HomePod: New report details side project that took a while before it became a priority

The HomePod (originally rumored to be called Siri Speaker) is a smart speaker with Wi-Fi capabilities intended to compete against Amazon Echo devices and Google Home—although it will be significantly more expensive. Revealed during Apple’s WWDC keynote, Apple’s senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller boasted about the HomePod’s audio quality, its … [Read more...]

Today, 75% off Lumina 5200 mAh Portable Power Bank Charger – Deal Alert

This powerful full-speed 5200mAh charger from Lumina features huge 2.4A output to keep your devices powered up while you're out, or in an emergency. The charger currently averages 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 380 reviewers (read recent reviews here). This item has been included as one of Amazon's "Prime Week" deals of the day, so right now … [Read more...]

How to avoid password-prompted phishing scams in iOS

Unfortunately, it’s easy for an app developer with malicious intent to create a pop-up dialog in iOS that exactly resembles a system-level message prompting for a password. Felix Krause, like other iOS developers and security advocates, have taken issue with this for years. Krause is the founder of fastlane, a project designed to speed app release … [Read more...]

Awair Glow review: This air monitor smartens your “dumb” appliances

The Glow activates conventional fans, air conditioners, and other appliances in response to changes in your home's air quality. … [Read more...]

Black Friday deals: Best sales on TVs, speakers, and streaming video devices

It's a jungle out thereThere’s a lot to love about Black Friday and the opportunity it provides to score some sweet deals. But there’s also a lot to be leery of. That seems particularly true of home-theater deals, which can present a minefield of sub-par models from the big brands, outdated tech, and trumped-up “bargains” that aren’t actually that … [Read more...]

Apple releases WatchOS 4.1 with new Radio app, GymKit support, and Apple Music streaming

When you’re done updating your iPhone to iOS 11.1 (gotta get those new emoji), you might as well dip into the Apple Watch app and update your wrist computer to WatchOS 4.1. The latest update adds a number of features promised in WatchOS 4, including GymKit compatibility and Apple Music streaming on the Series 3. The highlight of the update, for … [Read more...]

iOS 11.1 has 70 new emoji and it’s available now

It’s time to update your iOS devices, because iOS 11.1 is here. On Tuesday, Apple pushed iOS 11.1 out of beta and made it available to the masses, ushering in a slew of improvements as well as some new features. This is the first major iOS 11 update. The most notable addition is a large crop of new emoji—more than 70 new characters—including new … [Read more...]

Apple releases macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra update

Apple on Tuesday released an update to macOS High Sierra, the company’s operating system for Macs. According to the release notes, the macOS 10.13.1 update, “improves the security, stability, and reliability of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.”The macOS update coincides with the release of iOS 11.1. You’ll need both updates to take … [Read more...]

More iPhone X first impressions: Not quite a perfect 10 but still pretty great

While the rest of the world has a few days (or, gulp, weeks) to wait for the new iPhone X, Apple has bestowed review units on a few bloggers and vloggers, and their first thoughts have arrived. And surprise, surprise, they’re very positive.The impact on you at home: With a phone like iPhone X, first impressions matter, and Apple clearly wants … [Read more...]

Rylo is a 360-degree video camera that magically follows the action

Huh, I’ve never seen that before. That was my reaction when I first saw the new 360-degree Rylo video camera in action. 360-degree cameras are nothing new, and I’m rarely impressed by the VR content produced by these devices. But with a handful of crafty software tricks, Rylo ($499 at rises well above the fray.Rylo is small enough to sit … [Read more...]

47% off Garmin vivosmart HR Activity Tracker – Deal Post

Garmin's vivosmart is the touchscreen activity tracker with wrist-based heart rate and a full suite of smart notifications. The sleek band is comfortable to wear all day, and the always-on display shows your stats, even in sunlight. With a built-in heart rate sensor and altimeter, it tracks and displays steps, distance, calories, heart rate, floors … [Read more...]

Scary faces: The Face ID bogeyman

It is Halloween so it is an adorably appropriate time to talk about things you should be very scared of. And at the top of that list is not goblins or werewolves or public speaking but, instead, Face ID.Writing for CNBC, Erin Barry warns that “There may be a privacy risk lurking beneath that shiny new iPhone, and it’s written all over your face.” … [Read more...]

How Optimized iPhone Storage works with iCloud Photo Library

If you use iCloud Photo Library, iOS has a feature called Optimize iPhone Storage to help save storage space on your iPhone. Your original photos and videos are kept in iCloud Photo Library, and optimized versions are kept on your iPhone.Macworld reader Alexandra asks about optimized photos, iCloud Photo Library, and uploads: I have Optimize iPhone … [Read more...]

Hey Siri, Google Assistant is winning the AI game and it’s not even close

You might have missed the Apple references during last week’s Google Pixel 2 event, but they were there. There was VP of Product Management Mario Queiroz telling the crowd, “We don’t set aside better features for the larger devices.” Or pointing out that “even iMessages” would be transferred over when you decide to switch. And let’s not forget the … [Read more...]

Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat review: The lower price comes at the expense of signature feature

You can add the missing sensors back, but not cost effectively. … [Read more...]

TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam review: All the essentials in an affordably priced security camera

This security camera delivers crystal-clear video, sound and motion detection, and integration with Amazon's Echo Show smart speaker and display. … [Read more...]

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