Upgrade your reading speed, data management and more [Week’s best deals]

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Manage and protect your mobile data, up your reading speeds, and more.
Manage and protect your mobile data, up your reading speeds, and more.
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The cool weather (finally) starts to settle in. But here at the Cult of Mac Store, we’ve got some hot new deals on gear and gadgets to keep you warm. That includes iOS management tools, super secure cloud storage, even a WiFi connected dartboard. Most are more than 60 percent off, read on for more details:

Apple Watch saves man from pulmonary embolism

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Apple Watch Series 3 doesn't like visiting hospitals.
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Wearing an Apple Watch has become the difference between life and death for a New York man who never expected that buying one could save his life.

James Green, a 28-year-old from Brooklyn, describes himself as a serial data tracker. When he bought the original Apple Watch two years ago, he picked it up mostly for the notifications and tracking bike rides. Now, thanks to a heart-tracking app, it’s become a big part of his health story.

Series 3 vs. Series 1: Which Apple Watch is right for you?

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Series 3 has landed, but is it the best model for you?
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Apple Watch Series 3 is now on sale, with prices starting at $329. If you want LTE connectivity — and you will — you’ll be coughing up at least $399.

That’s not cheap. But is it worth it? And should you even consider last year’s Series 1 model, which remains on sale as a more affordable alternative?

Find out right here in our 2017 Apple Watch comparison, which will help you decide which option is the best for you.

6 reasons why you should order an Apple Watch with LTE today

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Apple Watch 3 is faster too.
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Apple Watch Series 3 is now available to pre-order ahead of its sales debut on September 22. If you move fast, you may still be able to claim one for launch day delivery.

But do you really need one? Maybe you already have a previous Apple Watch that’s still serving you well. Maybe you’ve never really seen the need for a smartwatch at all. Well, forget all that.

Here are 6 reasons why you should buy an Apple Watch with LTE today.

iOS 11 has another feature to stave off snooping cops

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It's even tougher for cops to crack into iOS 11.
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Apple has made a couple of changes in iOS 11 that make it more difficult for cops to get into your iPhone. We discovered one of those last month, and now another has been uncovered by security software developer ElcomSoft.

It makes it even more difficult for law enforcement to obtain the data on your iPhone, even if they have your fingerprint.

What to do if you were affected by the massive Equifax hack

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143 million customers in the U.S. may have been impacted by the attack.
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Credit report giant Equifax confirms a “cybersecurity incident” may have compromised the data of 143 million U.S. customers.

Criminals gained access to Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, credit card numbers and more between mid-May and July of this year. It’s one of the biggest and most worrisome data breaches in history.

Here’s what to do if you’re one of the customers affected.

Apple promises it won’t store or sell your HomePod data

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Phil Schiller gives the world a sneak peek at the HomePod during WWDC 2017.
Apple will continue to protect your privacy with HomePod.
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Apple has confirmed that it won’t store or sell any data collected by its HomePod smart speaker.

HomePod won’t send anything to Apple’s servers until a user activates it with the “Hey Siri” command. Apple encrypts any information received after that point. The data gets encrypted and sent using an anonymous ID.

Europe just abolished all roaming charges

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This doesn't have to be you.
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Today, roaming charges have been dropped across the European Union. If you live in Berlin and travel to Budapest, you can keep using your existing data plan at no extra cost, and you keep (more or less) the same data allowance. That’s neat for Europeans, but it’s also good news for international travelers, because you only need to buy one SIM card at the start of your trip, and then you’re covered until you go home.