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Friday, April 19, 2019 12:10 pm
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Friday, April 19, 2019 10:56 am
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.
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Friday, April 19, 2019 9:38 am
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Friday, April 19, 2019 9:11 am

If you don't want to pay full price on the new AirPods and you also have a Costco membership, today's your lucky day. The popular retailer is once again selling the standard model for just $139.99, down from the normal retail price of $159. You can pick them up at your local Costco for free, but you'll have to pay a $5 fee if you want to have them shipped.

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Friday, April 19, 2019 5:00 am

You have a perfectly functioning iPhone and you plug it via USB to a Mac. When you switch to iTunes, you see the message:

iTunes cannot read the contents of the iPhone "phone name". Go to the Summary tab in iPhone preferences and click Restore to restore this iPhone to factory settings.

Depending on how recent your last iTunes or iCloud backup of your device is, this might be a little panic inducing. Do you really need to restore your phone?

It's unlikely. I and others have routinely experienced a bug in which this message appears even when our iPhones (and iPads) are perfectly fine. The solution is extremely simple: quit iTunes and relaunch it. If that transient bug is what you're experiencing, iTunes now properly recognizes your iOS device.

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Friday, April 19, 2019 4:00 am

The Apple Watch is the most popular watch in the world, and the most popular fitness tracker, and the most popular wearable. It's bigger now than the iPod ever was, and growing steadily.

As great as the Apple Watch already is, there are obvious avenues for improvement. Some of the things we all want, like multi-day battery life, will surely require new hardware. But many of our desires could be fulfilled in a new version of watchOS. As Apple gears up to talk about the new features of watchOS at this year's WWDC in June, here are some of the features I hope watchOS 6 brings to the table.

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Friday, April 19, 2019 3:00 am
Primephonic's mobile app for iOS and Android delivers the best parts of its classical music service to smart devices--with one glaring omission.
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Friday, April 19, 2019 3:00 am
A beautifull smart thermostat for baseboard, radiant, and fan-forced convector heaters.
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Friday, April 19, 2019 3:00 am

As the Nobel Prize laureate once sang, "The times, they are a-changin'."

2019 is a big year for Apple, and at the forefront of the questions circling around the company is the future of macOS. Last year's demonstration of "Marzipan" technology--letting iOS apps run on the Mac with little alteration--shook the foundations of what many people considered a Mac app.

Long time Mac users are, understandably, nervous about what this could imply for the future of their chosen platform. Will apps get "dumbed down" and features lost? Will developers eschew Mac-specific programs for the ease of deploying one app everywhere? As Mac users, we're used to feeling dour and grim about what's to come, especially those of us who lived through the dark times of the mid-1990s.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:30 pm
Facebook confirms that user passwords from Facebook, Facebook Lite, and Instagram were being stored in a readable format on Facebook servers. Hundreds of millions of accounts will be notified accordingly.
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