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Apple should drop Intel for AMD

1 week 1 day ago

Rumor has it that Apple is planning to produce its own CPUs and GPUs for Macs. Those T2 processors we have today are just a tiny first step—the big leap is to take something like the A12X and build a MacBook around it. It makes sense from the perspective of both power-to-performance ratio and a cost-to-performance ratio. Perhaps more importantly, it puts Apple fully in control of its whole platform, and allows the company to innovate in ways it can’t when it cedes the very heart of its computers to other companies.

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Jason Cross

The 6 best iPhone apps for weight loss

1 week 1 day ago

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you told yourself that you’re going to lose weight as a New Year’s resolution. Congratulations! The bad news is that there’s a good chance you’re going to fail, at least if thousands of personal anecdotes and studies have any weight.

But these days it’s easier to avoid falling into that trap. The iOS App Store is as stuffed with helpful apps for losing weight as I was stuffed with turkey and bread in the aftermath of Christmas dinner.

These are the best of the bunch. Almost all of them track activity and calories, but a couple go so far as to pester you throughout the day to stay on focus (and some of us need that). I recommend parking them on your home screen, as they’ll be there to glare at you every time you’re tempted to open Uber Eats or check Safari for the hours of the local Chipotle.

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Leif Johnson

Get a 42mm leather Apple Watch band for less than $9

1 week 2 days ago

It’s been an excellent couple of weeks for deals on Apple Watches and Apple Watch accessories, and today’s deal shows that trend apparently isn’t slowing down. Head over to Amazon, and you can get a snazzy 42mm black leather Apple Watch band from Top4cus for a mere $8.37 when you enter the code 6LAIYVEZ at checkout. Without the deal, the strap sells for $13.98.

Alas, if you want it in any other color or size, you’ll have to pay the full price as the promo code applies only to this model. It’s a decent band, though, as it has a rating of 4.0 out of 5 starts after 85 customer reviews.

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Leif Johnson

Battlestation alert! This Targus USB-C dock connects four monitors

1 week 2 days ago

If you own a notebook equipped with a USB-C port, you’ll want a USB-C hub to enable legacy connectivity with ethernet or an external HDMI monitor. One external monitor. Wait, you want four? Well, Targus has you covered.

At CES 2019, Targus showed off the DOCK520USZ, also known as the USB-C Universal QUAD HD (QVHD) Docking StationRemove non-product link. There’s a slew of regular ports, including four USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port with power, gigabit ethernet, a 3.5mm audio jack, and so on. What’s unique about this dock, however, is the four 1080p HDMI outputs, which essentially can be used to create a multi-monitor battlestation as the video shows. Because who doesn’t want to plug into four monitors for work and play?

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Mark Hachman

Apple’s adjusted earnings forecast, HomeKit and AirPlay 2 make some noise at CES

1 week 2 days ago
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Apple adjusts its earnings forecast for Q2 2019. The Consumer Electronics Show is full of TVs with AirPlay 2 support. HomeKit is being used by more and more products. We also respond to your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 635.

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Michael Simon

Enhance your outlets with these all-time-low Amazon prices on Aukey smart plugs

1 week 2 days ago

Smart homes are the way of the future, but to add a little extra control to your lights and electronics, you don't need to buy all-new smart devices. Smart plugs can replicate the functionality of expensive bulbs and appliances, and today you grab a pair for cheap: Aukey's Wi-Fi Smart Plug two-pack is just $20Remove non-product link today on Amazon with the code AUKEY4AP, down from a $28 MSRP and a couple dollars cheaper than their previous all-time low.

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Alexandria Haslam

How to download your Flickr photo library and transfer it to Google Photos or iCloud Photo library

1 week 2 days ago

For much of its time under Yahoo, Flickr suffered benign neglect, even though a small team of developers kept it alive and advanced in often tiny increments. After 13 years, Yahoo finally made a solid decision about Flickr, its photo-hosting website: It sold it. 

SmugMug, the professional photography oriented company, bought Flickr in April 2018. On November 1, 2018, SmugMug announced changes to its free and paid (or “Pro”) tier. SmugMug said that the 1TB of storage that Yahoo gave free-tier users is not sustainable and that plan is over. Now, SmugMug will let free-tier users retain 1,000 images and videos of any size (even at the maximum 200MB per image).

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Glenn Fleishman

Get a lifetime subscription to Aware Mindfulness meditation app for just $29

1 week 2 days ago

With the hustle and bustle of the modern world, we’re often glued to technology, be it our phones or computers. We don’t take enough time to gain awareness of our senses and mental stability. Luckily, Aware Mindfulness utilizes our smartphone dependency to give you a structured meditation schedule for $29.

Aware Mindfulness is an app for iOS and Android that offers a vast library of meditation courses to help you relieve stress, manage anxiety, improve focus, and improve your quality of life overall. The app uses an intelligent algorithm that will recommend you daily meditations. Alternatively, experienced meditators can choose their own specific meditations, such as breathing exercises or quick 2-3 minute Energizers, so you can always find the right exercise for your needs. Finally, Aware offers resources like blogs and videos to keep you motivated throughout your meditation journey.

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DealPost Team

Apple’s 4K TV deals show how the company’s business strategy is evolving

1 week 2 days ago

Apple doesn’t officially participate in the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but this year it’s all over the show. That’s because Apple has been cutting deals with major TV manufacturers to embed support for AirPlay 2 (and in at least one case, the iTunes movie and TV stores) in their 4K HDR televisions, and CES is when TV manufacturers make big announcements.

I’ve heard from some people who are baffled about why Apple would make it so that people aren’t forced to buy an Apple TV in order to get access to Apple’s video content. Those people are, quite frankly, thinking about an Apple that no longer exists, namely one that’s committed to making money on high-margin hardware sales.

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Jason Snell

HomeKit was a surprise winner of CES 2019. Now Siri needs to get a whole lot better

1 week 2 days ago

For a company that’s mired in its biggest stock slump in a decade, Apple sure isn’t wallowing in its poor sales. Without stepping foot in Las Vegas or making a single announcement of its own, Apple is having one of its best CES conferences in years, as companies turned to HomeKit en masse to boost their smart offerings.

While Google Assistant and Alexa controlled their fair share of the CES spotlight, they did little to overshadow Siri. In fact, Apple’s HomeKit was one of the surprise winners of this year’s show, as Sony, LG, GE, Vizio, Belkin, Arlo, Ikea, TP-Link and several others all rolled out products and updates featuring HomeKit integration, an abrupt turnaround from previous shows that all but ignored the iPhone maker’s smart home ambitions.

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Michael Simon

SanDisk's Extreme Pro portable SSD is so fast you can edit video on it

1 week 3 days ago

While editing a document or spreadsheet directly from a flash drive is trivial, that’s not the case for video, where the interface speed limits performance considerably. WD’s SanDisk thinks they’ve solved the problem with the SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD.

The Extreme Pro uses its internally developed NVMe technology to saturate the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, with read speeds up to 1 gigabyte per second. That’s fast enough for users to edit video directly on the drive itself, without the need for copying the file from the drive to a local hard drive, then back.

SanDisk said that the company will deliver the Extreme Pro in spring 2019, in 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacity points. The company hasn’t released pricing, however, which is fairly typical for storage companies announcing products before they ship.

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Mark Hachman

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support is coming to smart TVs, including those from Vizio, Sony, and LG

1 week 3 days ago

Apple fans don’t typically have a lot to look forward to from CES, but we were treated to a surprise announcement from Samsung that it will bring the iTunes video store to its smart TVs, complete with Bixby support. But Samsung isn’t the only TV maker working with Apple—AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are coming to other smart TVs.

Apple has updated its AirPlay page with a focus on TV entertainment and special mention of smart TV support. What’s more, individual TV manufacturers have started to announce support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

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Jason Cross

This tiny Anker charger is three times more powerful than Apple’s and it’s under $12 today

1 week 3 days ago

There’s only one thing worse than seeing a red battery indicator on your iPhone: plugging into Apple’s 5W charger and watching your phone take hours to fill up. Anker has solved that problem with a fast charger that’s barely bigger than the one Apple supplies. And today, Amazon is selling the Anker 15W PowerPort C 1 USB wall charger for just $11.74Remove non-product link when you check the $1 off coupon box in the listing. That’s down from a list price of $19 and the best price we’ve seen for this new charger.

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Alexandria Haslam

WriterDuet Pro Is Over Half Off Right Now, Starting At Just $40

1 week 3 days ago

Every feature film requires a screenplay, which is a script that provides acting and scene instructions. While major blockbusters like Marvel films differ greatly from low budget indie films, both require a polished screenplay to be successful. So whether you’re an entry-level screenwriter looking to master your craft or an experienced screenwriter with a few movie scripts under your belt, WriterDuet Pro can help bring your screenplays to life for as low as $39.99

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DealPost Team

From bad to worse: Bad news leads to simplistic analysis

1 week 3 days ago

Apple’s announcement of revised expectations for the most recently ended quarter was met in typical fashion with a flurry of slapdash analysis.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and competitive back waxing circuit, Gordon Kelly provides almost one-stop shopping for ridiculous assertions about Apple’s downward revision.

“iPhone Sales Fears After Apple Slashes Estimates.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Uluroo.)

The leaks were right.

And it only took 10 years of breathless reporting on supply chain Apple doom rumors for them to finally be right! So, it was all worth it.

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The Macalope

Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard with Numeric Keypad review: Good form, unreliable function

1 week 3 days ago

Products like the Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard grant us a peek at the Apple that could be—in this case, an Apple that remains enamored with space gray aluminum but also committed to keyboards with generous key travel. And the Satechi keyboard is a decent effort, weighty and pleasant for typing, and it lets you pair it with up to three different Bluetooth devices. Viewed from across the room, it readily looks like it spawned in the mind of Jony Ive.

Yet I never felt a strong connection to the Satechi keyboard, mainly because it always struggled to connect with my Mac.

Maybe we can see this as a reminder that an Apple logo really does translate into quality, but first it’s also important to keep in mind that the logo’s absence lets you pick up what essentially amounts to a passable cousin of the Apple Magic Keyboard 2 with a keypad for a mere $79.99. If that sounds expensive, remember that Apple sells its own space gray version for a stunning $149. You could almost buy two Satechi keyboards for that price.

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