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What the Apple-Qualcomm settlement means for a 5G iPhone

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 07:00

In a completely unexpected turn of events, Apple and Qualcomm just settled their legal dispute, dropping all litigation. The details from Apple and Qualcomm are brief, but give us the following four key details:

  • Apple and Qualcomm are ending their lawsuits.
  • Apple will pay Qualcomm an undisclosed sum.
  • Apple has entered a six-year patent licensing agreement with Qualcomm, with a two-year extension option.
  • Apple has entered a multi-year chipset licensing agreement with Qualcomm.

What will this mean for future iPhones, including the timing of the first 5G iPhone? Let’s break down what we know, and what we think we know.

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Cavalier Audio Maverick wireless smart speaker review: This Alexa-powered Wi-Fi speaker speaks Bluetooth, too

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 06:00
It’s fabricated from high-end materials, including aluminum and genuine leather, but this speaker’s sound quality left me saying "meh."

Why you should get an Apple Pencil even if you don’t draw

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 06:00

Apple’s ads tend to imply that you need to be some kind of artist if you want to buy an Apple Pencil, but it’s great for plenty of other things, even if those things don’t look so hot in the latest TV spot out of Cupertino. Not everyone needs to use an Apple Pencil, but you’ll get a lot of use out of one if you frequently find yourself in the situations below.

A few pointers before we begin. First, as a rule of thumb, if you’ve never found yourself thinking that some iPad activity would be easier if you only had a pen, you probably don’t need an Apple Pencil. Second, there’s a whole range of cheap styluses you can use with an iPad instead of an Apple Pencil for these tasks, but keep in mind that they won’t have Apple’s pressure technology or the Pencil’s sleek design. Many feel like you’re writing with a stubby crayon.

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Apple and Qualcomm surprisingly settle their legal differences, and it’s pretty clear who won

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 19:56

Just when their legal battle was just beginning the trial phase, Apple and Qualcomm have ironed out their differences in a surprise settlement. The terms of the agreement include the dismissal of all litigation between the two companies as well as any pending cases brought by Apple’s global contract manufacturers, and basically returns the relationship to the way it was before the allegations started flying.

Most notably, Apple has agreed to pay Qualcomm a one-time payment of an undisclosed sum, as well as royalties going forward. Both companies issued short press releases to announce the agreement, but it’s hard to find much good news in it for Apple. Qualcomm is getting paid and keeps Apple as a customer, and there’s no indication that they will be changing their business practices.

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Vivint's Outdoor Camera Pro can detect someone casing your home

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:46
The AI-powered Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro has a 4K image sensor and issues warnings to anyone lurking around your property.

Report: macOS 10.15 could allow Mac users to use iPads as an external display

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:29

Chances are, if you own a Mac, you probably own an iPad. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to use that iPad as a Mac display? You can with a third-party solution called Luna Display, but 9to5Mac reports that Apple is developing the feature for macOS 10.15, the next version of the Mac operating system.

Citing “people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15,” 9to5Mac says that this feature, code-named Sidecar, will let Mac users send any app window to an external display, which can be an iPad. MacOS 10.15 will have a new menu that activates when you hover over the maximize button of an app window, showing the options to expand the window fullscreen, tiling, or move it to an external display.

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Best universal remote control

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:13
Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

By the book: Why Apple makes the headline

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 08:00

Remember Apple? Man, it seems so long ago, right? You were so much younger then! You had that wavy hair and that Members Only jacket! Ah, we’ll never get those days back. Those days when Apple was still a thing.

Ah, jokes.

Anyway, writing for Tiger Beat in the Valley, Christina Wallace and David Kidder tell us of the fall of Apple. And apparently they’re not talking about cider presses, pumpkin carving and horror movie releases.

“From Macintosh to Granny Smith: The rise and fall of Apple.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Jason.)

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What we might expect from Apple’s A13 chip

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:00

We’re still a long way away from hearing anything official about Apple’s next system-on-a-chip. The A13 is likely to be unveiled in September, along with the new iPhones it will power. But the design, manufacture, and testing of these chips takes years, far too long for Apple to suddenly make radical changes. The A13 design is likely, for all intents and purposes, set in stone by now.

By looking at past A-series chips and extrapolating from what we know of the manufacturing process Apple will use this year, we can get a reasonable picture about what to expect from the A13 chip. It will almost certainly be the fastest SoC Apple has ever developed for iPhones, but exactly how fast can we expect?

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How to find and clean what’s eating up your Mac’s disk storage

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 06:00

MacOS can act in mysterious ways, and it can be difficult from either the Finder or through  > About This Mac > Storage view to figure out exactly what is eating up your disk storage. Especially on external drives, which the Storage display doesn’t break out into categories, or when System or Other seems to be occupying a truly enormous portion of your drive, and you can’t find a folder with that much data in it to examine.


macOS’s Storage view is quite limited and often shows large amounts of consumed storage that doesn’t match up with what a user thinks they’ve used.

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Logitech Harmony Express universal remote control review: Practical, but not perfect

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 03:01
It's not the be-all, end-all of universal remote controls, but it's plenty powerful for most people's needs—and Alexa is onboard.

Which Mac should you buy?

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 22:00

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review by clicking the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.

MacBook Air

Models for sale were originally released October 2018.

What is it? The MacBook Air is Apple’s affordable line of laptops. Apple currently offers three 13-inch models.

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iOS 13 rumored to be a massive overhaul with dark mode, new gestures, and multi-window apps for the iPad

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:55

With just two months to go until Apple’s expected unveiling of iOS 13 at WWDC19 on June 3, 9to5Mac published a report from “people familiar with the development of the operating system,” and if accurate, the iPhone and iPad are in for some major changes this fall, including several of the features we’ve been clamoring to see.

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Safari: macOS browser now autosubmits logins. Here’s how to disable it

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:00

Apple changed the behavior of Safari in macOS 10.14.4, and you may have noticed it and thought it was a bug. Now, if you have stored a password for a website, when you select a login entry to autofill, Safari 12.1 for macOS automatically submits the login. Previously, it would fill the fields and still require you to click a Login or Submit or other button to proceed.

I understand Apple’s logic in making this change, as it reduces friction and takes less time to log into a site, much like dropping text message login codes into an autofill field for macOS and iOS. Apple described this Safari change in 10.14.4’s release notes as “Streamlines website login when filling credentials with Password AutoFill.”

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Zagg Slim Book Go keyboard case for 9.7-inch iPad review: Pressing all the right buttons

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 07:00

The best thing I can say about the Zagg Slim Book Go is that it has me seriously thinking about using my 9.7-inch iPad as my primary work machine again. Apple’s baseline iPad feels a lot like a miniature laptop once it’s paired with this case, right down to a backlit keyboard that’s far more satisfying to type on than anything Apple itself offers. It’s also one of the few cases with a good solution for handling the Apple Pencil, and its detachable keyboard makes it easy to use as either a tablet or a laptop as required.

It’s not an unattractive case, but it’s never going to turn heads. Zagg covered the keyboard half with a linen material that reminds me (not unpleasantly) of coverless hardbound library books, while the side that houses the iPad sports a no-nonsense thick plastic shell. Aside from the volume buttons and a stiff but durable adjustable flap that folds down so you can use the iPad as a laptop, it’s fairly nondescript.

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Best Bluetooth trackers: These tiny gadgets help find your lost stuff

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 06:30
If you're constantly misplacing your keys or wallet, one of these devices can save time (and headache) while locating your belongings.

WiSA, the low-latency, wireless multi-channel audio standard is ready for take-off

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 06:00
WiSA is a wireless audio standard that promises hassle-free setup for up to 7.1-channel surround with latency as low as 2.6 millisecond, lag that's barely perceptible to humans.

Fingerprint scanner face-off: Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs OnePlus 6T vs Galaxy S9 vs Apple's iPhone

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 06:00
Are the newer optical and ultrasonic fingerprint scanners actually better than the physical sensors? We put four of them to the test.

Forget Netflix or Tesla, here are three companies Apple should really buy

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 06:00

Apple is sitting on a mountain of cash, and often uses this money to expand its business by acquiring others. Sometimes, it’s a consumer-facing product or service. Texture morphed into Apple News+. Workflow led to the Shortcuts app. Beats still makes headphones under its own brand, but the Beats music service essentially became Apple Music.

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TP-Link Kasa Smart KL-series Wi-Fi light bulb review: Three new smart bulbs offer mostly great results

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 06:00
This trio of smart bulbs offer a little light for any type of user.