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Get Alexa's smarts for less than $20 with this deal on the Eufy Genie smart speaker

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:12

Smart speakers are a useful and convenient way to control your smart home devices, but their price tags can be a little steep, even for inexpensive models like the Echo Dot or Google Home Mini. But right now you can get an Alexa-compatible smart speaker for super cheap: the Eufy Genie smart speaker is $19.99, a savings of nearly 45 percent off its $34.99 list price.

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ESPN+ isn’t really for cord-cutters

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 06:00
ESPN’s standalone service does nothing to fix the mess that sports streaming rights have become.

Apple’s future iPhones might have more curves and fewer fingerprints

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:08

While Android phones are already copying iPhone X’s camera notch, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple might be borrowing a page or two from Samsung and LG for its next design shift.

According to Mark Gurman—who earlier this week divulged that Apple is preparing to move away from Intel processors in its Macs—Apple is working on an iPhone with a screen “that curve(s) inward gradually from top to bottom.” While Apple has used curved glass on its handsets since the iPhone 6, and the edges of the iPhone X curve slightly around the edges, it’s yet to introduce a device with a visibly curved screen.

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H&R Block's tax software drops to $18 for today only as deadline looms

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:31

April is upon us, and you know what that means—tax season. Preparing your taxes can be tedious, frustrating, and time-consuming, so if you’re going to be preparing them yourself, it’s important to make sure you’re using the right software to make it easier. Today, you can get H&R Block’s Deluxe + State Tax Software for just $17.99, which is 60 percent off its list price on Amazon. If you put your refund on an Amazon gift card, you’ll also get a 5 percent bonus payment.

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Outfit your home with Amazon Cloud Cams for up to $70 off today

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:26

Even if you don't want to trust Amazon to deliver packages inside your home, you can still use their excellent Cloud Cam security cameras to keep an eye on your stuff. And since you'll probably need more than one, Amazon is running a great deal when you buy two or more today.

Pick up a pair of Alexa-compatible Amazon Cloud Cam security cameras and you'll save $40, bringing the price down to $100 each. Buy a third and you'll save $70, meaning each camera costs $96, just $6 more than the lowest price we've ever seen.

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B&H has a 4TB external hard drive for $20 cheaper than anywhere else today

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 09:43

Everybody needs a little backup in their life. That's doubly true for anyone with a big media library or a trove of documents worth preserving. Today, B&H Photo has a 4TB Western Digital desktop external hard drive for $80. That's about $20 cheaper than the current price at Amazon and Best Buy, and $40 below the MSRP.

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Report: Apple to use its own chips in Macs starting in 2020

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 14:50

A (very brief) report from Ian King and Mark Gurman at Bloomberg states that Apple will begin using its own chips in Macs, replacing processors from Intel, beginning in 2020. The report only cites "people familiar with the plans," but Gurman has a very good track record for Apple rumors.

Of course, predicting the moves of any major tech company two years out is sketchy at best; even if you're accurate at the time, plans can and do change.

The report is very brief and developing, but it says the initiative is code-named Kalamata and is part of a larger effort to get iOS devices and macOS devices to work together better. The plan has been approved by company executives, and the transition away from Intel chips will probably happen in multiple steps.

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iOS 11.4: First beta released to developers with Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 14:09

iOS 11.3 was released on March 29 after more than two months of beta testing. It added several new features, including battery health and performance settings, four new Animojis, Business Chat and Health Records betas, and a bit upgrade to ARKit.

Two big features we've been waiting on since the release of iOS 11 last year were notably absent: AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud. Both features were included in beta, but were cut from the final release. Those features are unlikely to get pushed back to iOS 12 (due for release this fall), which means iOS 11 will have yet another point release.

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Give your outlets a dose of AI with these great deals on smart plugs

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:00

There may be new smart version of use about every device we use, but most of the lights and small appliances we already have in our homes are still too “dumb” to connect to our smart systems. To bring them up to speed, smart plugs can add convenience and control to any Wi-Fi connected home.

The Wemo mini smart plug is on sale for $24.99 on Amazon, the lowest price since Black Friday. In our four-star review, we especially liked this plug for its connectivity and simple, compact design. Once connected to Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to control your Wemo smart plug via voice or by using the Belkin app, and you'll be able to schedule at time for it to turn off or choose a “randomize” option to make it look like you’re home when you’re out of the house.

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

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 10:24
March's iOS games

Image by Epic Games

March was a huge month for iOS game releases, as two of the world’s most popular PC and console games made their way to iPhone and iPad—and the core games are nearly identical to each other, to boot. Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds both brought their raucous 100-player online shootouts to iOS this month, and they both play impressively well on touch.

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Get an Apple Watch Series 1 for a ridiculously low $149 at Walmart today

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 09:36

If you’ve been watching for good deals on Apple Watch, you’ll be hard-pressed to beat Walmart’s current offer. You can get the 38mm Apple Watch Series 1 for a mere $149 while supplies last, which might not be that long. Apple normally sells the device for $249, which means today’s deal knocks off a full $100. The same $100 discount applies to the larger 42mm Apple Watch Series 1, which brings the price down from $279 to $179.

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Grab Apple's Leather Case for iPhone X with some of the lowest prices we've ever seen

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 08:31

Apple’s leather cases are among the best ways to protect your iPhone, but they can also be among the most expensive. You can get one for cheap today for your iPhone X—but you'll need to act fast.

Amazon is selling several of Apple’s leather iPhone X case for up to 30 percent off. Normally priced at $49, the models that have discounts are:

The saddle brown and (Product)Red cases are the best prices we’ve seen for these colors, while the charcoal gray color is just $1 off the all-time low.

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Cover your home with Wi-Fi on the cheap with Amazon’s one-day TP-Link sale

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:54

A strong Wi-Fi system is the foundation of any connected home, and Amazon’s one-day TP-Link sale will help you blanket every room without hurting your wallet. With everything from routers to range extenders, this sale offers plenty of options for enabling or enhancing your Wi-Fi connection.

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Apple adds thousands of music videos to Apple Music in advance of iOS 11.3 release

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:09

Back in January, Apple took the unusual step of posting a preview of iOS 11.3. The focus was on new Animoji, health records, and battery health, but it also included a quick shout-out to Apple Music.

“Apple Music will soon be the home for music videos,” it said.

Today, Apple makes good on that promise, as it gears up for the final release of iOS 11.3. Apple has added thousands of new music videos to Apple Music, from all across the musical landscape. This includes new exclusive videos debuting first on Apple Music: “The Space Program” from A Tribe Called Quest, “Colors” from Beck, “Stop Me From Falling” from Kylie Minogue, “Alien” from Sabrina Carpenter and Jonas Blue, and a live performance music video of “Evergreen” from Yebba.

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This lens cleaner keeps your camera spotless for under $5

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:47

Nothing’s more irritating than snapping the perfect picture only to discover dust and dirt blemishing the image. Wiping your phone or camera with your shirt can work in a pinch, but also leaves tiny fibers scattered across the lens. A cleaning pen can wipe your camera spotless in seconds, and LensPen’s silver UltraPro lens cleaner is on sale on Amazon and Best Buy right now for $4.89, or about 43 percent lower than usual.

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from March 2018

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 07:00
March's Mac games

Image by Amanita Design

Spring is emerging again, but if you’re not yet keen on exploring the outdoors in your spare time, then you might be in need of more indoor indulgences. How about a new Mac game? March brought us a nice number of compelling releases, and we’ve highlighted 10 of the most enticing debuts in the slides ahead.

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Apple’s original TV elephant in the room

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:00
Let's hope Apple's original TV shows aren't exclusive to Apple TV.

Tim Cook discusses privacy, regulation, U.S. manufacturing, and education

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 15:59

On Wednesday morning, following Apple’s education event in Chicago the day before, CEO Tim Cook sat down with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Recode’s Kara Swisher to talk about a variety of Apple-related topics. The interview has not been released in its entirety; it is scheduled to air on April 6 at 8 p.m. EDT as part of MSNBC and Recode’s “Revolution” series. However, it was filmed in front of a live audience, and portions of Cook’s responses have been released.

Here’s a sampling of what you can look forward to when the special airs late next week.

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Get Apple's AirPods for $20 off at Costco today

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 13:02

The majority of the Apple-loving world may have its attention set on the new iPad right now, but there are other deals lurking about for those who know where to look. Take Costco. If you’re a member of the popular wholesaler, you can pick up Apple’s beloved AirPods today for a rare discount of $20 off.

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How to watch Apple’s education event online

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 11:55

For the first time in a while, Apple did not stream its Tuesday education event online for the general public to follow along. However, Apple did promise to post the video of it later, and it’s available now. If you want to watch the event, click the link below, which will take to you the video on Apple’s website. The video is just under 68 minutes long.

Watch the Apple Special Event from March 27, 2018

At the event, Apple introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support, new versions of the iWork apps with Pencil-based features, and several new education apps, such as Classroom for Mac, Schoolwork, and the Everyone Can Create curriculum.

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