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MagMount keeps iPhone secure and easy to see behind the wheel

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MagMount for iPhone 12
Made from sturdy aluminum that keeps iPhone safe.
Photo: SwitchEasy

Use your iPhone for turn-by-turn navigation while you’re on the road? Keep it secure and easy to see with the handy and affordable MagMount from SwitchEasy — available now from the Cult of Mac Store.

Available in two variants, the magnetic car mount attaches to your windshield or your car’s air vents. Then, it uses strong magnets to safely hold onto your iPhone. Thanks to MagSafe compatibility, it works with iPhone 13 and iPhone 12. But even if you don’t own a MagSafe model, MagMount can work for you. Just grab an affordable MagDoka disc to get in on the magnetic fun.

Stream Canadian Netflix on your iPhone and Australian Hulu on your Mac with this VPN

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Stream a world of content from the comfort of your iPhone with this VPN--a deal even Amazon can't beat.
Stream content from anywhere with this specialized VPN--a deal even Amazon can't beat.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Some people need the full cybersecurity suite: extra firewalls, an encrypted password manager, monthly VPN subscriptions, the whole shebang. But if you primarily use the internet to browse and stream, you might not need to go to such lengths.

Getflix SmartDNS and VPN gives you a streamlined service custom-made for streaming. During our Deal Days Sale, you can get a lifetime of Getflix for $39.99 (regularly $540) — that’s an exclusive deal even Amazon can’t beat.

This is how you power a home-automation station [Setups]

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An M1 Max MacBook Pro and Raspberry Pi help make this a home-automation station.
An M1 Max MacBook Pro and Raspberry Pi help make this a home-automation station.
Photo: bob_the_lego_builder@Reddit.com

Most of the time, when we talk about home automation, we’re talking about Apple’s HomeKit system. But today’s featured computer setup, which relies on a formidable M1 Max MacBook Pro and dual displays, goes another route.

The homeowner runs a Raspberry Pi with open-source software to achieve about 50 automations, including Siri integration.

Today in Apple history: After a horrible quarter, Gil Amelio gets the boot

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Bringing on Gil Amelio was viewed as a big coup for the Apple board.
This was the end of Amelio's 500 days running Apple.
Photo: Apple

July 6: Today in Apple history: After a horrible quarter, Apple CEO Gil Amelio is fired July 6, 1997: Following a massive quarterly loss for Apple, board member Edgar S. Woolard Jr. calls CEO Gil Amelio and informs him that he needs to step down.

“You’ve done a lot to help the company, but the sales haven’t rebounded,” Woolard says.

Recently returned to the company he co-founded, Steve Jobs denies being responsible for Amelio’s ouster. However, the move results in Jobs becoming Apple CEO for the first time. Now it’s time for a real turnaround!

Get a lifetime Microsoft Office license for Mac for $40 — the cheapest it’s ever been!

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A Microsoft Office Lifetime license for Mac just dropped its price down to $39!
Grab a forever license to Microsoft Office for Mac or Windows for the lowest price yet!
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Whether you’re a professional who needs refined tools for work or a stay-at-home parent managing your household budget, one software package can do it all and then some. Microsoft Office has been around for a while and stays at the top by offering some of the most useful apps available.

During our Deal Days Sale, you can get a lifetime license for Microsoft Office for Mac or Windows for only $39.99 (regularly $349) — no coupon code needed. That’s the lowest price Microsoft Office has ever been, but this sale ends July 14.

Portable but powerful Apple Watch charger juices on the go

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Portable Apple Watch charger with 950mAh internal battery.
This portable Apple Watch charger boasts a beefy 950mAh lithium-ion internal battery.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

This Apple Watch wireless keychain charger can go practically anywhere, and features a beefy 950mAh lithium-ion internal battery. It can recharge most Apple Watches up to three times on one charge, making it perfect for long weekend getaways or camping trips.

For a limited time, you can get one, two or four of them for $19.99 (regularly $49), $38.99 (regularly $99) or $76.99 (regularly $199).

Dress up your wrist with a classy calfskin leather Apple Watch band

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There's nothing like a classic leather Apple Watch band.
There's nothing like a classic leather Apple Watch band.
Photo: Speidel

Nothing beats the classic style and comfort of a premium leather Apple Watch band. And calfskin leather typically makes for an especially supple version of the classic strap.

If you’re looking to upgrade the look and feel of your wrist, check out the Speidel Sport Calf Skin Leather Apple Watch Band. You can get a good price on it in the Cult of Mac Store.

EU’s Digital Markets Act takes step toward forcing huge changes to iPhone

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The European Union takes another step toward rough regulations on tech giants like Apple.
The European Union takes another step toward tough regulations on tech giants like Apple.
Photo: Freestocks.org

The European Parliament passed the landmark Digital Markets Act on Tuesday. The legislation aims to outlaw many common practices of Big Tech companies, especially Apple, Google and Amazon.

For iPhone users, the DMA would force Apple to allow rival app stores and sideloaded applications. And these are only two of many significant changes in the act.

There are still further steps the the EU government must go through before the DMA goes into effect, but that’s expected to happen before the end of 2022.