Magic Keyboard and Mouse in silver and black require buying $6,000 Mac Pro

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Apple Magic Keyboard in black and silver is surprisingly expensive.
Getting the new Apple Magic Keyboard in black and silver costs much more than you might expect.
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A black-and-silver Magic Keyboard, Mouse 2 and Trackpad 2 debuted in Apple’s product lineup today, but only a fortunate few can order them. As it stands now, these accessories are only available for people who also buy a 2019 Mac Pro.

But that’s likely to change soon.

It’s Green Monday: Score a second laptop monitor, VPN protection and more [Deals]

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Green Monday Sale
This Green Monday, save on VPN protection, extra screens for your laptop, and more.
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If you thought the holiday deals had passed, think again. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Green Monday, and here that means another opportunity to score great deals on gear and gadgets. Pick up an extra screen for your laptop, five language courses, noise-canceling earbuds and lifelong VPN protection.

Max out your Mac mini with this multiport stand

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The Satechi Stand & Hub puts the Mac Mini ports front and center.
Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub really matches the look of the Mac mini.
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A just-released stand adds an array of front-facing ports to a Mac mini, and it matches the look of this tiny desktop. The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub not only elevates the computer, it includes six expansion ports.

With new MX Master 3 and MX Keys, Logitech doubles down on productivity

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Meet MX Keys and MX Master 3, Logitech's new dynamic desktop duo.
Meet MX Keys and MX Master 3, Logitech's new dynamic desktop duo.
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A great mouse just got even better (and it brought a friend). Logitech’s new MX Master 3 mouse raises the bar on speed, thanks to a new electromagnetic scroll wheel that the company says can breeze through 1,000 lines in a second.

Meanwhile, the high-end mouse maintains the precision tracking, aggressively comfortable design and endless customization options that make it ideal for power users. And, it gains a new desktop productivity partner — MX Keys, a deluxe keyboard with sweet backlighting and other advanced options.

USB4 expands Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 to everyone

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A Thunderbolt 3 cable is also a USB4 cable.
A Thunderbolt 3 cable is also a USB4 cable.
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Just a week after USB 3.2 was unveiled, the USB Promoter Group went ahead and took the wraps off the follow up. But if the specs of USB4 sound familiar, that’s because they’re based on the Thunderbolt 3 standard already implemented in most Macs.

So users of other types of computers can finally benefit from the faster connection speeds that Apple devices have been enjoying for years.

USB 3.2 update gets faster and maybe less confusing

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USB-C cable
You can’t tell which version of the USB standard a cable uses just by looking at it.
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The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) today released a description of the next version of USB.  This brings welcome improvements in data transfer speeds, and USB 3.2 also attempts to remedy some of the confusion the public experiences trying to understand what USB products offer.