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Altec Lansing True Evo review: Waterproof Bluetooth sports earbuds with Qi charging case

6 days 2 hours ago

The Altec Lansing name has been around for decades. Over the years, the brand’s fortunes have risen and fallen as its owners have fought to find were the company’s audio gear fits among the hundreds of companies jockeying for the attention of audio aficionados. Over the past few years, Altec Lansing has settled into a reputation for making competent, mid-ranged headphones, headsets, and speakers that offer reasonable sound for a reasonable price.

Available for around $100, its True Evo Wireless Earphones appear to be well-suited to helping the company keep on keeping on with this reputation. They come with an IPX6 water resistance rating, a respectable four hours of runtime between charges, and foam ear cushions that usually mean richer bass and better noise isolation. However, after spending a week with these earbuds, I can tell that, while they do indeed offer a reasonable audio experience for the price, the number of dramatic build quality issues has left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

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Séamus Bellamy

Eero's mesh Wi-Fi router system is $100 off today

6 days 9 hours ago

Mesh Wi-Fi maker Eero is officially part of Amazon today, and to celebrate it seems the online retailer is putting on a one-day sale. Right now you can pick up an Eero hub and two beacons for $299. That’s not quite the all-time low of $296.65, but it’s close, and this system usually sells for $400. The sale ends on Tuesday night just before midnight Pacific time.

Eero is a mesh Wi-Fi system, which promises to kill dead Wi-Fi spots in your house. Unlike a traditional Wi-Fi extender system, where signals are just repeated from the primary router, mesh systems act as routers working in tandem putting a “blanket” of wireless coverage around your house.

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Ian Paul

Empower your teams with Salesforce's productivity platform — get started for free

6 days 10 hours ago

These days, customers are smarter and more connected than ever — meaning their expectations are higher. In order to deliver a customer experience tailored to those needs, companies need to quickly transform the way their teams collaborate and work together. That’s where Quip, a Salesforce company, comes in: a trailblazing communication and productivity platform that empowers teams to stay connected, work more efficiently and innovate at a rapid clip.

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DealPost Team

Do you see a yield sign in QuickTime Player for your Mac’s FaceTime camera? Here’s the fix

6 days 11 hours ago

A webcam can be easily misused—and sometimes hijacked by malicious software. While macOS has been generally free of malware that can tap into the camera, and Apple has a hardware-linked green LED that can’t be disabled in software when the camera is active, you may still want to prevent the camera from being used at all.

This typically comes up with kids, but it’s also a tool to disable any app from making use, although macOS will always ask (at least once) before granting access. (There’s a security argument to be made that you can use an account with admin access for setting things up, but in your return use, you use a Standard account, which could even have parental controls enabled for your own focus or safety that you can bypass as needed.)

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Glenn Fleishman

Feature comforts: Expecting Apple to chase features

6 days 12 hours ago

Much like the beatings will continue until morale improves, the misunderstanding of Apple will continue until the company adopts a checklist approach to its product development.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and closet of empty promises, Ewan Spence tells us of the “iPhone Hype Vs Android Reality.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

Spence’s zinger du jour is that while Android OEMs were busy showing people things at Mobile World Congress last week, all Apple could do was roll out a new advertising campaign.

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The Macalope

What USB4 could mean for Apple products

6 days 13 hours ago

USB4 is coming soon, and while it probably won’t mean a whole lot to Mac users, it could have a big impact on the iOS ecosystem. Here’s what we know about the forthcoming spec and what it could mean for Apple’s devices.

What is USB4?

Currently, USB4 is just an agreed-upon idea. The USB Promoter Group recently announced the specification, which hasn’t been finalized or published yet. That spec should get published around the middle of this year, and then USB4 devices can start being built, tested, and brought to market.

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Jason Cross

Apple to hold special media event on March 25

1 week ago

Select members of the media today found something special in their email: an invite to an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Cupertino campus on March 25. The event, titled, “It’s show time,” has been rumored to be where Apple will unveil its new video streaming service that will compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu.

Earlier reports said that the March 25 event will focus on Apple’s new subscription services, which, in addition to video, could also include a rumored magazine and newspaper service and a video game service.

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Roman Loyola

How to see your true cellular signal strength with the iPhone Field Test app

1 week ago

Sometimes you have two bars but can’t load any webpages. Sometimes you have four bars, but your friend with a different phone on the same network has only two. We’ve become reliant on signal bars to tell us how strong our cellular connection is, but in truth, the bars are bullshit.

Those signal bars are almost completely arbitrary. Yes, more bars should mean a stronger signal, but there is no standard scale. Every phone manufacturer gets to decide how much signal strength equals how many bars, and it often varies widely from model to model.

If you really want to know how strong your cell signal is, you need to look at a direct measurement of the signal strength, as measured in decibels (dB). Fortunately, there’s a hidden “Field Test” menu on your iPhone to do just that. It’s not particularly convenient, but it is interesting.

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Jason Cross

Need more ports? Anker's fully loaded USB-C hubs are cheaper than ever today

1 week ago

It’s no secret that Macs could use a few more ports, and you can say the same about many modern thin-and-light Windows laptops, too. Today, you can end the no-port nightmare thanks to an Amazon sale on Anker’s USB-C hubs. Both models on offer are at their all-time low prices, and by far. Anker’s 7-in-1 USB-C hub can be yours for $42, down from a list price of $70, with an extra check-the-box coupon bringing it even lower to $35. A 4-in-1 hub is just $23, down from a list price of $30, but with a coupon of its own bringing it down to $16.

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Alexandria Haslam

What happens when you delete an album in the Mac’s Photos app?

1 week ago

Deletion seems so final, and it’s worthwhile to pause a moment and reflect before clicking any Delete button or selecting any Delete menu item. In Photos for macOS, you’re presented with many opportunities to delete items and collections, but Apple fortunately spells out the effects.

One area that confuses people regularly is how Photos deletes albums—both the regular static kind and “smart” albums that use criteria to select what appears within them. Surely, deleting an album might drop the photos and videos the albums contains into the trash?

Fortunately, it does not. In its internal structure, Photos separates out the actual media files from all the containers and organizing structures it makes available. When you delete any album you’ve created, whether it’s smart or static, Photos only deletes the organizing framework. The original media remains in the library untouched.

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Glenn Fleishman

PrivateVPN by Trunkspace review: Needs work, but we like the promise not to log user activity

1 week ago

Trunkspace Hosting is an interesting company. It offers virtual private server (VPS) and website hosting, music bots for the Discord chat service, and even game servers for titles such as Minecraft, CS:GO, and Team Fortress 2.

The company also has its own VPN service dubbed PrivateVPN—not to be confused with PrivateVPN.com. It’s a very straightforward and simple service that promises not to track your actions online, and delivers connectivity options for 48 different countries.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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Ian Paul

The best 5 Mac games from February 2019

1 week ago
The best new Mac games

Image by Bulwark Studios

Mac games seemed content to spend the first weeks of this year in comfy hibernation, leaving us with little in the way of good games for enduring the wintry days. (A big exception was January’s Slay the Spire, which we’ve included in this month’s roundup.) But by February the platform had roused itself to life again, giving us a fantastic shooter and brawler that riffed on the arcade hits of yesteryear and a deep Civilization expansion that offers dire warnings for the future. These month’s titles range from the graphically demanding to the relatively simple, so you’re sure to find something your machine can handle among the choices.

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