Name your price for 5 performance-enhancing Mac apps, feat. TechTool Pro [Deals]

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These five apps can up your Mac's performance and productivity, for whatever you're willing to pay.
These five apps can up your Mac's performance and productivity, for whatever you're willing to pay.
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Your Mac comes out of the box as a lean, mean computing machine. But any Mac is only as useful as the apps you put on it. That makes this bundle of Mac apps worth checking out. In addition to including various ways of improving the performance and productivity possibilities of your Mac, the Fab 5 Mac App Bundle is available for whatever you’re willing to pay. Read on for details.

How to use iMessage apps in iOS 11

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Delicious, juicy stickers. Mmmm.
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iMessage apps aren’t all about stickers. They’re also a neat and handy way to share information from your favorite regular apps. And in iOS 11, they’ve become a lot easier to use. In iOS 10, iMessage apps required several taps just to get to a list to choose what you wanted. In iOS 11, there’s a brand-new dock at the bottom of the app which lets you quickly swipe and tap to the exact app you want, even if you have a lot of them active.

How to upgrade to macOS High Sierra the right way

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The new 4K iMac is Apple's most repairable machine in years.
Elevate your Mac to High Sierra.
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Apple’s latest update for the Mac finally arrived today in the form of macOS High Sierra, bringing a host of improvements to Mac users. While the update doesn’t contain a ton of outward-facing changes, it’s definitely worth taking the time to upgrade if you want your Mac to be faster and more secure than ever.

Here’s how to do it.

How to customize Control Center in iOS 11

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At last, you can customize the Control Center in iOS 11.
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In iOS 11, you can customize the Control Center, removing some of the shortcuts you don’t use, and adding in some new ones. This, combined with Control Center’s new in-depth, 3D Touch controls, makes it a lot easier to quickly access functions you don’t necessarily want to open an app to use.

For instance, you can get quickly access an Apple TV remote, add widgets for alarms and timers, change text size, and even start screen recordings.

The pros and cons of wireless charging

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Why do you do this to us, Apple?
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The new iPhone 8 and iPhone X support “wireless” charging. That is, you can toss them onto a charging mat instead of plugging in a Lightning cable. Obviously this is more convenient when you’re at home — you can put a pad on your nightstand, desk or hallway table.

But there are other advantages to iPhone wireless charging that aren’t so obvious. And there is also one big disadvantage — one that has the potential to cause major damage to the Earth.

How to see which apps are wasting your iPhone battery

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Which apps are running riot on your iPhone's battery?
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Sometimes an app gets out of control and eats up your battery, even while it doesn’t seem to be active. Once, I had an iPad drained almost completely by a runaway instance of Skype. Or you may have an app that is supposed to run in the background — a synthesizer, or another music app, for example — and you forget you left it running, draining your iPhone battery.

Or perhaps you just want to see how much battery your various apps use. In any of these cases, you can open up a Settings screen that will report which apps have used how much battery, and for how long, over the past day or week. It’s a very handy screen indeed.

These Bluetooth earbuds include a convenient charging case [Deals]

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1Voice Wireless In-Ear Headphones with Charging Case
These Bluetooth earbuds include with a charging case that can revive them up to 7 times.
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Wireless Bluetooth earbuds are basically the ultimate in convenience for listening to music. Unfortunately, their one weak point is the constant need for recharging. Even with improving battery lives, running out of juice is a problem worth avoiding.