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Logitech's backlit Create keyboard case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is 42% off on Amazon

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:23

Apple's own Smart Keyboard for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a pricey $149, and if that's too much to handle for you, you might want to pick up Logitech's Create keyboard case for Apple's 9.7-inch high-powered tablet. Right now the black version is on sale for just $76 on Amazon, down from its usual price of $130. That's the best price we've ever seen it at.

Much like the Smart Keyboard, the device connects with the iPad Pro's smart connector so you'll never need to charge the keyboard itself so long as it's with the iPad. The Create is also packed with shortcuts for handy iOS adjustments such as screen brightness and volume controls, and it even comes with a fabric holder for your Apple Pencil. Best of all, it's got backlit keys. Apple's model doesn't. It's also available in blue or plum, but only the black model is heavily discounted.

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Apple is holding an education event on March 27 in Chicago

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:19

Apple just sent out invitations to an event on March 27, to be held at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago.

The invitation says very little, in typical Apple fashion, but the image that accompanies it (above) says, “Let’s take a field trip.” In the text of the invitation itself, Apple says, “Join us to hear creative new ideas for teachers and students.”

Clearly, this event is going to focus on Apple products aimed at education. What could those be?

A cheaper 9.7-inch iPad: Rumors of a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad have been circulating for a few months, and a couple new iPad models were approved by the EEC in February.

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Smarten up your dumb devices with this $20, two-for-one smart plug deal

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:40

Listen up Echo fans! Today’s a good day to smarten up your outlets at a steal of a price. B&H Photo and Video is offering a two-pack of the Keewifi kisslink Wi-Fi smart plug mini for $20. This plug usually sells for $20 each.

Simply insert these plugs into your existing outlet and follow the set-up instructions on your smartphone using Tuya’s Smart apps for Android and iOS. These plugs don’t require a hub, which makes it easy to set them up without added cost. At the moment, however, the Kisslink plug is only compatible with Alexa devices—not Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit.

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Amazon is selling a pair of true wireless earbuds for just $33

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:48

Updated 8:15 p.m.: These earbuds are sold out on

Thanks to Apple's AirPods, wireless earbuds are fast becoming one of the hottest mobile accessories on the market—but they're not cheap. At least not usually.

If you're itching to try out a pair but don't have $159 to blow, Amazon is selling the Photive TWS-01 Bluetooth-enabled wireless earbuds, which come with their own charging case, for just $33, or about 40 percent off their average selling price. That's especially low when you consider how expensive most true wireless earbuds can be. Our top-rated picks fall anywhere from $100 to more than $300, though many of those have features that you won't get with the Photive TWS-01, such as noise cancellation and AI voice control.

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Macworld’s March digital magazine: We review the iMac Pro

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 19:12

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 March issue

This month’s cover story is our review of Apple’s most powerful Mac, the iMac Pro. The eagerly awaited HomePod is out and we lay out 11 things you need to know before you buy one. Our preview of iOS 11.3 fills you in on all of the new features to come to iOS 11, including new Animoji and better AR.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: We analyze Apple's product naming scheme

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Today only, save $370 on a DJI Phantom 4 Advanced drone from B&H

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:49

Drones are pretty nifty devices, but the prices for the best ones can often feel as high as the altitudes the drones can reach. Fortunately, B&H currently has a one-day sale on the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Quadcopter that lets you pick up the device for $370 off the regular price of $1,199. All total, you'll be paying just $829 as B&H is offering free shipping.

The quadcopter flies at around 44 miles per hour and can stay up in the air for around 30 minutes. It also comes with five sensors for avoiding obstacles, and its 20MP camera can capture 4K video with a range of 4.35 miles.

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This Philips Hue Smart Bulb kit is $20 Off

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:57

Smart bulbs are great starting points when creating the connected home of your dreams. Because they connect to Wi-Fi, you can adjust them from an app, and control them via voice commands with your smart speakers. They also offer an awesome level of granular control, whether that means setting them on timers, or controlling their precise brightness levels and color profiles.

For the smart home-curious, Philips has put its entry-level smart bulb kit on sale. The Hue White A19 60W Equivalent Smart Bulb Starter Kit is $44.99 on Amazon now—a significant price drop from its average offering of around $65.

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Where Apple’s reinvention of the keyboard may go next

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 06:00

Keyboards are important. While speech-to-text technology has come a long way, I suspect there will always be value in writing one letter after another with your hands. Apple clearly thinks to, too, because in recent weeks there have been reports about several new Apple patents regarding keyboard technology. From those patents to the controversial innovations that drove the latest generation of MacBook keyboards, Apple’s continues to push the boundaries of text input.

So what do Apple’s current technology directions suggest about where the company might be innovating in the future when it comes to keyboards?

A reliable tool

I’ll admit that as a writer, I’m especially opinionated when it comes to keyboards. As a writer friend of mine told me a very long time ago, keyboards are to us what guitars are to rock musicians—they’re the tool of our trade. But even if you’re inputting data into a spreadsheet or writing an email to a friend, most people need keyboards. (Even smartphones and tablets will slide up a software keyboard when you need to tap something out.)

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WWDC 2018 will be held from June 4-8 in San Jose

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:00

Apple has taken the wraps off this year's WWDC website, and opened registration for developers. The developer conference will be held from June 4 to June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, just as it was in 2017. 

Developers can register to attend starting today, for the price of $1,599. Registration will remain open until March 22 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple will also make up to 350 student scholarships available.

All of Apple's big WWDC announcements happen during the keynote on the morning of June 4. This year, we expect to hear about iOS 12, macOS 10.14, and new Mac hardware including updated Mac laptops and maybe even the new Mac Pro. Apple's big iPhone announcements are typically held for an event in September, but we may be treated to a launch of new iPad Pro models, sporting an A11X chip and maybe even Face ID.

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Apple's event calendar: When is the next Apple event?

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:42

Updated 03/12/18: Apple has announced that WWDC will take place in San Jose on June 4-8.

Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds it own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.

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This magnetic dashboard phone mount is under $10 today

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:36

If you’re someone who uses your phone in the car—and, honestly, who doesn’t?—a convenient way to keep it hands-free and at the ready is a magnetic mount. Right now, Amazon is offering a pretty solid deal for the KEKU Magnetic Car Cell Phone Mount, which comes in a two-pack and is on sale now for $9.99.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth on Mac (and maybe Fortnite): Apple Arcade episode 2

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 16:48

You want to know about Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS. I want to know about Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS. And if you don’t think you do, consider that Fortnite’s popularity is such that Epic Games’ beta sign-up page crashed hard for well over an hour this morning, so crazy was the flood of people wanting to sign up. Make no mistake: If we happen to get a code within the next couple of hours, we’re totally going to devote our show to Fortnite tomorrow.

But if that doesn’t happen, have no fear! We’ve got some other cool stuff in store when we go live tomorrow at 11 a.m. Pacific! We received an invite to the alpha for World of Warcraft’s upcoming Battle for Azeroth expansion last weekend, so co-host Dan Masaoka and I will hop in and showcase its current performance on both a 2017 MacBook Pro and an iMac. We’ll also do a general hands-on with some of the popular MMO’s new features, which includes two new continents, new races, and new PvP "warfronts" inspired by real-time strategy games.

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Save $400 on a 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar today from Amazon

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:25

We really liked the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar when it came out in 2016, saying in our review that it had the “best bits of iOS in a really great Mac.” And now, thanks to Amazon’s Deal of the Day, you can have one of your own for $400 off the usual asking price.

Keep in mind that means this deal is only active for today. If you hop on it now, though, you can get the device for just $1,800, down from the normal asking price of $2,200. Even better, the deal applies to both the space gray and silver models.

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Apple to acquire digital magazine subscription service Texture

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:13

Remember magazines? While the web has certainly caused a downturn in so-called “dead tree media,” there are still hundreds of popular magazines on shelves. Today, Apple announced that it is acquiring Netflix-like monthly magazine subscription service Texture. The sum Apple is paying has not been disclosed.

The “it’s like Netflix for...” descriptor may be played out, but in this case it is apt. Texture offers a one week free trial and then costs $10 a month. Subscribers then have access to read (through the app) digitized versions of over 200 popular magazines, from AARP Magazine to Yoga Journal. There are plenty of popular titles included, including Rolling Stone, People, Forbes, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, and Sports Illustrated. And yes, the Macworld digital magazine (and PCWorld digital magazine) are included, too.

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Best Buy is selling an 8TB WD external hard drive for $40 off

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 13:30

Space is one of the great mysteries of our time. What will SpaceX find when it goes to Mars? Are black holes gateways to other universes? And how are you supposed to work with a lot of video files with the paltry 256GB of storage space found on a starter MacBook Pro?

We can’t help you out with the first two questions, but we’re happy to let you know you can affordably solve the third with B&H’s $170 deal on a WD 8TB My Book USB 3.0 external hard drive. That’s $40 off the $210 it usually sells for, and it’s only $10 higher than the lowest price that we’ve ever seen it at.

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Get a $250 9.7-inch iPad with Best Buy's Tax Time Tech Sale, along with other Apple goodies

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 16:40

With its three-day Tax Time Tech Sale, Best Buy is on a mission to make tax time something to look forward to. Luckily for us, many of the best deals center on some of Apple's most popular products, ranging from an impressive offer for a 9.7-inch iPad to respectable prices for MacBook Airs, Apple TVs, and Beats headphones.


First, about that iPad. Best Buy is offering the 32GB 2017 9.7-inch iPad with Wi-Fi for just $250, which is an agreeable $79 down from the $329 it's usually listed for. But 32GB frankly isn't a lot of room these days, so if you've got a bigger budget to work with, we recommend grabbing the 128GB model for $350, which is down from the usual price of $430. The available models come in either space gray, silver, or gold.

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First Look: The Sims Mobile puts a fresher freemium spin on the familiar life game

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:00

The Sims is one of the most popular game franchises of all time, but the life-simulator sandbox has mostly excelled on Mac and PC, along with consoles. Granted, The Sims FreePlay—the mobile version that first launched way back in 2011—has racked up more than 200 million downloads, but many series fans considered it a shell of the fuller premium editions.

That’s why this week’s release of The Sims Mobile for iOS (also Android) is such a big deal. As its title suggests, The Sims Mobile aims to feel more like the classic Sims experience that millions know and love, albeit on your iPhone or iPad. You’ll create a character from scratch, build up your home, take on a career, make friends and create a family, and live out your days one task at a time.

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5 signs you’re not ready to cut the cable TV cord

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:00
Thinking of cutting the cord? Here are 5 signs you're not ready to drop cable.

Get a 2016 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and cellular at Costco for just $400

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 15:53

Costco’s been rolling out some good ideals for iPad models lately. Last month I told you about great deal with a regular iPad, but this month Costco members can pick up the 2016 9.7-inch 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and Cellular for just $400. If you don’t mind slapping down some additional cash, you can get the 256GB model for just $500. The catch? Both are only available in gold or rose gold. (You’ll find the rose gold 256GB unit here.)

Still, this is an impressive offer, especially if you consider that the device was originally listed as $879. Even now, the best price you can find on Amazon for the same gold model is $499, and the silver model still sells for a whopping $795.95. Costco’s sale lasts until next Wednesday, March 14, or at least until Costco runs out of units. Shipping is included in the price.

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iPad 2018 rumors: New iPad Pro design with Face ID to launch at WWDC in June

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 15:24

Updated 3/07/18: An analyst has projected new iPad Pro models to ship late in the June quarter, after a launch at WWDC.

When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.

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