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Flexible device and display mounts make this home office [Setups]


MacBook Pro setup with mounted devices and displays
Everything in this setup but the keyboard, wrist rest, mouse and desk mat is mounted.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you’re not elevating your laptop, iPad and displays on mounts and arms, you’re limiting your computer setup. Today’s feature MacBook Pro and iPad setup illustrates the point well by putting those devices and dual displays on four separate mounts, some with moveable arms.

That makes all of those devices more flexible, and much easier to move around than they would be on stationary stands. It also frees up space on the desk.

Today in Apple history: Pixar IPO makes Steve Jobs a billionaire


The Pixar IPO is a key part of Steve Jobs' professional turnaround.
Photo: Ben Stanfield/Flickr CC

November 29: Today in Apple history: Pixar makes Steve Jobs a billionaire November 29, 1995: Capitalizing on the success of Toy Story, Pixar floats 6.9 million shares on the stock market. The IPO makes Steve Jobs, who owns upward of 80% of the animation studio, a billionaire.

After the windfall, one of the first people Jobs calls is his friend, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, who’s already a member of the billionaire’s club.

“Hello, Larry?” Jobs tells his friend on the phone. “I made it.”

Get Speidel’s soft silicone Scrub Band for Apple Watch for just $6


Speidel's Matching Scrub Band for Apple Watch is just $5.99 for a limited time.
Speidel's Matching Scrub Band for Apple Watch is just $5.99 for a limited time.
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Speidel makes all sorts of watch bands and straps — including a wide range of bands for Apple Watch. Little did we know there’s one made for medical workers, as in doctors and nurses. It’s the Speidel Matching Scrub Band for Apple Watch, and it’s on sale in the Cult of Mac Store for just $5.99, or 70% off the regular price.

You don’t need to work in health care to grab one. But if you like the looks of these colorful and inexpensive silicone Apple Watch bands, you should act fast — once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Solid standing desk doesn’t break the bank [Review] ★★★★☆


Fezibo All-in-One Standing Desk★★★★☆
This Fezibo standing desk gets the job done nicely -- and on the cheap.
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

When I moved to a new place recently, I decided to get serious about an expanded and ergonomically healthy computer setup — including a solid and surprisingly affordable electric standing desk from Fezibo.

Better-known standing desks often go for $600 or more, but my spacious, handsome and practical desk cost me just $261. And so far it’s reliable, with just a couple of small caveats.

Tap Taskio’s AI brain to create killer content, automate tasks and more, just $25 for life


Cyber Week alert: Lifetime access to Taskio is now under $25.
Taskio can write copy, generate images, solve problems and more, and you can get a lifetime sub for next to nothing!
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

If you haven’t taken the plunge into artificial intelligence, it’s time to get your feet wet. You might be surprised how much more efficient you can be with some AI-driven prompts when you’re trying to write some text, do research for a project or create a powerful image or graphic.

Taskio is an AI productivity tool that can give you a boost and serve as your new creative partner when it comes to content generation or even complicated problem-solving. During Cyber Week, you can score a lifetime subscription to Taskio for only $24.97.

iPad gift guide: Pick the best tablet to give your loved ones


iPad gift guide: Pick the best model to give your loved ones
We have expert advice on choosing the best iPad to give as a gift.
Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

iPad makes a spectacular gift. Apple tablets are very popular, and everyone from little Billy to Grandma will enjoy one.

But there’s a wide array of models to choose from. In this guide, we go through all the options to explore their pros and cons as gifts.

Apple reportedly ending Apple Card partnership with Goldman Sachs


Making Apple Card payments is as simple as its design.
Apple might have to find a new banking partner for Apple Card.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s partnership with Goldman Sachs for the Apple Card is reportedly coming to an end. The Wall Street Journal says Apple sent a proposal to the bank to exit from the agreement in the next 12 to 15 months.

At the moment, it remains unclear if Apple has zeroed in on another banking partner for Apple Card.

Make password management easy with a lifetime Sticky Password sub, just $16


Celebrate Cyber Week with $183 savings on Sticky Password's cybersecurity.
Secure the premium version of this highly rated password manager for one low payment.
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Remembering and updating passwords and other sensitive info quickly becomes a challenging task once you wise up and stop using the same stupid password for everything. Fortunately, you don’t need to deal with forgotten passwords again with Sticky Password.

Through Cyber Week, you can enjoy a lifetime subscription to Sticky Password’s top-rated password management and form filler for only $15.97 (regularly $199) until December 3!

Bag bargains on Macs, iPads and Studio Displays while you can


Woot! Apple sale
Discounted iMacs are on the gift list this season at bargain site Woot!
Photo: Apple

Amazon bargain site Woot! would never miss out on giving you discounted gift options on Apple gear for the holidays, and so it offers a sale right on the heels of Cyber Monday.

iMacs, Mac minis, MacBooks, iPads, Studio Displays — the list of 18 items at up to 51% off is well worth a look. Sale goes through December 5, but these deals likely will sell out early.

Never miss a delivery with this free package-tracking app [Awesome Apps]


AfterShip package tracker
A package tracking app with all the features you expect, and it costs nothing.
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Awesome Apps

AfterShip Package Tracker is a free app that does exactly what it says in the name: It tracks your packages. You can see all your orders in one place, when they will arrive, and how close they are geographically to you. Push notifications are fast and alert you when your items are on their way.

Plus, unlike just about every other package-tracking app for iOS, AfterShip Package Tracker is totally free, with no in-app purchases.