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The Ultimate Mac Cyber Security Bundle: $49.99

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Ultimate Mac Cuber Security Bundle Deal

We have a collection of apps for you today called The Ultimate Mac Cyber Security Bundle. It features seven apps, including: VPN Land 1-Year Subscription, Periscope Pro 3 Video Surveillance for Mac, Koofr 100GB Plan 1-Yr Subscription,  Mac App Blocker, Mac Internet Security X9: 1-Year Subscription, Sticky Password Premium 1-Year Subscription, and Elite Keylogger Pro. These apps help you monitor your home and your Mac in a number of different ways, as well control and monitor usage of that Mac. You can get all of them for $49.99 through our deal.

Geekbench 4 Released for Mac, iOS, and Other OSes

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Primate Labs released Geekbench 4 for OS X, iOS, Windows, Linux, and Android this week. Geekbench is a benchmarking app that will test your device and show how it compares to other devices. The new version includes a new interface, a new structure that allows more features on mobile devices, and new workloads (i.e. tests for CPU). According to the company, “These updated workloads model real-world tasks and applications, and provide an objective measure of the performance of the CPU in your phone or laptop.” It also has new GPU workloads for testing the graphics processor(s) in your device. The company has a launch sale starting at $7.99 for Mac and Windows. It’s also on the App Store, but as of this writing it’s not showing up.

Geekbench 4 Released for Mac, iOS, and Other OSes

Apple Updates HP Printer Drivers

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HP OfficeJet 4610

Apple released new OS X printer drivers for HP printers on Tuesday titled “HP Printer Drivers v5.0 for OS X.” The patch notes for the update are sparse even by Apple standards, saying simply, “This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X.” It’s a safe assumption the update improves performance across the line.

Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke Will Feature Broader Range of Celebrities

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BusinessInsider has a piece on the Carpool Karaoke series Apple is working on for Apple Music. According to Ben Winston, co-founder of series producer Fulwell 73 Productions, the show is going to open up guest spots to celebrities who aren’t musicians. He also said the deal came together because of Jimmy Iovine, and that CBS will limit Carpool Karaoke‘s exposure on The Late Late Show with James Corden to keep it fresh. Carpool Karaoke could be a breakout hit for Apple. For context, the episode featuring Adele (below) has 124.6 million views on YouTube. Mr. Corden is executive producer of the Apple Music spinoff, but won’t be hosting it. There’s more in the full BI piece.

MOS Pack Backpack Charges Multiple Devices with One Plug

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Here’s something cool for techies on the go, especially the back-to-school crowd. It’s called MOS Pack, a backpack with a built-in portable charging station for all your gadgets. It has pockets for iPhones (or other smartphones), iPads, your passport, and a spot for a water bottle. On the charging side, the MOS pack doesn’t have a built-in battery—which you’d have to lug around—but instead has a charging station that distributes power to all your gadgets from one plug. Inside it has a cable management system you feed to each gadget in each pockets, and you’re charging everything without having to pull them out. I thought it quite clever at $99.

MOS Pack Backpack Charges Multiple Devices with One Plug

FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $19.99

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FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Check out the FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker. The name tells you what it is, but if you look at the image you’ll see a suction cup you can use to stick it to a mirror or even the wall in your shower. It has a nine-hour battery life, and you recharge via an included microUSB cable. You can get it through our deal for $19.99.

Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker Has Built-In Portable Charger: $104.99

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Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker

Check out the Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker , a portable speaker that can serve double duty as a portable battery for your mobile devices. As a speaker, this device has dual custom 45mm drivers and a machined aluminum body. Its rechargeable battery has a capacity of 6,000mAh, plus you can pull it out and use it to recharge your mobile devices. You can get the Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker for $104.99 through our deal.

The Battery That's Lasted 176 Years

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I’m pretty darned nerdy. I’ve watched my share, your share, and all of your neighbors’ share of the Science Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, Nova, Discovery Channel, and every other sciency-nerdy thing I could get my eyes on. But I’ve never heard of the battery that’s been running for 176 years. Come on, that’s cool! It’s been ringing a bell all that time. Billions of time. We have only a loose idea of how it’s built, and we can’t figure it out without destroying it. Anyway, Sally Page tells us all about it in this marvelous video. Also, 😍.

Zus MFi-Certified Kevlar Lightning Cable: $19.99

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Zus MFi-Certified Kevlar Lightning Cable

We have a deal for you today on a Zus MFi-certified Kevlar Lightning cable. As the name suggests, this 4-foot cable is sheathed in a mix of Kevlar and nylon. I’ve been using a couple of these Zus cables for a while now, and they’re excellent. I’d much rather spend a little more on a cable that lasts than replace cheap cables that break. YMMV, of course, but that’s my preference. You can get this one through our deal for $19.99.

North Korea Unveils Netflix-Like Service Called Manbang, Seriously

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It’s called Manbang. No, seriously. It’s called Manbang. NK News is reporting that’s what North Korea is calling some kind of pseudo-Netflix-like simulacrum of a service. Manbang. The Next Web reported that it means “Everything” in Korean. I assume that’s as true as it is ironic, because the service is limited to whatever propaganda constitutes video content in North Korea. And sure, breaking down into a puddle of lols because of what it sounds like in English makes me 12. I’m OK with that. Oh, and I’m pretending the text below translates as “Manbang.” Because Manbang.

North Korea Unveils Netflix-Like Service Called Manbang, Seriously

Tesla Battery Upgrade Will Boost Range to 315 Miles

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Tesla announced Tuesday a battery upgrade for some Model S sedan and Model X crossovers. The batteries come with a significant price tag of US$20,000, but will boost the range of the Model S to up to 315 miles. The Model X will have a range of up to 289 miles. Both cars will also be even faster in Ludicrous mode, which is a tad scary sounds really fun. The batteries can be purchased as an upgrade for $20,000, or in new model designations that have the batteries built in. These improvements are significant, as range is one of the great limiting factors for electric vehicles. Tesla has been a leader in automobile battery technology, and the company is likely to set whatever bar Apple Car is compared to when it’s eventually released.

Tesla Battery Upgrade Will Boost Range to 315 Miles

Samsung Shuts Down Milk Because LOL

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Samsung Milk

Samsung announced Tuesday that it is shutting down Milk, the company’s always-doomed music streaming service exclusive to Samsung devices. Bryan Chaffin argues that failure couldn’t happen to a more deserving company.

LinearFlux PokeCharger Portable Battery: $39.99

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LinearFlux PokeCharger Portable Battery

Check out the LinearFlux PokeCharger Portable Battery, a portable battery for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It has a capacity of 3,300mAh, and will deliver the right charge your device needs. It also has its own built-in Lightning cable, as well as an auxiliary USB port for charging another device at the same time, even an Android if that’s your thing.