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Find out if someone has accessed your MacBook's camera

After reading about how hackers have taken control of a MacBook's iSight camera to spy on the person sitting in front of it, you might start to get a feeling that someone is watching you. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you, after all. Making matters worse, hackers have …

How to Use Split View in Safari on iPad with iOS 10

Multitasking on iPad added Split View in Safari when iOS 10 was introduced for iPad. Previously, you could only open up two different apps simultaneously on iPad using Split View. But it only makes sense to use Split View in Safari since we often have multiple tabs open anyway—might as well be able …

10 hidden MacOS Sierra features you need to know

If you upgraded to MacOS Sierra, then you are likely familiar with its headlining features, whether you are using Siri to speak to your Mac, unlocking it with an Apple Watch or cutting and pasting from your Mac to your iPhone or vice versa with the universal clipboard. You might also be using …

iPhone privacy settings you need to turn on right now

In the digital age, your privacy is always at risk. Tech companies are aware of this, and while they may not always advertise solutions, they embed …

Find out how much longer your SSD will last

If you read Dong Ngo's excellent primer on solid-state drives (SSDs) and how to extend their lifespan, then you might be wondering where you and your SSD stand. As Dong explained, SSDs have a finite number of program/erase cycles. That is, you can write data to and erase data from an SSD only so …

'Sherlock' decoded in hilarious Honest Trailers video

Now that the BBC's "Sherlock" is returning January 2017 for its fourth season, Honest Trailers decided to finally give the show the sarcastic trailer it deserves.<p>In a YouTube video posted Tuesday, Honest Trailers delivers a spot-on description of "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as …

Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to computer makers

Out with the old, and in with the new. Microsoft yesterday stopped providing Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including its PC partners and systems builders. This means that, as of today, the only way you can buy a computer running Windows …

5 reasons why your laptop is slow

If your old laptop is starting to show its age, there can be any number of issues affecting its performance. Here are five likely culprits for why your laptop is running so frustratingly slow and five solutions to return it to its former glory.<p>1. Spinning hard drive<p>I speak from experience when I …

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How to tell if your Apple Lightning cable is fake

Earlier this month, Apple filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com for selling counterfeit Apple products -- specifically, unapproved third-party Lightning cables and power adapters sourced from Mobile Star LLC -- on its website.<p>Apple purchased a number of third-party Apple-branded power products that …

10 SECRET iPHONE iOS 9 TIPS & TRICKS THAT ARE JUST PLAIN SMART

I bet that by now you've updated your iPhone to the new iOS 9 operating system and you've noticed some pretty spectacular new features, but messing …

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13-inch MacBook Pro: 2016 vs. 2015

Size<p>The new 13-inch MacBook Pro (note that we excluded the 15-inch options from this comparison) gets a more compact footprint, sticking with the …

Not Impressed By The New MacBook Pro? Upgrade Your Existing Mac Laptop With TarDisk

So is a little touch-sensitive strip above the keyboard enough to make you trade in your trusty old MacBook Pro or Air for the new laptops revealed by Apple yesterday? No? Or maybe you’re offended that a supposedly flagship machine is using what is possibly the worst keyboard that Apple has ever …

Losing Your Mind Over Apple's New Mail App? Read This.

Apple’s latest big iPhone software release, iOS 10, has plenty of great features. But one tweak is driving folks mad: The Mail app now defaults to …

21 shortcuts for Safari you need to know

If you use Apple's own browser on your Mac, then I've got some shortcuts to share with you. With just a handful of these keyboard shortcuts, you can become a superior Safari surfer.<p>Tab and window management<p>1. Open link in new tab<p>Some links are coded to open in the current tab while others open in a …

How to solve 3 big macOS Sierra problems

By now, most of you are probably upgraded to macOS Sierra, which is proving be a massive home run for Apple. However, while the new Mac OS packs some great new features, it’s also got a handful of problems — ranging from strange error messages to Wi-Fi issues.<p>Check out our video below for three …

Here’s how Alexa works on Amazon’s Fire Tablets

In Amazon’s version of the future, Alexa is everywhere – its friendly little AI assistant having infiltrated every inch of our ever more ubiquitous home electronics. The retail giant has already opened the feature and its thousands of skills up to third party hardware developers and is beginning to …

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Amazon's Alexa now works on tablets, but the best new feature involves an Echo speaker

A visual representation of Alexa<p>Last month Amazon said it would eventually allow its voice-controlled virtual assistant Alexa to work on mobile devices, provided those devices are tablets made by Amazon. "Eventually" means now.<p>Starting this week, Amazon is rolling out a free over-the-air software …

Here's What Amazon Alexa Can Do on a Fire Tablet

For the past year, Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant—a voice-controlled helper that answers questions, plays music on command, and orders diapers and …

How hackable are your smart home gadgets?

Last Friday saw a massive internet outage after hackers flooded Dyn, a major internet gatekeeper for sites like Facebook, Spotify and Netflix, with false bandwidthfrom an ocean of unsecured internet-connected devices.<p>Many of these devices were reportedly smart home gadgets using standardized …

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Basic Alexa tips and tricks

Whether you want to order items or search for songs by speaking the lyrics, these tips can help you get more comfortable with your Amazon Echo, Dot or Tap.

You Should Update Your iPhone Right Now

Keeping your iPhone software up to date is almost always a good idea, save for the few instances in which installing an update has caused significant …

Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.1 With Bug Fixes, Features for Upcoming Macs

Apple today released macOS Sierra 10.12.1, the first update to the macOS Sierra operating system that first launched on September 20. macOS Sierra 10.12.1 has been in beta testing since September 21, with Apple seeding five betas before releasing the final version to the public.<p>macOS Sierra 10.12.1 …

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macOS Sierra 10.12.1 is now available to the public

The public release of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 has finally arrived for Macs everywhere, bringing a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks.<p>Apple Watch owners will definitely want to grab the new update ASAP because it makes unlocking your Mac with your watch a lot more reliable. There are also some new additions …

macOS 10.12.1 software update is now available through the Mac App Store

Apple has officially released macOS 10.12.1 for all macOS Sierra users. The Mac software update is available through the Mac App Store after previously only being available in beta to developers and public beta testers.<p>The first update to macOS Sierra pre-dates Apple’s upcoming ‘hello again’ event …

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How To Slide Unlock Your iPhone Even If You Upgraded To iOS 10

People had so many feelings when <b>Apple</b> rolled out the iOS 10 update for iPhone. The snooze function is different, the alarm, in general, is harder to …

Internet of Things gets its zombie apocalypse, and this is just the beginning

Winter is here. The Internet of Things (IoT) winter, that is.<p>All those digital routers, DVRs, "smart" kitchen appliances and IP-enabled cameras you …

Do your headphones play loud enough?

I mention it in nearly every headphone review, something along the lines of, "The Reference 1000 was easy to drive, but the Reference 2000 was hard to drive." What's up with that, and what does "easy or hard to drive" mean to prospective headphone buyers? Simply this: if you're using a smartphone …

Here’s why your phone might stop working on December 1

By <i>Michelle Pham</i> • In <i>Tech</i> • On <i>Thursday 20th Oct, 2016</i><p>On December 1, the Telstra 2G network will officially be shut down. What this means is that if …

10 Best wireless headphones 2017: The top Bluetooth sets for all budgets

IBTimes UK runs down the best Bluetooth headphones for fans of cable-free tunes.<p>No one likes cables. They are cumbersome, unwieldy and have a habit …

Amazon Echo Dot review (2016): Forget the Echo. Buy this instead.

The robot assistants we were promised as children are finally ready for the home. Well, sort of. Instead of walking, talking humanoid automatons like Rosie from <i>The Jetsons</i> and Robby the Robot from <i>Lost in Space</i>, our well-spoken helpers are housed in plastic and sit on tables. They answer our …

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