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Wyze Cam v2 review: More features, same $20 price tag

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 06:00
The powerful budget camera adds motion tagging and smart home integration.

Wanle Gamers Console for iPhone review: A retro Game Boy this ain't

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 06:00

So I’m reaching in my pockets for my AirPods on a train stuffed with grumpy San Francisco commuters, and in the process my keys jostle against my iPhone. The horror, I know. Thing is, my iPhone X is encased in the Wanle Gamers Console For iPhone, which makes my handset look as though it’s cosplaying the Nintendo Game Boy from 1989.

The keys accidentally hit the on/off switch. That makes the first 30 tinny, electronic notes of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” burst from the case, even above the clacking rails and roaring echoes. Around 20 pairs of eyes swivel to me as I fight to turn it off, and when I do, I accidentally make it play the startup jingle again. I admit I picked up the Wanle case seeking attention of a sort, but this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.

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Best cheap Apple Watch bands: Aftermarket straps that cost a fraction of Apple's options

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:30

Apple Watch bands sold by Apple are always top quality, but they’re also quite expensive. Third-party bands are a lot cheaper, of course, but you might wonder if you’re going to get what you pay for—a poorly made band that falls apart.

We looked at a few dozen third-party bands from well-known and lesser-known sellers, and these are our favorites in each category. Of course, there are plenty more bands we’ve yet to test, so this article will be updated as we find more straps worth your money.

(Curious about our evaluation criteria? Jump to "What to look for when you're shopping," below.)

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Get great deals on Apple Watch at Best Buy, Walmart, and Macy's for Mother's Day

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 13:52

It’s a good time to buy an Apple Watch. Or, you know, since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, it’s a good time to buy one for the lady who brought you into this world. The internet is currently bustling with discounts on Apple’s increasingly beloved wearable, whether it’s the $50 discount for the Apple Watch Series 3 at Macy’s that we told you about last week or a new $50 discount from Best Buy on the same series (with a few more color options). If you’d rather play it safe and buy an Apple Watch Series 1, Walmart is selling them for as low as $149.

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2019 iPhone rumored to add a third rear camera

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 13:03

A month ago, when the Economic Daily News reported that the iPhone to be introduced next fall—that’s fall of 2019—would sport three rear cameras, we didn’t put much stock in it. Accurately predicting this year’s iPhone hardware is hard enough; predicting next year’s is almost impossible.

Now, a research note from the Taipei Times claims that “Apple is likely to launch a new iPhone model with a triple-lens rear camera in the second half of next year.” It’s an off-hand comment in a report about Largan, a popular maker of lenses for smartphone cameras. The report mentions how Huawei has a triple rear camera in its Mate 20 smartphone and is expected to make other models with it, and that other manufacturers may follow suit. If phones start including more cameras, that means more lenses sold by Largan.

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These sweatproof Bluetooth earbuds are on sale for under $25

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:10

Bluetooth earbuds let you tune in to your music no matter where you go, and if you’re looking to invest in a pair for your workouts and walks, you’re in luck—right now you can get SoundPeats wireless Bluetooth earbuds on Amazon for $24, their lowest price yet and down from an average of $29.

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JBL’s Link Bar might be the Google Assistant/Android TV soundbar of my dreams

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00
Google and JBL are partnering on a new smart sounder with always-on Google Assistant support and Android TV.

Android quick replies on your Fitbit Ionic and Versa: How to get set up and customized

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 10:01
Fitbit has flipped the switch on Android smart replies for the Versa and Ionic. Here's how to get it set up on your smartwatch.

Urbanears Baggen and Stammen wireless speakers review: A multi-room audio system with old-school Hi-Fi charm

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:00
Bug-squashing firmware updates have improved this system, but it’s still not best in class.

How to stop Calendars from showing holidays and birthdays

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 07:00

It’s a small thing, but it can be annoying: Apple automatically generates calendars for holidays and birthdays in the Calendar app for iOS and macOS. Adding to that annoyance for Macworld reader Jeff in New Zealand, is that the U.S. Holidays calendar appears for him on his iPhone, and it has no utility for him. He’d like to suppress its display.

Let’s look first at how Apple determines how it picks the holidays appropriate to show for you. Apple says that in macOS it relies on the Language & Region system preference pane’s Region popup. In iOS, that’s found in Settings > General > Language & Region, and then tap Region.

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8 ways the iMac changed computing

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 03:00

The iMac made an instant impression when Apple first unveiled it in May 1998. But it didn’t start to really shake things up unitl it began to ship—which happened 10 years ago on August 15, 1998. Arguably the most influential desktop computer of the last decade, the original iMac’s specifications seem quaint by today’s standards. For $1,299, you came home with a 233MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 32MB of RAM, a 4GB hard drive, a 15-inch built-in monitor, and stereo speakers—all in an amazingly stylish case.

The Bondi blue wonder heralded the return of Steve Jobs as a visionary leader for Apple, and it halted Apple’s mid-1990s financial freefall. Initially marketed as an easy-to-use gateway to the internet, the iMac transcended that simple role and redefined the desktop PC market—not to mention consumer industrial design—forever.

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Temporary, repeated insanity: Misunderstanding iPhone part orders

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 07:00

Turn the clock back, if you will, all the way back to early February.

No, not literally, Doug. It’s a figure of speech.

Besides, that’s an analog clock. You’d just be… You know what? Never mind.

Back in February, Nikkei sounded alarm bells (again, figuratively, Doug) about iPhone X sales, indicating that supply chain sources had said Apple cut part orders for it in half for the quarter, from 40 million units to 20 million. Analysts anamalyzed that the iPhone X must be a real loser and people should get out of Apple’s stock before the company went out of business which could happen any minute.

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iOS 13 rumored to have major iPad-focused feature upgrades

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 16:19

Mark Gurman, the Bloomberg writer who regularly breaks scoops on upcoming Apple plans, casually dropped news of some planned iOS 13 features for iPad in a tweet.

Gurman claims that iOS 13 is code-named Yukon—Apple typically code-names its iOS releases around ski resort towns, so this checks out—and that it will feature (among other things) a bunch of welcome iPad features:

  • A new Files app
  • Tabs within apps (similar to macOS)
  • The ability to run two instances of the same app side-by-side
  • Apple Pencil improvements
  • File system improvements (like the ability for docs to live outside apps)

He claims the home screen redesign—one of those things said to have been bumped from iOS 12 to next year’s iOS release—is “iPad-focused.” Ina Fried at Axios previously reported that numerous iOS 12 features had been bumped to 2019, including refinements to CarPlay and Photos. Presumably, iOS 12 will be a so-called maintenance release, focusing on performance and stability after a series of embarrassing bugs affected iOS 11.

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Save a whopping 73% on this five-port USB wall charger from Sabrent

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 13:46

We live in age in which we have to tote around multiple electronic devices and almost all of those require some kind of USB-charger. If you’re like me, you’ll sometimes struggle to find enough outlets when you’re in a place where you need to charge them all. That’s why five-port 50-watt USB rapid wall chargers like the Sabrent AX-U5PW are so darn cool. And today on Newegg, you can get it for just $7.99 down from the usual price of $29.99. Yes, that’s a whopping 73 percent off. You don’t even have to pay shipping.

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This weatherproof, long-lasting Bluetooth speaker is cheaper than ever

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:43

A portable Bluetooth speaker is a great way to wirelessly listen to your tunes wherever you go. If you’re looking to unplug and turn it up, you’re in luck. Today you can get the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra for $30 on Amazon, down from an average of $40 and the lowest we’ve seen it.

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Best password managers: Reviews and buying advice

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:22
The best password is one you probably can't easily remember—that's why a password manager is so crucial to your online security. This guide will help you find the best tool for generating and storing strong passwords to shore up your online defenses.

Preventing outgoing calls on an iPhone

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 08:00

It’s not unusual for parents to want to let their kids use a phone with limitations—and to enforce those limitations with restrictions in the operating system itself. Apple offers a variety of ways to shape access in iOS via Settings > General > Restrictions. After turning the feature on and setting a four-digit code—this isn’t the same as the phone’s overall passcode—you can prevent use of certain hardware features, App Store actions, access to rated content, and so forth.

But a parent writes in asking about outgoing phone calls. She wonders if a phone could be locked to only make calls to numbers listed in the Contacts app, and whether the Contacts app could be locked to prevent changes.

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iPhones Rumors: What you might find (or miss) in the next iPhone

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 06:30

The old Apple adage says it's never too early to start speculating about the new iPhone. Here we are in May, a month still to go before Apple's next major announcements at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, and already, the rumors are flying fast and furious about the company's next unveiling after that.

So, as I like to do on occasion, it's time to round up a few of the most prominent rumors about Apple's next iPhone and consider how they might affect Apple's smartphone line. And because every good roundup should have a theme, let's call this one "included (or not)."

Reach out and 3D Touch someone

Cost balancing is always a factor in product design. Yes, Apple may make a big deal out of saying that it builds the device that it wants to build, and then figures out how much it wants to charge, but figuring out how to differentiate phone models based on features still comes into play.

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How to buy a refurbished MacBook, Mac, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 18:00

Updated 05/03/18 to reflect the inventory change in the store.

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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Grab the Apple Watch Series 3 at Macy's for $50 off

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 13:47

We’ve seen several deals for the Apple Watch Series 1, but those are understandable as the older device has been eclipsed by the faster, brighter, and waterproof Apple Watch 3. If you’ve been holding out for a good deal on the most recent model, though, today’s your day. For a “limited time,” Macy’s is selling the GPS-only Apple Watch Series 3 with the Sport Band for $50 off. That means you can pick up the 38mm watch for $279 or the 42mm watch for $309 shipped.

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