OtterBox folio case protects the iPad Pro while showing it off [Review]

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OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 review
OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 has a clear back so your iPad Pro can be seen.
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The OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 has everything you’d expect from a folio case designed for Apple’s latest iPad Pro, but it also includes a feature that might surprise you: the back is clear, allowing you to show off your 2018 iPad Pro while still protecting it.

We used this slim case for several weeks, so read on to learn how it did in out testing.

Browse and torrent securely with a powerful VPN [Deals]

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Browse, stream, torrent, and more from unlimited devices and through unlimited bandwidth with this premium VPN.
Browse, stream, torrent, and more from unlimited devices and through unlimited bandwidth with this premium VPN.
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If you’re concerned about security and privacy online, browsing with a VPN is the only way to go. But if you need high speed connections for things like streaming or torrenting, details matter. So this deal on a year of Surfshark is a great opportunity for the performance-minded VPN users.

How Apple’s TV service can stand out in a crowded market

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The Apple TV app is expected to be the hub of this company’s streaming video service.
The Apple TV app is expected to be the hub of this company’s streaming video service.
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Apple is undoubtedly going to throw its hat into the streaming TV markets during a big press event on Monday, where its service will have to compete against dozens of rivals, some household names.

Although the announcement is still a few days away, we already know quite a bit about how Apple will try to make its offering stand out.

Enjoy these stellar savings on iPads and Macs [Deals & Steals]

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Don’t pay full price for a 12-inch MacBook.
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B&H Photo is offering a whopper of a discount on Apple’s latest 12-inch MacBook today. You can get the Intel Core m3 model with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and HD Graphics 615 for just $999. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

We also have massive savings on the iPad Pro and iPad mini, and a must-have USB-C hub for MacBook that’s now just $22. Plus, you can save on the latest Mac mini for today only.

How to delete all your tweets with Cardigan

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Tweet tweet, delete delete!
Tweet tweet, delete delete!
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Want to delete your tweets? Maybe you don’t like keeping all those years-old opinions hanging around. Or maybe you just don’t like Twitter having so much info on you, all in one place. Or maybe you’re just sick of Twitter and want out, but not without nuking it from orbit before you go.

The trouble is, it takes an age to manually delete all your tweets. Unless you want to drive yourself crazy, you’ll need to use a third-party tool to do it.

While authorizing a third-party service to use your Twitter account might seem a bit scary, if you’re deleting everything anyway, who cares?

I picked Cardigan for this how-to, as it seems like the nicest of the tweet deleters. Here’s how to use it.

Elizabeth Holmes failed to copy Steve Jobs in one critical way

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Elizabeth Holmes
Now showing on HBO.
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Disgraced tech entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes was known to worship the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and she wore a black turtle neck every day to show it.

How could someone who tried to emulate Jobs become a fraud that puts her in the company of Bernie Madoff?

Alex Gibney gave a thoughtful response to that question this week when his documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley debuted on HBO.

Facebook admits hundreds of millions of passwords were exposed

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The issues keep piling up for Facebook.
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It’s time to change your Facebook and Instagram passwords again.

Facebook revealed today that it unknowingly stored hundreds of millions of passwords in a readable format on its internal storage systems. There’s no information yet that the passwords were accessed by any nefarious people, but you should probably update yours, just in case.

Apple acquires Italian startup that specializes in backend automation

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The Stamplay team.
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Apple recently acquired a startup that could soon help the iPhone-maker deliver better backend tools to iOS and macOS developers.

Stamplay, an Italian startup that specialized in building a “low code workflow automation” platform, was reportedly purchased by Apple for about $5.6 million. The acquisition hasn’t been confirmed by Apple but there are some telltale signs that Stamplay’s tech has found a new home.

Are AirPods 2 worth the price of an upgrade?

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AirPods 2. AirPods S, more like.
The second-gen AirPods are like an "S" upgrade.
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Will you buy Apple’s new AirPods? They look fantastic. They offer longer battery life, quicker connections, “Hey Siri” support, and there’s even an optional wireless charging case. But are all those extras enough to make you upgrade if you already own first-gen AirPods?

Microsoft Defender anti-virus is coming to protect your Mac

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Microsoft Defender
It's for business users first.
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Microsoft might see the Mac as a threat to its Windows platform, but that won’t stop it from protecting macOS users. The company’s Defender anti-virus software, previously a Windows exclusive, has made the leap to Apple.

Defender comes in a limited preview for now, and businesses will get it first.