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Amp up your spring getaway with Bluetti power stations and solar panels

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Save on Bluetti's high-end power stations in the Easter sale.
Save on Bluetti's high-end power stations in the Easter sale.
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This post on portable power stations is brought to you by Bluetti.

With Easter around the corner, it’s a great time for family gatherings or planning an escape from the city to relax mind and soul in the wild. To cater to such off-grid power needs during the holiday, Bluetti, an innovative pioneer in the power storage industry for more than 10 years, is offering a limited-time Easter sale on its best products. The sale starts at 8 p.m. PDT on April 7 and ends at 7 p.m. PDT on April 18.

Save on Bluetti power solutions

These powerful portable solutions can power everything you want to take on the road, from MacBook Pros to refrigerators and sound systems. Scroll down to learn more about the extraordinary lineup of Bluetti power products on promotion. 

How to recover a Word document on Mac with Tenorshare 4DDiG Mac Data Recovery

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Losing a Word file is a definite drag. But recovering a lost file is easier than you might think.
Losing a Word file is a definite drag. But recovering a lost file is easier than you might think.
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This post on how to recover a Word document on Mac is presented by Tenorshare 4DDiG.

Accidentally deleting important Word files is something we all do sometimes. When you trash an important file that contains necessary data or work, you will need to recover it. For Mac users, 4DDiG Mac Data Recovery is one of the best pieces of software for that purpose. It is easy to install and use, and you can recover any lost Word document with it.

But before we get into that, let’s learn about the reasons why Word documents become lost — so maybe disaster can be prevented in the first place.

MacKeeper’s decade-long journey to win back customer trust

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MacKeeper's decade-long journey to win back customer trust.
MacKeeper got a bad rep after some bad decisions. Here's how the controversial Mac app turned things around.
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This post is brought to you by MacKeeper.

By Andriy Shvets, CMO at MacKeeper

If you’ve heard of MacKeeper, you may have seen phrases such as these: “Avoid MacKeeper like the plague.” “Invasive malware.” “Get rid of it ASAP.”

As MacKeeper’s chief marketing officer, it pains me to read comments that disparage or warn against our software, especially because they come from people who had real and genuine concerns about the way we marketed our product.

Safeguarding sensitive health care data with Hexnode and Apple devices

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Hexnode UEM: Unified endpoint management gives you complete control over organization's critical devices (and the sensitive data they contain).
Unified endpoint management gives you complete control over organization's critical devices (and the sensitive data they contain).
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This health care data security post is presented by Hexnode.

The health care sector is under tremendous stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the persistent threat of hackers, phishers and other bad actors. Staffers are overworked and under-resourced, while hackers employ ever-more-sophisticated methods to compromise sensitive health care data.

The solution is a unified endpoint management system such as Hexnode, one of the market leaders. The platform can be employed to enhance the security of any health care enterprise and safeguard critical patient data against breaches.

Hexnode perfectly aligns with the capabilities of Apple devices, streamlines various processes, and makes it easier for organizations and end users alike.

5 reasons to sell your used iPhone XR

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Gadget Salvation: Why you should sell your preowned iPhone XR and how to do it.
Why you should sell your preowned iPhone XR and how to do it.
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This iPhone buyback post is brought to you by Gadget Salvation.

Thinking about upgrading your iPhone this fall, but not sure what to do with your older iPhone XR? Selling it is a great option. Not only will that put a few extra bucks in your pocket, but it is also environmentally friendly.

Here are five reasons to sell your preowned iPhone XR.

5 tips to make your iPhone secure

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Amp up your iPhone security with these easy tips.
Amp up your iPhone security with these easy tips.
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This post about iPhone security is brought to you by UnMask.

These days, it is not uncommon for someone to have their whole life saved on their iPhone. This includes their emails, banking information, passwords, photos, etc. If their phone gets stolen or hacked, they run the risk of losing all that data to strangers.

To help you avoid that fate, we came up with five tips you can follow to make your iPhone more secure and reduce the risk of compromising your confidential data. And we put together five more tips that can help you keep from getting your iPhone stolen.

5 easy tips to prepare your iPhone 12 Pro for selling

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Get your iPhone 12 ready for resale.
Here is how to get your used iPhone 12 ready to sell and get the most value out of it.
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This post is brought to you by Gadget Salvation.

So you decided to part with your iPhone 12 Pro. And naturally, you want to get the best possible offer for it. Whether it has signs of use or is in pristine condition, iPhone 12 Pro is the newest smartphone model, and therefore has great resale value.

But before you go and get rid of it, there are a few things that must be done to actually make your iPhone 12 Pro sellable. For example, getting rid of your personal information, removing it from iCloud, resetting, etc.

Below, we will share how to prepare your used iPhone 12 Pro for sale in five easy steps.

Prepare your iPhone for resale

1. Back up

In order to properly back up your iPhone, you can rely on a cloud service like iCloud or Dropbox, or back it up on your computer to easily restore all your sensitive information once you get a new phone. You can also use an external hard drive to save your pictures, videos, documents and many other files.

To back up your iPhone using iCloud, you’ll need to connect to a Wi-Fi network, open Settings, tap on your name and then iCloud. Scroll down and opt for Back Up Now.

2. Sign out of your accounts

Once you back up your iPhone, the next thing to do is to sign out of all your linked accounts. This will not only prevent unauthorized access to your accounts, but also will allow the new owner to set up the phone with their own information. Log out of your iTunes, iMessage, iCloud and Apple Music accounts.

3. Unpair Apple Watch and AirPods

If you own an Apple Watch and AirPods, make sure to unpair them. To unpair your Apple Watch, open the Watch app on your iPhone. Go to the My Watch tab and select your watch from the menu. Then tap on the info button and tap Unpair Apple Watch. As for your AirPods, launch the Settings app, then tap Bluetooth. Tap the info icon next to your AirPods and select Forget This Device.

4. Turn off Find My

If you forget to deactivate the Find My feature before selling your iPhone, the next owner will not be able to use the phone. Therefore, it is essential to complete this step to avoid headaches in the future. To do that, go to the Settings app, tap on your name. Then tap Find My iPhone and toggle the setting to off. Please note that you will be asked to enter your Apple ID password one last time.

5. Wipe and erase your iPhone data

Once the previous steps are completed, you can proceed to erase your iPhone 12 Pro. Once again, open up the Settings app, tap on General and then Reset. Because you already logged out of your accounts and removed your passcodes, there is no other information to enter. Simply tap Erase All Content and Settings to initiate the process.  Also, don’t forget to remove your SIM card, as you will likely need it for your next phone.

iPhone 12 Pro trade-in value

Released in late 2020, the iPhone 12 Pro is still fairly a new model. Apple sold a lot of them — the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are the best-selling smartphones in the world. However, that means there is an abundance of choice on the iPhone reselling market right now, and that the iPhone 12 is likely to lose some of its dollar value in the near future. Perhaps sellers won’t feel the impact just yet, as iPhones historically hold great resale value.

Here are some examples of what you can receive, depending on the condition and storage size for your used iPhone 12 Pro.

*Priced on 04/13/2021. Subject to frequent revision.

Where to sell iPhone 12 Pro?

Whether you’re looking to sell iPhone 12 Pro or any other device, Gadget Salvation is the great option to do just that. They offer fast, easy and convenient service, but most importantly, a competitive price. Gadget Salvation will even pay for shipping. In as little as two days, you can get paid through PayPal, Venmo, Zelle or via check. Yup, it’s that easy!

In conclusion

Selling your used iPhone 12 Pro is not that difficult and can turn out to be a profitable venture, when you follow the steps discussed in this article. To get the most value out of your used gadget, make sure to carefully prepare it for sale, and of course, find the right company or a marketplace to do it with. And whether you are looking to sell your used iPhone, or simply want to get a quick price estimate, Gadget Salvation is a great place for that.

3 best DVD-to-MP4 converters for Mac: Key features explained

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With the right software, your Mac can convert DVDs to MP4s. Three of the best Mac DVD converter apps are Movavi Video Converter, VLC and HandBrake.
With the right software, your Mac can convert DVDs to MP4s.
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This DVD-to-MP4 converter post by guest blogger Elena Dibrova is brought to you by Movavi.

Want to play a cherished movie on your iPad but you only have it on DVD? Maybe you are setting up an in-home media-streamer using Plex? Solve the problem once and for all by installing a video converter. These apps can convert video files from DVD to MP4 without affecting the content and quality of the recording.

Apple for work: How to secure Apple devices in your enterprise with Hexnode MDM

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Need to manage employees' Apple devices? Hexnode offers the tools you need.
Need to remotely manage employee iPhones, Macs and iPads? Hexnode offers the tools you need.
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This MDM post is brought to you by Hexnode.

Does your organization use Apple devices? If so, you’ve nailed the first step. It’s a well-known fact that the Cupertino folks deal a better hand than Android when it comes to enterprise security. You’ve started off strong by equipping your employees with the best in class Apple devices. But to win the round, you need to know how to make the best out of your cards. And that’s exactly what Hexnode is here for. 

iPad Pro is a Swiss Army knife, not a surgeon’s scalpel [Opinion]

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The iPad Pro is the perfect tool for many people.
The iPad Pro is the perfect tool for many people.
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By DP Spender

The launch of the new 2020 iPad Pro brought a plethora of articles from tech journalists asking, “Is this Apple’s laptop replacement?” That question is so open-ended, it might as well be an infinite loop. It’s like asking a toolmaker, “Is your new hammer a suitable replacement for last year’s wrench?”

It is in many ways a pointless question — and one that in my opinion totally misses the point. The question should be, “Does the 2020 iPad Pro get your job done?” To which my answer is yes, but then so did the 2018 model.