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March 28, 2017

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Netgear expands its Orbi Wi-Fi system into a product family, adding two less-expensive models

Netgear’s Orbi RBK50 is one of the best Wi-Fi systems we’ve tested, and now the company is expanding the brand into a broader family of products with today’s introduction of the Orbi RBK30 and the Orbi RBK40. Like the original Orbi, both of the new models are tri-band routers that dedicate one 5GHz Wi-Fi channel for data backhaul from satellite access points.

Both of the new systems will use the same router, but will have different satellites. The router is an AC2200 model supporting two spatial streams up and down on each frequency band to support one 2.4GHz network with to 400Mbps of bandwidth, a 5GHz network with up to 866Mbps of bandwidth, and a third 5GHz network dedicated to data backhaul with up to 867Mbps of bandwidth. The original Orbi RBK50 is also a tri-band router, but it operates a 4x4 radio for backhaul, delivering up to 1733 Mbps. Like that router, the new model will come equipped with a four-port ethernet switch, but it won’t have a USB port.

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Pixie review: Smart tags uses augmented reality on the iPhone to make finding lost items fun

In my household, the wife routinely forgets where she left her keys, and my son misplaces his iPad mini or Nintendo 3DS XL on a near-daily basis. Thanks to Find My iPhone, we always know where my family’s Apple products are, but that leaves plenty of other household items to potentially elude us. While it may be impractical to attach smart tags to everything you own, we all have a few crucial items like house keys or a wallet that could benefit from such technology.

Pixie dust

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Up to seven Pixie Points can be paired to a single iPhone, making it easy to track multiple objects around the home.

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Security check: Which apps have permission to access your online accounts?

Recently, hundreds of accounts—from Forbes to Amnesty International to Starbucks Argentina—started spewing swastikas and slogans in Turkish labeling the Netherlands “Nazi Holland.” The propaganda arises from a dispute in advance of a Turkish referendum to grant its president more power, and the Dutch refusal to allow Turkish officials to speak at rallies of Turkish people living in the Netherlands.

Political issues aside, the accounts were hijacked through a weakness many people forget exists until it strikes: third-party app permissions in social networks and other platforms. These integrations are part of the power of many services, which pitch themselves as platforms. Developers can create software that talks to the service’s API and reads information from a user who authorizes it. But more critically, these third-party apps can often post on behalf of a user, delete messages, or engage in other behavior.

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All the new Apple Watch bands—and third-party knockoffs for under $25
Ignore that call from “Apple” about an iCloud breach

Earlier on Monday, my wife let me know that “Apple Support” had called about iCloud security. She was dubious, and rightly so. “Apple” then called five more times (and counting). Suffice it to say, it wasn’t Apple, but fraudsters trying to piggyback on reports that a major breach of iCloud credentials could render hundreds of millions of accounts vulnerable.

Apple says no such breach occurred, and security researchers, like Troy Hunt of, say the group trying to extort Apple likely has reused credentials from other sites’ password leaks. (We recommend turning on two-factor authentication at iCloud regardless.)

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Sky Dancer soars at first, although the sensation is short-lived

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). 

Helplessly falling through the clouds at a rapid pace towards the dirt? Terrifying. Controlled falling, on the other hand? Potentially exhilarating. And that’s the kind of sensation that Sky Dancer taps into, blending a familiar behind-the-back endless runner approach with the less-familiar feeling of dropping large distances to platforms below. 

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Apple and Facebook are serious about augmented reality glasses, according to new report

A new report brings back the speculation that Apple is working on a pair of augmented reality glasses, and paints Facebook as a direct competitor.

According to the Financial Times (note: this article is behind a paywall), Apple and Facebook have stepped up their efforts to develop augmented reality glasses. Previously, Apple’s AR efforts were linked to the iPhone, and Facebook seemed occupied with the virtual reality capabilities of Oculus. Now, both tech giants are eager to create an AR wearable, according to the report.

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Amazon Prime Members Get Up To $75 off Kindle E-Reader Bundles Through 4/3 - Deal Alert

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Get these 10 top rated Mac apps (plus all future updates) for $29 - Deal Alert

Imagine creating the macOS workflow of your dreams — with unlimited access to the App Store’s top rated Mac apps. And imagine you wouldn’t have to pay to upgrade them ever again. The World's First Lifetime Mac Bundle offers just that - and you can get it today for over 90% off - just $29 with code MACBUNDLE10 at checkout.

This bundle includes ten apps ranging from password managers to productivity solutions, designed to give you (and your Mac) all the extra functionality you’ve always wanted. It includes a range from troubleshooter NetSpot Pro, which helps you optimize your Wi-Fi layout, to the elite cinematography app CameraBag Cinema, to even design-related apps like Biff.

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iOS 10.3: All the new features worth checking out right now
Apple opens registration lottery for WWDC 2017

Apple on Monday announced that developers who want to attend the Worldwide Developers Conference in June can now enter a lottery for the opportunity to buy tickets. Would-be attendees have until Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. PT to register into the lottery.

After the lottery registration closes, Apple will randomly select entries, and those selected will be notified that they can purchase tickets. The price of a single WWDC ticket is $1,599 and is for conference only—accommodations need to be booked separately.

This year’s WWDC is being held June 5-9 at the McEnery Convention Center in downtown San Jose, California. According to Apple, several hotels are offering discounted rates.

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Apple releases watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2

In addition to updates for iOS and macOS, Apple has released updates for watchOS and tvOS.

watchOS 3.2

To update to watchOS 3.2, you first need to update your iPhone to iOS 10.3. Your Apple Watch needs to has at least a 50 percent battery charge and be within range of your iPhone. After that, you can get the watchOS update through the Watch app. Tap on General, then Software Update. You can read about the update before you tap Download and Install.

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Apple's 2016 supplier sustainability report shows labor, environmental improvements

Apple takes environmental sustainability seriously, but producing electronic devices that don’t cause harm to the earth or the people who make those devices requires the efforts of Apple’s suppliers, too. That’s why the company enforces standards for its partners, and according to Apple’s 11th annual supplier sustainability progress report, 2016 saw dramatic improvements.

Apple audited 705 suppliers and found 98 percent compliance with a 60-hour maximum work week, a new high. Apple removes partners from its supply chain who don’t meet its standards for labor and human rights, and in 2016 the company ceased working with three suppliers, BuzzFeed reported.

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How to adjust macOS Sierra 10.12.4’s Night Shift settings

Night Shift is the major new feature in macOS Sierra 10.12.4. Let’s take a look at what Night Shift does, and how you can adjust it to best suit your Mac habits.

What does Night Shift do?

Night Shift was first introduced in iOS 9.3. It’s a setting that adjusts your display’s colors when it’s night time. When the sun sets, your Mac’s display will use less blue light, creating a picture that’s “warmer.” You’ll notice a yellowish cast on the screen.

Apple says many studies show that the blue light usually used by displays can affect your circadian rhythms and your sleep pattern. When you use Night Shift, the warmer colors aren’t as harsh on your eyes and better for your circadian rhythms. Whether this holds true for you or not, you now at least have the option to use Night Shift.

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Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.4: What’s new in the update

The new revision of macOS Sierra has just been released by Apple. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 is now available for Mac users, but before you install it, here’s the lowdown on the new features. It’s not a major update, so there’s no need to rush to install it. When you do decide to do so, be sure you back up your Mac’s data first.

Night Shift

The major new feature in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 is Night Shift, which made its debut in iOS 9.3. Night Shift is available on the following Macs:

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or later)
  • MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or later)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

With Night Shift activated, your Mac’s display adjusts its colors so it uses less blue light and instead uses what Apple calls “the warmer end of the spectrum.” You’ll notice a yellowish cast on your screen when you use your Mac at night. During the day, your Mac will go back to using more blue light.

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FBI wants legislative fix on device encryption -FCW

What are these morons thinking? They could possibly make it illegal for Manufacturers to make phones with strong encryption for sale in the US. That would result in the ability for the Government and Law enforcement to spy on US Citizens leaving them still unable to to see data from foreigners and offshore terrorists. Get [...]

Review: The iPhone 5S really is the best iPhone yet - Computerworld

Review: The iPhone 5S really is the best iPhone yet - Computerworld With cutting-edge architecture, a better camera and a motion coprocessor, the 5S offers a lot of hardware for the money

Homeland Security: Hackers Love Android

The Department of Homeland Security is warning that Google’s Android OS is a major target for hackers and represents the single largest target for security issues having 79% of the malware for mobile platforms targeting Android. By contrast Apple’s IOS has only 0.7% of the malware focused on trying to exploit that much more [...]

Obama WhiteHouse Dinners $5000/Person!

Wow, $5000 a plate dinners hosted by the Obama’s on the Taxpayers dime. This is exponentially more than any other President in History. Perhaps this explains the need for tax increases Obama is pitching for.

In any case, clearly Barrack and Michelle are NOT one of us.  Dig in Mr. President the taxpayers are [...]

Obamas Failed Wealth Redistribution Goals

A Recent Letter to the Editor of the Daytona Beach News Journal. (Oct 4th)

Wealth redistribution a failure Barack Obama is the self-proclaimed middle-class advocate and defender.

Yet on Obama’s watch, for the first time since the Franklin Delano Roosevelt presidency: 1) the middle class has shrunk, 2) the median income of the middle class has decreased and [...]

Microsoft Unveils Logo For Windows 8

Microsoft has unveiled the logo for the next version of Windows. Consistent with prior versions of their Operating System and other products; the software giant has spent more time ruminating about the pointless than the important. I find it fascinating that they would pre-announce the logo along with a stream of drivel seeking [...]

Apple unveils Mountain Lion OS X Preview

Apple unveils Mountain Lion Preview: iOS-ification of OS X continues with Messages, AirPlay Mirroring, Notification Center, Game Center, Twitter and more | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence

The Macintosh platform continues to evolve in ways that make it easier to work across multiple devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac) and serves as a guidepost for Microsoft to develop versions [...]

10 Incredible Stats From Apple Q1 Earnings

Ever wonder why everyone seems to have an iPhone and an iPad?

10 Incredible Stats From Apple’s Q1 Earnings

Why Android updates are a mess: its the business model | ZDNet

Ever wonder why the most tech saavy of your collegues use an iPhone or chose the iPad over 10 to 1 over the abundance of Android based tablets available today? It’s because despite the fact they are technically capable of getting applications (as opposed to malware) from the Google Market and the fact they [...]

Dubious about investing in Facebook? You are not alone.

Having worked at Netscape in the Internet bubble, I have a natural pessimism when it comes to Internet pure play stock valuations. Duff McDonald at Fortune Magazine also shares my perspective and has a pretty good writeup on his reasons the discussed valuations of Facebook are interesting but probably not realistic.


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