Apple’s iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork productivity apps are now free

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Apple has updated some of its most well-known productivity and “essential” apps and is now giving them away on Mac and iOS App Stores for free. Previously, people could either buy Numbers, Keynote and Pages individually or together in Apple’s iWork suite. iMovie and GarageBand, which will also be free […]

Your guide to choosing the right unlimited data plan

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As if there weren’t already enough options for unlimited data plans, even U.S. Cellular recently joined T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon on the limitless (but technically limited) data train. Here’s what you need to know about the four largest carriers’ plans and their coverage areas. But first … Do you […]

Software deal: Apple discounts video, audio bundle in education store

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Right now on Apple’s education website, the company is offering a great deal on professional editing software for Mac. The bundle, which includes Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3, is being sold for $199.99. To put into perspective how much of a […]

Ripple personal safety device offers a network for help (literally)


Personal safety devices come in many shapes and sizes. Up until this point, though, I’ve seen very few that made me say to myself, “yeah, I’d wear that.” Ripple Network Technologies announced it’s launching a Kickstarter Tuesday for a Bluetooth safety device and companion service through Tunstall, a “connected care” […]

Wait to buy your next iPhone … trust me


If you listen to the Integrate podcast, you may know I’ve been considering buying a new smartphone. But I’m waiting until at least the end of September. I’ve had an iPhone 5s since 2013 and I was the proud owner of an HTC-made Android before that. My 5s still runs […]

Misfit Ray review: the best-looking fitness tracker no one’s using


Misfit announced its Ray minimalist-looking fitness tracker in January. It was designed to be stylish and never taken off — because the more often a tracker is worn the better it can do its job. I’ve been using Ray since mid-March and the tracker’s done everything it’s supposed to and it’s done […]

Another year, another phone: Thoughts on Mobile World Congress 2016


You may have heard about Mobile World Congress, this big annual tech conference in Barcelona. MWC is going on right now and all kinds of cool phones and other phone-related tech are being shown off. Samsung’s new flagship phones seemed to have grabbed the most headlines, but the Galaxy S7 and […]

Buyer’s guide: The only three tablets to consider this season


It’s always a little difficult to narrow down which tablets are “the best” because most tablets have strengths and weaknesses. So, here’s a quick look at three devices leading the tablet wars for their parent companies. Each one tends to outshine the rest in at least one area while also […]