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Google will reportedly announce a Pixel smartwatch alongside the Pixel 3

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We'll also see a second-gen version of Pixel Buds.

Just like the past two years, we're expecting Google to host a press event this fall to talk about its latest and greatest hardware. We're already expecting to see a Pixel 3 this year, but a new report suggests we'll get a couple of other welcome announcements alongside it.

The LG Watch Sport.

According to Evan Blass, Google will also use its hardware event to announce a second-generation version of its Pixel Buds and a Wear OS smartwatch with Pixel branding. We don't have any specifics on these products, but that won't stop me from speculating.

For the new Pixel Buds, I imagine Google will adopt a truly wire-free design like we see with the AirPods and Gear IconX. This form factor is only getting more popular as time goes on, and it just makes sense for Google to head in this direction.

A Pixel Watch is Google's best chance at reviving Wear OS.

As for the smartwatch, this will hopefully help to get Wear OS out of the rut it's currently in. Smartwatches are tricky, and Google's going to have to find a balance of offering enough features in a gadget that looks good on male and female wrists while keeping the price reasonable. Qualcomm recently teased that it's developing an all-new smartwatch processor that'll "significantly change the Wear OS ecosystem" and said that it'll be debuting with a "lead smartwatch" before the holiday season. In other words, this is more than likely the year of the Pixel Watch we've been waiting for.

Google still hasn't announced a date for its fall event, but seeing as how it's occurred on October 4 for the past two years, I'd say early October is a safe bet.

What are you hoping to see from the Pixel Watch?

Android Wear needs way more than just a Wear OS rebrand

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I hope they do but Google should low price this and the phone. They don't need the money but I don't think they are business smart enough. They have already proved that with the current pixel screen. Unfortunately the rumors are the new pixel will be over $1,000. They should give up trying to match Apple.
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Failure of Pixel 2 exposed a larger problem: Google's ads don't work

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Across 2017, Google heavily promoted its Pixel phone brand. Despite being lauded as being "the world's most valuable brand" and its status as the world's largest purveyor of advertising, all of Google's global efforts, including DoubleClick and YouTube, resulted in inconsequential Pixel sales. Worse than its failure to sell hardware is the fact that Google has proven that its advertising simply isn't very effective.
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Best RSS apps for Mac: ReadKit, Leaf RSS Reader, and more!

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Best RSS apps for Mac: ReadKit, Leaf RSS Reader, and more!

The best RSS readers for the Mac, from powerful sync services to stand alone apps, and everything in between

RSS has long history on the Mac. It was even built into Apple's own Safari and Mail at one point. Likewise, Google Reader in the browser was immensely popular, as were OS X apps that used it for sync. Now Apple and Google have left the RSS feed reader business, a lot of new services have sprung up, and a lot of different apps have begun to support them. But which services work with which apps, and what are the best combinations? Here are my favorites! favorite conversations!

Note: The extremely popular NetNewsWire is currently in beta. We'll update, as needed, when it goes into general release. Likewise, when Reeder updates!

ReadKit

ReadKit supports a plethora of RSS services including Feedly, NewsBlur, Feedbin, Feedly, Fever, and built-in RSS. Whatever service you use, ReadKit has you covered. When it comes to read it later services, Instapaper, Pocket, and Readability are all supported as well. That means you have one less app to deal with. Smart folders inside ReadKit can be used to sort feeds even further, drill down, or broaden content. With ReadKit, the choices are really all yours.

If you want a fully functional client with support for pretty much any RSS service you may ever even think about using along with complete read it later service integration, get ReadKit.

Leaf RSS Reader

Leaf RSS Reader is has a fantastic design. It doesn't have support for RSS services, but functions as a standalone RSS reader and also offers support for Pocket, Readability, and Instapaper, and smart views to make it easy to sort and sift through news. There are share options there and options for alerts for new stories.

If you're looking for a standalone reader and interface and design are high on your priority list, get Leaf RSS Reader.

NewsBar

NewsBar is exactly what it says it is - a window or bar that sits stationary on your Mac and pulls in news. Clicking on any article will bring up a smaller native window that lets you read the article in its entirety without launching a browser. Notification support is more advanced than other apps and lets you set tones and alerts for keywords. NewsBar supports Feedly integration and iCloud sync, so your information stays in harmony across devices and platforms.

If advanced notifications are your primary concern, get NewsBar.

RSS Reader Plus

RSS Reader Plus looks and functions in the same way as an email inbox. While it doesn't support RSS services such as Feedly, it's built-in RSS engine is blow-your-mind fast. You can even add feeds by dragging and dropping tabs or icons. Sharing options include Facebook, Twitter, and Evernote. Double clicking on an article will launch the full version of the article in RSS Reader Plus' native browser and keep them open in tabs until you close them.

If you miss Mail RSS, or simply like the idea of that interface, get RSS Reader Plus.

Your favorite RSS apps for Mac?

Whether you're an RSS veteran or just getting started, the Mac has an RSS app for you. These are our favorites, but if we missed your favorite, new or old, let us know in comments!








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Jawbone announces Mini Jambox at jaw-dropping $179 price, ships end of September

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I’ve spent a lot of time reviewing the best Bluetooth speakers out there(TL;DR:Overall winner,Best Value,Best sound,Best Portable/Sound,Charger too,Apps/Updates,more) and while they practically invented the category, Jawbone has largely fallen behind in terms of quality/price to Logitech, Bose Soundlink, and JBL.

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Today, Jawbone follows its Jambox and Big Jambox with a Mini Jambox which is close to the size of the original Jambox but under an inch thin. Notably it includes support for Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy energy which will allow both the speaker and the device that is providing the music to last much longer.

The kicker, though, kicker though is the price: $179. That’s painful. For $20 more you can pick up the very high endLogitech BoomorBose Soundlink Mini. For $30 less, the JBL Charge probably makes a lot more sense unless that sub 1″ thickness is a deal-breaker. dealbreaker. Need something small and pocketable? I’m currently reviewing and loving the Divoom Bean which has impressive sound for its diminutive size. Price? $30

Still, if you are a Jambox lover who loves the apps and wants something that may squeeze into a pocket, you may want to pick one of these up in “Late September” when it is released.

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SIZE & WEIGHT
  • Length: 6.06 in (154 mm)
  • Width: 0.96 in (24.5 mm)
  • Height: 2.28 in (58 mm)
  • Weight: 9 oz (255 grams)
AUDIO
  • Proprietary acoustic drivers (stereo pair)
  • Proprietary passive bass radiator
  • Type 1-compliant microphone
CONNECTIONS
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (w/BTLE)
  • 3.5 mm stereo input
  • Micro-USBPort (charging only)
  • Simultaneous multipoint: connect two devices at the same time
POWER AND BATTERY
  • On/Off button
  • About 10 hours of continuous playblack
  • Built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
IN THE BOX
  • MINI JAMBOX Speaker
  • 24″ (0.61m) Micro-USBcharging cable
  • 36″ (0.91m) 3.5mm stereo cable
  • Quick Start Guide

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VMware releases VMware Fusion 6 & Fusion 6 Professional with OS X Mavericks support

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VMware on Wednesday released its latest virtualization software ? VMware Fusion 6 and Fusion 6 Professional ? with over 50 new features optimized to extend OS X features to Microsoft's Windows 8.1, including those of Apple's next-generation OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
    






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How to Turn a PDF Into a PowerPoint Slide

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I am using Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac to create PowerPoint presentation. I scanned a multi-page PDF and would like to add that to my presentation so that I can just click through the PDF without having to create a new slide for each page in the PDF. Is there a way to do this?

Microsoft PowerPoint doesn’t play nicely with PDFs on the Mac. However, we can use the power of Preview and Automator to automate the process of converting the PDF to individual images, and then creating new slides based on those images.


Automator is really helpful here. it converts the PDF into individual images, ready to be added to your existing PowerPoint presentation.

To do this, open Automator (located in /Applications), and then drag-and-drop the following actions into the Automator workflow:

1. Ask for Finder Items.

2. Render PDF Pages as Images.

3. Create PowerPoint Picture SlideShows. 4. Insert New PowerPoint Slides.

Once these actions have been inserted into Automator, click the Run button (or press Command + R to run). A Finder dialog will appear, allowing you to select a PDF to use in your presentation. After selecting it, click the Choose button to kick off the Automator workflow. This will cause the PDF to be rendered as images, then new slides to be created in a new PowerPoint document. These slides can easily be selected and copied/pasted into your existing PowerPoint document. The images will even be perfectly centered in the slides that are created.

When the workflow finishes, you’ll have a new PowerPoint presentation with the PDF images added for you— no need to manually import them one by one.


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