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55% off Akface Smart Wifi Power Plug - Deal Alert

Wed, 2016-08-24 14:14

This smart plug from Akface allows you to remotely turn appliances and electronics on or off from anywhere in the world. Perfect for household appliances, lamps, window a/c units, and more. After connecting this plug to your house's wifi, you can easily control on/off, program the plug to follow an on/off schedule, and more. Currently averaging 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon (read reviews), the typical list price of $50.99 has been reduced 55% to $22.89

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iFixit report claims 'Touch Disease' plagues iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units with touchscreen bug

Wed, 2016-08-24 13:30

Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are almost two years old, and their age is starting to show.

According to iFixit, a manufacturing defect is affecting a growing number of iPhone 6 Plus devices, and some iPhone 6 units. The defect creates an unresponsive touchscreen and shows a flickering grey bar at the top of the display. Eventually, the touchscreen stops working entirely.

Repair experts were the first to point out the the defect, dubbed “Touch Disease,” but have yet to find what causes the bug. It could be simply linked to everyday wear-and-tear, which means that “millions” of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices could be potentially vulnerable, according to iFixit.

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Putting your home on the market? Coldwell Banker says smart-home tech will deliver a faster sale

Wed, 2016-08-24 13:27
The real-estate company has a DIY staging kit that will quickly transform an ordinary home into a smart home to impress potential buyers. But the deal isn't limited to home-sellers.

71% off Venstar Bicycle Waterproof Sport Bluetooth Speaker with Remote Control - Deal Alert

Wed, 2016-08-24 12:09

The Venstar Waterproof Sport Bluetooth Speaker has been designed for bicycling and outdoor sports. Enjoy music when you are riding on road or climbing a mountain.  Excellent TPU material provides shockproof capability. The companion remote conrtol allows you to control the volume, skip to the next track or answer a call at the press of a button.  This bicycle speaker currently receives 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon (read reviews). Amazon indicates that it's typical list price of $159.99 has been reduced 71% to $45.99.

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24% off Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones - Apple devices, Power Red - Deal Alert

Wed, 2016-08-24 10:24

Bose Sound Sport in-ear headphones deliver deep, clear sound for the music you love, with a durable design that stands up to the rigors of your day. Exclusive TriPort technology provides crisp highs and natural-sounding lows, while acoustic ports are positioned to resist sweat and weather, and hydrophobic cloth keeps moisture out. Proprietary Stay Hear tips conform to your ears' shape, so they stay comfortably in place all day long.  The Bose Soundpsort earbuds  currently averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 1,200+ people (read reviews) and  the Power Red model is currently discounted on Amazon from its its list price of $129.95 has been reduced to $99.

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Microsoft's Word Flow iOS keyboard adds Gboard-style GIFs, emoji, and web search

Wed, 2016-08-24 09:01

Microsoft only introduced its iPhone keyboard—Word Flow for iPhone—in April and the company is already moving to version 2.0. The latest update from the Microsoft Garage project, which launched on Tuesday, adds some new search features that appear to be a direct response to Google’s Gboard that rolled out in mid-May.

Word Flow’s new GIF search.

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33% off ThermoPro TP07 Remote Wireless Digital Cooking Thermometer - Deal Alert

Wed, 2016-08-24 08:14

The TP-07 Digital Wireless Thermometer is a perfect choice to accurately monitor your meat remotely. Stop going back and forth from indoors to outdoors to check up on your meat, and instead monitor it from 300 feet away! Does your recipe call for your meat to be at a specific temperature? Not to worry, this unit allows you to set your desired temperature, so you're enjoying the meat the way you prefer. If you're new to cooking or unsure of meat temperatures, don't worry our system includes programmed USDA approved temperatures for all kinds of meats at different doneness levels.  This device averages 4.5 out of 5 stars (read reviews). Its typical list price of $45.99 has been reduced by 33% to $30.59.  See the discounted ThermoPro Digital Wireless Thermometer now on Amazon.

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The Week in Mac Accessories: Lock it up!

Wed, 2016-08-24 08:00
Rock out with your lock out

This week’s roundup includes several new ways to make sure your laptop doesn’t end up in a stranger’s hands. Read on!

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Paragon Hard Disk Manager review: Total control of your Mac’s storage devices

Wed, 2016-08-24 06:04

For many Mac owners, the built-in Disk Utility is all they’ll ever need. After all, Apple’s software handles the basic task of formatting HFS+, FAT32, and exFAT volumes and partitions, along with the occasional need for one-click verification and repair of native OS X disks. (And with macOS Sierra, the RAID tools make a return.)

However, there are plenty of valid reasons for wanting to do more with your drives, and not all are exclusive to technically inclined users. A few examples would be optimizing OS X, Windows, and Linux file systems, performing a secure wipe, or backing up data in a more effective manner than Time Machine.

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Disable third-party cookies as a hedge against a new browser-based attack

Wed, 2016-08-24 05:59

Browser cookies were always a compromise. Surfing at its start decades ago was stateless: there was no connection between retrieving one page and the next. A cookie allowed a server (among other possibilities) to send a token that the browser could accept and then pass back with each subsequent request, allowing the server to create a session during which it could remember a browser. The compromise was that the continuity added by cookies also has the potential to cause privacy leaks.

A new attack on your privacy leverages browsers’ ability to allow third-party cookies, ones that aren’t delivered by the site you’re visiting, but used by scripts or content delivered from other sites. Third-party cookies most commonly get used by advertising technology that serves up scripts and other media hosted elsewhere, and employs cookies to track you.

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WD My Passport Wireless Pro review: A portable hard drive made for mobile streaming

Wed, 2016-08-24 04:00
With an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot and the Plex media server, this drive lets you take all your shows (and all your tunes) on the road.

62% off MovieSherlock Pro Video Downloader for Mac - Deal Alert

Tue, 2016-08-23 16:00

MovieSherlock converts the videos you download to MP4 and MP3 formats, all saved in high-definition native video format at 1080P/780P quality. So you can download your video 15 times faster than real time, perfect for stockpiling hours of HD video for later viewing.

This MovieSherlock Pro Video Downloader program is currently 62% off, and iIf you’re a movie buff, MovieSherlock Pro Video Downloader for Mac is about to be your new best friend. The software lets you download videos from nearly any website, including both YouTube and Hulu.  See it now for $15 for a limited time only.

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Twitter rolls out night mode in its iOS app

Tue, 2016-08-23 12:34

Now it’s easier for iPhone users to tweet past their bedtimes.

On Monday, Twitter added a night mode feature to its iOS app. When night mode is activated, the Twitter interface changes to darker hues so that Tweets are easier to read in low light, when you don’t want to be squinting at a bright white screen. The feature was originally introduced in Twitter’s Android app back in July.

Rolling out today – we’re bringing night mode to iOS!

72% off Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Deal Alert

Tue, 2016-08-23 07:14

The Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3 Next Generation Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker currently averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 8,300 people on Amazon (read reviews).  It's regular list price is $99.99, but with the current 72% discount you can get it for just $27.99. The OontZ Angle 3 connects effortlessly to your device via bluetooth. It is designed to be loud and clear, with rich bass delivered through their proprietary passive subwoofer design. IPX5 water resistance makes the unit splashproof, rainproof, dustproof, and sandproof. A good consideration for the beach, poolside, in the outdoor shower, car, boat or golf cart. At only 9 ounces and just 5 inches long, it's very light and easy to fit in a backpack. Its high capacity rechargeable 2200 mAh battery lasts for up to 7 hours of playtime.  Check out the dramatically discounted OontZ Angle 3 from Cambridge Soundworks now on Amazon.

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What to do if the Characters palette won't appear in Safari

Tue, 2016-08-23 06:00

In some recent troubleshooting, I tried to get the Characters palette to appear by selecting the Input menu’s Emoji & Symbols item. This worked in every app except Safari: switching from, say, the Finder to Safari hid the palette. Choose Hide and Show from the Input menu didn’t fix it. Something was corrupted.

Sometimes, this bad boy won’t show up.

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StepsApp review: A gorgeous way to visualize Apple Health data

Tue, 2016-08-23 05:28

This ain’t no Apple Health dashboard. StepsApp provides a more beautiful way to view your step count activity for the last week.

The iPhone, Apple Watch, and HealthKit have been an amazing combination over the last year or so, helping me shed nearly 40 pounds by counting calories and encouraging frequent activity. But the built-in Health app lacks Apple’s usual visual flair, so I’ve been searching for a more attractive way to view my progress.

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The best educational apps and games to jumpstart the school year

Tue, 2016-08-23 05:20
Learning is fun!

Image by Derek Walter

Parents everywhere grapple with the question of how much “screen time” to allow for their children—and part of the challenge to this question stems from how many apps and games are mindless diversions.

So to help you out, we’ve pulled together a group of higher-quality choices that are both educational and fun. Any guilt you have about screen time will be vastly diminished when your kid is learning about the solar system, practicing multiplication, or using logic to solve a puzzle. Check out some of our top choices for making learning something that can happen anytime.

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macOS Sierra dev beta 7/Public Beta 6 now available

Mon, 2016-08-22 15:10

Just when you were getting comfortable with last week’s beta release of macOS Sierra, it’s time to back up your data and get ready for another version. Apple on Monday released macOS Sierra developer beta 7, which is also known as Public Beta 6 to the general public.

If you are participating in Apple’s Sierra beta, you can get the latest versiopn through the App Store, under Updates. Developers can also get the beta through Apple’s Developer Center.

Apple doesn’t include any details on what’s included in the new version. The notes say only that the “update is recommended for all users.” The download is 2.14GB.

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Apple's Gliimpse acquisition will help you access and share your medical records

Mon, 2016-08-22 14:35

Do you know if you’ve had your tetanus shot? There’s a record of it somewhere... it’s just not very easy for you to have access to it, unless you keep an organized file with all of your medical documents. Apple is apparently hoping to make that process a lot easier, while keeping your personal health data secure.

Earlier this year, Apple acquired Gliimpse, a startup with a platform for securely collecting, managing, and sharing private health records. According to Fast Company, this was the first acquisition made by Apple’s digital health team.

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25% off NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Essentials Edition - Deal Alert

Mon, 2016-08-22 14:06

Convenient, discreet and easy to install, extended Wi-Fi coverage is just an outlet away with the NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Extender. Boost your Wi-Fi for mobile devices and connect a wired device such as Smart TVs or game consoles. Boost your existing network range & speed, delivering Wi-Fi up to 300Mbps. External antennas provide better Wi-Fi coverage and higher speed, while the convenient wall-plug design saves space. It works with any standard Wi-Fi router & is ideal for keeping your mobile devices connected as you move throughout your home.  With nearly 12,000 reviews on Amazon, it averages 4 out of 5 stars (read reviews). Its typical list price of $39.99 has been reduced by 25% to $29.98.  See the discounted NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Extender. now on Amazon.

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