Bento Stack keeps your essentials neatly organized on the go

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Bento Stack is a must-have for any traveler.
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Carrying essential accessories with you wherever you go can be a nightmare. Your wires can get tangled, your AirPods can get lost, and your Apple Pencil can end up in more than one piece. That’s why you need the Bento Stack.

This compact, multi-compartment storage solution keeps more than 10 must-have accessories neatly organized when you’re on the road. It’s a must-have if you’re a frequent traveler.

Save on MacBook Pro, HomePod and more [Deals & Steals]

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Save a fortune before these discounts disappear.
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Save a whopping $300 on the newest 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for a limited time at B&H Photo, or treat yourself to HomePod and save $30.

You will also find Apple’s official Clear Case for iPhone XR at half its usual price in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. Plus, there’s up to $100 off the Eero home Wi-Fi system, and 41% off a terrific charging stand for all your Apple gadgets.

Cheaper HomePod, improved AirPods could arrive in 2020

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Apple could finally bring noise cancellation to AirPods.
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A more affordable version of the struggling HomePod smart speaker will debut next year, according to a generally reliable source. Apple is also reportedly going to introduce AirPods with noise cancellation in 2020.

Both are products that consumers have been asking for.

AirPods won’t escape Trump’s tariffs this time

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Apple will have to pay import taxes on AirPods starting next month.
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Not all Apple devices will escape the taxes being levied next month on goods imported from China. The Trump Administration decided to delay tariffs on iPhone, iPad and Mac, but other popular products will still get slapped with a 10% import tax, including Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod

AirPods sales could shoot up 40% this year

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AirPods are tiny, but they’re big business.
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Apple’s wireless earbuds are selling better than most people realize. The company is on track to sell 50 million pairs by the end of this year, according to an industry analyst.

That’s up from 35 million in 2018. The product only debuted in 2016.

Last chance! Get 25% off this swanky wireless charger

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A wireless charger that actually looks good.
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Cult of Mac is now offering an exclusive deal on the excellent AluBase wireless charger from Just Mobile.

It’s the perfect time to treat yo’ self to the fastest possible wireless charge for iPhone, and great design that you won’t want to hide away.

Order yours from the Watch Store today to get 25% off the usual price, and pick up a fast charging adapter to go with it for just $5. You won’t find this discount anywhere else, and it’s almost over!

Save on iMac, iPhone, iPad and more! [Deals & Steals]

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Get a whopping $700 off the 5K iMac.
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B&H Photo’s big discount on the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is now even bigger. This super-speedy model is now down $700 for a limited time — and it’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

You can also bag an unlocked iPhone for under $205, an Amazon Echo Show for under $60, and the Netgear Orbi whole home Wi-Fi mesh system for under $200. Plus, you can save $17.50 on the stunning Twelve South HiRise stand for MacBook.

AirPods and Apple Watch are now a bigger money-spinner than iPad

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Wearables are big business for Apple.
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Apple’s wearables division, including Apple Watch and AirPods, is now bigger than the company’s iPad business.

That’s a pretty astonishing statistic, and shows just how Apple continues to shift. Just a decade ago, Apple’s wearables division didn’t exist. Meanwhile, the iPad was the fastest-selling new product in Apple’s history.

8 key details from Apple’s upbeat earnings report

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Apple's giant pile of cash continues to grow.
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Apple unleashed its best-ever Q3 earnings report today, and traders subsequently sent the company’s stock soaring in after-hours trading.

Thanks to record-breaking revenue from its services business and strong growth from wearables, Apple is heading into its most important period of the year ready to cash in. Investors had plenty of questions for CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri during today’s call. And the duo revealed some key tidbits we actually weren’t expecting.

Travel tips: How to choose and use noise-canceling headphones

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Maybe it's time for a set cable-canceling headphones, amirite?
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Noise-canceling headphones are fantastic. They cut down on traffic noise, airplane rumble and even — to a certain extent — the racket from that never-ending construction work across the street. Not only is life more pleasant without this noise pollution, but less background noise is also healthier for your ears.

Because you’re not trying to drown out the ambient noise with your music, you can set the volume lower, thus preserving your hearing (as well as your sanity).

Today we’ll see how to choose from the different kinds of available noise-canceling headphones, and how to use them. What this won’t be is a buyer’s guide — although I do have some recommendations based on personal use.