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ESPN+ review: This sports channel offshoot could use some identity

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 06:00
ESPN's cable-free sports streaming service, ESPN+, would be better if it embraced its weirdness.

10 must-have apps for your new iPhone

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 06:00

You just got a new iPhone, you’re done setting it up, and it’s time to hit the App Store. Which apps should you download to really make your iPhone great?

Obviously, there are the go-to standards that nearly everyone seems to have on their phone. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, maybe Netflix or Amazon…you don’t need a list of suggestions to tell you about those household names. If you’re new to iPhone, or just looking to find some new favorite apps, you should also consider these ten gotta-have-it suggestions.

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One of iOS 12's best features is an app you download from the App Store.

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Kiss your cable bill goodbye: The best TV antennas for cord cutters

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 13:01
Ready to cut the cord? You’ll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations for indoor and outdoor antennas.

Ghosts of Christmas present: Spooky stories of other platforms

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 10:00

The Macalope isn’t here to tell you that everything is all sugarplums and candy canes on Apple devices all the time, but since he deals with the worst of complaints about them week in and week out, let’s spend this magical day looking at what could be if only…

If only…

…we were on other platforms.

[cue wavy screen effect and xylophone music]

“Couple 'frightened' after Samsung phones fail to connect to 911 on Freedom Mobile.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Ramin.)

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How to change the iPhone wallpaper

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 08:00

Got a new iPhone? Congratulations, you’re now among the millions of people who use and love an iPhone. Wait, millions? Yep. Millions. So how can you make your iPhone stand out from the crowd? One way is to customize the iPhone’s wallpaper.

In iOS, there are two installments of your wallpaper. There’s the image that appears on the Lock Screen, and then there’s the image that appears in the background while you’re on the iPhone’s Home Screen. Here’s how to change either of those. You can use one of the images that comes with the iPhone, or you can use a picture in your Photo app.

How to change the iPhone wallpaper

1. Tap the Settings app

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RCA WiFi Camera Security System review: This camera is too ordinary to impress

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 06:00
RCA's first wireless home security camera is too boring to impress, and too expensive to be a strong value.

Antennas Direct DB8e review: This large roof-mount TV antenna is great at finding weak signals

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 06:00
The Antennas Direct DB8e is a large outdoor antenna for reception of medium to very weak TV signals. In our tests it did a good job of pulling in distant stations with minimal interference.

Antennas Direct 91XG review: Another roof-mount TV antenna that delivers great reception

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 06:00
The Antennas Direct 91XG is a large antenna, designed for the reception of medium to very weak signals in the UHF broadcast band, a goal it accomplishes with aplomb.

Can you disable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID?

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 08:00

Two-factor authentication (2FA) provides an effective way to deter people from hijacking an online account. With 2FA, you supplement a password with something else—typically you enter a code that’s sent via a text message. The second factor means someone has to know both your password and have access to something you own—a phone number, a phone, or a computer—and dramatically reduces your exposure when password breaches inevitably happen.

Apple added 2FA for Apple IDs a few releases ago, an upgrade from its hastily constructed two-step verification, which it created after high-publicity cracks using social engineering (i.e., guessing and phishing) of its iCloud service.

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Anki Vector robot review: A magnetic personality covers a lack of smarts

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 06:00
Anki's Vector probably won't win you over as a traditional smart device, but its personality will melt your heart.

ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 review: A solid smart plug gets marginally better

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 06:00
ConnectSense extends the appeal of its winning smart outlet, adding Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa in addition to HomeKit support.

The five coolest tech products that should have arrived in 2018 but didn't

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 06:00
Don't call them vaporware just yet, but there are some cool things that missed the 2018 deadline.

How to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve: NORAD Santa Tracker, Google Santa Tracker

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 00:17

The presents are wrapped, the tree is up, and the stockings will soon be hung by the chimney with care. There’s only one thing left to do: track Santa’s annual Christmas Eve voyage around the world from your PC, smartphone, or tablet.

This year Santa’s departure time depends on which version of the Santa-tracking fun you’re following. Check out our explanations below for all the details.

NORAD Tracks Santa

It’s been 63 years since a misprinted telephone number in a newspaper ad led children in the Colorado Springs area to call NORAD predecessor CONAD, looking for Santa.

As usual, the fun begins with NORAD Tracks Santa, at NoradSanta.org. NORAD’s pulled out the stops for 2018, with a redesigned website, an active social media presence, and a call center for kiddies who want a live update. Here are all the details:

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