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Extended! Get Microsoft Office on your Mac or PC for just $30

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Work from anywhere with Microsoft Office, for life, for less than $30 right now.
Microsoft Office is the go-to software suite for millions around the world. Get a lifetime license for just $29.99.
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Owning a copy of Microsoft Office is simply essential in today’s remote and hybrid working world. Set yourself up to work from home or anywhere with a lifetime license for Microsoft Office Home and Business 2021 for Mac, on sale now for just $29.99 (regularly $349).

We’ve also got Microsoft Office for Windows users at this incredible price. But hurry, because the sale ends Monday night.

Why the Mac Pro might lack upgradable RAM and eGPUs

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Why the Mac Pro might lack upgradable RAM and eGPUs
The 2023 Mac Pro won't be simply the 2019 model with a different processor. The new one will be far less upgradable.
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The much-anticipated 2023 Mac Pro will almost certainly lack features considered critical for workstations: upgradable RAM and support for eGPUs. But this isn’t Apple blindly making an error — it’s an inescapable fact of the M-series’ unified memory architecture.

The limitation isn’t new: it’s been known since the M1 processor was announced. But the imminent release of a top-tier macOS workstation is shining a spotlight on the problem.

For those who weren’t paying attention back in 2020, here’s an explanation of why RAM upgrades and plug-in GPU likely aren’t an option for the 2023 Mac Pro.

Today in Apple history: Original iPhone goes large with 16GB of storage

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The original iPhone
The O.G. iPhone was a thing of beauty.
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February 5: Today in Apple history: Original iPhone goes large with 16GB of storage February 5, 2008: Six months after the first-gen iPhone goes on sale, Apple releases a supersized version with a whopping 16GB of storage.

For some users, there’s never enough memory,” says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of worldwide iPod and iPhone product marketing, in a statement. “Now people can enjoy even more of their music, photos and videos on the most revolutionary mobile phone and best Wi-Fi mobile device in the world.”

Get 15 bottles of wine shipped to your sweetie’s doorstep for $79.99 this Valentine’s Day

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Get 15 bottles of wine shipped to your sweetie's doorstep for $79.99 this Valentine's Day.
Stock up for Valentine's Day with 15 bottles of wine for $79.99.
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“Be wise, decant the wine,” said Horace. Who are we to argue with the preeminent Roman poet from the age of Augustus? Even back in the first century B.C., the Romans knew the power of wine. Though their Valentine’s Day might’ve looked a little different from ours, it’s a good bet that a couple glasses of vino would’ve been involved.

While we’re dispensing wisdom, here’s another nugget: Never be afraid to try something new. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, Wine Insiders has a deal that makes that easy. In honor of every lover’s favorite holiday, you can get a treasure trove of 15 wines shipped to your special someone’s doorstep for $79.99.

Will new HomePod dazzle our ears like the original? We hope so. [The CultCast]

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We've got our ears all cleaned out and ready to listen.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: The first reviews of the 2023 HomePod make Apple’s updated smart speaker sound pretty formidable. We can’t wait to hear for ourselves. (Unfortunately, if you didn’t already place your HomePod order, you’re probably looking at a substantial hang time.)

Also on The CultCast:

  • An iPad with a folding screen might be just around the corner.
  • Retina alert: Apple Watch Ultra might get an even bigger, brighter screen next year.
  • Former Apple design chief Jony Ive’s latest creation is … a bright red nose!

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in the Podcasts app or your favorite podcast app. (Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review if you like it!) Or watch the video live stream, embedded below.

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Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs considers buying Yahoo

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Yahoo
Apple could have made an offer with Disney.
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February 4 Today in Apple historyFebruary 4, 2008: Apple CEO Steve Jobs reportedly considers buying the search engine Yahoo. Apple is one of several interested companies, following reports that Microsoft offered $44.6 billion for the web portal the previous week.

Nothing ultimately comes of it, but Apple’s interest is later confirmed in an authorized biography of Jobs.

Win Valentine’s Day with this $20 deal on $200 worth of restaurant gift cards

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Be your Valentine's hero with this $20 deal on $200 worth of gift cards from Restaurant.com.
Find the perfect Valentine's Day dinner with this $20 Restaurant.com deal.
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If you haven’t dined out in a while, you might be counting the minutes until Valentine’s Day gives you the perfect excuse for a date night. Here’s the problem: You may not have noticed, but that swanky eatery you and your partner love has probably gotten more expensive this year.

Luckily, Cupid is coming to the rescue just in time. As a special Valentine’s Day promo, you can now get $200 worth of electronic gift certificates to Restaurant.com for only $20.

Prepare for emergencies by setting up Medical ID on your iPhone

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This may save your life.
It probably won’t, but it may.
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It’s very important to set up the Medical ID on your iPhone so it’s ready in case you find yourself in an emergency situation. First responders can check your iPhone to get critical information about any allergies or preexisting conditions that could make a huge difference in their ability to help you.

It might be unpleasant to think about, but providing this vital information could prove lifesaving if an accident leaves you unconscious.

If you haven’t yet done so you’ll be happy to know it only takes a couple of minutes to update your medical records in the Health app on your iPhone. Here’s how to do it.

Servant dishes out a delightfully scary Halloween treat [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★

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Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) wears a Halloween costume in an this week's episode of ★★★★
You've heard of Christmas in July. What about Halloween in February?
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TV+ ReviewHalloween comes early this week on Servant, the Apple TV+ saga of a family increasingly held prisoner by the mystic nanny who once threatened to save them from themselves.

On the prowl for zealots, Leanne discovers that the violence inside her can be used for more than necessary evil. Julian and Sean are starting to lose the illusion that they have any kind of control over her, and are beginning to agree with Dorothy that it’s time for the nanny to go. It’s another excellently creepy outing for the Turner family.

Everyone wins (up to $1 million) when they solve this clever puzzle

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Win up to $1 million for celebrating National Puzzle Day.
After you finish this brain-teasing puzzle, scan it to see how much you won.
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If National Puzzle Day didn’t leave you completely wiped out, you can take a shot at turning puzzling fun into big money with this hot deal. How? Try solving the 2 Million Dollar Puzzle.

First, pick up a puzzle for the discounted price of $19.98. Second, solve it. Third, scan it to see if you won $1 million!