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With new EKG monitor and Heart Study app, Apple Watch could one day save your life

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:10

We’ve all heard stories about how Apple Watch has helped people lose weight and get in shape, but two new initiatives could turn it into an essential, life-saving tool.

Back when Apple Watch Series 3 was announced in September, COO Jeff Williams talked about a new joint study with Stanford Medicine that will use Apple Watch to detect arrhythmia, or irregular heart rhythms, and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib). Now Apple is ready to open it up to the public via the Apple Heart Study app.

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iPhone 2018 rumors: Apple is working on its own power management chip

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:54

Updated 11/30/17: Apple is said to be developing its own power management chips, which may start appearing in iOS devices in 2018.

It’s not enough that the new iPhone X is only a month or so old; rumors about next year’s iPhone are already starting to fly. We’ll keep track of what’s been said and what seems fesible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

What’s the latest?

A report in Nikkei Asian Review claims that Apple is working on its own power management chips for iOS devices, which it will start integrating into iOS devices in 2018. 

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The demise of net neutrality is already hurting cord cutters

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 06:00
The FCC hasn't officially dismantled net neutrality—yet—but it handed an unfair streaming-video advantage to big internet service providers like Comcast months ago.

The 10 Mac games you need to play from November 2017

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 07:00
November's Mac games

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It’s that time of year, and chances are good that your next few weeks will be packed with spending time and money on gifts for loved ones. But while that’s all well and good, you should also gift yourself something to keep yourself entertained over the next few weeks: a new game to savor on your Mac. 

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iOS 11.2: Beta 5 is now available

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:56

Updated 11/28/17: The fifth iOS 11.2 beta is available to developers and public testers.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud, though that seems increasingly unlikely.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

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iPad 2018 rumors: Thinner bezels, Face ID, and a faster processor

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:30

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.

But the fundamental design of the iPad hasn’t changed much in years. That could all change in 2018, as Apple gives use the first holistic new iPad design in a very long time.

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Cyber Monday: The best software deals

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:42

Cyber Monday isn't just a good time to stock up on tech devices. There are also quite a few good sales on software kicking around the Internet right now, too.

We've dug around and found the top deals on productivity and security software for today. The list includes antivirus subscriptions, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Photoshop Elements: All the type of thing that get regular use but aren't nearly as exciting as, say, a $100 Android tablet.

For sales on PC games, check out the top 5 gaming deals for Cyber Monday.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals: The best discounts on Apple gear

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:20

This article was updated on Monday, November 27 to add in new deals and to remove expired deals.

Apple products on the cheap are hard to come by, even on mega shopping holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But this year, we’ll be able to score some major deals on lots of different Apple goodies—including the iPhone 8, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and MacBook Pro. (Yes, seriously.) If you’re ok with slightly older stuff, the savings are even better.

Apple’s Black Friday-only one-day shopping event with gift card givebacks may be over, but third-party retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Amazon have their own discounts and gift card deals on Apple gear as well. Take a look at what we’ve found so far—and keep an eye on this page through the end of Cyber Monday as we add more deals. 

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides updates add support for iPhone X, iOS 11 drag-and-drop

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 14:08

Millions of people rely on Google’s productivity tools for their daily work, and the last few months have been frustrating for iPhone and iPad users. Even though iOS 11 was released back in September—and was in beta for months before—Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides did not support the drag-and-drop feature for iPad users. Such a critical productivity feature, ignored in some of the most popular productivity apps in the world!

And while the iPhone X may have been released just a few weeks ago, the emulator has been available since September for developers, and yet Google has been slow to support the new display size in many of its apps.

Today, Google fixes both of those problems with big updates to Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. You now get proper formatting on the iPhone X and drag-and-drop on the iPad with iOS 11.

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iPhone X: Everything you need to know about Apple’s top-of-the-line smartphone

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:03

iPhone X: It’s real, it’s here, and it’s very expensive. The iPhone X is a radical departure from the form factor of every other iPhone out there, including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. It comes with a jet-black edge-to-edge OLED screen topped by a TrueDetect camera system that enables a brand-new Face ID unlocking system and Animoji features.

Apple revealed the iPhone X during the company’s annual fall press event in September, after months of rumor and speculation, followed by the biggest pre-launch leak ever.

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More great holiday movies to stream and give thanks for

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 06:00
You’ll encounter some odd dishes on our list, plus a couple of turkeys that are still fun to watch.

Does Next-Gen TV spell doom for over-the-air DVR?

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 06:00
Next-gen TV (the ATSC 3.0 TV broadcast standard) could cripple over-the-air DVR products like Tablo and TiVo.

Amazon Black Friday deals: The best tech at killer prices

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 04:13

Amazon is ground zero for Black Friday shopping, but not all of its deals are worth your attention. That's where we come in: We've sifted through Amazon's staggering amount of Black Friday deals, and cherry-picked the very best deals in the tech categories you care about most.

A note about Amazon Prime deals: You can sign up for a 30-day Prime membership if you're not already a member. This also gives you earlier access to some of Amazon's limited-time Lightning deals—which we won't be covering in this article. We'll be eating turkey instead.

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Black Friday Amazon deals: Price drops for Echos, Kindles and Fire tablets

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 00:05

When the cheapest Kindle e-reader drops to $50, it’s difficult to resist snagging one on an impulse buy. Appealing to our most reptilian consumer instincts is just how Amazon rolls, and—right on schedule—the retail behemoth-cum-hardware manufacturer is dropping prices across its product lines.

Here are all the Black Friday deals for the Amazon Echo, Kindle, and Fire tablet lines. We’re also including links to our own coverage of the price-dropped devices (many of which are best in their categories, the Amazon pedigree notwithstanding). Amazon says these deals will end at the stroke of midnight on Monday, Nov. 27.

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Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Spot: Which Alexa smart speaker is right for you?

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 00:00
The answer was easy when there were just two models. Now Alexa is all over the place.

The best classic movies to stream for Thanksgiving 2017

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:00
Who needs football? Gather the family around the big screen to watch these 14 films, before and after your feast.

Black Friday 2017: The best tech deals

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:40
Most Black Friday 'deals' aren't really deals at all. These tech deals truly are.

Apple's upcoming iMac Pro might have an iPhone chip

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:35

The new iMac Pro set to release month will be Apple’s fastest Mac by a country mile. With 18 CPU cores, Radeon Vega graphics, and 128GB of RAM, there isn’t much Apple’s newest all-in-one won’t be able to do. But a recent discovery by Apple code spelunker Steven Troughton-Smith suggest an iPhone chip might be along for the ride.

Troughton-Smith has gotten his hands on Apple’s new BridgeOS 2.0 software, which will presumably be part of the upcoming iMac Pro's software package. And while it didn't divulge quite as much as the HomePod firmware leak earlier this year that spilled the beans on the iPhone X, it does include some very interesting things. Chief among them is a reference to a version of Apple's A10 Fusion chip, the same silicon that powers the iPhone 7.

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