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New MacBooks: What we want vs. what we'll (probably) get

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 06:00

Apple’s holding an event on October 30, and we assume that new iPad Pros—with a new iPhone X-style design and Face ID—will be the star of the show. We’ve also heard rumors of a new MacBook, and this would certainly be the right time to announce it.

Real leaks of new MacBook design and features have been hard to come by. There was a Bloomberg report this summer outlining a few broad strokes, and not a whole lot else.

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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 13:50
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

AppleCare+: Everything you need to know about Apple’s extended warranty program

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:30

Your Apple gear wasn’t cheap. And if you drop your iPhone, your iPad stops turning on one day, or your Mac’s hard drive just ups and dies on you, getting it repaired probably won’t be cheap either.

Apple includes a one-year limited warranty with all hardware so if there’s a manufacturing defect, you’ll be covered. To also protect against accidental damage, plus extend the original warranty for longer and enjoy free tech support, you can opt to purchase AppleCare+. Here’s what it is, what it covers, and what you can expect to pay. Is AppleCare+ worth it? Only you can decide for your own situation, but this should be everything you need to know to make a smart choice.

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Google Home Hub review: The least-expensive smart display is one of the best

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 07:00
Google definitely got the price right, even if the Google Home Hub can't make video calls.

What to do when FileVault won't turn on

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 07:00

After a recent inexplicable problem on my MacBook, in which macOS would complete loading but never get past the blank screen before the Desktop appeared, I had to revert to a clone. (Even reinstalling macOS didn’t work.) I then upgraded to Mojave. Somewhere in there, an important piece of macOS “fell out,” metaphorically.

Apple added the concept in 10.13 High Sierra of a “secure token” to the first account created in macOS on installation or after upgrade as part of the process that allows you to use FileVault. There’s almost no information about this feature, and there’s no way to determine from macOS’s graphical features whether an account has it set.

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Best universal remote control

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 06:00
Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

Logitech Harmony Hub review: The essential kit for turning your phone into a TV remote

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 06:00
Logitech's Harmony Hub is like a command center for your various home entertainment gear and smart home appliances, which you can control using your phone or Alexa voice commands.

Logitech Harmony 665 review: The best standalone remote for most environments

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 06:00
Logitech's standalone Harmony 665 universal remote offers great value, with plenty of flexibility and power for entertainment buffs.

Logitech Harmony 350 review: Only the basics in a universal remote

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 06:00
Logitech's Harmony 350 universal remote is amazingly affordable at less than $40 retail, but a powerful upgrade isn’t much more costly.

Logitech Harmony Companion review: Enhancing the Logitech Hub with a simple, physical remote

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 06:00
Logitech's Harmony Companion extends the power of the standalone Harmony Hub, and is a good value for users with basic entertainment and smart-home needs.

Logitech Harmony Elite review: The top of the line in universal remotes

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 06:00
Logitech's Harmony Elite is the premier universal remote for smart home and entertainment enthusiasts.