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Report: Apple will soon add sleep tracking to Apple Watch

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 13:11

Earlier this year, a report from Bloomberg claimed that Apple is working on adding sleep tracking features to Apple Watch. It claimed that if the testing was successful, Apple would release the feature “by 2020.”

Now, new details have emerged about the feature, which sounds like it may be nearing release. 9to5Mac has a report with several new details.

Apple calls it “Time in bed tracking” though it appears to function like other sleep trackers, monitoring the quality of your sleep using your Apple Watch’s accelerometer, microphone, and heart rate sensor. Sleep data would be available in the Health app an in a new Sleep app on the Apple Watch.

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Bang & Olufsen’s first soundbar boasts Dolby Atmos and AirPlay 2 support

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:42
Slated to arrive this fall, Bang & Olufsen’s sleek soundbar comes with 11 powered drivers, Dolby Atmos, AirPlay 2, and built-in Chromecast support.

How to create a backup plan to restore passwords if your system fails

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 08:00

Password-management apps are a great way to ensure that you create unique, strong passwords for every service, app, or site at which you need one, and you don't have to memorize any of them.

However, what happens if you have a catastrophic failure, and can’t access your main computer? What if your backup drives are encrypted? (Yes, I recommend your backup drives are encrypted so that if stolen or accessed, they are protected.)

Or while you’re recovering your computer, you’re trying to access key financial, medical, or business resources, and you can't access the password in the manager? Or your machine was stolen and you need a password to log into a tracking service, like Find My Mac?

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Exploited exploits: The missing details of the iPhone hack

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 07:00

Another week, another opportunity to take a look at the lifecycle of an Apple catastrophe.

Last week, out of nothing more than sheer altruism, Google researchers dropped a bombshell report: certain websites have been indiscriminately hacking iPhones for two years by exploiting vulnerabilities in the operating system, hijacking passwords and even gaining the ability to read encrypted messages.

Not good. If you were concerned that no one would report on this, well, where have you been for 30 years?

Also, if you’ve been gone for 30 years, don’t… uh, don’t look at the news. Just… uh, just don’t.

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Blink XT2 review: Second time's the charm for this indoor/outdoor camera

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 06:30
Two-way talk and enhanced motion detection make this simple security camera a marked improvement over its predecessor.

How to open items in the enclosing folder directly from a Spotlight search in macOS

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 08:00

One might think after many years of Spotlight search being in macOS that there would be no new tricks. But a colleague on Twitter asked a reasonable question and many people chimed in with the same query: When viewing a list of results in a Spotlight search in the Finder, how do you jump to see the item in the context of its enclosing folder rather than just opening the file?

The answer is simple: hold down Command and press the Return key or press Command-R. You can also hold down Command and double-click the item in the results list.


Spotlight can preview a path and open a file’s enclosing folder with Command key combinations.

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Adonit Note review: A imperfect Apple Pencil alternative that looks like a real pen

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 07:00

The Adonit Note is a decent if flawed Apple Pencil alternative for folks who wish Apple’s stylus didn’t look like a big, white drumstick. Instead, the $50 Note looks more like a ballpoint pen you might have swiped from a swanky hotel. Better yet, it even writes like one, and I’d be eager to recommend it for anything apart from artwork were it not for the boggling and frustrating placement of its power button. It even pairs easily: Just tap the point on any modern iPad screen and you can use it within seconds.

The Note’s chief draw is that both the black and gold models look a lot like regular metal-barreled pens. Were it not for the unsightly Micro USB port for charging on the top, I’d have a hard time picking it out from its inky cousins in a crowded pen holder. (It’s also a shame that you can’t use the iPad’s Lightning or USB-C cable.) Both models come with a copper-colored power button and pocket clip, and I like how the latter feature lets me tote it around the office in my shirt without looking like a total dork.

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Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation review: Naim didn’t need to make this wireless speaker better, but I’m glad it did

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 06:00
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Chromecast, AirPlay 2: The Naim Audio Mu-so 2nd Generation supports them all, along with every music codec and streaming service you can think of.

Why the iPhone 11 won’t have 5G (and the iPhone 12 might not either)

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 06:00

Next week, Apple will be taking the wraps off of the iPhone 11. By this point, there isn’t too much about it that we don’t know, and from the rumors, it seems as though Apple will be adding several features that bring it up to speed with its competitors, including a triple-lens camera, bigger battery, and possibly even Apple Pencil support.

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The new iPhone will bring lots of enhancements to the iPhone XR and XS, but not 5G.

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Report: Details of Apple's Tile-like item trackers revealed from internal build of iOS 13

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 15:33

It has been a persistent rumor that Apple is working on a new accessory: a Tile-like tracker that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and can be attached to any object and tracked with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

A new report from MacRumors claims to have many new details of Apple’s trackers, found within the code of an internal build of iOS 13 that was never intended to make it outside the company.

Find My Everything

With iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, Apple has added the ability to find your Mac laptop or iPhone even when it’s powered off by enabling the Bluetooth radio to work just like these popular trackers. The company is also consolidating the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps into a single Find My app, which would be very easy to extend to these object trackers. When the new operating systems release (likely in September), all the pieces will be in place. Apple just has to make and sell the tags.

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Apple ID: How to change your email address

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 08:00

Apple lets you register an Apple ID using an email address it offers or with what it calls a “third-party” address—that’s one from any other service. In the latter case, if you use an email address for a personal Apple ID account and you know you’ll lose access to that address—maybe you’re about to quit a job, retire, be laid off, or, gulp, be fired!—you should make sure and change it now or ensure future access.

For these third-party addresses, it’s an easy change. Apple lets you simply pick another address to use, and then you confirm the receipt of a message at that address so Apple can be sure the new address is under your control.

  1. Go to the Apple ID site and log in.

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The 5 best new iOS games of August 2019

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 07:00
August’s best iPhone and iPad games

Image by Motion Twin

My goodness, what a fantastic month for games! And just in time for Labor Day weekend, too! It’s an especially good month for ports of indie games, as August brought us Dead Cells, Rogue Legacy, Journey, and Telling Lies—and the latter even dropped at the same time as its counterparts for desktops and consoles. (For a bonus, I’d check out the lovely Gris—although I’ve heard the controls leave much to be desired.) With releases like this, the iPhone is starting to look more like a regular game console, which I like to think hints at great things for the upcoming launch of Apple Arcade.

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Urbanears Rålis Bluetooth speaker review: Rich, smooth sound emanates from this big, heavy speaker

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 06:00
This portable Bluetooth speaker consistently sounds good from any direction.

Three big questions about Apple’s September event

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 06:00

With the announcement that Apple’s annual September event will be upon us in a little more than a week, it’s time to take stock of what we know about Apple’s upcoming plans and, more importantly, what we want to know.

While we can all feel pretty confident with the prediction that Apple will launch new iPhones, as well as recap the latest updates to its iOS and watchOS software platforms, there are still plenty of questions about the details of those announcements. Plus, as always, there’s plenty of speculation about what else Apple might roll out. In addition to phones, the September event has seen everything from Apple TV updates to iPads to AirPods to Apple Pencils to iMacs. It’s really anybody’s guess.

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Apple’s big iPhone 11 event will be held on September 10: ‘By innovation only’

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 12:24

Apple sent out invitation to its big September event, and as predicted, it will be held at 10 a.m. Pacific on September 10 in the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.

The event invitations were accompanied by a glossy and colorful Apple logo image together with the tagline, “By innovation only.” These images and taglines often give us little hints about what is to be announced, but this one is a little obtuse.

(We should mention, too, that the colors on the Apple logo are not the same as the classic rainbow Apple logo: the orange stripe is missing, and the colors are out of order.)

Apple usually holds its September event, at which it announces new iPhones and Apple Watches (among other things), on the second Tuesday or Wednesday of September. As Wednesday is September 11, it seemed an unlikely choice, leaving September 10 as most likely date.

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Apple is finally sending ‘genuine’ parts to independent repair shops to fix broken iPhones

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 10:22

Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 11 next month, Apple has announced a new program that might let you keep your out-of-warranty iPhone a little longer. Instead of taking your broken iPhone to a high-priced Apple Genius or roll the dice with third-party parts, you’ll now be able to go to an independent repair shop and get the same high-quality parts that you’d get from the Apple Store.

That’s a big change. Previously, Apple kept its tools under lock and key, but under the new program, it’s promising “the same genuine parts, tools, training, repair manuals and diagnostics” as an Apple Authorized Service Provider. The program is limited to out-of-warranty iPhone repairs at launch.

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A Windows update may have broken your Mac’s access to shared servers. Here’s how to fix it

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 08:00

Fixing security holes sometimes causes problems in perfectly normal activities. That’s the case if you’re a macOS user who relied on a specific kind of login method for Windows and Windows Server file sharing before June 2019. Microsoft released a fix for NTLM, a technology for managed authentication and security that dates back over a decade in its first version.

Two critical bugs in NTLM required updates for a seemingly every version of Windows and Windows Server released for several years that incorporate NTLM. These necessary updates broke Mac-based login sessions using standard Windows file-sharing protocols long supported in macOS.

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1More Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphone review: Great sound quality isn't the only thing going for these beauties

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 07:00

True wireless in-ear headphones are gaining in popularity, and for good reason. They offer the potential for high-fidelity sound without tangle-prone wires. Many believe that Bluetooth wireless technology can’t match the quality of a wired connection, which was true in the early days, but that disparity is quickly dwindling as Bluetooth continues to improve.

1More is well known for its wired in-ear and over-ear headphones. But the company also makes a true wireless model, the Stylish. Once I found the right eartips, they sounded superb.


Like all true wireless in-ear headphones, the 1More Stylish uses no wires to the source device or between the two earpieces. All communication is conducted via Bluetooth, and they are compatible with the high-quality aptX, AAC, and SBC codecs as well as the HPF, A2DP, and AVRCP protocols. These technologies represent the highest audio quality that Bluetooth can provide.

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Disney+ device streaming limits could be big problem

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 06:00
Disney+ device streaming limits could become a new annoyance for cord-cutters.

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition review: This chatty, Alexa-powered playmate keeps tykes entertained and engaged

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 06:00
If you’re looking for an alternative to unleashing your kids on an iPad when you need a break, the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition makes for an attentive and engaging companion.