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Jul

Possible iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5 mm Adapter Surfaces in New Photos


A collection of new photos and a video showcase a Lightning to 3.5 mm adapter, which has previously been rumored as a bundled accessory for the iPhone 7 this fall as a way to assuage users of the smartphone’s long-rumored removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The adapter in today’s photos was reportedly obtained from a Foxconn factory in Vietnam (via Tinhte.vn) [Google Translate], and the report’s author believes it could be a genuine Apple adapter.

As shown in the pictures shared today, the adapter’s cord appears short and visually similar to that of Apple’s current adapters sold on its website, including the USB-C to USB and Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet accessories. The Lightning plug does not appear to fit particularly well into its sheath, but it’s unclear if it might be an incomplete part, damaged during disassembly, or simply a knockoff product.


When the Lightning to 3.5 mm adapter is plugged into a device running iOS 9 or lower, the software displays an incompatibility message to the user, but when used on devices with a beta of iOS 10 installed, the dongle appears to work “immediately” without any issues. The author also notes that if headphones are plugged into both the standard headphone jack on a current iPhone and the adapter connected to Lightning, the device gives priority to the Lightning port for audio output.

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While the adapter shown today could still potentially be a third-party product, it fits with Apple’s design aesthetic and its ability to function with the large number of 3.5 mm headphones already in the wild could be a better solution than a previous, sketchy rumor that hinted at Lightning-enabled EarPods coming with the iPhone 7.

Regardless of whether this leaked adapter is a genuine Apple product or not, Apple’s solution will undoubtedly be sleeker than most other current third-party solutions, but many users remain opposed to the removal of the headphone jack that will cause conflicts for users looking to use wired headphones and charge their devices simultaneously.

Related Roundup: iPhone 7
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28
Jul

Samsung Doubles Apple’s Share of Smartphone Market as Customers Await iPhone 7


The latest data from market research firm IDC reveals that Samsung shipped nearly twice as many smartphones as Apple in the fiscal third quarter. Android-based Galaxy smartphone shipments totaled an estimated 77 million, compared to 40.4 million iPhones, during the three-month period that ended in late June. For Apple, the fiscal third quarter is seasonally its lowest of the year.

Samsung was the most popular smartphone vendor in the quarter with a leading 22.4 percent market share, nearly double Apple’s 11.8 percent market share. Samsung experienced 5.5 percent year-over-year growth on the strength of the Galaxy S7 launch in March, whereas Apple declined 15 percent compared to the year-ago quarter as customers await the iPhone 7 series in September.

One bright spot for Apple was the lower-priced iPhone SE, although the iPhone’s average selling price dropped to $595 compared to $662 last year:

Apple’s second quarter saw the Cupertino-based giant ship 40.4 million iPhones, representing a 15.0% year-over-year decline from the 47.5 million units shipped last year. The new 4-inch iPhone SE proved successful in both emerging and developed markets as the new SE has captured many first-time smartphone buyers as well as Android users switching over to the Apple ecosystem. The success of the cheaper SE did, however, have an impact on the overall average selling price (ASP) for an iPhone in the quarter. The ASP for an iPhone was $595, down 10.1% from $662 one year ago. As smartphone competition continues to escalate and upgrades continue to slow, Apple will look to drive sales with a newly designed iPhone 7 combined with their upgrade program come this fall.

Apple also ceded market share to Chinese rival Huawei, which ranked third among smartphone vendors with an estimated 32.1 million shipments and 9.4 percent market share. Huawei manufactures Google’s popular Nexus 6P and introduced new dual-camera P9 and P9 Plus smartphones in April, but its presence in the United States and other regions is still limited compared to China.

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Chinese rivals OPPO and Vivo rounded out the top five smartphone vendors with quarterly sales of 22.6 million and 16.4 million units respectively. OPPO in particular saw explosive 136.6 percent year-over-year growth over the three months, increasing its market share to 6.6 percent compared to 2.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. Vivo had 9.1 percent market share, an 80.2 percent year-over-year change.

Worldwide smartphone shipments totaled an estimated 343.3 million units in the quarter, an increase of only 0.3 percent from the year-ago quarter, when vendors shipped an estimated 342.4 million units. The relatively flat growth is the result of market saturation and lengthening upgrade cycles, which vendors have attempted to offset by offering incentives such as the iPhone Upgrade Program.

On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company recently sold its 1 billionth iPhone.

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28
Jul

Apple’s ‘Hard-Nosed’ Negotiating Tactics Leading to Trouble in Television Market


Apple’s “assertive” negotiation tactics have made it difficult for the company to establish deals with cable providers and networks, reports The Wall Street Journal, stymieing its efforts to build a more robust television platform.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple started talking with the Walt Disney Company in early 2015 about getting Disney-owned content onto its then-planned streaming television service, but Apple executives, iTunes chief Eddy Cue in particular, made demands networks were not prepared to meet.

In particular, Apple wanted to freeze for several years the monthly rate per viewer it would pay to license Disney channels. TV channels usually get annual rate increases and rely on them to fuel profit growth.

Disney balked. Similar talks with media giants that included 21st Century Fox Inc. and CBS Corp. also stalled.

Apple sees TV as a way to push further product growth, but persuasion tactics that have worked in the mobile phone and music industries aren’t working in the television industry. Content providers are reluctant to agree to Apple’s terms because it would compromise traditional revenue streams. As The Wall Street Journal points out, inking a “sweetheart” deal with Apple could lead to traditional cable distributors demanding similar deals.

Over the last several years, Apple has made several attempts to enter the television market, seeking deals with Time Warner, Comcast, and other providers, but nothing has panned out. In one instance, Apple wanted full on-demand seasons of hit shows and a recording feature that would include ad-skipping in newly aired shows, something cable executives were surprised by.

Apple sought payments of $10 a month per subscriber from the cable providers and refused to rule out seeking an even higher share of each monthly subscription in the future, according to people involved in the talks. It also wanted users to sign in with Apple IDs, even though Comcast and Time Warner Cable would handle billing and customer service.

Up until last year, Apple was still in talks for a streaming television service that would bundle several popular live channels and on-demand television at a price point of approximately $30 per month, but Apple reportedly put the project on hold after being unable to establish the necessary deals because content providers were reluctant to unbundle their channels. Cue, who leads most of the deals, is known for his “hard-nosed” negotiating style and refuses to settle for less than what Apple wants.

Instead, Apple has shifted towards positioning its Apple TV set top box and the tvOS App Store as a platform to allow networks to share their own original content. Apple is also following in the footsteps of Netflix and Amazon Video with original programming aimed at promoting services like Apple Music and the App Store.

Three shows are in the works: a dark semi-autobiographical drama starring Dr. Dre called “Vital Signs,” a reality series that follows App Store developers called “Planet of the Apps,” and a music-based reality show that’s a spinoff of “Carpool Karaoke.”

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 10
Buyer’s Guide: Apple TV (Neutral)
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28
Jul

Apple Confirms Upcoming Retail Store at World Trade Center


Apple market director Jason Barlia has confirmed the company’s plans to open a retail store at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan, according to CNET. The store will be located in the Oculus transit and retail complex, and it is expected to open later this year.

WTC Transportation Hub – Oculus (Image: Priscilla C. via Instagram)
The location will mark Apple’s tenth retail store in New York City after its first Brooklyn store opens in Williamsburg this Saturday. Apple has another six stores in Manhattan, one in Queens, and one on Staten Island. The Bronx is the only borough that remains without an Apple Store within New York City limits.

Apple’s plans to open a retail store at the new World Trade Center have been rumored since 2013, and an alteration permit confirmed the company’s construction plans earlier this year. The store is said to be situated at the underground level, and it will reportedly span two floors with up to 10,000 square feet of space each.

Related Roundup: Apple Stores
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Jul

How to do a clean install of Windows 10 – CNET


If you have a Windows 7 or 8 computer, you have until July 29 to upgrade it to Windows 10 for free. While your data, apps and most of your system settings will remain intact, upgrading tends to adversely affect performance.

This post will show you how to change that and get a clean install of Windows 10 onto your computer. This is possible both after you’ve already upgraded to Windows 10 and before, when your computer still runs Windows 7 or 8.

Important note: You can’t get a fresh system install without all of your apps and possibly some personal data being erased, so make sure to back up all of your important information before you begin this process. If you want to learn more about preparing your computer for Windows 10 (including how to backup), check out this post.

For a system already running Windows 10

If your computer already runs Windows 10, the easiest way to refresh the machine is to reset it.

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First, on the Start menu, click Settings.


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Step 1: From the Windows 10 Start Menu, click on Settings.

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On the Settings page, click on the Update & Security button.


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Step 2: On the Settings page, click on the button that reads Update & security.

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Choose to Reset this PC.


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Step 3: Now on the update and security page, click on Recovery, then under Reset This PC,click on Get Started.

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Choose to remove everything.


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Step 4: Choose the provided option to Remove everything. Alternatively, you can choose to retain your personal files (such as those in the Desktop and Documents folders) which will keep the files in your profile intact.

Note that the last option, Restore factory settings, is only available in certain machines and will reinstall the original Windows system that was on your computer when you bought it. You don’t want to choose this option, unless your computer originally came with Windows 10.

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Only choose to clean the drive if you intend to give away or sell the computer after the reset.


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Step 5: You will be presented with the option to Just remove my files or to Remove files and clean the drive. Basically, if you intend to keep the computer for yourself, pick the first option. If you intend to give it away or sell it after the reset, choose the second option, which will take much longer to complete.

After choosing an option, click on the Reset button and that’s it. The computer will restart and after somewhere between 10 minutes to half an hour, or maybe longer depending on the speed of the machine, you will have yourself a computer with Windows 10 freshly installed. Note that resetting your machine in this way means you’ll lose the option to roll back to the previous Windows.

For Windows 7/8 machines

If your computer still runs Windows 7 or 8, you want to avoid upgrading using Windows Update. Instead make yourself a Windows 10 installation disc. I prefer using a USB flash drive (thumb drive) since it works with all computers, including those without an optical drive. You’ll need a drive that’s 3GB or larger. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Go to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page and click on Download tool now to get the latest media creation tool.

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Pick the option to create installation media.


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Step 2: Run the downloaded tool, choose Create installation media for another PC then click Next.

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Choose the language, edition and architecture for Windows 10.


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Step 3: In this step, you select the Language, Edition and Architecture for Windows 10, then click Next.

Note that the N version of Windows 10 is for some European countries and will not include Windows Media Player. Read more about these specifications here. If you choose to make the installation media for both 32-and 64-bit Windows, you will need a thumb drive that has at least 6GB of storage space. If you intend to install Windows 10 on the current computer, you can check the Use the recommended options for this computer box.

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Pick USB flash drive as the media to use.
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Step 4: Choose USB flash drive.

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Pick the Thumb drive to use as the installation media.
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Step 5: Insert the flash drive into the computer’s USB port and click Next. After the drive is selected the tool will start downloading Windows 10. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, the download can take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours. Once the download is done, the tool will takes another few minutes to turn the flash drive into Windows 10 installation media. You then can use this flash drive to upgrade or install Windows on any computer.

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Double clicking on the Setup file will begin the upgrading process.


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Step 6: Insert the installation media flash drive into a computer running Windows 7 or 8 that you want to upgrade. Open the drive in Explorer and double click on the Setup file. The upgrading process will start.

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Step 7: After a short preparation, including checking for updates from the internet and asking you to agree to terms and conditions, you will be greeted with the Ready to Install dialog. Click on Change what to keep.

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Step 8: In the next step, you can choose to keep Nothing (so that you’ll have a truly fresh Windows 10 install), Keep personal files only (your documents, music, photos and so on will remain intact) or Keep personal files, apps or Windows settings (you will not have a clean installation of Windows 10). After that click Next.

Follow the rest of the installation and once it’s done, if you have pick the option to keep nothing or just personal files, you will have yourself a clean installation of Windows 10 on your machine.

For a custom-build computer (advanced users)

If you’ve built your own computer, you can install Windows 10 on it using the flash-drive creation method in the section above. Choose to boot the computer from the flash drive and the installation process will start. Note that this method is quite involved, though self-explanatory, so make sure you know what you’re doing (or are willing to learn a few new things).

Also note that installing Windows 10 fresh on a computer by booting from the installation media will require you to buy a new Windows 10 license. If you do this before July 29, you can use a Windows 7 or 8 license to activate Windows 10.

Good luck!

Update, July 28: Information added to reflect the latest build of Windows 10.

28
Jul

Change your mind about Windows 10? Here’s how you can roll back – CNET


Updated, July 28, 2016: Updated with the latest information.

So we think Windows 10 is great. If you’re still in doubt, though, keep in mind that you have only a few more days to upgrade to it for free. After that, it’s going to cost $99 or $199 for Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro, respectively. Here’s the thing: you won’t get stuck with Windows 10 and can easily roll back to Windows 8 or Windows 7 if you change your mind. We’re here to show you how to do that.

Microsoft gives you 30 days from the day you upgraded to Windows 10 to roll back to your previous version of Windows. Before you do so, however, it’s a good idea to back up your data, even though it will remain intact.

(On the other hand, if you are totally happy with Windows 10 after the upgrade, make sure you check the bottom of the post for what you can do to regain your storage space, occupied by the previous Windows’ files, back.)

All backed up? OK, let’s get going.

Rolling back to previous Windows

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First on the Start Menu, click on Settings.
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Step 1: From the Windows 10 Start Menu, click on Settings.

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On the Settings page click on the Update & Security button
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Step 2: On the Settings page, click on the button that reads Update & Security…

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Choose the Recovery option and then click on “Get Started,” under “Go Back to Windows.”
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Step 3: Now on the Update & Security page, click on Recovery and then under Go Back to Windows X (where “X” is the version of your previous Windows prior to upgrading to Windows 10), click on Get Started.

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Step 4: Select a reason for the rollback and then click Next.

After a warning and a confirmation, the rollback process will start. The process can take as short as a few minutes to about half an hour depending on the speed of your computer. In my experience, rolling back from Windows 10 to Windows 7 was much quicker (just about a fourth of the time) than my original upgrade process.

Note that once rolled back, you might have to reinstall some apps, and some of the settings changes you’ve made in applications may also be lost. Also, make sure you remember the log-in password for the previous version of Windows since the password for Windows 10, if you have changed it, will not stick, either.

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In case you’re wondering why 30 days and not longer, Microsoft hopes that after this time you’ll get used to Windows 10 enough and hence find no reason to go back.

So what if you want to roll back after the 30-day mark? There is at least one option: back up your previous version of Windows (7 or 8) using system backup software. You’ll also need an external/secondary storage device to complete this. Personally, I’d recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect, which works smoothly and supports Windows 10.

Remove previous Windows’ files

The reason you can roll back is that during the upgrade Windows 10 actually stores the entire previous Windows installation (and its software) on the computer’s drive. This means a large amount of disk space, ranging from 5GB to hundreds of GB, is used for this options. If you’re completely happy with Windows 10 and feel there’s no need to ever roll back, or you have an alternative backup of the previous Windows stored on an external drive, it’s a good idea to remove these files to gain back the disk space. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Run Disk Cleanup. You can look for it using the search field on Windows 10’s Taskbar, then click on it.

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Step 2: Wait for the scanning to finish then click on Clean up system files.

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Check the boxes for files you want to remove.


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Step 3: The scan will restart, once it’s done, check the box in front of Previous Windows installation(s). Optionally, you can also safely check all other boxes. Then click on OK. Answer the confirmation prompt affirmatively and wait for the cleanup process to finish.

Obviously, after this you can’t roll back to previous Windows version anymore, unless you had backed up the machine using third-party software prior to the upgrade to Windows 10.

28
Jul

20 most useful Alexa skills – CNET


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Out of the box, Alexa can do an impressive number of things. It can stream Amazon Music or Spotify, control your Philips Hue smart bulbs or anything connected to a SmartThings hub, and integrates with IFTTT for a laundry list of other functions. You can also order millions of products off Amazon without lifting a finger.

But what has really propelled Amazon’s Alexa forward as a bonafide platform, not just as more than just intelligent software behind a few connected speakers, is the Smart Home Skill API. This allows third-party developers to create apps and tap into the power of Alexa without ever needing native support. Major brands have already jumped on the bandwagon and more are soon to follow, especially if the popularity of products like the Amazon Echo continues to grow.

If you’ve found yourself perusing the growing list of skills in search of ways to make your Alexa speaker even more helpful around the house, fear not. Below you will find some of the most helpful, clever and entertaining skills available today.

A skill for finding skills

  • Alexa skills themselves are quite helpful, and there are nearly 1,900. However, even with an updated Skills section in the Alexa app and the ability to add skills using only your voice, discovering new and useful skills is a less than desirable experience. So much so, Amazon actually created a skill called Skill Finder to discover new skills. Launch it by saying, “Alexa, open Skill Finder” or “Alexa, tell Skill Finder to give me the skill of the day.”
Here’s everything the Amazon Echo can do…

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Finance

  • If you bank with Capital One, the Capital One skill allows you to check your credit card balance or when a payment is due, and you can even make a payment. Just be wary when using this skill — anyone will be able to access your banking or credit card info just by asking, as there is no password protection.
  • If you’d like to check stock prices before heading out in the morning, try Opening Bell. This Skill allows you to ask for a stock price using a company’s natural name instead of the ticker symbol, such as, “Alexa, ask Opening Bell for the price of Google.”

Productivity

  • You can use IFTTT to push additions to your Amazon To-do List to Google Calendar, or you can use the Quick Events skill. Say something like “Alexa, tell Quick Events to add go to the grocery store tomorrow at 6:00” to add an event to your calendar.
  • If you’re in marketing or are just looking for some ideas that are outside the box, enable the Giant Spoonskill. Chances are, the ideas aren’t always going to be applicable to what you’re working on, but in my use, they’ve sparked some interesting ideas.

Smart home and car

  • Out of the box, Alexa has support for IFTTT, but not Yonomi. Support for Yonomi is enabled through a skill. Yonomi is a lot like IFTTT, but designed specifically for the smart home. Yonomi creates virtual devices for each scene you create, so the command sounds more natural, such as, “Alexa, turn on Sunset.”
  • You can also keep tabs on your car with Alexa using the Automatic skill. Automatic is a dongle you install in your car’s OBDII port which connects with your smartphone and tracks the status of your car. You can connect your Automatic account to Alexa and ask for the current fuel level, where your car is or how far you’ve driven in a span of time.
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Food

  • If you’re anything like me, you have no idea which wines pair well with which food. Fortunately, the MySomm skill will tell you. Just ask, “Alexa, ask Wine Gal what goes with a pot roast?”
  • The same goes for beer and the What beer? skill. The invocation for this particular skill is clever, making the phrasing natural and easy to remember. Just say, “Alexa, ask what beer goes with ramen.”
  • To kick up your home-bartending skills a notch, enable The Bartender. You can ask what a drink is made of, and it will tell you the ingredients and the recipe. The answers are a lot to take in for a single response all at once, but this skill can definitely help you dissect your favorite cocktails.
  • To double-check what internal temperature is considered safe when cooking different meats, use Meat Thermometer. Say, “Alexa, ask Meat Thermometer what is the best temperature for steak.”
  • One of my personal favorite skills is Domino’s. You can place an order your Domino’s Easy Order just by speaking, “Alexa, open Domino’s and place my Easy Order.” You can also track the status of an order you’ve placed by saying, “Alexa, open Domino’s to track my order.” Now, if Domino’s would just deliver to my apartment…

Travel

  • If you want to do some casual research for a future trip, you can get fare estimates using the Kayak skill. You can say, “Alexa, ask Kayak where I can go for $400” or “Alexa, ask Kayak how much it costs to fly from Charlotte to Dublin.” The skill will ask for additional information and eventually provide you with a series of options and price ranges.
  • If you need a ride to the airport, you can order an Uber with Alexa just by asking. Say, “Alexa, ask Uber to get me a car.” Tell me that doesn’t sound like the future.
  • There’s also a skill for Lyft which functions in the exact same way, except you can ask for pricing. Say, “Alexa, ask Lyft how much a Lyft Plus from home to work costs.”

Games

  • Looking to up your Pokémon Go game? Enable Trainer Tips to learn more about various Pokémon. Just say, “Alexa, ask Trainer Tips teach me something” or “Alexa, ask Trainer Tips what’s weak against fire” to learn about your favorite Pokémon.
  • The age-old Akinator game is available on Alexa under the Abra skill. Choose a character, say, “Alexa, start Akinator” and answer the questions. Alexa will guess your character almost every time with creepy accuracy.
  • Warner Brothers created a choose-your-own-adventure game for Alexa called The Wayne Investigation, wherein you investigate the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne. Start the game by saying, “Alexa, open The Wayne Investigation” and follow the prompts. Each choice you make affects the outcome of the story. This is one of the best examples of a game style that suits Alexa perfectly.
  • Another choose-your-own-adventure game is The Magic Door, which takes place in a mythical world with dragons and wizards. It has recently been updated to include a new adventure.
  • And for you Harry Potter fans out there, Potterhead Quiz will test your knowledge of Potter realm.
28
Jul

How to get the old Facebook Messenger recent conversation view back – CNET


28
Jul

Water your plants while you’re away with this simple tip – CNET


28
Jul

Seagate Backup Plus Hub review – CNET


The Good The Seagate Backup Plus Hub is fast, has tons of storage and since it comes with two additional USB 3.0 ports it won’t hog your desktop’s expansion options. The drive has software that lets it work with Mac and Windows interchangeably.

The Bad The USB hub doesn’t always work when the drive is connected to a USB 2.0 port.

The Bottom Line Though it has some issues with USB 2.0, the Seagate Backup Plus Hub is an excellent external storage drive for any USB 3.0 desktop computer.

In most cases when you connect an external USB drive to your computer, you lose a USB port to it. Not so with the Seagate Backup Plus Hub. It has two extra USB 3.0 ports on the front, essentially giving you an extra port when you connect it.

Things work smoothly as long as you’re connecting the drive to a USB 3.0 port on your computer. When connected to USB 2.0, however, sometimes my computer wouldn’t recognize what was connected to one of the Backup Plus Hub’s two USB ports, through the drive itself worked fine.

It’s not a huge deal, since most newer computers have at least a few USB 3.0 ports, but if you have mostly USB 2.0 ports on your system this will get annoying, fast. If you do have an older machine and you’re reasonably technically adept, I’d recommend installing a USB 3.0 add-in card, which will add a few more ports to your system.

CNET USB 3.0/3.1 external drive performance

Seagate Backup Plus Hub

181.3

195.78

Segate Backup Plus Desktop

150.9

180.45

Samsung Portable T3

125.9

221.4

Seagate Expansion

125.2

127.93

G-Tech Gdrive EV ATC

119.0

138.73

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

118.8

125.35

Toshiba Canvio Slim II

118.8

118.49

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme

110.3

118.82

WD My Passport Ultra

110.2

117.34

WD My Password Slim

107.7

107.89

LaCie Christofle Sphere

105.5

111.43

SiliconPower Armor A60

104.3

114.48

WD Elements

95.7

102.15

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The Backup Plus Hub is compact for a desktop external drive. It measures just 4.6 by 1.6 by 7.8 inches (118 by 41 by 198 mm) with a weight of 2.3 pounds (1.1 kg). And like all desktop drives, it requires its own power adapter (included) to function. Out of the box, the drive is formatted in NTFS and should work right away when connected to a Windows computer. It includes Paragon Driver for Mac that lets it work with a Mac computer without a reformat. Alternatively, you could reformat it into the HFS+ file system if you only want use it with a Mac.

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