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Best Buy has great deals on multiple Apple products for Memorial Day

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:51

Best Buy is having a big sale for Memorial Day, and we’re happy to see that some of its best deals focus on Apple products. Not only are there great deals on MacBook Pros (which, honestly, we’ve kind of come to expect from Best Buy sales at this point), but you’ll even find nice discounts on the iPhone 8/8 Plus and the HomePod. 

A few of these deals have been active for a couple of days now, but it’s nice to see them lumped together. You can get the most recent 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar (Core i7) for just $1,149.99 (down from $1,299.00), for example, and you can lop off an additional $50 if you qualify for student pricing. For that matter, you can save $200 on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which brings the price down from $1,499.99 to $1,299.99. Other options are available as well.

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The self-driving Apple Car has arrived, but it's not exactly what we dreamed it would be

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:58

For the past several years, we’ve been reading reports about Apple’s ambitious self-driving car project. Dubbed Project Titan, the vision was once reportedly bolstered by a 1,000-plus member team tasked with building a vehicle that would be innovative and revolutionary, with an all-electric engine, luxurious amenities, and the smartest infotainment system on four wheels.

However, according to a new report by The New York Times, some things are too difficult even for Apple to conquer. For the past four years, Apple’s best engineers along with designer Jony Ive have been developing prototypes of a reimagined car worthy of the Apple name. As the Times describes it, the idea was to build a vehicle that would be “the automotive version of the iPhone.”

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Amazon's one-day Caseology sale can protect your iPhone or Galaxy S9 for $10

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:17

High-end phones are a major investment, and a good case helps you protect that investment. If you’re looking to guard your phone from the wear and tear of daily abuse, you’re in luck—a ton of Caseology cases are on sale for up to 30% off on Amazon today.

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Start playing in comfort! Amazon's selling a leather gaming chair for $68

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:29

Anyone who spends even a few hours a week PC gaming needs a comfortable chair. While console gamers usually sprawl out on a couch, we the gamers of the PC are often stuck with office chairs unless we’re willing to shell out hundreds of dollars. Today, Amazon’s got a deal that will let you game like a pro without paying like a sucker.

The Essentials by OFM racing-style leather gaming chair in red is $68.84 right now. That’s $21 off its most recent price, and about the same amount you’d pay for a regular desk chair.

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Streaming TV on vacation: What you need to know

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:00
Before you take your streaming TV bundle on vacation, read up on these restrictions.

Release the hounds: When a press release fits your notions

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:00

If you’re someone who does the writing of the things, you will eventually get on a PR mailing list or two. Or, well, more like 800. It’s closer to 800. Congratulations, you will never be alone. On the downside, your inbox will be buried with product announcements about which you could not care less. They all start something like this:

Hey, [MAIL MERGE FIELD #FIRSTNAME], hope you’re having the best day ever! I just wanted to see if you were interested in writing about the hottest new product to come out of the burgeoning field of hamster-related technologies. Starting with nothing but a loan of $1.5 million from their parents (and several subsequent runs of seed capital from angel investors) and working from a garage in Brentwood, these three techbros have created what Hamstertech Weekly called “Echo Show for hamsters”…

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The new Gmail steals some great ideas and invents some fresh ones

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 06:30
Most of Gmail's new features aren't really new, and that's okay.

Castro 3 review: iOS podcast app adds silencing trimming, other premium features for a recurring fee

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 06:00

As podcasts popularity continues to grow, the apps used to listen to those podcasts have matured. Apple offers its own free Podcasts app, but several freemium and paid options remain, each with their own approach and options. Supertop’s Castro stands out for its inbox approach, which allows triage for dealing with an abundance of podcast subscriptions.

The new Castro 3 adds requested features to the app, including a trim silences option (long available as Smart Speed in the competing Overcast app), as well as better chapter support, a rewritten voice enhancer, and per-podcast settings for several controls.

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Macworld's June digital magazine: The new iPad

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 19:28

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine.

In the June issue

We have the review of Apple’s new $329 iPad. Find out why the tablet is ‘pro’ enough for most of us. We also have a great roundup of all the best iPhone camera apps; which one is best for you?

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Read our 13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program FAQ. Plus, say goodbye to Apple's brushed-metal dinosaur, QuickTime Player 7.

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Get iOttie's highly rated iPhone mount for dashboards and windshields for 20% off at Amazon

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:35

Smartphones make fantastic navigation tools while driving; alas, they’re also fantastically dangerous when you’re fumbling for a dropped iPhone on the floorboard so you can see if the upcoming exit is the correct one. With iOttie’s Easy One Touch 4 adjustable dashboard and windshield car mount, though, you’ll always have your maps easily visible with minimal danger. Even better, today you can get one for 20 percent off at Amazon.

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Apple offers $50 credit if you paid full price for an iPhone battery replacement last year

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:10

Late last year, Apple starting handing out $29 batteries to customers affected by unexpected shutdowns and slowdowns with their iPhone 6, 6s, and 7. That price represented a significant discount over the $79 Apple usually charges for a new battery, and customers predictably flocked to Apple stores to take advantage of the program.

But anyone who paid for a battery replacement before Dec. 29, 2017, was out of luck. While there were scattered reports of customers convincing Apple representatives to refund the money they paid for a replacement, there was no official way for customers to file for a refund, even if the battery replacement corrected the same issue covered by the new program.

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5 reasons why Apple's next-gen 7nm A12 chip could be the best feature in the 2018 iPhones

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:56

WWDC may be just around the corner, but once the iOS 12 dust clears all eyes will be on the next iPhone. With rumors suggesting three new models, including a 6.5-inch one, Face ID enhancements, and faster charging, there’s a lot to be excited about, but a new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg suggests that the new iPhone could be revolutionary in a way most people might not even realize: the processor. iPhone supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has reportedly begun production on the processor for the next iPhone, and it could be an industry-first.

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Our favorite Kindle reader, the Paperwhite, is on sale for 25 percent off today

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:11
Amazon is running a Kindle sale and you can get the Paperwhite for less than $100 today.

AirTV’s new tuner carries broadcast TV on—and beyond—your home network

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:45
Dual tuners let you distribute two channels within your home, and you can stream one channel outside it.

Upgrade to eye-popping 4K HDR for $268 with this Newegg deal on a 40-inch Samsung TV

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:40
Until Monday, you can get a Samsung 40-inch 4K HDR TV for $268 after rebate from Newegg.

Motiv Ring review: a stylish fitness tracker wrapped around your finger

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:00

The Motiv Ring is a stylish fitness tracker that shrinks down the guts of a traditional wearable to fit in a ring. The Motiv Ring blends into your wardrobe better than anything Fitbit has offered to date, but it’s a new device that’s severely lacking in app and community features—an area of strength of Fitbit.

In this review I’ll go over the Motiv Rings’ features and see how it stacks up versus the Fitbit Alta HR, a Huawei Honor Band 3, and a Fossil Q Founder smartwatch.

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Razer Core X review: An inexpensive eGPU that turns your MacBook Pro into an iMac

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 07:00

Were I pressed to name a brand that pairs well with Apple products, Razer would be one of the last names to pass my lips. Its designs—which tend to favor mutagen-green lines snaking though sturdy plates of black metal and plastic—look better suited to the Borg than to the drawing board of Jony Ive. It’s a favored brand of the kind of gamers who lurk in the PC Master Race subreddit and make acidic quips about Apple, and for that matter, it caters to folks in love with resource-demanding PC games that often never get ported to the Mac.

And yet, for all that, the new Core X external graphics processing unit finds Apple and Razer as strangely accommodating bedfellows. In fact, after spending some time with it over the past few days, I feel comfortable in saying it’s even a better enclosure than the Sonnet Breakaway Boxes that Apple itself recommends.

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Naim Audio Uniti Atom review: This is a magnificent music streamer

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 06:00
Exquisite design plus impeccable craftsmanship on the Naim Audio Unit Atom equal sonic bliss.

iOS 12: Geeky features iOS needs

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 06:00

If June is for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), then May is for stories speculating about what will be announced at WWDC. My favorite genre of these stories is the iOS feature wish list, which Macworld has been publishing since... well, since before it was even called iOS.

Yes, this is going to be one of those stories, but with a twist. Rather than providing feature requests of the crowd-pleasing variety, instead I’m going to advocate for some nerdy features that won’t be used by more than a fraction of iPhone and iPad users. Despite that, they’re still important—at least to me.

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Apple to stream WWDC 2018 keynote live

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:53

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is coming—it starts on June 4, to be exact. The company on Tuesday announced that the WWDC keynote presentation will be available to the general public to watch on the internet.

If you’re interested in watching the keynote, mark down June 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific on your calendar. Or you can go to Apple’s WWDC keynote event webpage and click on the “Add to your calendar” link to add the event to your Calendar app. You can watch on Apple’s website, on an Apple TV through the Events app, or on an iOS device using the WWDC app.

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