Space-saving USB-C docking stand sports a whopping 11 ports [Review]

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Brando 11-In-1 Hub Type-C Docking Stand adds all the ports you could want
Brando’s Docking Stand adds nearly a dozen ports, both common and obscure.
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Forget your frustrations with the minimal number of ports on your MacBook or iPad Pro. The Brando 11-In-1 Hub Type-C Docking Stand lets you connect virtually any peripheral to your computer. There’s a trio of USB-A ports, Ethernet, HDMI and an SD card reader. And that’s only the start.

Get the full list, and see how well this multi-port stands up to real world use, in this review.

Today in Apple history: The Byte Shop, Apple’s first retailer, opens

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Paul Terrell founded The Byte Shop on his birthday.
Paul Terrell founded The Byte Shop on his birthday.
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December 8: Today in Apple history: Early computer store The Byte Shop, Apple's first retailer, opens December 8, 1975: San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneur Paul Terrell opens The Byte Shop, one of the world’s first computer stores — and the first to sell an Apple computer.

Years before Apple would open its own retail outlets, the Byte Shop stocks the first 50 Apple-1 computers built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Record a podcast or vlog straight from your iPhone [Deals]

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Shure MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for Apple Devices
Easily record crystal clear audio straight from your iPhone with this Lightning-connected mic.
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Podcasting and vlogging are the platforms of our age. So if you want to reach people, you want to be able to easily record high quality audio and video. Our iPhones already record pretty great video, but the little built-in mic struggles with quality audio. That’s where this compact condenser mic comes in.

Last chance: 20% off terrific Twelve South accessories

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Get your stunning Forté stand at a sweet discount.
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Twelve South has long been making some of the best accessories you can buy for Apple devices. And right now you can save 20% on some of its hottest products in the Cult of Mac Store.

We’ve got great cases for iPhone and AirPods, sweet charging stands for Apple Watch, and more. This sale has a very limited time left to run, so enjoy it while you can.

This 13 Mac app bundle featuring Parallels Desktop is on sale today [Deals]

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The 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle Ft. Parallels Desktop
Turn your Mac into a productivity powerhouse with 13 award-winning apps for productivity, drive maintenance, privacy and tons more.
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The best way to get the most out of your Mac is to put the right apps on it. From productivity to creativity, maintenance and beyond, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better collection of apps than in this massive bundle. It features Parallels Desktop, which lets you run your Mac and Windows apps on the same machine. The bundle is also massively discounted, so you can upgrade your Mac without downgrading your bank account.

Today in Apple history: Apple’s massive glass staircase wows Manhattan

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The Apple Store on West 14th Street in New York City becomes the company's trendiest yet.
Apple's trendiest store yet?
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December 7: Today in Apple history: Apple opens its first three-story retail store, the Apple Store on West 14th Street in New York City December 7, 2007: Apple opens its magisterial store on West 14th Street in New York City. The new Apple Store features a three-story glass staircase deemed the most complex ever made.

The store is Apple’s biggest in Manhattan (and second-largest in the United States, after the one on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue). The first three-story Apple retail outlet, it boasts an entire floor dedicated to services. It’s also the first Apple Store to offer free Pro Labs classes to customers.

Get intense! Amp up Apple Watch workouts with HIIT [Cult of Mac Magazine 326]

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Crank up the intensity! Learn how to log HIIT workouts on Apple Watch.
Crank up the intensity! Learn how to log HIIT workouts on Apple Watch.
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is all the rage these days. Proponents say it delivers many of the benefits of a much longer workout — but in short, sharp bursts. If you want to fast-track your fitness, your Apple Watch can help.

Find out how to log interval-training workouts in this week’s totally free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. It’s filled with MacBook tips, product reviews and a surprising number of wild iPhone rumors. Download it now (or get the stories in your browser below).

Dig into our top 4 deals from Cyber Week [Deals]

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Score a ton of Mac apps and charge all your devices with our best Cyber Week deals.
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How time flies. In the blink of an eye, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone. If you’re still looking to scoop up some great deals on gear and gadgets, we’ve got four of the best from Cyber Week for you to review.

Mac owners won’t want to miss the awesome bundle of heavily discounted apps, and everyone should get a charge out of the other deals.

Game of Thrones star joins Dickinson for season 2

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Jones played Loras Tyrell for six seasons of Game of Thrones.
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Apple is quickly adding new members to the cast of Dickinson as it gears up for a new season, including the actor who played one of the most iconic minor characters of Game of Thrones.

Finn Jones, of Loras Tyrell fame, has reportedly signed on for a role in season 2. He will be joined by Pico Alexander as newcomers on the teen drama show that has been lauded as one of the best series to come out of Apple TV+ so far.