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The best Bluetooth earbuds of 2019

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:29

Bluetooth earbuds are the Goldilocks of the mobile audio world: not too fussy, not too expensive—juuuust right.

As Bluetooth earbuds don’t need to be plugged into a smartphone or tablet, you'll never have to worry about getting tangled up in the cord running between their earpieces while you're typing, working out at the gym, or grooving to music while making dinner.

Where corded earphones can only connect to one device at a time, Bluetooth devices can seamlessly switch between one audio source or another or even listen to multiple audio sources at the same time. Additionally, as the death knell sounds for audio jacks in mobile hardware, investing in a set of Bluetooth cans ensures you’ll be living a dongle-free, future-proof life for years to come.

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Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:48
These USB battery packs from Anker, Mophie, Xiaomi, and others will keep your Android or Apple phone charged while you're on the go.

Kiss your cable bill goodbye: These are the best TV antennas for cord cutters

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:07
Ready to cut the cord? You’ll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations for indoor and outdoor antennas.

Best DVR for cord cutters

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:07
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

RAVPower 6700mAh External Battery Pack review: Convenience only gets you so far

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:39
The RAVPower 6700mAh External Battery Pack is a rare miss from RAVPower.

Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:18
With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

Ring is adding color night vision to its security cameras

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:55
Ring says its adding a color nighttime video option to its smart home security cameras.

The 5 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from January 2019

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:00
The best iOS games from January

Image by Happymagenta UAB

The world slows down a bit in winter, and last month’s game releases suggest that sluggishness seeps into the world of iPhone games as well. Long-awaited releases like The Elder Scrolls: Blades remained missing in action, and most of the titles we did see were hardly headline-grabbers.

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Marseille mCable Cinema Edition review: This expensive HDMI cable is mostly worth it

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:00
The Marseille mCable Cinema Edition is great for upscaling DVD, Blu-ray, and even TV, but we can't recommend it for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players because it doesn't support HDCP 2.2.

Blind spots: Does Apple know its own business?

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:00

Does Apple ever send out thank-you notes to the many pundits that take the time out of their day to explain their business to them? They really should.

Writing for Wired, Molly Wood tells us about the time “Apple, the iPhone, and The Innovator’s Dilemma” walked into a bar. (Tip o’ the antlers to Bill.)

Apple is a company on the verge of being disrupted…

Since 1976.

The Innovator’s Dilemma, of course, is about the trap that successful companies fall into time and time again.

It is very possible that Apple could fall into this trap. However, it’s also proven to be exceptionally good at being the one that replaces its own products. You could point to declining iPhone sales as a sign the company is ripe for a fall, but no one has come up with anything better, the market is simply saturated.

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ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac review: High level of protection at a good price

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 17:20

Forget about the cringe-worthy name; ESET Cyber Security Pro is a solid anti-virus suite for Mac. AV-Test gave ESET CSP a perfect score on its widespread and prevalent malware test in December, the most recent test available. Our own checks produced a similar result when testing ESET CSP on a MacBook running macOS Mojave (AV-Test used High Sierra).

ESET had no trouble blocking most of the threats on WICAR’s test site of prevalent web-based attacks. The only issue we noticed was that ESET didn’t detect the Adobe Flash hacking team leak; however, we tested on Safari without an active Flash plugin.

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LIFX A19 (2018) smart bulb review: The Wi-Fi bulb to beat keeps getting better

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 17:19
Shine on, you crazy lightbulb.

LIFX Beam review: Six feet of decorative lighting that ties into your smart home

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 16:36
This smart lighting kit will give your walls some dynamic visual flair.

Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 16:36

Macs may be a far less tempting target for malware and viruses, but they’re not immune from attack. Even if you don’t care about adware or being used as a means to infect users on other platforms, it’s still possible to fall victim to ransomware, password theft, or stolen iPhone backups.

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LIFX Mini smart bulb series review: Not quite as bright, but smaller and cheaper than the LIFX A19

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 16:23
We like the color-tunable bulb best, but all three are good values.

iPhone 2019 rumors: A 7nm A13 processor, but with a 5W charger and a Lightning connector

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 14:35

What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page will keep track of what’s being rumored as new features of the 2019 iPhones, and we’ll provide some analysis and whether or not a rumor seems feasible.

Updated 2/11/19: DigiTimes has a report about the 2019 iPhone’s processor, and MacOtakara says the new iPhone will still have a 5W charger and a Lightning conector.

A13 processor

A report from DigiTimes states that the 2019 iPhone will have a processor “dubbed the A13.” It’ll be a 7-nanometer CPU manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

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How to choose a TV antenna

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 14:21
Attention cord cutters: This in-depth guide to HDTV antenna tech will help you find just the right model for tuning in free over-the-air broadcasts.

A ‘dull’ iPad mini 5 could be Apple’s most exciting release of the year

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:21

Apple has had what can only be described as a tough year, with falling iPhone sales, Group FaceTime bugs, and a high-profile privacy squabble with Facebook and Google dominating the headlines. But a new rumor suggests that Apple is hoping to turn it all around with an update to one of its most popular products.

I’m not talking about the iPhone or the Mac Pro (though updates to those are surely coming this year too). The product rumored to be getting an imminent update is the long-in-the-tooth iPad mini, which still has the same specs as it did when the fourth-generation was released in September 2015.

Even with four-year-old parts, the iPad mini 4 could still be a solid choice as an entry-level tablet. With an A8 processor (the same one that’s in the iPhone 6), the mini is capable of running the newest version of iOS 12, and with a 7.9-inch 2048 × 1536 display, it’s Apple’s most pixel-dense tablet. It’s got 128GB of storage, Touch ID, and a much more portable design than the 9.7-inch iPad.

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How to find and insert special characters in macOS

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 07:00

Unicode is a massive, sprawling effort that pairs a number to every unique character in a language, every punctuation mark, every math symbol, and much more. And nearly all of it is available within macOS—but not always easy to find.

There’s a semi-hidden way to access special symbol sets in Unicode, and a somewhat obscure method of searching for specific symbols across all of macOS’s included Unicode characters.

First, open the Keyboard preference pane and make sure that “Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar” is checked. Now, in the menu bar, click the tiny palette that has a command (⌘) key in it and select Show Emoji & Symbols. The Character Viewer that appears shows emoji by default, and with an input cursor in any app or form field that lets you type in text, you can double click emoji to insert them or drag them into a document.

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Heart Works: 12 Valentine's Day movie treats

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 06:00
Essential movies to watch with the one you love this week in celebration of Valentine’s Day.