of the bunch is a 20,000mAh dual-port power bank for $26. This deal lasts until just before midnight on Wednesday Pacific time.

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from January 2018

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 06:00
January's Mac games

Image by Matt Makes Games

If it’s still cold and miserable outside where you live, then you might be looking for fun things to do indoors. And even if the weather is tolerable, why not find a fun new game to play on your Mac? January didn’t bring a huge heap of major releases to Mac, but luckily, there are some critically acclaimed indie games and other compelling curiosities in the mix.

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iOS 12: Fewer new features with focus on quality and performance

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 13:06

It’s rare that Apple fans cheer a lack of new features in an upcoming product, but that may be the case with the next round of iPhone updates. After a flurry of embarrassing bugs in this year’s release of iOS, Apple is reportedly scaling back its plans for iOS 12 as it shifts its focus to quality and performance. And iPhone users should applaud this decision.

What's new in iOS 12?

iOS 12 will certainly add new features, just not as many as originally planned. That is, if this story by Axios is true.

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Best Super Bowl TV deals: Upgrade your set for cheap

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:28

The Super Bowl is as good an excuse as any to buy a new television or streaming device—several retailers are matching or beating the deals they offered on Black Friday. Of course, like during the holidays, not every sale is one worthy of your money

We’ve waded into the deluge and pulled out the best discounts you’ll find before the big game. There’s something for everyone, whether you need a larger, better-looking TV or just an extra one to put in another room.

SAMSUNG: QLED TVs on sale Samsung

Samsung’s top-end quantum dot televisions are never cheap, but their Super Bowl sale prices are better than Black Friday. Get a 55-inch set for $1500, a 65-inch set for $2,200, or a 75-inch set for $3,300 from Samsung’s website or from major retailers like Best Buy. (Best Buy has also taken up to 30% off other select Samsung televisions if you’d prefer to spend a bit less.)

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Anker's 10W wireless charging pad is $18 today

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:21

Today's a good day to get a wireless charging device for smartphones that support it. Currently, Anker has its PowerPort Wireless 10 charging pad for $18 when you use code BEST2539 at checkout.

This price is one of Anker's lowest prices for the charging pad. Frequent readers of our deal posts will note that we've seen a cheaper price for an Anker wireless charging device, but that was for the circular Qi wireless charger that taps out at 5W.

This Qi charger offers 10W in fast charge mode with compatible phones and 5W for regular charging mode. The device works with Qi-supporting phones such as the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, as well as the Nexus 5, 6, and 7. It also supports fast-charging for the Galaxy S8, S8+, S7 Edge, S6 Edge+, and the Note 5.

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The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from January 2018

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 07:00
January's iOS games

Image by Versus Evil

If you’ve already caught up on last year’s biggest iPhone and iPad games—using our Best iOS games of 2017 list as a guide, of course—then have no fear: January brought us a large stack of exciting new picks. Big releases like Thumper: Pocket Edition, The Room: Old Sins, and World of Warships Blitz helped start 2018 with a bang, but they’re not alone on this list.

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Amazon has a Raspberry Pi 3 retro gaming kit for $65

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 16:57

If you have an urge to play some classic games, you’re in luck: A third-party seller on Amazon is offering $10 off the Vilros Raspberry Pi 3 retro gaming starter kit. Usually $75, you can get it for $65 right now if you redeem the “12% off 1 item(s)” option in the promotions drop-down underneath the price. The kit is fulfilled by Amazon, which means if anything goes wrong you can return it according to Amazon’s customer policies, not the third-party retailer’s.

This starter kit comes with nearly everything needed for a classic gaming setup. It includes a case that looks like a mini Nintendo Entertainment System, the Raspberry Pi 3 board, a 2.5AMP power supply with a micro USB cable, a quick start guide, and two heatsinks. There’s also a 32GB microSD card pre-loaded with the NOOBS software manager for installing RetroPie—the operating system required for running games.

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HomePod pre-orders are live: How to be the first to get Apple's new $349 speaker

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 08:42

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on Apple’s HomePod, the big day has finally arrived. Starting today, January 26, you can pre-order your new Siri-powered smart speaker for delivery February 9, that is, assuming there’s enough stock to go around. And since it’s a near certainty there won’t be, you’ll want to get in as soon as possible. Here’s how to snag one of the first units:

When can I get it?

Apple opened up HomePod pre-orders at 8:30 am EST on Friday, January 26, much to the chagrin of those of us who woke up at 3 am on the east coast.

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iOS 11.3: Power management, better AR, new Animoji, and more

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 15:29

Updated 01/25/18: Apple has released Public Beta 1 of iOS 11.3.

Hot on the heels of iOS 11.2.5, which brought HomePod support, Siri news, and a fix for the Messages text bomb, Apple has started to release betas of iOS 11.3. And it’s going to have some pretty cool features on board, including the one we’ve all been waiting for: a toggle for CPU throttling on phones old batteries.

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Amazon, Hulu, and the resilience of live TV

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 06:00
Live, linear TV still has staying power, even in the age of on-demand algorithms.

Macworld’s February digital magazine: iMac Pro

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 17:15

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 February issue

This month we take a first look at the new iMac Pro: Apple’s most powerful all-in-one Mac. Should you buy one? We lay out all of the pros and cons to help you make that decision. iPhone X users who are eager to try out wireless charging will want to take a look at our charger roundup. 

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws: How to protect your Mac and iOS devices, GeForce Now beta

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macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update now available with fix for Messages

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:00

Apple on Tuesday released an update for macOS High Sierra. According to Apple’s release notes, macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 fixes a problem in Messages where your conversation is listed out of order. It also has a fix for an issue that causes your Mac to stop responding when connected to an SMB server.

Version 10.13.3 is available through the Mac App Store; when you launch the App Store app, click on the Updates tab at the top of the app. You can press Command-R or select Store > Reload Page if you don’t see the update. The installation will require you Mac to restart.

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