Learn to code for Amazon Echo, and lots more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Learn to program for Amazon Echo, master Microsoft Excel, and more in this week's best new deals.
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As the 21st century hums right along, you’ll want to upgrade to 21st century skills. This week at the Cult of Mac Store, we’ve got a bundle of coding lessons for Amazon Echo and their virtual assistant Alexa, a convenient tool for getting through books faster, a masterclass in Excel spreadsheets, and the ultimate media conversion platform, Roxio Toast. Everything is discounted by 50 percent or more, read on for more details:

3 reasons you should be using a VPN

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Guard yourself from snoops, thieves, and annoying content restrictions for life.
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Among the many, many troubling stories in the news these days is the vote by Congress to lift regulations that require your internet service provider to get permission before selling your private data. This, along with a slew of malicious hacks reported over the past few years, has helped make the public aware of the critical importance of internet security.

Now many people are looking for ways to stay safe and anonymous. Here’s one obvious solution: Get a virtual private network. Here are three reasons you should seek out a VPN solution today.

These are the Star Wars deals you’re looking for [May the 4th Deals]

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May the 4th be with you as you drool over this awesome bundle of Star Wars swag.
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There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it? Star Wars is back, and the return of the year’s biggest nerdfest is upon us. May the 4th is when fans of the galaxy far, far away get a chance to revel in their fandom with their fellow fans around the world. And with the next Star Wars movie mere months away, the Force is strong with this one.

Part of the festivities is the chance to get great deals on Star Wars swag, and the Cult of Mac Store is no exception. We’ve got deals on a bundle of some of the best Star Wars games ever made, a treasure chest of Rogue One collectibles, and a floating speaker worthy of Darth Vader’s desk. Everything is dramatically discounted and worth nerding out over.

These wireless earbuds are workout-ready [Deals]

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Work out without worry thanks to these wireless, sweat-proof earbuds.
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These days pretty much all of our music is mobile, and thanks to Bluetooth earbuds, wires have become a needless obstacle. A fine example of the benefits of Bluetooth can be found in this workout-ready headset from Que.

These sleek, sweat-proof, long-lasting, in-ear buds are built to last. And right now you can get a two-pack of Que Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones for just $29.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Learn to code for Alexa and the smart home revolution [Deals]

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Learn to code for the device that's leading the smart home revolution.
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Like it or not, our houses are getting smarter. If you’re sharp and interested in coding, you’ll want to learn to develop for Alexa, the digital assistant popping up in homes around the world due to the amazing success of the Amazon Echo.

Echo and Alexa are the opening shots of the smart home revolution, and with this bundle of comprehensive coding lessons you can get positioned to make your mark. Right now, you can get access to the whole thing for just $19 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Take your tunes anywhere with this burly Bluetooth speaker [Deals]

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No matter where you go, this Bluetooth speaker can come along for the ride.
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When your music can go anywhere, whatever you use to play it on can get worn out. Not so with this rough-and-tumble Submersible Bluetooth Speaker from G-DROP. It’s a weather-proof, water-ready, shock-resistant portable speaker that’s fit for any environment.

That means your favorite tunes, shows and other sounds can go wherever you do. And right now you can get a G-DROP Submersible Bluetooth Speaker for $46.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Boost productivity with a bundle of premium Mac apps [Week’s Best Deals]

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Stuff your Mac with top shelf apps, keep your devices charged anywhere in the world, and more in the week's best new deals.
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Another week, another round of great new deals at the Cult of Mac Store. This go-round, we’ve got a voltage converter that’ll keep you charged all over the world, a powerful mind-mapping tool for more productive studying and reading, a bundle of a dozen top-shelf Mac apps, and an extra-long, extra-tough Lightning cable that’ll outlive us all.

And everything’s going for a fraction of the usual price!

Put an SNES controller back in your hands [Week’s Newest Deals]

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The SNES is back, along with some boss Bluetooth headphones, a convenient mobile phone mount, and more in this week's newest deals.
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With talk of Nintendo re-releasing the SNES, the classic console has been on a lot of minds lately. Not that it ever left — the Super Nintendo remains the epitome of gaming bliss for people of all ages.

With the SFC30 Bluetooth Controller, you can bring the familiar feel of the SNES controller to any game you run on a computer or tablet, even plug it straight into Nintendo’s NES Classic system. It’s just one of the best new deals at the Cult of Mac Store, which also include a premium set of Bluetooth headphones, a mobile mount that connects right to your car’s air vent, and a powerful platform for website building.

Get a bird’s-eye view of your business plan [Deals]

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Dial in, follow and present your business plan with this efficiency-boosting tool.
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Any business large or small will sink or swim based on its business plan, but creating and keeping up with one is a real challenge that carries real consequences. That makes a tool like Bizplan valuable in maintaining a clear vision and goals.

It offers a step-by-step platform that helps breaks down the process of building a business plan into manageable chunks, serving as a useful tool for communicating your business’ progress to others. And right now you can get a lifetime license to Bizplan for just $69 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Learn like a brainiac with this note-busting app [Deals]

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MarginNote lets you visualize and interact with your notes like never before.
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Our devices are just as powerful as tools of distraction as they are for productivity. One way to return your devices to helpful status is to stuff them with apps like MarginNotes, a handy mind-mapping app that comes with a suite of tools that make it easier to organize and retain information while reading or studying.

It’s amazing the insights that emerge when you can see your thoughts and information laid out visually and interactively. MarginNotes is ideal for students, teachers, researchers, lawyers or anybody curious — no wonder it was named a Top 10 iOS app for 2016 by AppSo, and got 4 out of 5 stars from App Review Central. And right now you can get MarginNotes Pro for just $24.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.