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Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 15:42
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

Waking your TV with a smart speaker? It could be inflating your energy bill

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:51
If you’re using a smart speaker to turn on your TV via voice commands, you might unwittingly be doubling the overall power usage of your TV set.

Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Apple releases new trailer for The Morning Show

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:12

Apple is said to be spending a couple billion dollars over 2018 and 2019 on the development of exclusive original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment.

What can you get for a couple billion dollars? Apple hopes to attract some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and to lock down the television and movie rights to best-selling books. Though the company has only given us a glimpse at a handful of shows, the Hollywood trade press has uncovered many more through its reporting on deals from casting agents and production companies.

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TP-Link cancels HomeKit plans for the most promising smart home device for Siri

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 11:36

One of the more interesting announcements to come out of this year’s CES wasn’t a new product at all, it was an upcoming update to an old one. Budget device maker TP-Link announced that it would be updating its popular Wi-Fi Plug Mini with HomeKit support so it could be controlled by Siri.

However, after the “early 2019” deadline came and went, TP-Link has now announced that it won’t actually be supporting HomeKit after all. In a support document uncovered by an eagle-eyed Reddit user, TP has broken the news to anyone who was waiting for the update to arrive:

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How to “click accept on the account page” with apps in the Mac App Store

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 08:00

Woe to those who receive cryptic messages on their Macs. “Click accept on the account page to update this app” is one of them. Which apps? Which account page? AIEEEE! (Picture Cathy here with frizzy hair, tongue sticking out.)

Turns out that this is an easy problem to resolve, and it comes from a place of corporate generosity. Apple makes a number of apps free to macOS users, some of which were paid at one point. This typically affects iMovie, Garageband, Keynote, Numbers, and Pages.

MacOS still registers and downloads those apps via the Mac App Store, and ownership can apparently get muddled even if don’t recall using multiple Apple IDs or copying the apps across computers. It can also occur if you Mac is serviced and the drive remains in place but the motherboard is swapped.

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Best smart lock for a keyless home

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 07:15
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

Lockly Secure Pro Review: This pricey biometric smart lock joins the Wi-Fi club

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 07:00
Thanks to an external hub, Lockly can now be accessed remotely.

Lockly Secure Pro Review: This pricy biometric smart lock joins the Wi-Fi club

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 07:00
Thanks to an external hub, Lockly can now be accessed remotely.

Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs. Hulu vs. PlayStation Vue, and all the rest

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 06:00
Is Sling TV better than Hulu, or should cord-cutters subscribe to PlayStation Vue? Or YouTube TV? We compare all the TV streaming services, and several rise to the top.

How to add multiple accounts to Apple TV

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 06:00

We may not yet have support for multiple accounts on the iPad, but by gosh, we’ll have it on the Apple TV once tvOS 13 drops. The new feature lets you easily switch between two or more Apple IDs on Apple’s set-top box, which means it’ll be easier to keep your recommendations from getting muddled with the viewing histories of family members and friends who share the device.

Yet, it’s like not multiple accounts on the Mac. Every app you’ve downloaded stays in place when you switch between profiles, and you usually won’t see any differences in the account management of apps like Netflix. (Fortunately, Netflix comes with its own support for multiple accounts.)

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Hulu with Live TV review: The abundant streaming bundle

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 06:00
Hulu's live TV service still has a few notable drawbacks, but the value is hard to beat.

Philo review: A valuable alternative to the average TV bundle

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 06:00
By cutting out broadcast and sports networks, the Philo streaming TV service provides cord-cutters lots of channels for not a lot of money.

FuboTV review: This service streams lots of sports channels, but not ESPN

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 06:00
FuboTV is the best sports streaming bundle for soccer fans and ESPN haters.

Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more to a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 14:30

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. And the new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

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New Apple Maps are rolling out to Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 12:57

About a year ago, Apple announced a huge change to Apple Maps. It wasn’t about new features in the Maps app (though there are new features coming in iOS 13), but rather a complete overhaul of the fundamental map data. Buildings, rivers, roads, vegetation; it’s all vastly more detailed and accurate in the new maps.

Apple began rolling out the new mapping data to Northern California just after its announcement, with a promise to continue rolling out new maps to the rest of the U.S. “over the next year.” Southern California and Hawaii followed in late 2018, then parts of the southwest in April 2019.

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How printing options in Photos for macOS work

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 08:00

Quick! First answer that pops into your head: When you press a Print button, what do you think will happen next?

It will print, right? Sure, but not when you’re using Photos for macOS. Printing in that app is a two-step operation missing a familiar cue in the first step about the sequence that follows.

When you select an image or images and select File > Print, the Photos print dialog appears with just a few options. You can select the printer, the paper format, and a prefab printing setup. For some layout choices, like Contact Sheet and Custom, additional options appear at the bottom.


The first Print dialog seems like it will print the image when you click Print. Not so!

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Our 6 favorite new features of watchOS 6

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 07:00

Apple’s almost certain to introduce a new Apple Watch this September, just as it has done every year since the first Apple Watch was revealed. But you don’t have to necessarily buy new hardware to keep up with the latest improvements. Much as with the iPhone, many of the best Apple Watch upgrades come from Apple’s big yearly operating system updates.

When watchOS 6 lands this fall, it’s going to bring a lot of great stuff to your fancy little wrist computer. Now that we’ve used the beta for a while, we’ve come to recognize these as our favorite new features.

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Audeara A-01 headphone review: These ANC cans promise to compensate for your hearing deficits

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 06:00
It's a brilliant idea, and the app that makes it possible works fairly well, at least with ANC turned on.

LG Dual Inverter Smart Air Conditioner review: This Wi-Fi-connected window air conditioner is a major step up

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 06:00
You can make your old window air conditioner smarter, but you can’t make it quieter or more efficient.

How to use synchronized lyrics in Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 07:00

Apple’s major new OS releases always come with a whole bunch of updates to its built-in apps. In iOS 13 and tvOS 13, the new marquee feature for Apple Music is the ability to show you song lyrics that sync with the music being played.

It’s just the thing to get ready for your next Karaoke night, or to host one with your Apple TV. Here’s how it works.

Synced lyrics on iPhone or iPad

You don’t need to do much to see synced lyrics on your iPhone or iPad, you just need to be running iOS 13 or iPadOS 13.

In Apple Music, tap the now playing bar at the bottom of the screen to show info about the song you’re playing.

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