Score two years of VPN protection and Mac utilities [Deals]

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Protect your Mac's online life and keep its inner workings healthy with one app.
Protect your Mac's online life and keep its inner workings healthy with one app.
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There’s plenty of reason to be concerned about your computer’s security and health. Data and identity theft is real and rampant, so virtual private network (VPN) protection is a must. But your machine can become a threat to itself with age, making diagnostic tools essential as well.

Today in Apple history: iPhone 6 sells record 10 million units at launch

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Apple finally cracked the 10 million sales opening weekend benchmark.
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September 22: Today in Apple history: iPhone 6 sells record 10 million units at launchSeptember 22, 2014: Apple notches a new sales record with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, selling a massive 10 million units in the first weekend the handsets go on sale.

The eagerly anticipated phones bring a redesigned form factor that will persist for years, including larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays that lure phablet fans. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also boast an A8 chip, improved iSight and FaceTime cameras, and — significantly — Apple Pay.

All the new iPhone XS, XR and XS Max features you need to know

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Depth Control is dead-easy to use.
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Just got a new iPhone XS but are confused about where to find all of its amazing new features?

Apple just put out a new video that gives an in-depth look at all the fun new stuff you can do with the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. Depth Control, Dual SIM, Memojis and much more are all covered in the quick video. It should help you master your new device.

Watch and learn!

iOS 12 automatically saves iMessage photos to your Photos library

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The new iMessage photo filters are so good, you'll want them in the regular camera app.
iMessage photos are now saved to the camera roll, automatically.
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If you take a photo inside the Messages app in iOS 11 and earlier, that photo stays trapped in the message thread forever, unless you explicitly long-press and save it to your camera roll. In iOS 12, that’s changed. Now, when you take a photo using the messages app, any pictures you snap are saved to your Photos library. But that’s not quite the whole story.

Set up your new iPhone XS the right way

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Get your new iPhone set up the right way.
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For many people, the iPhone XS will be radically different from previous iPhones. Despite this, the iPhone setup process hasn’t changed much. However, while you might find yourself on familiar ground, there are still plenty of little things you really ought to do before you fire up your new phone for the first time (or pretty soon thereafter). Let’s take a look at how to set up your new iPhone XS the right way.

These Bluetooth earbuds can groove for days [Deals]

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These Bluetooth earbuds come with a charging case that boosts it to 60 hours of continued use.
Nova earbuds come with a universal charging case that provides up to 60 hours of audio bliss.
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Bluetooth audio is popular because it’s portable, wireless and generally convenient. Unfortunately, it’s also energy-intensive, so commutes or trips to the gym often need to be coordinated with battery life. Not so with this set of long-lasting Bluetooth earbuds.

Belkin’s gorgeous dock charges iPhone XS and Apple Watch with style

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This is one of the prettiest docks we've ever seen.
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iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 owners looking for the perfect chargers to both of their new devices just got a lot of love from Belkin with a dock that works on both iPhones and Apple Watch.

Belkin introduced its new BoostUp wireless charging dock for iPhone + Apple Watch today that not only keeps your new tech juiced up, but it’s also so pretty you won’t be ashamed to have it on full display in your house.

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Tim Cook greets customers at Palo Alto Apple Store

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Tim Cook shook hands with customers at the Palo Alto Apple Store.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook joined Apple Store employees in Palo Alto, Calif. this morning to greet customers as they arrived to purchase the latest Apple Watch or iPhone.

This is a fall tradition for Cook, who stood outside the door to be the first to greet and shake hands with customers as they came through the door.

‘Better You’ Apple Watch Series 4 ad is here to motivate you

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Get back in shape with Apple Watch.
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Creating a better, more active version of yourself just got a whole lot easier today with the release of Apple Watch Series 4.

To celebrate its new wearable, Apple put out a fun 30-second ad on its Canadian YouTube channel. Titled “Better You,” the ad features a frumpy looking guy and alternative versions of himself utilizing the Apple Watch to get into better shape.

Get motivated by watching the ad:

Save 20% on Apple Watch Series 3 at Best Buy [Deals & Steals]

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Get an Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE for a great price.
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The new Apple Watch is on sale today, which means older models can be had at a fraction of their original price. Best Buy has slashed up to 20 percent off refurbished Series 3 models with LTE, so you can get yours for as little as $299.

It’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. We also have a stellar saving on the Microsoft Surface Pro, big discounts on other Apple devices, and a Milenese Loop for your new Apple Watch that’s reduced to under $8.