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Why you should never use the browser in Facebook and Instagram

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Why you should never use the browser in Facebook and Instagram
You can always count on Meta apps to suck up as much users data as possible.
Graphic: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The web browser that Meta built into the iPhone Facebook and Instagram applications can collect far more information about users than they probably realize. It can “track every single interaction with external websites,” according to a developer.

But users don’t have to stay in this sketchy browser. Leaving it is easy – here’s how.

Grovemade adds small and medium sizes to its desk-shelf lineup

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Now available in small and medium sizes. This one is made from walnut-based plywood.
Now available in small and medium sizes. This one is made from walnut-based plywood.
Photo: Grovemade

Accessories-maker Grovemade recently added small and medium sizes to its lineup of desk shelves, which are wooden stands or risers for monitors and laptops that help you organize and store other items.

We see the Portland, Oregon-based company’s desk shelves from time to time in people’s workstations in Setups feature articles.

Save $25 on compact stand that charges 4 devices at once

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Charge four devices at once with the stand.
Charge four devices at once with the stand.
Photo: SwitchEasy

Who doesn’t love saving money, saving space and saving your gadgets from running out of juice? Well, you can do all three at once when you buy a SwitchEasy 4-in-1 MagPower Charging Stand.

The compact charger powers up four devices at once. And you can get it at 30% off in the Cult of Mac Store this week. That’s a savings of about $25 on something you’re likely to use every day.

Today in Apple history: Happy birthday, Steve Wozniak!

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Apple's merry prankster celebrates another spin around the sun.
Photo: Madame Tussauds

August 11: Today in Apple history: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is born August 11, 1950: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is born. While Steve Jobs may be the most admired Apple figure, Woz might be the most well-loved by fans.

In addition to his most famous creation, the Apple II, Wozniak is also responsible for imbuing Apple’s products with his fun-loving personality.

Happy birthday, Woz!

Miniature MagSafe speaker amps up iPhone audio [Review] ★★★★★

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Scoshe BoomCan MS review★★★★★
The Scoshe BoomCan MS pumps out outstanding sound for the size and price.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Scoshe BoomCan MS sticks to the back of a ‌MagSafe‌ ‌iPhone and ups the sound quality considerably. The palm-size Bluetooth speaker magnetically attaches to recent Apple handsets where it also act as a kickstand or a handle. And it’s waterproof and dustproof.

I’ve been using the BoomCan MS for a few weeks… and I love it.

And the winner of the best-macOS-wallpaper-ever tournament is …

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Is this your favorite macOS wallpaper?
Is this your favorite macOS wallpaper?
Photo: Apple

Apple aficionado Basic Apple Guy ran a “bracket” polling competition — think March Madness basketball, but without any perspiration — to determine the greatest macOS wallpaper ever. And users have spoken, according to a tweet pointing to final results Wednesday.

In a field of 18 competitors, macOS Catalina wallpaper emerged the champion (pictured above).

Ace every job interview with this discounted AI prep coach

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Master the interview process with this AI interview prep coach.
Hone your interview skills on your iPhone with this AI-powered app.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

The state of the economy is pretty scary these days, but landing a high-paying job could tamp down your darkest fears about inflation. However, you’ll need to survive the interview process first, which is pretty terrifying in itself.

During our Back to Education event, you can learn how to nail your job interviews convincingly, thanks to a discount on Huru. This iOS app puts valuable interview-prep tools in the palm of your hand. And you can purchase a lifetime subscription to Huru for just $69 (regularly $1,393) through August 24.

When you purchase Huru during this event, 50 cents will be donated to a school or charity you vote on. You’ll receive an email after your purchase to select the organization you want to support. (We’ll announce the recipient when the event ends.)

Disney+ price jumps sharply

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You'll be paying more to stream Disney, Marvel and Star Wars series.
Photo: The Walt Disney Company

Disney will soon hike the monthly subscription price of its streaming service almost 40%. When Disney+ first launched, it was one of the cheapest streaming streaming services. Not for much longer.

The company also increased the cost of Hulu and ESPN+.

How to keep your data private after Roe v. Wade reversal

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This detailed guide will help you keep your data on your device and your device only.
This detailed guide will help you keep your data on your device and your device only.
Image: D. Griffin Jones/Cult of Mac

In the aftermath of Roe v. Wade being overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court, and Facebook turning over a teenager’s private chats about her abortion to police, protecting your data is more urgent than ever.

Your iPhone and Apple Watch, and third-party apps you use on them, efficiently capture data that could be used against you at a later date by law enforcement. We’re talking things like location data, ovulation records, text messages and your web-browsing history.

Keeping all your data private after Roe v. Wade to avoid prosecution could prove highly important. Luckily, Apple gives you powerful controls over how and where your data is stored. You just might need to adjust certain settings for maximum privacy.

Read on to dive deep into data security recommendations for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac.

Watch: Pirates infielder slides into third, iPhone slides out of his pocket

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Watch: Pirates infielder slides into third, iPhone slides out of his pocket
Shown here: one of many reasons baseball players aren't allowed to carry iPhones on the field.
Screenshot: Bally Sports Arizona

Rodolfo Castro of the Pittsburg Pirates made an epic slide into third base Wednesday. His iPhone also tagged third – we know because the handset flew out of his pocket and hit the base.

The umpire had to point out to the baseball player that that the iPhone was lying on the field.