This virtually unbreakable 3-in-1 charging hub does it all

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Lightweight, portable, and virtually unbreakable.
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If you need a charging hub that you can take with you everywhere, you want one that’s going to survive every trip. And you want one that charges all your devices simultaneously.

What you really want is the Elago 3-in-1 charging hub. It tops up your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods — and it’s virtually unbreakable. It’s also a steal at just $30 with free shipping.

Save up to $249 on the newest iPad Pro [Deals & Steals]

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And get half off a super-sharp monitor from Dell.
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Amazon’s massive price cuts on the 2018 iPad Pro are back, with up to $249 off some models for a limited time. Prices start at just $647 for an 11-inch model with 64GB of storage — that’s a generous $125 off the usual price.

Today’s Deals & Steals roundup also includes $50 off Apple’s new Powerbeats Pro headphones, $5 off a Lightning cable three-pack, and 17% off Anker’s excellent 5-in-1 USB-C hub that works wonderfully with MacBooks.

Plus, you can get half off a highly rated 24-inch monitor from Dell.

Apple AR is already here, and you’re probably wearing it right now [Opinion]

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Apple’s AR already surrounds us.
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“Apple is all-in on augmented reality. But where will it lead?” That’s a pretty standard view of Apple’s experiments with visual AR, aka overlaying virtual objects onto the real world, via the iPhone’s camera and screen.

But Apple is already providing a fully immersive AR overlay onto the real world, to millions of users — only it isn’t using a screen. AirPods are augmented reality. They are also a part of a new computing paradigm that Apple snuck into the world without telling anybody. This paradigm currently consists of AirPods, iPhone, Apple Watch and the HomePod. And it is as discreet and low-key as it is important.

‘AirPods Pro’ with noise cancellation could debut this month

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Hold onto your wallets!
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Apple is expected to deliver pricier “AirPods Pro” with noise cancellation later this month, according to a new report.

Images of the buds were leaked by Apple in an iOS 13.2 beta earlier this month. They are expected to offer multiple listening modes and could cost around $100 more than the regular models.

How to make Siri announce and read your messages

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Siri can now read out your incoming messages, automatically.
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In iOS 13.2, Siri can announce your incoming messages and read them to you. This is the kind of feature that is so useful, and obvious, that it seems like it should have always been there. It’s called Announce Messages with Siri, and it does just that.

Here’s how to set it up and use it

Stand+Dock brings iPhone, AirPods together for tidy charging [Review]

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A spectacularly simple charging solution.
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Clear the clutter on your bedside table with the Zens Stand+Dock. This stunning charger tops up iPhone and AirPods simultaneously and eliminates messy cables that are forever in your way.

A built-in USB port on its base also allows you to charge a third device — like your Apple Watch. And with up to 20W of power output, there’s more than enough to go around.

Here’s why we love the Zens Stand+Dock.

Affordable EarHooks ensure your AirPods never leave you

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And for just $14!
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Breaking up is hard and painful, unless you’re an AirPod. They’re far from loyal, and they will leave you any time and anywhere. That’s why you need Elago’s awesome EarHooks.

EarHooks prevent an ugly breakup by ensuring AirPods always stay in your ear — whether you’re working out or squeezing onto a busy train. And you can get yours today for just $14.

Revamped AirPods with noise cancellation spilled by iOS 13.2

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It seems Apple's next AirPods won't look like this.
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A new iOS 13.2 beta, out today for registered developers, spilled details about Apple’s next-generation AirPods with noise cancellation for the first time.

An image of the new Apple earbuds reveals a revamped design with soft tips. The beta also references different listening modes.

Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds are unbelievably fugly

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Does anyone actually think these look good?
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When Apple unveiled the AirPods in 2016, the first thing I thought was how dorky they looked with that long stem and no wires.

Fast-forward three years, and you know what looks dorky? Wearing wired earbuds like a dang peasant!

I only mention this to show that I am obviously not the best at predicting what kind of gadgets will look too nerdy to go mainstream. But when Microsoft unveiled its new Surface Earbuds today, it’s a pretty safe bet to say they’re so ugly not even nerds will love them.