10 top gadgets of 2018

Technology advances quickly, and it can be hard to keep up on which gadgets and gizmos made the biggest splash. Fortunately, looking back on 2018, a few big themes developed — televisions became smarter, speakers responded to voice commands. Another interesting trend? Prices became a bit more reasonable for gadgets like the Apple iPhone XR. … Continue reading “10 top gadgets of 2018”

Technology advances quickly, and it can be hard to keep up on which gadgets and gizmos made the biggest splash. Fortunately, looking back on 2018, a few big themes developed — televisions became smarter, speakers responded to voice commands. Another interesting trend? Prices became a bit more reasonable for gadgets like the Apple iPhone XR. Here are the top picks in several categories.

1. Phone: Apple iPhone XR ($749)

Apple made waves this year by releasing three different phones (including the iPhone XS and CS Max with an OLED display), but the iPhone XR with an LCD display is arguably the best option. At $749, it still has an extremely fast A12 Bionic processor and a high-end camera.

2. TV: Samsung Q9FN 65-inch ($2,999)

Televisions are smarter than ever. The Samsung Q9FN can read your Wi-Fi settings and password from your Android phone, and it senses when you have an Xbox One connected and can adjust the display for 4K resolution and the best gaming color mode.

3. Tablet: Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch display ($999)

The big news with the Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch released this fall is that it uses a processor that is more powerful than some laptops, including Apple’s own MacBook line. Apps like Adobe Lightroom CC for iPad and Affinity Photo handle high-res images with ease.

4. Laptop: Dell XPS 13 ($850)

At just 2.67 pounds, the Dell XPS 13 is lighter than many tablets (including the Microsoft Surface line) but runs on a screaming fast Intel Core i7 processor. The claim to fame? Dell has figured out how to make the display run all the way to the edges.

5. Desktop: HP EliteOne 1000 G2 34-in Curved All-in-One ($1,794)

For productivity gurus, a curved wide screen like the HP Elite means you have more room for tabs in a browser, and more screen real estate for your apps. It’s also a brilliant gaming desktop and ideal for Skype sessions with a pop-up high-res webcam.

6. Earbuds: Jabra Evolve 65t ($329)

For those who have not quite accepted the reality of using wireless earbuds yet and prefer a wired connection, it’s time to reconsider. The Jabra Evolve 65t sound as good if not better, and have the added benefit of one-touch access to a voice assistant.

7. Drone: DJI Mavic Pro ($999)

Drones with fold-up arms became the norm in 2018, and the DJI Mavic Pro is the best of the bunch. It’s also much quieter and smoother during flight. The Mavic captures in 4K video resolution and doesn’t require a complicated setup.

8. Robot: Neato Botvac D7 Connected ($699.99)

The smartest robots let you leave them alone all day for weeks at a time, and they merrily go about their business. Set on a cleaning schedule, the Neato robotic vacuum will do its work without getting stuck or falling down a staircase.

9. Speaker: Sonos Beam ($399)

Speakers finally embraced the concept of voice control in 2018. The Sonos Beam lets you ask Amazon Alexa questions about the weather, but also syncs to the DISH Hopper 3 receiver for changing channels, finding shows, and raising the TV volume.

10. Camera: Nikon Z7 ($3,400)

A great camera, the Nikon Z7 snaps photos lightning fast, even at an athletics event. It uses a new mirrorless technology to capture stunningly crisp photos at 45.7-megapixels, letting in more light than a traditional DSLR.

10 iPhone tricks you’ll wish you knew sooner

Remember: an iPhone is basically just a computer that fits in your pocket – and in many ways, it’s even better than a computer. The iPhone is more portable than a laptop. The camera is better than many point-and-shoot cameras. Your iPhone may even be able to store more data than a cheap desktop, and the apps are comparable to those on any device on the market.

Even an old iPhone can be useful in countless ways. Tap or click here for five uses for your old iPhone.

So it’s no wonder that certain iPhone features remain buried, and we may never discover them without an insider tip. You can customize almost everything you see and hear, and just when you think you’ve got a handle on, say, the images you collect, a new trick comes along that changes your entire operational pattern.

It’s not just the iPhone, of course. Tap or click here for 10 hidden features for Android.

Whether you’re conversing with Siri or figuring out a new way to navigate your notifications, here are 10 things you didn't know your iPhone could do.

Speaking of voice commands, tap or click here for 10 great Siri tricks you'll wish you knew sooner.

1. Your keyboard can be used as a "trackpad"

How many times have you awkwardly tried to navigate a text message or email by tapping on the screen where you want to place your cursor? It's maddening, especially if there are minute errors you need to fix. Thankfully, the iPhone can help you your plant your cursor.

All you need to do is press down on your text keyboard, and the keys will disappear. Without the keyboard, you can slide your thumb around in this space to move your text cursor. Press harder, and you can select text.

If you release a bit of pressure, you can deselect text, and then select it again by pressing down. It can take some getting used to, but it's worth a little practice, as you’ll be able to navigate much more accurately.

2. Turn on a particular setting to save battery in a pinch

If you've been out all day and forgot a charger, you might be running on fumes when it comes to battery. Luckily, Low Power mode will let you save a little juice for an emergency.

Go to your phone's Control Center and tap on the "low battery" icon to turn it on or off. This should give you a little boost in power, at least until you can get to a charger again and it's all clear.

3. Secretly store photos you don't want others to see

The problem with having your photo albums on iCloud is that others may look over your shoulder and spot an image that, well, requires explanation. If you have a set of pictures in your Photos app that you want to conceal from prying eyes, you can actually hide them from view.

Head to your Photos app, choose the photos you don't want to let others see, and tap the "Share" icon. This looks like a square with an arrow inside. Then choose "Hide."

You'll have to go to your Albums in the Photos app in the future to find them, but they won't be out for just everyone to look at now.

4. Know who is calling before you pick up your phone

If you want to know who's calling you without having to look at your phone, this handy trick should help make things easier.

Go to your Contacts menu, select the person you want to change a ringtone or notification option for, and choose "Edit." From there, go to "Ringtone" and tap on "Default."

You'll be met with a set of options that you can choose for the person of your choice, whether you want to assign unique vibrations or a ringtone, so you know who's calling without having to look at your screen.

5. Scan important documents with the Notes app

Never reach for a scanner again to share important documents and files with others. If you have something that needs scanning, you only need to go as far as your Notes.

Open it up, click the plus sign found at the bottom of the screen near the middle, and choose the "Scan Documents" option. You can use the iPhone camera to take a photo of your document and add it to your notebook. Options like black and white, grayscale, or color will help make sure the scan is of submittable quality.

6. Don’t be bothered when driving

If you get a lot of messages or calls while on the road, consider utilizing the "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature. Simply turn it on manually via the Control Center, and your phone will automatically swap to this mode when it senses you're in a vehicle going over a certain speed.

All calls, texts, notifications, and other pings will be muted, with an option to send a message to callers that you're driving.

7. Use a one-handed keyboard to improve typing efficiency

If you hate using both hands to type messages, you can opt to use the iPhone's one-handed keyboard instead.

Just open up a message or use your keyboard, and look for the globe button. Hold it down and choose either the left-handed or right-handed keyboard options. The keyboard will shift to the side you want, and you'll be able to type with one hand this way.

8. Automatically answer calls

Sometimes we might be too busy to answer the phone manually, but we don't want to miss calls. This is especially true for folks that opt for earbuds or AirPods to make and receive calls.

You can set your iPhone up to answer calls for you. Go to Accessibility and then Call Audio Routing to find the "Auto-Answer Calls" option, which will let you answer phone calls automatically after a certain amount of time. You can choose how long your phone will wait before it picks up, too.

9. Share something that is on your screen

Ever wanted to share something cool with a friend on your phone, like gameplay from an app or something like that? You can do it natively on the iPhone without having to use an additional program now, thanks to the newest version of iOS.

Go to Settings, then Control Center, then Customize Controls. Then, go to Control Center and tap the screen record icon. It will turn red, and you can exit the menu to do whatever you want. You can also record audio if you'd like. To stop the video, you can tap on the blue banner on the top of the screen or the icon in the Control Center.

Your video will be stored in the Photos and Videos app.

10. Get better answers from Siri

You don't have to speak to Siri to work with her. You can instead type to her if you so choose.

For many text-leaning people, this kind of communication may prove more accurate. Go to Settings, then General, then Accessibility and choose the Siri option. Then select "Done."

Siri will answer your query, and likely in a much more accurate manner than if you would have done so with your voice.

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Copyright 2018, WestStar Multimedia Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Learn about all the latest technology on the Kim Komando Show, the nation's largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today's digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

Here’s how to block robocalls on iPhone and Android

Unwanted calls are often harmless but some are after your credit card information, IDs or passwords. All are a distraction and a waste of your time.

Robocallers have gotten more devious by masking their calls with phone numbers that use the first three or first six digits of your phone number.

But the scams are old. They pretend to be major banks, big tech companies, or government organizations like the IRS.

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Whatever the scam, here are several ways to stop unwanted calls on your smartphone – and one way to stop them cold.

Manually: if you don’t get a lot of unwanted calls, you can block calls one at a time. On the iPhone you do this by selecting “Phone” then tapping the information icon (the encircled lowercase “i”), and selecting “Block this Caller.” On Android, it’s similar, you tap on the caller’s name, then long-press the number and tap “Block/report spam” (note that this procedure can vary slightly from device to device on Android).

Blocking calls manually, however, is usually futile because scammers and spammers are constantly changing their numbers, usually on a daily basis.

Use an app: there are lots of apps that take on telemarketers and suspicious calls, some are better at blocking calls before they get through than others. AT&T and Verizon, as with other carriers, offer apps that let you block calls by identifying likely fraudsters. To identify a suspicious call, numbers are run against a massive list of robocallers that is updated daily.

For instance, the basic setup of the Verizon Caller Name ID app ($2.99 per month per line) is like any call blocker app on the iPhone. After installing the app, under the iPhone’s Settings you tap on “Phone,” then “Call Blocking & Identification,” then toggle on the Verizon “Caller Name ID” app.

If you want to take this a step further, the Verizon app will also try to block suspicious calls and send them to voicemail. This requires going into the Verizon app and tapping “Block” then “Spam filter on” then setting a risk level.

For Android devices, you open the Verizon Caller Name ID app, tap “Block management,” tap “Spam filter”, then toggle the feature on and select the risk level.

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AT&T has its Mobile Security & Call Protect Plus ($3.99 per month) service that has Automatic Fraud Blocking, which can detect and allow you to block incoming suspicious calls.

Samsung offers a “Smart Call” feature on its phones that can tell you if the call is suspicious and allows you to block the call. Go to “Caller ID and spam protection” in Call Settings, then turn on “Caller ID and spam protection.” Note that is not made available by all carriers.

And Google offers caller ID & spam protection for Android. With this, you can stop spam calls from ringing on your phone. "You won't get missed call or voicemail notifications, but you'll still see filtered calls in your call history and be able to check any voicemail you receive," according to Google.

There are third-party apps that you can try for free such as Nomorobo and RoboKiller. After the trial period, both ask for a small monthly fee, which typically starts at $0.99 or $1.99 per month. There’s also an app called Hiya that is free.

The best advice is to try these services and see which one works for you.

Kill all suspicious calls: the most effective method is to limit calls to your contact list. On the iPhone, this will stop all unwanted calls from ringing on your phone. The only calls that get through are people on your contact list. Other legitimate calls typically go to voicemail.

On the iPhone, you go to Settings, then tap on “Do Not Disturb” then select “Allow Calls From” then “All Contacts.” This is deadly effective and may be a good option for people hounded by spam calls. For Android, you can do this with apps such as Calls Blacklist.

Apple plans to resolve China iPhone ban with a software update

Apple and Qualcomm are not the best of friends at the moment, and the relationship breakdown is playing out in the courts. Earlier this week, Qualcomm saw some success in the Chinese courts and got most iPhones banned from sale and import into China due to patent infringement. However, Apple believes it can overcome the ban with a software update.

As Reuters reports, Apple intends to release a software update in China early next week that will address "the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case." In so doing, Apple could render the ban void before it even starts to have an impact on iPhone shipments and sales.

The ban as it currently stands means the iPhone X , iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 6s can't be sold in China. The two patents these smartphones infringe cover how users adjust and reformat photos and how apps are managed using a phone's touch screen.

It's important to note that the infringement only applies to handsets running iOS 11 and not the more recent iOS 12. The software update next week will therefore be targeted specifically at iOS 11 users. At the same time, Apple filed a request for reconsideration with the court which invoked the preliminary injunction.

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  • For now, Qualcomm believes the ban is already in force, but all models of iPhone remain available to purchase in China. By next week, the ban could be irrelevant, but that doesn't mean it will be removed immediately. As part of the reconsideration request, Apple offered to pay a "counter security" of roughly $87 million to get the ban lifted.

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    Apple’s $29 iPhone battery offer ends Dec. 31

    This time last year, Apple was preparing to offer out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements for just $29 compared to the usual price of $79. The offer would last a year and applies to the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7, or 7 Plus models. We're now almost a year on from that date, which means there's just three weeks left to take advantage of the offer.

    Apple would love for you to buy an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or an iPhone XR instead of replacing your existing iPhone battery. There's even an incentive to do so in the form of up to an extra $100 for trading in your old iPhone. But it's nearly Christmas and money needs to be spent on other things, so a battery replacement makes more sense for a lot of people.

    There's two ways to get your iPhone battery replaced: visit an Apple Store or mail in your iPhone. The Apple Store visit is the quicker of the two options, simply make an appointment at a Genius Bar via Apple's website or support app and then visit for a same-day repair. Alternatively, visit Apple's website and get a mail-order box for your iPhone. This method means you'll be without a smartphone for 3-5 business days and costs an extra $6.95 for shipping.

    Apple officially states that 80 percent battery degradation is required for the $29 replacement to be carried out. However, as Business Insider points out, if you're close to that, for example, 83 percent, then the Genius Bar will likely still offer to do the replacement. If you aren't sure, make the appointment and see what happens. You'll probably leave the store with a new battery.

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    iPhone tracking, eavesdropping on police and more: Tech Q&A

    An OS That Does Not Track You

    Q: Is there an OS that doesn’t report back to Big Tech? I don’t want to use the Windows or Mac operating system.

    A: The behavior of your standard OS also doesn’t receive a lot of mention in the press; while companies like Facebook have been raked over the coals (and justifiably so), the data-keeping of your standard OS isn’t even a blip on the media radar. I can’t say these fears are legitimate – at least no more so than, say, the potential tracking by your smart TV – but if it concerns you, there is an alternative that will help you rest easy. Tap or click here for an operating system that gives you privacy and anonymity.

    Use a Digital Age Police and Fire Scanner

    Q: Is there an app that lets me listen to local police calls? I'd like to know what's really going on around me.

    A: The old-fashioned police scanner has fascinated users for decades. All kinds of people have used these little black boxes to listen in on their local first-responders, from TV journalists seeking up-to-the-minute news tips to ambulance chasers looking for a thrill. Special listening gear is no longer necessary, thanks to special apps, which converts those airwaves into a digital stream. These apps can also help you stay aware of dubious activity in your neighborhood, from rapidly spreading house fires to electrical blackouts and even criminals on the run. Tap or click here for the best apps to hear police and fire calls.

    Stop iPhone Tracking Your Every Location

    Q: You recently said that your iPhone tracks your location unless you turn off a certain setting. Where is this tracking setting on my phone?

    A: Unless you remove the phone from your person and leave it in a particular location, your iPhone knows where you are, unless you change those default settings. Keep in mind, a phone's internal GPS is helpful for many reasons; you can use the map feature, upload directions, figure out how many calories you burned on your run, track down local restaurants, and so on. Meanwhile, the iPhone app Find My Friends is extremely useful for people who get lost or live in isolated places, and it can literally save lives. But if you want to stop your iPhone from being so geographically aware, you just have to change one setting. Tap or click here to stop iPhone from tracking your every move.

    Important Amazon Echo Privacy Settings

    Q: I got an Amazon Echo for Christmas. How can I make sure it's not doing things I don't want it to do, including listening all the time?

    A: The truth is, Amazon Echo is listening all the time. For your Echo to work, it requires a "wake phrase," which usually begins with "Alexa…" What’s even more concerning is that Echo also records the commands you deliver, archiving these audio files in a database. Now, the purpose of these recordings is pretty benign: Amazon insists that they exist only to train the Echo to function better. (This is especially true if you have an unusual accent or speech impediment). In the end, you have to ask yourself: is a smart speaker worth all the security concerns? If not, are you willing to terminate the Echo’s voice commands, reducing the device to a regular audio speaker? The choice is up to you, but some settings may make you feel more secure. Tap or click here for three essential privacy settings for your Amazon Echo.

    See What Microsoft Tracks About You

    Q: I use Windows. Does Microsoft make it known what they track about users?

    A: Basically, every major tech company benefits from your personal data, and they are collecting as much as they can. Microsoft hasn’t gotten a lot of flak (see above question for an alternative private OS), but you can bet that the hallowed digital pioneer knows a great deal about you. How much? Well, there are probably lots of data points that you could already guess. But there are ways to copy the critical information you have gathered while also cleaning your system of vulnerable history. To help in this endeavor, you should know what about you that interests Microsoft in the first place. Tap or click here to find everything Microsoft knows about you.

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    Learn about all the latest technology on the Kim Komando Show, the nation's largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today's digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

    Struggling Apple is slashing the price of the new iPhone XR

    Apple is pulling out all the stops as it scrambles to prop up sputtering sales of its new iPhone XR.

    The Silicon Valley giant on Tuesday took the unprecedented step of advertising a trade-in deal on its website that gives the new iPhone XR an effective price as low as $449.

    That’s despite the fact that the XR hit the market just five weeks ago, and its retail markup of $749 makes it by far the cheapest of this year’s stratospherically priced iPhone lineup — $250 less than the next cheapest model.

    Separately on Tuesday, Apple launched a dedicated online portal for active duty military and veterans, with popular gadgets including iPhones and iPads getting a 10 percent discount. It will work much the same way as Apple’s student and corporate shopping portals do.

    The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said in a statement that the veterans discounts are its way of expressing “our gratitude for their brave service.”

    Nevertheless, Apple watchers took it as another signal that Apple may have miscalculated consumers’ willingness to pay increasingly jacked-up prices for iPhones.

    Indeed, the new marketing gimmicks surrounding the iPhone XR have been described by one Apple insider as a “fire drill,” according to a Tuesday Bloomberg report, as the company grapples with middling sales.

    Apple has assigned members of its marketing team to work full-time on boosting sales, and has upped the amount it is willing to pay for devices traded in towards the purchase of a new iPhone, according to the report.

    The discounting follows weeks of reports of Apple suppliers slashing sales forecasts. Most recently, Cirrus Logic, which makes audio chips for the iPhone, cut its sales forecast by 16 percent, citing “recent weakness in the smartphone market.” Apple accounts for just over 80 percent of Cirrus’ revenue, according to its most recent 10-K filing.

    Apple’s iPhone XR, which boasts the edge-to-edge display, albeit using older LCD pixels instead of the X’s high-resolution OLED screen, was widely expected to fuel a massive wave of upgrades from users of the iPhone 6S or earlier models.

    Apple also stoked iPhone sales worries last month when it told analysts and investors that it will no longer break down unit sales for iPhones, iPads and Macs.

    Shares of Apple finished the day down 4.4 percent, at $176.69.

    This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

    Walmart tips Cyber Monday laptop, iPhone, TV deals

    If Monday rolls around and you still have presents to buy, be sure to click over to Walmart's website.

    The retail giant's Cyber Monday promotion kicks off at 12 a.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 26. Walmart is promising "thousands" more Cyber Monday deals this year compared to last, along with greater availability of popular toys, electronics, and home goods.

    Here's some of the hottest tech deals you'll find at Walmart this Cyber Monday:

    MSI Performance Gaming Laptop 15.6-inch with Nvidia-GeForce for $799 ($200 off)Straight Talk Apple iPhone 8 Plus for $599.99 and the Straight Talk Apple iPhone 8 for $499.99 (each $99.01 off)Samsung 58-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV for $447.99 ($80 off)Polaroid 50-inch Class 4K Ultra HD (2160P) HDR Smart LED TV for $179.99 ($100 off)Dyson V6 Trigger Handheld Vacuum with Combination Tools for $99.99 ($70 off)Nerf Laser Ops Alphapoint Pro 2-Pack for $24.98 ($4.90 off)Overpowered Gaming Laptop 15-inch for $799 ($200 off)Nintendo Switch Console with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for $299 ($59 off)Nintendo 2DS XL for $129 ($20.99 savings)Red Dead Redemption 2 PlayStation 4 + Bonus $10 Google Play eGift Card for $59.88 ($10 off)LEGO Classic Bricks on a Roll – 60th Anniversary Limited Edition for $19.99 ($5.01 off)ProForm 905 CST Treadmill with 5-inch Display, EKG HR Monitor for $699 ($150.99 off)

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    5 awesome apps for family road trips

    Nothing says summer like piling your kids, your dog, and 300 pounds of luggage into the family car and heading out on an inadvisably long road trip. And yet millions of us do it every year. Unfortunately, all too often the euphoria lasts about as long as it takes to get out of our driveways.

    If you’ll be road tripping this summer, consider downloading a few new iPhone and iPad apps to help the miles fly by.  Here are five tried-and-tested apps guaranteed to keep everyone busy and happy.

    1. Mad Libs, Ages: 4 and up, free

    If your kid likes silly sentences—and really, what kid doesn't?—then this app is a slam dunk.  Even very young kids can get in on the action with a little help.  The app itself is free, but the books (which contain 21 stories each) cost $1.99 as in-app purchases.  Just so you know, the funniest noun in the English language is “hamster” and the funniest adjective is “hairy.”  You’re welcome.

    2. State Plate Bingo!, Ages: 6 and up, $0.99

    Can you find all 50 states in a single road trip?  There’s only one way to find out. This app is an ongoing quest for the entire family.  Note: The iPhone version works on an iPad, but isn’t optimized for it.

    3. Road Trip Bingo, Ages: 4 and up, $0.99/1.99

    Got two kids?  Download the only travel-themed bingo app that lets two players compete head to head, not to mention side by side.  Your kids can scour the landscape for everything from white cars and road signs to snow-topped mountains and airplanes.

    4. StoryLines, Ages: 8 and up, free

    This creative multi-player game lets everyone but the driver get in on the fun.  Player One types a well known phrase, such as “The early bird gets the worm.”  Player Two illustrates the phrase with a fingertip drawing.  Player Three captions Player Two’s drawing without seeing the original phrase.  And so on.  It’s a lot like the telephone game we all played when we were young, and absolutely hilarious.

    5. Geography Drive USA, Ages: 8 and up, $3.99

    Despite the fact that only one child can play at a time, this very polished educational app is well worth the relatively high price tag. Players road trip around country, earning fuel and money for correctly answering state trivia questions.  Between rounds, they can return to the garage to get a new paint job, upgrade their car, or just admire their trophies.  And if all that driving gets to be too much?  They can cash in their chips for an airline ticket instead!

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