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Which Mac should you buy?

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 13:13

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac computer and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review by clicking the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.

MacBook Air

Models for sale were originally released July 2019.

What is it? The MacBook Air is Apple’s affordable line of laptops. Apple currently offers two 13-inch models.

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Apple’s Black Friday sale is likely just as 'good' as last year’s sale

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 09:16

Black Friday is mere days away, and if you’ve got your eye on some Apple gear for the holidays, there are tons of deals to be had on iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, and everything else Apple sells. And of course, Apple is getting in on the fun with a four-day "shopping event” that runs from Friday to Monday and promises “an Apple Store Gift Card of up to $200 on select products.”

While that might seem intriguing, I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything worth buying. For one, you won't be getting any actual price reductions on the things you want to buy. Instead, the discounts come in the form of a gift card that needs to be spent at the Apple Store, so you’ll need to buy something else.

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Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro review: Dual drivers deliver exceptional sound for a reasonable price

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 07:00

When I settle in for some quality headset time, a pair of wireless earbuds generally isn't the first thing I reach for. But Anker’s Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro earbuds are making me rethink my listening preferences.

Armed with a unique coaxial configuration of dynamic and balanced armature drivers, the Liberty 2 Pro earbuds give you the best of both worlds: finely detailed treble and deep yet controlled bass, not to mention an impressively wide soundstage. There’s also a HearID feature that generates a custom EQ preset tailored to your ears, aptX support for CD-like sound, and plenty of extra eartips and ear wings help to ensure a comfortable fit.

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Amazon Echo Show vs. Google Nest Hub Max: Which 10-inch smart display should you buy?

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 06:00
The two top smart displays from Amazon and Google go head-to-head.

16-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 8-core Core i9 (2019) review: The Mac laptop that gets it right

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 06:00

With the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the company set out to create a laptop that would satisfy user demand—and that's a little different way of doing things for Apple. Most users are used to Apple setting the tone and direction, and expecting users to just go with the flow. But it finally got to a breaking point, and users started to loudly complain about the things they didn’t like about the MacBook Pro.

So, Apple corrected course.

With the prior 15-inch model, there was always a “Yeah, but…” With the 16-inch MacBook Pro that replaces it, there are fewer chances for users to say, “Yeah, but….” The new laptop is a great combination of usability and performance, and it fixes the biggest issues with its predecessor.

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Austere VII Series surge protector review: Beautiful protection preciously priced

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 06:00
You can buy a great surge protector for less than $50, so what makes this one worth $200?

Best phone mounts and holders for cars

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 18:18
Keep your phone (and your GPS directions) in sight with these mounts.

How to use a mouse with your iPad or iPhone

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 17:12

A vocal number of heavy-duty iPad users have begged for mouse support on the iPad for years, and that support finally exists on iPadOS 13. A little surprisingly, iOS 13 also brings mouse support to the iPhone.

It’s not so surprising, though, that Apple chose to bury it deep within the iPhone and iPad’s Accessibility settings. And when you do hook up a mouse through a Bluetooth or wired connection, you’ll still have to deal with an ugly circular cursor that’s meant to mimic a human fingerprint and a few interface complications. We’re glad the feature’s here, but it doesn’t quite work the way we’d hoped. (It is, after all, designed as an Accessibility feature called "AssistiveTouch.")

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Apple Watch Series 3 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Even a two-year-old Apple Watch is hard to beat

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 14:21

The Fitbit Versa 2 was announced only a month ago and already its biggest competitor is trying to take it down. With the release of the Apple Watch Series 5, Apple cut the price of the Series 3 to $199, a near-30 percent drop over the prior year’s price. But more importantly, it means you can buy an Apple Watch for the same price as Fitbit’s latest smartwatch—99 cents less if you’re being technical.

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5 reasons to buy an Apple Watch Series 3 instead of Series 5 (and 3 reasons not to)

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 12:37

If you’re looking to buy a new Apple Watch you probably have eyes on the Series 5 that just landed. And as we noted in our review, if you buy one, you certainly won’t be disappointed. But what you might not realize is that Apple is also selling its least expensive watch ever alongside its flagship wearable. The price of the 38mm Series 3 Apple Watch was slashed to $199, half the price of the Series 5 and one of the lowest-priced smartwatches you're going to find oil either side of the aisle.

The question is, should you go all in on the top-of-the-line Apple Watch or save a bundle with the Series 3?

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Google starts the countdown clock on Cloud Print, gives users a year to find an alternative

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:56
Google is killing yet another beloved service: Cloud Print.

iPhone 11 vs Android’s best: An underdog does just enough to take down the champ

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 08:31
Apple pulled out all the stops with the iPhone 11, cutting the price and adding a second camera, but a small company that most people have never heard of is the 2019 champion.

Apple News+ stumbled because it’s the service most outside Apple’s control

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 08:00

Apple’s big push into services this year was doomed for disaster—at least if you considered Apple News+ representative of what was to come back in March. Many of the problems I hated back then remain central to the experience: the mishmash of PDFs with digital content, the hassle of searching for publications, and the lack of real reasons to give up many direct subscriptions to notable magazines. Seven months on, the best thing about it is that it’s a relatively cheap way to read The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. With services, Apple News+ suggested last spring, Apple was biting off more than the famous hardware maker could chew.

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Software bugs have become Apple’s greatest vulnerability

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 07:00

Reports of bugs have plagued many of Apple’s software releases this fall, from iOS 13 to iPadOS to macOS Catalina. Even the HomePod received an update that resulted in some of the smart speakers becoming unresponsive, causing Apple to temporarily pull the release while it fixed the problem.

Bugs, of course, are not the sole province of the folks from Cupertino, but this year has seemed particularly bad, especially when compared with the relatively stable release of iOS 12 in the fall of 2018. It’s led to many calls for Apple to rethink its software strategies and to spend more time squashing bugs than implementing new features.

This week, a report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple is taking steps in that direction, making changes to its software development practices that will help bring more stability to early builds of the software. But there’s more that could be done to help improve users’ experiences with Apple software, and internal changes are just one component.

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Sticker-Eye Wire-Free AI Smart Home Camera review: Wire free, subscription free, and hassle free

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 06:00
Sticker Eye eliminates many of the bothersome aspects of camera ownership without sacrificing the security.

Luke Roberts Model F Smart Pendant Lamp review: A pricey, high-end smart light with a bevy of configuration options

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 06:00
It’s Bluetooth-only, however, so you can’t integrate it into the rest of your smart home.

How to disable accounts on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you sold or gave away

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 06:00

It’s easy to wind up with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that’s barely working or appears dead. It may be tempting to give it away or sell it to someone who can use it for parts. However, you may be risking the safety of your or someone else’s private details and online accounts in so doing.

How to wipe the contents before passing on a device Try Find My IDG

Using the Find My app in iOS 13, you can remotely erase a device you used to own.

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

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 18:55

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.

Update 11/21/19: We’ve added a new category to our top picks: Best Fitbit for value, and we’ve granted the honor to the Fitbit Versa Lite. Read on to find out what makes this a particularly good fitness tracker for its price. Scroll to the bottom of this story to find links to all of our Fitbit reviews.

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Best smart sprinkler controller

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 12:13
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.

Apple may finally be getting serious about stopping iOS bugs before they reach our iPhones

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 10:27

It’s only taken 13 versions and countless bugs and updates for Apple to realize that its iOS development process is flawed. According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, that’s about to change.

Bloomberg reports that the changes were personally announced by software VP Craig Federighi at an iOS 14 “kickoff” meeting. While daily builds will reportedly proceed as planned, Apple will be implementing software flags that allow engineers and developers to turn individual features on and off. That will let Apple isolate features and changes that are particularly problematic so they can focus on or just plain dump them before a final candidate reaches the public.

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