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

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 03:00

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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Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 23:50
Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.

Amped Wireless Smart Strip review: Most effective when it's paired with an Amazon Echo or Google Home

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 23:45
You can control its three outlets and two USB ports independently, but its app has weak timer features and no scene-control functions.

Snag Apple’s AirPods for the lowest price we’ve ever seen

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:57

Apple’s AirPods are awesome, and today you can get them (and many other products) for 15 percent off today at Rakuten. Just enter the code SAVE15 when you check out with a free Rakuten account, and you can walk away with the popular Bluetooth true wireless earbuds for just $127.50Remove non-product link (down from $159).

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4 reasons why USB-C would be awesome on the iPad Pro (and 4 reasons why it won't)

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:33

With just hours to go until Apple’s Gather Round event, notable Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo dropped a juicy rumor on Monday that threw us for a loop. According to the analyst, Apple will changing the port on the new iPad Pro from Lightning to USB-C.

That’s major. We already expect the new iPads to get a significant redesign with super-slim bezels, no home button, Face ID, and no headphone jack, but this rumor leapfrogs them all. Switching to USB-C as the main I/O port on the iPad would be a monumental change for the tablet and would surely cause lots of feelings among fans. Here's why the reactions will likely be split right down the middle:

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Save big on our favorite internal and external SSDs: Samsung 860 EVO and SanDisk Extreme Portable

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:19
Amazon and Newegg have some great deals on the Samsung 860 EVO and SanDisk Extreme Portable SSDs.

How to use the augmented reality Measure app in iOS 12

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 09:00

With the introduction of ARKit in iOS 11, Apple put a stake in the ground in the mobile Augmented Reality race. Some of the best early AR apps used your phone to measure linear distances—a digital tape measure, if you will. 

With iOS 12, Apple is expanding it’s Augmented Reality capabilities with ARKit 2, and has built-in a new utility app called Measure to show what Augmented Reality can do. It’s a simple app that reliably measures linear distances, and obsoletes some of those early, simple AR measuring apps.

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How to consolidate media from old apps into a single Photos library

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 08:00

If you’ve used previous tools such as iPhoto and Aperture for managing your photos and videos, you can wind up with many libraries and miscellaneous files, and be unsure whether you have a definitive set of photos that’s not full of wasteful overlaps.

That’s the case for Macworld reader John, who has libraries across several software programs and piles of backups to boot. He’d like to consolidate everything in one place and de-duplicate, so he has an authoritative set. He wonders if he’ll wind up needing a huge drive to manage all this, too. (Probably!)

Apple offers no real help with this, except recognizing duplicates of certain kinds when importing images from another source. You need to turn to third parties for help. My best recommendation here is PowerPhotos from Fat Cat Software, a unique app that contains a lot of tools you might have hoped Apple would have built into Photos by now, including library merging and de-duplication of media. It’s $30 and it’s worth every penny.

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Watch this: A look back at Apple Watch commentary

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 07:00

On the eve of the presumed announcement of the fourth generation of Apple Watch, The Macalope thought it would be educational to look back at what people said about Apple’s most prominent entrant into the category that people literally said the company would go out of business if it didn’t compete in.

OK, he thought it would be funny to look back at what was said. But, then, isn’t laughter the best educator? Oh, wait, it’s the best medicine. Frankly, the horny one thinks that’s penicillin but, still, who doesn’t like to laugh?

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Honeywell Home Smart Home Security Starter Kit review: Is this super-simple security system worth the big bucks?

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:00
With no professional monitoring option and a sky-high price tag, this alarm system won’t be for everyone.

Hisense H9E Plus 4K UHD TV review: Smooth action and good color, but it's not overly bright

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:00
The H9E Plus is the most affordable 120Hz TV we've seen, and the extra 60Hz do make for about the smoothest motion in its class. But HDR still doesn't pop as with some similarly-priced models.

How to watch the Apple ‘Gather round’ event on Wednesday, Sept. 12

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:00

Apple’s annual September event is probably the most anticipated one by devoted Apple users. (Yes, even more that Apple’s WWDC keynote in the summer.) The event isn’t open to the public, but you can still watch it on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or even on a Windows PC. Here’s how.

The “Gather round” Apple event starts at 10 a.m Pacific time on September 12.

Watch on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can watch the event on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using Safari. According to Apple, your device needs to run iOS 10 or later. You’ll need to navigate to Apple’s events website, which is located at https://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2018/.

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iPad 2018 rumors: Goodbye Lightning, hello USB-C?

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:09

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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Amazon is selling the awesome Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $160, its lowest price ever

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:33

Video doorbells are a vital piece of a secure smart home, and right now one of favorites is at an all-time low. Amazon is selling the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $160 todayRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $199.

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How to transfer music between two iOS devices

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 08:00

File transfers between iOS devices typically rely on iCloud, which can be inefficient if all you have are iOS devices and no desktop to act as a conduit.

Macworld reader Patty wrote in with one such quandary. She has a bunch of music files on her work iPad, but she’s leaving that job and returning it. Patty wants to transfer that music to her personal iPad, but doesn’t own a computer. What to do?

The only way I can think of to transfer without a desktop system in sight is to use iTunes Match, which is $25 for a one-year subscription. Even then, this won’t work without a Mac or Windows copy of iTunes in the mix, but I’ll tell you why in a moment.

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Mofuu Portable Charger for Apple Watch: Watch charger made with portability in mind

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 07:00

When I got the Mofuu Portable Charger for Apple Watch, the timing couldn’t be better. I have an original Apple Watch, and it’s over three years old. As you’d expect, the battery doesn’t last as long as it used to. I need to charge the watch during the day, and I try to do so when I know I’ll be sitting at my computer for a while.

The watch includes Apple’s Magnetic Charging CableRemove non-product link, and I could buy another one to stash in my backpack, but I think Mofuu’s charger is a better product to carry. Its magnetic charging base is embedded in a plastic case that also serves as a cable holder. The cable itself is three inches, and you can wrap the cable around the case and tuck the USB-A connector into a slot.

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VAVA Home Cam review: This crowd-funded camera delivers solid security

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 06:00
Customizable motion detection and a 12-month rechargeable battery are this indoor/outdoor camera's strengths.

5 fantastic Fitbit features I hope to see in the Apple Watch Series 4

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 06:00

We still have a couple more days to go until we get our first official look at the new Apple Watch Series 4, but we already have a pretty good picture of the new device. For the first time, Apple will reportedly be tweaking the design of its iconic wearable, extending the screen closer to the edges and slimming it down few millimeters while still keeping the same overall size and shape.

But there’s still plenty we don’t know about the Series 4 Apple Watch. Aside from how it looks on the outside, we can be assured that the new watch will have a slew of new tricks on the inside that take it to the next level. And I hope some of them are features we’ve seen before—on a Fitbit. Over the past 12 months Fitbit has proven that it’s a worthy competitor to Apple Watch’s dominance, with the Ionic, Versa, and upcoming Charge 3 all bringing features that you won’t find on any other smartwatch. Here are five that I’d like to see Apple borrow for it’s new watch:

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Same time next year: Samsung’s annual winning

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 07:00

If there’s an Apple event next week then it must be that time of year again, the time of year when we hear how badly Samsung is going to kill the upcoming iPhones.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and used monkeyshines and shenanigans outlet, “Samsung’s Powerful Galaxy S10 Will Defeat Apple’s Shiny New iPhones.” (Tip o’ the antlers to SamT.)

The Macalope is so old he still uses that joke where he says he’s so old he remembers something that happened not that long ago, in this case less than a year ago. There’s no way that joke construction is funny anymore. He’s been using it for maybe eight years. Probably time to retire it. Anyway, that something is when pundits said the Galaxy S9 was big trouble for Apple.

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