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On repeat: The same complaints about unshipped iPhones

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 06:00

The Macalope had to do a double-take today as he felt certain he had read an article before but it turns out he’d just read an article that was almost exactly the same as this one. What a relief to know it’s not a glitch in the matrix. He hates those. They always lead to so many slow-motion action shots.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and Institute for Advanced Misunderstanding, Gordon Kelly says “Apple's iPhone 9 Has An Unfixable Design Problem.” (Tip o’ the antlers to mylestaylor.)

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Hands-on with the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 05:33
Thanks to Kano, computer coding is the latest class at Hogwarts. The educational-tech startup follows its Computer Kit Complete with a new Harry Potter wand that teaches coding through interactive games and spells.

Netgear is planning an Arlo doorbell

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 16:02
Netgear is expanding its Arlo home security range with a doorbell—a move that positions Arlo more aggressively against competitors such as Nest and Ring.

HomePod update reported to add multiple timers, phone calls, and more this fall

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 15:20

HomePod is a great sounding smart speaker, but it's late to a game dominated by Amazon and Google and more than a little behind on some table-stakes features we've come to expect from the category.

If a new report from French site iGeneration is to be believed, that situation should improve this fall. 

The site claims that a beta version of iOS 12 has been distributed to internal Apple testers, adding a few much-needed features. Some of the features iGeneration says are included in this update are:

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The scrappy 2018 9.7-inch iPad is on sale for $30 off at Best Buy

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 13:40

Ah, a new week is here, along with a new opportunity to save some cash on Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support. Today’s offer comes from Best Buy, which is offering $30 off both the 32GB and 128GB models with Wi-Fi, which brings the prices down to $299.99Remove non-product link and $399.99Remove non-product link respectively (down from $329.99 and $429.99).

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Samsung Wireless Charger Duo isn't even official yet, but it'll probably ship before AirPower

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:54

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is due to land in a few weeks, and for the most part, it won’t make much noise among iPhone fans. Pegged to have a very similar design, screen, and camera as last year’s model, the battle between the Note 9 and the new iPhones will likely be even more one-sided than usual, as Apple is primed to release three new models with iPhone X-style designs, including one with a bigger screen than the Note, a first for an iPhone.

But while Samsung’s phablet might not matter to iPhone users, the accessories probably will. For one, the Note will reportedly have a new S Pen stylus, which could raise some Pencil envy. And Samsung will also be selling a brand new charger, the Wireless Charger Duo. Tipped by German site LetsGoDigital, the accessory is basically an extended version of Samsung’s existing wireless charger, with a stand on one end and a mat for the Galaxy Watch on the other. There are quite a few third-party iPhone-and-Apple Watch chargersRemove non-product link that do this wit varying results, but nothing from Apple.

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Get a five-port wall charger with a USB-C connection for $20 with this code

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 09:45

When you’ve got to charge a whole stack of devices at once, all those cords can get messy—and that’s if you have enough wall adapters to do it. Today, Amazon's got a great deal on a handy charger that makes powering multiple devices a breeze. You can get a 60 watt RavPower charger with five ports, including one USB-C, for $20 with the code RAVPKK59. That’s $10 off the charger’s list price of $30.

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Lighthouse review: a smarter security camera

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 06:00
This AI-driven home security camera can tell you who is in your home—just ask it.

How to rotate an image uploaded to iCloud Photo Library

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 06:00

In a past article, I wrote about solving photo orientation problems that sometimes result when importing images. But that offered advice about fixing the rotation or other orientation issues before you imported into Photos.

How do you fix the orientation of a photo after you've imported it into Photos? The fix can be done in Photos for iOS and macOS, and if you’re using iCloud Photo Library, the change will percolate through all your connected devices. ( has no option to rotate photos.)

How to rotate a photo in Photos for Mac

In Photos for macOS to rotate by 90-degree increments:

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MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 18:30

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects to the MacBook Pro via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

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Fair’s unfair: Apple the monopolist

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 07:00

Apple has rightly received a slap on the hands from European regulators and… wait, it was Google? That can’t be right.

Writing for Bloomberg, Leonid Bershidsky says “Apple Deserves an EU Fine, Too.”

Sure. Why not? Heck why not give it two? Seems like two oughta do it. Three is not out of consideration. Four seems like a little much, but The Macalope would be willing to entertain serious arguments. Five is right out.

(What are we talking about?)

Google isn’t the only tech giant with anticompetitive practices.

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The throttled MacBook Pro: Discussing the heat problems with Apple’s new laptop

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 19:00

There’s been a lot of talk about the Core i9 processor in the new MacBook Pro, and not in a good way. YouTuber Dave Lee shared his experience with CPU throttling on the Core i9 MacBook Pro, and soon after others shared how they also similar performance hits.

In this video, I talk with Gordon Mah Ung, CPU expert for our sister publication, PCWorld. We talk about the CPU throttling, what could be causing it, and what does it mean for users and anyone thinking about buying a Core i9 laptop.

Regrettably, high-end benchmarking was not part of our review of the Core i9 MacBook Pro. So we’ve started to run several benchmarks for ourselves to see what happens when you push the laptop’s performance.

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The Data Transfer Project’s big-name support won’t matter without the biggest one: Apple

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:50
Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft have teamed on the Data Transfer Project, a new, secure way to let users share their files and photos between online services. But where's Apple?

Grab two Lightning cables for just $10 today

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:09

It’s always a good idea to have a couple of extra Lightning cables on hand, but sometimes we get scared away by the insane prices they tend to go for. Today, though, Monoprice is letting you buy two six-foot MFi Certified Lighting Cables (in black or white) for just $10Remove non-product link if you enter the code SDXY at checkout. You can also pick up two black or white 10-foot Lighting cables for just $12Remove non-product link with the code SDYZ.

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This 4-port USB hub is just $3.50 today, $4.50 off list

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:59

Everyone needs a USB hub, especially if your laptop is lacking in the ports department. Unitek's portable USB 3.0 4-port high speed hub can help, and today it's just $3.50 using the code WDIE5BZURemove non-product link. That's a sharp discount from its $8 list price.

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How to restore a deleted shared album in Photos

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:00

iCloud Photo Sharing lets you create albums from your images and videos and then share them to invited parties, or create a link that anyone can access. It’s a great way to leverage your existing photo libraries without having to set up sharing on other services.

However, Macworld reader Grace ran into one of the downsides: if you delete a shared album, there’s no way to restore it. MacOS and iOS warn you when you try to delete, noting that the shared album will be deleted from all your linked accounts and all of those with whom you shared photos. But once you confirm, poof! It’s gone.


After you confirm deleting a shared album, you cannot restore it.

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Best video doorbell: Nest vs. Ring vs. August and all the rest

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:00
Video doorbells maintain a continuous watch over the most important part of your property but which one is best? We take a look at the field.

Nanoleaf Remote review: The smartest d12 on the block

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:00
This avant-garde approach to smart home control needs refinement.

Apple: Don’t default on default apps

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:00

Since the earliest days of iOS, Apple has kept tight control on its users’ relationship with apps. The very first iPhone, of course, only shipped with a dozen or so preinstalled software programs: you couldn’t add more, you couldn’t delete the ones you had.

Over the years, Apple has loosened those strictures a bit. First you could add new third-party apps. Later, developers were even able to create and sell software that competed with some of those default options. More recently, you’ve even been able to delete some of those built-in apps. (Adios, Stocks!)

But more than a few restrictions have remained nonetheless. Most obviously, the prohibition on installing software from anyplace other than the company’s own App Store. I don’t take particular issue with that; the prevalence of malware and security breaches these days means you can’t be too careful, and Apple’s approach has had proven merit.

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HP's Sprocket Photo Printer makes easy, fun snapshots and has a $40 discount today

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:46

The HP Sprocket Photo Printer is a cute, easy way to print out memories from your phone instantly. Right now the HP Sprocket is on sale for $90 in the blue versionRemove non-product link, its lowest price ever on Amazon and a steep discount from its $130 list price.

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