Beats Powerbeats Pro review: Bulkier than AirPods, but with better sound

I’ll lay it right out there: The degree to which you’ll like the Powerbeats Pro, Beats’ first true wireless earphones, will depend largely on how well they fit your ears. If you get a comfortable, snug fit with a tight seal from one of the four different sized included silicon tips, you’ll probably love these headphones and feel OK about dropping $200 on them. End up with something less than that and you may question their worth.

I came close to getting a great fit. I would rate it between a B+ and A-. The issue wasn’t one of security; I never had to worry about them falling off. With a few tweaks to the iconic earhooks — they’re bendable — the Powerbeats Pros were essentially clipped onto my ears. I shot some hoops with them on and I suspect that they’d stay on even if I was capable of, say, a 360-degree slam dunk. (Alas, I am not.)

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The Powerbeats Pro in black.


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My little problem: Even with the largest ear tips (yes, they’re large but not quite large enough), my ear canal wasn’t completely

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Stimulus check money: A $1,200 relief payment could still arrive this year

Calculate the maximum payment that could end up in your pocket if another stimulus package comes your way.


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With the Senate returning next week from its recess, and the House coming back in session shortly after, Congress will have a few weeks in September to pick up discussions on another economic rescue package that could include sending eligible Americans a second stimulus check.

White House and Democratic negotiators have made little recent progress on striking a deal, but if they can reach a compromise, you might still get up to $1,200 in stimulus money from the IRS this year — and maybe even more, if you have eligible dependents. Senate Republicans may also release a pared-down stimulus package designed to target a few key areas, in hopes of spurring Democrats to reach a deal. To get an estimate of how much money you could receive, use our stimulus check calculator.

Let’s now walk through how you can begin to calculate how much money you might potentially receive, which will be based on parameters such as adjusted gross income. This story is updated frequently.

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Apple will release iOS 14 without this privacy feature: What iPhone users and developers need to know

The iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 anti-tracking feature is on hold until early 2021 to give developers time to make the necessary changes, according to Apple.

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Apple will release iOS 14 without a new anti-tracking feature. This privacy feature will make it more difficult for app creators to surveil people online with digital ads. Upon even a rudimentary examination, the anti-tracker feature is ultimately a good, if not necessary, addition for users, but it will only work optimally if used by astute, well-informed users.

As is often the case with the $2-trillion company, this news comes quite close to when it was scheduled to be released to the public: The anti-tracking feature announced at WWDC 2020 was expected to pop up as new free software for the roughly one billion iPhone users later this month. It was also designated to be included in the operating systems for Apple’s other popular iOS devices, iPads, and Apple TVs.

Apple’s decision will have a direct effect on the much-anticipated release of iOS 14, as it was widely discussed that iOS 14 would automatically block tracking. However, the release of the new iOS 14 privacy feature has

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How to move Google Authenticator from one iPhone or Android device to another

If you migrated to a different iPhone or Android device and need to transfer Google Authenticator to the new hardware, follow these steps.

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Two-step authentication is a must for all Google users. If you have not enabled two-step authentication, your Google account is at a much higher risk of being hacked; if you have enabled the service, you’re familiar with Google Authenticator. This app is used to generate keys that serve in the second step of the authentication process for any Google app or service. You install the app on your phone, and that device generates the necessary codes for two-step authentication.

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But what happens if you lose your phone or upgrade to a new device? You install the Google Authenticator on the new device and continue on… right? Wrong. There are specific steps you must take; otherwise, the barrier to entry to your Google accounts could become rather challenging. Let me walk you through the process of migrating the Google Authenticator to another iOS or Android device.

Step one: Install the Google Authenticator on the new device. Simply install the app from the Google Play Store or the

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