This virtually unbreakable 3-in-1 charging hub does it all

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Lightweight, portable, and virtually unbreakable.
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If you need a charging hub that you can take with you everywhere, you want one that’s going to survive every trip. And you want one that charges all your devices simultaneously.

What you really want is the Elago 3-in-1 charging hub. It tops up your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods — and it’s virtually unbreakable. It’s also a steal at just $30 with free shipping.

Save up to $249 on the newest iPad Pro [Deals & Steals]

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And get half off a super-sharp monitor from Dell.
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Amazon’s massive price cuts on the 2018 iPad Pro are back, with up to $249 off some models for a limited time. Prices start at just $647 for an 11-inch model with 64GB of storage — that’s a generous $125 off the usual price.

Today’s Deals & Steals roundup also includes $50 off Apple’s new Powerbeats Pro headphones, $5 off a Lightning cable three-pack, and 17% off Anker’s excellent 5-in-1 USB-C hub that works wonderfully with MacBooks.

Plus, you can get half off a highly rated 24-inch monitor from Dell.

Apple takes heat from all sides after pulling Hong Kong map app

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Tim Cook is feeling heat for Apple's decision to pull Hong Kong map app.
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U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle united to strongly criticize Apple over last week’s decision to pull a live map app used by protestors in Hong Kong.

The bipartisan group, which included Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook voicing “strong concern” over Apple’s decision to remove HKmap.live from the App Store.

Apple signs Fargo writer for multiyear TV+ deal

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Apple TV+ may not have left it too late after all.
Monica Beletsky has also worked on Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.
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Apple signed Fargo writer and producer Monica Beletsky to a multiyear Apple TV+ deal. She reportedly will develop a new series exclusively for the upcoming streaming service.

Beletsky is also working on two films for Hello Sunshine, the production company owned by Reese Witherspoon, who stars in Apple’s exclusive news-biz drama The Morning Show.

Here’s your first glimpse of that 16-inch MacBook Pro. Or not.

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A French blog is reporting this image as proof that Apple is about to roll out a 16-inch MacBook Pro.
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Behold, the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro. Now, here’s your grain of salt.

A French blog this morning published what it called a rendering for a new Mac laptop that was discovered hidden in a macOS Catalina beta.

Skeptics, from Twitter to tech news sites, quickly tamped down any excitement by pointing out the icon’s similarities to the current 15-inch model.

Apple AR is already here, and you’re probably wearing it right now [Opinion]

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Apple’s AR already surrounds us.
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“Apple is all-in on augmented reality. But where will it lead?” That’s a pretty standard view of Apple’s experiments with visual AR, aka overlaying virtual objects onto the real world, via the iPhone’s camera and screen.

But Apple is already providing a fully immersive AR overlay onto the real world, to millions of users — only it isn’t using a screen. AirPods are augmented reality. They are also a part of a new computing paradigm that Apple snuck into the world without telling anybody. This paradigm currently consists of AirPods, iPhone, Apple Watch and the HomePod. And it is as discreet and low-key as it is important.

Tim Cook meets with China’s chief regulator after map app flap

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Apple is not about to raise a white flag and give up on China.
Tim Cook was in China this week.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook met with China’s chief market regulator Thursday, a trip likely to attract the tech giant more criticism as tensions fester between the mainland and Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

Cook’s meeting in Beijing comes one week after it removed a live map app from the App Store that was being used by protestors. Cook said the app, HKmap.live, was pulled after Hong Kong officials presented “credible information” the app was used to target individuals and property with violence where no police were present.

Name your price for a bundle of 9 utility Mac apps [Deals]

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This massive bundle of Mac apps is yours for whatever you want to pay.
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Are you really getting the most out of your Mac? Are you sure? This bundle of premium Mac apps will boost your productivity, turbocharge your creative pursuits, and generally spice up your computing life.

The Magnificent Mac Bundle includes nine apps with a variety of uses. Separately, they run more than $350. But you can pay what you want for the whole enchilada, thanks to Cult of Mac Deals!