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Keychron K1 Wireless Keyboard: Mechanical RGB Magic Beats Backlit Butterfly
The Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard may as well be the anti-butterfly keyboard. It’s thicker than Apple’s MacBook and Magic Keyboard. It has wild RGB lighting. It has an 87- or 104-key layout. And most importantly, its keys don’t get stuck.
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Microsoft To-Do: Check ‘New Mac To-do App’ Off Your List
It’s been four years since Microsoft scooped up Wunderlist, the popular cross-platform to-do app. Although that software has thus far received a stay of execution and remains available, the introduction of Microsoft To-Do two years later with no nati
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How A 16-inch MacBook Pro Sets The Table For ARM MacBooks
A 16-inch MacBook Pro with reduced bezels and possibly a new keyboard design is coming in October, according to a report in the Economic Daily News relayed by 9to5Mac. Most notable in this latest suggestion of Apple’s next-generation laptop is the pr
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Splashtop: Affordable Remote Access App With Core Remote Access Options
With a focus on just providing solid remote-access tools, Splashtop is far less expensive than its closest competitors, which include features that many users may not need, such as file storage, password management, and full-blown conferencing tools.
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Does Apple’s Simplified Mac Lineup Have A Hole In It?
When Steve Jobs came back to Apple, one of his early moves was to vastly simplify what had become a bloated lineup of Mac hardware. Jobs famously showed off a two-by-two product grid: pro and consumer, desktop and portable. Filling the grid were four
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SoundSource 4: Mac Audio Control App Apple Should Have Made
For all the advancements Apple has made over two decades with the Mac operating system, it’s surprising how little attention core features like menu-bar audio control have received. Traditionally little more than a convenient way to adjust volume wit
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Messages And Maps: Two Apps Apple Should Port From IOS To Mac
With macOS Catalina, Apple is providing a tool for developers (called Catalyst) that makes it really easy to take an existing iPad app over to the Mac. Apple started testing the technology in macOS Mojave last year, by porting over some of its own iO
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Monolith Headphone Amp And DAC With THX AAA Technology: High Value, Minor Flaws
Today’s laptops and smart devices pack lots of performance and high tech. Their audio prowess, however, often leaves something to be desired. The biggest shortcomings typically lie with their onboard amplification and the DACs that convert a digital
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Go64: Free Utility Preps Mac Users For 64-bit Catalina App-ocalypse
As you’ve probably heard, Apple is finally eliminating support for 32-bit Mac applications this fall. That means older software which hasn’t moved to 64-bit code won’t work on the latest macOS Catalina and although Cupertino has provided guidance on
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Is It A Good Idea For Apple To Buy Exclusive Rights To Podcasts?
The podcast industry has been flooded with big money over the last few years, as businesses and investors seek to get in on a rapidly growing media business that’s got a lot of room for audience and revenue growth. (Spotify alone is spending $500 mil
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Commander One 2.1: Mac File Manager Now Works With iOS Devices
For average Mac users, the concept of a separate application just to manage files and folders probably sounds like overkill. After all, the Finder is free, baked right into macOS, and does just about everything one could ever want. But file manager a
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Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100: Excellent Durability For Athletes, But Plagued By Connection Problems
Plantronics has a reputation for churning out well-made, reliable hands-free Bluetooth communications gear that drivers and corporate IT types adore. Its headphones and earphones, however, tend to fly under the radar of most music lovers. It’s a sham
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Hot Stuff
The iLife Shinebot W400 is a welcome departure from the typical robotic floor mop. It diligently scrubs floors, providing the agitation needed to lift up stubborn stains and leave the surface spotless. The Shinebot W400 uses a rapidly rotating microf
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Mac 911
One of the great selling points for Macs has been a combination of their longevity and resale value. I know plenty of people with decade-old Macs. In the last two decades, I’ve easily gotten seven or eight years out of some Macs I’ve owned, and then
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Apple Is Poised To Lose IPhone Users If It Keeps Ignoring The Middle
We’ve been hearing for months that longtime customers are souring on the iPhone upgrade cycle, and now there may be some evidence to back that up. According to a study conducted by BankMyCell of some 38,000 people, iPhone owners are 15 percent less l
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3 Reasons Why Apple Spent A Billion Bucks On Intel’s Smartphone Modem Business
The race to 5G just added a new lane. Following a report in the Wall Street Journal in late July, Apple announced that it will be acquiring the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem chip business, which went belly-up earlier this year. The transaction
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Apple Arcade Won’t Save Us From The Scourge Of Freemium Gaming, But It’s A Start
Games have been the top app category since the App Store’s inception. They’re so popular that, in iOS 11, Apple actually split Games off into its own tab, separate from other apps. But, with few exceptions, the top games today are of a single type: f
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Got 1.5GB To Spare? Apple’s Texas Hold’em Is Back On IOS
It’s been a year of big software-related surprises in the Appleverse, and we’ve got another one for you: Apple’s own Texas Hold’em card game has finally made its way back to the iOS App Store after an eight-year absence. For that matter, we’ve got an
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Magpie: Visual Note-taking iOS App For Sharing With Family And Friends
My wife uses her iPhone camera to create reminders for clothes she might buy, interesting household decorations, and what have you. The problem is, over time her Photos library fills up with so many shots, it becomes impossible to find anything among
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Hyper Light Drifter ($4.99) is an action RPG that’s only three years old, although its pixel art style makes it look like a relic from my childhood. It’s almost as timeless as those digital ’80s adventures, and it combines artful minimalist storytell
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Review: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro
Apple’s recent revamp of its MacBook lineup makes it a lot easier to understand the target audiences for Apple’s laptops. And with the release of the new 13-inch 1.4GHz Core i5 MacBook Pro, Apple also made it easier to pick a 13-inch model. It’s easi
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Apple wants us to believe that augmented reality will be a transformative technology. I want to believe it. It sure as heck feels like it has better potential than virtual reality, which still strikes me as little more than a means of escaping the wo
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The IPhone X Notch: It’s Time For Haters To Apologize
It’s time, folks. Time to admit Apple was right to introduce the notch for the iPhone X back in 2017. Oh, sure, it was fun to ridicule the little black strip at the time; to see the memes grumbling about how Apple had lost its way and the tweets asse
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Mac 911
If you use Time Machine, you know that macOS asks you whenever you mount a new external drive whether or not you want to use it as another Time Machine destination. One of the backup service’s best features is that it can create archives on multiple
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Saddleback Thirteener Thin Leather Briefcase Review: Tough Scuff
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 nec
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5 Signs That You Need To Replace Your IPhone
Do you really need a new iPhone? They’re so expensive now, and yours is…fine. It’s fine. You’ve never been one of those people who needs a new phone every year, or every other year, anyway. How do you know when it’s time to take the plunge and ditch
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Why Apple Should Follow Google’s Lead And ‘Leak’ The IPhone 11 Design
It’s just summer but already the fall smartphone wars are heating up. Apple has unveiled iOS 13 and with it many of the new features that will grace the next iPhone, and now Google has oneupped the hype machine with an unprecedented reveal of the Pix
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IOS Chief Craig Federighi Hints That Someday Siri Won’t Take Over Your Whole Screen—but Not For A While
Apple may have changed the volume controls in iPadOS and iOS 13 to be less in-your-face, but that’s not the case with Siri. Summon Apple’s assistant and it will still overtake your entire screen and stay there until it’s done thinking and doing whate
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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Won’t Dethrone Pokémon Go, But It’s Just As Magical
Pokémon Go thrived on the joys of simple discovery and exploration. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, as befits a game inspired by the goings-on at an imaginary elite school, requires learning so many extra features that it sometimes feels more like takin
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