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Missing the MagSafe on your USB-C MacBook Pro?

If you used a MacBook in the last 10 years, it likely had a MagSafe power adapter which magnetically connected to the laptop. Apple has since updated …

New App Lets You Bid on Unsold Airline Seats at the Last Minute

A new startup is here to reward spontaneous travelers who like to plan trips on a whim, as well as procrastinators who tend to purchase their airline …

App Store

9 Clever Small Space Ideas to Steal from IKEA

The stylists at IKEA decorated this small bedroom in three different ways.<p>(Image credit: IKEA)<p>Here is a confession: I read IKEA catalogs not just to …

Small Spaces

How to check your internet speed right from Google’s homepage

There are a lot of great ways to test your internet speeds. Maybe you’re trying to figure out your internet connection’s download and upload speeds to ensure your network is working correctly, or perhaps you just want to show your friends how fast your internet is for some reason. One great way to …

The first ads for Apple’s HomePod are all about music

‘I got loyalty’<p>Apple has released its first ads for its upcoming speaker system, HomePod, which put the focus on the speaker’s place in the home as an audio device, featuring dynamic text set to the likes of Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA” and Big Boi’s “All Night.”<p>The ads are quintessentially Apple: short …

HomePod

iOS 11.3 beta reveals unannounced ‘Modern iPad’

Apple left a big clue in iOS 11.3 that it is working on a brand new iPad for release later this year.<p>After Apple released the first beta of iOS 11.3 earlier this week, developers have dug through Apple’s new software and found reference to a mysterious ‘Modern iPad’ that packs Face ID.<p>The addition …

Google Clips quietly goes on sale, shipping February 27th [Update: Out of stock]

After passing through the FCC last week, Google Clips is now available for purchase on the Google Store. The AI-powered smart camera will begin shipping at the end of next month for $249.<p><b>Update:</b> As of this afternoon, Google Clips has sold out. You can now join a waitlist if you’re interested in …

The Best Car Stereos With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

After putting in 40 hours researching 35 car stereos and talking to experts, and spending another 20 hours testing nine of the most promising models, …

Audiophile

Tim Cook: Music ‘deserves’ the audio quality HomePod offers

Tim Cook talked up the audio quality of Apple’s HomePod smart speaker during a recent interview, while taking a shot at the competition.<p>“We think one thing that was missing from this market was a quality audio experience, a very immersive audio experience,” Cook said. “Music deserves that kind of …

What the Apple Watch gets wrong about human motivation

What happens when you try to change behavior without behavioral science?<p>Here’s how to cheat at the Apple Watch Stand goal: dangle your wrist by your side while you sit in a chair. I discovered this by accident — I dangle my arm during meetings — but once I found it out, I did it on purpose. I …

Apple Watch

Apple is adding four new Animoji characters in iOS 11.3

Be a lion, a bear, a dragon, or a skull<p>Apple is starting to preview the next major point update to iOS, iOS 11.3. It’ll have some new ARKit features and the promised updates to battery management. But most importantly, Apple is adding four new Animoji characters to the iPhone X.<p>That’s right: now, …

Text Messaging

British college student imagines system-wide dark mode on iPhone X

iPhone X owners who like dark mode apps will probably appreciate an iOS 11 concept created by an industrial design student at Britain’s Northumbria University.<p>Greek-born Maximos Angelakis has put together a comprehensive set of images showing how dark mode could look across a wide range of apps …

Apps

Satechi unveils new USB C ‘Clamp Hub Pro’ for iMac and iMac Pro

Alongside iMac Pro preorders starting today, Satechi has announced a new USB C hub for iMac Pro and iMac that neatly mounts underneath the machine with a clean and functional design.<p>Satechi makes a variety of nice Apple accessories, including its popular Type-C Pro Hub for MacBook Pro.<p>Its latest …

Chase Freedom card now offers 5% cash back for Apple Pay purchases

Chase announced today that it is now offering 5% cash back for Apple Pay purchases made with a linked Chase Freedom credit card for the first time. The offer is available for combined purchases up to $1500 at select merchants and will last for the first three months of 2018.<p>The company notes that …

How Apple Watch saved one man’s life — and how it’s empowering him after his heart attack

<i>Apple and Stanford are currently conducting a heart study with Apple Watch</i><p>Scott Killian never imagined his Apple Watch might save his life, but that’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago when he had a heart attack in the middle of the night. Killian recently shared his personal experience with</i> …

Snapchat opens Lens Studio to everyone

Snapchat today announced it was opening Lens Studio to everyone. Anyone can develop their own Lens, one of Snapchat’s most lauded augmented reality feature.<p>Lens Studio is an app available for Windows and Mac, and you only need to log into your Snapchat account to download it. It includes guides, …

Here’s how to reset your iPhone X (instead of accidentally calling 911)

Last night, I was in the middle of a karaoke bar, with disco lights strobing and Taylor Swift blaring around me, and the screen on my new iPhone X froze.<p>On every iPhone released over the last 10 years, it’s been relatively easy to reset the phone when it crashed. You held down the home button and …

Mac concept imagines a refreshed mini form factor w/ built-in Touch Bar & Face ID

With 3 years now gone by since the last Mac mini update, it’s one of Apple’s long running product lines ripe for a complete overhaul. That’s likely why industrial design student Louis Berger’s latest concept envisions a miniature desktop Mac but with a much more modern approach. He’s dubbed the …

5 Weeknight Dinners Anyone Can Make in Under 30 Minutes

Quick and easy dinners are the bread and butter of my meal plan, week in and week out. From Monday through Friday you won't find recipes with a …

Cooking

This top rated robot vacuum somehow costs under $100

Roombas are some of the coolest gadgets out there that make use of autonomous technology. They make our lives easier, obviously, by taking care of …

Robotics

Apple HomePod generates tones for device pairing, setup

When Apple's HomePod launches later this year, users will be able to take advantage of an automated pairing and setup process triggered by a special …

Google Home

2D Game Development Engine 'GameMaker Studio 2' Debuts on macOS

YoYo Games launched GameMaker Studio 2 on macOS this week, bringing the popular multiplatform 2D game development engine to the Mac for the first time. To date, the GameMaker Studio family of products has been downloaded more than 10 million times since 2012 and currently has 200,000 monthly active …

Game Development

5 outrageous theories about Apple’s iPhone 8 invite

After the maddeningly vague invites went out for Apple’s next iPhone unveiling, it took fanboys on the internet no time at all to come up with crazy theories about what the picture on the invitation “really means.”<p>This year’s invite seems very abstract and completely devoid of hints. But if you …

Tim Cook

Apple's customers don't really care about the new bezel-less screen on the iPhone 8

(A drawing of what the next iPhone could look like based on reports.YouTube/MKBHD)<p>On Thursday, Apple announced the date of the next iPhone's launch …

Mobile Technology

Apple sends out invites to September 12 iPhone 8 launch

The launch of the iPhone 8 has been awaited with bated breath, and this time around there have been rather more leaks than normal. We've not only …

IPhone 8

Your Most Annoying Friends Will Be More Annoying With iOS 11's Echo Effect

First came the confetti, lasers, and fireworks, now come the echoes and spotlights. This is not a reference to Coachella (though these effects …

IOS 11

Google app for iOS adds ‘instant answers’ and trending searches near you

The latest version of the Google app rolled out to iOS yesterday with a number of new features centered around making Search faster. “Instant answers” are already found on the web and provide the results of basic queries without having to complete a search, while the Google app will now list …

Siri gets a new boss

Apple’s digital assistant is under new management.<p>Along with updating its corporate leadership page to include its two newest VPs, Apple also revealed that it has replaced Eddy Cue as Siri’s boss and given the task over to software VP Craig Federighi.<p>Craig’s biography page was updated this morning …

Apple

How to handle iOS 11's big Lock Screen change

There are a few minor but important changes coming to how you interact with notifications.<p>After installing iOS 11, you're bound to notice a lot of small changes and some bigger changes. There's the ability to record your screen, a customizable control center and then there's… Notification …

InterAct

Instagram Stories are coming to the web

Instagram Stories, its Snapchat clone now used by daily more people than Snapchat itself, is coming to the web. Initially, the feature will allow desktop and mobile web users to view Stories posted by their friends and others they follow. But it in the months ahead, the web version will allow you …

Apps