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Coral One review: This 2-in-1 robot vacuum promises more complete cleaning

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 06:00
Combining a self-propelled vacuum with a handheld unit yields a tool that can clean more than your floors.

iPhone XR benchmarks: Every bit as fast as the iPhone XS, with longer battery life

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 06:00

When we took a look at the iPhone XS and XS Max performance in September, we confirmed what we expected: They are not only the fastest iPhones ever made, but the fastest phones, period. Apple’s A12 Bionic just crushes every other phone processor.

Now that the iPhone XR is available, with the same A12 Bionic processor running at the same speeds, we expect it to deliver similar performance in a package that costs $250 less. And because it’s a big phone with a big (for Apple) battery, and a much lower-resolution 1792x828 pixel LCD display, it should deliver battery life that outpaces every other iPhone on the market.

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Abode home security starter kit (2018) review: This entry-level smart home hub continues to evolve

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 10:49
With Cue, Abode takes another step toward broadening the appeal of its security-focused smart home system.

Spotify is finally testing an Apple Watch companion app

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 15:21

Remember way back when Spotify announced it was working on an Apple Watch app? We don’t blame you if you don’t. It’s been more than a year and a half.

As users on Reddit discovered, though, the streaming giant has finally included a beta version of an Apple Watch companion app with its latest TestFlight release for iOS.

And, well, it’s minimal. At the moment it looks as though you can only control playback (and perform functions like shuffling songs in playlists) and you’ll need to keep your phone nearby for it to work.

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Today only, Amazon is selling the 12-inch MacBook for $400 off

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 13:49

So here’s an interesting deal. Only a few days after the announcement of the new MacBook Air, Amazon’s Woot service is selling certified Apple-refurbished units of the 256GB 12-inch MacBook for just $899.99 as one of its Deals of the Day. That’s down $400 from their normal price of $1,299 and it’s also down $300 from the retail price of the new MacBook Air.

You can buy one in space gray, silver, gold, or rose gold.

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Apple News will launch real-time election results section on November 6

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:56

The U.S. midterm elections on November 6 will be hotly contested and closely watched, with every news organization producing wall-to-wall coverage of results as they come in from across the country.

According to TechCrunch, Apple’s News app will be getting in on the action, too. The current “Midterm Elections” section will be replaced by “Election Night,” as will the "Digest" tab at the bottom of the app.

The section will feature live election results from the Associated Press (whose results are used by many large news organizations), and live infographics that update every minute. You’ll also be able to see a complete rundown for the House and Senate races.

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Amazon's 1-day Anker sale brings all-time low prices on chargers and cables

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 11:42

Whether we're on the go or in our beds, we can never have enough ways to keep our devices charged. And today's a great way to load up on more of them.Amazon is running an Anker sale that will save you at least 25 percentRemove non-product link on some of their most popular chargers, with many at all-time low prices. Here are our favorite deals:

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If we had to sacrifice Apple Pencil compatibility for a USB-C iPad, then so be it

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 07:00

Earlier this week Apple achieved a wonder: It made the iPad Pro exciting again. The new tablet is a USB-C-powered beast that plays nice with external gadgets without the need for dongles, and it comes with an updated, wirelessly charged Apple Pencil that checks off many of the boxes on our wishlist.

But it didn’t take long for the implications of this design shift to settle in. You can’t use the older Apple Pencil with the new iPad Pro, and you can’t use the new Pencil with the older models. It all looked too much like “Apple being Apple,” as some critics might say, as the Apple Pencil’s new design forces iPad Pro owners to buy a new version of a device they probably already bought within the last year or two.

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 06:00
Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to control the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. There are dozens to choose from; we’ll help you find the right one.

A first look at the new Ring Stick Up Cam Wired

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 06:00
Ring finally has an indoor home security camera in its smart home line-up, and TechHive got a chance to check it out.

4 Apple products and technologies that are running out of time

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 06:00

What is dead may never die, as the Ironborn of Game of Thrones are fond of saying. This week, Apple resurrected both the MacBook Air and the Mac mini at its event, proving that death is sometimes only a temporary state of affairs—at least where tech products are concerned.

But just as this week’s Apple event giveth, there’s also the suggestion that it might taketh away; some Apple products and technologies find themselves in limbo after the announcements of the week, meaning that the writing may perhaps be on the wall for them.

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Apple’s latest record quarter: Why Apple loves China but hates sales figures

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 20:30

It’s another record quarter as a part of a record fiscal year for Apple. The revenue was nearly $63 billion, the profit more than $14 billion, and for the year Apple generated $265 billion in revenue and nearly $60 billion in profit. It’s the company’s eighth straight quarter of revenue growth, and that growth has accelerated every one of those quarters. This is a healthy company; you couldn’t find a healthier one if you tried.

Yes, Apple’s stock is getting hit because its guidance—the amount of money it expects to make during the current quarter—is actually slightly below what Wall Street analysts were expecting. For the record, the revenue Apple has guided to—between $89 and $93 billion—would be the most revenue Apple has ever generated in a quarter, and somewhere between 1 and 5 percent growth. In other words, get ready for another record Apple quarter, because this one’s shaping up to be huge.

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Apple’s Q4 report shows increased revenues, but stocks fall following disappointing guidance

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 17:21

Apple on Thursday released its earnings report for the fourth quarter ending on September 30. Overall revenue reached $62.9 billion, marking a 20 percent boost from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share amounted to $2.41, marking a 41 percent increase.

International sales played a big role in this success story, as they were responsible for 61 percent of Apple’s revenue. This was a led by a 34 percent increase in revenue from Japan and by a 22 percent increase from the rest of east Asia.

While there was plenty of good news, Apple stock fell by 7.3 percent in after-hours trading. That’s enough to bring it below its famous $1 trillion valuation, particularly if it stays that way through the night.

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Here's Ring's new timeline feature

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:49
The timeline view makes it easier to find important video clips from your home security cameras.

How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:53

Updated 11/01/18:  The next limited Achievement will come on November 11 for Veteran’s Day. This is available in the U.S. only. 

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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Why the new Mac mini makes me concerned about the upcoming Mac Pro

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:00

Sandwiched between the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro during Apple’s “More in the Making” event was an update to the Mac mini, a computer most of us thought was dead. It’s not just that it had been more than four years since Apple last updated its mini PC, it had also been twice as long since it had anything resembling a redesign.

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How to stop selfie photos from appearing in iOS 12’s Selfies album

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 08:00

In iOS, any photo you take with the front-facing camera (some people call it the selfie cam) is automatically sorted into an album called Selfies. But what if you don't want photos taken with the selfie cam to appear in Selfies? (The Selfies album in iOS 12 is located in the Photos app, under a section called Media Types.)

There is a way to suppress images from appearing in the Selfies album or remove them without deleting them, though it takes some effort. You can't disable the album nor can you modify images within Photos in iOS to make this happen, but you can use a round-trip export: transfer the photos to your Mac, modify them, and then transfer the pictures back to your iPhone. When the photos are on your Mac, you modify the photo's metadata-the details about how a picture was taken.

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Hi-top fade: When your Apple judging is too obvious

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 07:00

Apple announces its quarterly results today so that means it’s time to get your shots in to try to drive the price of its stock down so you can buy it cheaper before people realize the company isn’t actually going out of business.

Seeking Alpha isn’t the only place where such stock shenanigans go on but they are here for it!

Author “Long Term Tips” wants you to know that “Apple's Foundation Is Crumbling.”

Apple started to fade after the death of their CEO.

It faded right up to a trillion dollar valuation. That’s a Kid ’n Play-style fade.

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Black Friday 2018: When the deals start, how to get the best prices on tech, and where to shop

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 06:36
Ready or not, holiday shopping season begins soon. Here's what you should know before you part with your cash during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Eve Room review: a smart air-quality monitor for Apple enthusiasts

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 06:00
This HomeKit-enabled accessory tracks indoor temperature, humidity, and volatile organic compounds over time.