If you're looking for a new iPad or MacBook, today might be the day to buy one. The latest 9.7-inch iPad with 32GB of storage is down to $249 on AmazonRemove non-product link, the previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Air has dropped to $800 on AmazonRemove non-product link, and the 2017 12-inch MacBook is just $799 on B&H PhotoRemove non-product link, a savings of $500.
If you received a new MacBook over the holidays, you’re probably well adjusted to the core MacOS experience. It offers a fair bit of functionality, but by now you might be looking for new tools to get the most out of your day-to-day computing. If you’re finding your current MacOS experience lacking, this $30 bundle has exactly what you’re looking for.
This week the New York Post published a report that fits into every narrative about Apple’s forthcoming video-streaming service: Apple, a skittish tech company that’s not used to having its fate determined by content produced by outsiders, has been heavy-handed in providing feedback to the people creating TV series for Apple’s new service.
I believe there’s got to be some truth in there, but this is a more complicated story than perhaps the Post is interested in telling. (Shocker.)Producers give notes? Impossible!
The primary source of the Post story appears to be someone who had a bad experience with Apple and therefore has an axe to grind. (Producers who had lovely experiences with Apple are probably not going to call the New York Post about it. If they did, it’s unlikely that the Post would be interested in the story.)
As one of the world’s richest and most admired companies, we expect a lot from Apple. We expect big-thinking innovation and cutting-edge design. Perhaps it is because the company does so many things very well that it stings even more when it drops the ball on something simple.
Everyone seems to agree that Siri needs to improve, or that MacBooks should have a totally new and better keyboard. But those are big design and engineering efforts that are not going to happen overnight. Here are a few things Apple could do with minimal effort. Some could happen immediately, others might start with the introduction of the next product in its line, but none would require serious engineering efforts or investment.
Cambridge Audio Alva TT turntable review: Spin all your favorite vinyl and stream it in high-res, too
With the internet abuzz with privacy concerns and the potential changes coming to net neutrality, you’ve likely heard about virtual private networks, better known as VPNs. When used correctly, a VPN can greatly strengthen your online privacy, assist in keeping your personal information secure, and even spoof your location in the world—allowing you to access websites or services that would otherwise be off limits due to region-locking.
The last thing I expected to see at MWC was an iPhone booth. After all, I was in the heart of Android country, with giant Samsung, Huawei, and Qualcomm banners looming over the bystanders like national flags. But as I weaved my way through the countries of Google, Xiaomi, and LG, I suddenly found myself smack dab in “enemy” territory in the Remade booth.
It was clear that Remade did not have ordinary iPhones. A Remade representative told me a little about the French company’s process. They buy busted iPhones in bulk from electronics recycling plants and proceed to disassemble them. Any broken parts are replaced, and all batteries are swapped out with new ones built to the same specifications as Apple’s. But it’s not just the inside of the iPhone that’s new—the outside of the phone looks a lot different, too.
You’ve probably seen all the memes by now. Apple AirPods are all the rage, and food good reason. They’re expensive, but many vendors have caught on with their own AirPods-inspired designs. If you’re looking for an attractive, Apple-esque pair of Bluetooth earbuds that won’t break the bank, look no further than these $24.99 AiryBuds.
Nowadays, headphones are extremely versatile. They can be used to watch movies, play games, or block noises from the outside world. However, we primarily use them when listening to our favorite tunes on our phones. Unfortunately, if you’re upgrading to a new iPhone, your old wired headphones simply won’t cut it. Luckily, these Culture Audio V1 Bluetooth headphones are currently on sale for $115 with code SEMIANNUAL at checkout.
Every app, photo, and document is stored on your computer, and over time you’ll run out of storage. This is a common issue nowadays, which is why cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive are so popular. The problem is that these services can be quite expensive and charge recurring fees. If you want to avoid this, you can buy 3TB of cloud storage for $69.99 with Zoolz.
If you’ve been looking for a deal on an Apple Watch Series 3, it’s a good time to head over to B&H Photo. There you’ll find the GPS with cellular model on sale for anywhere from $110 to $380 offRemove non-product link, which, in the case of the 38mm space gray modelRemove non-product link, is enough to bring the price down to $259. You won’t even have to pay shipping.
It was the best of takes, it was the worst of takes.
Oh, sorry, that’s wrong. It was just the worst of takes.
Cue the time-travel effect as we go back all the way to 2015 to read that with its Band, “Microsoft outsmarts Apple Watch.” And here The Macalope is required by law to note that he is not making these quotes up.
No, really, actual law. The Not Gonna Fool Ya ‘Gain Act of 2005.
Anyway, here is what Matt Krantz wrote the month before the Apple Watch was released:
A new year brings yet another season of wrestling with receipts to stay in Uncle Sam’s good graces. To determine the best software to aid that goal, we once again evaluated four major online tax prep applications: TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer.
All of these web-based tax apps work equally as well on your phone as they do on your computer, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re using a Mac or a PC, a Pixel 3 or an iPhone XS. Regardless of device, you can start and complete your taxes with ease.
Few things frustrate as much as running out of space on your phone. Today, you can ward off that annoyance by adding a huge amount of storage for relatively little money. Samsung’s 512GB Evo Select microSD card is $130 on Amazon, down from a list price of $200 and by far the lowest we’ve seen it.
This compact MicroSDXC packs a full 512GB of space, so you can store a whole lot of photos, documents, and more. The card also features ultra-fast read speeds up to 100MB/s and write speeds up to 60MB/s—fast enough to handle whatever files you choose to transfer, from music files to 4K UHD video. The included adapter gives this card broad compatibility with devices that use either SD or microSD. And you won’t have to worry about your data’s integrity. With waterproofing that lasts up to 72 hours in seawater and protections against extreme heat, cold, X-rays, and magnets, Samsung’s card should keep all your most important info safe under most conditions.
The Media Browser in macOS’s Open dialog was a powerful addition many years ago. You may not even know it’s called that: it’s the area in the left-hand sidebar in any Open dialog below the Media label. For most people, it will show Music, Photos, and Movies. Clicking any of those items will access libraries created or managed by GarageBand, iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, Logic, Photos, Photo Booth, and others.
But Media Browser can be fickle. In May 2017, I wrote a column on how to disable the feature, because I’d tracked a system slowdown’s cause to the Media Browser’s underlying plug-ins—a problem some other users had seen at the time. Apple apparently fixed the problem or my Mac silently repaired itself, as Media Browser works fine for me now.