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Ausounds AU Stream ANC review: Impressive sound and active noise cancellation

Active noise cancellation is still a rarity when it comes to true wireless earbuds, and it’s generally an expensive feature, to boot. Enter the Ausounds AU Stream ANC earphones, a pair of relatively compact and comfortable Bluetooth earbuds that pack in impressive sound, a water-resistant design, and solid noise-cancellation abilities for a … [Read more...]

8 hidden features of macOS Catalina

MacOS Catalina is here, and with it, a bunch of top-line features: Mac Catalyst, new apps, Sidecar, Screen Time, and Voice Control. But as you might expect, Catalina also includes dozens of small feature changes that are worth investigating. Here are a few of the most interesting hidden features in macOS Catalina.Home theater at last For the first … [Read more...]

Xfinity Flex review: Comcast’s “free” streaming hardware/service combo is a work in progress

It’s a clever customer-retention gambit, but neither the hardware nor the service is best in class. … [Read more...]

Vizio SB36514-G6 Home Theater Sound System review: Impressive sound, but we had Chromecast issues

We loved its true surround sound and immersive Dolby Atmos effects, but the Vizio SB36514-G6 gave us trouble when it came to iOS 13 and Chromecast. … [Read more...]

How to use the over-capture feature in the new iPhone camera to crop and adjust images later

The new iPhone 11 series of phones brings a new way to frame and shoot photos that gives you flexibility after you’ve snapped that shot. The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max all bring in detail outside your framed preview from the next widest lens as you point at a scene in both portrait and landscape. IDG In the Camera settings in iOS 13, you … [Read more...]

Owlcam review: The easiest, classiest, most phone-centric dash cam on the market

When it first shipped, the Owlcam broke new ground by cherry-picking the best ideas from the competition and adding an excellent trick of its own: uploading incident video in real time to the cloud. It’s also easily the slickest consumer experience in the market, with some real top-notch design flourishes. But at $349 on Amazon plus a yearly … [Read more...]

AppleCare+: Everything you need to know about Apple’s extended warranty program

Your Apple gear wasn’t cheap. And if you drop your iPhone, your iPad stops turning on one day, or you smack your Apple Watch into something and shatter it, getting it repaired probably won’t be cheap either.Apple includes a one-year limited warranty with all hardware so if there’s a manufacturing defect, you’ll be covered. To also protect against … [Read more...]

Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Apple lands ‘A Christmas Carol’ with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds

Apple is said to be spending a couple billion dollars over 2018 and 2019 on the development of exclusive original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment.What can you get for a couple billion dollars? Apple hopes to attract some of the best … [Read more...]

Why you’re prompted to erase an external drive when you use it with Time Machine

When you attach an external drive to a Mac to use with Time Machine and confirm the prompt that appears asking if you want to use it for that purpose, you may then be prompted to erase the drive. Why does that happen?As noted in previous columns, Apple supports backing up macOS drives in both the older HFS+ (“Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” in Disk … [Read more...]

I’ve got no strings: AirPods are more than an evil plot

The Macalope regrets to inform you that even though it’s late 2019 we’re still talking about the headphone jack.Writing for NBC, Nicky Woolf says “Apple's AirPods changed everything. They gave the company near-monopolistic power over users.” (Tip o’ the antlers to JoeFoe and Bill in Dallas.)The Macalope is so old he remembers when AirPods were so … [Read more...]

Apple’s watch faces are slowly improving. Is it time for third-party faces?

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Last year, when Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 4, I was surprised that the company didn’t bother to update most of its watch faces, and expressed some hope that the company would place more emphasis on faces in the Series 5.Thanks to the new always-on display, Apple has definitely made watch faces the center of attention in a way they … [Read more...]

Inside Apple’s A13 Bionic system-on-chip

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Since the very first Apple-designed smartphone chip (the A4 back in 2010), the company has been a force to be reckoned with in mobile silicon design. It was with the A6 a couple years later, when Apple used its own CPU design instead of a licensed architecture, that its performance leadership really started to kick into high gear.For the last … [Read more...]

Mixcder E9 noise-cancelling headphones review: Good noise cancelling and sound at a budget price

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Mixcder’s new E9 wireless noise cancelling headphone are a great fit for those who want decent noise cancelling and sound and don’t mind sacrificing aesthetics and premium materials to get it. … [Read more...]

Samsung Q80R 4K UHD TV review: The smart shopper’s option in top-tier TVs

Samsung's Q80R is a bargain in the land of top-tier TVs. It has a great picture, but saves you money by omitting unnecessary (albeit nifty) top-of-the-line design flourishes. … [Read more...]

2019 10.2-inch iPad review: The premier entry-level Apple device

When I first saw the new 7th-generation iPad, I wondered why Apple even bothered to release an updated model this year. Sure, the 10.2-inch display reveals a slight boost in size over last year’s 9.7-inch iPad, and the latest model finally has a Smart Connector, but for all that, this iPad has the same cameras and A10 processor as last year’s … [Read more...]

Five Android features I miss after switching to the iPhone 11 (and five I want to steal)

I've been using the iPhone 11 for the past week and I there's a lot to like—and not like. … [Read more...]

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