Invasion puts humanity to the test even before the aliens arrive [Apple TV+ review]

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Invasion review: New Apple TV+ sci-fi series goes big and broad.
The new Apple TV+ sci-fi series about an alien invasion goes big and broad.
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Right after Foundation took the world by storm and For All Mankind raked in a third season, Apple TV+ is rolling the dice that viewers will get excited about yet another space show. This one’s called Invasion, and it debuts Friday.

The new sci-fi series follows a half-dozen people as an alien invasion force wreaks havoc all over the planet. Can these people get over their foibles and weaknesses to survive? Can this show extend its predecessors’ winning streak on Apple TV+?

It’s no turkey: Fab Apple Store opens in Istanbul with exclusive AR exhibition

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Apple Bağdat Caddesi opens as Apple’s third retail location in Turkey, situated in Istanbul.
Apple Bağdat Caddesi opens as Apple’s third retail location in Turkey, situated in Istanbul.
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Apple said its new Apple Bağdat Caddesi — its latest Apple Store — opens Friday in Istanbul, Turkey. It marks the Cupertino tech giant’s third retail location in the country. With the opening comes the debut of a special Today at Apple program and an exclusive augmented reality (AR) exhibition.

Keep AirPods 3 safe and protected with Elago’s brilliantly cool new cases

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Elago cases for AirPods 3
Prices start at just $10.99.
Photo: Elago

AirPods always look great when you first take them out of their box, but it only takes a few days for their shiny white case to become covered in scuffs and scratches. That’s why you should protect yours with a great case.

Check out Elago’s brilliantly cool new lineup of cases for AirPods 3, which includes simple silicone sleeves, luscious leather options, and others inspired by awesome retro tech, including the original Game Boy and Macintosh.

Charge all your gear with Hyper’s new 245W USB-C battery pack, GaN charger

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The HyperJuice GaN Charger delivers 245W of power across four USB-C ports.
The HyperJuice GaN Charger delivers 245W of power across four USB-C ports.
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Wish you could charge up all your gadgets at the same time? Hyper now offers the HyperJuice 245W USB-C Battery Pack and the HyperJuice 245W USB-C GaN Charger. Both feature four USB-C ports for your gear.

With either one, you can charge two laptops, a tablet and a smartphone at once. The battery pack is convenient on the go, too.

Today in Apple history: PowerBook 100 series is a smash hit

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The entry-level PowerBook 100 fueled a laptop revolution.
The entry-level PowerBook 100 fueled a laptop revolution.
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October 21: Today in Apple history: Apple launches PowerBook 100 series, one of the most important laptops in Apple history October 21, 1991: Apple launches its PowerBook 100 series. The lightweight laptops quickly become one of the most important tech gadgets of all time.

These devices will almost single-handedly turn notebook computers into a mainstream technology. Apple’s subsequent success in this category — whether it’s the current MacBooks or even the rise of mobile devices like the iPhone — owes a huge debt to the PowerBook 100 series.

Anker rolls out 40W dual USB-C Nano Pro charger in four colors

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With two USB-C ports, you can charge your iPhone and iPad at full speed at the same time.
With two USB-C ports, you can charge your iPhone and iPad at full speed at the same time.
Photo: Anker

Anker keeps the new products coming. This week’s release of a new 40W Nano Pro charger follows last month’s release of 20W Nano Pro chargers. The new ones pack more juice but remain compact and come in the same array of colors. They also feature dual USB-C PD ports.

Get the MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12 and 13 at its lowest price yet

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MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone
Save $19.05 for a limited time.
Photo: Apple

Amazon is now offering its second and biggest discount on the new Apple MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. The $19.05 discount reduces the price of the device to just $79.95 for a limited time only.

Bag yours before the price returns to normal.

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2021 MacBook Pro proves Apple got its groove back

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The HDMI port, MagSafe charger and SD card reader in the new 2021 MacBook Pro models prove Apple design is back on track.
The HDMI port, MagSafe charger and SD card reader in the new 2021 MacBook Pro models prove Apple design is back on track.
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In 2016, Apple proudly unveiled a new MacBook Pro that rejected the HDMI port, the MagSafe charger and the SD card reader of the past. Fast forward to 2021, and the company just released new MacBook Pro models with an HDMI port, MagSafe and SD card reader.

Why the reversal? Apple’s head of design Jony Ive left in 2019 after decades with the company. His tendency to push form over function led Cupertino down the wrong path in many ways. And Apple is just now undoing mistakes Ive was responsible for. Like taking out ports that most buyers wanted.

Incredibly rare Apple VideoPad ditched by Steve Jobs heads to auction

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Apple VideoPad 2 prototype
It's expected to fetch up to $12,000.
Photo: Bonhams

An incredibly rare Apple VideoPad 2 prototype is headed to auction after it was purchased from an Apple engineer back in 1999. It comes with a black leather carrying case that features the Newton logo, and is expected to fetch $12,000.

The VideoPad, which was scrapped by Steve Jobs upon his return to Apple in 1997, was a personal digital assistant (PDA) similar to the Newton that would have allowed users to carry out video calls. But it never made it to market.

Play 400 retro games on this portable console, on sale for less than half-price

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Grab this awesome handheld retro 8-bit game console.
Grab this portable retro games console with more than 400 games.
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Remember when tech was … simpler? No matter how far technology advances, you just can’t beat the fun of 8-bit video games. That’s why we were excited to discover this Handheld 3-inch LCD Video Game Console with 400 built-in games. And for a limited time, this retro gaming device is on sale for just $24.99 — more than half off the regular price of $59.