56% off Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3XL Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Deal Alert

The OontZ Angle 3XL was designed and engineered by Cambridge SoundWorks to be their most powerful, best sounding speaker yet. Features a powerful 40 Watt AMP, delivering 20 Watts RMS loud enough to fill even large rooms with high quality sound. Perfect for parties, playing outdoors, at the pool and at the beach. Distortion-free even at maximum volume. IPX5 water resistance means it'll be OK with accidental splashes or rain. A built-in USB power bank can charge your iPhone or Smartphone while you're enjoying music. Other features include: Up to 8 hours of battery play time; Built in mic for speakerphone capability; Play from laptops, PCs and non-Bluetooth devices using the included 3.5mm audio cable connected to the aux-in jack. The Angle 3XL is highly rated on Amazon with 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 500 customers (read reviews). Right now its list price has been Continue reading "56% off Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3XL Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Deal Alert"

60% off HDMI 2.0 High Speed 4k-Ready Gold Plated 6ft Cable – Deal Alert

If you're looking for cables that can keep up with the high demands of today's video tech, you may want to consider this cable from SecurOMax, currently discounted 60%. This heavy duty, high quality 6ft HDMI 2.0 cable will drive full 4K 60hz 2160P. Something that older HDMI cables just can't pull off. It features more expensive, thicker 28 AWG wiring which enables 18 GBPS speed required for all HDMI 2.0 features. Its connectors are 24K gold-plated, with soldering points covered by a thick aluminum shell to achieve better shielding and lower SNR. Ethernet & audio return channels eliminate extra network and audio cables. All of this while also being backwards compatible. The cable by SecurOMax averages an impressive 4.7 out of 5 stars from over 1,000 customers (91% rate a full 5 stars: read reviews), and right now its price has been reduced significantly to Continue reading "60% off HDMI 2.0 High Speed 4k-Ready Gold Plated 6ft Cable – Deal Alert"

RapidWeaver 7 review: Great new features but neglects existing gaps

RapidWeaver 7 ($100, $60 upgrade) offers several smart upgrades to its website-building toolkit. Unfortunately, it also inherits the central limitations of its predecessor. Between the increased price and the features that either aren’t present or cost extra, RapidWeaver 7 still lags the competition.

What’s new works well

I truly liked the new features in RapidWeaver 7, particularly the SEO Health Check, which scans your site, then guides you through a checklist of steps that will help your site get noticed by search engines more effectively. (One of those steps involves another new feature: the ability to automatically shrink your site’s CSS and JavaScript files for faster loading.) Each step is clearly explained, and bringing my sample site up to snuff only took a few minutes.

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Fumble: The Galaxy Note fails to blow up the iPhone 7

The Macalope is sure there’s a football analogy for the Galaxy Note 7 situation here somewhere. Maybe something about trying an onside kick, fumbling the snap (which you shouldn’t have been doing in the first place because it’s an onside kick), recovering the ball but running to the wrong end zone and then being tackled for a safety and losing the game 44-0. But heck if the Macalope can figure it out. (It’s pretty much exactly that.)

“Rush to Take Advantage of a Dull iPhone Started Samsung’s Battery Crisis.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @realworldrj.)

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6 Photos features that are worth the upgrade to macOS Sierra

When people ask me for the single best reason to upgrade to macOS Sierra, the answer I give them doesn’t involve Siri or Auto Unlock or iCloud Drive. It’s version 2.0 of Photos, the biggest update to Apple’s photo-management utility app since it debuted in the spring of 2015.

I’ve been using Photos 2.0 extensively all summer as a part of my testing of macOS Sierra. My six favorite features make Photos almost singlehandedly worth the upgrade to Sierra. 

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The Week in Mac Apps: Byword 2.7 goes all in with the new macOS Sierra