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virgin mobile has a $120 discount on an instantly unlockable 32gb and 128gb iphone se

virgin mobile is becoming america’s first iphone-only carrier, and to celebrate its collaboration with apple, it’s launched heavy deals on a year’s worth of cell service and the purchase price of a new iphone se.

for existing customers and new customers who port-in a number, virgin mobile will give them a year’s worth of unlimited talk, text, and data service for $1 when they purchase a new iphone and sign up for auto pay. to help sweeten that deal even further, the virtual network carrier is offering $120 off an unlockable 32gb and 128gb iphone se.

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60% off iclever travel power strip with surge protector and 4 usb ports - deal alert

iclever's booststrip ic-bs01 travel power strip turns one solitary outlet in the airport, hotel, train or plane into 2 surge protected ac outlets and 4 usb ports. equipped with iclever’s smartid technology, this power strip offers a max 24w/4.8a usb output while it recognizes your device and safely optimizes max output. the typical list price of the booststrip is $49.99, but right now it's currently discounted 60% to just $19.99 on amazon, where it's averaging 4.5 stars from over 100 reviewers. see this deal on amazon

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the week in ios accessories: more cases for the new ipad pro

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this week’s roundup contains new cases for the ipad pro, plus headphones, bluetooth speakers, and more. read on!

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lightworks 14 review: free video editing software lacks proper mac decorum

lightworks may not be a household name, but has established a proven reputation with hollywood filmmakers over nearly three decades as the software of choice for editing award-winning feature films like pulp fiction, l.a. confidential, and moulin rouge.

originally tied to expensive, proprietary console hardware, lightworks has adapted to the economic realities of modern editors, so much so that the core application can now be downloaded for free. while the gratis edition natively imports the same wide range of formats as the paid edition—prores, red, and avchd to name just a few—exports are limited to web-compatible mpeg or h.264 files up to 720p resolution, with the option to upload directly to youtube accounts.

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amazon prime gets you 50% off razer wildcat controller for xbox one, windows 10 pc - deal alert

the razer wildcat controller is compatible with both xbox one and windows 10 pc. an elite level controller developed for tournament play with feedback from the best esports athletes, it features four additional fully-programmable buttons for a personalized layout, a well thought out ergonomic shape and weight, reduced trigger travel distance for rapid fire, and much more. if you're an amazon prime member, the typical list price has been reduced generously to just $74.99. if you're not a prime member but still want this deal, amazon's 30 day prime free trial (signup page here) is quick to activate and gets you all of the same benefits with no financial commitment required (unless you decide to keep it). see this deal now on amazon.

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all specced up and no place to go: misunderstanding the iphone

it is time again to play the very popular game the macalope just invented! you know it, you love it, please give a warm round of applause for…

what! is! he! talking! about?!

cnbc brings us the hottest of wall street analyst takes on the iphone, delivered to your doorstep as stone cold as the contents of a blue apron box.

“the iphone hasn't been the best in 5 years, but who cares, says apple analyst.” (tip o’ the antlers to that mac nerd.)

apple hasn't had the best smartphone on the market for five or six years, bernstein senior research analyst toni sacconaghi told cnbc…

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how to unlock your iphone on verizon, at&t, sprint, t-mobile, and virgin mobile

the days of being tied to a single carrier with a locked phone for months on end are all but over. where we once were forced into 24-month contracts with devices that were useless on any other network, nowadays your wireless carrier must unlock your phone if you request it.

seriously, they do. it’s actually a law. the unlocking consumer choice and wireless competition act makes it so any phone purchased after 2015 will work with any carrier, so your provider can’t keep your phone tied to their network because they feel like it. however, there are some terms and conditions that you’ll need to follow before you can pop another sim into your phone, and of course they vary by carrier.

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why the 10.5-inch ipad pro is a typing champ

if there’s a defining quality to the ipad pro, it’s that the device seeks to go beyond the traditional touch interface of ios to seek out additional ways of getting work done. for people who are comfortable with pencil, pen, and paper, the apple pencil brings a new dimension to using an ipad. and for those of us who are most comfortable with a keyboard beneath our fingers, the ipad pro—with its smart keyboard, the first apple keyboard designed for ios—was a sign that apple realizes that sometimes, even an ipad needs to behave a bit more like a laptop.

there are probably innumerable reasons why apple decided to expand the size of the second-generation ipad pro, replacing the old 9.7-inch model with a new 10.5 one. but one benefit of the slight expansion—the 10.5-inch ipad pro is 10.6 millimeters wider than the old model—is more room for typing, whether it’s physical keys on the smart keyboard or the virtual keys of the built-in software keyboard.

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over-the-air dvr: do you really need it?

who needs an over-the-air dvr? here's our guide to deciding.





macbook 2017 review: the bang for your buck gets better

it’s now year three of the macbook as we know it, and it seems that after initially being a laptop without an ecosystem, and then a laptop that we’re still getting used to, the macbook has settled into its groove. it’s established its place in apple’s laptop line, and it’s finally gain acceptance by the consumer.

but maybe you’re still a holdout. you’re out there, i know, still not convinced that the macbook is a good buy. well, i have some good news: the newest macbook is a better buy than it has been, thanks to performance improvements by its processor and graphics upgrade. what apple has in the macbook is a small and light laptop that packs a nice speed punch.

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ipad pro: we reviewed the 10.5-inch ipad pro compared to previous models

new size, faster chips, and more storage—that’s just a little of what you can expect from apple’s new ipad pro lineup, unveiled during the worldwide developers conference on monday. update 6-21-2017: this article has been updated to include more information from our review of the 10.5-inch ipad pro, as well as a video review.

in addition to upgrading its 12.9-inch ipad pro (which originally launched in 2015), apple released a new 10.5-inch model that replaces the 9.7-inch ipad pro (which launched in 2016). here’s what you need to know about the refreshed models, including all the new features, upgrades, and specs.

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apple announces apple camp and kids hour summer programs at the apple store

need to help your kids battle the summer boredom blues? you may be in luck: apple on tuesday announced its multi-day summer camp sessions called (appropriately) apple camp, which goes along with the special kid-focused today at apple creative workshops. apple camp and today at apple sessions are free, but space is limited, so you’ll need to sign up sooner than later. the programs are available at your local apple store.

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the first of apple’s summer offerings, apple camp, is a three-day program that involves 90-minute sessions for kids age 8 to 12 years old. apple offers three different sessions: coding games and programming robots; creating characters and composing music; and stories in motion with imovie.

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save 60% on drive genius 5 for mac ($39) - deal alert

macs, like all computers, require diligent maintenance to continue running at optimal levels. drive genius 5 makes this upkeep easier by silently monitoring, cleaning, and securing your hard drive throughout the day. it's apple's most popular defrag tool, and it's on sale for 60 percent off.

new and improved, the latest version of drive genius 5 includes 19 different utilities, and they're all automated to negate slowdowns during a scan. using the new drive pulse feature, this tool automatically scans your system and identifies malware in idle mode, thus protecting your computer without getting in the way. plus, with its bootwell feature, drive genius 5 can create a bootable secondary drive to easily repair your main drive.

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podcast 564: take a trip to kaby lake

a potpourri of news this week, from tim cook urging that schools teach coding to every student, scott forstall’s interview about the creation of the iphone, and new ios 11 features, including object recognition and augmented reality (ar), that will bump up camera and other third-party apps’ capabilities. roman also critiques the new macbook pro models, which have a lot to offer.

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ring video doorbell 2 updates ring's original smart, wireless doorbell

for $199, ring video doorbell 2 upgrades video quality to 1080p, improves night vision, and includes a removable battery and faceplate options.





amazon has a tiny 64gb sandisk ultra thumb drive on sale for $19

today's the day for a good price on a 64gb low-profile thumb drive: amazon is selling the sandisk ultra fit 64gb usb 3.0 flash drive for $19. that's about half the price of other online retailers. just make sure you keep an eye on this thing, as it is tiny. it measures 0.75-by-0.63-by-0.34 inches and snuggles right up to the side of your usb port.

the thumb drive offers 150mb/s read speed, which isn't blazing fast but adequate enough. however, we don't expect it to bear out sandisk's claim of transferring a full-length movie (about 1.2gb in size) in under 30 second over usb 3.0. since this drive is so small, its limited ability to dissipate heat will slow its transfer rates. if you don't work with large files, though, it should perform fine.

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best bluetooth speakers

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. effective june 21, 2017 we've added a best outdoor bluetooth speaker category, with the soundcast vg7 taking that honor initially.

but 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.

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60% off iclever travel power strip with surge protector and 4 usb ports - deal alert

iclever's booststrip ic-bs01 travel power strip turns one solitary outlet in the airport, hotel, train or plane into 2 surge protected ac outlets and 4 usb ports. equipped with iclever’s smartid technology, this power strip offers a max 24w/4.8a usb output while it recognizes your device and safely optimizes max output. the typical list price of the booststrip is $49.99, but right now it's currently discounted 60% to just $19.99 on amazon, where it's averaging 4.5 stars from over 100 reviewers. see this deal on amazon

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ipad pro smart keyboard vs. logitech slim combo: which ipad pro keyboard should you buy?

if you’re buying the new 10.5-inch ipad pro, you’re probably going to want a keyboard to go with it. but right now, you’ve only got two options that use the ipad’s smart connector.

in one corner is apple’s own $159 smart keyboard, a lightweight typing accessory that doubles as a screen cover. in the other is logitech’s $130 slim combo keyboard, whose kickstand-equipped case and detachable keyboard practically turn the ipad into a microsoft surface.

these two ipad keyboards take vastly different approaches toward design and features, with apple favoring elegance and logitech aiming for utilitarianism. and together they make for a case study in how adding more features brings more trade-offs.

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23% off panasonic ergofit in-ear comfort fit earbuds - deal alert

if you believe the reviewers on amazon, you may not find a better sounding pair of earbuds at this price point, which at the current 23% discount is just $7.68. the ergofit earbuds from panasonic are designed to fit comfortably and securely in your ear, isolating outside noise while delivering great sound with a wider frequency range than most comparable buds. the earbuds come in various colors and features a generous 3.6 ft. cord that easily fits through or around your clothes, coats and bags. the ergofit earbuds average 4.5 stars from over 48,000 people on amazon (read reviews) which lends some credibility to panasonic's claim that the earbuds deliver dynamic, crystal clear sound while successfully blocking ambient noise. its typical list price has been reduced 23% to just $7.68.

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