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Cut The Chord With This Digital Antenna, Now Half Off

1 week 4 days ago

Cord cutting continues to gain popularity, but some of us still resist the movement for fear that we'll lose access to key programming. What you may not realize, however, is that you can still watch popular television shows—for free—via over the air transmissions and without having to mount an ugly mechanical antenna over your roof. All you need is a digital antenna like as the ANTOP AT-402B, which is currently on sale for just $79.99.

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

1 week 4 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

Make your home smarter with these great deals on popular TP-Link W-Fi plugs and switches

1 week 4 days ago

Making your home smarter home doesn't have to be expensive. And today it's downright cheap. B&H Photo is running a sale on TP-Link accessories that can save you up to 50 percent on popular plugs, switches, and Wi-Fi accessories—as long as you remember to clip the coupons before you check out.

First up is a two-pack of the HS105 Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini. Normally selling for $25 each, you can get a pair of these plugs for $28Remove non-product link, a savings of 44 percent. The Wi-Fi smart plug mini allows you to turn any dumb device into a smart one by letting you turn devices off and on remotely and schedule usage times and away mode. You can also hook it up to Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free operation with a smart speaker.

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Alexandria Haslam

Apple’s iPhone privacy billboard is a clever CES troll, but it’s also inaccurate

1 week 4 days ago

Even without a booth, Apple is looming large over CES. Literally. In a giant billboard that went up on the side of the Springhill Suites Marriott hotel near the Vegas strip late last week, Apple is touting the privacy features baked into the iPhone, telling people, “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.”

It’s a clever and effective ad that plays off the classic Vegas slogan. And it’s timely. In an age of regular data breaches and scary hacks, privacy and security have become a really big deal. Apple has made privacy a major component of its iPhone sales pitch for years, so while the ad might not mention Google, Samsung, or Amazon, it’s clearly aimed at trolling Apple’s biggest rivals and their somewhat laissez-faire approach to privacy.

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Michael Simon

If macOS’s Migration Assistant fails, here are other ways to move accounts

1 week 4 days ago

This past Christmas, my kids received new Mac laptops. We managed to keep their previous computers working for seven years, but these new Macs will see my kids through to college and maybe beyond. New Macs meant that we had to move all their files from the older computers to the new ones.

The old machines both had macOS High Sierra installed, and the new ones have the current macOS, Mojave. Following Apple’s instructions, I started migration on both older systems to both newer ones. (It made for a lot of smiles and laughs as family members passed through the room with four Macs all chugging away at once.)

Both computers gave errors at the end of multi-hour migrations, though one pair of computers appeared to have fully transferred data. The other pair did not; it seemed to have transferred apps and system preferences, but left out the main user. This may have been due to that user having parental controls set, though Migration Assistant doesn’t warn of that being a problem, nor is there a mention in any support notes from Apple.

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Glenn Fleishman

New Year’s resolutions for iPhone users

1 week 4 days ago

The turn of the year is when we take stock of our habits and strive to do better. Many people pledge to improve their health with diet and exercise. Others make a commitment to the environment, like composting. For some, this is the year they’ll finally quit smoking.

But kicking bad old habits and starting good new habits should extend to your digital life, too. Our iPhones are ever-present tools that we spend so much of our waking hours with, so it’s important to cast our self-improvement gaze on how we use them, too. Here are five New Year’s resolutions for iPhone users that will help you form lasting good technology habits.

Curb excessive use with Screen Time

Apple gave us quite a gift in iOS 12 with Screen Time. It’s more than parental controls: It’s a tool anyone can use for insight into how much they’re using—or over-using—their iPhone or its apps. If you didn’t turn on Screen Time when you first installed iOS 12, you should do so now. It doesn’t really make a difference in battery life, and it doesn’t do anything by default other than give you interesting information about how you use your iPhone.

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Jason Cross

Apple will launch iTunes video app on Samsung Smart TVs this spring—and it’ll support Bixby

1 week 5 days ago

Apple and Samsung are friends again. In an announcement ahead of this week’s CES, the two former rivals have announced that an iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will launch on Samsung Smart TVs. Samsung says the app will launch on 2019 Smart TVs in the spring and it will also be available via a firmware update to 2018 sets.

This is a hell-freezes-over level of news. Apple has been notoriously guarded with access to iTunes movies and TV shows, even limiting authorizations to five computers and 10 total devices. It’s never allowed third-party home entertainment devices to stream movies or shows directly through iTunes before. With this partnership, however, Apple is allowing iTunes purchases and rentals to be made and viewed on a Samsung product with virtually no restrictions.

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Michael Simon

Charge your devices quickly and cheaply with half off this 18W USB-C PD charger

2 weeks ago

We all know how important it is to keep our devices charged up. But all too often, the chargers that come in the box are too weak to fill up our phones as fast as we'd like (we're looking at you Apple). Today's deal solves that problem: Amazon is selling the Aukey USB-C PD 18W charger for just $11Remove non-product link with the code HWCPT8E8, a 50 percent savings off its $22 list price and the lowest price we've ever seen. It's so low, in fact, that you can buy two for $7 less than Apple charges for one.

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Alexandria Haslam

5 ways to fix slumping iPhone sales

2 weeks ago

After years and years of prognosticating doom and gloom for Apple, the analysts finally got it right: iPhone sales are slumping. It was bound to happen sooner or later, and there was enough smoke to suggest that Apple’s quarter would be a dumpster fire for iPhone sales. Tim Cook placed much of the blame on China in a letter to investors, and while there may be some truth to that, plenty of other factors contributed to the declining sales. Here are five reasons why the iPhone hit a sales snag and how Apple can fix them all.

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Michael Simon

Apple’s revenue drop is about China and more

2 weeks ago

All anybody is likely to be talking about for the next week or so is Apple’s admission that it’s going to miss its guidance for the first quarter of 2019. We won’t get any more information until the company’s next quarterly financial results, due out on January 29, and the winter is genuinely a dreary time for any other significant Apple news.

So, yeah, let’s jump right in. The water’s fine.

The China Syndrome

Apple’s been betting big on China for the last several years, a fact borne out both by Tim Cook’s repeated visits to the region and his fairly consistent declarations of the fact on those quarterly conference calls. The reason for that is pretty simple: the biggest opportunity for Apple’s growth is in the world’s second-largest economy, where there’s a rapidly increasing middle class that is looking to spend money on consumer goods.

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Dan Moren

B&H is selling 2017's iPad Pros for the lowest prices we've ever seen

2 weeks 1 day ago

The previous-generation iPad Pros are still wonderful devices, and at the moment the best thing about them is that you don’t have to worry if they’re suddenly going to bend on you. And right now B&H is selling both the 10-inch and 12.9-inch models for the lowest prices we’ve seen to dateRemove non-product link, with discounts ranging from $200 to $280. That’s better than all of the deals we saw on Black Friday.

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Leif Johnson

5 ways Apple's awful quarter could impact the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in 2019 and beyond

2 weeks 1 day ago

Apple’s new year isn’t off to a great start. Instead of celebrating another stellar quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a lengthy letter to investors warning about subpar iPhone sales and an overall dip in revenue to the tune of about $6 billion. That mean Apple is only going to make around $84 billion in revenue over the 3-month holiday quarter, an impressive number for sure, but one that represents a five percent dip from the same quarter last year and confirmation that all is not right in Cupertino.

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