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Is there a drawback to using Wi-Fi Calling on an iPhone?

Wi-Fi Calling is a feature that lets an iPhone effectively re-route mobile calls over the Wi-Fi network to which you‘re connected-if it has the right qualities instead of using the cellular network. Most carriers support Wi-Fi Calling.Macwrold reader Steve wonders if there‘s a drawback to Wi-Fi Calling. His iPhone typically picks up a stronger Wi-Fi signal than a cellular one.There‘s none that I can think of, even though carr

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Goodbye and good luck: Enjoy your switch to Android

Let the Macalope be clear here: while he prefers iOS, he will defend to the death anyone‘s right to choose to use another platform.OK, not really to the death. Come on. These are smartphones we‘re talking about. To the hang nail. He will defend your right to the hang nail.Which is a bad example since hoofed animals don‘t get hang nails, but you get the gist of the level of discomfort he‘s will to go to.Writing for Fast

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TouchJet Wave review: This pricey gadget can make your dumb TV smart-and touchable

Android and infrared come together to convert your big-screen TV into a massive tablet.

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Where to buy an iPhone

Updated 12/07/17: Added some new Best Buy deals.When the original iPhone went on sale a decade ago, there was no asking where you should buy one. The only possible options were the Apple Store (if you were lucky enough to live near one) or ATT carrier store. The bigger concern was who had any in stock!Today, the iPhone is sold all over. Every carrier store has it, Apple Stores are all over the place, big-box retailers like Best Buy and Target

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Apple and Shazam: It‘s not just about identifying songs

Shazam was a true game-changer as one of the first apps to appear in the App Store back in July 2008. With just a tap, Shazam could identify nearly any song you heard without needing to know anything about it. Shazam was a magical app that I used to show off my iPhone, and unlike all those other apps whose novelty wore off in just a few weeks (anyone remember iBeer?), Shazam has only gotten better over the years.Apple has long had partnered wi

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Lowe‘s is selling a two-port Anker power bank for 17

Lowe‘s has a nice deal today on an Anker Power Bank charger. For 17, you can get a 10,400 mAH Anker portable charger from the big-box store. This is about 11 cheaper than the price you can find on Amazon, and 10 off Lowe‘s usual price.This charger comes with two USB ports, and supports high-speed charging via Anker‘s PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies. Anker claims this Power Bank can charge the iPhone 6 up to four times,

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Apple to buy music-recognition app Shazam

After rumors started swirling around a few days ago, Apple has confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it is indeed buying the music-recognition app Shazam. The acquisition price was not revealed, but is reportedly around 400 million. That‘s a far cry from the Shazam valuation of 1 billion the company was claiming in its last round of fundraising (in 2015), but the world of streaming music services has evolved since then.Apple spokesman Tom Neum

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

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Fusion Drive or hybrid drive: Which one should you use?

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are expensive, especially if want a capacity above 1TB. That‘s why hard drives still rule the roost, even though they don‘t offer the speed of an SSD. Apple‘s software-based Fusion Drive provides a compromise: it uses a small amount of high-performance SSD alongside a higher-capacity HDD. macOS caches frequently used drive-based data in the SSD, boosting performance.When deciding on a drive for an iM

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Eaton Halo RL56 review: Upgrade your existing canisters to smart and efficient LED lighting

If you haven‘t remodeled in recent years, you might be surprised to find that new canister-style lights no longer include the traditional recessed receptacle that accepts a screw-in bulb. Rather, the light fixture itself is static, including a ring of LEDs inside a sealed module. When the LEDs eventually die (after 10 years or so), you just replace the whole thing rather than removing and screwing in a new light bulb.What‘s wrong w

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Cambridge Audio CXUHD 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: A classy chassis with Dolby Vision

This handsome device is a top-notch disc player that‘s great for digital audio systems, but it doesn‘t off any type of analog output.

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GeForce Now beta impressions: Streaming PC games to your Mac isn‘t perfect, but it‘s definitely impressive

Macs see a fair number of new games-enough for us to comfortably pick 10 strong options for our monthly roundup, at least-but the selection still lags well behind Windows PCs. Release parity has gradually climbed over the past few years, but while we get a lot more indie games day-and-date with or soon after their PC counterparts, most big-budget, AAA games arrive late on Mac, if at all.Hopefully that situation continues to improve over time,

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Play with-and program-Star Wars droids with Sphero‘s new R2-D2 and BB-9E

If you thought Sphero‘s original BB-8 app-enabled robot was a blast back in 2015, just wait ‘til you see their take on Star Wars‘ most beloved droid: R2-D2.The Sphero R2-D2 (179.95 MSRP; same price on Amazonand the Apple store) is here in advance of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which continues the sci-fi saga‘s main storyline, and it‘s just as immediately impressive as BB-8. It‘ll cruise around your home with e

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