This Jailbreak Tweak Colorizes Widgets to Match Their App Icon [Jailbreak Tweak]

Posted on July 26, 2017 by Ali Hassan Mahdi.
Categories: Uncategorized.
If you’ve been jailbreaking for quite a while, you should have come across tweaks that colorize notification banners based on the dominant color of their app icon along with similar tweaks that do it for the 3D Touch menu, the Now Playing interface in the Music app, as well as the notification badge on app icons. Now there’s another tweak that brings a similar concept to a part of iOS that was never done before. Continue reading

Transform your standard outlet into one with 2 USB ports for $16

Posted on by John Levite.
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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a deal on wall outlet with 2 USB ports!

The Topgreener Dual USB charger outlet is down to $15.88 on Amazon with the promo code TGUSBXSD. This outlet normally goes for $22.69. It has seen a couple of drops down to $20 or so but never this low.

Features include:

  • Upgraded High Speed Charging Tech: In-wall dual USB power outlet with a total output of 4.8 Amp, 24W, 5VDC
  • Smart intelliChip USB ports precisely read the power needed then maximize charging efficiency without overcharging
  • Design Innovation: 3 snap-on face covers. 3 face cover colors include: White (comes attached), Black, Light Almond
  • Duplex power outlet with tamper-resistant (TR) shutters enhance electrical safety, preventing unwanted objects from being inserted into the outlet; Meets 2011 NEC
  • Compatible with USB 1.1/2.0/3.0 devices, 2 USB ports total 4.8 Amp, 5VDC; TR Receptacles 15 Amp/120VAC; UL listed;
  • Easy installation includes simple back and side wiring. Wall plate not included.

This outlet has 4.4 stars based on more than 458 user reviews.

It doesn't come with a face plate, but those are pretty cheap and you can add them to your order for just $3-4 like this one from Leviton.

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How to set up and use Sonos for Mac

Posted on by Mike Tanasychuk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Make your Mac home base for whole-home music streaming!

Everything's seemingly going wireless, so why wouldn't you jump on the wireless music bandwagon? With Sonos, you can stream all of your music to every room in your house, provided you have enough Sonos speakers to fill it.

Sonos is a wireless smart speaker system that connects to your home Wi-Fi network and then creates a network of its own, so that it's not eating up your bandwidth.

There's a Sonos app for iPhone and iPad, but you can also have total control from your Mac, so if you have a massive music library, you can put it all to good use!

How to set up your Sonos speakers using the Sonos Controller app for Mac

Download the free Sonos Controller from the iTunes store and away you go!

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your dock or from the Finder.
  2. Click Next on the welcome screen.
  3. Click Set up New System.

  4. Check Standard Setup. You can check BOOST Setup, which is a hardwired setup, but if you've just bought your Sonos speaker, you likely don't have a BOOST or Bridge, since they've been discontinued.
  5. Click Next.

  6. Click the lock.
  7. Enter the administrator's name and password and click OK. This will allow your Sonos player to connect to your Mac.

  8. Click Next on the Connect to Power screen, once you've plugged in your player.
  9. Click Next once you've seen the green flashing light. It's usually the mute/play/pause button that flashes and it can be quite faint, so put your hand over it and check if you're in a bright room.

  10. Click the dropdown menu on the Player Setup screen.
  11. Click your Sonos model in the list.
  12. Click Set Up This Player.

  13. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  14. Click Next.
  15. Click Next on the Wireless Setup screen, once your speaker is connected.

  16. Enter your Wi-Fi network name and password.
  17. Click Next.
  18. Click Next on the screen that says your player has been added.

  19. Click the dropdown menu on the Choose Room screen.
  20. Click the room in which you'll have your Sonos speaker.
  21. Click Next.

  22. Click Add Another Player and follow the same steps, if you wish. Otherwise, click Not Now.
  23. Click Next on the Sonos Registration screen.

  24. Enter your email address.
  25. Uncheck the boxes if you do not wish to receive company product information or software update information.
  26. Click Next.

  27. Click the dropdown menu.
  28. Select your country from the list.
  29. Click Next.

  30. Enter your zip/postal code.
  31. Click Next.

  32. Check or uncheck the box, depending on whether or not you would like to share usage data with Sonos.
  33. Click Next.

  34. Click Next on the "Registration Complete" screen.
  35. Choose whether or not you'd like to set up your music library.

    • Click Set up my music now and Sonos will take you through the process of adding your personal music library to the controller app.
    • Click I'll set up my music later if you just want to get right into things and use music services instead of your music library.

  36. Click Next.
  37. Click Done.

There it is. It took a little while, but your Sonos system is now up and running and waiting to blast your sweet tunes.

How to connect to an existing Sonos system

If you've got a Sonos system set up already, but maybe brought home a brand new Mac, connecting to the existing system is a snap!

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your dock or from the Finder.
  2. Click Next on the welcome screen.
  3. Click Connect to Existing System.

  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Click Next on the "Connected" screen.
  6. Choose whether or not you'd like to set up your music library.

    • Click Set up my music now and Sonos will take you through the process of adding your personal music library to the controller app.
    • Click I'll set up my music later if you just want to get right into things and use music services instead of your music library.

  7. Click Next
  8. Click Done.

Now your Sonos Controller app is connected to your existing Sonos system and you're good to go!

How to set up music streaming services using the Sonos Controller app for Mac

Sonos supports a TON of music services, including Apple Music (though, you have to set up Apple Music through the iPhone or iPad app). If you've got a subscription, then you have access through Sonos!

Here's how to set 'em up!

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your dock or from the Finder.
  2. Click Add Music Services in the menu on the right.
  3. Click the music service you'd like to set up.
  4. Sign in to your account or sign up for a new one. Some services require a paid subscription.

That's really all there is to it. Each music service will have a different way of signing you in. You'll usually have to click a link, which will take you to that service's website, where you will have to sign in or create a new account and agree to connect to Sonos.

Once you're connected, you can return to your Sonos Controller app and the service will be available in your music sources.

How to control your music services using the Sonos Controller app for Mac

Now that you have your music service(s) set up, you'll want to start jamming!

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your dock or from the Finder.
  2. Click a music source in the menu on the righthand side.
  3. Choose how you like to explore that service. Each music service will have different categories to choose from. You can also search that particular service for anything specific you may want to hear.
  4. Click the dropdown arrow to choose when to play your selection.

    • Click Play Now to play the track or album immediately.
    • Click Play Next to play it after the current selection.
    • Click Add to Queue to add the selection to the end of your queue.
    • Click Replace Queue to completely replace your current queue. This will stop the song that's playing right now.

Once you've made your selection, you can use the standard music controls, like play, pause, skip, etc.

How to control your music library using the Sonos Controller app for Mac

During the setup process, you can choose to add your music library to the Sonos Controller app.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your dock or from the Finder.
  2. Click Music Library in the menu on the righthand side.

  3. Look through each category to find what you'd like to play. You can also search, using the search bar.
    • Artists
    • Albums
    • Composers
    • Genres
    • Songs
    • Imported Playlists
    • Folders
  4. Click the dropdown arrow to choose when to play your selection.

    • Click Play Now to play the track or album immediately.
    • Click Play Next to play it after the current selection.
    • Click Add to Queue to add the selection to the end of your queue.
    • Click Replace Queue to completely replace your current queue. This will stop the song that's playing right now.

Once your selection is playing, you can use the standard music controls, like play, pause, and skip.

How to factory reset your Sonos speaker

  1. Turn it off.
  2. Unplug it.
  3. Plug your speaker back in, while simultaneously holding the play/pause button (on older models, it's the mute button).
  4. Hold the button until the light starts flashing orange.


Let us know in the comments below!

Updated July 2017: All the information is up to date and accurate!

How to Enable AirPlay in Apps That Restrict It on iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]

Posted on by Ali Hassan Mahdi.
Categories: Uncategorized.
AirPlay is a very useful feature in iOS that allows users to stream content from their iPhone or iPad to other AirPlay-enabled devices such as Apple TV. This means that if there are apps that are not on Apple TV but are available on iOS, then you can easily stream content from these apps on your iOS device to your Apple TV. Continue reading

Best Solar Chargers for your iPhone

Posted on by Mike Tanasychuk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

What's the best solar charger for my phone? Wait, there are solar chargers for my phone?!

Our yellow Sun is what gives Superman his powers, so of course it can also keep your phone charged while you're on the go? It's almost weird, right? Using nature to keep technology working. What a beautiful melding of the old and the new! If you can't find an outlet (because you're camping or whatever) then grab a solar charger and take advantage of the biggest battery Earth has!

Note: Yes, the Sun is powerful. No, the Sun will not charge a solar battery bank/charger as quickly as a wall outlet. You will have to be patient with these.

Anker PowerPort Solar Lite

The Wirecutter's top choice for best battery bank also belongs at the top of our list. Anker makes excellent charging products and the PowerPort Solar Lite fits in well. This 15W charger is very thin (0.7 inches folded or 0.2 open) and lightweight (12.5 ounces), making it perfect for long treks where lightening your load is imperative.

This solar charger is so efficient that you can charge two devices simultaneously, and it can charge at up to 2.1 amps in direct sunlight, making it about as fast as regular chargers under ideal conditions. Without an actual battery, you don't have to wait for the PowerPort to charge up — just grab it and hit the trails.

Comes with a 3-foot Micro-USB cable and is priced around $50.

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Diuzaul's solar charger is one of Amazon's best sellers and 73% of its reviews are 5 stars. Its size makes it ideal for camping or hiking, and it's waterproof, so if you're traversing waterfalls, you won't kill it. The 5000mAh battery is handy just in case you have to hide from a bear in a cave (worst place to hide, by the way) — just don't expect it to charge quickly. By opting for a smaller solar charger, you do compromise on the size of its solar panels, meaning it'll take quite a while to charge fully (even in direct sunlight). That being said, if you're looking for a portable option that can hold on to a charge in battery form, then definitely check it out (it's only about $15).

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Voltaic Systems Amp

Voltaic Systems' Amp solar charger is a neat little device that features a removable 4000mAh battery, which can be charged by sunlight or via USB. The Amp has two solar panels that are waterproof and covered in a self-healing plastic that can withstand some abuse (kind of like some screen protectors). About 3.5 hours in direct sunlight should fully charge your phone (according to Voltaic Systems), which is pretty quick for most solar chargers, but that is probably under ideal conditions, so you'll wanna be patient with this one, as with all solar chargers.

Designed for the rugged life, the solar panels and battery are housed in a rugged and lightweight, water- and UV-resistant fabric made from recycled pop bottles.

If you need your solar charger to withstand a bit of the rough and tumble, go with the Amp. You can grab it off Amazon for about $90.

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At about the size of a larger phone, the Ayyie solar charger is another awesome option made with portability in mind, and it's only about $22. This charger is perfect for the happy wanderer, being water, shock, and dustproof, and featuring a two-LED flashlight with multiple settings, including S.O.S. Five indicators will show you the status of the internal 10000mAh battery, and once full, you'll be able to charge most phones at least twice. Again, a smaller unit means smaller solar panels, so it'll take a long time to fully charge the battery on Sun juice alone.

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Goal Zero Nomad 7

This foldable solar charger is rugged and made for the adventurous. It won't weigh you down, since it has no internal battery, but it will charge your phone quite quickly, usually within an hour or two — very fast for solar charging.

You can simultaneously charge USB and 12V devices via the three ports, and when you're finished, it folds up nice and flat for easy portability.

It's also weather-resistant, making it perfect for camping and any other outdoor activities that might keep you away from a power outlet for a while. Check it out on Amazon starting at $70.

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Got a favorite?

Do you have a great solar charger for your phone? Let us know which one in the comments below!

Updated July 2017: These are still your best options for solar charging your gear!

TSA Rolling Out Separate Screenings for All Gadgets ‘Larger Than a Cell Phone’

Posted on by Evan Selleck.
Categories: Uncategorized.
The ever-evolving scenario within the Transportation Security Administration, which has been working with device bans of some sort for months now, continues. Continue reading

Cochlear announces Nucleus 7 Made for iPhone hearing implant

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Hearing solutions company Cochlear has announced the Nucleus 7, a Made for iPhone (MFi) cochlear implant sound processor. The processor allows those with a Cochlear Nucleus implant to stream sound from phone calls, music, and more directly from their iOS device, be it an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

From Cochlear:

"The approval of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is a turning point for people with hearing loss, opening the door for them to make phone calls, listen to music in high-quality stereo sound, watch videos and have FaceTime® calls streamed directly to their cochlear implant," explains Smith. "This new sound processor builds on our long-standing commitment to help more people with hearing loss connect with others and live a full life."

The Nucleus 7 connects to Cochlear's Nucleus Smart application to offer a range of other features. This includes the ability to locate a lost sound processor. The app also lets you track coil-offs time if a processor becomes detached, and time in speech, which optimizes the Nucleus 7 for different noise environments.

For those looking to receive a cochlear implant and want to use the Nucleus 7, it is expected to become available in September 2017. Patients with Nucleus CI24RE, CI500 and Profile Series implants will be able to upgrade to the Nucleus 7 in October.

How to set up and use iCloud Photos on Windows 10

Posted on by Richard Devine.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Here's how to keep your iPhone and iPad photos in sync with your PC using iCloud Photo Library on Windows 10.

Of course, Apple would prefer if you used a Mac alongside your iPhone or iPad, but it isn't silly enough to assume that folks would give up their Windows PCs and go all-in on its hardware. As such, some of the core services you'll be using on those mobile devices are also available for Windows.

One specific service is iCloud Photos. It's a relatively easy way to share your iPhone or iPad photos with your Windows 10 PC, once you've got it set up. Here's what you need to know.

1. Download, install, and set up iCloud for Windows

Before you do anything, you need to have iCloud for Windows installed and set up. The good news is that it's an easy process.

The even better news is we have a complete guide to walk you through it, step by step:

How to set up iCloud on Windows 10

2. Enable it on your iPhone or iPad

It goes without saying, but before you can share anything to your Windows 10 PC, you need to make sure you've enabled everything on your iOS device.

If you need help with that, check out the guide linked below:

How to enable iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone and iPad

3. Enable sync on Windows 10

If you didn't take care of it already in the first step, the next thing you need to do is to enable iCloud Photos in iCloud for Windows.

  1. Open the Start Menu and navigate to the iCloud folder.
  2. IOpen the iCloud application.
  3. In the box that pops up, check the box next to Photos.

4. Choose what to sync

In the box you enable Photos in during the previous step, you'll also see a button labeled options next to Photos. This is where you choose what it is you wish to sync to your PC.

Click on Options and you'll be presented with what you see in the image above. Here's what you can do:

  • iCloud Photo Library: Upload your PC photo library to your iCloud storage.
  • Photostream: This is a pretty simple way to share your iPhone and iPad photos with all of your iCloud enabled devices. It'll share everything you take and sync it to your Windows 10 PC, but it'll also work in reverse and allow you to add photos from your computer that will then sync to iCloud and any iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV that's set up for it.
  • iCloud Photo Sharing: Choose the people you want to share photos with and allow them to add photos, videos and comments. Comments will show up right in the folder when you open it in Windows 10.
  • Download and Upload new photos and videos to and from your PC.

You can also change the folder that synced photos go into. By default, it'll be set to go into Pictures or iCloud Photos, but you can change that to any other that you wish.

5. Quick Access

The steps above will leave you in a position where iCloud will sync your photos to your computer. The photos themselves will reside in the folder specified in the previous step, but iCloud for Windows installs a "desktop app" for quicker, easier management.

Only it's not a desktop app as you might imagine. To locate it, you can either go into the iCloud folder in the Start menu and find iCloud Photos, or just open File Explorer. iCloud Photos will be added there under Devices and drives in This PC.

  • To add to Quick Access in File Explorer, right-click on iCloud Photos and select Pin to Quick Access.
  • To pin to the Start menu, right-click on iCloud Photos and select Pin to Start.

6. Add Photos to a folder or Photostream

Once you open up iCloud Photos and you're viewing either your folders or Photostream, you can add new photos right from your computer.

  1. Open the location you wish to share new photos to.
  2. Above the main window look for Add photos or videos. (See the image above.)
  3. Choose the photos from your computer.
  4. Once you're ready, hit Done.

The photos you just selected will soon be available on the devices and to the other people to whom you allow access.

7. Create a new shared album

If you want to share a specific set of photos with friends or family who also use iCloud, there's a really easy way to do it.

  1. Open the location you wish to share new photos to.
  2. Above the main window look for New shared album.
  3. Add the email addresses of the people you want to share with.
  4. Give the album a name.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select all the photos you want to add from your computer.
  7. Click Done.

Now all the photos you added to the folder will be synced to the devices of everyone you shared to. It's important to remember that you need to add their iCloud email addresses, which may well be different than their regular email addresses, so always make sure to check if in doubt.

8. Unsubscribe from shared folders

If someone has shared a folder with you through iCloud but you're done with it and want to unsubscribe, you can do that too from iCloud for Windows.

  1. Select the folder you want to unsubscribe from.
  2. Click Info.
  3. In the box that appears click Unsubscribe in the bottom left corner.

You'll now no longer see any photos from these folders.

You may not get as wide a range of features as on macOS, but Apple at least provides a comprehensive, if a little rudimentary, way to keep your iCloud Photo Library in order on Windows 10. And you can now move photos both ways, as well as view and edit photos on Windows 10.

For more on iCloud Photo Library, be sure to visit our pals at iMore and check out their ultimate guide.


Let us know in the comments below!


Cord cutting is easier and better than ever, but it’s not the right choice for every TV fan

Posted on by Chris Brantner.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Cable and satellite TV can be expensive, but don’t feel guilty if you want to keep it.

Best Bluetooth speakers

Posted on by Michael Brown.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Updated July 26, 2017 to add our review of the Bose Soundlink Revolve+ as runner-up in the outdoor speaker category.

There was a time when Bluetooth speakers were like jelly beans: They were cheap, they all looked the same, and they were invariably of dubious quality. Times have changed. Every major audio manufacturer has at least one model on the market today, and most have several. If you haven’t listened to a Bluetooth speaker lately, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise.

The industry’s progress doesn’t mean that every Bluetooth speaker justifies its price tag, no matter how inexpensive it might be. There’s still plenty of dreck floating around. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you steer clear of the junk and point you to the best speakers at the price range that fits your budget. To that end, we’ve picked the best Bluetooth speakers in four broad price ranges: budget, mid-range, high-end, and—yes, there are ultra-high-end Bluetooth speakers—price is no object. We also added an outdoor category to our coverage, with Soundcast's VG7 the first to win our praise, with the Bose Soundlink Revolve+ taking the runner-up spot.

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Best TV shows and movies on Netflix right now

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Netflix is always adding new movies and TV shows to its catalog, and each week, we'll bring you the best it has to offer!

What to Watch

In this week's Netflix selections, follow a group of young students as they learn witchcraft and have fun adventures at Cackle's Academy. A financial advisor must launder money for a drug lord, lest he and his family suffer dire consequences. Finally, you can once again watch the progress of the football team of East Mississippi Community College as they try to go for the championship during the 2016 football season.

  • The Worst Witch - Season 1 - Follow a group of young witches on a series of fun adventures as they study the magical arts at Cackle's Academy in this Netflix original series based on Jill Murphy's beloved books.
  • Ozark - Season 1 - In order to square himself with a drug boss, a financial advisor moves his family to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must successfully launder $500 million in illegal money within five years or face the consequences.
  • Last Chance U - Season 2 - Once again, this documentary series follows the college football team at East Mississippi Community College through the 2016 football season as they try to climb back from the troubles at the end of the previous season.

Coming Attractions

This week on Netflix we'll a trio of original series, starting with season one of Daughters of Destiny, which takes viewers on a journey to the Shanti Bhavan school, which tries to give poor children the opportunities they need to rise out of poverty. In the first season of The Incredible Jessica James, a struggling playwright tries to right the course of her life both professionally and personally. Finally, we have season five of The Adventures of Puss in Boots, which follows the fighting feline across the world as he goes on amazing adventures.

  • Daughters of Destiny - Season 1 - In this documentary series, follow five girls from impoverished families in India as they attend Shanti Bhavan, a school that specializes in teaching poor children in an effort to create opportunities for them and lift them out of poverty. Arrives July 21. - See on Netflix
  • The Incredible Jessica James - Season 1 - This original comedy series focuses on a twentysomething playwright as she goes through her life following a bad breakup. Struggling in her career, she makes a connection with a divorced app designer that neither of them was really expecting. Arrives July 21. - See on Netflix
  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots - Season 5 - The feline sword fighter continues his exciting adventures in exotic locations in the fifth season of this Netflix original animated comedy series. Arrives July 21. - See on Netflix

Bookmark this page and check back next week for more from Netflix!

Which iMac should you buy

Posted on by Lory Gil.
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Should you go with 21.5- or 27-inch? Should you get 4K or 5K? If you're still deciding on which iMac to buy, we have some advice.

So you've decided to buy an iMac. That's great, but that is only the first decision of many. You'll also need to decide what size display you want, which processor to get, whether you want to upgrade your memory after purchase or just stock your iMac with max memory right from the start, and a whole lot more. We've got a run down of everything you can get with the iMac to help you decide which one is right for you.

Read Rene Ritchie's review of the 2017 iMac

The iMac lineup

Apple's iMac lineup, not including the iMac Pro, comes in three different models. You can get the 21.5-inch iMac with 1080p resolution, the 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display, or the 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display. On top of that, you can configure your iMac with different processor speeds, graphics cards, storage options, and memory size. The key is deciding which iMac is right for you based on your needs. You don't want to end up spending too much money on an iMac outfitted with specs you'll never even use.

While each model is different, there are a few things that all iMac models have in common. They all have a 3.5mm headphone jack, an SDXC card slot, four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet connector.

The display size

Size matters, and when it comes to the iMac, it matters for more than just, well ... size. The 21.5-inch iMac supports 1080p at its lowest price model. For $200 more, you can invest in the 4K Retina display model at 21.5 inches in size. The 27-inch iMac is only available with a 5K Retina display, so you don't get the option of choosing something less expensive. It's all-in with the 27-inch model.

You'll get more screen real estate with the 27-inch iMac, but it does come at a price, though the 4K and 5K models both sport the DCI-P3 wide color gamut, so you're getting a lot for your money with the 4K model

If you're planning on using an external monitor alongside your iMac, all three models provide the same resolution support of one 5K external display, two 4K UHD external displays, or two 4K standard HD external displays.

  • If you're going to be using one or more external monitors, you might as well get the 1080p 21-inch iMac to save on cost.
  • If you want a really fantastic display but don't need a huge display screen, get the 21.5-inch 4K Retina display iMac.
  • If you want all the colors and the largest possible display, you want the 27-inch iMac

Note: the 21.5-inch iMac does not have upgradable RAM. Read the upgradable vs. non-upgradable RAM section before making your final decision.

i5 vs i7 processor

Both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs come standard with an Intel Core i5 processor. The 1080p model features a dual-core processor, while the 4K and 5K iMacs come with a quad-core processor.

What's the difference between two and four cores? Mostly speed — speed at running applications with parallel processing. Apps that use a lot of computation, like 3D model rendering, data transformation, video and audio editing, and even burning DVDs or CDs, will run faster and smoother with four cores over two.

The 4K and 5K iMacs can both be upgraded with the faster i7 processor, which provides an additional speed boost.

The 21.5-inch 4K Retina display iMac can be upgraded to 3.6GHz with a Turbo boost up to 4.2GHz. The 27-inch 5K Retina display iMac can be upgraded to 4.2GHz with a Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz.

All of the base processor speeds cost $200 more, incrementally, with the exception of the 3.8GHz processor for the 27-inch iMac, which costs $300 more than the next lowest processor tier.

The processor upgrades all cost $200 extra, with the exception of the upgrade from the 3.0GHz i5 processor to the 3.6GHz i7 processor, which costs $300 extra.

  • If you only plan on using your iMac for basic stuff, like surfing the web, checking your email, and maybe running some standard productivity apps, you'll be fine with just the dual-core processor of the 21.5-inch 1080p iMac.

  • If you will be using some heavy computing programs, like photo or video editing, or burning CDs and DVDs, but don't need an iMac for fully developing programs or rendering 3D games, the standard i5 processor on the 21.5 or 27-inch iMac will do just fine.

  • If you need all the speed you can get without switching to the iMac Pro, the 21-inch iMac with the upgraded i7 Intel Core processor is the one for you.

Upgradable RAM vs. non-upgradable RAM

I mentioned above that the 21.5-inch iMac does not have upgradable RAM. When I first decided to buy my iMac, that was my deciding factor in choosing the 27-inch model. I didn't need the extra RAM at first but knew I'd eventually want to upgrade. With the 21.5-inch iMac, you have to decide before you buy whether you want to upgrade your RAM or not.

The 21.5-inch iMacs start off with 8GB of memory, which can be upgraded to 16GB for the 1080p model or up to 32GB for the 4K model. You have to make that decision before you purchase the 21.5-inch iMac.

The 27-inch iMac starts off with 8GB of RAM and can be upgraded to 16, 32, or 64GB before you buy or you can start off small and upgrade at a later date, since the memory card slots are user-accessible.

  • If you know now that you'll never need more RAM than what you get when you buy your iMac, you can choose the 21.5-inch model with confidence.

  • If you think there may come a time in the future that you might want more RAM or if you just can't afford the upgrade right now, you should get the 27-inch iMac. It's the only one with a user accessible memory slot.

Hard drive vs. Fusion Drive vs. SSD

All models of iMac come with 1TB of internal storage except the highest priced 27-inch iMac (the one with a base processor speed of 3.8GHz), which starts with 2TB of storage.

The difference comes with whether you want a hard drive, a Fusion Drive, or a solid state drive (SSD). So, what's the difference?

A hard drive is a standard mechanical data storage drive. It spins on a central spindle inside the Mac. It's reading and writing speed is determined by its rpm, which is 5400 on the 21.5-inch iMac.

A Fusion Drive is a hybrid of a hard drive and an SSD, or "flash drive" as it is sometimes called. The Fusion drive combines 128GB of flash storage with a 5400rpm mechanical hard drive, which allows for faster reading and writing speeds and also serves as a quick-access storage space for files that are used a lot. Lesser-used files get delegated to the hard drive.

An SSD or flash drive is pure flash and much faster than both a hard drive and a Fusion Drive. It is capable of storing and quickly accessing large files, so you're not waiting for even the oldest of files to load.

Because the iMac comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are super fast, you can also connect an external drive at a later time if you don't want to invest in one of the more expensive internal storage drives right away.

The 21.5-inch iMac comes standard with a 1TB Serial ATA hard drive and can be upgraded with up to a 1TB SSD for as much as $700 more.

The 27-inch iMac comes standard with a 1TB Fusion Drive and can be upgraded with up to a 2TB SSD for as much as $1,400 more.

  • If you think your computing activities are about average, you can get away with the 1080p iMac with the Serial ATA hard drive, but you'll probably want to upgrade with an external hard drive at some point in the future.

  • If you don't feel comfortable dealing with an external hard drive for storing most of your files or if you feel comfortable with spending just a little bit more for a much faster hard drive, the 1TB Fusion Drive will go far for you. I never experience slowdown with my Fusion Drive.

  • If you're going to be reading and writing all the files all the time, and money is like leaves on a tree to you, go for the biggest and baddest SSD. I mean, why not?

Radeon vs Iris

You may think that a graphics card is only for gamers, but the graphics processing unit (GPU) is the driving force behind rendering everything on your iMac, from the basics of your operating system to photo and video editors to video games.

The lowest end iMac, the 21.5-inch 1080p model, sports the Intel Iris Plus Graphics card, which is nothing to sneeze at, but it's definitely a little outdated by this time compared to the Radeon Pro graphics that come standard on all of the other iMac models. The main difference between the two is that the Radeon Pro chip fully supports virtual reality, which Apple is investing in heavily in the future with macOS High Sierra and later.

As for Radeon itself, you can get a variety of different spec upgrades for the GPU. They all support virtual reality, but it all comes down to speed.

  • If you don't play a lot of games on your iMac, and you don't think you'll spend a lot of time editing videos or working heavily with digital photography, you can live with the Iris Pro graphics; they're pretty darn good.

  • If you want to invest in virtual reality at any time in the future, if you work with video editing programs, or if you play a lot of video games on your iMac, you definitely want a Radeon chip, and the more graphics-heavy work you do on your iMac, the faster GPU you'll need.

Who should buy the 21.5-inch iMac

The 21.5-inch iMac is the most pocketbook-friendly of the three models. It starts at just $1,099 and is a fantastic computer for everyday use. It's the perfect iMac for those on a budget that use a computer for such things as browsing the web, reading emails, working in productivity apps, and other similar activities. It's a powerhouse of a Mac for the price. It is, however, slowly becoming an outdated model. More and more websites are pushing the 4K and even 5K envelope, and Apple has turned its eye toward virtual reality. So consider your future computing needs. If you don't care about virtual reality and 1080p is good enough for your eyes, you'll be happy with the 21.5-inch iMac.

Just remember to buy the amount of RAM you want right away because you won't be able to upgrade at a later time.

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Who should buy the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display

The 21.5-inch iMac is the "baby bear" of the line. It's practically just right in every way. It's reasonably priced, comes with the best storage drive and GPU for its price, and is future-proof for advancing technology.

The screen size is ideal for smaller spaces, like apartments or somewhat crowded houses. Even though it's slightly smaller than its big brother, the 27-inch iMac, it's still got a whole lot of screen real estate. If you're going to be connecting an external monitor, the sky's the limit with size and resolution, too.

The specs are the most customizable of all three models, as well. Whether you want to have the base memory, processor speed, graphics, or storage, or you want to go all-in on the top of the line with everything, the 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display has a wide variety of options.

The only shortcoming of the 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display is that the RAM is not user-accessible after purchase, so you'll have to decide before you buy whether or not you want to upgrade your RAM to something more than the standard 8GB.

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Who should buy the 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

Until the iMac Pro launches, the 27-inch iMac is the top of the lineup in terms of performance, screen resolution, and speed (not counting the Mac Pro). It's got a fast processor, great storage speeds, a top-notch graphics processor, and post-purchase upgradable RAM. Plus, that screen is something to behold when it's sitting on your desk, all 500 nits brightly smiling at you. It is definitely the most beautiful iMac so far.

But it's a lot of computer to deal with. It's like riding a Thoroughbred when you'd be just fine riding a Shetland pony.

If you spend a lot of time on your computer, if you work in digital content, if you edit videos or photographs, or if you play a lot of video games on your computer, the 27-inch iMac is right for you.

Also, if you want to be able to upgrade your RAM after you purchase, get the 27-inch iMac. I chose the 5K iMac for that singular reason and it was well-worth the extra cost for the additional performance and display screen upgrades.

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Still undecided?

If you're still not sure which iMac is right for you, you should head over to our iMac discussion forums. Our readers are full of great advice and love to share their knowledge and experience with others.

USB 3.2 Offers Double the Bandwidth Over USB 3.1; Works With Existing USB-C Cables

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
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With Apple and other PC OEMs finally jumping on the USB 3.1 bandwagon, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has now unveiled USB 3.2. The new standard effectively doubles the current 10Gbps bandwidth of USB 3.1 to 20Gbps by adding an extra lane. Continue reading

Get started developing with iOS 11 and Swift 4 for just $19

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Apple has referred to iOS 11 as setting a new standard for iOS, and for aspiring developers that means more power and more possibilities than ever. Unfortunately, going from concept to launching live in the App Store isn't an overnight task and the coding and development that goes into the apps can be hard to learn on your own.

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Luckily, you can learn how to write iOS 11 and Swift 4 apps from just about anywhere. Thanks to this great starter bundle you can have access to 249 lectures, nearly 35 hours of content and much more 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Normally, courses like this would cost a fortune and be super time consuming if you wanted to go to school for it, but that doesn't have to be the case here. You can learn it as you have the time, and without draining your bank account.

Some of the key benefits of this starter bundle include:

  • Access 249 lectures & 34 hours of content 24/7
  • Get a complete toolkit for starting to design your own apps with iOS 11, Swift 4, ARKit, MLKit, MusicKit, and the new Depth Photo API
  • Learn Swift 4, accelerometers, and motion feedback
  • Perform online storage with Parse
  • Practise by creating clones of popular apps such as Instagram, Tinder, Uber and Snapchat

That's right, for just $19 you can get started with building your very own iOS 11 app. From creating a developer account to launch it on to coding the app and understanding the process, you won't want to miss out on this huge 90% savings for a limited time.

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Whether you have an existing idea or think that the knowledge can help you bring an idea to life for someone else, be sure to grab this starter bundle for just $19 instead of its usual $200 price.

This iDevices Switch Smart plug works with Apple HomeKit and just matched its lowest price

Posted on by John Levite.
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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a deal on a smart plug that works with Apple HomeKit!

The iDevices Switch Wi-Fi Smart plug is down to $29.15 on Amazon right now. This price matches a drop we saw on Prime Day, but it has been hovering around $37 ever since then. It has only been in the last couple of months that this plug has started to drop in price at all, and the deals have been very few and far between.

This Smart plug works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Apple HomeKit. You can use the included app to control and monitor any electronics plugged into it, and you can even monitor their energy usage. Use the scheduling features to turn things on and off when you want them and even create the ability to turn on multiple devices with one command.

The Switch is designed to make setting it up as easy as possible and does not require a hub.

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These MacBook Pro skins can save you from scuffs or scratches

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Looking to save your MacBook Pro from scuffs and scratches? Then these skins gotcha covered!

If you wants to protect your MacBook Pro from scratches, scrapes, and scuffs but don't want a bulky case or bag to tote it around in to keep it safe, then picking up and sticking on a skin might be your best way to go.

Here are a couple of amazing MacBook Pro skins you can use that'll rescue your laptop!

Best Skins Ever MacBook Pro skin

If you're looking for a MacBook Pro skin that you cannot see and seems like it's barely there (but still protects your computer from the dangers of the outside world), then take a peek at the aptly named Best Skins Ever MacBook Pro skin.

The Best Skins Ever MacBook Pro skin acts as an inconspicuous matte film that's a perfect match for the aluminum of your MacBook. Once it's applied onto your computer, it becomes almost indistinguishable, completely disappearing from sight but still offering you protection!

The top cover of this $15 skin protects your laptop from one edge to the other. It also goes right over top of the Apple emblem, so you won't need to worry about any exposed parts that might get dinged and damaged.

If you want, you can choose to pick up the Best Skins Ever MacBook Pro skin for just the top portion of your MacBook Pro, or you can get skins that cover the top, bottom, wrist wrest, track pad, and side stripes for added protection.

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DBrand MacBook Pro Skins & Wraps

Stylish, protective, and incredibly precise, DBrand's MacBook Pro Skins & Wraps are terrific skin options to consider for your MacBook Pro.

The dbrand MacBook Pro Skins & Wraps are built with textured 3M vinyl that saves your MacBook from any deep cuts or bruises. As a bonus, this also means that if you ever want to take your DBrand MacBook Pro Skins & Wraps off, there won't be a snail trail of residue gunking up your laptop.

dbrand takes its measuring and precision very, very seriously, measuring its skins over 1,000 times at its Toronto headquarters until the skin fits, well, like skin!

You can pick out your dbrand MacBook Pro Skins & Wraps in a ton of different colors and finishes, including orange carbon fiber, dragon, white marble, black matte, gold metal, white leather, varied wood textures, and much, much more, for around $25 apiece.

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SkinIt Amazing Spider-Man Comic skin

Are you a big fan of Spider-Man but also want a super cool, super well-made skin for your MacBook Pro? Then you might want to stop and consider the SkinIt Amazing Spider-Man Comic skin!

This 3M vinyl skin is designed to fit your MacBook Pro like a glove. Sticking it on is simple and removing it won't leave any icky residue that other skins might.

The design on the SkinIt Amazing Spider-Man Comic skin is that of retro Spider-Man, but if you aren't a huge fan of this particular design, SkinIt offered hundreds of different types of artwork that you can stick to your MacBook Pro skin in order to express your individuality.

You can pick up the SkinIt Amazing Spider-Man Comic skin for around $30.

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SlickWraps Glitz series wraps

Looking to add a little bit of glitz and glam to your MacBook, while still protecting it from all the treacherous terrors of a life beyond your office? Then take a peek at the SlickWraps Glitz series wraps.

The SlickWraps Glitz series wraps are made from high-end, non-bending or stretching materials that protect your laptop from three different angles: the top, the inside, and the bottom of your MacBook Pro.

If you're afraid of getting mucho air pockets while you're installing your SlickWraps Glitz series wraps, never fear, because an air-channel backing allows effortless application without any bothersome bubbles!

You can pick up the SlickWraps Glitz series wraps for around $50 in different colors like neon pink, bright purple, vibrant red, sparkling white, glittery orange, and dazzling blue.

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Don't Panic! Laptop skin

DON'T PANIC!... with this awesome vinyl skin for your MacBook Pro from Society6!

This vinyl skin is designed to be thin and easy to remove, while still protecting your MacBook Pro from getting scratched, scraped, and scuffed. The skin itself is made from a patented material that will eliminate all your worry about air bubbles and wrinkles.

If you aren't a huge fan of the Don't Panic! design, then you can browse through the thousands of other artists who have their work displayed and for sale on Society6! Who knows, you might even find an artist that you can really connect with!

You can pick up the Don't Panic! Laptop skin for $30.

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Which MacBook Pro skin is your favorite?

Is there a MacBook Pro skin that you simply cannot get enough of? Let us know what your top picks are in the comments below and we'll be sure to check 'em out!

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Slip this thin 10000mAh power bank into your pocket for just $15

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a slim portable battery that puts 10000mAh of power into your pocket for less!

We continue to demand more and more out of our phones these days, and that means battery life sometimes takes a hit. No one wants to sit attached to a wall all day to keep their phone charged, and luckily you don't have to. Aukey has recently released a new 10000mAh dual-USB portable power bank that is super slim, and right now you can pick one up for just $14.99 with coupon code AUPOWER2, a savings of $5. This power bank is 14mm thick, which is less than twice the thickness of an iPhone.

You can charge two devices at the same time using the cables of your choice, and at 10000mAh of capacity, you'll be able to charge most phones and tablets anywhere from 2 to 4 times per charge of the power bank. The side of it has four LEDs to show you how much power is left at a glance.

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Apple and Cochlear team up on made-for-iPhone hearing implant

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We've known that Apple has an interest in iOS-based hearing aids for some time, as they've worked with various manufacturers to bring these devices to the market. Now, Cochlear has teamed up with Apple to make the first cochlear implant sound processor that is specifically made for the iPhone. The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, which promises to be both the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear device of its kind that's currently available, was approved by the FDA back in June.

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The new 10.5-inch 64GB iPad Pro is down to $600 at B&H

Posted on by John Levite.
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Update: B&H has matched Staples' price and should ultimately be a little cheaper for most people since they don't charge for taxes outside of New York state. Also, some of the Staples iPad colors have sold out.

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a deal on the newest 10.5-inch iPad Pro!

The 10-inch iPad Pro is the newest addition to the iPad Pro family and right now Staples has the 64GB version on sale for $599. This is a $50 drop off Apple's price, and $20 cheaper than the next best price, $619 at MacMall. If you really need the space, the 256GB version is also $50 off. This deal includes Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro only came around a few months ago so there hasn't been a lot of opportunities for a drop in price on it. This marks one of the first significant drops we've seen. Of course, we have seen drops on the other sizes including deals during Best Buy's "Black Friday in July" last week on the 9.7-inch and 12.5-inch versions. The 10.5-inch was noticeably absent then, however.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro has a 120hz ProMotion Retina display with 2224 x 1668 Screen Resolution, i.e. it's very pretty. It runs an Apple A10X Fusion chip, which combines a 6-core CPU with a 12-core GPU. It's Apple's most powerful chip yet. The tablet also has a 12MP camera with 4K video on the back, a 7MP HD camera on the front, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and pretty much all the goodies you'd expect from an Apple product.

Earlier we shared some deals on the 2016 version of the Apple MacBook, which is hitting all-time low prices right now. If you'd rather upgrade to a full-blown laptop, that's a good place to start.

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How to fix black screen issues with the HTC Vive

Posted on by Matt Brown.
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What happens when the lights go out? Here's how to fix black screens issues with the HTC Vive.

Among the functionality offered by any virtual reality headset, one of its most crucial features is the display. Acting as the window between you and countless virtual worlds, the HTC Vive is practically rendered useless when unable to deliver a smooth image across its two lenses.

However, if something goes wrong behind the scenes, the HTC Vive's output can sometimes disappear entirely. If you've been experiencing a black screen out of the blue, we've wrapped up some the common causes plaguing VR-goers, and the associated solutions.

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