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.

Today in Apple history: Apple racks up staggering $700 million loss

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In 1996, Apple's worst quarter yet sees the company lose $700 million.
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March28 March 28, 1996: In a dire message to Wall Street, Apple warns that it will report a $700 million after-tax loss for its most recent quarter.

Apple’s biggest quarterly loss in history, the shocking news reveals a company in far more financial trouble than previously thought. More than half the loss comes from $1 billion of unsold products.

Why I still love Beats X, Apple’s world-beating wireless earbuds [Reviews]

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Sleek, light and compact, Beats X Earphones are the perfect wireless companion.
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I’ve racked up dozens of hours wearing Beats X wireless earphones over the past month, and I still think they blow away the competition — even Apple’s AirPods.

For Cult of Mac’s latest video review, I’ve put together a definitive list of my thoughts on the innovative earpods.

Everything you need to know about the new Apple File System

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APFS arrives in 2017.
APFS arrives in 2017.
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(Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in June 30, 2016, but has been updated with new info since the release of iOS 10.3)

It’s hard to believe that Apple’s speedy Macs are still using a file system that was developed more than 30 years ago, when floppy disks and spinning hard drives were considered cutting-edge technology.

But that’s going to change in 2017 with the new Apple File System — or APFS — that debuts in iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4. Here’s everything you need to know about APFS and how it’s going to make your life better, no matter what Apple device(s) you use.

Apple’s supply chain gets a bit more humane

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Apple is becoming a "force for good" in the world.
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Apple’s worked hard to improve its supply chain condition in 2016, with a special focus on improving working conditions and protecting the planet.

In doing so, the company claims it “raises the bar higher for its suppliers and the industry.” Check out some of the highlights below.

Spring clean your Mac with this cloud-storage solution

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Keep all your files safe, all the time, with Zoolz.
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Cloud storage is the answer to all your storage woes for your Mac. And spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a painstaking task — backing up all your important files is totally easy with cloud-storage solution Zoolz.

Right now you can ensure your Mac is running in tip-top shape with a lifetime of Zoolz dual-cloud storage for just $49.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

WhatsApp faces new encryption challenge after London attack

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But is a ban on encryption possible?
But is a ban on encryption possible?
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WhatsApp is under new pressure to provide a government backdoor following the recent terror attack in London.

U.K. home secretary Amber Rudd said it is “completely unacceptable” that law enforcement agencies are unable to read messages and conversations that are secured by end-to-end encryption.