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Make life easier on your eyes with these big sales on luxurious monitor upgrades

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 09:37
Get a Nixeus EDG for $350 at Newegg or a Samsung 4K monitor for $250 at Amazon, plus two other great online deals right now.

How to set iCloud to save emails on your Mac, not in the cloud

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 09:00

It’s certainly not unusual to want to store your data only on locations over which you have full control—not some company’s cloud, even if that’s Apple. Macworld readers Bob and Barbara migrated off other mail services to iCloud specifically to download messages directly and to avoid poor performance they were perceiving. They thought macOS Mail and iCloud would be a better match.

But they’re in a pickle, because they’re seeing iCloud storage fill up (Bob) or become full (Barbara), and they don’t want the messages there at all. When they log into their mail, they want any email to be moved from the server to their Mac.

Apple’s Mail and most email clients on every platform and from every third party optimize their defaults settings around leaving mail on a server. That’s the modern way, where we can reach the same mail storage on any device, as well as through Web mail.

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iOS Screen Time vs. Android Digital Wellbeing: Which phone addiction fighter is best for you?

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:00

Regardless of whether you use an iPhone or an Android phone, you’re about to learn a whole lot more about how often you use apps. Both Apple and Google have baked into the latest versions of their mobile operating systems new tools that aim to help people get a handle on how much time they spend with their phone. Beyond that, these tools let parents set limits on how much screen time their kids can have each day. Both are in beta form and arriving later in the fall, but we’re had a chance to try them out. Here’s how they compare.

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Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 speaker system review: A convenient, but ineffective substitute for in-ceiling speakers

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:00
This speaker system delivers a solid surround-sound performance, but it doesn’t provide the perception of height.

Eufy RoboVac 11s review: Our favorite budget robot vacuum gets an upgrade

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:00
The affordable carpet cleaner is now smaller and has more suction.

Digesting the rumors: Where's the iPad Pro going next?

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:00

If the rumors are true—and they are often, if not always—Apple is preparing to release a new generation of iPad Pro models this fall. I bought the first-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro back in 2015 and still use it as my primary portable computer, so I’m excited at the rumors of a major iPad Pro redesign. Let’s sift through the rumors and reports and see if we can figure out where the iPad Pro is headed next.

Getting bigger and smaller

According to supply-chain sleuth Ming-Chi Kuo, the new iPad Pros will feature 11-inch and 12.9-inch screens. This continues a trend of upsizing the smaller iPad Pro model, which was introduced in early 2016 as a 9.7-inch model (the traditional iPad size), then replaced with a 10.5-inch version in 2017.

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Apple Music adds new Friends Mix weekly personalized playlist

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:32

Earlier this year, we identified more than a dozen ways to improve Apple Music. One of them was for Apple to create more personalized playlists, adding to the meager offerings of Chill Mix, New Music Mix, and Favorites Mix.

On Tuesday, Apple increased its personalized playlist offerings by one third with the addition of Friends Mix.

Friends Mix is a weekly playlist of 25 songs that highlights some of the tracks your friends have been listening to that it thinks you might like. The playlist is updated every Monday.

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Iris Smart Hub (2017) review: Lowe’s offers an affordable smart-home system for the hacker mindset

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:32
A new professional monitoring option puts the focus squarely on security.

Best smart smoke detector to keep your home safe

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:30
Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don’t just sound the alarm, they also alert your smart phone and more.

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight review: $100 is cheap if it saves your house from burning down

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:26
It plugs into an AC outlet, alerts you to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and contacts you via an app with a recording of the sound. A few false alarms aside, this security device is a smart buy for any home.

Stay charged on the go with a 10,000mAh power bank for $13 and a car charger with Amazon Alexa

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:41

These days, there are plenty of ways to keep your phone charged up on the go, and today two enticing, yet totally different USB chargers are on steep sale at Amazon—but only if you know the correct discount codes. Aukey’s huge 10,000mAh portable charger drops all the way down to $12.87 with the code 73YLYYV3, from a list price of $23, and Anker’s Roav Viva car charger with Amazon’s Alexa is $38 with the code VIVAAUDL, down from a list price of $59.

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This TP-Link smart plug costs $10 instead of $27 if you buy it with Amazon's Alexa

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:23

Amazon’s got a great deal for smart home users today, but you can only get it if you’re part of a special club. No, not Amazon Prime—Club Alexa. Anyone who has an Echo device or a third-party Alexa-enabled device can get a TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini for $10 with coupon code SMART10. That’s $17 off the usual price of $27. The bad news is Amazon’s sale is limited to one device per customer.

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Picking the wrong horse: It’s Apple’s fault

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:00

There are two ways to write a piece admitting you were massively wrong about which company would hit a milestone first. One is to admit you were wrong and gracefully congratulate the company that succeeded.

Then there’s this way.

Writing for Gartner, Scott Galloway sarcastically says “Yay Capitalism.”

Apple’s market capitalization breached $1T this week.

And I’m really, really mad about it.

I’m a bit sanguine, as I’ve been predicting, with enormous confidence, that Amazon would get there first.

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Overflow 3 review: macOS app launcher doubles as a spacious Dock alternative

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 07:00

There’s only so much room available to cram applications, folders, and documents into the macOS Dock. But don’t worry, there’s a way to add a second dock to your screen that’s even more spacious and powerful than the original.

Overflow 3: Visual launcher

Overflow 3 is a popup window where you can stash all the stuff you don’t have room for in the Dock. In addition to folders and files, Overflow works as an application launcher for software you might not use every day but want to be able to access quickly.

Although you have the option to show or hide the Dock at all times, Overflow lurks in the background until it’s summoned, either by clicking the menu bar icon or pressing a hot key shortcut of your choice. The sparse, dark-themed window (you can’t customize the look) contains a list of categories at left, with rows of icons on the opposite side representing what is saved there.

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The best video baby monitors: Keep eyes—and ears—on your bundle of joy

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 06:00
Today's baby monitors are more capable—and more complex—than ever. Here's how to find the right one, so you and your baby can get some sleep.

First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound review: Alexa in a smoke detector? It's an inspired, if expensive, idea

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 06:00
Here's a clever way to get a smart speaker into every room without cluttering up every room with a smart speaker.

The Apple Watch is a bit of a nag—that's why it's helpful for losing weight

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 06:00

This is part of a series on losing 60 pounds with the help of the Apple Watch. I'm currently 10 pounds down since July 25. In this post we'll talk about the Apple Watch as a weight loss motivator.

Ask anyone on the street if they like being nagged, and I’ll bet they’ll tell you no. (In fact, I’d bet many of them would accuse you of nagging on the spot.) So it’s a bit of a shock that so many of us willingly saddle our wrists with the Apple Watch, a device that pesters us relentlessly on the default settings. Here’s a typical day: Leif, you need to stand up more. Leif, you haven’t walked as much today as you normally do. Leif, you have a new email. Leif, dammit, you need to Breathe. Describe these interactions in terms of people, and you’re probably dealing with a toxic relationship.

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One of Amazon's most popular Bluetooth speakers is on sale for just $20

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:46

Few electronic products on Amazon can touch the popularity of the Oontz Angle 3 portable Bluetooth speaker, as it maintains a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars even after a staggering 28,207 user reviews. That’s phenomenal. Equally phenomenal is the $19.99 price it’s now going for, down a full 56 percent from its normal retail price of $44.99.

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Apple removes Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts from iTunes and Podcast apps

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:30

Apple has completely removed five of the six podcasts run by Alex Jones and Infowars from iTunes and the Podcast app, including The Alex Jones Show and War Room. The only remaining podcast from Jones’ network is RealNews with David Knight.

Jones has come under fire recently for his long-standing propensity to promote conspiracy theories. Famously, he claimed the Sandy Hook school shooting was fake and accused the Stoneman Douglass High School students of being paid “crisis actors.” He has often promoted even crazier stuff like promoting Pizzagate, chemtrails, and a host of 9/11 and New World Order conspiracy theories.

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