Choose your online armor with the virtual private network that’s best for you [Deals]

Encrypting transactions, bypassing location restrictions, anonymizing browsing — the reasons for connecting to the web through a virtual private network are many, but so are the options. Luckily we’ve found four VPN services that are going for a fraction of the normal price, meaning instead of searching for a deal you can just choose the […]

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Apple TV gets three new channels ahead of next week’s launch

The fourth generation Apple TV is set to start shipping next week and Apple just added three new channels to the device’s lineup to boost its offerings. New channels were added to Apple TV this morning for CBS All Access, Made to Measure, and finally NBC, which is the last of the major networks to […]

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August Announces New Smart Lock With HomeKit Integration

August, the company behind the popular August Smart Lock, today announced a second-generation product that includes support for Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform. The new HomeKit-enabled August Smart Lock lets customers use voice commands to lock, unlock, and check the status of their door.

The August Smart Lock can be used with other HomeKit products to create scenes that might unlock the door while also turning on the lights inside the house. August has also revamped the design of its Smart Lock, adding a new magnetic faceplate to improve the grip and rotation of the lock, and an indicator at the top so users can visually tell whether the door is locked or unlocked.

Along with the new HomeKit-enabled August Smart Lock, August is also debuting the August Smart Keypad and the August Doorbell Cam. The August Smart Keypad works alongside the August Smart Lock, allowing for entry without a smartphone. Unique one-time use access codes can be generated for friends and family.

The August Doorbell Cam also works with the August Smart Lock, letting users see and speak with visitors at their door from anywhere. It has a one-way 140 degree HD video camera and two-way audio. Motion detection capabilities capture movement even when the bell is not rung, sending a notification, and a livestream of activity can be viewed using the August app.

All three products connect to the August Access platform, which is available today in beta form. It’s designed to offer secure home access to the August products for trusted partner companies like Sears, Postmates, Pro.com, Handy, Fetch, Shyp, BloomNation, Envoy, Rinse, HelloAlfred, Wag!, Pillow, and Doorman. Customers will be able to allow these trusted partners to enter their homes with the August Smart Lock, alleviating the need to be home for deliveries.

The HomeKit-enabled August Smart Lock, priced at $229, is available for pre-order from the August website. The Smart Keypad is priced at $79 and the Doorbell Cam is priced at $199.



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Pay what you want for top-to-bottom mastery of the Microsoft Office suite [Deals]

Microsoft Office is still the champ of content creation in workplaces the world over, so it’s well worth getting acquainted with. These 12 courses cover the works: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access, for beginners and advanced users alike. It’s hours of content and invaluable insight that right now you can get it for whatever […]

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Microsoft Office on iPad Pro Requires Office 365 Subscription

Microsoft will require an Office 365 subscription to use Office apps on an iPad Pro, reports Ars Technica. The reason is because the tablet’s 12.9-inch screen size exceeds Microsoft’s 10.1-inch threshold for free access to viewing and editing features.

Comparatively, the Office suite of apps on the iPad Air and iPad mini allow viewing and editing documents for free, since their screen sizes are 9.7″ and 7.9″ respectively. iPhones also have access to viewing and editing features at no cost.

The Office apps on the current iPads offer both viewing and editing documents for free. A handful of features require Office 365 subscriptions, available as in-app purchases, but the core editing capabilities are all zero cost.

Install those same apps on the iPad Pro once it arrives in November, however, and all those editing features will go away. Office on the iPad Pro will require an Office 365 subscription for any and all editing.

Office 365 Home costs $99.99 per year, or $9.99 per month, and includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets and 5 smartphones. Up to five subscribers also get 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage and 60 Skype minutes of calling per month to mobile phones and landlines.

Office 365 Personal is also available for $69.99 per year, or $6.99 per month, and includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access on 1 PC or Mac, 1 tablet and 1 smartphone. One subscriber also gets 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage and 60 Skype minutes of calling per month to mobile phones and landlines.

iPad Pro launches in November starting at $799 in the United States.



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