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23% off LilGadgets Premium Children's Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with SharePort - Deal Alert

1 hour 10 min ago

These highly rated & multi-award winning Bluetooth headphones from LilGadgets are designed for kids. The Untangled Pro offers several fun color options, is durably constructed out of a high quality polycarbonate & stainless steel, and is covered with comfortable SoftTouch fabric. Fully charged, the Untangled Pro has a generous 12 hour battery life with 180 hours on standby. It features a 93db volume limiter for safe listening, and an integrated "SharePort" that lets multiple headphones connect and listen along. Each pair comes with a high quality microfiber travel pouch, a four foot premium nylon braided 3.5 millimeter audio cable with an inline microphone and a micro-USB charging cable. They are currently rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 1,700 people (84% rate 5/5 stars: read recent reviews). Its typical list price of $64.95 has been reduced 23% to $49.95. See them on Amazon.

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Google WiFi review: Mesh networking made easy

1 hour 54 min ago

Google delivers much more router than you’d expect for $129, but just one Google WiFi won’t be enough for most people. Unless you live in a studio apartment, you’ll want to avail yourself of two or three of these devices so you can deploy a mesh network. The master router and a single node probably would be adequate for the 2800-square-foot home we tested in, but adding a third node delivered a significant boost to the farthest corners of the house. Google encourages this approach by offering a substantial per-unit discount when you order a three-pack for $299.

Google WiFi is a dual-band router, of course, operating on both the 2.4 and 5GHz frequency bands. Google describes it as an “AC1200 2x2 Wave 2” device, which means it supports two spatial streams simultaneously, and that it delivers maximum theoretical throughput of 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5GHz band.

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Here's one reason why you shouldn’t use shared photo albums with Photos Family Sharing

2 hours 54 min ago

Yurick Vezina asks a seemingly reasonable question about deleting an iCloud shared album:

I’m the owner and I don’t have the option to remove or add subscribers nor to delete the album! All the current subscribers are part of my family in Family Sharing; I don’t have the option to remove them.

Apple documents this very, very poorly, like a lot of elements of Family Sharing, which is a method of pooling certain resources without sharing an Apple ID. Family Sharing has slightly improved since its introduction, but I have recommended against using it, as it has too few advantages and locks you into a set of irreversible choices with your accounts, media purchases, and app purchases. You can leave a family group, but you still wind up entangled.

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Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube will share terror content info

3 hours 47 min ago

Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google’s YouTube have agreed to share with one another identifying digital information of violent terror content that they find on their platforms.

When they remove “violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images” from their platforms, the companies will include in a shared industry database the hashes, or unique digital fingerprints, of the content.

Other participants can use the shared hashes to help identify matching content on their hosted consumer platforms, review against their respective policies and definitions, and remove the content when appropriate, according to a statement by the companies on Monday.

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Reasons: They’re why the iPhone doesn’t get equal treatment

4 hours 4 min ago

There’s always a reason to not give the iPhone a fair shake, if you look hard enough. Or, even if you don’t really.

Writing for the unbearable lightness of being that is Business Insider, Antonio Villas-Boas brings us “8 reasons Google’s Pixel is better than the iPhone.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nate Ardle.)

Of course, that isn’t the iPhone 7. No, no. Why would you think that?

You should also note that I’m comparing the Pixel XL experience with my iPhone 6s and not the iPhone 7 series.

Of course you are. Because reasons.

Not good reason, mind you, just reasons. Reasons we happened to have lying around. Reasons we found in an old gunny sack. Under a dead muskrat.

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Why iPhone 8 rumors keep pointing to OLED and wireless charging

4 hours 24 min ago

We have nine months before a new flagship iPhone, but there are a few things we already know. Or, at least we think we know.

Analysts are expecting a “revolutionary” new iPhone in 2017 to make up for declining sales and the lack of notable changes to the iPhone lineup. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is prototyping more than 10 iPhone models in order to deliver a truly innovative product next year. 

So in this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, Oscar highlights the biggest iPhone 8 rumors to have surfaced so far, including Apple switching to an OLED display, using an all-glass casing, and introducing wireless charging. Watch the video above to learn more about these “revolutionary” new features.

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How to get a word count with Microsoft Office for iPad

Mon, 2016-12-05 17:55

A reader asks: 

“How can I see the word count of a document when using Microsoft Office for iPad?”

In the Office for iPad app, open the document you want to see the word count for, and do the following:

  • Tap the “Review” tab in the Ribbon.
  • Tap the second icon from the left—it has three long lines, three short lines, and “123.”

Tapping this icon will reveal the number of pages, a word count, and the number of characters (with and without spaces).

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This tip was originally published on IDG Answers, a reader-powered help desk for answering tech questions.

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How to remove a previous owner’s Apple ID from a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Mon, 2016-12-05 17:25

A reader asks:

“I got a used iPod touch recently, and everything seems fine except that when I attempt to log into iTunes, the previous owner’s Apple ID pops-up and it requests a password. How can I get rid of this so that I can use my own Apple ID?”

Apple’s iOS devices—including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch lineups—use a security feature called Activation Lock that’s designed to keep anyone else from using your device in case it is lost or stolen. While this is a great anti-theft feature, it can make things very difficult if a device’s former owner is intentionally rehoming it.

If the Find my iPhone/Find my iPod feature was enabled—which is part of the Activation Lock process—Apple stores a device’s serial number along with the Apple ID in their database. Even after a clean restore, the device will register with Apple’s database and see the feature is enabled based on the serial number of the device. An Apple store can bypass this, but they are unlikely to do so unless you can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you own the device. Often, they’ll just turn you away and say they can’t do it.

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23% off iClever Backlight Bluetooth Folding Keyboard for Smartphone, PC, or Tablet - Deal Alert

Mon, 2016-12-05 15:07

This lightweight and super portable keyboard from iClever features a compact design with full standard-size keys, but folds down into ⅓ of the size. This model has a convenient backlight feature with red, blue, or green selectable at two brightness levels, so you can type in every environment from a dimly-lit classroom to a dark airplane cabin. Its Broadcom Bluetooth module has a generous operating range of 30 feet, and connects quickly with your devices when you simply unfold the keyboard. The iClever backlit folding keyboard averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon (read reviews) where its typical list price of $59.99 has been reduced 23% to $45.99. See it now on Amazon.

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Apple releases new betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.2, iOS 10.2, and watchOS 3.1.1

Mon, 2016-12-05 13:34

Developers on Monday were greeted with new iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.2, and watchOS 3.1.1 betas from Apple. Users in the public beta program are also able to install the new iOS and macOS Sierra betas.

Apple has been ramping up the beta development lately. Just last Friday, Apple released beta 5 of iOS 10.2. Four days before that, iOS beta 4 was released, as well as betas for macOS Sierra and watch OS.

The developer notes for the new betas state that the new software are maintenance updates.

Developers in Apple developer program and participants Apple Beta Software Program can install the updates now. If you are a user and are interested in the betas, you can join the Beta Software Program, but keep in mind that you’ll be using software isn’t finalized and could affect your Mac’s performance.

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Amazon's new Amazon Go convenience store will let you take what you want

Mon, 2016-12-05 12:27 is still figuring out how to use robots to fill store shelves, but it's about done with clerks. Next year, the company will open a convenience store in Seattle where shoppers can walk in, take what they want -- and leave.

The Amazon Go store is on the corner of 7th Avenue and Blanchard Street in Seattle, in the heart of Amazon's new campus development and a few blocks from the company's headquarters.

Amazon wants people to walk in to the store and then just walk out with what they want.

It's not giving the goods away, though.

To figure out who to charge, and how much, Amazon will identify shoppers by scanning QR codes on their phones as they walk in, and use sensors and computer vision technology to determine which items they take.

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67% off iClever BoostCube 40W 4-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug - Deal Alert

Mon, 2016-12-05 10:07

This 40W/8A 4-port output wall charger from iClever detects the charging capacity of each device, and provides the fastest possible charge of up to 2.4 amps per port, charging any four USB-enabled devices simultaneously. Its compact design features a foldable plug.  It contains multiple internal protection mechanisms to guarantee the safety of your device. iClever's BoostCube averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from nearly 1,000 people (read reviews). It's typical list price has beed reduced 67% to just $19.99. See it on Amazon.

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Now you can use Runkeeper without your iPhone thanks to Apple Watch Series 2 upgrade

Mon, 2016-12-05 09:51

The best reason to buy an Apple Watch Series 2 is so you can track workouts without carrying on iPhone. The watch’s native Workout app logs runs, swims, and bike rides with help from built-in GPS, but if you’ve been tracking exercise with a third-party app for years, switching is a pain. Runkeeper just updated its watch app with support for the Series 2 so you can log your runs, no iPhone required.

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Chrome 55 pushes Flash into the background

Mon, 2016-12-05 09:49

Chrome version 55 rolled out late last week and drove another nail in the coffin for Flash on the web. Google announced in August that Chrome 55 would default to HTML5 video instead of Flash, effectively blocking Adobe’s web plugin from running on most sites. The company has yet to confirm that Chrome 55 did in fact roll out defaulting to HTML5. We have asked Google for comment and will update this story should the company respond.

Part of the original plan, which actually reaches all the way back to May, was that Flash would be click-to-play on sites that were still exclusively using Flash, although a select number of sites would be “whitelisted” to use Chrome’s Flash functionality automatically. 

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The Week in iPhone and iPad Cases: Clear cases for the iPhone 7

Mon, 2016-12-05 08:00
New iOS cases of the week

Love showing off your jet black iPhone 7? This week’s roundup of new iPhone and iPad cases is full of see-through picks just for you. Plus, elegant leather folios for your iPad Pro. Read on!


The Clarity (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus; $20 MSRP, $9 on Amazon) features a shiny metallic bumper paired with a scratch-resistant clear back panel.

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Amazon Takes $80 off Fire Tablet and Tap When Bought Together, Today Only - Deal Alert

Mon, 2016-12-05 07:37

Today only, if you bundle together Amazon's Fire Tablet and Tap, you'll save $80 on the two. The bundle includes the Fire Tablet with 7" Display, Wi-Fi, and 16 GB of storage, and Amazon Tap, the Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker. With the Fire tablet from Amazon you can enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle e-books, apps and games. It features a rich 7" IPS display and 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Available in four colors. Amazon's portable Tap device uses the Alexa Voice Service when connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to play music, read the news, provide weather reports, automate your home, and even order a pizza. Provides up to 9 hours of playback and comes with a charging cradle. Bought separately right now you'd pay $199.98, but buy them together today and pay just $119.98 for both. See the discounted bundle on Amazon.

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Aukey 30000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0 review: Can fully charge a sleeping MacBook

Mon, 2016-12-05 07:00

The Aukey 30000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0 PB-T11 ($58 MSRP; $45 on Amazon) is the first very high-capacity battery with the right mix of size, weight, and features for laptop recharging. It’s only drawback is that it can’t recharge a Mac laptop unless it’s sleeping, because it lacks support for USB Power Delivery 2.0, which can pass through high wattages needed to charge a laptop while it’s in use.

Packing 30,000 milliampere hours (mAh) or 111 watt-hours (Wh), the Aukey showed in testing that it could deliver the equivalent of over 1.5 full charges for a 2016 12-inch MacBook or deliver more than a full charge to the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. My 2015 12-inch MacBook recharged at a rate between 7Wh and 8Wh per hour, which translates to a couple of hours of low-intensity, low-brightness use per each hour of charging.

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Apple's 'excited' about self-driving car potential

Mon, 2016-12-05 05:39

Apple has said in comments to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is “excited” about the potential use of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.

The company’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner wrote that Apple is “investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.”

Kenner did not say if the company would design or make self-driving vehicles or perhaps only license some of its machine learning software to car makers, reflecting Apple’s continued reticence on its plans for the automated vehicles market. The company could not be immediately reached for more information on its plans.

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How to create custom greeting cards in Photos for Mac

Mon, 2016-12-05 05:00

Photos for Mac makes it ridiculously fun to create custom greeting cards and yearly newsletters. As you may expect from any Apple product, the cards you create in Photos are extremely high quality and thus perfect for any occasion. Cards can be folded or flat—if you’ve got extra dough, you can opt for letterpress, wherein each letter and image is physically pressed into textured paper.

There’s no minimum order for cards, either.You can order one or 100. On the other hand, there aren’t any quantity discounts, but the cards do come beautifully packaged with matching envelopes.

Creating a card

To start a card project, corral a few photos (say, 5 to 20) into an album, and then click the + button in Photos’ toolbar. Choose Card and you see the Choose Card Format screen shown here, where you can pick a format.

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10 absurd gifts for the Apple fan you're not sure you like

Mon, 2016-12-05 04:52
Absurd gifts for Apple fans

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Buying a straightforward tech gift for your friends or family members is easy. There are a slew of affordable fitness trackers, laptop bags, and all the other gadgets and accessories your iPhone-addicted loved ones could ask for.

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