Don’t Leave It!, Red’s Kingdom, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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Happy weekend everyone! Depending on where you are in the world, your weekend is either halfway through or coming to an end, but there’s always time to catch up on some of the week’s best apps.

That’s where we come in. We’ve combed through the App Store to highlight what we feel are the best, most important, or otherwise noteworthy apps and app updates of the past 7 days.

Check out our list below. You won’t be disappointed!

Must-have Mac apps with massive discounts [Deals]

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Protect yourself from data loss with this top shelf data recovery system for Mac.
Protect yourself from data loss with this top shelf data recovery system for Mac.
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Today at the Cult of Mac Store, we’ve got a list of top notch apps for Mac, going for a fraction their usual price. We’ve got a full disk recovery suite, to a gorgeous PDF flipbook maker, the latest version of Roxio Toast, and a tool for downloading almost any streaming video content. Each is discounted by no less than half off, read on for more details:

Merge your iPhone with a game controller, and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Weather-resistance and incredible sound quality make these earbuds a must-have.
Weather-resistance and incredible sound quality make these earbuds a must-have.
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As 2017 revs up, the Cult of Mac Store is humming right along, bringing in great new deals on gear and gadgets. This week, we’ve got a brand new set of water resistant earbuds, a lifetime of premium cloud storage, a game controller that merges with your iPhone, and two years of powerful VPN protection. Everything’s marked off significantly, read on for more details:

Updated MacBook Pro coming in 2017, this week on The CultCast

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You may finally get the super-charged MacBook Pro you've been waiting for.
You may finally get the super-charged MacBook Pro you've been waiting for.
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This week on The CultCast: 2017 might bring the super-charged MacBook Pro you’ve been waiting for — yes, another update! Then, a former employee says Tim Cook’s making Apple boring. Is it true? Plus: We get more evidence Apple will be making TV shows and movies; and iPhone 8 may be packing friggin’ lasers and facial recognition.

Supersets will take your fitness to the next level with CultFit Home Workout

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It's crunch time for your fitness resolutions.
It's crunch time for your fitness resolutions.
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CultFit Home Workout It’s the forth and final week of our CultFit Home Workout. Congratulations if you have made it this far. (If you missed it, it’s still not to late to start with Week 1).

For this easy home workout, all you need is your iPhone and some everyday objects you’ll find around your home or office (plus your Apple Watch if you have one). No gym membership is required. It’s a great way to get started with your fitness journey — and it only takes 10 minutes a day.

Will Trump be good for Apple? [Friday Night Fights]

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How will Apple fare in the Trump era?
How will Apple fare in the Trump era?
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In case you hadn’t noticed, the United States has a new leader — and President Donald Trump has a bone to pick with Apple. Several, actually.

Will Trump’s “America first” stance and pro-business policies help Apple or give Tim Cook a series of premium headaches? Cult of Mac editors Leander Kahney and Lewis Wallace come out swinging in this week’s edition of “Friday Night Fights.”

Popular photo app sends your data straight to China

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It's not as bad as you think.
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A photography app that has become incredibly popular in recent weeks after adding an anime makeover feature has been sending user data back to its developer in China.

Meitu carries out checks to establish if an iOS device is jailbroken and collects information about its carrier before passing it onto Xiamen Meitu Technology. It’s thought the company could be selling the information to marketing agencies for targeted ads.

Foxconn’s next plant could kill Apple leaks

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Big Apple leaks could become a thing of the past.
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Foxconn is planning to build a new prototyping facility right alongside Apple’s upcoming research and development center in Shenzhen, China.

The move will “better help Apple create prototypes” of products in the development process, and could mean a lot fewer leaks for curious fans.

Surf the web safely and anonymously with a VPN [Deals]

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Get online safely and anonymously with this easy to use VPN.
Get online safely and anonymously with this easy to use VPN.
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When you go online, you’re exposed to a bunch of hazards and headaches. Whether identity theft, data snoops, or location restrictions on streaming, one of the best ways around the pitfalls of the web can be sidestepped with a virtual private network, or VPN. Private Internet Access VPN will guard your connection even over public Wi-Fi networks, and it’s been shown to keep its users safe from hoaxers. Right now, you can get a 2 year subscription for less than 60 bucks at Cult of Mac Deals.