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Saturday, January 20, 2018 4:00 am

Look, it's OK if you have enough money to buy an iPhone. But for God's sake, don't get it fixed.

In a blog post reposted at The Next Web, Zander Nethercutt says "iPhones are fragile -- and so are their owners."

YOU TAKE THAT BACK. [sob]

As it has become clear just how luxurious life within the Apple ecosystem tends to be, so too has it become clear why Apple power users -- often dubbed "sheep" -- tend to behave in the ways that they do.

Who calls them sheep? People do. That's all we need to know.

They are the definition of people who pay premiums at every turn...

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Friday, January 19, 2018 1:30 pm

Apple's AirPods are far from perfect, but they some of the best true wireless earbuds on the market, particularly for those with a lot of Apple gear. 

Everyone knows that AirPods work with iPhones, iPads, and Macs, but we tend to overlook the fact that they also work wonderfully with Apple TV (4th generation or 4K). With the audio beaming wirelessly across your living room to your AirPods, you can enjoy late-night or early-morning TV without disturbing everyone else in your house. Here's how you make it happen.

Pairing with Apple TV

If your Apple TV is running tvOS 11 or later, and it's logged in to the same iCloud account as the iPhone or iPad you've paired your AirPods with, you're already done! AirPods automatically pair with other Apple devices using the same iCloud account, and that includes Apple TV (as of tvOS 11). 

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Friday, January 19, 2018 8:44 am
Options abound for checking out all the championship action on whatever screen you choose.
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Friday, January 19, 2018 7:14 am

Updated 01/19/18: Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will cease production of iPhone X in the summer as it readies for three new home button-less models in the fall.

It's not enough that the new iPhone X is only a month or so old; rumors about next year's iPhone are already starting to fly. We'll keep track of what's been said and what seems feasible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

What's the latest?

Oft-accurate KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with more 2018 iPhone rumors, and he's doubling down on larger displays. In his note, Kuo writes that "the addition of 6.5-inch OLED and 6.1-inch LCD iPhone models will boost Apple's market share in China, and that the US$650-750 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will make it easier for users worldwide to own a 3D sensing and full-screen design iPhone which offers an innovative user experience."

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Friday, January 19, 2018 4:00 am

If there's one philosophy that seems to exemplify the vast majority of decisions that Apple has made about their products, it's this: "We know best."

Now, I get it. That's kind of the upside of having a benevolent dictator: decisions get made for you, and you don't have to worry yourself about making the right ones. Of course, the downside to a benevolent dictator is that they're still, fundamentally, a dictator.

Apple's taken its fair share of backlash over these kind of high-level decisions throughout the years, and the latest firestorm is about the company's decision to make the tradeoff of battery life versus performance in older iPhones. Whether or not the company is right to have chosen for us, it's now walking that decision back, with Tim Cook saying this week that a future version of iOS will allow users to decide for themselves.

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Friday, January 19, 2018 3:00 am

Four years since Apple last shipped a desktop Mac with the word "pro" in the name, the iMac Pro has arrived. Holding down the high end of the Mac product line until the day (hopefully in 2018) when a new Mac Pro arrives, the iMac Pro fuses the look of the 27-inch 5K iMac with the priorities of a professional workstation.

This is not a computer designed for the masses--a new iMac Pro starts at $5,000 and you can pay five figures for a high-end model. If you aren't sure if you need the power of the iMac Pro, you almost certainly don't. If, on the other hand, you are hungry for multi-core performance and a powerful GPU that will let you crank through intense tasks--in video editing, software development, photo and audio processing, science, graphics, and similar applications--this is the new Mac Pro you've been looking for, albeit in the shape of an iMac.

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Friday, January 19, 2018 3:00 am
The ConnectSense Smart Outlet for HomeKit stands out from the pack in looks and features.
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Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:30 pm
This new service can install a TV antenna on your roof on the same day you decide to cut the cable cord.
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Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:15 pm

The reports are in from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and they're not good if you're an Apple watcher: The days of CES being a show full of products trumpeting their connections to the App Store are over. This year, it's all about smart assistants--and that means Alexa and the Google Assistant, not Siri. It's bad news for Apple--or is it?

I trust the trained eyes of CES observers. Both analyst Ben Bajarin and New York Times tech writer Brian Chen reported the same thing.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:23 am
The Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs are very serious, and the fixes can create serious slowdowns in PCs, Macs, and other devices. Here's everything you need to know.
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