Pre-Friday Deals: Amazon’s Highest Rated Tech Deals Under $25 – Deal Alert

If you need some practice buying stuff before the big day (Black Friday), Amazon has released a boat load of deals in these days leading up to it. What we've done here is simply filtered their list of current deals down to the tech categories we care about, and only the deals $25 or less with 4 or 5 star ratings.  Discounted USB cords, chargers, phone accessories, BlueTooth speakers, splitters, and other gadgets. Here it is: An impulse shopper's dream/nightmare. Note: Scroll down past the "featured deals" to where the lists really starts. Enjoy!

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How to upgrade a drive with High Sierra and APFS

The new Apple File System (APFS) that replaces the long-running HFS+ in macOS caused a lot of concern and confusion, because it seemed like a massive change, but the effects aren’t noticeable to end users, except in improving the speed of SSD-only Macs. (Apple doesn’t upgrade hard drives to APFS, and hasn’t yet released a Fusion APFS update for its mixed SSD/hard drive systems.)

APFS restructures how files are stored in a disk partition, but it doesn’t change how programs access files within the operating system. When copying individual files or cloning a drive with Disk Utility, SuperDuper, or Carbon Copy Cloner ($40), macOS continues to abstract interaction with files, so you don’t have to learn anything about the filesystem to use it or to use cloning software. (That’s just so long as the cloning software is up to date. Carbon Copy Cloner released a major update for Continue reading "How to upgrade a drive with High Sierra and APFS"

How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money

If you’re looking for a way to save some money on new Apple products, try checking out the Apple Certified Refurbished store. You can find some good deals on Macs, iPhone, iPads, and more. Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store.

Apple Certified Refurbished store: iPhones

As of this writing, the store only has the 32GB iPhone 6s Plus available—it costs $469, which is $80 less than a new iPhone 6s Plus that Apple still sells. The 6s may be two years old, but it’s still a very good phone, and it’s at an attractive price.

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AirPlay 2 FAQ: What it is, how it works, and which devices support it

AirPlay has been with us for a long time. It’s an evolution of the old AirTunes protocol, which was meant only for music. In 2010, AirTunes got a host of new capabilities (music, photos, video) and a new name. A year later, it gained the ability to mirror your iOS or Mac screen to a compatible AirPlay receiver. With an Apple TV, you could put your Mac desktop on your PC in the blink of an eye!

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The AirPlay symbol you’ve seen for years.

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Looking for an iPhone X case? Here’s what’s available at the online Apple store

The iPhone X is a marvelous device—a device with a glass shell. And as strong as that glass is, you probably want to do what you can to protect it, especially since you paid a lot of money for it.

iPhone X cases by third-party companies are starting to trickle out. As of this writing, the selection in the online Apple store is pretty limited. Here’s what you’ll find. We’ll update this list as new products appear.

iPhone X Silicone Case

What’s nice about this case is that it’s a thin covering that adds some grip to the slick iPhone X. It costs $39 and is available in black, blue cobalt, dark olive, midnight blue, pink sand, (Product) Red, rose red, ultra violet, and white.

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MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

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iPad Buying Guide: How to choose the iPad that’s right for you

Update 11-21-2017: We’ve added some advice for those looking for iPad accessories.

So you’re in the market for a new iPad. Excellent choice—we couldn’t live without ours. It’s a great companion when catching up on news and email in the morning over tea, reading a comic book in the evening to unwind, or watching a movie while traveling on a plane.

But these days, picking an iPad can be tricky. Apple currently sells four different models of iPad, with prices ranging from $329 to $1279. There are size, storage, color, and connectivity options to consider. All in all, there are 60 different variations of iPad from which to choose. So which iPad is right for you? Read on.

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HomePod: New report details side project that took a while before it became a priority

The HomePod (originally rumored to be called Siri Speaker) is a smart speaker with Wi-Fi capabilities intended to compete against Amazon Echo devices and Google Home—although it will be significantly more expensive. Revealed during Apple’s WWDC keynote, Apple’s senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller boasted about the HomePod’s audio quality, its built-in room sensors, and the integration with Apple Music. 

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You can now control the DJI Spark with Gamevice’s controller accessory

 Gamevice is a bit like way to turn your iPhone or iPad into a Switch, at least in terms of adding physical controls to your gaming experience. But now the add-on can go beyond gaming, offering a way to easily control the DJI Spark with added precision and improved ergonomics when compared to just using a touchscreen device on its own. This is actually great news for Spark owners, since the… Read More

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How to power off and restart your iPhone X

You shouldn’t have to turn off your iPhone very often. If you’re not going to use it for a few hours, it’s not worth the hassle (and minuscule battery life savings) to shut it down.

But, if you know you’re not going to use your phone for a couple days, or on a very long international flight, and you want to save every last ounce of battery life, shutting it down can be an effective option.

Also, if you suspect some bug has made your phone unresponsive or slow, the first troubleshooting step should be that old IT standby: turn it off and on again.

You used to be able to force a restart on iPhone by holding down the side and Home button for awhile—10 seconds or so. With no Home button, you have to force a reset a little differently on iPhone X.

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How to power off your iPhone X

You shouldn’t have to turn off your iPhone very often. If you’re not going to use it for a few hours, it’s not worth the hassle (and minuscule battery life savings) to shut it down.

But, if you know you’re not going to use your phone for a couple days, or on a very long international flight, and you want to save every last ounce of battery life, shutting it down can be an effective option.

Also, if you suspect some bug has made your phone unresponsive or slow, the first troubleshooting step should be that old IT standby: turn it off and on again.

Since the iPhone X has no Home button, you have to shut it down a little differently than other iPhones.

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Not HomePod for Christmas: Apple’s delay problems

Apple announced that the HomePod would not ship until “early 2018” and as with anything that happens with the company we must now dissect how devastatingly terrible and awful it is.

Writing for Bloomberg, Shira Ovide says “Apple’s HomePod Stumble Isn’t a Momentary Lapse.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Bill in Dallas and @designheretic.)

Christmas will be a little disappointing for some Apple fans.

Yes, Jony Ive is no longer appearing as Santa at the Valley Fair mall after last year’s labor dispute with the elves. He simply won’t cross the picket line. He won’t do it.

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Apple’s upcoming iMac Pro might have an iPhone chip

The new iMac Pro set to release month will be Apple’s fastest Mac by a country mile. With 18 CPU cores, Radeon Vega graphics, and 128GB of RAM, there isn’t much Apple’s newest all-in-one won’t be able to do. But a recent discovery by Apple code spelunker Steven Troughton-Smith suggest an iPhone chip might be along for the ride.

Troughton-Smith has gotten his hands on Apple’s new BridgeOS 2.0 software, which will presumably be part of the upcoming iMac Pro's software package. And while it didn't divulge quite as much as the HomePod firmware leak earlier this year that spilled the beans on the iPhone X, it does include some very interesting things. Chief among them is a reference to an A10 Fusion chip, the same silicon that powers the iPhone 7.

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