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Everything Apple announced at its September 12 'Gather Round' event

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:53

It’s that time again! Time for Apple to unveil its latest iPhones and get us all excited about the steady march of technological progress.

This year, Apple had plenty to cover. There are three new iPhones, all of them with the the powerful A12 Bionic processor and TrueDepth camera and Face ID system that was previously exclusive to the $1,000 iPhone X. There’s also a hot new Apple Watch Series 4.

You’ll be able to watch a recording of the live event on the Apple Special Events page, but if you don’t want to (or can’t), here’s a brief summary of all the major announcements made at the September 12 event.

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Apple Watch Series 4: Six reasons to upgrade (and one big reason not to)

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:12

For the first time since its introduction four years ago, the Apple Watch has a new design—and we don’t just mean the addition of a red dot on the Digital Crown. The new fourth-generation watch includes a larger screen and a slightly bigger case, but still retains the classic styling that has made the Apple Watch a worldwide hit.

But the beauty of the new Apple Watch isn’t skin deep. We can’t wait to get our fingers on that new display, but there’s way more to it than a few extra pixels. Here are six more reasons you’ll want to upgrade to a new Apple Watch and one reason why you might want to wait:

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Apple sets release dates for iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:05

At its “Gather round” event on Wednesday, Apple announce the release dates for its operating systems: iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The company has slated September 17 for the release of iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. MacOS Mojave 10.14 will be released on September 24. The upgrades are free.

iOS 12 release: September 17

iOS 12 is the next major version of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 12 include improvements to Maps, Siri, FaceTime, CarPlay, and the Photos app, as well as revamped Stocks, News, Voice Memos, and Apple Books apps. iOS 12’s Messages includes new Animoji characters and Memoji, and there’s also a new AR-based Measure app.

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Garmin Speak Plus Review: Alexa and a dash cam make a mighty fine co-pilot

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 11:57
The Garmin Speak Plus has a tiny screen and a long cord, but it brings a few tricks you won't get with your smartphone.

iPhone Gather Round event last-minute rumors: iPhone, Apple Watch names, sizes, colors leaked

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 09:25

Apple’s Gather Round event is mere hours away, but that doesn’t mean the leaks have stopped. This last-minute round of rumors is circulating even as Tim Cook prepares to take the stage Wednesday morning at the Steve Jobs Theater to unveil Apple’s latest products. And it’s coming directly from Apple, so you can be sure it’s legit. Here’s what we know.

New iPhone names

Once of the last bits of mystery surrounding Wednesday’s event has been what Apple is going to call its new phones. Now we know. Tech site All Things How has uncovered a product sitemap file in Apple’s website code that clearly lists the names of the new devices. And they are:

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Bose Sleepbuds review: These wireless earbuds are designed carry you to la-la-land

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 06:00
The noted headphone manufacturer applies its noise-cancelling expertise to help you get a better night’s sleep.

AppleCare+: Everything you need to know about Apple’s extended warranty program

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 03:00

Your Apple gear wasn’t cheap. And if you drop your iPhone, your iPad stops turning on one day, or your Mac’s hard drive just ups and dies on you, getting it repaired probably won’t be cheap either.

Apple includes a one-year limited warranty with all hardware so if there’s a manufacturing defect, you’ll be covered. To also protect against accidental damage, plus extend the original warranty for longer and enjoy free tech support, you can opt to purchase AppleCare+. Here’s what it is, what it covers, and what you can expect to pay. Is AppleCare+ worth it? Only you can decide for your own situation, but this should be everything you need to know to make a smart choice.

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Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 23:50
Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.

Amped Wireless Smart Strip review: Most effective when it's paired with an Amazon Echo or Google Home

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 23:45
You can control its three outlets and two USB ports independently, but its app has weak timer features and no scene-control functions.

Snag Apple’s AirPods for the lowest price we’ve ever seen

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:57

Apple’s AirPods are awesome, and today you can get them (and many other products) for 15 percent off today at Rakuten. Just enter the code SAVE15 when you check out with a free Rakuten account, and you can walk away with the popular Bluetooth true wireless earbuds for just $127.50Remove non-product link (down from $159).

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4 reasons why USB-C would be awesome on the iPad Pro (and 4 reasons why it won't)

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:33

With just hours to go until Apple’s Gather Round event, notable Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo dropped a juicy rumor on Monday that threw us for a loop. According to the analyst, Apple will changing the port on the new iPad Pro from Lightning to USB-C.

That’s major. We already expect the new iPads to get a significant redesign with super-slim bezels, no home button, Face ID, and no headphone jack, but this rumor leapfrogs them all. Switching to USB-C as the main I/O port on the iPad would be a monumental change for the tablet and would surely cause lots of feelings among fans. Here's why the reactions will likely be split right down the middle:

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Save big on our favorite internal and external SSDs: Samsung 860 EVO and SanDisk Extreme Portable

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:19
Amazon and Newegg have some great deals on the Samsung 860 EVO and SanDisk Extreme Portable SSDs.

How to use the augmented reality Measure app in iOS 12

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 09:00

With the introduction of ARKit in iOS 11, Apple put a stake in the ground in the mobile Augmented Reality race. Some of the best early AR apps used your phone to measure linear distances—a digital tape measure, if you will. 

With iOS 12, Apple is expanding it’s Augmented Reality capabilities with ARKit 2, and has built-in a new utility app called Measure to show what Augmented Reality can do. It’s a simple app that reliably measures linear distances, and obsoletes some of those early, simple AR measuring apps.

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How to consolidate media from old apps into a single Photos library

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 08:00

If you’ve used previous tools such as iPhoto and Aperture for managing your photos and videos, you can wind up with many libraries and miscellaneous files, and be unsure whether you have a definitive set of photos that’s not full of wasteful overlaps.

That’s the case for Macworld reader John, who has libraries across several software programs and piles of backups to boot. He’d like to consolidate everything in one place and de-duplicate, so he has an authoritative set. He wonders if he’ll wind up needing a huge drive to manage all this, too. (Probably!)

Apple offers no real help with this, except recognizing duplicates of certain kinds when importing images from another source. You need to turn to third parties for help. My best recommendation here is PowerPhotos from Fat Cat Software, a unique app that contains a lot of tools you might have hoped Apple would have built into Photos by now, including library merging and de-duplication of media. It’s $30 and it’s worth every penny.

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Watch this: A look back at Apple Watch commentary

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 07:00

On the eve of the presumed announcement of the fourth generation of Apple Watch, The Macalope thought it would be educational to look back at what people said about Apple’s most prominent entrant into the category that people literally said the company would go out of business if it didn’t compete in.

OK, he thought it would be funny to look back at what was said. But, then, isn’t laughter the best educator? Oh, wait, it’s the best medicine. Frankly, the horny one thinks that’s penicillin but, still, who doesn’t like to laugh?

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Honeywell Home Smart Home Security Starter Kit review: Is this super-simple security system worth the big bucks?

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:00
With no professional monitoring option and a sky-high price tag, this alarm system won’t be for everyone.

Hisense H9E Plus 4K UHD TV review: Smooth action and good color, but it's not overly bright

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:00
The H9E Plus is the most affordable 120Hz TV we've seen, and the extra 60Hz do make for about the smoothest motion in its class. But HDR still doesn't pop as with some similarly-priced models.

How to watch the Apple ‘Gather round’ event on Wednesday, Sept. 12

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:00

Apple’s annual September event is probably the most anticipated one by devoted Apple users. (Yes, even more that Apple’s WWDC keynote in the summer.) The event isn’t open to the public, but you can still watch it on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or even on a Windows PC. Here’s how.

The “Gather round” Apple event starts at 10 a.m Pacific time on September 12.

Watch on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can watch the event on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using Safari. According to Apple, your device needs to run iOS 10 or later. You’ll need to navigate to Apple’s events website, which is located at

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iPad 2018 rumors: Goodbye Lightning, hello USB-C?

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:09

When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.

But the fundamental design of the iPad hasn’t changed much in years. That could all change in 2018, as Apple gives use the first holistic new iPad design in a very long time.

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