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Best Buy is slashing as much as $100 off the price of the Apple Watch Series 3

4 days 9 hours ago

If you’ve spent the last few days watching for a good deal on an Apple Watch to help with your New Year’s resolutions, I’ve got good news: The wait is over. Best Buy is currently selling the Apple Watch Series 3Remove non-product link for as little as $229Remove non-product link. It’s the best price we’ve seen for this device this month, and it’s much better than the prices at other retailers.

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Leif Johnson

Anker's 5-port USB charger helps all your gear survive long days, and it's cheaper than ever

4 days 11 hours ago

Keeping a bag full of devices all charged up can be a juggling act. A multi-port charger can help with that, and today you can grab Anker’s Premium 60W 5-port USB charger for $35 on Amazon, its lowest price ever and a sharp discount from its list price of $50.

This wall charger comes with five ports, including four high-speed USB-A ports with PowerIQ and one USB-C Power Delivery port. An LED indicator light shows when it’s plugged in. To keep all your devices safe, this charger comes with features like temperature control and surge protection, while a durable exterior keeps the charger itself safe from drops and scratches.

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Alexandria Haslam

How to use the iPhone’s Today View and manage its widgets

4 days 15 hours ago

The iPhone has a Today View that provides access to at-a-glance information from your most-used apps. It’s a great way to use your apps without actually tapping them on the Home screen. For example, the Weather widget in Today View shows the local forecast. You can even access Today View from the iPhone’s Lock screen.

Here’s how to access and manage the widgets in Today View.

IDG How to access Today View

On the iPhone Home or Lock screen, swipe to the right edge of the screen. You can do this swipe from anywhere: the far left edge, the middle, or even close to the right edge of the screen.

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Roman Loyola

Best organizer bags, fanny packs, and pouches for your gear

4 days 16 hours ago
For most of us, even our most pared-down tech includes not just a phone, but also cables, adapters, and other sundry accessories. This is where an accessory pouch, bag, or organizer comes in. We've rounded up some of our favorites.
Dieter Holger

Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more to a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

1 week ago

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. And the new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

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Roman Loyola

Best Buy is offering the steepest discounts we’ve seen on the 2018 iPad Pro to date

1 week ago

The new iPad Pros models are pretty awesome, but they’re also pretty expensive. Fortunately, for two days Best Buy is offering discounts ranging from $100 to $150 for both new and old iPad Pro modelsRemove non-product link, which makes these prices a heck of a lot more palatable for the pocketbook. In some cases, they’re the best prices we’ve ever seen.

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Leif Johnson

The most important thing to do if your Mac has a Fusion Drive: Back up your data

1 week ago

SSDs (solid-state drives) offer extremely reliable, fast, and consistent performance over many, many years. They aren’t subject to problems that can harm even the best-designed modern hard disk drives (HDDs): exposure to magnetic fields or the failure of moving parts inside the drives.

But SSDs remain expensive many years after they first appeared. Nearly all other aspects of computation—from processors to RAM to LCD displays—have dropped dramatically in price while improving in quality and performance year after and year. SSDs initially followed that curve, especially for lower-capacity drives, but tapered way off. The cost of manufacturing higher-capacity memory chips used in SSDs hasn’t dropped much in recent years.

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Glenn Fleishman

The future of Apple is playing well with others

1 week ago

Apple’s not known for being the most outward-looking organization. For much of its existence, it’s seemed to project an aura of indifference—verging on ignorance—of what goes on outside its walls. That’s in large part by design: Apple has always had a carefully cultivated veneer of being in a league of its own, eschewing any need to pay attention to what its would-be rivals were up to.

Even when it has deigned to work with others, Apple generally presented an attitude of doing this as a favor to its partners, bestowing some small iota of the Apple brand and mojo upon them. (Remember its deals with Motorola and HP in the 2000s?) There’s no better example than porting iTunes to Windows—arguably one of the best business decisions Apple made, since it brought the iPod to scads of PC users—a move that Steve Jobs famously, if not decorously, described as “giving a glass of ice water to someone in hell.”

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Dan Moren

A surfeit of wrong: Cold takes on iPhone demand

1 week 1 day ago

If there’s one thing we know about the smartphone industry, it is a zero sum game. So, if Apple is down, that must mean that everyone else is up! That’s how zero sum games work, right? It’s just everyone against Apple.

Writing for BGR, Andy Meek suggests that “Apple’s bad news for investors might be good news for Samsung and Huawei.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

Two of Apple’s biggest rivals in the smartphone game likely broke out some bubbly over the past 24 hours in celebration of the good fortune that’s suddenly come their way.

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