Apple's iPhone 7 Invitation Refused by Bloggers

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Apple engages in relentless technical progress. But when the iPhone 7 design was leaked, many bloggers blinked, then seized the opportunity for rabble-rousing. It’s turning into a rinse-repeat cycle by the pundit sheep. Particle Debris page 2 takes a look at analysis by Jean-Louis Gassée who properly sizes up Apple’s invitation: “We’re going wireless, please join us.

Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station

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Aventree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station

Check out the Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station. The picture tells the story, but it’s a charging station with spots and ports for four different devices. It’s a great way to save space and keep things a lot less cluttered. We have a deal on this device for $35.99.

Stilo 6R Stylus Features Magnetic Body and Hybrid Tip

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Stilo announced its 6R stylus for mobile devices. This device features what the company calls a Hybrid Tip, made from both rubber and brass. Stilo says it gives the 6R a “natural feel and pinpoint precision.” We haven’t tested that out yet, but will be doing so in the near future. In that the shape of your pen/pencil/brush/stylus is extremely personal, the 6R is shaped like a prism. The body is magnetized enough to stick to your magnetic-friendly mobile devices. Stilo 6R is priced at $14.99.

Stilo 6R Stylus Features Magnetic Body and Hybrid Tip

How to Stream the Clinton/Trump Presidential Debate on Your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presidential debate

The first presidential debate between Democrate candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to start at 9PM easter time on Monday, September 26th, and there are plenty of ways to watch even if you don’t have a cable TV subscription. Read on to see which iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV apps are ready to keep you in the political loop.

MGG 624: Sierra, APFS, Wi-Fi and Personal Servers

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Today it’s all about answering your questions! Ok, maybe one tip, but it’s high time your questions got answered, and your two favorite geeks are just the right guys to do it! First it’s two macOS Sierra questions, then it’s onto APFS and the future of backups, including a query about choosing an external backup drive. This plus perhaps the aforementioned tip might just round out the show… or there might be more about Photos and HDR. Listen and find out!

Install Secure XFINITY WiFi Profile On Your New iPhone

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Comcast provides free Wi-Fi for many its customers where available. Like most free wi-fi, though, it’s unencrypted. Wanting to allow their users to have secure connections, Comcast now offers a WPA-secured “XFINITY” network in many places. To connect you either need to know the password – something Comcast won’t tell you – or you need to install a profile on your iPhone that has the password baked in. We’ll show you how to do the latter!

iOS 10: How to Optimize Downloaded Music Storage

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Optimize Storage

One of the many new features in iOS 10 is the ability to “Optimize Storage” of the locally-cached data from your iCloud Music Library. When turned on by the user, this feature instructs your iPhone or iPad to remove local copies of your music if your device gets low on storage space. Don’t worry, only the local copies of those songs are removed. They still remain in the cloud.

Use a Password Manager to Store Your Driver's License and Passport

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Store a photo of your drivers license in 1Password

Storing your driver’s license or passport information on your computer in a text file or as a photograph may be convenient, but it also makes it easier for anyone with access to your hard drive—including hackers—to steal your identity. Modern password managers, like 1Password and LastPass, solve that problem by encrypting your sensitive data and keeping it away from prying eyes.

This May be The 4K UHD Apple TV We've Been Waiting For

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4th gen Apple TV with Siri

An Apple filing with the FCC looks very much like it might be a new 4K UHD, 5th generation Apple TV just in time for the December holiday period.  It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that the old 4th generation Apple TV from October 2015 had been delayed. And now we may be getting what we really wanted all along just one year later.

AceVPN 3-Year Subscription: $45

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AceVPN Promo

Check out this deal on a three year subscription to AceVPN. It features 20 gateways in the U.S., UK, and France. The service doesn’t meter your bandwidth and doesn’t retain logs. You can find more details in the deal listing.

Save Bandwidth with iMessage Images Using Low Quality Mode

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iMessage Low Quality Mode

iOS 10 has something called Low Quality Mode for images you send out in iMessage. When active, Low Quality Mode reduces any images you are sending out to approximately 100K. This can save you a lot of cellular data usage, especially if you’re sending out photographs you take on your iPhone.