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TVision by T-Mobile review: This streaming TV service shows promise, but it’s not what cord-cutters want today

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:00
If you don’t like making sacrifices in your TV entertainment choices, and it’s available where you live, TVision isn’t a bad deal. But subscribers should be prepared to feel like beta testers.

All the new ways iOS 13 protects your privacy

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:00

When iOS 13 launches this fall, our iPhones and iPads are going to get a huge upgrade. It’s packed with features and performance enhancements. And while things like Dark Mode and Siri enhancements are going to grab our attention, maybe the best features of iOS 13 are all the things Apple is doing to help protect our privacy.

Apple’s moved beyond just some sternly-worded updates to App Store policies. With iOS 13, privacy gets right up in your face. You’re going to be better-protected from apps and sites that try to suck up unneeded personal info or track you all over the web and the real world, and you’re going to get constant reminders about bad actors.

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Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 14:05

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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Blue's high-fidelity foldable microphone for laptops and Macbooks is 50% off

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:39

Most of us probably know Blue microphones for their longtime podcasting and gaming favorite, the Blue Yeti. But the brand has plenty of other options on offer, and today, one of its most unique, the foldable Blue Snowflake USB microphone, is on sale on Amazon for $30, down from a list price of $59. (It frequently sells for between $40 and $50.)

This compact microphone is great for use with laptops, as its folding nature makes it easy to take on the go. Even better, it transforms into its own stand, so you won’t need to carry around multiple pieces to capture your sound. The Snowflake even has a built-in clip to fit most laptop lids.

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Get lifetime access to over 1,000 tech training courses for $79

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:05

There comes a time in everyone’s career where we feel like we’ve hit a plateau, and we don’t see any way to advance our careers. If you refuse to learn new skills, you’ll never find fulfillment in your career. Luckily, Virtual Training Company has the courses you need to advance, and you can sign up for a lifetime subscription for $79.

Virtual Training Company offers an online library of over 1,000 courses in a variety of fields, whether it’s game development, IT, web development, and more, so you’re bound to find the right skills needed to progress in your career, or even make a lateral career shift.

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This "invisible" MacBook stand is only $20 today

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:05

If you spend the majority of your day working on a laptop, you need a stand to give you an optimal working stance. However, laptop stands can be quite cumbersome, and some are even bigger than most laptops! If you’re looking for a sleek, non-intrusive laptop stand, then the MOFT Invisible Laptop Stand is the perfect choice for $19.99.

Okay, the MOFT isn’t exactly invisible, but its slim, lightweight design and simple application make it so easy to forget that it’s even there. The MOFT uses a strong adhesive to attach to the bottom of your laptop, and its dual-angle folds provide two height settings that can support laptops up to 18 lbs and 15.6 inches wide. If you need to store your laptop, the MOFT folds to the thickness of a coin, so you can transport it without adding additional bulk to your bag.

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Reading between the lines of Apple's WWDC announcements

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:30

There’s only so much information one can digest in a single sitting. Even a week after Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference wrapped up, we’re still sifting through the details of the company’s announcements. And that’s before the deluge of users even installing the public beta.

But beyond just the features that Apple has included (or hasn’t) in the next versions of its software platforms, there’s also a lot to glean from these announcements about the company’s future plans. In some cases they’re obvious; in others, you just need to read between the lines a little bit. As I pored over Apple’s website, I noticed a few things that made me think about what the folks in Cupertino might have in store.

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Why Apple should follow Google's lead and 'leak' the iPhone 11 design early

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:00

It’s only June but already the fall smartphone wars are heating up. Apple last week unveiled iOS 13 and with it many of the new features that will grace the next iPhone, and now Google has one-upped the hype machine with an unprecedented reveal of the Pixel 4 months ahead of its presumed launch.

And why not? We all know the Pixel 4 is coming in October, and after YouTube creator Unbox Therapy got his hands on a metal model of new phone and seemingly spilled all the details about the new dual camera and design, it was just a matter of counting the days. So rather than let it play out with rumors and speculation for months like it did with the Pixel 3, Google went ahead and took control the narrative.

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Apple Pencil: All the changes coming in iPadOS 13

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 16:54

Apple didn’t announce any new versions of the Apple Pencil hardware at this year’s WWDC, but it did announce some substantial improvements to how we’ll use it. The stylish stylus only took up a few minutes of Apple’s iPadOS presentation, but those moments were enough to demonstrate that Apple’s transforming it into more of a necessity than a novelty.

Apple is taking care to show that the Pencil isn’t just a tool for artists. Indeed, the WWDC presentation spent more time showing how we might use it in an office environment—in other words, more like a pen and legal pad. Here’s what you can expect when iPadOS drops later in the year.

Better latency, better writing experience

The Apple Pencil already has a very good latency of 20ms, but iPadOS will push that all the way down to 9ms. That means the iPad will do a better job of interpreting your subtle movements while handling the Pencil, which in turn should translate into a writing experience that better resembles writing with a pen. The differences will likely be subtle, but even subtle differences can leave a big impact when it comes to writing.

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Amazon is selling the new iPad Air for the best prices we've seen so far

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 13:57

Head over to Amazon today, and you’ll find a heavy discount on the new iPad Air. The online retailer is selling both the cellular and Wi-Fi-only models for anywhere from $30 to $40 off and that includes multiple configurations. If B&H Photo is more your speed, you’ll find many of the same deals over thereRemove non-product link as well.

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Amazon is running a monster sale on PNY storage devices at all-time-low prices

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:54
Amazon has discounted many of PNY's flash drives and SSD to all-time-low prices.

Do you need an antenna to cut the cord?

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 06:00
If you're cutting the cord to save money, this guide will help cord-cutters decide if they can save even more by not buying a TV antenna for local channels.

Fledging Shell Thunderbolt 3 review: Roll your own X5 with this fast, portable NVMe enclosure

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 06:00

There’s nothing like generic when it comes to saving money, be it prescription medicines or the Shell Thunderbolt 3. The Shell, a svelte $165 unpopulated (no drive) enclosure from Fledging offers about the same performance as Samsung’s X5, but for quite a bit less, depending on which M.2 NVMe SSD you install in it.

Design and features

The Shell Thunderbolt is considerably smaller than the Samsung X5: 3.75 inches long, by 1.85 inches wide, by a mere 0.4 inches thick. It’s rendered in solid metal which is better for shedding heat, a good thing. At least until you pick the Shell up after heavy use. It can run startlingly hot under heavy load.

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Malwarebytes Premium review: A fast, efficient security program with an unusual approach

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 06:00

Malwarebytes began life as a complement to antivirus suites. It was a backstop to catch and remove particularly troublesome malware that your primary security program couldn't. That all changed in December 2016 when the company announced its paid version, Malwarebytes Premium, was capable enough to be your primary security program. “With the launch of Malwarebytes 3.0, we are confident that you can finally replace your traditional antivirus,” the company said in a blog post.

Malwarebytes comes in two flavors. The first is the free version that is only capable of removing malware infections during a scan. Upgrade to Malwarebytes Premium at an annual cost of $40 for a single device or $60 for 10 devices, and it adds real-time protection, adware and unwanted program blocking, automatic updates, and scan scheduling.

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WWDC announcements with the widest impact, E3, iPhone USB-C rumor, and your hot takes

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 16:43

Now that the dust has settled in the wake of WWDC, we spent today’s show talking about which announcements from last week will end up leaving the biggest impact on ordinary users. We also chat a bit about E3, iMovie’s latest update, the Windows 10 iCloud app, and a dubious rumor about the Lightning port on the next iPhone. This is episode 655, featuring Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Michael Simon.

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Get a certified refurbished Roomba 860 for $270 instead of $600 new, today only

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:02

Robot vacuums take some of the headache out of every day life, cleaning your floor for you while making you feel like you’re living in the future. But they can also be pretty expensive. Today, though, you can get a certified refurbished iRobot Roomba 860 robotic vacuum for $270 on Amazon, down from a list price of $450. A new Roomba 860 will set you back $600.

This robot vacuum uses a three-stage cleaning system to clean up any floor type without needing a lot of maintenance. It also features Dirt Detect Series II to identify problem areas and give them a more concentrated clean. In addition, the Roomba comes with plenty of features to help you control when and where it cleans, including scheduling abilities, a Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier to keep the vacuum within certain boundaries, and Halo Mode, which keeps it away from specific items on the floor.

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Apple's iCloud app finally comes to the Windows Store, with OneDrive's syncing prowess

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:20
Apple's new app uses the Microsoft technology behind OneDrive's Files On-Demand.

Recover messages from a deleted mail account in Mail for macOS

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 08:00

Sometimes you make a rookie mistake, like shutting down a hosted email account before you—well, before I—download all the messages that are stored on the server and synced to my Macs and iOS devices via IMAP. I felt like a dope. I had already contacted the mail hosting company, which retains deleted accounts for seven days for just this reason, when I realized I should have a full backup cached on my iMac.

This Mac is always on and the Mail app is always running. The account I’d just deleted should be fully synced with the cached download in Mail, so long as I didn’t restart my Mac or even quit Mail. If you quit or restart, it’s hard to know exactly what cached content would be temporarily deleted by Mail or macOS.

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E3 2019: The best game and service announcements for Mac and iOS

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 06:30

We’ve now heard most of the big announcements coming out of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, and—as usual—the lion’s share of the attention went to games for consoles and Windows PCs.

But there’s a decent amount of love here for the iOS and Mac crowds, too, particularly from Bethesda Softworks and Square Enix. This year’s show also introduced us to xCloud—Microsoft’s Xbox-centered alternative to Google’s upcoming Stadia streaming service—as well as Bethesda’s new technology for making all these new streaming services run more efficiently. We didn’t see many truly new game announcements for Mac and iOS, but there are plenty of updates for existing games.

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Reolink Argus Eco review: This Plain Jane wireless outdoor security camera can run on solar power

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 06:00
Reolink delivers a home security camera with all the essential features at an affordable price and gives you the option of recharging the camera's battery with a solar panel.