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Amazon Echo review

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Amazon Echo review

Everything has to be smarter these days. Connected to something. Connected to everything. And these days we have to talk to those things.

Google brought us, well, Google Now. But excellent as it is, you're taking to a machine. Apple personified things with Siri. And now Amazon has Alexa in its Amazon Echo Bluetooth speaker. Why? Oh, why not. On one hand you've got a decent speaker that ties into Amazon music. And lets you make shopping lists for later. On Amazon, of course.

But really that's just the tip of the iceberg with Alex. And it's a bit of an odd product, not available for general purchase. You register your interest with Amazon, finally are given the opportunity to buy, and then wait a few weeks until it ships. Maybe available will expand, maybe it won't. It took about a month for ours to arrive, a few minutes to get it set up, and not much longer to see that this thing has some serious potential. The question is whether that potential leads to anything on down the road.

And if it does, the likes of Google and Apple are going to find themselves with even more of a competitor in Amazon.

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1 week ago

How to use iCloud Drive: The ultimate guide

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How to use iCloud Drive: The ultimate guide

iCloud Drive is Apple's online storage service — a place to keep all your files and access them from all your Apple devices, including your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

If you're new to iCloud Drive and not sure how to get started, you've come to the right place. Follow along and we'll walk you through how to enable iCloud Drive, pick an appropriate storage plan, and how to better manage your files across your iPhone, iPad, and Mac!

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1 week ago

Buy this game: Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodgeball

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Buy this game: Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodgeball

If you're looking for a fun Mac, Windows or Linux game to play this weekend, check out Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball from 82 Apps.

Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball is a futuristic first person shooter that's what would happen to Dodgeball in the Tron world. What's more, it's on sale right now for $11.99.

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1 week ago

How would you change Apple's Health app?

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How would you change Apple's Health app?

Apple's Health app for iPhone debuted with iOS 8. Health provides a central place for all your medical, fitness, nutrition, sleep, and related information.

Categories include Diagnostics, Fitness, Lab Results, Me, Medication, Nutrition, Sleep, and Vital Signs. Data is presented in both graphs — which can be added to the dashboard view — and in separate sub-catagories. Once the information is collected, you can either keep it just for yourself, or you can choose to send it to other apps, or even share it with your medical professional via Apple's HealthKit framework. There's even a medical ID feature to help responders to find out vital information in case of emergency.

Privacy is a huge emphasis for Health, and you can control not only the data you collect, and not only which apps can access that data, but which apps can read it and which apps can write it. And if you don't give permission, an app — and any insurance or health organization behind it — doesn't even know it's there.

That's what Health is, but what do you want Health to be?

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1 week ago

These iPhone 6 bumper cases are only $4.95 today while supplies last

These iPhone 6 bumper cases are only $4.95 today while supplies last

This iPhone 6 bumper features 4-corner protection against drops and keeps the display and back of your device safe from scratches by elevating it away from flat surfaces. Choose from 5 different colors and save 67% today!

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1 week ago

iMore show 444: What happens in Cupertino

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iMore show 444: What happens in Cupertino

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode — CarPlay vs. Apple Car, bit rot, Apple Watch and design, Astropad, Records, Calcbot, and more! With Serenity, Peter, and Rene!

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1 week ago

How to use Chinese, Hebrew, and Islamic calendars on iPhone and iPad

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How to use Chinese, Hebrew, and Islamic calendars on iPhone and iPad

The Calendar app on the iPhone and iPad supports alternate calendars, including Chinese, Hebrew, and Islamic. By default, in America, it's set to U.S. format. However, you can easily change it to any of the other formats. Here's how!

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1 week ago

Apple Maps Connect expands to France, Germany, and Canada

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Apple Maps Connect expands to France, Germany, and Canada

Apple Maps Connect is a service that provides small businesses with a way to add and edit their location information on Apple Maps. In other words, to roll up their sleeves and help make Maps better for their customers and for everyone. Now, businesses in France, Germany, and Canada can contribute their information to Apple Maps Connect as well.

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1 week ago

On Apple Watch pricing and strap swapping

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On Apple Watch pricing and strap swapping

There's a lot we don't know about Apple Watch. We don't know how much it will cost, beyond the $349 price tag Apple's hung on the entry-level Sport model. We don't know if any other straps will be made available, including gold links to match the gold Edition. We don't know if we'll be able to buy additional straps separately so we can take advantage of the stellar strap-swapping mechanism Apple has included in all the collections. We know the broad strokes, but we know few if any of the fine details.

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1 week ago

Apple gives May 1 deadline for Mac apps to switch from garbage collection to ARC

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Apple gives May 1 deadline for Mac apps to switch from garbage collection to ARC

Apple announced today that new Mac apps and app updates will no longer be able to use garbage collection, a system for managing an application's memory use, after May 1. Instead, developers must switch to using Automatic Reference Counting (ARC).

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1 week ago

Marvel and comiXology team up to offer buy one, get one free deal on comics

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Marvel and comiXology team up to offer buy one, get one free deal on comics

Marvel and comiXology have teamed up to offer a buy one, get one free sale on Marvel comics on their websites from today, Feb. 20, through Monday, Feb. 23. When purchasing any number of Marvel comics either the Marvel or comiXology site, use the code MARVEL during checkout to to get an equal number of comics of the same or lower value for free.

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1 week ago

Emotional terrorism and censorship

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Emotional terrorism and censorship

Speaking up for yourself is hard enough. When others try to silence you through threats of violence and intimidation, what should be the appropriate response?

A game developer announced plans this week to withdraw from exhibiting at the upcoming PAX East game conference in Boston, Mass. Giant Spacekat cited death threats against the company's head of development as the reason for the decision. What's happening is nothing less than a mental health crisis in online communities.

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1 week ago

Lenovo reminds everyone why it's better to get a Mac

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Lenovo reminds everyone why it's better to get a Mac

Lenovo, by injecting Superfish adware into its Windows laptop PCs and leaving them open to man-in-the-middle attacks, has so fundamentally betrayed its customers that every one of them should immediately consider switching to the Mac.

Earlier this week it was discovered that Lenovo, a prominent manufacturer of Windows PCs, had loaded Superfish adware into some of its laptops. In order to insert advertising on websites, the adware broke HTTPS certificate authority — and that leaves these machines open to untold traffic monitoring and manipulation.

The public discovery of this adware made for a very bad day at Lenovo headquarters. But it made for a very bad, no good, downright horrible day — and conceivably, a year or more — for Lenovo's customers.

If you think I'm being sensational or overstating, you're wrong. I'm sensationally understating it.

This is such an egregious assault on customer privacy and data, and in my personal opinion, it should be taken as an opportunity for everyone and anyone to re-consider the benefits of going with an Apple-made computer and switching to the Mac.

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1 week ago

Sprint now offering 10 lines with 12GB of shared data for $90 a month

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Sprint now offering 10 lines with 12GB of shared data for $90 a month

Sprint is launching yet another price promotion, this time for its Family Share Plan. The limited time offer will give customers up to 10 lines of shared unlimited talk and text, along with 12GB of data, for $90 a month. The carrier says that the offer will end on March 12.

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1 week ago

Amzer Crüsta review: Superhero your iPhone 6 Plus

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Amzer Crüsta review: Superhero your iPhone 6 Plus

Crüsta sounds like something you'd find in Ikea, but it's actually the name of a case line from smartphone and tablet accessory maker Amzer. If you're looking to armor up your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus with comprehensive front and back protection, you might want to take a look.

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