Grab a deal on Gryphon, the ultimate secure router

Grab a deal on Gryphon, the ultimate secure router

With Apple retiring the AirPort line of Wi-Fi routers, a lot of our readers are struggling to find routers that are both fast and secure. That’s why you will love today’s deal on Gryphon, a highly secure and speedy Wi-Fi router with features you won't find anywhere else. Gryphon usually sells for $249.99, but we’ve snagged a deal for you — get it for just $209.99 in the Apple World Today Deals Shop.

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Apple World Today News Update: April 27, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: April 27, 2018

Happy Friday! Today's podcast has a fun story about Apple's rumored AR/VR headset that may arrive in 2020, what Apple says you should look for in a Wi-Fi router now that it's no longer making them, and news about a fun Apple Music deal:

Dual 8K displays blasting your eyes with augmented or virtual reality? A WiGig connection to a powerful but lightweight computer? That's what may be in store for us in 2020 with Apple's rumored AR/VR headset

  • Apple has published a recommendation on what prospective Wi-Fi router buyers should look for

  • Apple's giving away another month of free music to those who have been on the three-month Apple Music trial but haven't signed up. The deal goes through May 27

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UPDATE: Apple has already patched KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerabilities in beta operating systems

UPDATE: Apple has already patched KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerabilities in beta operating systems

This morning we ran a post about the KRACK vulnerability, which allows a malicious hacker to bypass WPA2 encryption on Wi-Fi networks and making a user's data easy to view. At the time, we hadn't heard how Apple was going to respond. Now word is out that Apple has already patched those vulnerabilities in beta versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS that should go live soon.

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WPA-2 Wi-Fi encryption has been hacked

WPA-2 Wi-Fi encryption has been hacked

Oh, great. The encryption method used to protect most wireless networks -- Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA-2) -- has been hacked, and it has the possibility of affecting all major computer platforms. KRACK (short for "Key Reinstallation Attack"  is the name of the flaw that has been exploited, and it makes it possible for those attacking a network to eavesdrop on any network traffic between an access point and a device.

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How to Prepare Wi-Fi Networks for Smart Devices

How to Prepare Wi-Fi Networks for Smart Devices

It is estimated by research firm IHS that the IoT market will grow from an installed base of 15.4 billion devices in 2015 to 30.7 billion devices in 2020 and 75.4 billion in 2025. Our washing machines, coffee pots, thermostats, lights, probably even the toilet and the kitchen sink will all be hooked up to our home Wi-Fi networks. While this will likely lead to more convenience when it comes to home management and maintenance it will also create bottlenecks on home networks slowing down your smart phone, tablet and laptops. 

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The Travel Series: How To Be Safe On Public Wi-Fi Networks

The Travel Series: How To Be Safe On Public Wi-Fi Networks

This Travel Series post is targeted to those who occasionally want to use public Wi-Fi networks to get online while traveling -- even in their home countries. Seeing a "Free Wi-Fi" SSID (Wi-Fi network name) can be awfully tempting, particularly if you're out of the country and received a note from your cellular carrier that your data roaming charges have exceeded $500... Most Wi-Fi hotspots provided by restaurants, bars, and hotels are actually quite safe, but there are ways to ensure that personal information, passwords, and credit card numbers are secure when using a questionable network. 

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The Travel Series: Voice and Data Around the World

The Travel Series: Voice and Data Around the World

After two days in beautiful Ft. Lauderdale, FL, I've just boarded the Celebrity Equinox for an 11-day cruise. While in Florida, I had access to the AT&T cellular data network and to Wi-Fi at the hotel, but what happens when you're either away from your cellular carrier, perhaps out of the country all together?  

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Road trip! State of the internet for US travelers

Road trip! State of the internet for US travelers

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you've probably seen quite a few entries lately showing me eating really good food or holding a microbrew. Yes, my spouse of almost 37 years (our anniversary is on June 9th) and I are taking a long-delayed road trip through Texas, visiting such beautiful and historical cities as Austin and San Antonio while hitting some world-renowned barbecue and steak restaurants. It's been a great opportunity to see how thing have changed for road trippers in terms of Internet availability and quality. 

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WiFi Explorer is a must for every Mac owner's digital toolbox

WiFi Explorer is a must for every Mac owner's digital toolbox

Your Mac or iOS device isn’t going to do much of anything if its network connection is slow. If that connection is over WiFi and it isn’t working exactly the way you want it to, it’s time to troubleshoot your setup. WiFi Explorer (US$14.99) is a powerful Mac tool that can get your WiFi network operating at peak efficiency

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Four things we'll hear about the Apple Watch this weekend

Four things we'll hear about the Apple Watch this weekend

Now that the shipment notices have made it out to the pre-order crowd and we're all anxiously following the progress of our Apple Watches from Harrisburg, PA (or wherever...) to our homes and offices, it's time to set some expectations. Based on past rollouts of new, groundbreaking Apple products, this is what we'll probably hear a lot of this weekend on websites and social networks:

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