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Amazon is selling the awesome Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $160, its lowest price ever

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:33

Video doorbells are a vital piece of a secure smart home, and right now one of favorites is at an all-time low. Amazon is selling the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $160 todayRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $199.

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How to transfer music between two iOS devices

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 08:00

File transfers between iOS devices typically rely on iCloud, which can be inefficient if all you have are iOS devices and no desktop to act as a conduit.

Macworld reader Patty wrote in with one such quandary. She has a bunch of music files on her work iPad, but she’s leaving that job and returning it. Patty wants to transfer that music to her personal iPad, but doesn’t own a computer. What to do?

The only way I can think of to transfer without a desktop system in sight is to use iTunes Match, which is $25 for a one-year subscription. Even then, this won’t work without a Mac or Windows copy of iTunes in the mix, but I’ll tell you why in a moment.

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Mofuu Portable Charger for Apple Watch: Watch charger made with portability in mind

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 07:00

When I got the Mofuu Portable Charger for Apple Watch, the timing couldn’t be better. I have an original Apple Watch, and it’s over three years old. As you’d expect, the battery doesn’t last as long as it used to. I need to charge the watch during the day, and I try to do so when I know I’ll be sitting at my computer for a while.

The watch includes Apple’s Magnetic Charging CableRemove non-product link, and I could buy another one to stash in my backpack, but I think Mofuu’s charger is a better product to carry. Its magnetic charging base is embedded in a plastic case that also serves as a cable holder. The cable itself is three inches, and you can wrap the cable around the case and tuck the USB-A connector into a slot.

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VAVA Home Cam review: This crowd-funded camera delivers solid security

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 06:00
Customizable motion detection and a 12-month rechargeable battery are this indoor/outdoor camera's strengths.

5 fantastic Fitbit features I hope to see in the Apple Watch Series 4

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 06:00

We still have a couple more days to go until we get our first official look at the new Apple Watch Series 4, but we already have a pretty good picture of the new device. For the first time, Apple will reportedly be tweaking the design of its iconic wearable, extending the screen closer to the edges and slimming it down few millimeters while still keeping the same overall size and shape.

But there’s still plenty we don’t know about the Series 4 Apple Watch. Aside from how it looks on the outside, we can be assured that the new watch will have a slew of new tricks on the inside that take it to the next level. And I hope some of them are features we’ve seen before—on a Fitbit. Over the past 12 months Fitbit has proven that it’s a worthy competitor to Apple Watch’s dominance, with the Ionic, Versa, and upcoming Charge 3 all bringing features that you won’t find on any other smartwatch. Here are five that I’d like to see Apple borrow for it’s new watch:

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Same time next year: Samsung’s annual winning

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 07:00

If there’s an Apple event next week then it must be that time of year again, the time of year when we hear how badly Samsung is going to kill the upcoming iPhones.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and used monkeyshines and shenanigans outlet, “Samsung’s Powerful Galaxy S10 Will Defeat Apple’s Shiny New iPhones.” (Tip o’ the antlers to SamT.)

The Macalope is so old he still uses that joke where he says he’s so old he remembers something that happened not that long ago, in this case less than a year ago. There’s no way that joke construction is funny anymore. He’s been using it for maybe eight years. Probably time to retire it. Anyway, that something is when pundits said the Galaxy S9 was big trouble for Apple.

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Report: Apple is adding its own daily ‘Top 100’ charts to Apple Music

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 16:12

According to Rolling Stone, Apple will push out a software update on Friday, September 7, that will add 116 new “top 100” charts to Apple Music. 

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone’s image showing the new Daily Top 100 in the Top Charts section.

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Get the high-end Apple Watch Series 3 ‘Edition’ for the best price we’ve seen to date

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 13:52

Apple is likely going to announce the new Apple Watch Series 4 models next Wednesday, so retailers are increasingly trying to clear out their stock of the old stuff. In the case of Best Buy, that means it’s knocking off as much as $300 off its premium editions of the Apple Watch Series 3Remove non-product link with both GPS and cellular—and yes, that includes “Edition” models with the high-end ceramic casing.

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This killer Samsung storage bundle pairs a 250GB T5 portable SSD with a 64GB memory card for $100

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:24

We highlight lots and lots of SSD deals here on PCWorld, but today's is more interesting than most. Amazon is pairing our favorite external performance drive, Samsung's T5 SSD, with a popular Evo Select memory card, so you can get storage for your PC and your phone for one super low price. That's a 250GB T5 and a 64GB memory card for $100Remove non-product link, the lowest price we've seen when buying these two items together. In fact, the price is so low, you're essentially getting a cheap T5 and a free memory card.

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Why you shouldn't rely on iCloud Drive as your only backup

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:00

Apple’s integration of iCloud into all its services and the availability of iCloud Drive makes it an attractive sync and storage option. You can use it to make sure your contacts and events are up to date across your Macs and iOS devices, and reachable via Your photos and videos automatically upload for backup, and your passwords and other secret data gets securely synchronized on all your hardware—in a way that even Apple can’t peer into. You can even offload files on your Desktop and in your Documents file if you start running out of storage in macOS.

But there’s a problem: Apple doesn’t offer any way to let you backup the data for which it has the only copy. And, in many cases, you may have a mix of information that could make it hard to restore, even if you have a full copy.

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Arlo Security Light review: These battery-powered, multi-colored LED lights are good companions for Arlo cameras

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:00
Arlo's motion-sensitive security lights complement Arlo security cameras, but they add another box inside the house.

Billie Jean in-ear headphone review: Audiophile performance on a mainstream budget

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:00
The partnership between Astell&Kern and Jerry Harvey Audio delivers an affordable winner.

For the love of Jobs, Apple, don’t call it the ‘iPhone XS’

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:00

Apple, I don’t think I’m being all that controversial when I say that the English-speaking tongue defaults to a certain sound when confronted with the letter “X.” I know you want us to think of it as a Roman numeral, but there is, after all, a reason why we don’t hear references to the Ten-Men, Professor Ten, or even Malcolm Ten. We love the sound. It’s trenchant. It’s even playfully ominous. The sound is partly what slips some scandal into “sex,” the bite when we speak of an ex, and it’s even a small part of the grandeur of Tyrannosaurus Rex. And now the rumor mill claims you want to dub the successor to the iPhone X the "iPhone XS"?

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What <em>not</em> to look for at the Sept. 12 Apple event

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:00

In the week before an Apple event, all is possibility. Could the company announce a new iPhone? Sure. What about a new Apple Watch? Seems likely. New Macs? Perhaps! What about a brand new version of the HomePod with built-in AirPort router capabilities? Ehhhhh, probably not.

Plenty of folks have already run down the announcements they expect to see next week, but let’s instead take this opportunity to highlight some things that Apple is reportedly working on but which probably won’t show up on stage. (And I’m not talking about far off products, like Augmented Reality headsets, the Apple Car, or the coming-in-2019 Mac Pro.) After all, there’s only so much the company can pack into a two-ish hour event: you’ve got to cut it off somewhere.

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Snag the 2018 15" MacBook Pro for $300 off

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 15:36

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro had a bit of a rough start thanks to the throttling controversy, but fortunately Apple quickly patched that up, allowing us all to enjoy its speedy processor and quieter keyboard with less guilt. And today, you can also enjoy a hefty $300 discount on the model over at B&HRemove non-product link.

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Best power banks of 2018: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 15:23
These USB battery packs from Anker, Mophie, Xiaomi, and others will keep your Android or Apple phone charged while you're on the go.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:17
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Amazon's new Fire HD 8 tablet sacrifices battery life for always-on Alexa

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:20
Amazon has unveiled its newest Fire HD 8 tablets, which are pretty much the same as the old ones with less battery life.

Logitech is selling its Apple Pencil alternative to everyone, but it comes at a price

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:07

The most interesting announcement at Apple’s Chicago education event this past spring wasn’t that the new iPad was picking up support for the Apple Pencil. It was that Apple had teamed up with Logitech to offer a cheaper version of its super-powered stylus for half the price.

And soon you’ll be able to buy one. Originally only available to students and teachers, the the Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil (seriously, that’s the name) is available for purchase today for the inflated price of $69Remove non-product link (40 percent higher than it charges for education customers), but won’t begin shipping until September 12. If that date sounds familiar, it’s because it just so happens to be the same date as the annual iPhone event.

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These Ring bundle discounts will save you big bucks on smart home security

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:49

Outdoor security cameras provide a line of defense for your home, and smart capabilities elevate that by adding control and peace-of-mind to your home security system. Today, one of the best on the market, Ring’s floodlight camera, is $314 for a two-pack from Home DepotRemove non-product link, a big drop from a list price of $448. And you’ll also get a free $50 Chime ProRemove non-product link Wi-Fi extender and speaker with your purchase.

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