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Report: Apple is adding its own daily ‘Top 100’ charts to Apple Music

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 16:12

According to Rolling Stone, Apple will push out a software update on Friday, September 7, that will add 116 new “top 100” charts to Apple Music. 

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Rolling Stone’s image showing the new Daily Top 100 in the Top Charts section.

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Get the high-end Apple Watch Series 3 ‘Edition’ for the best price we’ve seen to date

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 13:52

Apple is likely going to announce the new Apple Watch Series 4 models next Wednesday, so retailers are increasingly trying to clear out their stock of the old stuff. In the case of Best Buy, that means it’s knocking off as much as $300 off its premium editions of the Apple Watch Series 3Remove non-product link with both GPS and cellular—and yes, that includes “Edition” models with the high-end ceramic casing.

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This killer Samsung storage bundle pairs a 250GB T5 portable SSD with a 64GB memory card for $100

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:24

We highlight lots and lots of SSD deals here on PCWorld, but today's is more interesting than most. Amazon is pairing our favorite external performance drive, Samsung's T5 SSD, with a popular Evo Select memory card, so you can get storage for your PC and your phone for one super low price. That's a 250GB T5 and a 64GB memory card for $100Remove non-product link, the lowest price we've seen when buying these two items together. In fact, the price is so low, you're essentially getting a cheap T5 and a free memory card.

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Why you shouldn't rely on iCloud Drive as your only backup

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:00

Apple’s integration of iCloud into all its services and the availability of iCloud Drive makes it an attractive sync and storage option. You can use it to make sure your contacts and events are up to date across your Macs and iOS devices, and reachable via Your photos and videos automatically upload for backup, and your passwords and other secret data gets securely synchronized on all your hardware—in a way that even Apple can’t peer into. You can even offload files on your Desktop and in your Documents file if you start running out of storage in macOS.

But there’s a problem: Apple doesn’t offer any way to let you backup the data for which it has the only copy. And, in many cases, you may have a mix of information that could make it hard to restore, even if you have a full copy.

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Arlo Security Light review: These battery-powered, multi-colored LED lights are good companions for Arlo cameras

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:00
Arlo's motion-sensitive security lights complement Arlo security cameras, but they add another box inside the house.

Billie Jean in-ear headphone review: Audiophile performance on a mainstream budget

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:00
The partnership between Astell&Kern and Jerry Harvey Audio delivers an affordable winner.

For the love of Jobs, Apple, don’t call it the ‘iPhone XS’

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:00

Apple, I don’t think I’m being all that controversial when I say that the English-speaking tongue defaults to a certain sound when confronted with the letter “X.” I know you want us to think of it as a Roman numeral, but there is, after all, a reason why we don’t hear references to the Ten-Men, Professor Ten, or even Malcolm Ten. We love the sound. It’s trenchant. It’s even playfully ominous. The sound is partly what slips some scandal into “sex,” the bite when we speak of an ex, and it’s even a small part of the grandeur of Tyrannosaurus Rex. And now the rumor mill claims you want to dub the successor to the iPhone X the "iPhone XS"?

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What <em>not</em> to look for at the Sept. 12 Apple event

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:00

In the week before an Apple event, all is possibility. Could the company announce a new iPhone? Sure. What about a new Apple Watch? Seems likely. New Macs? Perhaps! What about a brand new version of the HomePod with built-in AirPort router capabilities? Ehhhhh, probably not.

Plenty of folks have already run down the announcements they expect to see next week, but let’s instead take this opportunity to highlight some things that Apple is reportedly working on but which probably won’t show up on stage. (And I’m not talking about far off products, like Augmented Reality headsets, the Apple Car, or the coming-in-2019 Mac Pro.) After all, there’s only so much the company can pack into a two-ish hour event: you’ve got to cut it off somewhere.

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Snag the 2018 15" MacBook Pro for $300 off

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 15:36

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro had a bit of a rough start thanks to the throttling controversy, but fortunately Apple quickly patched that up, allowing us all to enjoy its speedy processor and quieter keyboard with less guilt. And today, you can also enjoy a hefty $300 discount on the model over at B&HRemove non-product link.

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Best power banks of 2018: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 15:23
These USB battery packs from Anker, Mophie, Xiaomi, and others will keep your Android or Apple phone charged while you're on the go.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:17
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Amazon's new Fire HD 8 tablet sacrifices battery life for always-on Alexa

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:20
Amazon has unveiled its newest Fire HD 8 tablets, which are pretty much the same as the old ones with less battery life.

Logitech is selling its Apple Pencil alternative to everyone, but it comes at a price

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:07

The most interesting announcement at Apple’s Chicago education event this past spring wasn’t that the new iPad was picking up support for the Apple Pencil. It was that Apple had teamed up with Logitech to offer a cheaper version of its super-powered stylus for half the price.

And soon you’ll be able to buy one. Originally only available to students and teachers, the the Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil (seriously, that’s the name) is available for purchase today for the inflated price of $69Remove non-product link (40 percent higher than it charges for education customers), but won’t begin shipping until September 12. If that date sounds familiar, it’s because it just so happens to be the same date as the annual iPhone event.

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These Ring bundle discounts will save you big bucks on smart home security

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:49

Outdoor security cameras provide a line of defense for your home, and smart capabilities elevate that by adding control and peace-of-mind to your home security system. Today, one of the best on the market, Ring’s floodlight camera, is $314 for a two-pack from Home DepotRemove non-product link, a big drop from a list price of $448. And you’ll also get a free $50 Chime ProRemove non-product link Wi-Fi extender and speaker with your purchase.

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Brilliant Control review: Impressive blend of switch and smart home controller, but there’s room for improvement

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 08:00
Still using toggles to turn on the lights? Try this sleek touch panel instead.

How to remove your FileVault recovery key from iCloud

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 08:00

FileVault offers the fantastic option in macOS to encrypt your entire drive. With modern Macs, starting now several years ago, that whole-disk encryption allows nearly the same performance as with an unencrypted drive due to hardware-based accelerated cryptographic calculations.

To avoid losing your files forever if you forget your password or lose it from a stored location, macOS offers to either reveal to you a special Recovery Key that you have to make a record of, or—starting with Yosemite—lets you use iCloud to unlock your drive. (There’s a special Mavericks-only option that requires answering security questions; read this Apple support note for details, especially the footnote at the end.)

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The real loser: Despite the headlines, it’s not Apple

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 07:00

Looking at the clock, dear readers, The Macalope sees that it is once again Apple doom-thirty. Or is it a quarter past Apple going out of business? Whatever time you want to call it, the company has had it now for sure this time, that much is certain.

“Huawei Outselling iPhone.”

Oh, nooooooooo. Once again Apple has been bested by <del>Samsung</del> <del>Xiaomi</del> Huawei.

Well, let’s just, for fun, dig into these here numbers, shall we? You know, while we wait for the lights to go out in Cupertino.

Chinese electronics giant Huawei Technologies sold more handsets worldwide than Apple in the second quarter, marking the first quarter since the early days of the original iPhone that Apple hasn’t been among the No. 2 suppliers…

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Flat-panel antennas: What you get by spending more

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 06:00
How cheap flat-panel antennas on sites like Amazon compare to established brands.

Roost Smart Battery (2nd Generation) review: Well worth the extra money

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 03:00
The one-time higher price tag buys peace of mind when you’re away from home.

iRobot's Roomba i7+ is so smart it empties its own dirt bin

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 00:01
IRobot gave its newest Roomba robot vacuum cleaner extra smarts, so it learns and remembers your house for more efficient cleaning.