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NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2018 pro football season

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 15:32
Whether you've cut the cord or are sticking with cable, our guide will show you all the ways you can watch America's favorite sport on TV, including Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone.

Apple iPhone 8 Logic Board Replacement Program FAQ: Everything you need to know

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 10:38

While the rest of the internet was busy dissecting the iPhone event invitation and digesting the unprecedented leaked official renders, Apple quietly launched a new repair program for the soon-to-be-outdated iPhone 8. Apple has apparently determined that “a very small percentage of iPhone 8 devices contain logic boards with a manufacturing defect.” Here’s everything you need to know about getting your phone fixed:

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Save Apple, win big prizes: Trying to understand Apple’s plan

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 07:00

A great way to perpetually criticize Apple, it turns out, is to perpetually misunderstand the company’s business tactics. That way as the company blithely goes about making more and more money, you can complain that they’re doing it all wrong forever.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and Monkeytown-Bananaville Board of Tourism, Ewan Spence says — and here the Macalope is legally required to advise you to swallow any liquids in your mouth before reading further as he and Macworld are not legally liable for any screen or keyboard damage incurred by uncontrollable spit-takes — the “iPhone X Plus Mission To Save Apple Will Fail.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter, Nick, Chris, Michael and Daniel.)

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Best media streaming devices

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 15:32
Which streaming box is best for cord cutters? And what's the skinny on streaming sticks? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Just say no to Apple Car: Apple hasn't shown us that it's ready

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 15:00

On Thursday, the invitations for Apple’s September iPhone event at last went out, accompanied by the bird-eye outline of Apple Park and the words “Gather round.” The speculation as to what it could mean runs from the plausible to the absurd. Some folks, though, realized it looked a bit like a wheel; a racetrack. Is Apple hinting that it might be ready to show off the long-rumored Apple Car?

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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 14:35
A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

This do-everything Bluetooth USB car charger is down to an all-time low at Amazon

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 11:32

Car chargers are usually functional and necessary, but boring. This is not the case with VicTsing's V4.1 Bluetooth in-car FM Transmitter, which does a whole lot more than fill up your phone while you drive. It's normally $30, which is on the high side for a car charger, but today it's down to $14.49, an all-time low if you apply the coupon in the Amazon listingRemove non-product link.

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This massive Philips Hue sale at Amazon gets you 20% off nearly everything

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 09:45

If you’re looking to outfit your home with smart lighting, you have a lot of options. But none are better than the original Philips Hue, which is why we’ve picked them as our favorite color and white bulbs. That greatness usually comes at a steep price, but today Amazon is running a killer sale on everything HueRemove non-product link, with many bulbs, lights, and kits down to all-time low prices.

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10 things Apple could be trying to tell us with the iPhone 'Gather round' invitation

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 07:00

In case you missed it, Apple has sent out its annual iPhone event invitation, and as predicted by just about everyone, it’s set to take place on September 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater at the new Apple Park campus.

But while the date isn’t so interesting, the rest of the invitation is. Set against a black background, it features a gold circle with the phrase “Gather round”—as in “Gather ‘round y’all, we got some some new iPhones to show ya!” But aside from that more literal meaning, Apple could be referring to any number of things with its crypto-vite. Here are our best guesses.

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20 great movies you can stream this weekend to cope with your end-of-summer blues

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 06:00
Celebrate Labor Day and make summer last just a little bit longer.

Reading the tea leaves: Technologies Apple might be interested in

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 06:00

It’s a good thing I’m a tea drinker, because we here in the Apple pundit business spend an awful lot of time trying to read the company’s tea leaves. At best, we can glean only the slightest of indications of what Apple might have in store; the company rarely makes public-facing moves, preferring to keep its cards close to its chest. 

In recent months, however, the company’s actually done a few things that could hint at some of its areas of interest over the next few years. Let’s take a quick look at those decisions and what they might mean for the future of Apple’s product lines—both the ones it has today, as well as the ones it might have tomorrow.

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Leaked images show two iPhone XS models and Apple Watch Series 4

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 15:47

9to5Mac has a pair of scoops today that claim to show actual legit Apple images, mistakenly leaked (or made available to those who know where to look), of the upcoming OLED iPhones and the Apple Watch Series 4.

9to5Mac say it can “report with certainty that iPhone XS will be the name” (probably from the metadata or the way the images were found). It is their belief that the large and small version will be called the iPhone XS—we don’t know what the 6.1-inch LCD model will be called. Get your “iPhone excess” jokes ready.


9to5Mac got ahold of what it says is Apple’s own image of the iPhone XS.

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Netgear Orbi Voice is a hybrid mesh Wi-Fi access point and Alexa-powered smart speaker

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 15:00
Harman Kardon collarborated with Netgear to design the speaker portion of the new Orbi satellite, which was announced today at IFA in Berlin.

Nike is offering 20 percent off all its Apple Watch Series 3 models

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:57

True, the Apple Watch is many different things to many different people, but first and foremost it’s a fitness tracker. Apple itself tries to conceal that behind Hermès luxury bands, but Nike (as you might expect) embraces it with bands and watch faces that are all its own. And if you, too, share that call-a-spade-a-spade vision, you can take 20 percent off every Nike+ Apple Watch Series 3Remove non-product link by using the code APPLE20 at checkout.

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What to expect from Apple’s September event

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:00

For the last several years, Apple has held an event on the second Tuesday or Wednesday of September to announce the new iPhone. This year is no exception; invitations have now been sent to the media for an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on September 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

What will Apple announce? With a company as secretive as Apple, nobody ever really knows for sure. But the rumor mill has been buzzing for months, and we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Here’s a brief summary of what you can probably look forward to in on that Wednesday.

Three new iPhones

Top of the list will be a trio of iPhones. We can expect a 5.8-inch iPhone nearly identical in design and size to the current iPhone X, along with a larger 6.5-inch “Plus” model. If the rumors are right, the 5.8-inch model will cost between $800 and $900, coming down from the $1,000 iPhone X starting price. The 6.5-inch Plus model will fill in the $900 to $1,000 range (it will probably be $100 to 150 more than the 5.8-inch one).

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Apple announces ‘Gather round’ event for September 12

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:59

Apple on Thursday sent invitations to select members of the media and special guests for an event on September 12. The invitation features a circular symbol labeled, “Gather round” and notes that the event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater, which is located on the new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.


The invitation does not say anything about what will be announced at the event, but based on Apple’s history, the star attraction will probably be new iPhones. There’s been plenty of speculation as to Apple’s plans for the iPhone, with the most prevalent rumor being that Apple will release three new versions: two OLED-based iPhones, one with a 6.5-inch screen and another with a 5.8-inch display; and a 6.1-inch LED model that’s at a lower price point than the OLED phones. Here’s a roundup of iPhone rumors.

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The fantastic TP-Link Kasa home security cam just hit an all-time low on Amazon

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:03

Home security cameras can provide peace-of-mind even when you're away from home, and the TP-Link Kasa Cam is no exception. We love this camera, andtoday you can snag one for by far the lowest price we've ever seen it: $74.25, down from a list price of $110Remove non-product link.

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Garmin Vivosmart 4 vs. Fitbit Charge 3: Design, specs, smarts, and more

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:53

Garmin isn’t about to let Fitbit snatch up all of the holiday fitness sales without a fight. At IFA in Berlin Thursday, Garmin unveiled the Vivosmart 4, which builds on the new design Garmin introduced with last year’s model while also giving it some new smarts and sensors you wouldn’t normally find on a $129 fitness tracker. Here's how the two devices stack up:

Garmin Vivosmart 4 vs. Fitbit Charge 3: Design and display

Both the Vivosmart 4 and Charge 3 have vertical screens and buttonless bracelet designs, and both are made to have appeal beyond athletes. Last year’s Vivosmart 3 emphasized fitness over fashion, but the fourth-generation model is much sleeker, with a metal frame around the screen and a slimmer design. Size-wise, the two devices are similar, though the Vivosmart is definitely smaller:

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By way of comparison: Apple scared, Samsung innovative

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 09:00

No matter how well Apple does, you can always be sure that someone will write about how everything is coming up Samsung.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and halfway house for the criminally irony-deficient, Ewan Spence says the “New iPhone X Leak Reveals A Trapped And Scared Apple.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Michael Simon, Bill and David.)

Uh… OK, just for clarification, we’re talking about the same Apple that’s worth a trillion dollars, right? Just… uh… because… well.

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The problems with older Apple displays and Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pros

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 08:00

I sometimes forget how many working Apple displays of all vintages remain out in the world. What reminds me is the regular email from Macworld readers asking about connecting them up to the Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro laptops that Apple started shipping in late 2016.

Today’s question is about power, but because we receive so many queries, I want to review the overall legacy display issues for everyone, before digging into that specific answer.

The current series of MacBook Pros offer super-high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connections over the USB-C plug standard, and can work with a variety of monitors that support DisplayPort, a now long-running video display protocol, via direct USB-C connections and through adapters.

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