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During coup attempt, Turkish president appears via Facetime on live TV

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 18:27

In what may be another first for our connected world, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan placed what appeared to be a Facetime call to a national news broadcast early on Saturday while the world tried to figure out if a military coup against him had succeeded.

Erdogan appeared on a journalist's iPhone, held up to the camera so viewers could see and hear what he had to say. He claimed that he remained in control and urged the public to take to the streets to oppose the coup attempt.

Erdogan's use of modern technology to speak to the nation comes with a heap of irony. He has been keen to shut off access to the Internet during sensitive times and go after those who try to get around such bans and those who insult him. Reporters Without Borders says Erdogan has "systematically" censored the Internet.

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How to turn off your iPhone's cellular data

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 17:00

There are plenty of reasons for why you’d want to turn off your iPhone’s cellular data connection. Perhaps you’re running low on battery but need to answer an important call. Maybe you’re on a limited data plan and want to switch on data only as needed. Or maybe you’re handing your iPhone off to your bored toddler and don’t want them to load random webpages.

Whatever your reason, toggling off your data connection only requires a quick hop into the Settings app. Open Settings, tap Cellular, then toggle the Cellular Data switch to the “off” position. To turn it back on, simply return to Settings > Cellular and slide the toggle to the “on” position.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Angry Birds Anniversary

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 14:35
Some new apps that aren't Pokémon Go

Forget Pokémon for a second: Angry Birds 2 is one year old. How shall we celebrate? Read on!

Angry Birds 2

In celebration of its first birthday, Angry Birds 2 (freemium, iPhone and iPad) has been updated with 80 news levels, a “Ring of Fire” to make “those bad piggies feel the burn,” as well as birthday hats for all your favorite characters. Need more? Here’s the trailer for game’s birthday celebration.

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Apple, stop being stingy with the iCloud storage

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 12:30

At the 2001 Macworld Expo in San Francisco, just before presenting iTunes to the world, Steve Jobs outlined Apple’s Digital Hub strategy. He discussed the new digital devices that people carried around with them: cellphones, cameras, PDAs, music players, and more. Jobs’ vision was that the Mac would become the digital hub, and that this would ensure the longevity of the personal computer.

But Apple’s strategy changed pretty quickly. The digital hub on the Mac never really took off, and was soon offloaded to what we now call the cloud. In successive iterations—iTools, .Mac, MobileMe, and now iCloud—Apple has built its products around services hosted in the cloud.

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T-Mobile offers free Pokémon Go data for a year, but not everyone is happy about it

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 09:14

Earlier this week we reported that Pokémon Go was eating the world, and in the last few days the augmented reality game has taken another big bite. The craze has hit such heights that you can now filter locations on Yelp based on whether or not a Pokéstop is nearby. Seriously.

Not wanting a good fad to go to waste, T-Mobile's getting in on the action with an offer that should bring a smile to every trainer's face. Late Thursday, the company announced it would offer free data for a year for all customers’ Pokémon Go sessions. The offer only applies to data consumption from using the Pokémon Go app.

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SnipNotes 2 review: The more versatile, clipboard-friendly alternative to iOS Notes

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 09:00

Infinitely more configurable than iOS Notes, SnipNotes is part clipboard manager, part note-taking app.

One of the most irksome things about Touch ID is that Apple requires users to sign in with a password every 24 hours, defeating the purpose of fingerprint recognition in the first place. That means there’s a good chance my next App Store purchase will be greeted by a password prompt, forcing me to remember that letter and number combination, or cut and paste it from 1Password.

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Best Deals of the Week - Deal Alert

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 08:50
Best Deals of the Week

Check out this roundup of the best deals on gadgets, gear and other cool stuff we have found this week. All items are highly rated, and dramatically discounted.

APC Performance SurgeArrest Outlet with Phone Splitter and Coax Protection

The APC Surge Arrest Performance series from APC offers the highest level of protection for your professional computers, electronics and connected devices, as well as provides surge protection for all of your data lines. The P11VT3 features 11 heavy duty outlets. Telephone and coax cable line surge suppression jacks are available to protect against dangerous surges traveling along data lines. Wiring Fault LED proactively notifies you of potentially dangerous building wiring conditions. Additional features like a ten foot power cord, safety shutters, status indicator, cord management, lifetime equipment protection policy and more make this their most complete surge offering. Over 1,100 customers on Amazon rate this item 4.5 out of 5 stars (read reviews) and Amazon indicates that its typical list price of $39.99 has been reduced by 36% to just $25.50. See this item now on Amazon.

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How to use iCloud Photo Library selectively

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 08:00

Brenda Best writes in with a common question that I finally have a workaround for:

How do take pictures off iCloud, but not have them deleted from my iMac, iPhone, and iPad? My iCloud is full and I want to clear it up by taking the photos off.

In the past, I’ve said, sorry, it’s all or nothing. Once you opt into iCloud Photo Library, all of your images are synced across all devices that use the same iCloud login and have iCloud Photo Library enabled, and the full-resolution versions of images and videos have to be stored in your iCloud account.

But I was being too restrictive in my thinking. There are ways around this situation, neither of which is ideal, but neither is completely a pain, either.

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New OtterBox modular case turns your iPhone into a multi-purpose tool

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 06:30

Need to extend the capabilities of your iPhone? Grab an accessory. Add-ons like battery packs, camera lenses, and speakers all promise to make the iPhone an even more central part of many aspects of your life—and they succeed.

The experience with many, however, has been a little clunky. Rugged mobile case manufacturer OtterBox thinks it’s solved this problem with a rather clever system of  add-ons to its new Universe Case System. This system consists of various accessory modulars that you can attach to your iPhone via its protective case.

I took several modules out for a test run to try out the experience with my iPhone 6s, but there are plenty more than what I mention here—OtterBox has partnered with other companies and now offers everything from a Square payments reader to the Influx Wi-Fi booster. The effort by OtterBox is one of the most comprehensive initiatives to try and make finding and attaching modules to your iPhone a seamless process. You can check the full list of products if you want a peek at what’s to come.

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Sorry, macOS: Messages’ best new features are iOS only

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 06:00

Every year, Apple organizes its new software releases around a few tentpole features, and this year it was pretty clear that the belle of the ball was the improvements to Messages—especially on iOS 10.

In some ways, messaging has always been a killer app, no matter the technological era. People have been typing to each other on computers for decades upon decades, and it would be hard to attribute the success of the Internet, at its most basic level, to anything other than people’s desire to connect with each other. 

But what Apple is doing in iOS 10, while not unprecedented, shows a markedly different direction for the company. No longer content to embrace standards for trading texts, Apple’s now putting its own stamp—if you will—on the whole idea of sending messages. And like many of Cupertino’s decisions, that’s got its upsides and its downsides.

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63% off Gadget Guard iPhone 6 Plus Screen Protector - Deal Alert

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 16:38

Protect your investment with this highly rated screen protector from Gadget Guard. This Gadget Guard screen protector is specifically designed for the iPhone 6 Plus. It's made of optical grade tempered glass, a material that is both incredibly strong and scratch resistant. And it's specially treated to repel smudges. Right now Amazon indicates that its list price of $39.99 has been reduced by a significant 63% to just $14.70. If you have an unprotected iPhone 6 Plus, or know someone who does, this deal may be one to consider.

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23% off Sony ICD-UX533BLK Digital Voice Recorder - Deal Alert

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 16:17

This portable digital audio recorder from Sony has 4GB of internal flash memory capable of recording up to 1,073 hours of voice notes, lectures, music, or any other important moment with a 2-element stereo mic array that records every nuance with great clarity. It can record and playback in MP3, AAC, WMA, and WAV formats, and features a bright backlit display, a built-in USB for direct connection to your computer, and a microSD card slot to add memory. It boasts up to 30 hours of recording time on a single charge. The unit averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 200 customers (read reviews). Amazon indicates that its typical list price of $99.99 has been reduced 23% to $76.95, saving you $23. See the discounted ICD-UX533BLK digital recorder on Amazon.

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$29.99 for the IT Security & Ethical Hacking Certification Training ($1,895 value) - Deal Alert

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 14:32

If you’re looking to enter a rapidly growing field, snag this course bundle in IT Security & Ethical Hacking. Instructors walk you through training for three industry-recognized certification exams:

  • CompTIA Security+

  • Cisco’s CCNA Security

  • Certified Ethical Hacker

For a limited time, the bundle of courses is only $29.99--a steal considering it’s jam-packed with over 48 hours of courses and 50 hours of advanced training. If you wanted, you could finish all the material in only 4 to 6 weeks, and pass all your exams in record time.

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Eddy Cue talks Apple TV, original shows, and what Steve Jobs taught him about Hollywood

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 13:24

Several rumors are swirling around Apple TV: Apple is planning to take on cable TV with its own bundle of channels, the company wants to create original content, it tried to acquire Time Warner, and so on. According to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of software and services, you can expect Apple TV to get a lot better, but you can rule out buying a skinny bundle of channels from the company.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cue said the quality of both TV hardware and the content available to watch has never been better. The problem, the one Apple hopes to solve, is how people get that content. Apple wants to banish channel guides and DVRs and deliver a service that shows you the content you want to see with a simple voice command—or even better, with no command at all.

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Meet Swift Playgrounds, the learn-to-code iPad app that feels like a puzzle game

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 12:02

Learning to code isn’t supposed to be this fun. Apple’s new Swift Playgrounds app for iPads running iOS 10 is aimed at teaching the Swift programming language to middle-school-age children and adults, no coding experience necessary. But it feels like a puzzle game—one that just happens to be solved with commands and functions and For loops, instead of with a slingshot full of birds.

And I’m totally hooked. In fact, Swift Playgrounds is my favorite thing to come out of this year’s WWDC by far, and I think it’s going to be one of the highlights of iOS 10 when it’s released this fall.

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Keep your iPhone by your side with Belkin's workout belt

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:00
New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings us Belkin’s Fitness Belt, an adjustable belt that holds your iPhone and other gear in place while you exercise. Plus, sturdy protection, versatile folios, extra storage, transparent shells, and much more. Read on!


The SlimShell (iPhone SE; $16 MSRP, $8 on Amazon) is a see-through shell, keeping your iPhone safe without hiding its sleek design. This polycarbonate case helps improve your grip for easier carrying, features a UV layer to prevent yellowing, and offers laser-cut openings for all your ports and buttons.

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Nintendo's releasing a miniature NES console packed with 30 classic games

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:12

It’s apparently retro month for Nintendo. After the insanely successful launch of Pokémon Go, the video game company is dipping way back in the vault for the holiday season. Starting November 11, Nintendo is bringing back a miniaturized replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

The $60 Mini Collector’s Edition NES comes with a single controller replica and 30 classic NES games built-in to the system—no cartridge necessary. You can pick-up an extra classic controller for $10.

Don’t count on using your old NES controllers—if they’re still kicking—with the new system. The new controllers are designed to plug-in to the mini NES as well as the Wii Remote Control.

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Drastic plastic: The laptop Apple shouldn’t and didn’t make

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:00

Today at Macworld we bring you another delightful episode of One-Sided Comparisons. This episode is brought to us by Gizmodo’s Alex Cranz and we’re desperately looking for a way to return it but the delivery person threw down a smoke grenade and fled the building.

“Samsung Finally Gave Us the Laptop Apple Should Have.” (Tip o’ the antler to PorthosJon and David.)


No. Not really.

Samsung’s gone and done it guys.

It got engaged?!

(By the way, is it just to the Macalope’s ear or does “Samsung’s Gone And Done It Guys!” sound like the most horrible Broadway dance review ever?)

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WaterField Designs Atelier iPad Gear Case and iPad Pencil Case review: Expensive things to hold your other expensive things

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 09:00

An iPad Pro is pretty hard to lose in the cracks of a couch, the bottom of a backpack, or in a desk drawer. The Apple Pencil, various cables, adapters and other bits required to make full use of the tablet? Despite their glossy white finish, Apple accessories have always been notoriously easy to lose track of. Happily, WaterField Designs has a pair of solutions to the problem: the Atelier iPad Gear Case (69) and the Atelier iPad Pencil Case ($29).

All the things

At 7.5 inches by 1.25 inches by three inches, the Atelier iPad Gear Case is just long enough to store an Apple Pencil and wide enough to accommodate the Pro’s power adapter, lightning cables, extra tips for your Apple Pencil and any other wee bits and pieces you might want to stash in it. During testing, I routinely carried two lighting cables, a 12W USB power adapter, my Apple Pencil, and a Mophie PowerStation XL battery ($73 on Amazon): all items that would normally flop around freely in my backpack. I found that the Gear Case kept them well organized and easy to access.

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New York driver crashes car into tree while playing Pokémon Go

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:46

A driver in New York state ran his car off the road and into a tree last night as a result of playing “Pokémon Go.”

Police in Auburn, a town near Syracuse in upstate New York, were called to a traffic accident shortly before 11 p.m.

“The driver admitted to actively playing the Pokémon Go game while driving causing him to become distracted and run off the roadway into a tree,” the police said in a statement.

The car was badly damaged in the accident and police say the driver is lucky he was not seriously injured.

“This is an example of how easily accidents can occur when someone is engaged in the game and not paying attention,” the police said.

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