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How to update Flash on your Mac (if it's already installed)

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How to update Flash on your Mac (if it's already installed)

If you get a message to update Adobe Flash on your Mac, use this quick tip to make sure you have the latest version installed.

Adobe periodically updates its Flash software with new features and security updates. If you get a message saying Flash is out of date, there's an easy way to tell if you need to update it.

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How to filter and disable notifications for iMessages from unknown senders

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How to filter and disable notifications for iMessages from unknown senders

If you frequently receive iMessages from people not stored in your address book, you can quickly filter them out.

A lot of us depend on iMessage to communicate with friends, family, clients, and colleagues. That means not every message we receive is attached to someone in our contacts. If you keep finding yourself buried in tons of iMessage threads, some less important than others, here's how to filter out messages from those you don't have saved.

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CalDigit announces new Tuff portable USB-C drive, T4 Nano RAID

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CalDigit announces new Tuff portable USB-C drive, T4 Nano RAID

CalDigit has announced two new storage products, including a portable USB-C drive ready for your shiny new MacBook.

The Tuff is a portable drive built for durability that supports the new USB-C standard. In addition to spinning 2.5-inch hard drives, the Tuff also supports solid state drives (SSD).

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Autism awareness, iPad, and changing lives

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Autism awareness, iPad, and changing lives

I spent six years working with secondary-aged (14-21 years old) students with autism. It was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I've ever had the privilege to do.

At that time, the state of technology for these types of uses was woefully behind where it is today. Granted, we're talking about 1999-2005, but stay with me. The technology that non-verbal students used to communicate, for instance, was a huge, heavy piece of metal and plastic that had barely programmable capabilities for certain words and phrases that would be spoken upon selection through a garish sound system rivaled only by 1980s clock radio speakers. This equipment was exorbitantly priced, and very inflexible. The one thing it did well (arguably) was stand up to some abuse. They were like small tanks. But the kids would have to wear them around their necks and shoulders, which could be extremely uncomfortable. If they didn't have it with them, communication with others became difficult.

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MacBook vs. MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air in pictures

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MacBook vs. MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air in pictures

The new MacBook sports not so much a radical redesign as a radical refinement.

Apple's new MacBook represents nothing more nor less than the next stage of evolution of the laptop, at least how Apple imagines it. With a 12-inch screen, it should be slightly smaller than both the 13-inch MacBooks Pro and Air, but it manages to be much smaller, thinner, and lighter, all while packing in a high-density Retina display.

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1 week ago

Switch to iPhone: For a more private Google experience

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Switch to iPhone: For a more private Google experience

Google values iPhone owners so much they make sure most of their apps run on iOS, and that can be a big advantage.

The apps that Google has released for the iPhone include YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, Hangouts, Google+, Google Authenticator, Chrome, Google Search, Google Drive, Google Play Music, and more. Having them all on the App Store makes it easier for Android owners to switch to iPhone.

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Research firm estimates one million US Apple Watch pre-orders on day one

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Research firm estimates one million US Apple Watch pre-orders on day one

Research firm Slice Intelligence estimates Apple received just shy of one million Apple Watch pre-orders on Friday's launch day in the US alone.

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Sprint will send representatives to your location to deliver and set up your new iPhone

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Sprint will send representatives to your location to deliver and set up your new iPhone

Sprint is rolling out a more personalized customer service program that involves its representatives visiting a location of your choosing to deliver and configure your new iPhone.

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GoTech Ion: Hands-on with the foldable selfie stick

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GoTech Ion: Hands-on with the foldable selfie stick

Own a selfie stick? You might want to replace it with the GoTech Ion. This selfie stick fits easily in a pocket or small pocketbook. It folds into less than 8 inches but stretches to 35 inches when it's time to take those fabulous selfies. It makes selfies even more convenient.

Watch our GoTech Ion hands-on video to see it in action.

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iOS apps are secure — it's 'security' advertorials that remain a threat

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iOS apps are secure — it's 'security' advertorials that remain a threat

Another day, another CEO from a "security software" company pens a "guest editorial" saying Apple needs to open up to — guess what? — "security software".

Just like the last time, the premise is self-serving, the headline spit-take inducing, and it's absolutely not worth rewarding negative attention seeking with attention. But because every time something like this posted, we get contacted by concerned readers, some of the fear-mongering needs to once again be addressed.

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Understanding the first generation of Apple Watch apps

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Understanding the first generation of Apple Watch apps

As devices and capabilities changes, so too does the very definition of "apps".

Messages used to be an app I launched constantly. Now it's often something I access through Siri or, more often than not, interactive notifications from anywhere on my iPhone. Likewise, PCalc used to be an app I hunted to find amid pages of icons and folders. Now it's a widget I can swipe down at any time. Apps have been unbundled and, in large part, their functionality has been set free. No longer hidden or lost, specific interactions can now manifest everywhere — our iPhone, iPad, AirPlay-enabled TV, CarPlay-enabled dashboard, and soon, the Apple Watch.

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How to set up, sync, backup, and restore with iCloud: The ultimate guide

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How to set up, sync, backup, and restore with iCloud: The ultimate guide

One of the most important features of iCloud is the ability to sync, backup, and restore.

Over the years, Apple has added more and more layers onto the iCloud service. It integrates with iMessage, makes photos more accessible than ever with iCloud Photo Library, and even lets us share purchases with loved ones via Family Sharing. However, for the mass majority of people out there, its the convenience of being able to get a new device and instantly have access to all our apps, calendars, contacts, and media in a few taps that makes iCloud stand out from other services. Like magic, everything is exactly as we left it on our old iPhone or iPad.

If you're just setting up your first iPhone or iPad with iCloud, we can walk you through everything you need to know. And if you're a seasoned pro, pass this guide along to your friends and family members who could use some help understanding the basics of syncing, restoring, and backing up with iCloud!

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Gamers: Get a deal with MacGameStore's "Pay What You Want" bundle (PC games too)

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Gamers: Get a deal with MacGameStore's "Pay What You Want" bundle (PC games too)

Are you looking for a good deal on Mac and PC games this weekend? Check out MacGameStore.com's "Pay What You Want" bundle.

MacGameStore.com is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the new bundle, and it's also donating 10 percent of the proceeds to the "Stand Up To Cancer" charity.

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2 weeks ago

Secret power-saving shortcuts: Six tricks to extend your iPhone battery life

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Secret power-saving shortcuts: Six tricks to extend your iPhone battery life

The iPhone gets great battery life and the iPhone 6 Plus gets really great battery life.

Apple has done a lot to make everything from their chipsets to their software extremely power efficient. Yet battery life remains the currency of mobile and every feature you use, you pay for with power. If you start running low on battery, you can simply plug into USB or an adapter and recharge. (Plug into an iPad adapter to recharge really quickly.) If you're going to be away from power for a long period of time, however, there are a few tricks you can use to extend your battery life just a little bit longer. They'll cost you some fun and convenience, but they'll get you as far as you can possibly go.

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2 weeks ago

The Apple Watch retail experience

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The Apple Watch retail experience

Starting today you can make an appointment at your local Apple Retail Store — or simply drop by — and try on an Apple Watch.

Orders are online only for now, but the idea of the Apple Watch try-ons is to help you decide if you really want one and which one you really want. It's a way to get some eyes- and hands-on time with the hardware and software, so you can see the cases, feel the bands, experience the interface and interactions, and get as much of the Apple Watch experience as possible.

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