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Review: Sphero R2-D2 and BB-9E from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' are great toys, better Swift learning aidsrating

12/13/2017, 02:51:PM

Toys, and particularly tech toys, can have very short half lives. AppleInsider has been playing with three of Sphero's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" app-controlled droids by a dad who was there in 1977, and by a pair of children who long to be a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

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Review: LandingZone Docking Station provides a security and port solution for the MacBook Prorating

12/09/2017, 04:35:PM

LandingZone's new USB 3.1 type-C Docking Station for the 13- or 15-inch 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro doesn't cut corners and gives multiple USB ports and a SD card reader back to the user -- and AppleInsider has been using it daily for the last two months.

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Review: Brydge Bluetooth keyboard for iPad Prorating

12/03/2017, 05:01:PM

The Brydge keyboard for Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a good way to make your beloved tablet look and feel closer to a MacBook, but a few curious design choices, like lack of support for Apple's Smart Connector, makes it less than perfect.

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Review: CalDigit 2TB Tuff USB-C hard drive a solid choice for mobile MacBook Pro usersrating

12/03/2017, 09:30:AM

There's no reason for MacBook or MacBook Pro users with USB-C to rely on adapters for ruggedized mass storage. AppleInsider looks at the CalDigit Tuff hard drive, aimed squarely at mobile professionals seeking to safeguard data against drops or falls.

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Hands On: Cardhop by Flexibits attempts to rein in the mess that Apple's Contacts can berating

11/19/2017, 08:49:AM

Just as Fantastical does some excellent things over and above the default Calendars application, Flexibits Cardhop delights with some new tricks beyond what Contacts can do.

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Review: LIFX Mini takes on Philips with Apple HomeKitrating

11/18/2017, 12:03:AM

The LIFX Mini is about what you'd hope for from an iPhone-compatible smartbulb, and with HomeKit, LIFX is finally ready to go toe-to-toe with the popular Philips Hue platform.

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Review: August's Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle is a pricey but useful Apple HomeKit add-onrating

11/12/2017, 02:55:PM

August's top-end Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle probably is probably a costly luxury for most people, but works as advertised, and with HomeKit in tow can be a gateway to some clever automations.

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Review: Fitbit Ionic aims at Apple Watch, but needs more appsrating

11/11/2017, 12:02:AM

Fitbit's first attempt at a smartwatch proves better as a high-end fitness tracker than a full-on competitor to the Apple Watch.

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iPhone X review: Apple's Face ID vision for the future of iOSrating

11/02/2017, 01:54:AM

Apple's iPhone X introduces the next decade of iOS. It pairs an advanced, full-face display with a strikingly beautiful glass and steel design. It invents new multitouch alternatives to the Home button and introduces an advanced TrueDepth 3D camera system, fast Face ID authentication and futuristic augmented reality effects from Portrait Lighting selfies to Animoji, further expanding its role in defining affordable luxury in mobile devices.

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Review: CalDigit 3TB AV Pro 2 good storage choice for USB-C MacBook usersrating

10/29/2017, 07:14:PM

USB-C enclosures proliferate now, at a range of prices. However, not all single-drive enclosures are created equal -- and AppleInsider takes a look at the new CalDigit 3TB AV Pro 2.

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Review: Logitech's Craft Advanced Keyboard increases productivity, but app support is limitedrating

10/25/2017, 10:11:PM

Priced at $200, Logitech's new Craft Advanced Keyboard with Creative Input Dial is a definitively premium keyboard, justifying its price with a touch-sensitive dial that can be set to control multiple functions within Mac apps. AppleInsider gives you the full rundown in our review.

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Review: Logitech's Circle 2 Wired is the best camera with Apple's HomeKit - for nowrating

10/22/2017, 02:36:AM

Logitech's Circle 2 has been available for a little while, but only recently did the company add HomeKit support to the Wired model -- making it just one of two security cameras in the entire smarthome market with that integration. The results are reasonably good, but some missing features prevent a whole-hearted recommendation.

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Review: Beats Studio3 Wireless offers noise cancellation & Apple's W1, at a premium pricerating

10/07/2017, 12:34:AM

The Beats Studio3 Wireless is Apple's answer to high-end noise-cancelling headphones from the likes of Bose and Sony. While they're a solid product, it's debatable as to whether they're worth a premium over other Beats models.

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Review: Apple TV 4K is an impressive extension of the iTunes ecosystem to the living roomrating

09/29/2017, 11:32:AM

The oft-complained about lack of support for 4K has been rectified in the update to the Apple TV. The new Apple TV 4K not only has the higher resolution but support for HDR -- and AppleInsider has examined it in detail.

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Review: Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular further establishes an emerging computing platformrating

09/27/2017, 10:02:AM

The Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular takes a major step forward in making Apple's wrist-worn device its own independent, connected computing platform. Simply put, it's a must-have for athletes in the Apple ecosystem, and a wearable device worth considering for many other non-fitness use cases.

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Super fast bionic glass: iPhone 8 Reviewrating

09/26/2017, 09:30:PM

Apple's latest iPhone 8 is supercharged by its new A11 Bionic chip, which does the heavy lifting for a series of major new camera features as well as making everything faster. It also packs iPad Pro's True Tone display and Fast Charging, and adds Qi wireless charging through its beautifully glossy rear glass back, built in a familiar shape but with a new steel structure ringed in an aluminum band with precision seams that continue the water and dust resistance of the previous 7 generation.

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Super fast, big bionic glass: iPhone 8 Plus Reviewrating

09/26/2017, 07:36:PM

Apple's latest iPhone 8 is supercharged by its new A11 Bionic chip, which does the heavy lifting for a series of major new camera features as well as making everything faster. It also packs iPad Pro's True Tone display and Fast Charging, and adds Qi wireless charging through its beautifully glossy rear glass back, built in a familiar shape but with a new steel structure ringed in an aluminum band with precision seams that continue the water and dust resistance of the previous 7 generation.

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Review: Google Wifi mesh networking solution easy to set up, configurerating

09/10/2017, 03:33:PM

Everyone seems to have their own way to fix poor Wi-Fi, from signal boosters to antennas, but mesh systems have risen to the top as one of the better solutions available. Google, being the internet-centric company that it is, entered the fray with a self-branded mesh product last year, and we put it to the test.

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Review: Alpine's iLX-107 is the first, and best, aftermarket wireless CarPlay receiverrating

08/20/2017, 09:08:PM

Alpine's newly released iLX-107 is the first infotainment system to boast wireless CarPlay compatibility, allowing users to listen to tunes, navigate, interact with Siri and more without a Lightning cable. AppleInsider went hands-on with the receiver and came away greatly impressed.

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Review: Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD solid choice, but little sets it apart from alternativesrating

08/11/2017, 06:51:PM

Belkin has refreshed its line of Thunderbolt docks for the MacBook Pro's Thunderbolt 3, but besides full charging power for the 15-inch MacBook Pro, the new version doesn't do enough to distinguish it from competitors.

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