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7 ways I’ll escape or mobilize today with technology

7 ways I’ll escape or mobilize today with technology

While many search for "how to move to Canada" today, I just want to distract myself while I avoid burying my head in the sand. I feel bad about the world today, but I must remember that we live at a time where technology is magic and I have the opportunity to mobilize. The ways in which I choose to escape the world today include distractions that aren't distractions at all. Today I bring you a list of technology-driven activities that are fueled by hope for a better future - along with a few easy escapes if you're not quite there yet.

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In defense of dongles on MacBooks

In defense of dongles on MacBooks

It’s pretty fashionable to hate dongles the past year or so. Since Apple introduced its USB-C reliant MacBook (you know, the 12-inch model), people have been lamenting the existence of cable add-ons. It’s a fair criticism, considering we’d gone so long with the spoils of ports donning the side of our MacBooks Pro and Air, but it’s time to turn the corner. In many ways, dongles are better than ports. No, really.

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USB-C could kill Lightning, but Apple can’t afford it

USB-C could kill Lightning, but Apple can’t afford it

Apple could technically kill off Lightning on the iPhone and still maintain an iron-fisted grip over its MFi program, but the outcry over a switch to USB-C might prove too costly for it to happen today. With the arrival of the new MacBook Pro there’s been no shortage of commentary about the ports you’ll find on your Apple smartphone versus those you now get on your Apple notebook, and a fair amount of that has not been flattering. The “Made For iPhone/iPod/iPad” MFi program has been blamed by many for that disparity, but it may not be quite the culprit it's accused of being.

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How the new MacBook Pro made me rethink the Apple Watch

How the new MacBook Pro made me rethink the Apple Watch

When the Apple Watch launched, I eagerly bought into the hype and ended up with the wearable on my wrist. It was easily the best wearable I’d ever tried (I’d sampled plenty of Android Wear devices with Nexus handsets ahead of then, and no thanks). Over time, my excitement waned, and the Watch felt a lot like some sort of burden; another device to charge nightly. Now that new MacBooks Pro are here, I’m confident I’ll never buy another Apple Watch.

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2016’s 21 best earbuds and headphones for those on a budget

2016’s 21 best earbuds and headphones for those on a budget

A good pair of headphones doesn't have to be an expensive pair of headphones. In the same way an expensive model may have subpar quality for the price, it's possible to find inexpensive offerings with quality far above what you paid. Knowing where to look is half the battle, but we’ve done the hard work for you: here are a variety of inexpensive headphones to satisfy every user type, including athletes, children, and the frequent commuter.

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Top 5 video games arriving in early 2017

Top 5 video games arriving in early 2017

Yes, yes, it's not 2017 yet. That doesn't mean we can't start looking toward the future, especially with the holidays upon us and some pre-order deals being available now. A handful of eagerly anticipated games are scheduled to go live in the first quarter of 2017, and you don't want to miss out on them. Keep in mind, none of these games have launched yet (at the time of publication, that is), so it is possible some of these titles may end up releasing later in 2017 than expected. According to current reports, though, these are going to be the hottest games of (early) 2017.

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A simple fix for the new MacBook Pro’s big problem

A simple fix for the new MacBook Pro’s big problem

Courage is a double-edged sword, and while consumers may have taken the death of the iPhone 7 headphone jack in their stride, professionals aren't being so generous with the new MacBook Pro. Apple's decision to ditch almost all the legacy ports on its flagship notebook was done in the name of ushering in widespread adoption of Thunderbolt 3 and enabling a thinner machine. However, while Thunderbolt 3 may undoubtedly be a better connector than the bevy of sockets along the edge of the old MacBook Pro, the Cupertino firm's decision to go slim has frustrated many who have legacy devices to plug in, and who were hoping for a more significant power upgrade.

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Google’s Pixel cords go “Pro” while MacBook wavers

Google’s Pixel cords go “Pro” while MacBook wavers

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL include a set of cords that put the new MacBook Pro to shame. Even Apple's newest iPhone includes a dongle which connects Lightning to a headphone jack. Now, here in 2016, as Google makes its best effort at a consumer-grade phone, they've gone Pro. Meanwhile Apple has released a MacBook "Pro" with some distinctive non-pro features.

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When to use Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus iOS 10.1

When to use Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus iOS 10.1

If you’ve updated your iPhone 7 Plus to iOS 10.1, there’s a cool new tool you can take advantage of. In the camera app, a new ‘Portrait’ mode adds a faux bokeh effect to your images that can really make your images pop like never before. It’s a fun feature, but many are complaining the feature blurs parts of the image that shouldn’t be. It’s a fair criticism, but the real problem is that Portrait mode isn’t good for every circumstance, and there are some heavy caveats we’re not paying attention to.

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I took Google’s Pixel XL on a photo tour down the Enchanted Highway

I took Google’s Pixel XL on a photo tour down the Enchanted Highway

I took Google's Pixel XL to the Enchanted Highway - and that's not a euphemism. I went to the road by the name of Enchanted Highway in North Dakota, where I used the Google Pixel to capture photos. What's here is a set of photos which show the Pixel's real world abilities - lens flares included.

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Apple early-adopted itself into a dongle nightmare

Apple early-adopted itself into a dongle nightmare

Apple has a dongle problem, and it only has itself to blame. The company's new MacBook Pro line-up, with as many as four Thunderbolt 3 ports, finds itself on the cutting-edge of notebook connectivity, but it's a rare owner indeed who will be quite so modern in their digital lifestyle. Just as an ethernet adapter was par for the course with the old MacBook Pro, so even more dongles and connectors are likely to feature in the laptop bag of the typical new MacBook Pro user.

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Apple just solved cord-cutting’s biggest problem

Apple just solved cord-cutting’s biggest problem

Apple's event was exciting for MacBook lovers, yes, but that's not what caught my eye: it was the new "TV" app. Apple aims to unify its customers' video experience via this new app, which is coming to tvOS and iOS by the end of the year, and in doing so it has made cable-cutting a whole lot more convenient. Rather than jumping between a bunch of different video apps, the "TV" app does all the work for you, taking all the content you could ever want and making it more convenient than ever.

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