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AceVPN 3-Year Subscription: $45

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AceVPN Promo

Check out this deal on a three year subscription to AceVPN. It features 20 gateways in the U.S., UK, and France. The service doesn’t meter your bandwidth and doesn’t retain logs. You can find more details in the deal listing.

Save Bandwidth with iMessage Images Using Low Quality Mode

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iMessage Low Quality Mode

iOS 10 has something called Low Quality Mode for images you send out in iMessage. When active, Low Quality Mode reduces any images you are sending out to approximately 100K. This can save you a lot of cellular data usage, especially if you’re sending out photographs you take on your iPhone.

Uiee Portable Battery and Wall Charger: $21.99

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Uiee Portable Battery and Wall Charger:

Check out this handy little gadget called the Uiee Portable Battery and Wall Charger. It has a retractable Lightning cable and two foldable plugs on the back so you can plug it directly into the wall and use it as a charger. But it also has an internal 1050mAh battery, which means you can take it with you as a portable charger, too. You can get this device for $21.99 through our deal.

Turns Out Apple CAN Patent Its Way Out of a Paper Bag

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Who says the U.S. Patent system needs an overhaul? Companies like Apple patent everything they can. It’s not only a smart strategy, it’s a necessary strategy within the legal framework and patent structure we have today. With that in mind, I present to you patent application 20160264304, for a patent called “Bag.” The abstract described the patent as, “A paper bag is disclosed. The paper bag may include a bag container formed of white solid bleached sulfate paper with at least 60% post-consumer content.” OK, I see your lols bubbling forth, and I’m with you. But, the patent appears to focus on innovations in the way the handles are attached to “Bag.” The patent hasn’t yet been granted. The application was sent to our own Dave Hamilton by a Mac Geek Gab listener.

Turns Out Apple CAN Patent Its Way Out of a Paper Bag

FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones: $39.99

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FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones

We have a deal for you today on a pair of FRANKLIN Bluetooth headphones. They last between 8-10 hours on a charge, report their current charge to your iPhone, and it has a built-in microphone and basic control buttons. You can get these headphones through our deal for $39.99

Poll: Which iPhone 7 Home Button Haptic Click Level Did You Choose?

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iPhone 7 Home Button Choose Your Click

We’re running an informal poll for our readers and listeners on Twitter. Which home button haptic click level did you choose on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? We published a tip yesterday if you’re wanting to revisit the setting you chose during setup. As for the poll, you can see the results after choosing, but so far, only a few miscreants like our own Dave Hamilton have chosen level 1. I’d love to see a lot of data on this, so help spread the poll.

Apple Ships macOS Sierra

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macOS Sierra running on Apple MacBook

Apple released macOS Sierra on Tuesday. The successor to OS X El Capitan, Sierra brings Universal Clipboard, iCloud Desktop and Documents, Auto Unlock and Apple Pay to the Mac. It also features Siri integration, as well as other improvements. The update is free.

Passwork 5-Year Subscription: $27

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Passwork on a mobile device

We have a deal for you today on a 5-year subscription to Passwork, a cloud-based password manager service. Passwork uses AES-256 encryption, and is designed with group and corporate management in mind. You can get this 5-year subscription for $27 through our deal.

John Brooks Releases ProDOS 2.4 for All Apple II Computers

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I love this: John Brooks announced the release of ProDOS 2.4 for all Apple II computers. It’s an update 30 years in the making, and it was released for the anniversary of Apple’s legendary Apple IIGS. On that specific machine, the new version of ProDOS includes new launching utilities, boot options, a GS/OS dormant state, and ProDOS 2.4 is smaller than ProDOS 2.0.3. Other Apple II models get new features, as well, making it a must-have for every Apple II enthusiast. You can check out the full list of improvements and features at the Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange.

John Brooks Releases ProDOS 2.4 for All Apple II Computers

How-to Change Haptic Feedback on iPhone 7 Home Button

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iPhone 7 Home Button Choose Your Click

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus comes with a buttonless Home Button. It features haptic feedback courtesy of Apple’s Taptic Engine. When you set up a new iPhone 7/Plus, you’re asked to choose between three levels of haptic feedback. You can change this whenever you want. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

Stellar Data Utility Bundle for Mac: $49.99

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Stellar Data Utilities for Mac Bundle

We have a bundle for you today on four Mac utilities from Stellar: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery, Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair, Stellar Audio Video Converter, and Stellar Speedup. Combined, they retail for $153.97, but they’re $49.99 through our deal. You can find details on each app in the deal listing.

Apple Watch Edition Series 2 (Ceramic) Unboxing

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John Kheit received his Apple Watch Edition Series 2—the new one made from Ceramic—and shared his unboxing experience. Unlike the ones shown during Apple’s September 7th media event, the $1,299 Apple Watch Edition Series 2 comes with a light gray band. Check out the full video to see what else ships in the box.

iPhone 7 Plus Unboxing Video

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In this unboxing video, John Kheit shows us what comes with iPhone 7 Plus. He compares it to the iPhone 6s Plus, and you also get a bit of a look at his under-the-desk Mac display, part of his multi-display setup that is a tad nuts.

How to Enable Instagram's New Comment Keyword Blacklist

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Comment Keyword Blacklists in Instagram 9.3

Instagram rolled out a feature designed to help users avoid comment trolls, keyword blacklisting. The feature will block comments with an Instagram-chosen list of keywords “often reported as offensive.” You can also add your own keywords. Comments with those keywords will be hidden from your posts. Here’s how to enable it.