Unboxing of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

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We got the new iPhone and we took the wraps off during a video that was streamed live to Twitter. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

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Get a Milanese loop band for your Apple Watch for less than 8 bucks

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Apple typically plays up the Milanese loop band for its higher-end Apple Watches, and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s as elegant as they come—a stainless steel mesh strap that wraps in around your wrist and stays in place with the help of a simple magnet. Normally you’ll pay $149 for this elegance on Apple’s own siteRemove non-product link. But today, by entering the code NPXMFVM6 at checkout on Tirnga’s listing on AmazonRemove non-product link, you get a Milanese loop band for your Apple Watch for as little as $7.49.

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With iOS 12, the HomePod finally feels like a member of the household

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HomePod and I were going through a rough patch. It wasn’t a great relationship to begin with, admittedly, but in the beginning there was at least that thrill of attraction; that admiration for the way it could fill a room with ravishing sound. We didn’t do much else together, though, and so we drifted apart. She was kinda messy. For months, we didn’t even talk. But that was until iOS 12 came along and reignited the flame to burn brighter than it had before.

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Where to buy the iPhone XS and XS Max

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Gone are the days where the iPhone was only available directly from Apple or from AT&T. Today, it’s carried by all major carriers and big retailers, and many of them want to entice you to buy with them by offering special deals. Of course, you can always buy from Apple directly, either in-store or online.

If you haven’t yet put in your order for an iPhone XS or XS Max, here’s a summary of some of the deals and promotions offered by different retailers to help you make up your mind. For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

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Keep your phone powered up at home or on the go with Amazon's awesome Anker sale

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Apple's dropping Back To My Mac Remote Access. Here's an Alternative, Currently Discounted.

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Apple is dropping the Back To My Mac remote access feature, and in a recent support document they urge you to be prepared by looking for alternatives.

RemotePC by iDrive is a full-featured remote access solution that lets you connect to your work or office computer securely from anywhere, and from any iOS or Android device. Right now, their 50 computer package is 90% off or just $6.95 for your 1st year. So if you need an alternative to Back To My Mac, or have been thinking about remote access, now is a good time to consider RemotePC. Learn more about it here.

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Get a Lifetime Subscription To Stone River's 2000+ Hours Of Tech Training For $59

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Just because you’ve completed school doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. In fact, continuing your education beyond traditional schooling can have a profound effect on your adult life because you get to choose what you want to learn, and do so at your own pace, rather than following a strict classroom rubric. One of the most popular ways to learn new skills is through an eLearning course, and Stone River is currently offering lifetime eLearning memberships for $59.

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iPhone XR vs iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: Which one should you buy?

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Apple Watch Series 4 has arrived but here are 5 reasons to buy a Series 3 instead

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Take a trip to the glass display case at your local Apple Store today and you’ll see a brand new Apple Watch Series 4 inside. Available in two new sizes, 40mm and 44mm, a variety of new colors and bands, and sporting a 30-percent larger screen, it’s the most significant upgrade to Apple’s wearable yet.

But all that newness comes at a price. Literally. The new entry-level Apple Watch costs $100 more than its predecessor, with some LTE aluminum models crossing the $500 threshold for the first time. And that’s before you get into the stainless steel and Hermes models. That means you’ll be spending at least $399 on a new Apple Watch Series 4 and $499 if you want cellular connectivity, a starting price of $50 more than the original and the highest entry-level threshold the Apple Watch has ever had.

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Siri Shortcuts: Opening up Siri’s next chapter

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In 2011, Apple announced that its newest iPhone would incorporate a brand new virtual assistant, based on an app developed by a company that Apple had acquired: Siri. This fall’s release of iOS 12 marks seven years since Siri’s debut, meaning that the virtual assistant would be roughly in first grade by now.

Over the intervening years, Siri has grown in fits and starts, expanding its features and its knowledge base, often with only a little fanfare from Apple. On rare occasions, Apple does devote some attention to the virtual assistant, such as when it produced a whole video dedicated to the relationship between action star—and impossibly cheerful human—Dwayne Johnson and the intelligent agent. But more often than not, Siri’s presented as a facet of Apple’s other products.

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Did you just get your iPhone XS? Do these 10 things first!

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Q Acoustics 3020i bookshelf speaker review: A definite contender for best-in-class status

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What’s the opposite of sticker shock? It’s hard to believe these speakers are this inexpensive.

Apple’s original TV shows and series: Chris Evans to star in limited series 'Defending Jacob'

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Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it’s still a huge commitment.

What can you get for a billion dollars? Well, some simple math gives us 200 episodes at $5 million a piece (a reasonable per-episode price for high-end TV). But we’re not likely to actually see 10-20 shows with 10-20 episodes each, all costing around that much. For starters, that billion dollars has to cover a lot more than per-episode production costs.

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This $13 RavPower wireless charging stand will make up for your iPhone XS's lame 5W plug

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iOS 12.1 beta 1 is available for public beta testers

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Just 24 hours after the public release of iOS 12, Apple has kicked out the first developer beta of iOS 12.1. It re-introduces Group FaceTime and includes a number of hints about new iPads that we may see this fall.

Updated 09/20/18: iOS 12.1 beta 1 is now available for public beta testers. 

Developers can head developer.apple.com to download the beta or add the beta profile to their devices. Non-developers who want to be part of the public beta test can head to beta.apple.com using the device on which you want to run the beta, where you can sign up and download a beta profile. If you still have the beta profile installed after upgrading to iOS 12, your device will download it automatically as a regular iOS 12 update.

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Get the latest 21.5-inch iMac for under $1,000

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What’s that weird app folder doing in your iCloud storage?

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There’s nothing more disturbing than finding files on your hardware that come from an app you are sure you never installed.

Macworld reader Kevin wrote in asking about a video-management app. It’s an app he is positive he never installed on his iOS device, and he was shocked to find a folder in the iCloud Storage view in iOS (Settings > account name > iCloud > Manage Storage).

He noted that the information seemed quite personal, as it had images that seemed to represent all his network devices. I suggested this might be something related to an app he purchased and forgot, but the explanation Kevin uncovered is only slightly related.

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RapidWeaver 8 review: Device simulator can't replace true WYSIWYG editing

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Realmac Software’s RapidWeaver is a WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) website development application designed to do most of the heavy lifting for you. Its easy-to-modify templates make it a snap to create a modern, custom website designs though the comfort of a user interface that feels like one that came straight out of Cupertino.

WYSIWYG web apps aren’t as novel as they once were-online services like Wix offer to do the same thing for free or dirt cheap, often bundled with bargain-priced web hosting. And to be fair, even the latest version of RapidWeaver will get you only so far on its own, which is why Realmac continues to foster a community chock full of add-ons including themes, plugins, and stacks that users can purchase to accomplish more advanced tasks the host software alone can’t handle.

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The real winner: It’s never Apple

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Now that we’ve had some time to digest Apple’s announcements last week, The Macalope wonders who we can, in hindsight, determine to be the real winner.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and competitive fish slapping circuit, Ewan Spence finds “Three Reasons The Nokia 5.1 Can Beat The New iPhone XR.”

Sorry, The Macalope should have issued a spit take warning for that one. His bad.

Yes, turns out, Nokia still makes smartphones! Or, at least, it slaps its name on them. Who knew? Finland, probably.

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AirTV DVR doesn't quite pick up Sling TV's slack

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AirTV now offers subscription-free DVR for cord-cutters, though its Sling TV app integration still needs work.

Our favorite iOS 12 features, iPhone XS ordering and reviews, and your comments and questions

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Take up to $300 off 2018 MacBook Pros at B&H and Best Buy

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Apple Watch Series 4 review roundup: A little more screen makes a big difference

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Along with the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, Apple has another new device going on sale Friday: the Apple Watch Series 4. Like the new iPhones, the difference between it and the previous Series 3 models comes down to two main things: a larger screen and a heftier price tag. But based on early reviews, it’s worth it.

Dieter Bohn of The Verge found that while the new Apple Watch sizes “don’t feel that much bigger on your wrist than the old sizes,” the extra pixels are a massive upgrade: “Things look different when the screen turns on. The screen on the Series 4 is just incredibly good. Apple says it’s 30 percent bigger, which is one of those specs that’s easy to just sort of pass over when you read it. But 30 percent is a lot, and you absolutely notice it right away.” He said the new display made his Series 3 watch “look dumpy and cramped by comparison.”

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Get Chase Jarvis's Smartphone Photography Guide For Just $9

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Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist?

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Home weather stations are getting more accurate and sophisticated all the time. Follow our buyer's guide to ensure you're not left in the cold or soaking wet.

Best smart lock for a keyless home

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Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

Amazon Prime members can get the Fire 7 tablet with Alexa for just $35 today

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Amazon's giving Prime members a sizable $15 discount on the entry-level Fire 7 tablet, making it just $35 today.

Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio

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Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

Our favorite high-performance portable SSD, Samsung's T5, is far cheaper than ever before

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Quirkytoys Quirkywriter S Keyboard review: Great typing experience accompanied by whimsical features

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When typing is a large part of how you make a living, the muscle memory you develop while typing with your keyboard can be hard to shake. Before reviewing a new keyboard, I like to take some time with it to ensure that my impressions of how it performs aren’t colored by my personal preferences. Only after my typing is up to speed, which usually happens after a few weeks of using a keyboard, do I dig in.

With that in mind, the Quirkywriter S mechanical keyboard is very pretty and types beautifully. Unfortunately, its design (as its name suggests) contains a number of quirks that keep it from achieving perfection.

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