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Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords

1 day 3 hours ago

Earbud makers have been busy doing away with wires—a good thing whether or not your phone still has a headset jack. You no longer have to deal with cords if you don't want to. True wireless earbuds connect to one another and your audio source via Bluetooth.

No wires mean no inline microphones or controls, but truly wireless earbuds sound just as good as traditional Bluetooth counterparts (for better or worse). They also boast all of the features we've come to expect from earbuds designed to work with your smartphone, tablet, or PC.

Since Apple’s AirPods became a runaway hit, an endless stream of companies have rolled out their own true wireless earbuds and earphones. As you might expect, not all of them are worth your time or money—so we've got your back with buying suggestions to meet a wide variety of needs.

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Séamus Bellamy

Epic Games removes 'Infinity Blade,' location tracking in apps, and best Apple holiday gifts

1 day 14 hours ago
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For this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we'll be discussing Epic Games' removal of the Infinity Blade series from the App Store and what it says about app maintenance and game preservation. We'll also be discussing The New York Times' report on how apps constantly track your location data, even when using an otherwise secure device like an iPhone. We'll then close by discussing the best Apple products to give as holiday gifts.

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Jason Cross,

Leif Johnson

Keyboard Maestro Macro Manager for Mac: $15.20

1 day 15 hours ago

This is one of those deals I just love to be able to offer! It’s for Keyboard Maestro, a Mac utility most of us use at TMO. Keyboard Maestro lets you set up and run macros, control apps, complete long passages with a few keystrokes, and more. Our deal is for $19, but coupon code GREENMONDAY20 at checkout brings it down to $15.20.


Bryan Chaffin

Apple Pay Launched in Germany

1 day 15 hours ago

Apple Pay finally launched in Germany with 15 major banks and credit card providers, as well as key retailers, announced as launch partners.


Charlotte Henry

Epic Games cuts the once-loved 'Infinity Blade' series from the App Store

1 day 15 hours ago

And just like that, the Infinity Blade games are gone. Yesterday Infinity Blade and Fortnite maker Epic Games stripped them from the iOS App Store, claiming that “it has become increasingly difficult for our team to support the Infinity Blade series at a level that meets our standards.”

So much for infinity.

You can’t buy the games anymore, but if you already own them, Epic claims it will keep supporting 2013’s Infinity Blade III with updated Clash Mobs and “other surprises” throughout the next month. For that matter, you can also download a free collection of Infinity Blade stickers from 2016.

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Leif Johnson

How London Is Hacking its Traffic Lights

1 day 15 hours ago

LONDON – There are over 6,000 traffic lights in London, which both pedestrians and drivers need to navigate as they make their way around the city. Wired has a fascinating feature on how the city’s transport authority, Transport for London, is hacking this network of traffic lights to make London more pleasant for pedestrians. What is more, AI and autonomous vehicles is likely to have a huge effect on how this all works in the future.

Such ideas don’t necessarily require technology, new innovations could further change our roads and the signals managing them. For example, researchers are working on ways to get rid of traffic lights entirely, with autonomous intersection management. Rather than wait at a red light, connected, self-driving cars schedule a route through a junction; because speeds and therefore positioning can be perfectly managed, all the cars can go at once, choreographed like a horrifying traffic ballet.


Charlotte Henry

Tawain Suppliers Give Apple Investors Reason to be Bullish

1 day 15 hours ago

Lots of recent Apple coverage focussed on iPhone sales figures, Apple’s decision not to reveal iPhone sales figures, and the knock-on effect this has all had on the firm’s share price. However, Bloomberg reported that investors may have something to cheer about. It revealed positive sales numbers from Taiwanese firms that make components for the iPhone. Notably, it included data from Hon Hai Precision Industry, owned by major iPhone manufacturer Foxconn.

Revenue at the two main assemblers of iPhones showed growth that may surprise bears. Across a collection of Taiwanese suppliers, including component makers, November sales climbed 9.3 % from a year earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. Taiwan requires companies to report revenue monthly, giving the market unique mid-quarter insight into the hardware supply chain. At Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the flagship of Foxconn Technology Group, combined October and November sales grew 12.9% while Pegatron Corp. posted a 25% uptick.


Charlotte Henry

Samsung Scraps Headphone Jack in Galaxy A8s

1 day 15 hours ago

Having mocked Apple for years for scrapping the iPhone’s headphone jack, Samsung has followed suit. Its new Galaxy A8s phone does not have the component. Instead, users need a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter to plug in headphones. Given the taunting adverts and on-stage jibes from Samsung executives about the lack of a headphone jack in the iPhone, I’m sure nobody at Apple will mention this…from MacRumors:

Samsung today introduced its latest smartphone, the Galaxy A8s. It is Samsung’s first smartphone with an Infinity-O display, which has a nearly edge-to-edge, uninterrupted design beyond a small hole for the front-facing camera. It is also Samsung’s first smartphone without a headphone jack, much to the amusement of iPhone users, as Samsung has mocked Apple for over two years over its decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016, a trend that has continued through to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.


Charlotte Henry

CuriosityStream 2-Year Subscription: $23.99

1 day 16 hours ago

We have a deal on a 2-year subscription for CuriosityStream, the streaming and on-demand service with more than 2,000 documentaries and shows. It works in a browser, iOS, Apple TV 4 and above, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, and more. It’s $29.99 through our deal, but coupon code GREENMONDAY20 at checkout brings it down to $23.99.


Bryan Chaffin