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iOS 13: How to set and use Favorites and Collections in Maps

Apple has slowly been releasing brand-new mapping data across the U.S., and it's more detailed and accurate than ever before. But a great mobile maps experience is about more than just great map data. With iOS 13, Apple's adding a slew of useful new features, and the most useful are probably the ability to mark locations as favorites and build … [Read more...]

Why Disney’s video bundle will force Apple to bundle Apple TV+

It’s amazing how one company can change how you view pricing in an entire market.More than a year ago, I made some guesses about how Apple would roll out its still-forthcoming TV streaming service. I was a symbol away from getting the name right, and guessed that “Apple TV”—we now know it’s called Apple TV+—would cost $7.99 a month, with an … [Read more...]

Momentum Meri smart thermostat review: The opposite of bang for the buck

Sluggish, convoluted, and unreliable, this low-cost smart thermostat just can't justify its $99 price tag. … [Read more...]

It’s time to liberate the Apple Watch from the iPhone

By the time watchOS 6 drops later this year, only the slimmest of threads will keep the Apple Watch tethered to the iPhone. The watch itself will soon have its own App Store. It’ll have more useful built-in apps, such as a calculator and voice memos, and long ago, the cellular models eliminated the need to rely on the iPhone for internet … [Read more...]

Samsung HW-Q70R soundbar review: This easy-to-install soundbar delivers Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

Yes, it’s pricey, but the Samsung HW-Q70R lets you add rich, detailed, and immersive sound, complete with Dolby Atmos and DTS;X support, to your TV in a matter of minutes. … [Read more...]

FAA confirms ban of recalled 2015 15-inch MacBook Pros on U.S. flights

Remember how Samsung suffered the indignity of having the Galaxy Note 7 banned from U.S. flights, and how one exploded on a Southwest Airlines flight? Apple is attracting slightly similar attention after Bloomberg quoted a statement from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration confirming that 2015 15-inch MacBook Pros with defective batteries are … [Read more...]

New Apple Maps are rolling out to the northeast U.S.

About a year ago, Apple announced a huge change to Apple Maps. It wasn’t about new features in the Maps app (though there are new features coming in iOS 13), but rather a complete overhaul of the fundamental map data. Buildings, rivers, roads, vegetation; it’s all vastly more detailed and accurate in the new maps.Apple began rolling out the new … [Read more...]

Brilliant is adding native LIFX smart bulb support to its smart home controller

LIFX bulbs use Wi-Fi, so they don’t necessarily need a controller, but this should be a benefit to Brilliant users nonetheless. … [Read more...]

Hacks: Tall tales of Apple security woes

Have you heard the one about the Face ID “hack”?WELL. Keep your hands and feet inside the cart as this ride can take sudden turns.Writing for the Forbes contributor network and yodeling mime academy, Davey Winder says “Apple's iPhone FaceID Hacked In Less Than 120 Seconds.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)“Hacked”, you will not be surprised … [Read more...]

Samsung SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug review: No hub required, but wear your debugging hat

It’s affordable enough, but ultimately not worth your time in its present state. … [Read more...]

How to use Google Photos to backup your iPhone

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There’s a good chance you are already backing up your photos and video from your iPhone through iCloud, Google Photos, or another service and that’s great, but I’m also sure you probably have a parent or sibling that isn’t, especially if they’ve already filled up their free allotted iCloud storage. It’s easy with Google Photos to get free … [Read more...]

How Apple reinvents its core business to keep growing

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Last week, Apple’s Q3 2019 financial results caused a bit of a hubbub because iPhone revenue was—for the first time in seven years—less than half of Apple’s overall revenue. The cause is a slowdown in iPhone sales combined with dramatic growth in two other areas: wearables and services.But this is hardly the first time Apple has experienced a major … [Read more...]

Soulver 3 review: Mac app simplifies readable calculations and conversions

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Calculations are for computers, but Soulver makes them human again. The app, overhauled for version 3, lets you type in readable and formatted arithmetic calculations, functions, dates, and unit conversions, and get results you can use.It’s particularly useful if you’re constantly working among combinations of units, such as throughput over time … [Read more...]

Best high-resolution digital audio player: Which DAP reigns supreme?

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We review hi-res audio players from Astell&Kern, Pioneer, Questyle, and more. Find out which shine above the others. … [Read more...]

Samsung SmartThings Cam review: A top-notch security cam particularly suited to SmartThings users

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But this pint-sized camera will make a great impression on anyone with basic surveillance needs. … [Read more...]

Why the war on smartphone bezels is going too far

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The war on smartphone bezels is going too far. As vendors shave off millimeters or even go edgeless, we're losing features and comfort along the way. But there's one phone that could save us. … [Read more...]

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