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Google Suspends Some Huawei Business Following Trump Blacklist

1 day 18 hours ago

Google suspended some of its business with Huawei following President Trump’s decision to blacklist the firm. Reuters broke the news Sunday. The suspension affects the transfer of some hardware, software and technical services involving the Chinese telecoms giant.

Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world…Holders of current Huawei smartphones with Google apps, however, will continue to be able to use and download app updates provided by Google, a Google spokesperson said.


Charlotte Henry

We Are Digital Renters of Our Own Objects

1 day 18 hours ago

I thought this was an interesting angle in the “Our technology controls” us narrative. It’s the idea that we are sort of digital renters of our technology.

Today, we may think we own things because we paid for them and brought them home, but as long as they run software or have digital connectivity, the sellers continue to have control over the product. We are renters of our own objects, there by the grace of the true owner.

 


Andrew Orr

How to use Siri for hands-free Apple TV control

1 day 19 hours ago

Siri has always been one of the Apple TV’s best features. On a fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K, the voice assistant can quickly launch videos, tune to live TV channels, and provide search results for specific genres.

But until recently, Apple didn’t offer a hands-free way to use Siri on an Apple TV, like Amazon offers with Fire TV and Alexa, or like Google offers with Chromecast, Android TV, and Google Assistant. If you wanted to control the Apple TV, you had to reach for the remote.

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Jared Newman

Saddleback Leather Thirteener Thin Leather Briefcase review: Tough scuff

1 day 19 hours ago

The new Thirteener Thin Leather Briefcase from Saddleback Leather Co. looks a little, well, like a saddlebag. (I was a cowboy for years, so I don’t say this lightly.) And much like a saddlebag, this 14.25 x 10-inch briefcase is big enough to hold necessities without being a burden, which makes it a perfect (if heavy duty) companion for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro or the new MacBook Air. So long as you don’t try to take the whole ranch along on your commute and can deal with some scuffing, it should serve you well.

The $349 Thirteener also reminds me of a good saddlebag because there’s little reason to worry about it falling apart over the next five years—or maybe even the next 50. Saddleback always uses heavy full-grain leather for its leather bags, which means they’re highly water-resistant without any treatment. You also won’t find any snaggable zippers, as it closes with Saddleback’s signature front buckle. With enough practice, it’s only slightly slower than opening a zipper.

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Leif Johnson

New PDFpen 11 Introduces Split View and Font Bar

2 days 7 hours ago
Smile has updated its PDF editing apps, PDFpen and PDFpenPro, to version 11, offering a new Split View capability, a Font Bar for easy PDF text formatting, and other welcome conveniences.

Michael E. Cohen

Organize your priorities and boost your productivity for $59 with Focuster

2 days 8 hours ago

Let’s face it, everyone procrastinates, whether in work or in life. When faced with a mountain of work, we tend to put off the most pressing tasks, which induces more stress on ourselves as the deadlines loom closer. If you need help getting your priorities in order and boosting your productivity, look no further than Focuster, which is on sale for just $59.

Focuster is a productivity app that’s designed to help you focus on any given task while also prioritizing the tasks which are most important. It features a streamlined interface designed to eliminate distractions, and from here you can schedule tasks on your calendar and rank them by priority. Focuster will alert you with smart reminders when you have tasks due soon. Additionally, Focuster features an Activity Bar so you can view all of the tasks you need to accomplish each day as well as the time you have left to complete them.

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DealPost Team

ProWritingAid Premium will help you improve your writing style for $30

2 days 8 hours ago

Everyone, from college students to professional authors, is prone to writing mistakes, and with today’s hectic work environments, the last thing you’ll want to do is go back and check your work. However, there’s no denying that polished, well-edited words are far better at presenting your ideas than an unfiltered rough draft. ProWritingAid Premium was made to help you overcome your grammar and style errors, and you can sign up for as low as $29.99.

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DealPost Team

Save Over 50% On The ECOVACS Deebot Robot Vacuum Cleaner

2 days 8 hours ago

If you watched The Jetsons as a kid, you’re probably bummed that present day isn’t as futuristic as you hoped. However, many science fiction fantasies have become realities since, such as robot vacuums. You're not flying a hover-car to work everyday, but at least your Deebot smart vacuum will clean your house for you, and you can get one on sale for $339.

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DealPost Team

These WD 10TB My Book and 4TB My Passport deals are so insane we thought they were a mistake

2 days 12 hours ago

Editor's note 1:05 pm ET: These deals are currently unavailable but we recommend checking periodically throughout the day in case they pop up again.

Even if you don’t need any more storage for your PC right now, you might want to consider grabbing one of these Western Digital Amazon deals, since we don't know how long they will last. Today Amazon is selling WD 10TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive for $80Remove non-product link, 73 percent off its list price and the 4TB My Passport drive for $55Remove non-product link, 65 percent off and far below the previous low price of $90.

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Michael Simon

The Top Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2019

2 days 15 hours ago
If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here’s our list for 2019. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others. Updated for Layers, try! Swift San Jose, MacDeployment, iOSDevCamp DC, and MacSysAdmin.

Adam Engst