What to expect from Apple’s ‘Hello Again’ event

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/efe970febfec8b5ea8bca3c13eb0083e/204503260/599930746-ed.jpg" /><div>Apple is sneaking in <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/19/apple-will-finally-update-its-mac-lineup-on-october-27th/">one more big product unveiling</a> before 2016 comes to a close, and expectations for new Macs are running high. And how couldn't they be? Aside from <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/10/13/apple-imac-review-2015-21-5-inch-4k/">last year's iMacs</a> and the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/04/25/apple-macbook-review-2016/">12-inch MacBook</a>, Cupertino's computer lineup has gone largely untouched since 2015 -- and there are numerous systems that have remained the same for <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2013/12/23/apple-mac-pro-review-2013/">even longer</a>. But which Macs are going to get an upgrade on Oct. 27th? And is there a chance that other devices will get their moment in the sun? We've rounded up some of the more credible rumors to give you a sense of what's likely in store.</div>

The Week in iOS Accessories: Powerful products

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This week’s roundup is full of new ways to recharge your iPhone or iPad while you’re on the go. Read on!

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Solar Paper ($200 MSRP, $124.62 on Amazon) is billed as “the world’s smallest solar charger for the amount of potential wattage it can generate.” The makers say it can recharge your iPhone in 2.5 hours on a sunny day. And the system is expandable; strong magnets mean you can string together a series of Solar Paper panels to generate even more backup power.

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Best Deals of the Week, October 17th – October 21st – Deal Alert

Best Deals of the Week, October 17th - October 21st - Deal Alert
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Check out this roundup of the best deals on gadgets, gear and other cool stuff we have found this week, the week of October 17th. All items are highly rated, and dramatically discounted.

75% off DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless speaker, 10W Output Power with Enhanced Bass
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The DKnightMagicBox II Bluetooth speaker offers great quality sound with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology. It features two highly powerful 40mm total 10W acoustic drivers for excellent sound. With the ultra-compact size and the soft touch rubber design, it can be easily fitted into a backpack, suitcase, or a travel bag. The built-in 2000 mAh rechargeable battery enables an 10-12 hours of playtime on a single charge. This speaker is strong enough to fill up a kitchen, living room, or classroom. It is ideal for personal Continue reading "Best Deals of the Week, October 17th – October 21st – Deal Alert"

20% off APC Back-UPS 600VA 7-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with USB Charging Port – Deal Alert

The new APC Back-UPS BE600M1 provides instant battery power to your critical electronics when the power goes out, keeping you connected and available both personally and professionally. Designed specifically to enhance the features that matter most to you, including more runtime, more battery backup outlets, and a USB port for charging convenience, the BE600M1 is also smaller and lighter than the previous model. APC's BE600M1 offers guaranteed surge and lightning protection for attached devices.  When the power goes out, the APC BE600M1 will power critical devices including home networking equipment; allowing you to maintain your internet connection. This allows you to work productively, avoid the loss of valuable data, and safely shut down equipment. It currently averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 4,400 people on Amazon (read reviews), where its typical list price of $74.99 has been reduced 20% to $59.95.

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Lyft customers face potential hack from recycled phone numbers

Giving up an old cell phone number for a new one may seem harmless. But for Lyft customers, it can potentially expose their accounts to complete strangers. That’s what happened to Lara Miller, a media relations specialist living in California. Earlier this month, she discovered two credit card charges made in Las Vegas, over 400 miles away. “I thought it was legit fraud on my debit card,” Miller said.   But in reality, another woman had accidentally taken over her old Lyft account. It happened because the phone company had recycled the cell phone number Miller had canceled back in April—opening the door to the hack.

The problem involves Lyft’s login process. The ride-hailing app does away with the hassle of usernames and passwords, and instead signs up customers with their smartphone’s cell number.

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Wacom Bamboo Slate review: Smartpad marries traditional note-taking to online output

The concept is simple: If you like to take notes by hand—with pen and paper—and you’re not above a few diagrams and doodles along the way, Wacom’s Bamboo Slate ($130 and $150 on Amazon) smartpad might be the most optimal way to convert your notes from analog to digital.

The Slate is an athletic-coach-style clipboard note-taker, while Bamboo Folio ($200 on Amazon), a concurrently released variation, works similarly albeit with a different form factor that features an integrated cover. Bamboo Slate’s companion pen, with its traditional ink tip that is not a stylus, lets you jot down notes, upload them to the cloud, and edit and share them in various formats from your iOS devices.

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How Minecraft unlocks creativity and collaboration in classrooms

Amid tightening budgets and the pressures of Common Core standards, teachers are always looking for ways to better connect with and educate students—but the next big tool in their ever-evolving bag of tricks might surprise you. It’s Minecraft. Yes, that Minecraft: the game that lets you slay explosive creatures with makeshift weapons and concoct towering structures with tiny blocks. Mojang and Microsoft’s smash sandbox—a chunky 3D building and survival simulation with few objectives or limitations—has already sold more than 106 million copies across computers, smartphones, consoles, and tablets. 

How can a game like that help schools? It’s not meant as a playground or distraction, but used smartly and sparingly, it spices up rote lessons and engages students by utilizing a space they already know and love. Some teachers are already onboard, and a previous indie initiative has given way to Microsoft’s own expanded Minecraft: Education Edition, which arrives on Continue reading "How Minecraft unlocks creativity and collaboration in classrooms"