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The best Bluetooth tenkeyless keyboards for Mac

Wires are ugly; they create clutter and can get tangled and generally are just a nuisance. Fortunately all Macs have had Bluetooth for a long time, so you have wireless alternatives. "Tenkeyless" keyboards eschew a numeric keypad; many people don't need them, so keypads take up extra space that you just don't need on your desk. Few companies produce Mac-specific Bluetooth keyboards; fewer still have keyboards we can recommend. Here are three that I think are excellent choices for a wireless desktop setup.

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Garmin's pricey HUD moves turn by turn directions from iPhone to windshield

When it comes to getting from point A to point B in your car, it's nice to have a phone that knows the way. Garmin, the maker of GPS systems and mapping software, has developed a new Bluetooth accessory that should make it easier to get there: the HUD (short for Heads Up Display). Coming in September, the HUD works with iOS, Android and Window Phone 8 devices alike and gives your automobile a taste of jet fighter technology.

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Moshi Codex offers stylish water-resistant protection for MacBook Air

Moshi has an annoying and costly (well, for me, anyway) habit of creating beautiful products for Apple devices that work really well. That's readily apparent in their newest case, the Codex for MacBook Air, a carrying case that lets you keep using your MacBook Air without removing it first.

  • Moshi Codex for 11-inch MBA - $65 ($70 for 13-inch) - Buy now

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Asphalt 8: Airborne review - burn rubber in ways physics never intended

Asphalt 8: Airborne is hitting the App Store on August 22, and let me tell you - it’ll be worth every single one of the 99 cents you pay for it, and probably worth a few in-app purchases too. We got our first taste of the game at E3, which, if nothing else, showcased the extreme upgrade in graphics. After playing it for a day or two, I’m happy to report that Asphalt 8 has officially replaced Real Racing 3 as my favorite driving game.

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OS X Mavericks preview

Everything you need to about the newest version of the Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, including new apps, new security features, new interface elements and advanced technology designed to improve efficiency and performance!

Apple will soon roll out a new version of the operating system that powers its Macintosh computers - OS X 10 "Mavericks," the first version of OS X that isn't named after a big cat. (Apple's using place names in California from here on out.) We don't know exactly when Mavericks will ship but we're hoping for more details soon.

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iOS 7 preview

Apple will be announcing the next-generation iPhone(s) on Tuesday, September 10, and their next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 7 won't be far behind. If the last two years are any indicator, iOS 7 could ship as soon as Wednesday, September 18. Code-named Innsbruck, iOS 7 was introduced by Apple during the WWDC 2013 keynote back on June 10. A radical visual departure from previous generations of iOS, it focuses on clarity by removing all but the most essential interface elements and shifting from buttons to tinted text, deference by getting out of the way of content and apps, and depth by building the entire experience around a physics and particle engine that moves, blurs, parallaxes, and layers in virtual 3D. It touches every app, every pixel, and likely very nearly every bit of the system. It ships this fall, and here's everything you need to know about it.

Note: This preview is based on information Apple has made publicly available, and our own analysis based on that information. In other words, no NDAs were broken during the course of this writing. It also means minor changes, cosmetic and functional, might have occurred in subsequent betas. We'll address those in a future update.

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OS X Mavericks Preview: AV Kit simplifies QuickTime transition

OS gave Apple an opportunity to rethink the way application developers should support and deliver media content on Apple devices. The result of that is a framework called AV Foundation, which debuted on the Mac with OS X 10.7. Now Apple's continuing that effort with new Mavericks technology for developers called AV Kit.

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OS X Mavericks Preview: easily access your LinkedIn account

Whether you're looking for a job or looking just to connect with colleagues in your field, LinkedIn has become the place to do it for millions of users worldwide. Now Apple is building support for LinkedIn right into Mavericks to make it easier for you to connect.

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iOS 7 preview: FaceTime audio for when you want to be heard but not seen

Apple's FaceTime is a built-in way for anyone on a recent iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac to quickly, easily make and receive video calls. It's been a boon to long distance families and relationships, traveling lovers and parents, and those who use sign language alike. Sometimes, however, you're just not dressed, styled, or simply in the mood to be seen. While there's always been a workaround to kill the FaceTime camera, with iOS 7 Apple is, at long last, making FaceTime Audio its own, proper thing.

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OS X Mavericks preview: Website push notifications deliver updates without Safari

OS X Mavericks' improvements to Notifications include new interactivity that lets you do more without breaking your stride. Another improvement to Notifications is on the developer side, and it makes it possible for you to receive updates from web sites without having Safari open, and without using an RSS reader.

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