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Sonos One: Alexa-Controlled Wireless Home Speaker

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:01:18 +0000

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Wireless speaker company Sonos recently debuted voice support in two forms: pairing their speakers with an Amazon Alexa-enabled device like an Echo or Dot, and with Sonos’s first voice-enabled speaker, the Sonos One. We put the new speaker through its paces.

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5 Great iPhone Task Management Apps

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:22:56 +0000

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Jeff Butts walks you through these awesome alternatives, helping you to figure out which one is right for you.

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Here’s How to Convert Your Blu-ray or DVD Movies to iTunes the Right Way

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:44:58 +0000

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This quick tip can save you either dozens of hours of computer processing time, or hundreds of dollars in buying digital copies of your favorite films.

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Sylvania Announces Apple HomeKit Smartbulbs and Flexstrip

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:43:06 +0000

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Sylvania announced two lighting products for Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem. The Sylvania Smart+ A19 Soft White LED Bulb puts out 800 lumens, the equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent lightbulb. It’s dimmable, and joins the full color A19 already on the market. The Sylvania Smart+ Full Color LED Flex Strip supports both full color and dimming. It puts out 400 lumens, or roughly the equivalent of a 30 watt incandescent bulb. Neither light requires a hub for on-off functionality, but work in Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem with hubs like an Apple TV, HomePod, or an iPad. Using a hub, users can automate the lights and access them remotely. I’m stoked to see new HomeKit products hit the market, and these ship on October 23rd. They’re on Amazon now, listed as out-of-stock. The Smart+ A19 Soft White LED Bulb is $25.99, while the Smart+ Full Color LED Flex Strip is $59.99.

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You Should Know: An Apple ID Phishing Scam is Going Around

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:15:15 +0000

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Apple IDs don’t expire. Even if you forgot your username and password, your Apple ID is still floating around in the ether. Apple doesn’t shut down IDs after a certain period of inactivity.

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iOS 11: Share Wi-Fi Passwords More Easily With This New Feature

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:56:24 +0000

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Some requirements: you and your friends will need to have iOS 11, and be in each other’s contacts.

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Benchmarking High Sierra on Older Macs, Who’s to Blame for iPhone Addition – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-16

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:39:48 +0000

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John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to examine benchmarks showing that High Sierra is faster on older Macs than Sierra. They also talk about the issue of smartphone addiction, who’s to blame, and whether or not it’s a problem for Apple.

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Kaspersky Lab Finds Adobe Flash Bug in the Wild from BlackOasis Group

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:16:48 +0000

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As of yesterday, Adobe has already identified the bug (CVE-2017-11292) and released a security patch for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS.

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Yes, High Sierra on Older Macs Really Does Boost Performance

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:07:31 +0000

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While Jeff Butts doesn’t use his mid-2010 Mac Mini as often as his other Mac, it’s definitely worth noting that the elderly computer performs so well with the newer version of the operating system.

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3D Printed Moon Light Lamp Looks Like the Moon

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:05:32 +0000

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I’m newly obsessed with the Moon Light. It’s a 3D printed lamp that looks like the Moon when it’s lit up. Interestingly, it doesn’t look much like the Moon when it’s not lit. There are tons of videos on YouTube from folks, and those videos look pretty much like the company’s promotion pics. It has a warm light and cool light mode, and you can the light and intensity with a touch. It recharges via a USB port, too. It comes in multiple sizes, with the smallest—3.5-inches—coming with a ceramic hand for a base. The larger sizes, up to 7.3-inches in diameter, come on a wooden base. That largest model is $79.99 on TheApolloBox, but I found it on Amazon for $45.99. The 5.7-inch model is $29.99 on Amazon. It’s pretty cool!

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Updated List of WPA-2 KRACK Patches in Consumer Routers

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:37:48 +0000

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We’re keeping an up-to-date list of KRACK-related router firmware updates so you can find out if one is available for your router.

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Greenpeace Says Samsung Should Copy Apple’s Environmental Initiatives

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:30:13 +0000

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The report simultaneously praises Apple’s efforts on green energy (which it graded an A), while shaming Samsung for its dismal efforts to be environmentally responsible.

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DASH A – World’s Flattest Bluetooth Speaker for $59.99

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:28 +0000

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We have a deal on the DASH A, which the company says is the world’s flattest Bluetooth speaker. It offers 10 hours of playback and has an audio port-in, too. It’s $59.99 through us.

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How to Use One-Handed Zoom in iOS 11’s Maps

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:45 +0000

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There’ll be no more endlessly double-tapping on your screen, folks, and that’s a very good thing.

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Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK – Mac Geek Gab 679

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:19:04 +0000

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Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK are the topics today, but that means you’re in for a real treat. The goal is for everyone to learn at least four (4!) new things, but today you’re guaranteed to learn a whole lot more. Download, press play, and enjoy!

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Wi-Fi Calling Not Working on Your New iPhone? It May Need to be Re-enabled

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:10:47 +0000

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If you update to a new iPhone and WiFi calling seems to stop working, there’s a good explanation for that: Your call settings may not have carried over from your previous phone.

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TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with TMO Contributor Kelly Guimont

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:54:46 +0000

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Kelly Guimont does TextExpander technical support for Smile Software. She’s also a podcaster and a TMO Contributor. And she joins the TMO Daily Observations (TDO) Podcast with me on most Wednesdays. On a recent TDO episode, Kelly revealed that she holds her iPhone in a very special way with one hand. Just how she operates the iPhone in that mode and how she manages her apps created a very interesting follow-up discussion in this podcast. Kelly also shared her thoughts on the latest iTunes, version 12.7., that eliminated app support. (Apple has since mildly reversed course.) Kelly and I really let loose here, so don’t miss the fun!

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Our Must Have Grocery Apps For Your Next Shopping Trip

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:45:26 +0000

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There are plenty of grocery apps to choose from, and we’ve found some of the best. Whether you need to build a grocery list, or you’re trying to find the best deals, this selection of free apps can help you get started.

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Apple Already Patched KRACK Hack in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:59:25 +0000

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Apple has already patched against the KRACK hack in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS. iMore publisher Rene Ritchie tweeted that Apple confirmed all four OSes have been patched against the threat. In a separate piece, the site noted that Apple’s AirPort base stations have also been patched against KRACK. The flaw, called Key Reinstallation attack (KRACK) takes advantage of a flaw in the WPA2 standard that lets an attacker decrypt the data flowing through the wireless network. As noted in TMO’s Daily Observations on Monday, Aruba and Ubiquiti enterprise servers have also been patched. TMO‘s Dave Hamilton explained in that episode how router makers are very motivated to get this issue patched, and that firmware updates are in the works at most major manufacturers.

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Watch This Video of Dubai Police Star Wars-Like Hoverbike In-Action

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:34:04 +0000

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Check out this video of the Hoversurf in action. It’s a promo video Hoversurf produced with the Dubai police department to show off the Star Wars-like hoverbikes being produced for the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. These things can travel at 70 kilometers per hour (43.5MPH), according to ABC, with a range of 6 clicks (3.7 miles) and flight time of 25 minutes. It’s intensely awesome, except for the part where it’s obviously difficult to control. And keep in mind that this video is a carefully edited promotional video produced under what are theoretically optimum conditions. But whatevs, because [hoverbike]!

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How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone X

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:11:42 +0000

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The new key combination to take a screenshot on iPhone X should be fairly intuitive for most.

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Apple Quietly Puts Beddit Sleep Monitor to Rest

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:47:26 +0000

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Whatever Apple has in store for the Beddit sleep monitoring system, it doesn’t look like maintaining the product is in the plans.

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iOS 11.1 DB3 Released with Fix for iPhone X TrueDepth Camera Bug

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:08:25 +0000

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iOS 11.1 DB3 has bug fixes and interface refinements, including a bug fix for Apple’s unreleased iPhone X.

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KRACK WPA2 Flaw Explained, Qualcomm’s Push for iPhone Production Ban – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-16

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:22:12 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss the impact the KRACK WPA2 WiFi security threat will have on us, plus they look at Qualcomm’s push to ban iPhone manufacturing in China.

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iOS 11: How to Make New Notes from Your iPad Pro Lock Screen

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:55:42 +0000

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If you have an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and want to quickly jot a note you don’t need to unlock your tablet first.

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Treblab RF100 Magnetic HD Earphones

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:53:45 +0000

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We have a deal on a pair of Treblab RF100 Magnetic HD Earphones. These devices offer passive noise cancelling by physically blocking out sound when they’re in your ears. The housing is magnetic, too, so that they stay together when not in use.

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KRACK Hacks WiFi WPA2 Encryption, Even for Apple Products

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:42:59 +0000

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The WPA2 encryption your Wi-Fi basestation uses isn’t as secure as you thought. Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef revealed a flaw that makes any WPA2 encrypted data on a WiFi network hackable, regardless of what operating system you use.

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Here’s How To Get a Sprint iPhone 8 For $10 a Month

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:40:54 +0000

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First, you’ll have to be a new customer to apply. Or, if you’re an existing customer, you can trade in an eligible phone. Then, sign up for the Sprint Flex lease and upgrade program.

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7 Ways to Watch Your Movies Anywhere Collection

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:33:09 +0000

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Movies Anywhere is unifying our digital movie purchases from iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and Vudu. Read on to see a few ways you can watch your newly combined movie library.

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Get Free Bitcoins from 55 Faucets That Pay

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:15:04 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: Added new faucets to the confirmed list, two new faucets we’re testing, and reordered the tables. – Bryan]

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Qualcomm Wants China to Ban iPhones, Claims to Have Invented Force Touch

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:57:01 +0000

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The threat to Apple in this infringement claim is that a Chinese ban on manufacturing hits Apple everywhere on the planet.

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6 Things You Can Do To Improve Your iPhone Photos

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:52:34 +0000

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We’ll start with three things to do before you take the shot, and three things you can do after the shot.

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Steve Wozniak Wants to ‘Reprogram’ Tech Education with Woz U, for Workers, Employers, and Schools

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:44:17 +0000

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Designed in conjunction with Southern Careers Institute, a for-profit university, Mr. Wozniak said his goal was to help people learn tech skills without accumulating a mountain of debt.

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The Blame Game: When Customers Obsess Over an Apple iPhone

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:39:09 +0000

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It’s well known that many Apple customers spend too much time with their iPhones, and some would make that Apple’s fault.

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iPhone Stylus, Disney’s Movies Anywhere – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-13

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:17:34 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the possibility of an iPhone Apple Pencil, plus they look at Disney’s new Movies Anywhere service.

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60% Off a ZeroLemon PowerCube 50000mAh Portable Power Station

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:49:47 +0000

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We have a great deal on a ZeroLemon PowerCube 50000mAh Portable Power Station. In addition to its large capacity of 50,000mAh, it also has 8 outputs, including DC, AC, USB, and a Quick Charge 3.0. It’s 60% off through our deal, at $159.99

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Stranger Things Season 2 Final Trailer is Off the Hook

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:38:28 +0000

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Stranger Things Season 1 was amazing, and if the final trailer for Season 2 is any indication we’re in for an awesome ride. It looks like the Upside Down isn’t done with Will yet, everyone in Hawkins is in danger, and Eleven is even more bad-ass than before. Stranger Things Season 2 is a Netflix original series premiering on October 27th, just in time for Halloween. How appropriate.

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Sketchy Report Says Apple is Working on an iPhone Stylus

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:53:33 +0000

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A report says Apple has an iPhone stylus in the works and we’ll see it in 2019. I don’t think so.

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Movies Anywhere Lets You Watch Your Movies on Any Platform, Including iTunes

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:27:57 +0000

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The service acts as a central clearing house allowing users to buy (or who bought in the past) a movie from one retailer to watch it on any of the other participating platforms.

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Blockchain.info Adds Support for Bitcoin Cash, Unlocks Bitcoin Cash Held Since August 1st

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:12:55 +0000

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Starting today, Blockchain.info wallet users can store, exchange, and send Bitcoin Cash within those wallets.

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BBEdit 12 Improves Text Manipulation and Search, Color Schemes, More

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:28:31 +0000

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Bare Bones Software released BBEdit 12 on Thursday with improved search and editing, added color schemes, and more.

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macOS High Sierra: Enhance Browsing With Safari Website Controls

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:18:13 +0000

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The level of control that Apple provides in Safari makes it more enticing to use over third-party browsers.

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Wacom Graphic Tablets get macOS High Sierra Support

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:31:29 +0000

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Good news, designers! Wacom released updated drivers for its graphics tablets on Thursday that add support for macOS High Sierra.

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How to Reboot Your iPhone X

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:23:21 +0000

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Perhaps Apple doesn’t think we’ll ever need to reboot the device, but Jeff Butts has uncovered a couple of ways to do it anyways.

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iOS: How to Add Shared Google Calendars on Your iPhone

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:58:18 +0000

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It’s possible to add shared Google calendars in Apple’s Calendars app too. You don’t need Google’s Calendar app. Here’s how to do it.

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Discover Card and Apple Pay, Microsoft Office Alternatives – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-12

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:29:30 +0000

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Jeff Butts and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to discuss Discover Card’s new Apple Pay perk, plus they look at alternatives to Microsoft Office.

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Is Apple Working on a New OS, Apple TV Pros and Cons, and Feature Drift – Pop.0 15 [Video Podcast]

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:20:09 +0000

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In episode 15 of Pop.0, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit debate whether or not Apple—or anyone else—is working on any kind of next generation operating system. They also discuss what’s good and bad about Apple TV, and how Apple’s lack of feature parity across its product lines is dooming new technologies like 3D Touch, Touch Bar, and more. If you enjoy it, please subscribe. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)

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Nix Mini Color Sensor Works with Your iPhone: $69

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:55:37 +0000

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We have a deal for you today on the Nix Mini Color Sensor. This little device is a color sensor that reports to your iPhone (or Android device). More specifically, it will match a given color to an existing color library of more than 28,000 brand name paint colors, as well as RGB, HEX, CMYK, and LAB colors. It’s $69 through us.

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iOS 11: How to Draw in Mail

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:04:38 +0000

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If you want to add a quick sketch to an email message you’re crafting on your iPhone or iPad you don’t need to make a trip over to the Notes app first.

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Microsoft Officially Drops Office for Mac 2011 Support

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:18:51 +0000

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It’s official and right on schedule: Microsoft is no longer offering any support for Office for Mac 2011.

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