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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:42 am

By now I'm sure you're familiar with Amazon's Echo device. Amazon Echo comes in both white and black, and is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more. One works well, or string them around your house for Alexa in every room. Multiple Echo devices work together seamlessly. It may be one of those devices that actually does what it promises to do. Echo is discounted fairly regularly, but usually not by this much. If you've been thinking about picking one up, now may be a good time. Its list price has been reduced from $179 to $99.99 for a limited time. See the deal on Amazon.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:28 am
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 5:00 am

There are very few things that are more annoying than unwanted cell phone calls. Macworld reader Douglas Cowan asks a question about a way to block those calls.

With the ever increasing number of unwanted phone calls and voicemails, is it possible to block all phone calls except from those in the contact list?

Yes, although it means some tradeoffs. The Do Not Disturb feature Apple introduced a few releases of iOS ago lets you suppress most notifications, sounds, texts, and calls. However, you can choose to let certain things bypass that mode.

  1. Open Settings > Do Not Disturb.
  2. Tap Allow Calls From.
  3. You have several options, but one is All Contacts.
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You can bypass Do Not Disturb for categories or groups.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:00 am

You ever see two of the same thing pass by in succession and think it has to be a glitch in the matrix? Well, don’t extrapolate too much if it’s a headline, particularly one involving Apple.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and home to Bare-Eyed Eclipse Viewers Anonymous, Gordon Kelly goes to the well that apparently never goes dry.

“iPhone 8 Leak Reveals A Nasty New Surprise.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

The Macalope was confused because he felt like he read that column by Kelly a few weeks ago. Sure enough, he found several similarly-titled mauvais mots scribed by Kelly:

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 3:30 am
Spend more time watching, less time wandering blindly through the settings.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 3:00 am

Distracted driving has become a real concern in the modern smartphone era. Whether it’s playing music, using your phone’s navigation, or incoming push notifications, calls, and text messages, keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road ahead can be a challenge.

One unique solution is O6 ($99), a small, pocket-friendly disc about 1.75 inches in diameter and half an inch thick. Instead of touching the iPhone or iPad display, users connect via Bluetooth LE, then press or rotate O6 in a variety of ways to control and navigate. The remote lasts about a week on a single charge, with a haptic motor capable of over 200 vibration effects.

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Monday, August 21, 2017 11:00 am

Editor's note: We've updated this article with a video to help you with your buying decisions.

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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Monday, August 21, 2017 10:59 am

Amazon has a deal today on one of our longtime favorite solid-state drives: The 500GB Samsung 850 Evo is available for $150. While that’s definitely not the lowest price we’ve seen—during the 2016 holiday season, you could get one for about $135—it’s the best price we’ve seen in awhile. SSD prices are still inflated right now.

Samsung’s 850 Evo has been around for close to three years, but we’re still big fans of this SSD. In our 2014 review, we gave it a high rating when 3D NAND technology at the consumer level was still a new idea. It also has great performance and longevity, as well as being backed by a solid five-year warranty. The 850’s pricing was also competitive when it came out, and it’s slowly becoming better as Samsung introduces newer storage (like its 960 Evo M.2 drives).

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Monday, August 21, 2017 6:49 am

Qwerkywriter connects wirelessly to any phone or tablet with BlueTooth. It features vintage inspired round typewriter keycaps and industrial strength mechanical switches that provide a unique clicky tactile feel, similar to the old vintage clacky typewriters. A mechanical keyboard promotes a more accurate typing experience and the clicky feedback is very satisfying. The Qwerkywriter is made of metal from top to bottom, the type of quality you don't get from a modern keyboard. The Qwerkywriter's list price has been reduced 26% to $259. See this deal on Amazon.

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Monday, August 21, 2017 6:34 am

Pico Pro is an automated craft brewery that brews fresh craft beer using recipes from award-winning breweries. Brew any style of beer you desire – from IPAs to session ales to stouts to porters – starting with just the press of a button. Your beer will be fermented, carbonated, and ready to enjoy in a little over a week. Built-in steam cleaning and dishwasher-safe components make for a simpler cleanup. The list price has been reduced by $150, so if you've been interested in a super compact and automated homebrew setup, you may want to consider the current pricepoint. See this deal on Amazon.

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