Supercharge your Mac with 8 powerful apps [Deals]

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Turn your Mac into a productivity powerhouse with 8 top-rated apps for desktop optimization, photography, privacy and more.
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Your Mac is a productivity powerhouse. But to tap its full potential, you need the right apps. So whether for managing iPhone data, touching up photos, or staying safe online, we recommend checking out this bundle of eight awesome apps to make the most of your Mac.

Loaded with trusted, top-quality apps, the Limited Edition Mac Bundle packs something for every Mac owner. And right now, it’s on sale for a whopping 93% off.

Score 11 top productivity Mac apps, including Parallels Desktop [Deals]

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Make your Mac a productivity powerhouse with this bundle of top-rated apps.
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It’s hard to stay productive these days, so it’s a great time to get tools that can help us get more done quickly. If you use a Mac, this bundle of 11 apps — featuring Parallels Desktop 15 — will definitely boost your productivity.

From desktop optimization and photography to privacy and more, these Mac apps will help you maximize your efforts.

Manage your iOS data better than iTunes [Deals]

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Manage all your iPhone data easier with iMazing.
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Ever plug your iPhone into iTunes and realize you have no idea how to get your music from one device to another? You’re not alone. iTunes is clunky and confusing. Luckily, apps like iMazing stepped in to offer easier and more intuitive iOS management.

Right now, you can get this powerful tool at a gigantic discount.

Round out your Christmas shopping with cloud storage, VPN protection and more [Deals]

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Swoop in on the last, best deals of the year.
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Christmas is here, so we’re giving the gift of great deals on essential digital tools. Below you’ll find discounts as high as 97% off for cloud storage, VPN protection, powerful tools for iOS management and more. Even better, you can also save an extra 15% when you use the promo code HAPPYHOLIDAYS at checkout.

What really happens when you duplicate a file on iOS?

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How much space do duplicate files take up on your iPad? In theory, they use no extra storage. Thanks to the design of the Apple File System (APFS) used on iOS and macOS, duplicating a file doesn’t actually create a copy. It just creates a reference that points to the original file on the disk.

But what about File Providers, and iCloud, and all that stuff? I decided to take a deep dive and find out if you can really make a zillion copies of a file with no penalty. The results were, to say the least, confusing.

Save 77% on the ‘Swiss Army Knife for iPhones’ [Deals]

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Gain fine-grain, intuitive control of the files on your iOS devices with this powerful iTunes alternative.
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Backing up or moving data around on an iOS device should be simple. Unfortunately, iTunes has some real limits in terms of flexibility. So for easy, broad control of iOS data, third party data managers are often the best bet.

How to back up your iMessages (and why it’s essential)

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Never lose your old messages again.
Never lose your old messages again.
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Why would you bother to back up your iMessages? After all, they’re all stored in iCloud these days, right? Well, yes your messages are all stored in iCloud, but they’re not backed up up there. They’re synced, which means that if you delete a message thread, it’s gone forever. The answer is to make a local backup, which requires a Mac. Which is ridiculous in 2019, but there you go.

Here’s how to back up your iMessages in case the worst happens.

Win a copy of iMazing and take control of your iOS devices [Giveaway]

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The easiest way to create local backups.
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Backing up your devices can save you a world of pain when things go wrong. And yet, so many people still don’t back up on a regular basis. If you’re one of them, you should change that for World Backup Day 2019 on March 31.

World Backup Day encourages everyone to back up their most important data. To make it as simple and as cheap as possible for you, we’re giving away ten copies of the excellent iMazing app for Mac and PC. It’s the best way to create local backups that prevent your precious memories from getting lost.

How to save and print your iMessages and WhatsApps

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Get your freshly-printed WhatsApps here.
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Yes, this sounds like a joke about the olde worlde CEO who has his secretary print his emails, then transcribe his dictated replies. But printing message threads can be pretty useful. Lawyers, for example, may want a printed record, or a PDF, of a message thread. And even regular humans might appreciate a well-formatted archive of their messages that can be easily searched and marked up.

You still can’t do this on your iDevice. However, thanks to the amazing iMazing Mac app, you can quickly create PDFs of your messages, and even print them. Onto paper.