This battery/flashlight combo beats any blackout [Deals]

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Not only is this a brawny backup battery, it's solar powered and includes a multi-use flashlight.
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No matter how far ahead you plan, you’ll find yourself without power when you need it most. Much like there’s no good time for bad news, it’s always bad news when you can’t charge your phone. Or even worse, find your way around a darkened room.

Today in Apple history: Windows scores big victory over Mac

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Windows used a number of elements of the Mac UI
Windows used a number of elements of the Mac UI.
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July 25 TIAH July 25, 1989: Apple suffers a major setback in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Microsoft for allegedly stealing the Mac’s “look and feel” to create Windows.

Apple sued Microsoft on 189 counts of copyright infringement relating to Windows 2.0.3. The judge overseeing the case throws out 179 of them. This paves the way for Microsoft’s dominance over Apple in the coming decade.

How to download your SoundCloud music all at once

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Grabbing your own SoundCloud music is easy with this free tool.
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SoundCloud may or may not be in trouble, but if you uploaded a bunch of your own music to the service, and have no idea where your original copies are, then you should probably download your SoundCloud music now, just to be safe.

Incredibly, there’s no built-in way to quickly grab your own files from SoundCloud. Thankfully, though, somebody built an easy-to-use tool to get the job done. Today we’re going to see how to use it.

How to fix the iPhone No Service error while roaming

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Just switch this setting to fix the iPhone No Service error.
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If you’ve ever traveled to a foreign country with your iPhone or iPad, you may have come across the dreaded No Service error. This happens when you get off the plane and switch on your iPhone. But instead of connecting to a cellular network, your iPhone just spins its wheels and refuses to connect.

Apple offers a support page to help out, and a zillion forum pages serve up advice, but none seem to cover this particular tip, which I discovered after hours of painful futzing with settings.

macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4 get fourth beta builds

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macOS High Sierra is landing this fall.
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Apple seeded its fourth beta build of macOS High Sierra to developers today, along with new betas of watchOS 4 and tvOS 11.

The new builds come two weeks after Apple dropped the last builds on developers that brought a bunch of new bug fixes and under the hood changes. Apple didn’t add quite as many major changes as it did on iOS 11 beta 4, but there are some notable improvements.

iOS 11 beta 4 brings new app icons

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The best gesture in iOS 11 isn't just for iPad.
iOS 11 is a huge update for iPhone and iPad.
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Developers received an all-new beta build of iOS 11 today, just two weeks after Apple seeded the previous one.

iOS 11 beta 4 brings a host of bug fixes and performance improvements, plus a few key changes that make Apple’s mobile operating system even better. New beta builds are also available for macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.