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Your Mac won’t type U, I, O, J, K, L, and M? Here’s why

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 08:00

Ever have a problem on your Mac, where you can’t type the letters and numbers 7, 8, 9, U, I, O, J, K, L, and M—and maybe some others?

It’s probably Mouse Keys at play, an accessibility feature in macOS that mimics an old IBM-style keypad feature.

Num Lock and its computer history

Keyboards still have vestiges of their origins on typewriters and mechanical calculators. We mostly ignore those in our day-to-day work. The Shift key, originally meant to literally raise a set of typebars in a typewriter, merely shifts among upper and lower case. And you know better than to press Caps Lock when entering passwords—Apple even alerts you when you have it accidentally enabled.

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Indignation nation: An unrepairable relationship with Apple

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 07:00

By the ol’ Watch on the wrist, The Macalope sees that it is once again angry-at-Apple o’clock. Which is to say that it is any one of the 24 hours of the day.

Writing for both the sound and the fury over at Business Insider, Christopher Curley says “I’ve used Apple computers my entire life. Here's why I'm never buying one again.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor, Nick and Jason.)

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DNA testing for ancestry is more detailed for white people. Here’s why, and how it's changing

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 06:04
23andMe and AncestryDNA are the most popular DNA tests in the world. But right now, their results appear biased towards people of European descent. Here's what's being done about it.

Sony A9F Master Series 4K UHD OLED TV review: A top-notch TV with the best sound in the business

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 06:00
Sony's XBR65A9 65-inch 4K UHD OLED TV offers great color, excellent blacks, and wonderful HDR. It also offers the best sound in a flat-panel TV, bar none. The only problem is that there's a significantly cheaper, but highly worthy competitor in the LG's E8 series.

Loft Portable Battery Base review: Take your Google Home anywhere with this easy-to-use accessory

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 06:00
Transform your Google Home into a mobile Bluetooth speaker with this clever battery accessory.

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

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 06:00
The best iOS games from October and November

Image by Chucklefish

Thanksgiving may be over, but we’re still thankful for the amazing games that dropped for iOS throughout October and November. These range from graphically and strategically complex games like Civilization VI to charming puzzlers like Eloh. We can also now tend to our farms in the beloved Stardew Valley on our phones, and find out how Jon Snow fares on the Iron Throne in the delightful Reigns: Game of Thrones. Regardless of whether you want action or ambiance, we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy in the latest crop of games. 

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New wireless charging AirPods rumor could mean Apple is finally going to release AirPower soon

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 14:00

A lot has happened since Apple unveiled the iPhone X on September 12, 2017. We saw the launch of HomePod, Apple’s first smart speaker, a new Apple Watch, home button-less iPad Pros, new MacBook Pros, a new MacBook Air and Mac Mini, and a new lineup of iPhones. What Apple hasn’t released are two products that were teased alongside the iPhone X: a wireless charging AirPods case and the AirPower charging mat. That might be changing soon though.

According to oft-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via a 9to5Mac report), Apple is finally gearing up to release a version of AirPods “with wireless charging support,” which likely refers to a separate charging case. While Apple never placed a release date on what Phil Schiller called an “optional new wireless charging case,” it was presumed that it would release at the same time as AirPower, which at the time was pegged for a 2018 release.

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Apple AirPower wireless charging pad: Everything you need to know

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:54

Apple’s new AirPower is a wireless charging pad to help clean up the mess of charging cables for your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Apple unveiled AirPower at its iPhone X Event, but the company didn’t provide much detail. We hope to fill the void here. We’ll update this article as we get more details, so stay tuned.

Updated 12/3/18: Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple's new AirPods will be released in 2019, which could also mean Apple will release AirPower.

What's the latest?

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will release new AirPods in early 2019. The new AirPods will include a new redesigned case that supports wireless charging. That could mean the AIrPower wireless charging mat could be released at the same time—though we should clarify that Kuo does not specifically mention AirPower in his report.

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5 reasons to not get excited about the Samsung-Verizon 5G phone announcement yet

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:56
Samsung has teamed up with Verizon to deliver the company's first 5G phone in the first half of 2019. Here are five reasons to not rush out to buy it.

Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 06:30
At-home DNA testing has rapidly become a popular way to learn more about your ethnic background and heritage. We took numerous different tests to evaluate and compare their services.

Philips Hue Calla outdoor pathway light review: A sophisticated outdoor lighting system

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 06:00
Philips takes its Hue smart lighting outdoors with this elegant and well-built pathway light.

Eufy SpaceView Baby Monitor review: simple security for your small fry

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 06:00
This video baby monitor comes with an attachable wide-angle lens to give you a full view of your child's nursery once they're old enough to be out of their crib.

The $29 iPhone battery replacement program ends on New Year’s Eve

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 06:00

Apple’s reduced-rate battery replacement program for older iPhones has been around for so long that it started to feel as though it’d always be with us. Alas, all good things come to an end. The year-long promotion—which lets you replace your older iPhone’s battery for just $29 (down from $79)—is set to end on December 31. If you have an iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, or X and you aren’t satisfied with its battery life, now is the time to act.

Seriously, get on that if you haven’t. Even I know a couple of iPhone 6 users who are dragging their feet, which surprises me as they regularly complain about the device’s battery life. It’s not even that hard. Replacing it is a simple battery of taking your phone to a Genius Bar or (less optimally) shipping it off to Apple for repairs.

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SaferVPN review: This newcomer is off to a good start

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 18:08
SaferVPN has some great European connection speeds and is very easy to use.

Best password managers: Reviews and buying advice

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 15:49
The best password is one you probably can't easily remember—that's why a password manager is so crucial to your online security. This guide will help you find the best tool for generating and storing strong passwords to shore up your online defenses.

Marriott Starwood hotel data breach FAQ: What 500 million hacked guests need to know

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:25
Marriott has announced a database breach affecting some 500 million of its customers. Here's everything you need to know.

Arlo is planning to launch a 4K smart home security camera next year

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:21
Arlo plans to launch a 4K security camera in 2019, potentially stealing a lead on competitors and kicking off a new race in the smart home security market.

Apple Music on Echo speakers is the best gift Apple will give its fans this year

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:43

While this time last year Apple Music fans were lamenting the fact that they wouldn’t be getting HomePod in time for Christmas, there’s a lot more to cheer about this year. According to USA Today, Echo devices will be getting Apple Music support beginning the week of December 17, making it the first third-party smart speaker to fully support the streaming music service.

While there’s no special Echo rate—the service will still cost $10 a month or $99 a year, with the same student and family tiers—support for Amazon devices opens Apple Music up to a huge untapped audience. But it’s even better for Apple Music’s current subscribers. Now they don’t have to buy a HomePod or use a clunky AirPlay workaround to pump their Apple Music playlists through a smart speaker.

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Why you should use a VPN on a public Wi-Fi network

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:00

When you connect to a free or paid public Wi-Fi network, you may notice that some redirection takes place. Instead of taking you to a website you intended to visit or retrieving your email, Apple cleverly inserts a Wi-Fi portal pop-up or screen in both iOS and macOS. On that screen, you can login or agree to terms and conditions for use of the network and proceed.

Apple makes this portal page appear when your iPhone, iPad, or Mac can’t reach an Apple site directly after you joined that network. The operating system understands that something is standing in your way, and it’s almost always a portal page that Apple can repackage to make it easier for you to spot.

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CyberLink PhotoDirector 10 Ultra review: Intriguing alternative to consumer Mac photo editors

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 07:00

CyberLink PhotoDirector is kind of a sleeper in the Mac pantheon of desktop image editors. It competes with Apple Photos, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Pixelmator, Luminar, and other consumer imagers. CyberLink is mostly associated with Windows, and PhotoDirector is the only cross platform item in the company’s suite of multimedia prosumer apps.

Like many of CyberLink’s Windows apps, PhotoDirector 10 has its own brand of sizzle that may prove appealing to Mac users, especially those interested in turning their photos into works of art.

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