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Review – The New Apple TV App: A Good Idea That Needs Work

With the release of Apple’s new Apple TV app that inexplicably carries the same name as its set top box, the company that revolutionized portable music players and smartphones wants to do the same for television.
Unfortunately, it falls short of what is a very admirable goal, that is to create one overarching environment in which to watch one’s favorite programs.
The new Apple TV app is standard on all iPhones, iPads, …

In-Depth Analysis: The New Apple Card Promises No Fees, Privacy, and Cash Back

Apple debuted its long-awaited credit card at an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on Monday, hoping to capitalize on its reputation for user-friendly products and a commitment to privacy.
The new credit card, dubbed the Apple Card, will be offered in collaboration with Goldman Sachs. The company known for innovations including the Mac, iPod, and iPhone is counting on the loyalty of millions of iPhone users to help the card …

Review: Dyson V8 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

If you associate cordless vacuums with low battery life and anemic suction, Dyson has news for you: it’s 2019 and the Dyson V8 has greatly improved energy efficiency as well as far greater power.
The Dyson V8 Absolute is the latest in a line of cordless vacs that started in 2007 with the V16. As the product line matured, it gained floor tools, hoses, and wands that effectively turned the line …

6 Tips and Tricks for the Apple iPhone Reminders App

One of the least discussed apps that come with the iPhone is also perhaps the most useful: Reminders.
Apple’s Reminders app, introduced in iOS 5 and OS X 10.8, allows users to set notifications. It automatically syncs the reminders between an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and MacBook, so it will nag you across all of your Apple devices.
The app starts users off with two tabs – Scheduled and Reminders – and …

Apple iPhone XS – Long-Term Review and Report

While the Apple X – introduced 15 months ago – was the most radical design of the line since Steve Jobs spoke of combining an iPod, a phone, and a computer in one device ten years earlier, it was also in my opinion and that of my colleagues a gigantic beta test.
Among the issues that arose with the device were incoming call delays, buzzing speakers, finger swipes not being recognized …

Tech Review: TCL Roku 28” Smart TV 28S305

As televisions become larger and larger (Samsung recently introduced a 146” model, named, appropriately enough, “The Wall”), it has become harder and harder to find good smaller models, say for your kitchen or your Airstream.
Our search for such a model led us to the TCL Roku Smart TV model. 28S305.
The affordable TCL Roku Smart TV has excellent overall image quality and built-in Roku functionality, essentially giving the TV built-in streaming …

CES 2019: The Coolest Technologies and Gadgets from the Show Floor

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show opens its doors on Tuesday but the show’s media Days on Sunday and Monday brought myriad announcements and new products and cool gadgets of high-tech wizardry.
Apple is opening its services up to television manufacturers including LG Samsung, Sony, and Vizio, partnering with them on iTunes, AirPlay 2, and HomeKit.
Samsung said its smart TVs this year will support Apple iTunes for movies and television shows via …