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Apple's surprise iPod touch refresh has a faster processor, more storage, same everything else

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 09:30

For the first time since 2015, Apple has announced a new iPod touch, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it. It has the same 4-inch screen, color selection, and bezel-heavy outdated design. But now it’s fast enough to run AR apps and Group FaceTime.

Apple has updated the A8 processor in the iPod touch with an iPhone 7-era A10 Fusion chip, the same silicone that powers the low-end iPad. That’s still nowhere near as fast as the A12 Bionic chip in the iPhone XS, but it’s definitely an improvement. Like the old model, the new iPod touch starts at $199 for 32GB, but there’s an extra 256GB option now for $399, in addition to the $299 128GB model.

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WWDC 2019: What to expect from Apple’s big June event

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 07:00

Apple holds multiple events throughout the year, but the most important two by far are the introduction of new iPhones (typically in September), and the Worldwide Developers Conference in the summer. Known simply as WWDC, the week-long event focuses on the people who make all the apps and services we enjoy on our iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches.

WWDC is centered around developer sessions, but the week kicks off with a big keynote presentation. Apple’s top execs preview the company’s upcoming operating systems and often reveal new products and services. Here’s what we expect to see this year, as well as helpful links to watch the keynote yourself. We’ll have continuing coverage of all the hot news out of WWDC beginning on Monday, June 3.

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Xiaomi Mi Smart Plug WiFi review: A commodity add-on outlet with more flaws than features

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 06:01
Don’t be enticed by the low price: This smart plug is a me-too wannabe.

Camera obscura: Pre-judging the iPhone XR2

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 06:00

We are months and months away from actually seeing Apple’s 2019 iPhones but it’s never too early to judge how ugly they are. (Spoiler: so ugly.)

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and hand-stuck-in-a-mason-jar survivors support group, Gordon Kelly doubles (or possibly quadruples, The Macalope has lost count) down on how ugly the iPhone XR2 will be.

“New iPhone XR2 Renders Detail Apple’s Shocking Design.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

Worried about Apple’s new iPhone designs?

Um, no? Frankly, the horny one thinks that you can slide the new iPhone designs under “alien invasion” and “kaiju attack” on your list of things to worry about.

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 06:00
With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

What iTunes means when it tells you deleted songs might not be moved to the Trash

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 08:00

You have the option with iTunes to add music and other audio files to its library in one of two ways: you can use the default method of copying all files into the iTunes Media folder, or you can opt to add by reference, where the file remains where it is on a drive and the library points to it. (This preference is in iTunes > Preferences > Advanced.)

Some people prefer to manage their music and other audio files in their own folder hierarchy or have enormous libraries they have to keep stored on an external drive. Most people let iTunes copy files and store them in the iTunes Media folder, which is typically found in Home > Music.

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How to fix autocorrect’s ‘ducking’ problem on iPhone

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 07:00

iOS has its fair share of annoyances, but one of the worst is when it autocorrects a certain popular swear word to “duck” or “ducking” when that’s not what you ducking meant to say.

Sometimes, admittedly, a well-timed “ducking” can defuse a volatile conversation. More often than not, though, an autocorrect to “ducking” can leave you wanting to throw your phone through a ducking wall.

Fortunately, it’s not that hard to fix, although it’s a little unintuitive. At the simplest, you could simply turn off autocorrect entirely. To do this, go to Settings General Keyboard and then untoggle Auto-Correction. I don’t really recommend this, though, as I find that autocorrect’s conveniences tend to outweigh its annoyances. Here’s the better way.

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