Apple offers free audiobooks narrated by celebrities

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‘Great First Listens’ get you started with Apple Books.
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Apple is offering a bunch of free audiobooks narrated by celebrities, including Kate Beckinsale and Kelsey Grammer.

The giveaway is an effort to promote Apple Books, which saw a big overhaul with iOS 12 — but audiobook fans will probably feel Apple could have done better.

Save $500 on the 2018 MacBook Pro [Deals & Steals]

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Been waiting to pull the trigger on a 2018 MacBook Pro? Now's the time!
You won’t want to miss this deal on Apple’s fastest notebook!
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Pick up Apple’s latest 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for a lot less at B&H Photo. This high-end model packs an Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD for $500 off its usual price.

That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. We also have a big reduction on the latest Amazon Echo Dot, a jaw-dropping deal on a stellar 4K display from Samsung, $60 off urBeats3 earphones, and more!

Fortnite’s Infinity Blade is getting a big nerf

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The Infinity Blade won’t be quite as frustrating soon
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Fortnite’s newest item, which has seen a lot of criticism since being added to Battle Royale this week, is getting a big nerf.

Developer Epic Games has confirmed it is taking away the ability to harvest resources and build structures while carrying the Infinity Blade. It promises to continue monitoring the Blade’s effectiveness after the changes and “make adjustments as necessary.”

Best gifts for Apple fans [Gift Guide 2018]

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Shopping for an Apple fan? Start here!
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Gift guide 2018 bugBuying for an Apple fan who already has the latest products and accessories doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a ton of great gifts out there, like beautiful books showcasing Apple design, cool cushions that carry familiar Apple logos and slogans, and more.

In this gift guide, we’ve hand-picked a bunch of awesome products that would make any Apple fan insanely happy this holiday season. They’re products we’ve used, reviewed, and would recommend ourselves — and there’s something to suit every budget.

Quick! Trade in your old Apple devices before the holidays

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Don’t let your old Apple devices collect dust.
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If you’re going to become the proud owner of a brand new Apple device over the holidays, it’s time to start thinking about what you should do with your old ones. Don’t let them sit around, collecting dust.

Your old iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac could be worth a small fortune — and Cult of Mac wants to buy it! We typically pay more than other trade-in services, and we won’t leave you waiting ages for your cash.

Tynker Junior teaches kids to code before they can read

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Your little ones can start using Tynker from as young as 4.
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The ability to code is becoming an increasingly important skill, and the sooner you start learning, the better. That’s why you should introduce your little ones to Tynker Junior, the app that teaches them the fundamentals of coding from as young as four.

Inspired by the award-winning Tynker programming language, which has been used by over 60 million kids worldwide, the new iPad app uses puzzles and games to make learning fun and easy.

Take the fight to other trainers in Pokémon Go battles

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Can you be the very best?
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Pokémon Go has finally added Trainer Battles, giving players the opportunity to fight against their friends.

Developer Niantic first made battles available to level 40 players, but they are now accessible to those as low as level 10. Here’s everything you need to know about battling your friends.

iPhone suppliers could leave China if trade tariff hits 25%

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Apple will look to avoid iPhone import levies above 10%.
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iPhone suppliers will reportedly consider moving away from China is U.S. trade tariffs hit 25 percent.

Sources say they will remain even if the U.S. introduces a 10 percent tax on smartphones, but they could be forced to “reassess the situation” should the Trump administration impose a higher rate on imported goods.

Fortnite’s new Infinity Blade causes chaos and Epic must take note

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The Infinity Blade won’t be quite as frustrating soon
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Infinity Blade is back just days after being pulled from the App Store — but not as you might have expected. It’s now a crazy sword that can be found inside Fortnite Battle Royale.

The limited-time item was added in yesterday’s patch — the first since the introduction of season seven — and it gives a single player a huge advantage in each game. Unsurprisingly, it’s already causing chaos in competitive play.

Best gifts for Mac fans [Gift Guide 2018]

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Mac gift guide 2018
Buying for a Mac fan? Start here!
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We’ve shown you the best gifts for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch users, but what if the person you’re buying for is a long-time Apple fan whose first love was the Mac? Then you should start your shopping right here!

Gift guide 2018 bugThis guide is filled with awesome accessories and gadgets that every Mac addict will enjoy. We’ve handpicked only the best — things we’ve used, reviewed, and would recommend — so that you can be sure your hard-earned cash is being well spent.

Check out our gift guide selections for Mac users below.