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Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor review: This camera system alerts you to your child's sounds and movements

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 06:00
This smart device lets parents check on their little ones from anywhere they have internet access.

Tested: 10 adapters to make up for the iPhone's missing headphone jack

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 00:00

No headphone jack? No problem—or at least, not a problem that can’t be fixed with a solid adapter.

Apple caused quite the commotion when it dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and kept it off the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. (The iPhone SE still has a headphone jack...for now, anyway.) This means that all your old headphones with a 3.5mm plug need an adapter. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have been out since September 2016, and some of us still struggle with headphone jack woes.

But which adapter is right for you? We've tried a bunch, and found Apple's solutions and Belkin's adapters the most solidly built and reliable. You can try saving a few bucks with a cheap third-party adapter from Amazon, but our results there were hit and miss. Read on to find out why.

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Guild Wars 2's Roller Beetle reminds us that MMO mounts don't have to be dull

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 14:01

Multiplayer games are on a roll lately. By now you probably already know about Hammond, the adorable hamster who rolls about in an iron wrecking ball of death in Overwatch (and whom we tried out in a recent PCWorld Twitch stream). But as for me? I find I can’t stop thinking about Guild Wars 2’s Roller Beetles, which rolled out in the patch for GW2’s "Long Live the Lich" patch last week.

Ride one, and you’ll probably feel the same way. They’re the sixth mount in the newish Path of Fire expansion following the existing Raptors, Griffons, and the like, but they’re also likely the best mount I’ve ever ridden in an MMORPG.

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Ring Alarm review: A great DIY home security system with the potential to become even better

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:00
It’s strictly for home security today, but every bit of the infrastructure needed to build this into a robust smart home system is already in place.

Grab these great Prime Day deals on AmazonBasics electronics before they're gone

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:52

Right now, Amazon is offering some pretty solid discounts off a lot of its AmazonBasics electronics, with a variety of products offered at 20 percent off. But if you're a Prime member, they're even cheaper. Here are a few of the best:

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Amazon Prime Day Deals start now: Save on Echo Show, movies, Twitch, and more

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:14

Amazon Prime Day is back for its fourth annual outing on July 16, and this time Amazon promises 36 hours of deal mania, up from the usual 30. While the official kickoff isn't for another couple of weeks, Amazon is building up to the big day with some preliminary deals.

Remember, these deals are available only for Prime subscribers who pay a $119 annual fee ($59 for students) to get free two-day shipping on orders and a slew of other perks. If you aren't already a member, you'll be able to get a 30-day free trial just in time for all the deals.

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How to make sure you don’t delete referenced images in Photos for macOS

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 08:00

With images and videos that you want to index, note, modify, and manage, Photos for macOS has a powerful option that lets you store that media in its original locations, rather than copied into the Photos Library. In Photos > Preferences, in the General tab, simply uncheck Copy Items to the Photos Library.

Any media that’s referenced instead of copied will appear with a special confusing little icon that looks like an arrow pointing outside of a rectangle.


A tiny icon on referenced images indicates they’re not copied into the Photos library.

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Jabra Elite 65t true wireless earphones review: A true AirPod alternative

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 07:00

In the two years since Apple released its AirPods, true-wireless earphone makers have been working hard to match Cupertino’s balance of price, solid industrial design and pleasing audio. A few like Jaybird, with the excellent Run earphones, have come close. Others, like Bose and BeoPlay offer a superior audio experience compared to AirPods, but at a significantly higher price. And then you have the Jabra Elite 65t, which do almost everything better than Apple’s AirPods, but at an almost identical price.

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Crying dire wolf: The state of Apple Maps

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 06:00

Apple Maps is back in the news and you know what that means. (Yes, you do, Melba. Look inside yourself. You’ve always known.) It means it’s another excuse to complain about it being “not as good as” Google Maps.

Writing for The Inquirer, Roland Moore-Colyer says “Apple is reworking Maps to be less utterly dire.”

It’s true, it is the direst of mapping applications. It’s positively Fawcettian. Utterly Earhartian. A total cluster Scott.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: Everything you need to know about Amazon's shopping extravaganza

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:34
It might only be summer, but Amazon wants you to pull out your wallet like it's Black Friday. Here's what you need to know about the retailer's upcoming sale bonanza on July 16th and 17th.

Get our favorite Apple Watch for 20 percent off at Best Buy today

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 13:53

Deals on the regular Apple Watch Series 3 aren’t all that uncommon, but finding deals on the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE is almost as tough as finding someone with two HomePods. Thankfully—today only—Best Buy is selling a gigantic selection of certified refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 units for 20 percent off as one of its Deals of the Day.

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iPhone 2018 rumors: Apple's new 18W USB-C power adapter spotted

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:41

Updated 07/02/18: Chinese site Chongdiantou has photos of what it claims is an engineering sample of Apple's new 18W USB-C power adapter.

Now that we’re well into 2018, rumors about the next iPhone have started to pile up. We’ll keep track of everything that’s being said and analyze what seems feasible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

USB-C Power adapter photos leaked

The Chinese site Chongdiantou has what it claims are early images from someone in Apple's supply chain of the USB-C power adapter that is said to ship with this year's iPhones.

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Lock down your home with $200 off Netgear's Arlo Pro 2 smart home security system

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:14

A good home security system provides elevated safety and peace of mind to a home, and right now one of our favorites, Netgear's Arlo Pro 2, is on sale on Amazon for $483. That's a steep discount off the list price of $680 and the lowest we've seen it.

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Stock up on Philips Hue Color Ambiance bulbs and floodlights with 20% off at Amazon

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 09:23

Lighting might be the easiest way to start a smart home, but upgrading all of your bulbs can quickly add up, especially if you want to add color to your rooms. Today’s the day to stock up: Amazon is selling Philips’ most popular Hue White and Color Ambiance smart bulbs, the A19 standard LED and BR30 flood light, for $40 each, a savings of 20 percent. It’s not quite the lowest price we’ve ever seen, but it’s a great deal.

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10 more great movies to celebrate the Fourth of July

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 06:00
Stream a few of these fantastic movies to capture the spirit of Independence Day.

How a robot vacuum navigates your home

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 06:00
Its movements might seem random, but there's a method to how these machines get around.

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

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 06:00
June's iOS games

Image by The Pokémon Company

You never know when you might want (or need) a fun new game ready and waiting on your iPhone or iPad, and thankfully, there’s no shortage of fresh releases on the App Store. June certainly brought its fair share of iOS debuts, and we’ve picked 10 of the most intriguing games worth checking out.

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By the numbers: second is the new first

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 07:00

Throw out any assumptions you have about integers and hang on to your sense of all that is right in this universe, because the new math is here and 2 now comes before 1.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and home of the “Hands on a Soft Body” contest where the person last standing can walk away with one of the sweet 2018 manatees that are rolling off the Florida production lines as we speak, Ewan Spence says “Apple's Courageous Decision Fails To Connect With New iPhone Customers.”

The future is wireless, and only Apple was courageous enough to see it and act on it. If that’s the case, why are Tim Cook and his team selling rather a lot of the past to its customers?

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Imagining a next-generation Apple Maps future

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 16:50

Apple is improving Maps in a big way. More precise and accurate data, better design and readability, faster data updates…it’s a huge project that should make Maps ten times better than it is today, and it will start rolling out this fall.

But the new maps are just the tip of the iceberg. Reading the tea leaves and projecting just a little bit into the future, it’s easy to imagine a mapping and location experience that makes today’s mobile mapping look like MapQuest circa 2002.

When we look at recent advancements in mapping data, GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) technology, and Augmented Reality, a picture starts to form of mobile navigation unlike anything we have today.

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Spigen's iPhone 2G-inspired case for the iPhone X is up on Amazon for just 16 bucks

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 15:39

Well, look what we have here. Remember when we were giving away limited-edition iPhone X cases inspired by the iMac G3? Spigen also made a limited-edition Classic One case that was designed to look like 2007's iPhone 2G, and at $35, it was clearly meant to be the star of the show. Now, though, you can get the Spigen Classic One for just $16 on Amazon.

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