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32% off Horizon Zero Dawn For PlayStation 4 - Deal Alert

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 09:42

How have machines dominated this world, and what is their purpose? What happened to the civilization here before? Scour every corner of a realm filled with ancient relics and mysterious buildings in order to uncover your past and unearth the many secrets of a forgotten land. Horizon Zero Dawn for the PS4 is discounted 32% right now on Amazon, so you can pick it up for just $39.88. See it on Amazon here.

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How you can improve web security in the way you browse, share links, and configure your own sites

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 07:00

The discussion and reporting on improving security and privacy of websites usually focuses on how a user can configure their account, since it’s assumed most people don’t have access to servers and settings that can make a difference. But I think there’s a fair amount individuals can do as well.

It’s a difference between what’s called in discussions of environmental pollution “point source” and “non-point source.” A point-source problem happens in one location and can be easier to solve. If a farm is using too many nitrates or has poor runoff control, it’s possible to fix that comprehensively and have a big win. But 10 million households putting excess fertilizer on their lawns that washes into water sources producing algae blooms is a lot harder.

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MartinLogan Unison review: This DTS Play-Fi and AirPlay preamp will stream anything—including your vinyl

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 06:00
The Unison will stream just about any audio source in your home—including hi-res audio—while correcting your room's acoustic anomalies with Anthem Room Correction.

Nanoleaf Aurora review: Forget smart light bulbs, light up the entire wall

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 06:00
This modular, wall-mountable LED system is giddily entertaining.

Prynt Pocket review: The ultimate party photo printer for your iPhone

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 06:00

iPhoneography may be fastest and easiest entrée into photography for most consumers, but it lacks one critical element: no instant prints. Sure, you can pass around your iPhone to show off pictures of the kids or your cat, or even rely one those cute portable printers. But those solutions are inherently inconvenient.

Prynt Pocket ($150, available on Amazon, a follow up to the tiny, lightweight Prynt Case aspires to be the modern-day Polaroid combo camera and printer, but with a twist.

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Apple updates MacBook Air with a speed bump

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 09:00

If you blinked you probably missed it during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote last Monday. The Cupertino-based company updated its lowest-priced laptop with a faster processor.

The MacBook Air now has a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, a bump up from the 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 that was released over two years ago. The MacBook Air’s processor is a 5th generation Broadwell chip, which is two generations older than the Kaby Lake processors in the new MacBook Pro and MacBook.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Plex offers live TV on iOS

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 08:00
Live TV on your iPad? Plex goes there.

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This week’s roundup features live TV, another new Zen app, beautiful games, and more. Read on!


Image by Plex

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Summer repeats: Rehashing the same old arguments

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 07:00

It’s not even summer yet but already we’re being subject to repeats. This time it’s repeat arguments about Apple.

Did you know that Apple products cost too much?!

Writing for Fast Company Design, Mark Wilson asks the already answered question, “Why Does Apple Think It Can Get Away With Selling Overpriced Stuff?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Joe Rosensteel.)


Just because it’s worked before doesn’t mean it can work today.

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The Week in Apple News and Rumors: iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, iMac Pro, HomePod, and more

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 06:00
Apple headlines for the week ending June 9, 2017

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference dominated the week. You can see all the announcements here. You can also check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the Read More link to get more information.

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The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA playoffs

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 17:51
How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

iPad Pro: How does the all-new 10.5-inch model compare to the 12.9-inch mega tablet?

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 17:40

New size, faster chips, and more storage—that’s just a little of what you can expect from Apple’s new iPad Pro lineup, unveiled during the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.

In addition to upgrading its 12.9-inch iPad Pro (which originally launched in 2015), Apple released a new 10.5-inch model that replaces the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (which launched in 2016). We spent some hands-on time with the latest iPad Pro after the WWDC keynote—you can read all about it and learn more about how augmented reality for iOS works over here. Here’s what you need to know about the refreshed models, including all the new features, upgrades, and specs.

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Puzzle Droids proves Candy Crush is better with a sweet Star Wars coating

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 13:30

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

With past games like Angry Birds: Star Wars and the Tiny Tower-based Tiny Death Star, we’ve seen the beloved sci-fi franchise merged with proven iOS game experiences—and the results were pretty positive in both of those cases. Star Wars: Puzzle Droids is the latest such amalgamation, and while it’s not legally Candy Crush Saga: Star Wars, that’s exactly what you get. 

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42% off Cable Organizer Electronics Accessories Travel Bag - Deal Alert

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:48

Do you have a ball of tangled up wires and adapters somewhere in the bottom of your bag? This Universal Electronics Accessories Travel Organizer provides a flexible organization solution for your electronics and computer accessories. It helps make you better organized with all the small items and gadgets.  Made of durable and weather-resistant nylon with well padded semi-flexible covers.  It's compact size of  8.8“ x W 6.1"allows it to easily stored in you laptop bag or backpack.  This travel organizers typical list price of $18.99 has been reduced 42% to just $10.98. See this deal on Amazon.

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24% off Resqme Keychain Car Escape Tool 2-Pack - Deal Alert

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 09:42

Made in the USA and originally developed for first responders, this 2-in-1 safety and survival tool is amazingly powerful despite its mini size. A fierce but safe spring loaded stainless steel spike allows the vehicle occupant to easily break side windows, and a carefully concealed stainless steel razor blade slices through a jammed seat belt to prevent vehicular entrapment. resqme is small enough to keep on your keychain, or clip it to your visor where it will always be at arm's reach. The resqme vehicle escape tool averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,600 reviewers (read reviews). The typical list price on a 2-pack is $19.95, but with this 24% discount you can pick them up for $15.25. See this deal on Amazon.

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5 things to do before giving an old iPhone or iPad to your kid

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 09:00

Like it or not, little kids love iPhones and iPads. They love to look at them, they love to tap and swipe the screen, they love playing iPhone games, and most of all, they love watching videos on them. (“Curious George” is my daughter’s favorite—for this week at least.)

Giving your little ones a hand-me-down iOS device is an easy way to satisfy their desire for a screen of their own—my kid is the proud owner of an iPhone 3GS and a third-generation iPad.

That said, you shouldn’t hand over your old iPhone or iPad without doing some kid-proofing first. Read on for five ways to prep an aging iPhone or iPad for your youngster, from wiping your data and setting up a child’s iCloud account to blocking web access and keeping her from racking up in-app charges on your credit card.

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10 basic iOS tricks every iPhone owner should know

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 08:00

From message stickers and 3D Touch to Live Photos and Apple Pay, iOS is stuffed with attention-getting features that grab headlines and demand rounds of applause at Apple keynotes. But some of iOS’s most useful features are, in fact, the oldest ones. They’re easily overlooked, particularly by new iPhone and iPad users.

Read on for 10 basic iOS features that every iPhone owner should know, like how to take a screenshot, the ability to long-press your way to draft Mail messages, a physical button that doubles as the Camera app’s shutter release, and more.

Take a screenshot

One of the oldest iOS features around also happens to be one of the most powerful: the ability to quickly snap a photo of whatever’s on your iPhone’s (or iPad’s) screen. It’s handy for everything from documenting buggy iOS apps to quickly sharing a text message thread with a friend.

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Hey, Apple Fixed This!

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 07:00

In this column, I point out things that Apple should fix in macOS, iOS, and in its services and hardware. But it's important to acknowledge the company when they do fix some of the more egregious problems that plague users.

Apple gave us an extensive look at the next versions of macOS and iOS at its recent Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, and a number of the new features it announced fix long-standing issues. I'd like to highlight a few issues that Apple has announced that they will be fixing in the next versions of macOS and iOS.

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How streaming TV services are coping with ISP data caps

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 06:00
Streaming TV services try to minimize the damage as Comcast and other internet service providers enforce data caps.

No need to reinvent the wheel with iOS 11

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 06:00

Way back in 2010, when the iPad first debuted, I called it the third revolution of computing. It was an opportunity to start fresh, without the 30 years of baggage of the personal computer—to build a new device that was simple and easy to use, the same thing the Mac tried to do back to the PC back in the '80s.

So it's more than a little amusing to me that, of the many features announced for the iPad in iOS 11 this week, the most welcome have ended up being the ones seemingly pulled from the very devices the iPad was trying to leave behind.

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