Mix and match modular wireless chargers with RapidX Modula5 [Review]

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Daisychain RapidX Modula units to build a custom wireless charging station.
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Many homes and offices have a collection of iPhones, Apple Watches and AirPods that need charging every night. Rather than a collection of these cluttered together, the RapidX Modula5 system offers wireless chargers that magnetically snap together and run off a single cable.

I used Modula5 in my multi-device home. Here’s why I like it.

Putting macOS on iPad is a terrible idea

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Putting macOS on iPad is a terrible idea
No. No, no, no, no. No.
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Apple’s smart decision to build an M1 processor into the 2021 iPad Pro renewed calls to port macOS to the tablet. “Put macOS on the iPad, you cowards,” read one particularly misguided headline.

Doing so would be a mistake so severe it would damage sales of both iPad and Mac. It would take years to clean up the mess.

No matter that Macs and iPads run on the same chip. macOS isn’t designed for a touchscreen. Apple would need to redesign the operating system to run on a tablet, and devs would need to alter third-party applications, too. And that would anger people using non-touchscreen laptops and desktops.

Plus, people happy with the iPad now wouldn’t like the change either.

With these top-rated tablets and second screens, you can work and game anywhere

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Take your pick to upgrade your on-the-go computing experience.
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Some of the best things about the last year were the lessons we learned about flexibility — especially when it concerns working (and entertaining yourself) in different spaces. For workers who are on the go, and looking to connect anywhere with ease, modern technology has a lot to offer.

We rounded up the best portable monitors and tablets to take with you wherever. They’re perfect for drafting up emails, streaming your favorite content, taking video calls and more. And they’re all on sale!

Save $379 on 512GB MacBook Pro refurbs before they’re all gone

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Save on 13.3-inch MacBook Pro from 2020
This deal is good for today only — enjoy it while you can!
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Pick up a 2020 MacBook Pro refurb on Amazon today and save a whopping $379.01. The renewed units, which look and work as good as new, pack Intel Core i5 processors, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage.

A limited number of units are available and this deal is good for today only. Enjoy it while you can.

M1 iMac can’t match fastest Intel iMacs in early benchmarks

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24-inch iMac with M1 processor released in 2021
The M1 processor in the 24-inch iMac is faster than most Intel iMacs. But not all.
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The first benchmark scores for the upcoming 24-inch M1 iMac are out, and the all-in-one desktop is just as fast as the laptops and desktop released in 2020 running this processor. And no faster.

That makes the new model 24% quicker than the 21-inch iMac it’s replacing. But it’s slower than the 27-inch iMac introduced in 2020 with a top-tier Intel processor.

Preorder this portable powerhouse charger while it’s 50% off

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This thing can charge your iPhone, iPad, AirPods, MacBook and Apple Watch all at once.
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As technology progresses, it seems that we all need more and more smart devices to power through our day productively: a smartwatch for better workouts, a laptop for better work production, wireless earbuds for better listening, and a smartphone for better communication. While all of these high-powered devices work hard to improve our lives, our reliance on them tends to drain their batteries — and sometimes, everything goes critical all at once.