Save a fortune on refurbished Apple devices [Deals & Steals]

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Save big on the Apple Watch Series 3
Treat yourself to an Apple Watch today.
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Today’s Deals & Steals roundup is filled with big discounts on refurbished Apple devices. You can bag an iPhone from Woot for as little as $85, or the newest 9.7-inch iPad for from Amazon for under $290. You can also get a 42mm Apple Watch Series 2 for under $200.

We also have over half off the teeny-tiny SanDisk Cruzer Fit flash drive that’s ideal for those on the go. Plus, you can still save $100 on the terrific Beats Pill+ speaker at Best Buy.

How to download all the data Apple has on you

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Apple’s refreshed Privacy website is live, giving U.S. users the ability to download all of their data from Apple.

The website explains how and why Apple products are “designed to protect your privacy.” Apple is keen to stress that “your data belongs to you,” and it insists that none of it is ever sold to advertisers or other organizations.

The website also gives users the ability to delete an Apple account — and all associated data — if they no longer require it.

Mom-and-pop shops cost Apple Music (and artists) billions

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Many small business owners are unaware they need a license to stream music in their shops.
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The music industry loses $2.65 annually because small businesses are using music streaming services like Apple Music or Spotify without a license.

Nielsen Music surveyed 5,000 small business around the world and found a majority streamed music with a personal account with many not knowing a business license for streaming music is required by law.

Dragalia Lost gets its first event for Halloween

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Dragalia Lost Halloween
You have until October 31 to enjoy it!
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Nintendo’s newest mobile game just kicked off its first event in time for Halloween. Dragalia Lost players can enjoy playing with new adventurers, Wyrmprints, and dragons. You will also bag a Tenfold Summon ticket just for logging in.

Binge on your favorite books, audiobooks, and magazines with the Netflix for reading [Deals]

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For less than the price of a paperback each month, get unlimited access to a vast library of books, articles, and lots more.
For less than the price of a paperback each month, get unlimited access to a vast library of books, articles, and lots more.
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Some people say it’s hard to make time for reading. But others find the challenge in being able to afford all the books they’d like to consume. In both cases this subscription service can help, bringing unlimited written content to all your devices.

Ember smart mug gets Apple Health integration for caffeine tracking

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Award-winning smart mug will now tell iOS users how much coffee they’re drinking.
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It’s not every day that a coffee mug becomes one of TIME magazine’s inventions of the year. But that’s exactly what happened with the Ember smart mug, a drink receptacle which uses high tech thermal technology to maintain coffee or tea at its users’ perfect drinking temperature.

Now the mug (and its travel mug variant) has received a new update for iOS-loving coffee drinkers — allowing Apple’s Health app to estimate and make sense of your caffeine intake. That’s without you having to manually enter a whole lot of information manually.

Nearly a quarter of Apple employees plan to delete Facebook accounts

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Some Apple employees are thinking of deleting their Facebook accounts.
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The recent Facebook data breach freaked out several Apple employees enough for them to consider deleting their accounts, according to an anonymous survey of tech employees by the app Blind.

Of 256 Apple employees who responded to Blind’s survey, 22 percent said they will close out their Facebook accounts, while another 20 percent said they were not on Facebook.

Fortnite challenges for season 6, week 4 leak out

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Get ready for this week's Battle Royale challenges.
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Prepare yourself for this week’s Fortnite Battle Royale challenges by taking a sneak glimpse at what’s to come.

Week four’s challenges for season six won’t be officially live until Thursday, but this leaked list shows us what we can expect.

Today in Apple history: Performa 6360 is a low-cost multimedia Mac

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The Performa 6320CD Mac delivered a great price-to-performance ratio.
The Performa 6320CD Mac delivered great performance for the price, luring new users.
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October 17: Today in Apple history: Apple launches Performa 6360, a low-cost multimedia Mac October 17, 1996: Apple launches its Performa 6360 Mac, sold elsewhere in the world as the Power Macintosh 6300/160.

An impressive multimedia Mac, the Performa 6360 comes bundled with a TV/video card. It also lets users make phone calls, listen to CDs, and watch television — all of which seemed amazingly futuristic at the time. As Macs went, it was pretty affordable, too.