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Hexnode will hold its first-ever user conference, HexCon 20, in the first week of December 2020.
Hexnode will hold its first user conference, HexCon20, in the first week of December 2020.
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Don’t miss these big Black Friday deals on Apple devices

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Get shopping before the discounts disappear!
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Black Friday is finally here, which means it’s the perfect time to pick up the hottest Apple devices at a big discount. You’ll find generous savings on everything from AirPods to the newest Apple Watch models.

We’ve rounded up some of the best deals for you to make the hunt a little easier — and to ensure you don’t miss out! So, grab your wallet and get shopping!

Apple Watch, MacBook tipped for big redesigns in late 2021

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New iPads with mini-LED displays could come even sooner.
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Apple will introduce a redesigned Apple Watch and MacBook lineup in late 2021, according to one reliable analyst.

Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities expects Apple’s next-generation wearable to bring “innovative health management functions.” He also told investors iPhone 12 is off to a strong start.

macOS Big Sur bricks some older 13-inch MacBook Pro models

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Beware Big Sur if you have an older MacBook Pro.
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You might want to avoid Apple’s fancy new macOS Big Sur upgrade if you’re running an older MacBook Pro. Some owners report that the update rendered their machines completely unusable.

The problem seems to be affecting late-2013 and mid-2014 MacBook Pro models. It is believed Apple is aware, but there is no fix just yet.

When to expect redesigned MacBooks with speedy Apple M1 chip

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An M1 MacBook Pro might not look ike its predecessors.
An M1 MacBook Pro with 14-inch screen would give professionals more options.
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The second wave of MacBooks with the just-announced Apple M1 processor will have an “all-new form factor,” according to a trusted analyst. And there’ll supposedly be a new size option.

That’s likely to please anyone who was disappointed that the first M1-based MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are nearly indistinguishable from their predecessors.

$17 million ransomware attack reportedly hits MacBook manufacturer

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The last thing you need when you’re a manufacturer trying desperately to deliver orders for Apple is to be hit with a ransomware attack. According to a new report, that’s exactly what happened to Compal, maker of MacBooks, over the weekend — when it was reportedly hit with a massive $17 million extortion attempt.

The firm says that it was simply an “abnormality” in its system, but Taiwanese media claims that it was a cyberattack. This has seemingly been backed up by the website BleepingComputer, which obtained the ransomware note.

Apple Silicon is one of the biggest risks the Mac-maker has ever taken

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A MacBook with Apple Silicon could be out in 2020.
A MacBook with an Apple A14 processor needs to be slim and powerful. If it’s not, Apple could get a black eye.
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Switching Macs from Intel chips to ones Apple designs itself is enormously risky. True, macOS computers will be better than ever … if the transition goes right. But if the first Macs running on Apple Silicon — which are expected to be revealed Tuesday — turn into a debacle, it could seriously hurt Cupertino.

Here are some of the ways moving Mac to Apple processors might go off the rails.

Last chance: Save on great accessories in our Halloween Sale

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Save on Elago, Mujjo, Rilee & Lo, and more.
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The Cult of Mac Store’s big Halloween Sale is almost over, but there’s still time to save on some sweet bands, cases, and other accessories for Apple Watch, iPhone, AirPods, and more.

Enjoy discounts on brands like Mujjo, Elago, and Rilee & Lo — but be quick. This sale ends today!