YouTube might beat Apple to reinventing TV

YouTube Unplugged to stream your favorite cable channels.
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If you bought an Apple TV in anticipation of Apple’s rumored TV streaming service, it seems you may have been barking up the wrong tree.

YouTube could beat Apple to reinventing the cable experience, according to a new report. Its new “Unplugged” service will let viewers pay a monthly subscription fee for a bundle of cable TV channels, which will be available for streaming on-demand.

Win It Wednesday: Enter to win 10 years of Netflix Premium [Deals]

Try to imagine all the movies and shows you'll be able to get over the next decade. Or enter this contest so you won't have to imagine.
Try to imagine all the movies and shows you'll be able to get over the next decade. Or enter this contest so you won't have to imagine.
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Considering how common it is to so many of our lives, it’s hard to believe Netflix didn’t even exist 10 years ago. Browsing movies and TV shows at home was hard to imagine before Netflix, but now many of us can’t imagine entertaining ourselves without it.

See if you can imagine this, though: 10 years of Netflix Premium for free. That’s exactly what we’re offering in the first Win It Wednesday, the new weekly giveaway from Cult of Mac Deals. All you have to do is enter now, no strings attached.

iPhone drive adds storage, stays out of your way [Reviews]

SanDisk iXpand flash drive
You'll barely even know the SanDisk iXpand is there.
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Budget-minded iPhone owners have gotten used to making do with a meager 16GB of memory on their devices, but it’s annoying and may not be worth the money you’ve saved. But the market has no shortage of iPhone-friendly flash drives to make your life easier, and the new version of the SanDisk iXpand is one of the cooler ones we’ve seen.

Not only does it offer a bunch of different storage sizes and a really slick app to keep everything straight, but the makers also designed it to be as unobtrusive as possible. Basically, you can keep it plugged into your iPhone all the time, and you’ll barely even notice it. And that’s more than we can say about most of the phone accessories we carry around.

Apple Watch no closer to knocking Fitbit off its throne

Update your fancy wrist computer to the latest watchOS.
Fitbit won't be worried about Apple Watch... yet.
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Despite its focus on helping you get fit, Apple Watch is still no closer to knocking Fitbit off its throne.

The company’s much more affordable fitness trackers have helped it claim 61.7 percent of the U.S. wearables market so far, while Apple’s first smartwatch has grabbed just 6.8 percent since making its debut last April.

Hacking for the good guys is a lucrative skill to learn [Deals]

PWYW Pentester
With companies like Instagram paying big bug bounties, it's a great time to learn ethical hacking.
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Finding faults in a computer system can mean exploiting it — which is what we’ve been conditioned to think of when we hear the term “hacker” — or it can mean you’re trying to find ways of making the system stronger.

That’s what so-called white hat hacking is all about, and it’s a skill that’s becoming increasingly lucrative as more and more businesses are looking to do business over secure networks. This Ethical Hacker and Pentester Pro Bundle is a great way to join the light side of the hacking workforce, and you can get it for whatever you’re willing to pay.