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Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:32

Macs may be a far less tempting target for malware and viruses, but they’re not immune from attack. Even if you don’t care about adware or being used as a means to infect users on other platforms, it’s still possible to fall victim to ransomware, password theft, or stolen iPhone backups.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:30
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Best mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:27
Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We recommend mesh Wi-Fi routers for most people, and we’ll help you find just the right one for your needs.

Best smart sprinkler controller

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:26
Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

Best password managers: Reviews of the top products

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:22
The best password is one you probably can't easily remember—that's why a password manager is so crucial to your online security. We review LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper, 1Password, and others to find the best one for managing passwords.

Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:22

As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting the best Fitbit model for your needs, however, isn’t quite as simple.

The different Fitbit trackers have a lot of overlap in features, and so it’s not straightforward which one is the “best.” That’s where we come in. We’ve boiled down the options into simple picks that should match most people’s activity levels and styles.

Best Fitbit

As a hybrid smartwatch, the Fitbit Charge 3 offers the best features of fitness trackers and devices like the Apple Watch in a single, affordable device.

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Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:18
At-home DNA testing has rapidly become a popular way to learn more about your ethnic background and heritage. We took numerous different tests to evaluate and compare their services.

Best TV antennas for cord cutters 2020: Tested for real-world signal strength

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:17
Ready to cut the cord? You’ll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations for best indoor and outdoor TV antennas.

You can turn your iPad into a ‘laptop’ with Brydge’s trackpad keyboard

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 12:00

One complaint iPad power users have is that Apple’s Smart Keyboard doesn’t have a trackpad. That’s due to Apple’s insistence that the iPad isn’t a PC and shouldn’t be used as one—despite rudimentary mouse support baked into iPadOS 13—so Brydge is taking matters into its own hands…er, fingers.

The Brydge Pro+ keyboard is available in 11- and 12.9-inch models,  and while it looks just like the regular “Pro” model, it adds “an oversized trackpad that is optimized to make the most out of iPadOS’s Assistive Touch features.” Design-wise, it’s pretty much what you’d expect, as it features a rectangular trackpad centered below the space bar. We won’t know how pleasant or seamless functionality will be until we try it, but Brydge points out shortcuts for launching App Exposé, the Home Screen, and the Dock, all of which otherwise require keyboard shortcuts.

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How to restore delete files, photos, bookmarks, and more from iCloud

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 07:15

iCloud acts as a repository of some data and the conduit through which other passes. For certain categories, it also retains a backup of items you delete or update. Here’s how to restore data when you’re using iCloud sync or iCloud Drive across these services.

iCloud Photos

Delete photos and videos in Photos on any device and you’re prompted that the media will be deleted from all your devices linked to the account. However, the image or movie isn’t immediately tossed. Rather, it’s put in the Recently Deleted album, which is available from all your linked devices as well. (If you don’t use iCloud Photos, the album appears only on the device you deleted the image from.)

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Documents 7 review: Free iOS file manager puts Apple’s Files app to shame

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 06:15

It took Apple nearly a decade to bring proper file management to the iPhone and iPad with the arrival of the Files app in iOS 11. Over the same period of time, an enterprising third-party developer based in Odessa, Ukraine was busy refining its own file manager app, which outshines Apple’s in almost every conceivable way.

Documents 7 is the latest incarnation of the versatile iOS utility that started as clever web app ReaddleDocs, named for the up-and-coming startup who created it. The mobile equivalent of macOS Finder, this jack-of-all-trades allows iPhone and iPad owners to browse, view, and manage files with ease, all from an intuitive user interface that puts Apple’s own Files to shame.

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August View video doorbell review: Excellent image and audio quality, but missing some advanced features

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 06:00
This doorbell camera is the best choice for pairing with an August smart lock, but it's not the best choice in this category.

2020 iOS Predictions: iPad Pro and so many iPhones

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 08:15

All told, 2019 was a relatively quiet year for the iPhone and iPad. Apple brought back some old favorites to round out the iPad product line, and a new batch of incrementally improved iPhones was released in the fall, as anyone could have predicted.

But quiet years aren’t really quiet. They generally mean that at Apple Park, there are projects coming to fruition, only to be sprung on an unsuspecting public the next year. And so, once again, I present one man’s attempt to guess what projects will finally become products in 2020.

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How to free up iCloud storage space

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 07:30

When Apple introduced iCloud in 2011, it announced that every customer with an Apple ID would receive 5GB of iCloud storage space for free. You can add more storage: 50GB ($1 per month); 200GB ($3 per month); or 2TB ($10 per month). But if you’re not interested in ponying up extra cash for iCloud storage, that 5GB can quickly get tight.

That’s especially true if you use your iCloud storage allotment to back up your iOS devices. You may find that you’re unable to back up both an iPad and iPhone to iCloud, because you don’t have enough room. Does that mean you need to either pay for more storage or revert to old-fashioned iTunes backups?

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How to connect your iPhone or iPad to a secured Wi-Fi network without a password

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 06:15

It can be a drag to obtain and enter the Wi-Fi network password for an otherwise free and publicly available network—or even the network at a friend’s house or colleague’s place of work. With an iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 or later, you can avoid entering a password altogether if someone you know is nearby.

A whopping six conditions have to be met, which seems like a lot. However, each of these is straightforward:

  • Both devices must have iOS 11 or later or macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later installed.

  • You both must have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled.

  • The email address used for your Apple ID has to be in their Contacts list.

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Kleverness Smart Lighting review: This hub-based lighting system is unfinished and expensive

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 06:00
Smart light switches and dimmers are often superior to smart light bulbs, but the Kleverness system is most certainly not.

The decade in dumb: Looking back on the silliest of Apple commentary

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 08:30

Depending on who you talk to, the decade is either ending tonight or a year from now. The Macalope’s not going to weigh in on whether or not a decade runs from 0 to 9 or 1 to 10. This is a technology column, he doesn’t get into religion.

Regardless, a lot of people are looking back on the decade of Apple news and taking stock of what were the big events and products of the last ten years that are at least an elapsed decade whether or not they are a canonical decade.

Which, if The Macalope knows his terminology, is a decade that you can fire out of a cannon. Just checking his notes and… yes, it can be any cannon. Military, shirt, confetti, what have you.

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A decade of Apple: The most impactful moments of the past 10 years

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 07:15

As 2019 comes to a close, Apple is stronger than it’s ever been. Its market cap is well over a trillion dollars, services are in full swing, and all indications are that the holiday quarter will both set a new record and recover from last year’s stumble.

But the road to success wasn’t nearly as clear in the closing weeks of the 2000s. Yes, there were clear signs of the iPhone’s impending dominance, but the Apple we know today was quite different 10 years ago. Here are the top 10 moments that defined Apple’s decade.

The iPad is unveiled January 27, 2010

Apple entered several new categories over the past 10 years but none were more landscape-shaping as the iPad. An instant hit, the iPad took the iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen and super-sized it to 9.7 inches to make reading, watching movies, and surfing the web easier on the eyes. The iPad has spawned dozens of imitators, but no one has been able to nail it like the original iPad did.

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The 10 best iPhone and iPad games of 2019

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 06:15
Ordia ($2.99)

Image by Loju LTD

Ordia plays a lot like Angry Birds: Pull back on your avatar with your finger, and it fires off in the direction you aimed in. But that’s about where the similarities end. Here you’re a gloopy eye-like blob ascending through the primordial ooze, so you do your platforming vertically rather than horizontally. Along the way, you plop over to other gloopy blobs for support and calculate catapults over spikes, until at last you break through the surface at the end of the stage—and, perhaps, to the next stage of evolution.

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Fresh starts: Hey, cord-cutters! Stream a few of these movies to ring in the new year

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 06:00
These great movies celebrate the New Year, and they're all available for streaming.

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