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Samsung's spectacular 860 EVO, our favorite SSD, is cheaper than ever at Amazon today

2 weeks 1 day ago

One of our favorite solid state drives is available at a great price today. Amazon is selling the 500GB Samsung 860 EVO for $68.40, after you clip a 5 percent off coupon just below the price on the product page. Ostensibly a $110 SSD, the historic all-time low for this drive on Amazon was $71 and the current price is $72. 

Any way you slice it, this is a great cost for a great drive. Today’s deal is for the standard 2.5-inch form-factor version of the Samsung 860 EVO. There is an M.2 version as well, but at this writing it was much more expensive at $98. Both the 2.5-inch and M.2 versions use a SATA III interface.

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Ian Paul

How iOS’s Wi-Fi Assist works and how it can affect your cellular bill

2 weeks 1 day ago

Added in iOS 9, Wi-Fi Assist recognizes when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, but have a poor or erratic signal. When this happens, Wi-Fi Assist kicks over automatically to cellular for foreground apps to keep data flowing. This feature is enabled by default.

Wi-Fi Assist automatically excludes third-party audio and video streaming, and doesn’t relay data from apps working in the background. Nonetheless, some users wound up with surprising cellular bills when they thought they were on Wi-Fi networks—it turned out Wi-Fi Assist used cellular data because the Wi-Fi connections were marginal. (U.S. carriers have largely switched to a fixed or flexible monthly maximum after which your cellular data rate is throttled to a very slow speed, so surprise bills are less likely.)

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Glenn Fleishman

Dullsville: Nobody likes iPhones

2 weeks 1 day ago

Yesterday Apple revised down its guidance for the fourth calendar quarter, admitting that—due to a variety of factors—the company had “fewer iPhone upgrades than we had anticipated.” Apple now expects its revenue to be down about 5 percent from the same quarter the previous year.

Congratulations, nay-sayers! You stuck with it for… [checks calendar]… ten years of iPhone shipments and you’re finally a little bit right. This quarter will not be a record. It’ll “only” be Apple’s second-best in history.

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The Macalope

2019 iOS wishlist: Better iPhone prices, smaller phones, and iPad software updates

2 weeks 1 day ago

I’m on the record with my hopes and dreams for the Mac in 2019; for my money, it’s going to be a huge year of change on the Mac side. But what about on iOS, home of Apple’s two best-selling products, the iPhone and iPad?

Not to worry. I’ve got hopes and dreams there too. There’s much to do, so let’s dive in.

An iPhone reckoning?

As I write this, Apple has just announced that it’s missing its initial forecast for the holiday quarter 2018 based in large part on lower than expected iPhone sales.

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Jason Snell

Apple cuts Q1 2019 earnings estimates, blames everyone but itself

2 weeks 2 days ago

Trading for Apple stock halted briefly on Wednesday afternoon as Tim Cook issued a letter providing revised guidance for the company’s first-quarter 2019 earnings estimates. The new estimates are as follows:

  • Revenue of approximately $84 billion
  • Gross margin of approximately 38 percent
  • Operating expenses of approximately $8.7 billion
  • Other income/(expense) of approximately $550 million
  • Tax rate of approximately 16.5 percent before discrete items

Most of the numbers are not very different from the guidance the company issued back in November, but there is one big change—revenue is projected to be down about $5-9B from the company’s previous $89-93B estimate.

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Jason Cross

Amazon is selling stylish Milanese Loop Apple Watch bands for as little as $4

2 weeks 2 days ago

Few styles of Apple Watch bands are as practical and as elegant as the Milanese Loop, and few are so expensive. At least, that is, if you buy one from Apple, which sells them for a whopping $149. Today on Amazon, though, you can get a Milanese Loop band from Penom in any style in stock for as little as $3.99 when you enter the code 50NBM4JV for a 50 percent discount at checkout.

I’m especially a fan of the way the sale applies to every model available, as these kinds of impressive sales tend to apply to clearly unpopular variations. As for me, I’ve already used this promotion to buy a space gray band for my 42mm Apple Watch Series 3.

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Leif Johnson

Get your backups in order for 2019 with 25% off the 2TB WD My Passport drive

2 weeks 2 days ago

It's a new year, and you know what that means—new projects, new memories, and the possibility that you could lose them all. So start the new year right with a great deal on our favorite backup drive: Amazon is selling the 2TB WD My Passport external drive for $60Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and its lowest price since last summer.

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Alexandria Haslam

Protect up to 5 devices with the excellent Norton Security Deluxe for just $15

2 weeks 2 days ago

Amazon’s dishing out software deals this week designed to help you get your digital life in order for the new year. Yesterday, it was personal finance software, today it’s a great deal on antivirus software. A one-year subscription to Norton Security Deluxe for up to five devices is just $15 today, for the downloadable version only.

Norton is currently charging $40 for new customers for the same suite. Amazon’s price, meanwhile, is at its all-time low for this security suite and the first time it’s dropped under $20.

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Ian Paul

Save Over 47% On Keyboard Maestro Macro Master ($19)

2 weeks 2 days ago

The MacBook is one of the handiest tools in a creative’s arsenal. It allows us to produce stunning videos, edit high-quality photos, and mix music. However, you’ll soon find that the keyboard shortcuts required to perform our favorite functions can be clunky, which ultimately slows your productivity. With Keyboard Maestro Macro Manager, you can create your own macros to increase your productivity for $19.

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DealPost Team

Can’t figure out how to type a character on a Mac? It’s time for the virtual keyboard

2 weeks 2 days ago

As a long-time Mac user, I once had to rely on Key Caps, an early Mac helper that would show you where special characters hid on a keyboard. Holding down Option and Shift-Option would reveal the secrets of π and ‰ and accent marks.

That feature never disappeared, though it did recede from view, and was renamed Keyboard Viewer. You may rarely need it—except when you’re trying to type a key that your keyboard doesn’t allow or you can’t find.

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Keyboard Viewer shows you “key caps.” You can click to “type.”

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Glenn Fleishman

Get a new Apple Watch Series 4 for one of the lowest prices we've seen

2 weeks 4 days ago

It’s almost a new year, so why not treat yourself to a new Apple Watch? It’s a good time for it. Currently Amazon is selling the 40mm GPS Apple Watch Series 4 with silver coloring and a white Sport Band for a discount of 5 percent, which is enough to knock over $19 off the price. That means you can buy it for just $365.74, which is one of the best prices we’ve seen to date for this device.

Keep in mind, though, that you’ll have to check the coupon box below the price to qualify for the discount.

The same discount applies to the larger space gray 44mm Apple Watch Series 4 with an aluminum body and black Sport Loop. Apply the coupon, and you’ll get it for just $407.55, down from the normal price of $429.00. Again, don’t forget about the coupon code.

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Leif Johnson

If you have an older Mac, don’t forget about the SD Card slot

2 weeks 4 days ago

What if you need more storage space on your Mac, but upgrades are impossible or too expensive, or an externally connected drive won’t do? The SD Card slot found in many older and some newer Macs is worth looking at as an option.

In recent years, Apple has shifted from Macs that can have internal storage upgraded to higher capacities or from a hard disk drive (HDD) to an SSD—though sometimes with a fair amount of difficulty—to storage that can’t be modified after purchase.

Even on Macs that offer some degree of drive upgradability, you may still feel stung by SSD prices. My wife recently acquired a mid-2014 MacBook Pro with an easily swappable 500GB SSD module. But upgrading to 1TB? The price tag is over $400. (SSD modules that work with other computers can be as little as $150 for the same capacity, but those aren’t compatible with Apple’s slot.)

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Glenn Fleishman

The 10 best Mac games of 2018

2 weeks 4 days ago
The best games for MacBooks and iMacs

Image by Motion Twin

Whatever else you may say about 2018, the year proved that plenty of developers still take the Mac seriously as a gaming platform. I’m fond of saying that we as Mac gamers enjoy quality at the expensive of quantity, and standout titles like Subnautica and Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire—both of which released at the same time as their PC counterparts—serve as proof of that. Nor did I have to struggle for this list: There are plenty of new enjoyable games like The Banner Saga 3 and The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset that deliver hours of entertainment but fall a tad short of the greatness of the following entries.

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