YouTube is killing 30-second unskippable ads

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YouTube's most annoying feature is going.
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Google has confirmed plans to scrap 30-second unskippable ads on YouTube in 2018.

The clips, which users are forced to watch before their chosen video, are seen as a nuisance to viewers. Google will instead focus on “formats that work well for both users and advertisers.”

This portable battery juices up almost any device [Deals]

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This pocket-size power pack can charge up almost any USB-A or USB-C device.
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When there’s no wall outlet within reach, we rely on portable batteries to get our devices through the day. Unfortunately, they’re not always the right tool for the job, since they’re specific to certain device types or connections. That’s what makes the Nifty C PowerPod so, well, nifty.

Compatible with USB types A and C, it’ll give the juice to everything from smartphones to laptops to vaporizers. That’s power and flexibility that’ll fit in your pocket, and right now you can get a Nifty C PowerPod for just $49.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Some popular Mac apps fail as developer certificates expire

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1Password is one of the apps that stopped working this weekend.
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Several popular Mac apps began crashing over the weekend after their developer certificates expired.

The apps suddenly refused to open due to a change Apple made to its signing policy last year. Apple now requires that all apps from the Mac App Store have a valid provisioning profile that must be updated periodically.

Today in Apple history: iPod mini is ‘world’s smallest music player’

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Do you remember the iPod mini?
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Feb20February 20, 2004: Apple goes small as the iPod mini arrives in Apple stores.

Released with 4GB of storage and in five colors, the diminutive iPod mini features a new “click wheel” that combines the control buttons integrated into a solid-state, touch-sensitive scroll wheel. If it’s size is small, however, its market potential certainly isn’t — as the iPod mini becomes the fastest-selling iPod up until that point.

Slayaway Camp, TwIM, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone.
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What better way is there to spend a lazy Sunday than by catching up on the best apps you missed over the past week? Fortunately, Cult of Mac has done the leg work for you in selecting what we think are the most important new apps or app updates to arrive over the past seven days.

Check out our picks below. And then get downloading!

Portable hub encrypts your Wi-Fi on the road [Week’s Newest Deals]

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A portable Wi-Fi protector, and IP cloaking shield, and more are included in this week's newest deals.
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Whenever you go online, you’re vulnerable to all sorts of hazards and headaches. That makes the new portable encryption hub at the Cult of Mac Store a must-see.

It’s just one of the awesome new deals we’ve got this week. You’ll also find what amounts to an IP cloaking device in the form of a VPN, a set of five interchangeable lenses for iPhone, and a sleek stand for MacBook Air that doubles as a USB hub. Everything’s going for a fraction of the usual price.

Get 3 lengthy Lightning cables for one low price [Week’s Best Deals]

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This week's best deals include extra long Lightning cables, a 6-port USB hub, and more.
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Tired of charging your iPhone with a cable that breaks and frays and barely reaches as far as your arm? Well this week we’ve got a triple solution to that problem, along with a 6-port USB charging hub, powerful software for repairing and recovering your hard drive, and a lifetime of data backup for five devices. They’re all part of the week’s best deals at the Cult of Mac Store, and they’re all discounted by between 40 and 70 percent off. Read on for more details:

The big changes coming to iPhone 8, this week on The CultCast

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According to new reports, iPhone 8 is getting the big changes you've been waiting for.
According to new reports, iPhone 8 is getting the big changes you've been waiting for.
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This week on The CultCast: According to new reports, the iPhone 8 will get a huge makeover with an edge-to-edge screen, wireless charging, a huge battery and more. We’ll tell you everything we know. Plus: A 4K Apple TV is on the way; our favorite TV shows from days of yore; and the search for the perfect corn dog.

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Boost your house’s IQ with these smart home accessories [Deals]

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From smart bulbs to HD home monitoring cameras and more, these accessories will make any home smarter.
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You can’t buy smarts, except when it comes to your smart house. Right now at the Cult of Mac Store, we’ve got a bunch of accessories that are sure to make your abode more like the smart home of your dreams.

From an HD home monitoring camera to a Bluetooth power outlet, smart LED lightbulbs and a dual-stream Bluetooth audio transmitter, you can teach any old house some new tricks with this gear. Everything’s available at a significant discount, too!