Apple’s HomePod Makes Some Wild Appearances

Posted on September 7, 2017 by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
It looks like ahead of its December launch, Apple has given the HomePod to some of its employees across the world for testing. The smart speaker device has made some wild appearances in photos posted online indicating its closed public testing. Continue reading

TIME Magazine’s Special ‘Firsts: Women Who Are Changing The World” Series Shot Entirely on iPhone

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Many magazines and professionals have long used the iPhone for shooting their cover images. This time around, the iPhone’s rear camera was used to capture TIME Magazine’s photo shoot for its “Firsts: Women Are CHanging The World Series.” Continue reading

Equifax says personal data of 143 million customers exposed in cyber attack

Posted on by Mikah Sargent.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Equifax says a cyber attack leveraged against the company has exposed the personal data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.

Credit-reporting company Equifax has just announced a major cyber security breach that has exposed the data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.

What data was exposed?

The company says the following data was accessed:

  • names
  • Social Security numbers
  • birth dates
  • addresses
  • driver's license numbers
  • credit card numbers (approx. 209,000 U.S. consumers)
  • dispute documents (approx. 182,000 U.S. consumers)

Equifax says the data of some UK and Canadian residents may have been exposed as well.

When did this happen?

The company discovered the intrusion on July 29 and believes the intrusion happened between mid-May and July 2017.

What did Equifax do when it discovered the intrusion?

The company says it immediately took action to stop the breach. It also hired a cybersecurity firm to learn more about the breach and determine how much data was exposed:

The company promptly engaged a leading, independent cybersecurity firm that has been conducting a comprehensive forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion, including the specific data impacted. Equifax also reported the criminal access to law enforcement and continues to work with authorities. While the company's investigation is substantially complete, it remains ongoing and is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

How can I determine if my data was exposed in the breach?

Equifax has set up a dedicated website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com where U.S consumers can determine if their data was impacted.

To determine if you were potentially impacted by the breach, you can visit the Equifax security site and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number (no, the irony is not lost on us). If you were impacted, you'll receive a message indicating just that.

The company is also offering free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection:

The offering, called TrustedID Premier, includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports; copies of Equifax credit reports; the ability to lock and unlock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance; and Internet scanning for Social Security numbers – all complimentary to U.S. consumers for one year.

The company says it will mail out notices to consumers whose credit card numbers and dispute documents were exposed in the breach.

What can I do if my data was exposed in the breach?

You should absolutely take advantage of the free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. You should also do the following:

  • Obtain a free copy of your credit report from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion by requesting the documents on the Annual Credit Report site. ( Note: You can do this once a year for free. )
  • Place a credit freeze or fraud alert on your identity. You can learn more about placing a credit freeze here and learn more about placing a fraud alert here.
  • The FTC recommends filing your taxes early. If someone steals your personal data and files your taxes, they can use it to claim a tax refund or get a job.
  • Stay vigilant. Exposed data can be used in fraudulent calls, emails, and other messages.
  • If your driver's license number was stolen, contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles and explain the situation.
  • Visit IdentityTheft.gov for more information.

Amazon makes it easy to bring MXNet models to Apple’s Core ML

Posted on by Rene Ritchie.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Amazon is making it easy to bring Apache MXNet Machine Learning Models to Apple's Core ML and iOS apps.

From the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Artificial Intelligence (AI) blog:

With the release of Core ML by Apple at WWDC 2017, iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS developers can now easily integrate a machine learning model into their app. This enables developers to bring intelligent new features to users with just a few lines of code. Core ML makes machine learning more accessible to mobile developers. It also enables rapid prototyping and the use of different sensors (like the camera, GPS, etc.) to create more powerful apps than ever.

Members of the MXNet community, including contributors from Apple and Amazon Web Services (AWS), have collaborated to produce a tool that converts machine learning models built using MXNet to Core ML format. This tool makes it easy for developers to build apps powered by machine learning for Apple devices. With this conversion tool, you now have a fast pipeline for your deep-learning-enabled applications. You can move from scalable and efficient distributed model training in the AWS Cloud using MXNet to fast run time inference on Apple devices.

One of the savvier comments made following the introduction of Core ML was that Apple had just invented the PDF of AI. There may be a lot more nuance to it than that, but with moves like Amazon's new converter, it's becoming clearer that Core ML is making machine learning more accessible and interoperable.

It's good news for Apple but great news for everyone working on ML, especially for iOS apps.

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iPhone 8 Said to Ship ‘Sometime’ After iPhone 7s

Posted on by Evan Selleck.
Categories: Uncategorized.
The iPhone 8 is going to be announced on September 12 (probably), but another report indicates it may arrive on store shelves at some point after the iPhone 7s launches. Continue reading

Apple Executives Talk About Making Siri ‘More Human’ and Not Like ‘Trivial Pursuit’

Posted on by Evan Selleck.
Categories: Uncategorized.
Siri is the digital personal assistant that essentially started all the focus on the feature, and since its arrival we’ve seen the market explode with options. There’s still plenty of room to improve for Siri, too, as Apple executives have made that perfectly clear since the release of iOS 10. Continue reading

Equifax says personal data of 143 million customers exposed in cyber attack

Posted on by Mikah Sargent.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Equifax says a cyber attack leveraged against the company has exposed the personal data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.

Credit-reporting company Equifax has just announced a major cyber security breach that has exposed the data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.

What data was exposed?

The company says the following data was accessed:

  • names
  • Social Security numbers
  • birth dates
  • addresses
  • driver's license numbers
  • credit card numbers (approx. 209,000 U.S. consumers)
  • dispute documents (approx. 182,000 U.S. consumers)

Equifax says the data of some UK and Canadian residents may have been exposed as well.

When did this happen?

The company discovered the intrusion on July 29 and believes the intrusion happened between mid-May and July 2017.

What did Equifax do when it discovered the intrusion?

The company says it immediately took action to stop the breach. It also hired a cybersecurity firm to learn more about the breach and determine how much data was exposed:

The company promptly engaged a leading, independent cybersecurity firm that has been conducting a comprehensive forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion, including the specific data impacted. Equifax also reported the criminal access to law enforcement and continues to work with authorities. While the company's investigation is substantially complete, it remains ongoing and is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

How can I determine if my data was exposed in the breach?

Equifax has set up a dedicated website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com where U.S consumers can determine if their data was impacted.

To determine if you were potentially impacted by the breach, you can visit the Equifax security site and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number (no, the irony is not lost on us). If you were impacted, you'll receive a message indicating just that.

The company is also offering free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection:

The offering, called TrustedID Premier, includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports; copies of Equifax credit reports; the ability to lock and unlock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance; and Internet scanning for Social Security numbers – all complimentary to U.S. consumers for one year.

The company says it will mail out notices to consumers whose credit card numbers and dispute documents were exposed in the breach.

What can I do if my data was exposed in the breach?

You should absolutely take advantage of the free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. You should also do the following:

  • Obtain a free copy of your credit report from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion by requesting the documents on the Annual Credit Report site. ( Note: You can do this once a year for free. )
  • Place a credit freeze or fraud alert on your identity. You can learn more about placing a credit freeze here and learn more about placing a fraud alert here.
  • The FTC recommends filing your taxes early. If someone steals your personal data and files your taxes, they can use it to claim a tax refund or get a job.
  • Stay vigilant. Exposed data can be used in fraudulent calls, emails, and other messages.
  • If your driver's license number was stolen, contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles and explain the situation.
  • Visit IdentityTheft.gov for more information.

iCloud Mail Facing Downtime Issues For Some Users

Posted on by Evan Selleck.
Categories: Uncategorized.
It’s been a little bit of a stretch since the last iCloud service saw some downtime issues, but now iCloud Mail is being plagued. Continue reading

Go Hands On To Learn How To Build Apps For iOS 11 [Deals Hub]

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The release of iOS 11 is just around the corner, and developers are just excited for its release as users. If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to try your hand at mobile app development, now is the time. Get your start as a mobile dev with the Complete iOS 11 and Swift Developer Course, on sale now from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. Continue reading

Microsoft Garage releases new My Workspace menu bar for Mac

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Today Microsoft released its first Microsoft Garage project built for Mac: a productivity menu bar app called My Workspace.

The announcement came in the form of a video on Microsoft's YouTube channel:


The project began as a challenge: Microsoft asked its Vancouver interns to come up with a way to "add value to a person's day" by having them use the Office 365 suite. They began by asking Mac users what they needed to stay organized during a busy day working with Office 365. Then development began. Many responded that they'd like an at-a-glance view of their day as well as easy access to their shared files, so the team began developing My Workspace around those ideas. According to the company, during testing they continued to communicate constantly with their target demographic in order to optimize the quality of the My Workspace experience. Those who worked on this project assured consumers that there is no comparable interface on MacOS for Office 365 apps.

My Workspace is specifically designed to increase the user's day-to-day productivity, giving them easy access to all of their Office 365 apps as well as shared and recently-opened Office 365 files. In addition, users can also quickly launch OneDrive from the menu to see even more of their content, and share it fast for streamlined collaboration.

As for keeping track of a schedule, My Workspace works with iCloud Calendar to show users their upcoming appointments and events, and they can even join prescheduled Skype meetings with a single click. The app also allows for convenient and quick Office 365 account management, so users can make changes to their account if they so desire.

You can download My Workspace for Mac here:

My Workspace a Microsoft Garage project

Thoughts? Questions?

If you're a Mac user, do you think My Workspace will encourage you to be more productive? Let us know in the comments!

FrontRow Review: You can wear this camera – but should you?

Posted on by MrMobile.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Ever since I saw Android Central's own Daniel Bader tooling around town wearing a Narrative Clip, I've had the nagging desire to review a wearable camera. But none of the boxy designs on the market has really spoken to me, and as cool as Snapchat's Spectacles are, they have a lot of limitations. What's more, "lifelogging," or the practice of digitally documenting your daily life, hasn't exactly taken the world by storm since it hit the mainstream a few years back.

So I was surprised to find out, earlier this summer, that a company best known for making WiFi routers has waded into the wearable waters to "redefine the camera." The device in question is FrontRow, a pendant that comes across as a blend of pocketwatch and Android Wear wristwatch, but is actually a very sleek – and very pricey – wearable camera. I've been wearing FrontRow between Boston and Berlin for a little under two weeks; this is the MrMobile review!

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How Time’s ‘FIRSTS Project’ made me realize how important I am

Posted on by Lory Gil.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Time Magazine is spotlighting women pioneers of achievement, and all 12 covers, plus the 46 profile pictures, were shot on an iPhone.

This week, you can pick up a copy of Time Magazine from the newsstand and find 12 different covers, each with a woman that has broken the "glass ceiling" by being first to achieve something important. The FIRSTS Project covers women across a variety of categories, including politics, military, business, and entertainment, and features women of different colors, classes, and sexual and gender identities. It's far from a comprehensive list of everything women have done to change the world, but it's pretty dang good.

Oh, and all of the photos were shot on an iPhone by photographer Luisa Dörr, who achieved some firsts of her own during this project.

Remarkably, though, these cover photos look like they were shot using cameras and lenses that would costs thousands of dollars, some of them were actually taken with an iPhone 5, and none of them were taken with Portrait Mode on an iPhone 7 Plus.

Dörr told Time Director of Photography Kira Pollack that she started with an iPhone 5, but moved onto the 6 and 6s for some of the early photographs. "During the course of the project, the iPhone 7 was released, so I was able to photograph the last 36 subjects with the iPhone 7," Dörr said. She also noted that she used automatic HDR for her camera settings, so she could better capture natural light and details.

The FIRSTS Project is a reminder to me of what an important role women play in every aspect of life. I've come face-to-face with sexism my entire life. I fight constantly to make people aware of the disparities in what's expected of women versus men and what roles we're assumed to be assigned to. I swear, the next time someone says to me, "I don't usually like female singers, but I like your voice," I'm gonna throw punches.

All women break out of the confines of what's expected of us to some degree. We all belong on the cover of Time magazine for the things we do every day to change the world, or at least our tiny portion of the world.

I don't think I've ever been the first to do anything, except maybe finish my dessert before anyone else, but I do work every day to try to make the world a little better for girls and women I meet. Every time a someone tells me she started a band after seeing me on stage, my heart soars. All I ever wanted to be is a nobody that influenced others to be somebody.

If you don't see yourself as someone who changes the world in your own life, I highly recommend you watch the videos of the women in Time Magazine's FIRSTS Project. You'll see yourself in their stories and realize you are more important than you thought. It's an inspiring project for everyone to read — men, women, and everyone in between.

It's also pretty cool that it was shot on an iPhone.

Best new apps for iPhone and iPad

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

What are the hottest new apps on the App Store right now? These!

There are over a million and a half apps for iPhone and iPad and the number just keeps growing. Every day new and newly updated apps hit the App Store, and it's impossible to keep up with all of them. Luckily, you don't have to. All you have to do is bookmark this page and come back every day. When you do, we'll have the best of the best new apps waiting for you!

And don't forget to check out our list of this week's best games for your iPhone.

Best new and updated apps

This week, learn a new language, check out colleges, get an instant backup band, and much more.

  • Univision: Aprender - This app is the result of a collaboration between Spanish-language TV network Univision and Rosetta Stone, known for its language learning software. Whether you're learning English or Spanish, Aprender offers immersive lessons in either language that you can access on the go. The app helps you build core skills like speaking and listening in your new language, offering lessons that help you practice these skills while having to think on your feet. Aprender also incorporates speech recognition technology so that app will know if you're pronouncing things correctly. The app also automatically keeps you in sync between your iPhone, iPad, and desktop - Free - Download Now
  • Peterson's College Guide - Start your search for colleges with Peterson's College Guide. Delve into the details of your potential schools. Plan a campus visit, see the acceptance rate, and check out how much tuition will cost you. Use the app to search for schools and programs based on different criteria, including whether the school has a traditional or online campus, required GPA, available majors, and much more. - Free - Download Now
  • iReal Pro - No matter what level of musician you are, iReal Pro helps you improve on your craft. Simulating a real band, iReal Pro can back you up as you practice, offering accompaniments with realistic instruments like piano, bass, and drum and following downloaded or user-generated chord charts. Choose different styles like jazz, country, and rock, personalize your backup sounds using the assorted style packs, and practice away. Check out chord diagrams, piano and guitar fingering charts, and scale recommendations to improve your skills. - $12.99 - Download Now
  • Enlight Quickshot - Enlight Quickshot is a photo editing app that focuses on speed. You can take a photo in Quickshot, then go straight into editing, using all the tools that you might come to expect from an app with Enlight in its name. The has a collection of customizable filters and the option to create your own, along with controls to adjust elements like brightness, shadows, tint, and much more. Quickshot also supports shooting in a number of modes, including high dynamic range, as well as the AI-powered Quickshot mode, which makes automatic adjustments to your image as you shoot. - Free - Download Now
  • Weather Atlas - The latest app from Contrast, Weather Atlas is a beautiful app that lays out your current weather conditions and a forecast for the next few days. Get detailed forecasts each hour, or look ahead to the next 10 days. Check out a detailed radar map, and see the conditions in all of your saved locations at the same time. With a $0.49 per month or $4.99 per year subscription to Weather Atlas Pro, you'll be able to customize the app with a theme to fit your style, including the app icon. Additionally, you'll get rid of ads, get additional widgets, and better maps. - Free - Download Now

Featured apps

This week, Apple is getting ready for the football season to begin with a collection of apps to help you get into the spirit and root for your favorite team.

  • NFL - Get started on the season with the official NFL app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Follow the latest news in football and check in on your favorite teams. NFL has partnered with Verizon Wireless for the 2017 season, and customers for that cellular carrier can get access to exclusive live content, including regular season and playoff games, the Pro Bowl, Super Bowl LII, and more. You can also view and subscribe to NFL Game Pass content within the app. - Free - Download Now
  • Bleacher Report - Stay on top of the news about your favorite sports teams with Bleach Report. Get news alerts for scores and results, check out a stream of stories, videos, and more about your team, pulled from around the web. With version 5.5, Bleacher Report is ready for a new season of football. The app is also now available on iPad, and has added podcasts about your favorite teams so you can listen without leaving Bleacher Report. - Free - Download Now
  • theScore - Keep up to date with real-time scores, stat updates, and news alerts from theScore. Create a personalized feed of your favorite teams from all of your favorite sports, including football, baseball, and basketball using the Favorites feature. Use Discover to check out all of the trending news, get in-depth coverage of your teams, and get alerts right when something important happens. Check out highlight videos to make sure you're on top of the big plays that every will be talking about. - Free - Download Now

Free app of the week

Streaks Workout - Get a personal trainer in your pocket with Streaks Workout, which helps you find the perfect workout for you. You won't need to get any equipment for what Streaks has to offer you, and you'll be able to workout wherever you are.

Here's what you can expect from Streams Workout:

  • 18 equipment-free exercises to choose from
  • 4 different workout lengths (approx. 6, 12, 18 or 30 minutes)
  • Demonstrations of all exercises
  • Tips to help your refine your technique
  • Built-in timer and statistics
  • Saves workouts to the Health app
  • You can get Streaks Workout for free from the App Store until September 14.

ElevationLab unveils ElevationDock 4 for Apple devices

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

The newest iPhone and iPad dock from ElevationLab just debuted, and it's the first MFi-certified dock to work one-handed.

ElevationLab announced in a blog post today that its newest dock, the ElevationDock 4, is available for preorder. The company says the new dock was designed specifically based on customer feedback of its previous docks, so if you've been missing a feature that would improve your docking experience, the ElevationDock 4 might have it.

Aesthetically, the dock has a minimal look and is designed to take up as little space as possible, making it perfect for desks and bedside tables. The dock also features a medical-grade silicone overmolded body and an MFi-certified Apple-manufactured Lightning connector. The most notable physical characteristics, however, are the stainless steel adjustment knobs. Not only are they beautiful, they also allow you to adjust the dock to fit Apple devices and accessories of varying sizes.

If your iPhone has a case on it, no problem there either: The dock can accommodate phones with cases up to 3.5mm thick. In addition to all that, you can adjust the back angle of the device for optimal setup. Best of all, the dock is specifically designed to be operated one-handed, which isn't something most charging docks can offer.

The ElevationDock 4 costs $59, and comes in either black with a five-foot long braided black cord, or white with a five-foot long braided blue cord. It's compatible with Apple iPhones, iPads, AirPods, keyboards and AppleTV remotes — anything with a Lightning port. You can preorder it now on the Elevation Lab website. Shipping will begin in two weeks.

Thoughts? Questions?

How do you feel about the ElevationDock 4? Let us know in the comments!

Apple Maps transit directions: Which cities have them?

Posted on by Rene Ritchie.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Transit directions have come to Apple Maps, but have they come to you?

Apple has re-integrated transit directions into Maps — after losing them a few years back when the company parted ways with Google — and that means you can now find trains, buses, ferries, and more, all on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. But only in the following countries and cities:

  • Adelaide, Australia
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Boston, MA
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Calgary, Canada
  • Carson City, NV
  • Chicago, IL
  • China
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Edmonton, Canada
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Great Britain
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Houston, TX
  • Japan
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Miami, FL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Montréal, Canada
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York City, NY
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • Paris, France
  • Perth, Australia
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Québec City, Canada
  • Reno, NV
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Seattle, WA
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Victoria, Canada
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Windsor, Canada

Are Apple maps transit directions available where you live? If so, how do they work for you? If not, what are you using instead?

Updated August 2017: Transit directions are now available for Edmonton, Ottawa, and Québec City, and we added in a bunch of cities that we missed.

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T-Mobile Earns Fastest Speed in Majority of Cities From Ookla

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Wireless carriers brag about data speeds and network availability all the time, so independent reports from the likes of Ookla, who hosts the popular SpeedTest service, are important and praise worthy (when a carrier earns top marks). Continue reading

Best Alternatives to Apple’s Magic Keyboard

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What are the best alternatives to Apple's Magic Keyboard? These are the current standouts!

Apple's Magic Keyboard is the best that you can get, but not everyone is ready to drop $100 on a keyboard. If you are looking for a different option to save some money or just to try something new, there are plenty. From compact keyboards to solar-powered options, there is a keyboard for everyone. Here are some of the best alternatives to Apple's Magic Keyboard.

Logitech K750

One of the best alternatives you can find for Apple's Magic Keyboard is the Logitech K750. Featuring a full-sized keyboard with number pad, the K750 is also solar-powered so you won't be worried about finding new batteries when your keyboard starts running low. It can last for up to 3 months of usage in total darkness, and offers an experience you'd be used to. The keyboard has the Launchpad key just where you'd expect it on a Mac keyboard, making the transition an easy one. You can grab one in silver or black for around $50 at Amazon.

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Caseflex Ultra Slim

The Caseflex Ultra Slim offers a similar design and feel to what you would have in a MacBook, with the number row only at the top and not on the side. Featuring a key layout that you are familiar with, the keyboard has many of the shortcuts that you are used to using on your Mac, in a nice portable option. While the function keys aren't their own row, you can easily access them on the keyboard for adjusting your brightness, toggling the volume level, and more. The keyboard is available in silver, much like Apple's offering, and is a fraction of the cost coming in at around $12.

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Apple Wireless Keyboard

If you prefer Apple's original Bluetooth Keyboard to the new, slightly stiffer Magic Keyboard, good news — you can still snag the older version!

Coming in at around 24% smaller than regular full-sized keyboards, the Wireless Keyboard offers a familiar look and feel. If you've ever typed on an Apple product in the past, you'll likely feel right at home with this one. It is powered by two AA batteries that you can easily swap out when you are running low.

You can also grab one for around $70, which is $30 less than a Magic Keyboard.

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Anker Ultra Compact

While most of the time your desktop keyboard will remain in place, having a portable option isn't always a bad thing. Anker's Ultra Compact option offers a nice small form factor without many sacrifices. Coming in at two-thirds the size of a standard keyboard, it also has a rechargeable battery built in that lasts up to 6 months per charge. It has the keys you would expect for a Mac keyboard, but being Bluetooth you can also use it on Android, iPhone, and other devices as well. For around $20 at Amazon, you can't go wrong with this portable option.

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Microsoft Sculpt

If you are looking for a more ergonomic option for your Mac, Microsoft's Sculpt keyboard may be the way to go. Featuring a "wave" design, the keyboard will take a bit of adjustment to get used to, but once you start using it you may never want to go back to a traditional keyboard. The cushioned palm rest will make typing even more comfortable, and the keyboard comes with a separate number pad for when you need it. With the reverse tilt, the keyboard helps ensure a straight, neutral wrist position. It is a bit pricier, but you are getting a lot of value out of this $100 package.

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Logitech Easy-Switch K811

If you're a fan of the size and functionality that the Magic Keyboard offers you, but dislike that it's missing some key features, then the Logitech Easy-Switch K811 is made for you.

Looking at the Logitech K811, it would almost be easy to mistake it for the Magic Keyboard. It's roughly the same compact size, and the K811 has the same button layout that you'll find on the Magic Keyboard, meaning you won't be fumbling around to find the right keys. Plus, the Logitech K811 is backlit, meaning you don't need a light on to see what you're typing.

The Logitech comes with a rechargeable battery with an indicator light that will turn red when it's running low and you can connect the Logitech K811 to three devices at once, meaning your Mac, iPad, and AppleTV can all use the same keyboard.

You can pick up a Logitech K811 for roughly $90.

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Your favorite?

Do you have a favorite that's not on the list? There are tons of options available, so if you use one that isn't shown here be sure to let us know in the comments. Drop a link to the product and a brief explanation of why you love it!

Updated September 2017: By popular demand, we've added the Logitec K811 to our list.

iOS 11 Beta 10 Compared to iOS 11 Beta 1 In Speed Test Video

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Since first unveiling iOS 11 at WWDC this year, Apple has been constantly releasing beta updates for the OS to fix bugs and improve its performance. So how much performance improvement has Apple managed to make with iOS 11 beta 10 when compared to the first beta of iOS 11? Continue reading

iPhone 8 Production Said to be Delayed ‘About a Month’

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The iPhone 8 is expected to be unveiled on September 12, and, ultimately, launch into the world just a couple of weeks later. Continue reading

Bose introduces new Micro Bluetooth Speaker

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Bose's new Bluetooth speaker is small, but don't let that fool you - it's crazy durable, and it has powerful sound for a speaker of its size.

Audio tech company Bose announced in a press release today that this month they'd be rolling out their tiniest portable speaker yet. Called the Bose SoundLink Micro, the device is only 1.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches wide and weighs an ultralight .64 pounds.

The SoundLink Micro's portability isn't only due to its size. According to Bose, it's also the company's "most rugged" portable speaker. It's 100% waterproof inside and out, and surpasses the industry's IPX7 rating. Its completely resistant to saltwater, soapy water and chlorinated water. It's also designed to withstand extreme temperatures, hot or cold.

The speaker's exterior is made of a soft silicone and features a strap on its back side, meaning it's protected against pretty much any kind of drop or scratch imaginable and can be attached to everything from backpacks to bike handlebars. It also comes in three colors: black, midnight blue, and an extremely cool bright orange (with plum strap).

The Micro is also really easy to operate. It uses voice prompts to pair to other devices via Bluetooth, and features a multi-purpose button that allows you to make and take calls as well as access VPAs like Siri and Google Assistant. It can also sync with other Bose speakers with the Bose Connect app.

The SoundLink Micro is priced at $109.95. You can preorder it starting today on Bose's website.

Thoughts?

Let us know how you feel about the SoundLink Micro in the comments!