Getting what you pay for: No, iPhones aren’t cheap

Shocking news from the world of capitalism as an area writer discovers that some things with the same basic features… can be priced differently.

Writing for CNet, Rick Broida waves “Goodbye, iPhone: My new $180 Android is good enough.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tay Bass.)

“Good enough”, of course, being the Android motto.

Credit, however, to Broida for not using the tired “I’m breaking up with my iPhone!” format, with its associated creepy lines like “It’s not you, it’s me”, “I’ve met someone new”, “We never spoon anymore” and “After we made out .

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Report: Apple will release an LTE-enabled Apple Watch this fall

Apple might have one more trick up its sleeve at its annual fall event. While we’re all waiting for a brand new iPhone that will reportedly bring a brand new design, wireless charging, and AR capabilities, it seems as though Apple is also working on an LTE-enabled Apple Watch that will bring phone independence once and for all.

According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, “at least some new Apple Watch models” this year will come equipped with LTE chips “planned for release by the end of the year.” That would allow users to receive notifications and phone calls without having an iPhone nearby, as well as download music and use third-party apps.

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Cable Matters 72W 4-Port USB Charger with USB-C Power Delivery review: High-wattage USB-C charger delivers the goods

With more Apple laptops with USB-C on the market and in people’s hands and the relatively high cost of Apple’s AC adapters, it’s natural to seek alternatives. Cable Matter’s 72W 4-Port USB Charger with USB-C Power Delivery ($49.99 MSRP; $29 on Amazon in black or white>) has a 60W jack for USB-C and shares 12W (5V at 2.4A) among its three USB Type-A ports. Its low price, compactness, and features makes it a great travel or replacement charger.

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The iPad’s popularity is on the rise, and it’s all thanks to cheaper prices

If you, like me, were wondering when the iPad’s sales free fall would come to an end, we may now have an answer. Earlier this week, Apple released its latest financial results, including the first quarter of sales growth for the company’s tablet in more than three years. 

Arresting the tablet’s decline, though, didn’t necessarily mean blockbuster sales. Apple moved 10.7 million iPads in the most recent quarter, but that’s still well below the company’s quarterly record sales of 18.6 million back in 2014. 

That said, an upswing is an upswing. Whether it continues is anybody’s guess—and boy, does Wall Street love to guess—but there are a number of potential factors that might have the iPad poised for a return to form. 

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10 huge iPhone 8 details we learned from Apple’s HomePod leak

If you were following Apple back in 2010, you remember the infamous iPhone 4 leak. The handset that introduced the world to FaceTime, the Retina display, and a stunning design that lives on to this day in the iPhone SE was plastered all over Gizmodo some two months before its formal introduction. Even in the age of rumor sites and Reddit, it was a rare red-faced moment for Apple.

And from the looks of it, it has happened again. No, the iPhone 8 wasn’t left in a California bar by an absent-minded Apple employee, but a ton of information about the next iPhone was inadvertently leaked by an unscrupulous engineer. A pre-release version of the HomePod firmware was accidentally uploaded to a public server earlier this week, and naturally, developers quickly downloaded it and starting digging for clues. And boy were there a lot of them. So read ahead and Continue reading “10 huge iPhone 8 details we learned from Apple’s HomePod leak”

Amazon is selling a 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure for $7

So you’ve finally decided to swap that 1TB hard drive for a 500GB SSD, in order to benefit from the SSD’s faster read/write speeds. But what are you going to do with that old hard drive loaded up with all your photos and documents? Well, you can throw it into this Aukey 2.5-inch enclosure, which is available right now for $7.

To get this sale price, you have to click on the “Buy 1, get 30% off” link below the price. (You may need to use a desktop browser to see it.)

This enclosure isn’t particularly different than anything else you’ll find out there, but its price makes it an easy buy. Inside, there’s a SATA connector, and on the outside you’ve got USB 3.0. As with other enclosures, you’ve got that specialized connector that feeds into the enclosure, with a regular USB connector on the Continue reading “Amazon is selling a 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure for $7”

44% off Aukey Dash Cam, Full HD Wide Angle With Night Vision – Deal Alert

This 1080p Dash Camera captures video or stills, and is equipped with a motion detector and continuous loop recording. An emergency recording mode can be activated by sharp turns or sudden stops, and automatically captures unexpected driving incidents. The Dash Camera can also record whenever it sees motion in front or create a time-lapse video of your trip. Features Full HD 1080P, 170° Wide Angle Lens, 2“ LCD and Night Vision. Its typical list price has been reduced 44% to just $58.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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67% off Amir 3 in 1 Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit – Deal Alert

With this smartphone lens kit from Amir you can take high clarity, professional photos wish fisheye, macro and super wide angle format from virtually any cell phone. These professional HD lenses reduce glass flare & ghosting caused by reflections. A universal clip design makes it easy to attach to most cell phones, iPads and PC’s as well.  The fisheye lens capture images at 180-degrees, wide angle lens at 140-degrees and the macro lens magnifies 10x with a minimum object distance of 10-15mm. The lens kit receives an average of 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon (read reviews). Regular price is listed at $29.99 on Amazon, but with the current 67% discount you can gift this kit to yourself or an aspiring photographer for just $9.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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How to use the Nintendo Switch Online app for Switch voice chat

Nintendo has always seemed a step or two behind the times when it comes to the online capabilities of its devices, whether it’s issues with the interface or how you connect to and communicate with friends. The Nintendo Switch looked like it was going to change all of that: it’s a more modern offering from the legendary gaming company, seamlessly transitioning between console and handheld modes and carrying a Wi-Fi connection in either form.

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How to use the Nintendo Switch Online app for Switch voice chat

Nintendo has always seemed a step or two behind the times when it comes to the online capabilities of its devices, whether it’s issues with the interface or how you connect to and communicate with friends. The Nintendo Switch looked like it was going to change all of that: it’s a more modern offering from the legendary gaming company, seamlessly transitioning between console and handheld modes and carrying a Wi-Fi connection in either form.

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Corel Painter 2018 review: Painting app add tools to unleash your artistic potential

Artists of every stripe—fine art, comic art, photo art—rely on Corel Painter to create original works, as its natural media methodology uses tech to mimic paint on canvas.

As with many mature products, it’s hard to fathom improvements in historical software that’s already so deep and complete. But each year Corel tries, and with Painter 2018 ($429, available on Amazon; $229 upgrade, available on Amazon; $99 Education Edition available on Amazon), it has managed to add significant enhancements and new features to the roster—Thick Paint, enhanced Cloning, and 2.5D texture brushes. Improved drip and liquid brush technologies let you paint on an empty layer and then blend with underlying brushstrokes.

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Rumor gullibility: Don’t fall for it

Hey, does anyone need an object lesson in why you shouldn’t draw too many conclusions from Apple rumors?

That’s a rhetorical question. Because some people need one. Bad.

Have you heard about this upcoming “smartphone” from Apple called…

[Pretends to check notes but doesn’t really. In fact, there are no notes, the Macalope is flipping through the most recent issue of Ungulant Quarterly.]

…the “iPhone 8”? Maybe you have, it has been lightly mentioned in the Apple press of late and hahahaha, no, it’s all pundits talk about.

If you have then you probably know that the iPhone 8 is in big trouble. There are so many ways in which it in very verifiable and easy-to-show trouble, but let’s look at two in particular.

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Rumor gullibility: Don’t fall for it

Hey, does anyone need an object lesson in why you shouldn’t draw too many conclusions from Apple rumors?

That’s a rhetorical question. Because some people need one. Bad.

Have you heard about this upcoming “smartphone” from Apple called…

[Pretends to check notes but doesn’t really. In fact, there are no notes, the Macalope is flipping through the most recent issue of Ungulant Quarterly.]

…the “iPhone 8”? Maybe you have, it has been lightly mentioned in the Apple press of late and hahahaha, no, it’s all pundits talk about.

If you have then you probably know that the iPhone 8 is in big trouble. There are so many ways in which it in very verifiable and easy-to-show trouble, but let’s look at two in particular.

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Apple HomePod firmware reveals new specs and custom sounds, but lack of third-party apps

Editor’s note: We’ve updated this story to include a full FAQ, plus new information from the first HomePod firmware released by Apple on Monday, July 31.

The HomePod (originally rumored to be called Siri Speaker) is a smart speaker with Wi-Fi capabilities intended to compete against Amazon Echo devices and Google Home—although it will be significantly more expensive. Revealed during Apple’s WWDC keynote, Apple’s senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller boasted about the HomePod’s audio quality, its built-in room sensors, and the integration with Apple Music. 

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Apple HomePod firmware reveals new specs and custom sounds, but lack of third-party apps

Editor’s note: We’ve updated this story to include a full FAQ, plus new information from the first HomePod firmware released by Apple on Monday, July 31.

The HomePod (originally rumored to be called Siri Speaker) is a smart speaker with Wi-Fi capabilities intended to compete against Amazon Echo devices and Google Home—although it will be significantly more expensive. Revealed during Apple’s WWDC keynote, Apple’s senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller boasted about the HomePod’s audio quality, its built-in room sensors, and the integration with Apple Music. 

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