Hardware

IPVanish review: Come for the VPN, stay for the cloud storage

A VPN service can often be distinct or unique in its app design, approach to privacy, extra services and tools, and general branding. Despite this, you might be surprised to learn that a number of VPNs are under a single … Continue reading

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Best Black Friday tech deals at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Newegg, and more

Our editors have been hard at work sifting through the Black Friday deals at all the major online retailers in order to curate a list of those that offer the best value. We’ll be updating our recommendations throughout the weekend, … Continue reading

How to erase an encrypted Mac volume if you don’t need its contents

macOS offers a number of drive encryption options. With a Mac with a T2 chip built in, the startup volume is always encrypted. On other Macs, enabling FileVault encrypts that volume. (On all Macs, FileVault provides additional protection for a … Continue reading

How to fix the M1 Mac’s most disappointing feature: iOS apps on the Mac

If there’s a single disappointment in the release of Apple’s first wave of M1 Macs, it’s the lackluster launch of iOS apps running inside of macOS. What should be an amazing unification of Apple’s platforms and a massive expansion of … Continue reading

Apple HomePod Mini review: Apple’s $99 smart speaker needs to be either better or cheaper

If the HomePod Mini were $50 rather than $99, we’d really have something.

Ring Mailbox Sensor Review: With this gadget, the postman needn’t ring at all

Ring’s new sensor gives you a heads-up when the mail arrives, but its limited range won’t work for everyone.

Black Friday 2020: Best tech deals at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Newegg, and more

As in previous years, Black Friday began early in 2020—no one’s waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to kick off sales. Amazon got the ball rolling in October this year, and other retailers like Walmart will offer staggered waves of … Continue reading

Report: Apple’s 2021 roadmap might be its most ambitious yet

After a whirlwind fall release schedule that brought two new Apple Watches, four new iPhones, a new HomePod, and a speedy new processor for the Mac, Apple analysts Ming-Chi Kuo is already looking ahead to 2020. And it could be … Continue reading

Apple ID adds recovery key option, but it’s not yet ready for you to use

In a little-noticed change that arrived with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple re-enabled the option to have a recovery key associated with an Apple ID. The Apple ecosystem-spanning account system offers two-factor authentication, which requires both a password and … Continue reading

Apple M1 Macs: What you need to know about buying a new Mac with Apple silicon

Macs are undergoing a big change. Apple is switching its internal architecture from one that uses Intel CPUs, third-party graphics processors, and other parts, to the company’s own “system on a chip.” The first Apple silicon SoC for Macs is … Continue reading