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Review: Nuvyyo Tablo Dual Lite Over-the-Air Television DVR

As far as we’re concerned, Nuvyyo’s Tablo devices have become the gold standard for watching and recording over-the-air TV programming — if you’re even considering cutting the cord, a Tablo device should factor into your plans. The company’s original Tablo OTA DVR was a solid first entry — a simple black box that could tune in an over-the-air television signal and stream it over your home network to an Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad, and even act as a PVR to record OTA content, provided you were willing to supply your own hard drive. The company further refined this design last year with Tablo Dual, an elegant “one box” solution in a smaller form factor, with 64 GB of internal storage providing about 40 hours of recording time — more than enough for many casual users, along with features like the ability to pause live television. This year, Nuvyyo is back with Tablo Dual Lite, a lower-priced version of Tablo Dual that eliminates the internal storage while improving the Wi-Fi capabilities.

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Adobe launching full Photoshop for iPad next year

Adobe is planning to shift its mobile app strategy once again with a full release of Photoshop for iPad, Bloomberg reports. The move, which is part of an effort to make its products available across as many device as possible and thereby boost subscription sales, would see a new full-featured Photoshop app unveiled at Adobe’s MAX creative conference in October, with the app scheduled to be released in 2019. The information comes from undisclosed sources, and engineering delays could still alter the timeline, however Adobe’s Chief Product Officer of Creative Cloud, Scott Belsky, did confirm that the company is working on a new cross-platform iteration of Photoshop, but declined to comment on when the new versions would be launched. “My aspiration is to get these on the market as soon as possible,” Belsky said in an interview. “There’s a lot required to take a product as sophisticated and powerful as Photoshop and make that work on a modern device like the iPad. We need to bring our products into this cloud-first collaborative era.”

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Apple joins with suppliers to create China Clean Energy Fund

Apple has announced that it will be joining with its Chinese suppliers to create a $300 million investment fund for a new environmental project to connect suppliers with renewable energy sources. The China Clean Energy Fund will work over the next four years to invest in and develop clean energy projects with a goal of producing more than one gigawatt of renewable energy in China — equal to the energy required to power about one million homes. The new fund will help suppliers deal with the complexities of transitioning to clean energy by leveraging greater purchasing power, and will be managed through a third party, DWS Group, a company specializing in sustainable investments. ”At Apple, we are proud to join with companies that are stepping up to address the climate challenge,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “We’re thrilled so many of our suppliers are participating in the fund and hope this model can be replicated globally to help businesses of all sizes make a significant positive impact on our planet.”

Daily Deal: VogDUO Car Charger Go

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the VogDUO Car Charger Go for only $21.99 — that’s 26% off the regular price. With two fast-charging USB-C ports and 30 watts of power, this sleek charger will keep your devices powered up on the go, as well as providing you with the ability to keep an eye on your car battery.

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Apple patent suggests enhanced ‘Find My AirPods’ feature

A new patent reported by AppleInsider reveals that Apple may be working on a way to improve the technology in its “Find My AirPods” feature to allow users to better locate where lost peripherals may be located. Currently, the Find My AirPods feature, which was introduced in iOS 10.3, plays a sound through the AirPods that will help a user locate the lost earbud, but still requires the user to hear it. A new patent application filed last year, titled “Locating Wireless Devices,” would expand on the pinging function by using an array of two or more microphones on a device such as an iPhone to estimate the direction that AirPods are located in, and point the user in that direction. The patent also describes methods for using other sensors to determine the device’s physical location and using sound readings to determine the approximately location of the accessory, guiding the user to the spot with a compass-style user interface. Other possibilities include using audio in areas of the spectrum not normally audible to human ears, allowing for “silent” pinging that would provide location estimation without disturbing nearby users and avoid issues with noisy environments. As with most patent applications, the mere existence of a patent filing doesn’t guarantee that Apple is even working on a feature, much less that it will see the light of day, although this one seems like a logical extension of Apple’s current Find My AirPods technology.

Plex adds Grid View on Apple TV

Last month, Plex announced a new Grid View for its DVR and Live TV feature, allowing users to browse a programming guide in the more familiar user interface. While the new layout was originally only available in the Plex web app, the company has now brought it to the Apple TV platform, allowing Plex fans to take advantage of a more traditional DVR-style experience. Plex added Live TV support to the Apple TV last year, although the original user interface for the feature only allowed users to browse by show, similar to navigating Plex library content.

Apple axes photo printing service, points users to App Store Photos extensions

Apple is shutting down its long-running Photo Print Products service, 9to5Mac has discovered, directing users instead to third-party apps on the Mac App Store that provide Photos extensions — a capability first introduced in macOS High Sierra. The service, which has been available since Apple first launched iPhoto in 2002, began by offering simple prints, later expanding to albums, photo books, and even calendars. Later this year, however, Apple plans to discontinue the service altogether, with a note in the macOS 10.13.6 Photos app that indicates final orders must be placed by Sept. 30, 2018, and pointing users to third-party apps on the Mac App Store that include Photos Projects extensions. The Projects section has also disappeared entirely in the macOS Mojave betas by default, with the File, Create menu now only providing links to a page on the Mac App Store that provides an overview of available extensions.

Apple announces 2018 Back to School Promo offering free Beats headphones with an iPad Pro or Mac

Apple has announced its annual Back to School Promotion for 2018, once again providing free or discounted Beats headphones with select Mac or iPad Pro purchases. This year’s promotion is similar to the deal Apple offered last year, although it notably excludes the iPhone from the list of eligible products. This year, qualifying educational customers purchasing just about any Mac model can choose to receive a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones, or BeatsX Earphones, while those purchasing an iPad Pro can receive a free pair of BeatsX Earphones, or alternatively choose to purchase a pair of Beats Solo3 headphones for $100 — basically receiving a discount equal to the price of the otherwise-free BeatsX Earphones.

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Daily Deal: Last Chance to get The Pay What You Want 2018 Super Mac Bundle

Today is your last change to pick up The Pay What You Want 2018 Super Mac Bundle. Featuring WhiteSmoke, Aurora HDR, and eight more top-rated apps, this bundle will help you realize your Mac’s true potential. Pay whatever you want for iCareFone for Mac and Yummy FTP Pro 2 and if you beat the average price, you’ll get the full bundle of all eight apps, including a two-year subscription to WhiteSmoke Premium, a full version of Disk Drill PRO 3, Aurora HDR 2018 Express, and more — a $672 value! Plus, if you beat the top price being offered you’ll also get entered into an epic giveaway.

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Review: Fiio FB1 Bluetooth Earphones

We’ve reviewed a number of headphones from Fiio in recent months, with each one seemingly better than the last — multiple drivers, attractive aluminum housings, luxurious cables, and generous accessories. Today we’re looking at a new headphone from Fiio — the FB1. It’s a very low-cost Bluetooth headphone that, unfortunately, doesn’t quite keep step with the exciting trend we’ve been following with Fiio so far.

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