Consumer Tech

Your photos just underwent a massive change with iOS 11. Here's what you need to know.

If you've updated your phone, you're already shooting HEIF files instead of JPEGs.<p>At its developers’ conference earlier this year, Apple announced that it will be switching over to a high-efficiency photo format with the release of its next operating system. HEIF promises the same quality images—or …

Gear & Gadgets

Meet the Ferrari of portable chargers

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>Your portable charger is a Toyota Camry. And …

Gear & Gadgets

3 big problems with Apple Watch Series 3

The Apple Watch has come a long way from the first model. With each update, Apple adds important missing ingredients, like GPS, a faster processor, cellular and an altimeter.<p>So has Apple Watch finally reached its true potential? Cupertino certainly thinks so. Apple COO Jeff Williams described …

Smartwatches

Control any plug in your house w/ this Wi-Fi outlet for $10 Prime shipped

OtiumDirect (99% positive feedback lifetime) via Amazon has their Conico Smart Plug Mini on sale for <b>$9.99 Prime shipped</b>. Normally priced at $19.99, this is half off the normal going rate for this plug, and an Amazon all-time low. The smart outlet features Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant …

Gear & Gadgets

Amazon has a little-known section for exclusive products it sells — here’s the best tech you'll find in it

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Because so many of us use Amazon for everything, it's easy to forget it's just a single store.<p>And, just like any other retailer, Amazon has …

Shopping

Apple Watch’s new heart rate features won’t work on the original Watch model

Not enough oomph<p>Apple’s new Apple Watch software, WatchOS 4, includes several updates to the health and fitness tracking features of the Watch, the most interesting of which are new heart rate monitoring features. With the new software, the Watch will show resting heart rate, walking heart rate, …

Smartwatches

Insignia Roku TV 4K Ultra HD 55-Inch (NS-55DR620NA18) Review: Inexpensive 4K TV

A 4K Ultra HD 55-inch TV for under $500? Yes, the highest-resolution sets are now available at bargain prices — but in the case of the Insignia Roku …

Consumer News

Apple Watch Series 3 Review: The Smartwatch that Could Change Your Mind

The new Apple Watch Series 3 has the option of built-in cellular service. But just because it makes the watch more connected, does that make a case for owning one?<p>Since the Apple Watch was handed down from on high unto the masses three years ago, its loudest haters have lobbed two complaints its …

Smartwatches

Bose unveils new SoundSport Free truly wireless earbuds geared towards active lifestyles

Bose has this morning unveiled its first truly wireless headphones, dubbed the SoundSport Free. Much like Apple’s own AirPods and Jaybird’s latest Run in-ears, Bose is taking aim at active users looking for an audio solution during exercise.<p>As one of the biggest names in audio, Bose is taking its …

Headphones

Nest's new smart cameras steal the show at its live event

Yesterday, Nest laid out a series of new smart home products at a launch event. Here are the best of the bunch in this new line of goods for the protective and territorial.<p>Outdoor smart cameras<p>The first of Nest’s new products was the IQ Outdoor camera. These cameras use facial recognition, …

Smart Homes

Apple TV 4K hands-on: finally, no compromises

Apple's long-awaited fourth-generation Apple TV was almost a slam dunk. The only problem? It didn't have 4K. That was a notable omission since both Amazon and Roku released streaming players supporting the new format in 2015. Now, Apple is finally ready to enter the ultra-high-definition fray with …

Apple

Hackers can use this feature to remotely lock your phone and hold it for ransom

Apple‘s “Find My iPhone” feature is handy if you’ve ever forgotten your phone at dinner, at the office, or at a bar—or even if you just thought you …

Gear & Gadgets

Remodeling 101: The Small but Mighty Smart Plug

Do you want the basic benefits of a smart home without investing in specific smart devices for every need—smart window shades, smart air …

Home Automation

iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Should you upgrade?

A bigger number being added to the end of an iPhone usually signals a radical change in design — so we were surprised when it turned out that the …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple’s huge fail before product launch

In an unprecedented move, Apple has gone on the record to admit the embarrassing fault.<p>When Apple Watch Series 3 was announced at the company’s …

Australian News

Apple HomeKit devices are suddenly booming

LIFX is the latest to add HomeKit by software update<p>LIFX just announced HomeKit compatibility for its Wi-Fi smart lighting devices. Not just for new LIFX and LIFX+ lighting that you can buy from today on, but for existing LIFX products already in homes. It’s a trick that comes courtesy of a …

Home Automation

Stackable IO for the Raspberry Pi

One thing that surprised the Raspberry Pi Foundation, after they’d got over being surprised about how popular it was in the first place, was how much …

Raspberry Pi

Transform the viewing experience on any TV for $14

TVs are pretty great these days. Whether you have a $200 HDTV with a 32-inch display or a 75-inch UHD TV that cost thousands, you’re probably …

Home Automation

Is this little doorbell the future of home security?

This clever doorbell gadget has helped bring down approx 100 doorstep criminals in the last year<p>It’s common knowledge that video security is becoming …

Home Automation

The Best-Selling Budget Bluetooth Earbuds You Need Now

In the last year Bluetooth earbuds have become the rage. You see them in the gym, on the subway and on the street. But they often cost well over $100. Fortunately there is a great budget option available on the market: the <b>FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds</b>.<p>Not only do the earbuds deliver …

Gear & Gadgets

The One Thing to Know Before Buying a Front-Loading Washing Machine

There are a lot of reasons to opt for front-loading machines, let us name a few. The flexibility for stacking them. The ease of pulling items out the …

Consumer Reports

Harness the power of the sun to charge your gear while you drive, fly, or just sit around at home

The Port Solar Charger from XD Design is designed to stick to a window and use the sun’s rays to power your gadgets.<p>This solar charger has a built-in …

Gear & Gadgets

First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K preorders now arriving around the world

As the clock turns to Friday, September 22nd around the globe, people are slowly starting to receive their new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K devices. As is always the case with Apple preorders, customers in Australia and New Zealand are the first to receive their …

Smartwatches

Keep drinks hot or cold all day in a colorful Ozark Trail 30-Oz tumbler: $5

Walmart is currently running a sale on their Ozark Trail 30-Oz tumblers for just <b>$5</b> for red, green, orange, and blue colored cups only. Normally priced around $9.97, this 50% deal isn’t seen all too often. Shipping is $5.99 on orders under $35, free on orders over $35, or free pickup in store for …

Gear & Gadgets

Week in Wearables: Apple Watch Series 3, Reviewed -- So Is It The World's Smartest Smartwatch?

Just over a week since it was revealed in the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, the latest wearable from Apple is going on sale in the next few hours. Should it be on your wrist? Find out in this week’s Apple Watch special edition of The Week In Wearables. And, yes, the early reviews seem to suggest …

Smartwatches

The Apple Watch Series 3 is a bad sign for a 5G world

The Apple Watch Series 3 finally completes the picture of what a wearable device should be, thanks to the addition of a cellular LTE radio. Now the …

Smartwatches

How to Turn a Photo Into an Apple Watch Face in iOS 11 and watchOS 4

With the launch of iOS 11 and watchOS 4, Apple has made it easier than ever to turn your own personal photography into an Apple Watch face. As long as you're running the newest pieces of software for your iPhone and Apple Watch, follow these steps to quickly add one of your Camera Roll pictures …

Smartwatches

What the Google-HTC Deal Means for Your Next Phone

In a move that clearly demonstrates its design to change up the way it operates in the smartphone market, Google on Thursday (Sept. 21) announced a …

Consumer News

The state of the smartphone, iPhone X edition

10 years ago, Apple's first iPhone changed the world. It proved that an always-on, always-connected pocket computer wasn't just for nerds.<p>Now smartphones are just "phones," and it's sometimes tough to keep track of the dizzying array of new features they offer. (Even for us here at CNET.)<p>So in …

Gear & Gadgets

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 4

This week Apple released watchOS 4, the fourth major update to its flagship wearable device in the two years since it’s been available. While the …

Smartwatches