Best Wall Chargers if you Own Multiple iPhones or iPads

August 15, 2017
Don’t wait to charge your devices one-by-one, charge them all at once with these great wall chargers

If you own multiple iPhones, iPads, and other devices, you know it can be a pain in the ass to charge them all at the same time. Each device comes with its own wall charger, which in turn takes up a power outlet, meaning you’re running around trying to figure out what other objects you can afford to unplug to charge up all your devices.

Stop worrying about the number of open outlets you have available and get yourself a wall charger that can accommodate all your devices at once! Here are our favorite wall chargers for people who own multiple iPhones and iPads.

Anker 4-Port USB wall charger
Anker 2-Port USB wall charger
Skiva 7-Port USB charging station
Belkin SurgePLus mini travel charger

Anker 4-Port USB wall charger

Anker has always put out stellar phone and tablet accessories, and the Anker 4-Port USB wall charger is no exception.

About the same width as the iPad wall char…

FrontRow is a livestreaming smart necklace with two cameras

August 15, 2017
Ubiquiti has announced a wearable necklace equipped with two cameras for live streaming.

For a lot of users, wearables are not an essential product. They’re certainly nice to have, but not as necessary for day to day life as a smartphone or laptop. I’ve personally used a Pebble, a couple Android Wear watches, and a Vector Watch before giving up on smartwatches altogether a few months ago.

Now Ubiquiti, makers of the excellent Amplifi mesh Wi-Fi router, has announced the FrontRow (via Android Police), a necklace wearable that looks pretty interesting. The FrontRow features a round touch display (there is a flat tire), with two cameras for live streaming events to YouTube Live, Twitter Live and Facebook Live. The battery in the unit is said to be good for about 1 hour and 50 minutes of either recording or live streaming, or 50 hours of standby. When the battery is dead, the device can be charged over a USB Type-C connection with USB-PD fast charging.

The main camera on the device is…

Best note-taking apps for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

August 15, 2017
Forget drawing: Want to take notes on your iPad or annotate documents with the Apple Pencil? Here’s what you need.

Summer may not be quite over yet, but it’s never too early to consider the apps you’ll need when going back to school with your iPad Pro and Pencil. Whether you need to take handwritten notes, annotate documents, record audio, create sports playbooks, or even make your own fonts, the App Store has a number of fantastic apps for note-taking. I’ve tested over 25 of these apps, and here are my favorite options.

Notes
Notability
GoodNotes
OneNote
PDF Expert
MyScript Nebo
iFontMaker
Other apps we tested

Starting out? Try The Notes app

It’s hard to beat the low price of free.

The iPad’s default Notes app is a veritable handwriting and annotation program in and of itself, with iOS 11 adding text recognition search, inline scanning and annotation, and sketching or handwriting. It doesn’t have some of the features that more robust note-taking apps sport — you ca…

Apple hires former WGN America head to bolster its video content team

August 15, 2017
Apple has hired Matt Cherniss to be part of its development team for original video content. Cherniss was previously the head of WGN America an Tribune Media, where he oversaw the creation of shows such as Manhattan, Underground, and Outsiders.

From Variety:

Matt Cherniss, the former president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios, has joined Apple to oversee development at their new worldwide video unit, Variety has confirmed.

He will serve under Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, the former presidents of Sony Pictures Television who joined the tech giant back in June to oversee the company’s growing push into original content.

Apple has recently been more proactive in promoting it original video content efforts, after years of quiet development. The company has already released its first set of original shows through Apple Music, including reality competition series Planet of the Apps and musical variety series Carpool Kara…

Face ID anti-FUD: Easing anxiety over the unannounced

August 15, 2017
Change is scary. New is unknown. If and when Apple announces Face ID, I expect we’ll see a lot of stress and sensationalism. Just like we did with Touch ID.

Apple hasn’t even announced Face ID, the rumored facial identity scanner that would join or replace Touch ID, the fingerprint identity scanner, on the next generation of iPhones 8, but already we’re seeing a great deal of concern and even fear over how it will and won’t work.

Previously, I wrote about why Apple might add or switch to Face ID in iPhone 8:

If Apple can’t get Touch ID to work reliably enough beneath the screen and doesn’t want to move it to the back, then the company has tied itself into a knot. But knots, as the cliché about lateral thinking goes, can also be cut.

Another way to solve authentication with convenience is facial scanning. Not the junky 2D scanning that’s been bolted on to other phones to date but 3D scanning that can lock onto even more points of identification than fingerprints prov…

What’s new in Photos on Mac

August 15, 2017
Photos for Mac got a few upgrades with macOS High Sierra, here’s a rundown of the new features!

Apple’s newest version of macOS, High Sierra, is bringing a some optimization, new features, and exciting changes to various parts of the software. Not only will your Mac feel like new again with High Sierra, but you’ll also notice a bunch of Apple’s native apps have gotten some significant upgrades.

Photos is Apple’s photo filing app that you can connect to your iCloud account to organize, edit, and view all your photos and videos. Photos is getting a few upgrades with macOS High Sierra, and I’ll give you a quick break down of the most significant changes!

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch…

Add some color to your home with 3rd-gen Philips Hue bulbs for $41 each

August 15, 2017
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great deal on the latest Philips Hue bulbs!

Philips Hue is one of the biggest names in the smart lighting space, but the price of its bulbs can hold people back from adding them in every room of their house. From time to time we see some great deals on the bulbs, and now is one of those times. Right now you can pick up 3rd-gen Smart LED bulbs (white and color ambiance) for $41.07 each. This is a savings of around $9 from the normal $50 selling price.

B&H Photo has also matched this price point.

Choose between millions of colors and shades of white light to light your home, wirelessly control with your smartphone or tablet, and sync your light immersively to music, games, and movies.
Requiring the Hue Bridge (sold separately) for the full Hue experience, this bulb fits standard-size table and floor lamps. Enjoy richer shades of green, cyan, and blue with improved design.
Install the LED light as you would install ordinary…