Learn essential skills, protect yourself from snoops and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Learn project management, one of the most lucrative skills in today's job market.
Learn project management, one of the most lucrative skills in today's job market.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Another week, another bunch of great new deals. We’ve gathered some of the very best, from training in lucrative skills like project management and Swift development, to a tool for working from any computer remotely and super secure virtual private network access. It’s all discounted by no less than 50 percent, take a look:

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Working from home? These tools will help you stay productive [Deals]

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Turbocharge your home office with these great tools.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

More and more of us are working from the living room couch or the coffee shop, meaning we have to find ways of keeping ourselves organized and on task. We’ve rounded up some of the best tools — at the best prices — to make sure working from home doesn’t mean phoning it in. Take a look:

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Pay what you want for 10 apps to maximize productivity on your Mac [Deals]

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This bundle of productivity-enhancing apps will help keep your computer out of your way.
This bundle of productivity-enhancing apps will help keep your computer out of your way.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Tired of hunching over your keyboard for hours with too little to show for it at the end of the day? This bundle of 10 apps can help get your computer out of the way of what you need to do by vastly enhancing its productivity possibilities. It’ll remove workflow limitations and simplify the process of using all sorts of apps, file formats, even letting you run Windows programs right from your Mac dock. And right now you can pay what you want at Cult of Mac Deals.

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Screens 3 For Mac Is The Best VNC App For Most People

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Edovia makes the most polished VNC client for iOS, but its Mac app has been needing some attention for quite some time, especially in the design department. Screens 3 for Mac was released today, and it has been rebuilt from the group up for Mountain Lion. It also looks much cleaner and promises to be faster.

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InkCase, An E-Ink Screen For Your iPhone

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I saw the Oaxis InkCase at the Mobile World Congress last week, and it looks pretty neat. The v2 “case” is actually an e-ink panel that connects to the iPhone (or other device) via Bluetooth and can show anything on its e-ink screen. The new version is modular, so you can slip in into any case for any device, and even mount it, say, on the handlebars of a bike for a sunlight-friendly readout.

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Apple Stores Will Now Repair Broken iPhone 5c Screens

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You had a stressful day. Just rip your iPhone to shreds.
You had a stressful day. Just rip your iPhone to shreds.
Photo: iFixit

Way back in November, we reported that Apple would start repairing broken iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s screens in-store soon, but while Apple has happily repaired iPhone 5 screens in-store for sometime, the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s have been holdouts up until now.

There’s good news and bad news. The iPhone 5s? Still can’t be repaired at an Apple Store. But the iPhone 5c is a different story. CNN was able to confirm with Apple that screen repairs of the iPhone 5c are available as of Monday (today!) for theprice of $149. If you want to avail yourself of the service, just stop by your local Apple Store.

Source: CNN

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Retina iPad Mini Shows Fewer Colors Than iPad Air

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Anand's graph showing the various color gamuts of current tablets.
Anand's graph showing the various color gamuts of current tablets.

Friday afternoon I checked out the Retina iPad mini at a local Apple reseller (spoiler: it’s awesome), and I tried it right after I’d hefted the iPad Air. And I noticed something I hadn’t heard about in any reviews: The colors are way brighter and, well, more colored on the iPad Air. The wallpaper looks more saturated, and the blue/green icons really jumped out at me on the bigger display.

The mini, by contrast, looked just like the old mini, only with higher resolution. And it turns out that my eyes were right. Anand Lal Shampi of Anandtech did the tests and found that the color gamut of the Air is wider than that of the Retina mini.

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New iPad’s Color Filters Alone Eat 30% More Battery

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The new iPad has much improved colors, but at the expense of battery life. Photo Jeff Yurek/Dot Color
The new iPad has much improved colors, but at the expense of battery life.

The first thing that hit me when I powered on my new iPad wasn’t the retina-ness of the display — that takes a little time to seep into your brain. No, it was the colors. They seemed more contrasty, more saturated. More colorful. But just what was going on? Jeff Yurek, of the Dot Color blog, did some scientific digging.

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