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Apple TV app is coming to LG’s webOS platform, will appear on 2020, 2019, and 2018 models

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 13:22

At the CES show last year, LG (along with other TV manufacturers) announced that many of its new TV models would support HomeKit and AirPlay 2. This year, the company is going much further. In a press release announcing its new 2020 TV models, LG announced that the Apple TV app is coming to the webOS smart TV platform.

That means customers who buy LG’s 2020 OLED or NanoCell TVs will have access to the Apple TV app, which has only been a part of Samsung’s smart TV platform until now (as well as streaming devices like Roku and Fire TV). What’s more, the release mentions that LG customers with 2018 and 2019 models will get an update to their webOS smart TV platform that includes the Apple TV app.

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Apple’s ‘The Morning Show’ didn’t win a Golden Globe but it’s still the best show on TV right now

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 11:45

Just like the iPod, the critics got it wrong. Apple might not have won the coveted best drama award for The Morning Show at the Golden Globes, but the first season was nothing less than one of the best I’ve ever seen, streaming or otherwise. That’s despite a barely-fresh Rotten Tomatoes score and some truly scathing reviews that nearly convinced me to write it off altogether.

Slate’s Inkoo Kang called it “a giant, faultlessly tasteful gift box filled mostly with packing peanuts.” Ian Thomas Malone labeled it “an elaborate disaster.” Even our own Leif Johnson wrote that the first few episodes had him “wanting to hit the snooze button.”

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LG says 'let's get small' at CES, shows a 48-inch OLED TV

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 11:30
If you're one of the many who don't want a massive TV dominating your space, but still want top-notch image quality, LG's new 48-inch OLED may be what you're looking for.

How to enable Reader View automatically for websites in mobile and desktop Safari

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 06:15

Many websites (including this one) have sidebars, overlays, autoplaying video, and other distractions—as well as text in a size you may find too small to read. Reader View is Safari’s way to override the parameters most sites have set to produce a simplified stream of text for which you can adjust the size.

You can enable Reader View easily enough:

  • In macOS, if Reader View is available, a paragraph icon appears at the far left of the Location Bar. Click it.

  • In iOS and iPadOS, a little A/big A icon appears at the far left of the location bar. Long press it to enable Reader View.


iOS’s Reader View button combines all the controls into one menu.

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Samsung ups its 8K UHD game at CES and extends its Frame and The Wall lineups, too

Sun, 01/05/2020 - 21:30
Samsung updates its 8K UHD, adds additional size options to its Frame and micro-LED 'The Wall' series, and improves the brains in its smart TVs.

The 20 best Mac games

Sun, 01/05/2020 - 14:00
Portal 2 ($9.99)

Image by Valve

Portal 2 may be the perfect game. It’s a puzzler at heart, but it injects those puzzles—which involve the best placement of the titular portals, which you create with a gun—into a masterful concoction of science fiction, memorable characters, and even a catchy song. It’s both memorable and challenging, and those challenges are designed in such a way that you feel triumphant when you finish.

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Vizio trumpets its move into the OLED TV market at CES

Sun, 01/05/2020 - 12:00
Vizio says it has improvements across its A/V product line for CES, but the company's first OLED TV is the really big news.

Relative unknown Konka jumps into the U.S. TV market with quantum dot and OLED models

Sun, 01/05/2020 - 08:00
A newcomer to the U.S., Konka is the fifth largest TV manufacturer in China.

‘Doomsday Vault’ impressions: A puzzler with an environmentalist message

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 19:30

Note: The Apple Arcade column is being rebooted to cover the newest releases from Apple’s subscription gaming service. (We were using the name before Apple’s Apple Arcade was a thing.) Whenever there’s a new game, the Apple Arcade column will cover some first impressions based on around an hour of gameplay.

This isn’t looking like such a chipper year, is it? If it weren’t bad enough that Australia is burning and that the Middle East is once again looking like a powder keg, Apple’s first game of 2020 kicks off with the words, “Earth’s climate has collapsed.” Oh, and it’s called Doomsday Vault. So much for escapism. Heck, so much for reading the room.

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In 2020, Apple is poised to push HomeKit forward

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 07:15

Technology has made its way into every nook and cranny of our lives over the past decade, and there’s no reason to think that trend’s about to stop now. As we roll into the ‘20s, Apple has positioned itself at the forefront of a bunch of different technological niches, but one place that it seems to be putting an especial amount of attention in the year ahead is smart home technology.

Apple’s no newbie to the market, of course. HomeKit, the company’s smart home framework, has been around since 2014, and though it was slow to take off, a few key changes have helped it become more popular as the years have gone on.

That said, there’s a lot of competition in the smart home arena, which can mean extra complications when the field is growing so fast: fragmentation, problems with interoperability, and so on. But, in a rare move for Apple, it seems as though the company is moving to combat those problems head working with others.

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2020 New Year’s resolutions for iPhone users

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 06:15

As each new year begins, it is tradition to take some time to reflect on our lives and our habits. We take stock of our lives, our behavior, and our habits, and we resolve to make some changes in the new year.

There’s no reason you shouldn’t resolve to eat better, quit smoking or vaping, get more exercise, keep your house cleaner, or whatever else you have on your list, but don’t leave out your iPhone! We spend hours a day with these little glass rectangles. They contain a stunning amount of information about our lives, and are increasingly an integral part of them. It only makes sense to make New Year’s resolutions that center around our iPhones.

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Best smart smoke detector to keep your home safe

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 17:14
Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don’t just sound the alarm, they also alert your smart phone and more.

The best Bluetooth earbuds: Reviews and buying advice

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 17:07

Bluetooth earbuds are the Goldilocks of the mobile audio world: not too fussy, not too expensive—juuuust right.

As Bluetooth earbuds don’t need to be plugged into a smartphone or tablet, you’ll have more freedom of movement untethered from your device, and needn’t worry about getting tangled up in the cord while you’re typing, working out at the gym, or grooving to music while making dinner.

Where corded earphones can only connect to one device at a time, Bluetooth devices can seamlessly switch between one audio source or another or even listen to multiple audio sources at the same time. Additionally, as the death knell sounds for audio jacks in mobile hardware, investing in a set of Bluetooth cans ensures you’ll be living a dongle-free, future-proof life for years to come.

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Best USB car chargers for your phone

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 17:06
We put a variety of USB car chargers to the test to find the best ones for keeping your smartphone powered on the go.

Best universal remote control

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:58
Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

Best high-resolution digital audio player: Which DAP reigns supreme?

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:51
We review hi-res audio players from Astell&Kern, Pioneer, Questyle, and more. Find out which shine above the others.

Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:48
Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

The best video baby monitors: Keep eyes—and ears—on your bundle of joy

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:47
Today's baby monitors are more capable—and more complex—than ever. Here's how to find the right one, so you and your baby can get some sleep.

Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice for Mac users

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:34

With the internet abuzz with privacy concerns and the potential changes coming to net neutrality, you’ve likely heard about virtual private networks, better known as VPNs. When used correctly, a VPN can greatly strengthen your online privacy, assist in keeping your personal information secure, and even spoof your location in the world—allowing you to access websites or services that would otherwise be off limits due to region-locking.

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Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:32
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.