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SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro review: Sharp video leaves a positive impression

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 07:00
The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro is a wired doorbell with infrared motion detection that produces a great picture. 

iPhone XR vs Android’s best: A razor-thin margin of victory

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 06:32

The new iPhone XR might not be a flagship, but it’s really good. So good, in fact, that I called it Apple’s best iPhone ever in my review—not because of its specs (which are technically inferior to those of the XS and XS Max) but because of its value proposition. That’s pitting it against other, pricier iPhones, though. I wanted to see how the iPhone XR would fare against three of Android’s best phones: the Galaxy Note 9, Pixel 3 XL, and OnePlus 6T.

We’ll walk through all the major factors we review in a phone, discussing each phone’s pros and cons and picking a winner. Click a link on our table of contents if you want to jump to a specific item.

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LG E8PUA 4K UHD TV review: Approaching TV nirvana

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 06:00
LG's 55-inch OLED smart TV is simply one of the best TVs money can buy. It delivers luxurious color, real blacks, smooth motion, and the best interface and remote in the business.

iPhone 2019 wishlist: Our hopes for the future of Apple’s most important product

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 06:00

The days of Apple’s fortunes being tied entirely to the iPhone are over. Between iPads, Macs, HomePod, Apple TV, and Apple Watches, not to mention a very rapidly growing services business, Apple’s most famous product is not necessarily the only one that matters.

But it is still the most important product in Apple’s entire portfolio. It has the most cultural significance, the broadest reach, the greatest cachet, and it is for most people the entry point into the all-important Apple ecosystem.

The iPhone XS was a predictable “S” model phone, taking the major design and features of the previous year and improving performance and camera quality. For 2019, hopefully Apple goes further. Here’s what’s in the hope chest for the 2019 model iPhone.

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Best MacBook: Which Mac laptop should you buy?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 03:00

You’re planning on buying a new Mac laptop. So you head over to your local Apple store, or you peruse the pages of Apple’s website, and you find yourself with money to spend but no idea on which MacBook to buy.

Don’t worry! That’s why we’re here. In this guide, we’ll go over Apple’s current MacBook lineup, point out their differences and similarities, and provide you with the information you need to pick the right MacBook for you. You can get more in-depth information in our reviews of the MacBook Air, MacBook and the MacBook Pro.

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Does the new iPad Pro have a bending problem?

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 17:38

Judging by a new YouTube video from JerryRigEverything, we’re supposedly on the verge of a new “Bendgate.” Holding the edges of the new 11-inch iPad Pro in the video, host Zack Nelson jams his thumbs into the back of the tablet, pulls, and—shock, I guess?—the $799+ tablet cracks and then folds together like a chapbook of college poetry. The bend specifically happens near the microphone hole, where the structural integrity would be weakest.

It’s definitely something we’ll keep an eye on, but I’m not really sure what other outcome people were expecting.

To be sure, it does feel structurally weaker than previous models. I’m holding my 12.9-inch model right now, and I can easily see how I could work the same magic if I handled it with the same violence. Maybe even more easily, since it’s a larger device and so offers more leverage.

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The best smart thermostat you can buy, the Alexa-enabled Ecobee4, is $50 off

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 10:36

Smart thermostats help keep your home a comfortable temperature with little effort on your end—and help you save money in the process. But the Ecobee4, our favorite smart thermostat, does a whole lot more than just that. Its built-in Alexa capabilities turn the Ecobee4 into a bona fide smart hub, and today, you can save $50 off its list price on Amazon, bringing it down to $199

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Wi-Charge harnesses light to free Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini smart speakers from power cords

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 08:00
Wi-Charge’s technology can eliminate power adapters and cords and keep the batteries in devices such as smart locks, smartphones, security cameras, and sensors permanently topped off.

How to free up storage by deleting iTunes backups of iOS devices

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 08:00

If you use iTunes to backup your iPhone, the actual backed-up data starts to pile up. Backups often run from gigabytes to tens of gigabytes, retaining anything unique on an iOS device that isn’t synced via iCloud or available from the App Store. For example, if you have iCloud Photo Library enabled, the iTunes backup doesn’t include the Camera Roll.

Apple oddly doesn’t have an automatic “garbage cleaning” routine, or prompt to delete, or ask you if you want to delete these backups.

You can easily fill up your drive with iOS backups, and it will feel mysterious as you won’t even know why you’re running out of storage. However, you can find these backups and delete older ones, as well as archive them on an external drive if you have a need or desire to retain them.

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2018 iPad Pro review: A fantastic tablet, if not a fantastic laptop

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 07:00

Apple really wants us to believe a tablet can take the place of a MacBook, and it’s spared few resources in its quest to proselytize us with the 2018 iPad Pro. The iPad Pro a beast, one that can hold its own alongside powerful laptops. It’s a stunner, especially with a redesigned Apple Pencil and Smart Folio Keyboard that feel more like essentials than peripherals. It’s versatile, thanks to the new support for USB-C, and it achieves all this while looking both familiar and futuristic.

Oh, how I’ve waited for it. I’m one of the loons who willingly used an iPad Pro as my primary writing machine for almost two years, and I loved its portability and the ease of switching between typing and longhand writing. Yet for all that, switching back to a MacBook felt like getting new glasses after months of living with a faulty prescription. Little frustrations vanished. Formerly complex tasks became simple. My productivity skyrocketed. Never again, I figured, would I ever reach for the iPad Pro for work.

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Talking Turkey: Presenting the best movies to stream over the Thanksgiving holiday

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 06:00
We’ve picked 20 essential movies for you, with topics ranging from feasts to families.

3 features from other Apple products that the Mac and iPhone need

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 06:00

Every year, it seems like Apple comes out with at least one significant new implementation of technology. The issue is that it isn't always distributed evenly across the company's product line-up. Even devices that seem like they could benefit from Apple's latest and greatest additions often get left out in the cold.

That's particularly frustrating, given that one of Apple's strongest selling points in recent years has been how well all of its technology works together across hardware, software, and services. Bringing that kind of relationship to its devices really emphasizes the idea of the ecosystem being a whole, instead of independent platforms.

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Best MacBook, MacBook Air, and Macbook Pro cases and sleeves: Keep safe and stylish with our top picks

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:19

Nobody wants the beautiful aluminum body of their MacBook scuffed or scratched. Fortunately, MacBook cases and sleeves are to the rescue.

They're a great way to keep your MacBook protected, store it for traveling, or just look classy when you’re carrying your computer around the office.

But there are an overwhelming number of cases and sleeves for the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. It can be hard to tell which are good quality and worth the money. 

So Macworld is getting hands-on with some of the best-known brands as well as more eclectic designers to pick out the best cases for Apple’s line of MacBooks, both new and old models. Watch this space as we’ll be keeping it updated with our favorites.

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Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with third-party app integrations, batch sharing, and more

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:00

Apple on Thursday released Final Cut Pro X version 10.4.4, a major update to the company’s professional video editor. Available through the Mac App Store the big change is that the app now supports workflow extensions that allow users to directly access third-party apps and services.

In its announcement of the update, Apple highlighted three workflow extensions that are now available to Final Cut Pro X users:

The awesome iRobot Roomba 690 is down to its lowest price ever today

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:27

iRobot has been making smart home devices since before smart homes were a thing, and its Roomba vacuums are among the best you can buy.  And today, you can get one for the cheapest it's ever been: The iRobot Roomba 690 is down to $249 at AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $375.

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Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:07
Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

Oops, he did it again: Credulously spinning iPhone production cuts

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 07:00

Being a pundit is never having to say you’re sorry. So buckle up, readers, as we take another ride on the ferris wheel of iPhone production cut rumors that has again broken from its frame and is rolling toward the sea!

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and home of the creamed corn party cannon, Ewan Spence wants to believe.

“Poor iPhone Sales Forcing Apple Into More Dangerous Decisions.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Uluroo.)

As the vital festive sales period approaches…

Gather ‘round the vital festive sales period tree, children, and spin the four-sided vital festive sales period wooden top.

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Flo smart water valve review: The high price of prevention

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 06:00
The Flo Water Damage Prevention System monitors and reports on your home’s water usage. It can also shut off the water supply to prevent catastrophic damage in the event of a leak.

Don't fret over FilmStruck's demise

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 06:00
Streaming video will remain a boon to movie history, even after FilmStruck shuts down.

Why the MacBook Air might spell the end of configurable Macs

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 06:00

There’s been a lot written about the potential merging together of the software that runs (and runs on) the Mac and the iPad. 2019 is shaping up to be a huge year, as Apple’s devices get closer together than they’ve ever been before.

But while the focus on Apple’s smooshing together of its platforms has been primarily about the software (iOS apps running on the Mac) and hardware (the potential of future Macs running Apple-designed ARM processors), the new MacBook Air got me thinking about another way Apple’s approach to iPads and iPhones may dramatically change how we shop for Macs in the future.

As long as it’s black

The new $1,199 base-model MacBook Air comes with a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz. If you max out all of its specs, on the other hand, you’ll walk away with a $2,600 computer… with the very same 1.6GHz processor. Apple will let you expand storage (to 1.5TB) and memory (to 16GB), but the processor you get is the processor you get.

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