Keep your gadgets charged, connected, and protected [Week’s Best Deals]

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From double duty thumb drives to universal power and more, dig the week's best deals at the Cult of Mac Store.
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2017 is humming right along. Ok maybe more like crashing along. Nevertheless, we here at the Cult of Mac Store are holding down the best deals this side of the digital divide. This week, our best gear and gadgets include a 64GB thumb drive that doubles as a connector cable, a powerful app for unlocking PDFs, a portable battery pack that can charge almost any device, and a VPN subscription that’ll protect your online life. Read on for more details:

Should Apple make iPad Pro compatible with a mouse? [Friday Night Fights]

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Would you use a mouse with iPad?
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Apple is again trying to convince fans that the iPad Pro is a suitable PC replacement. Earlier this week, the company rolled out new ads that remind us why its high-end slate is better (in some ways) than a desktop. But there’s just one problem.

Friday Night Fights bugiPad Pro, like other iOS devices, isn’t compatible with a mouse or trackpad. That’s fine in most cases, but many users would like to use a mouse for all manner of things, and Apple doesn’t allow it. Should this change in a future version of iOS?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we discuss why mouse compatibility might be great for iPad Pro, and why it might be pointless!

5 stock iOS widgets to keep your day on track

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If you're not using iOS widgets yet, it's time to get started.
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iOS widgets can put loads of useful data at your fingertips. A simple swipe to the right on your iPhone’s Home screen brings up the Today view, where widgets give you a quick glance at info pulled from your favorite apps.

If you’re using iOS 10 and you’ve never taken the time to customize your widgets list, you’re missing out. Here’s how to set up iOS widgets and keep your day on track.

Become a worldly wordsmith with Rosetta Stone [Deals]

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Master a new language with the latest version of Rosetta Stone's critically acclaimed language learning software.
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Lots of us wish we knew another language, and we all have similar excuses for not making it happen: We’re too busy or too old, there’s nobody to practice with, and so on. The truth is that it’s never too late to add a language to your life.

Rosetta Stone is one of the best-known programs for language skills for a reason. It’s an intuitive, immersive, visually driven method that’s been proven to work, and is used for training by governments and academic institutions alike. And right now you can get Rosetta Stone in a variety of languages for just $149.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Cloudbleed bug may have exposed your passwords

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Another nasty internet bug may have exposed your data.
Another nasty internet bug may have exposed your data.
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Get ready to change all your passwords again.

A huge new memory leak from web services company Cloudflare may have left data from thousands of domains exposed, including some very high-profile sites. Cloudflare says it fixed the problem, which was caused by a bug known as Cloudbleed, but not before users’ sensitive data got cached by search engines.

Tim Cook marks Steve Jobs’ birthday with inspirational quote

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Cook quotes one of Jobs' most inspirational speeches.
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Today would’ve been Steve Jobs’ 62nd birthday, and Tim Cook took to Twitter to pay tribute to Apple’s co-founder and Cook’s predecessor as CEO.

“Remembering Steve, whose words and ideals will always inspire us,” Cook wrote. He then quoted a line from Jobs: “There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Catch The CultCast’s 5th-anniversary live stream

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Come party with The CultCast today.
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Cult of Mac’s podcast The CultCast hit its five-year anniversary this week, and to celebrate we want to hang out with you!

We’ll be hosting a live 5th anniversary extravaganza this afternoon, celebrating all the amazing listeners we’ve grown to love during this crazy experience. Erfon, Leander, Buster and maybe even some special guests will be part of the live event. The festivities start at 12 p.m. Pacific today. All you have to do is watch the live YouTube feed below.

Come join the party!

10.5- and 12.9-inch iPads may keep us waiting until June

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You'll be waiting for a few months longer for the new high-end iPads.
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Apple is set to launch three new iPads this year, including an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad, 10.5-inch iPad, and upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro. However, according to a new report you could be waiting a bit longer than expected for the two larger sizes.

Previously it was suggested that all three would be released in the first quarter of 2017, but it’s now sounding like Apple will hold off until May or June before the 10.5- and 12.9-inch models hit shelves.