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App Store privacy labels are new, and there have been criticism.
The purpose of the App Store privacy labels is to help users understand what data is collected and how it is used.
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OtterBox Mobile Gaming Clip unites iPhone with Xbox controller [Review]

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Securely mount your iPhone on an Xbox controller with the OtterBox Mobile Gaming Clip.
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Playing fast-moving games on a touchscreen is often frustrating. And while iOS supports external game controllers, combining one with an iPhone can be cumbersome. But not with the OtterBox Mobile Gaming Clip. It attaches an iPhone to an Xbox controller in a surprisingly usable setup.

I did some gaming with the phone mount to see how it stands up to real-world use. Spoiler: it performed far better than the many cheap alternatives.

This speaker charges your iPhone while blasting your favorite playlist

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Are you ready to rumble in the jungle?
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People who love hopping into their cars and going for an outdoor adventure know that few things compare to an open road and being in nature. Whether you’re taking a short hike or enjoying a long weekend camping, it’s important to have the right gear on hand to ensure you can fully relax and immerse yourself in your surroundings.

The HyperGear Quake Wireless Speaker with Built-in Power Bank is the perfect outdoor companion, and it serves two functions: It keeps your phone fully charged (just in case you need it). And it can stream your favorite playlists for fireside entertainment.

Tim Cook says Apple creates products ‘that make us proud’

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Tim Cook told Apple shareholders that, “technology should help us leave the world better than we found it.”
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Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday that his company is “made up of people who want to spend their lives making things that enrich the lives of others.” He described Apple’s identity at length in response to a question during the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Cook also answered questions about privacy and other topics during the virtual meeting.

Get the biggest discounts yet on Apple Watch 6 — save up to $69

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Order yours today from $339.
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Amazon’s generous discounts on Apple Watch Series 6 are back, and this time they’re even bigger. You can save up to $69.02 for a limited time — or pick up Apple Watch 3 for less than $170.

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Ultra-affordable 2-in-1 stand neatly charges Apple Watch, AirPods Pro

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Charges Apple Watch and iPhone (or AirPods).
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Don’t spend hundreds on Apple Watch and AirPods Pro then leave them to get all scratched up on your bedside table while they’re charging. Keep them tidy and protected with Elago’s Duo Pro stand.

Its 2-in-1 design, available in four pretty color options, securely holds both your devices while they’re charging and keeps cables organized so they don’t get in the way. It’s even compatible with iPhone.

Get yours today for just $14.99.

This top-rated cooling pad could extend your laptop’s life

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Keep your MacBook totally chill ...
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If you use your laptop all day, excessive heat could damage it over time. Thankfully, a cooling pad is all you really need to prevent overheating and extend the life of your laptop. The Havit Laptop Cooling Pad is one such accessory, and it’s on sale now for just $32.95. That’s 13% off the regular price of $37.

Today in Apple history: iTunes hits 10 billion downloads

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With iTunes 10 billion downloads milestone, Apple becomes the world's biggest music vendor.
Apple becomes the world's biggest music vendor.
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February 23: Today in Apple history: iTunes hits 10 billion downloads February 23, 2010: The iTunes Store officially passes the 10 billion music downloads mark, reaching a major milestone. The 10 billionth purchase? “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash.

The buyer of the song in question is Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia. As part of a “Countdown to 10 Billion Songs” promotion by Apple, Sulcer wins a massive $10,000 iTunes Store gift card — and receives a personal phone call from Steve Jobs for good measure!