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Apple News will launch real-time election results section on November 6

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:56

The U.S. midterm elections on November 6 will be hotly contested and closely watched, with every news organization producing wall-to-wall coverage of results as they come in from across the country.

According to TechCrunch, Apple’s News app will be getting in on the action, too. The current “Midterm Elections” section will be replaced by “Election Night,” as will the "Digest" tab at the bottom of the app.

The section will feature live election results from the Associated Press (whose results are used by many large news organizations), and live infographics that update every minute. You’ll also be able to see a complete rundown for the House and Senate races.

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Amazon's 1-day Anker sale brings all-time low prices on chargers and cables

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 11:42

Whether we're on the go or in our beds, we can never have enough ways to keep our devices charged. And today's a great way to load up on more of them.Amazon is running an Anker sale that will save you at least 25 percentRemove non-product link on some of their most popular chargers, with many at all-time low prices. Here are our favorite deals:

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If we had to sacrifice Apple Pencil compatibility for a USB-C iPad, then so be it

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 07:00

Earlier this week Apple achieved a wonder: It made the iPad Pro exciting again. The new tablet is a USB-C-powered beast that plays nice with external gadgets without the need for dongles, and it comes with an updated, wirelessly charged Apple Pencil that checks off many of the boxes on our wishlist.

But it didn’t take long for the implications of this design shift to settle in. You can’t use the older Apple Pencil with the new iPad Pro, and you can’t use the new Pencil with the older models. It all looked too much like “Apple being Apple,” as some critics might say, as the Apple Pencil’s new design forces iPad Pro owners to buy a new version of a device they probably already bought within the last year or two.

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

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 06:00
Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to control the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. There are dozens to choose from; we’ll help you find the right one.

A first look at the new Ring Stick Up Cam Wired

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 06:00
Ring finally has an indoor home security camera in its smart home line-up, and TechHive got a chance to check it out.

4 Apple products and technologies that are running out of time

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 06:00

What is dead may never die, as the Ironborn of Game of Thrones are fond of saying. This week, Apple resurrected both the MacBook Air and the Mac mini at its event, proving that death is sometimes only a temporary state of affairs—at least where tech products are concerned.

But just as this week’s Apple event giveth, there’s also the suggestion that it might taketh away; some Apple products and technologies find themselves in limbo after the announcements of the week, meaning that the writing may perhaps be on the wall for them.

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Apple’s latest record quarter: Why Apple loves China but hates sales figures

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 20:30

It’s another record quarter as a part of a record fiscal year for Apple. The revenue was nearly $63 billion, the profit more than $14 billion, and for the year Apple generated $265 billion in revenue and nearly $60 billion in profit. It’s the company’s eighth straight quarter of revenue growth, and that growth has accelerated every one of those quarters. This is a healthy company; you couldn’t find a healthier one if you tried.

Yes, Apple’s stock is getting hit because its guidance—the amount of money it expects to make during the current quarter—is actually slightly below what Wall Street analysts were expecting. For the record, the revenue Apple has guided to—between $89 and $93 billion—would be the most revenue Apple has ever generated in a quarter, and somewhere between 1 and 5 percent growth. In other words, get ready for another record Apple quarter, because this one’s shaping up to be huge.

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Apple’s Q4 report shows increased revenues, but stocks fall following disappointing guidance

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 17:21

Apple on Thursday released its earnings report for the fourth quarter ending on September 30. Overall revenue reached $62.9 billion, marking a 20 percent boost from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share amounted to $2.41, marking a 41 percent increase.

International sales played a big role in this success story, as they were responsible for 61 percent of Apple’s revenue. This was a led by a 34 percent increase in revenue from Japan and by a 22 percent increase from the rest of east Asia.

While there was plenty of good news, Apple stock fell by 7.3 percent in after-hours trading. That’s enough to bring it below its famous $1 trillion valuation, particularly if it stays that way through the night.

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Here's Ring's new timeline feature

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:49
The timeline view makes it easier to find important video clips from your home security cameras.

How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:53

Updated 11/01/18:  The next limited Achievement will come on November 11 for Veteran’s Day. This is available in the U.S. only. 

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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Why the new Mac mini makes me concerned about the upcoming Mac Pro

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:00

Sandwiched between the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro during Apple’s “More in the Making” event was an update to the Mac mini, a computer most of us thought was dead. It’s not just that it had been more than four years since Apple last updated its mini PC, it had also been twice as long since it had anything resembling a redesign.

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How to stop selfie photos from appearing in iOS 12’s Selfies album

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 08:00

In iOS, any photo you take with the front-facing camera (some people call it the selfie cam) is automatically sorted into an album called Selfies. But what if you don't want photos taken with the selfie cam to appear in Selfies? (The Selfies album in iOS 12 is located in the Photos app, under a section called Media Types.)

There is a way to suppress images from appearing in the Selfies album or remove them without deleting them, though it takes some effort. You can't disable the album nor can you modify images within Photos in iOS to make this happen, but you can use a round-trip export: transfer the photos to your Mac, modify them, and then transfer the pictures back to your iPhone. When the photos are on your Mac, you modify the photo's metadata-the details about how a picture was taken.

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Hi-top fade: When your Apple judging is too obvious

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 07:00

Apple announces its quarterly results today so that means it’s time to get your shots in to try to drive the price of its stock down so you can buy it cheaper before people realize the company isn’t actually going out of business.

Seeking Alpha isn’t the only place where such stock shenanigans go on but they are here for it!

Author “Long Term Tips” wants you to know that “Apple's Foundation Is Crumbling.”

Apple started to fade after the death of their CEO.

It faded right up to a trillion dollar valuation. That’s a Kid ’n Play-style fade.

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Black Friday 2018: When the deals start, how to get the best prices on tech, and where to shop

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 06:36
Ready or not, holiday shopping season begins soon. Here's what you should know before you part with your cash during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Eve Room review: a smart air-quality monitor for Apple enthusiasts

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 06:00
This HomeKit-enabled accessory tracks indoor temperature, humidity, and volatile organic compounds over time.

Here comes the next wave of cord-cutting

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 06:00
Cord-cutting has dramatically transformed TV, but the biggest changes are coming up next.

How 'free' Wi-Fi hotspots can track your location even when you aren't connected

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 06:00
Some free Wi-Fi hotspots are tracking the locations of users who've signed on even if they're no longer connected. PCWorld investigates how this happens.

Apple’s charging at least 20% more for every product this year and we’re all going to pay it

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 06:00

After Tuesday’s “More in the Making” event, Apple has officially rolled out its full suite of products for 2018 and beyond. It’s an impressive slate of Macs, iPhones, and iPads, and they will no doubt top many a wish list during the holiday season.

Now that we know exactly what Apple will be selling for the next 12 months, a disturbing trend has emerged, one that gives new meaning to the word “more.”

First, let’s take a look at last year’s entry-level pricing for new products:

  • iPhone 8: $699
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch: $649
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch: $799
  • Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS: $329
  • Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS + Cellular: $399
  • Mac mini: $499
  • MacBook Air: $999

Those are all expensive for sure, but not necessarily luxury. And now take a look at this year’s prices:

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Apple pulls watchOS 5.1 update

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 15:03

Apple released watchOS 5.1 on October 30, in conjunction with iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and macOS Mojave 10.14.1. The update added the same 70 new emoji found in iOS 12.1, audio Group FaceTime, and a new “color” watchface.

Today, Apple has pulled the 5.1 update after reports from some users that it is “bricking” their Apple Watches. A small percentage of users are getting stuck in an endless boot loop when applying the update.

Apple has acknowledged the problem and issued the following statement:

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Best media streaming devices

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 13:49
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.