This $60 bundle offers expert cloud training and a premium VPN

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You'll learn how to work with some of IT's most important services (and stay safe online, too).
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As the internet continues to adapt to the ways we utilize it over time, it’s wise to understand how it works on a fundamental level. Most organizations already shifted away from on-premises IT systems, incorporating cloud solutions into their daily operations. In fact, Gartner forecasts that cloud services will grow three times more than overall IT services through 2022.

Mosquito Coast slows to a satisfying simmer [Apple TV+ review]

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The Mosquito Coast review: Justin Theroux's manic performance gives The Mosquito Coast an edge.
Justin Theroux's manic performance gives The Mosquito Coast an edge.
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This week on The Mosquito Coast, the Foxes are on the run and the heat is hot on their tail — in every way possible.

The third episode of Apple TV+’s paranoid new drama can’t do much but crawl. But it covers some important ground. And strong acting and clever writing again combine to keep you hooked.

Apple’s biggest manufacturing partner ramps up workforce for iPhone 13

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This concept image shows how the iPhone 13 notch might shrink.
Foxconn needs a whole lot of people to build the iPhone 13.
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Foxconn is bolstering its workforce ahead of mass-manufacturing the iPhone 13. According to South China Morning Post, the world’s largest contract manufacturer has raised its bonus payments to lure in new recruits.

Each new recruit will earn a bonus of $1,158 (7,500 yuan) if they work for 90 days, and are on duty for at least 55 days during that time. This is twice the 3,500 bonus that was on offer at the end of March. It’s the third bonus increase in the past month.

Only a tiny proportion of iOS users are letting apps track them

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App Tracking Transparency will be part of iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5 and tvOS 14.5. It’s already showing up in betas.
App Tracking Transparency is here -- and users seem to be responding.
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It’s no surprise to hear that Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature has had an impact on the number of users willing to let themselves be tracked via the apps they use. But the scale of devastation on app trackers might surprise folks.

According to analysis by flurry Analytics, just 4% of U.S. users are letting apps access their Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA) tag. That means a massive 96 out of 100 users in the United States are opting out of tracking altogether.

According to a recent Apple report, the typical app contains (or contained) up to six trackers.

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Literally millions of iPhone and iPad applications are submitted to the App Store every year. Each has to be reviewed.
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Diagnose your charging woes with Plugable’s tiny power meter [Review]

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Plugable USBC-VAmeter review
The Plugable USBC-VAmeter tests the quality of the connections between your computers and chargers and other peripherals.
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Your MacBook isn’t charging right and you can’t figure it where the problem is? Plugable’s USBC-VAmeter can help. Connect it to the power cable running to your Mac, iPad or iPhone to see the voltage, wattage and amperage.

I’m no electrical engineer, but I tested this miniature power meter. I found it both useful and kind of fun.

Survivor’s new rugged 10.2-inch iPad cases combine kickstand with handstrap

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Survivor All-Terrain offers rugged protection for the iPad 8 and iPad 7.
The Survivor All-Terrain‘s four layers of shock-absorbing materials deliver military-grade drop protection to the iPad 8.
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A pair of new rugged cases for the basic 10.2-inch iPad promise military-grade drop protection, and each has a combination kickstand/handstrap to make using the device easier.

Survivor All-Terrain and Endurance are designed for hazardous conditions, like worksites and classrooms.

Save 20% on sleek Laut stands that cradle Apple devices in style

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Laut stand for iPhone
And they're more affordable than you might think!
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If you’re looking for a clean way to charge your beloved Apple Watch, or somewhere to place your iPhone so that it’s easy to see while you’re working, check out these elegant, super-sturdy stands from Laut.

They’re made from robust, anodized aluminum and designed to look good anywhere. They’re also available at 20% off the usual price in the Cult of Mac Store’s big Mother’s Day sale.