Rip, convert and manage digital media like a pro [Deals]

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Get on top of your media files with this trio of powerful MacX apps.
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Whether you’re making hard copies of your files or trying to get a video to work better on your phone, having a solid set of media apps can really come in handy. This trio of MacX media management apps offers a comprehensive toolset for anyone working with digital video, audio, or any other kind of file. The MacX Media Management Bundle includes MacX DVD Ripper Pro, Video Converter Pro, and MediaTrans, and right now you can get the whole bundle for just $20.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Beware phone scammers who warn of iCloud hack

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Never give your iCloud password to anyone.
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Got a call from “Apple Support” to say your iCloud account was hacked? Hang up and ignore it.

Phone scammers are calling unsuspecting iPhone and iPad users and trying to trick them into handing over their iCloud account details. Once they have them, they can purchase whatever they want, and it’s you who foots the bill.

iPhone returns to Argentina after 8-year absence

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The iPhone will start selling widely again in Argentina next month, after a period of 8 years during which it was blocked, due to laws requiring companies that wanted to sell devices to set up local manufacturing facilities.

The move comes as President Mauricio Macri attempts to re-open Argentina to global trade. The laws barring the iPhones from being supported by local carriers carriers Telefonica SA, America Movil SAB and Telecom Argentina SA came into being in 2009, courtesy of President Macri’s predecessor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Use this VPN to stay anonymous and secure for life [Deals]

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This is a great deal on a lifetime of comprehensive VPN protection.
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The internet is full of headaches and hazards, whether it’s the constant snooping on personal data, the threat of identity theft or the annoyance of location restrictions. One reliable way to minimize all of the above is to sign on via a virtual private network, or VPN.

By channeling your traffic through a series of encrypted servers, you can vastly enhance your online anonymity and security. Right now you can get a lifetime of protection through TigerVPN for just $29 at Cult of Mac Deals. That’s already a huge 96 percent discount, but if you enter DIGIWEEK15 at checkout you’ll get an additional 15 percent off.

iPad teardown throws shade on ‘brighter screen’ claim

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Apple's new iPad is cheaper, but maybe not necessarily brighter?
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Apple claims that its latest iPad boasts a “brighter 9.7-inch Retina display” than its predecessors. However, our friends over at iFixit call that claim into question with their teardown of the device — which prompts them to ask “brighter than what?”

Check out their findings below.

Today in Apple history: Apple goes to war with The Beatles again

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The Beatles' clash with Apple ran for almost 30 years.
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Mar30 March 30, 2006: A court case begins that once again pits Apple Computer against Apple Corps, aka The Beatles’ record label and holding company.

Capping a long-running legal battle between the two wealthy companies, the U.K.’s High Court of Justice will ultimately hand down a verdict in the tech giant’s favor. It’s the final fight in an epic legal battle over music, technology and money.

Xcode 8.3 provides more hints at 120Hz iPad Pro displays

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The next iPad Pro offer faster refresh rates for Apple Pencil.
The next iPad Pro offer faster refresh rates for Apple Pencil.
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The latest update to Xcode has provided another hint that Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro will feature a faster 120Hz display.

Existing iPhone and iPad displays max out at 60Hz, but higher refresh rates allow for a smoother experience when playing graphically intensive games and using Apple Pencil.

Total Android app revenue could surpass iOS this year

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Numbers are tipping in Android's direction. Kind of.
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The iOS App Store is expected to remain the most lucrative app store around for at least the next five years, but according to a new report Google Play and various third-party Android stores are likely to overtake it in total revenue as early as this year.

The insight comes from app analysis company App Annie, which suggests that total worldwide mobile app store downloads will exceed 352 billion in 2021, while gross consumer spend across all app stores will surpass $139 billion.

Week’s best Apple deals: First discount on the new iPad

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Want to save some bucks on the already-affordable new iPad?
Want to save some bucks on the already-affordable new iPad?
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After a disappointing post-iPad-announcement week, we’re already seeing the first discount on the new iPad. You’ll find that, plus a huge gift card with an iPhone 7 and more, in this week’s grab bag of the best Apple bargains.