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Greg Barbosa is a writer and Product Manager across our network of sites at 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, and Electrek. He previously worked as a QA tester and lead at a mobile software development company, data engineer at a government procurement startup, and moved through multiple roles at an Apple store before that.

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April 18

Popular Opera VPN is closing its doors, here are our favorite alternatives from $2/mo.

This morning Opera announced that it’s closing up shop on its free VPN app. With various moves by the United States government allowing telecom companies to sell or throttle data, it’s becoming more important than ever to consider utilizing a VPN. Following Opera’s decision to shutter its popular service, we’ve taken the time to roundup our favorite alternatives to help keep you safe out on the web.

April 12

Apple Music to release exclusive Flume documentaries on April 20th

Flume, an electronic music producer from Australia, recently took to social media to announce two new documentaries coming to Apple Music. The Australian electronic music producer has been making waves over the past few years for his unique genre-bending sounds.

It’s no secret that Apple Stores have struggled to keep up with demand for iPhone battery replacements, and it appears the company is trying a new strategy to reduce repair times for customers with affected iPhones. 9to5Mac has heard from multiple Apple Stores that the company has brought in both AppleCare employees and external contractors to work in retail stores on iPhone battery replacements specifically.

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April 10

Latest iTunes movie sale has $10 Disney flicks, 4K titles, more from $5

It’s Tuesday, and that means that the iTunes store has been refreshed with a new batch of movie deals. Leading the way this week is a sale on family-friendly animation, with a variety of titles clocking in at under $10. Most of these listings usually sell for around $15-$20, with the Disney titles going at the higher-end. As always, any purchase made here becomes a permanent part of your library. Our top picks are below.

April 8

Best Buy takes up to $109 off Apple Watch Series 3 in cert. refurb sale, deals from $295

Best Buy has kicked off a clearance and open-box sale this morning, and while there is a lot of inventory here to sort through, one deal caught our eye. You can save up to $109 on Apple Watch Series 3 in certified refurbished condition. The deals start at $295 and free shipping is available across the board. Nearly every model is included here in both sizes, such as Nike+, Cellular, Stainless Steel and more. So if you’ve been holding out, this is one of the strongest discounts that we’ve seen. Geek Squad Certified Refurbished products come with a 90-day Limited Warranty. More details here.

April 3

iTunes has a new $5 movie sale packed w/ action, comedy, drama and more

The iTunes store has been refreshed this morning with a new Build Your Collection sale with deals start at $4.99. You’ll find a wide selection of digital HD films across every genre that will become a permanent addition to your collection. Most of these films typically sell for $12-$20. We’ve rounded up our top picks below.

April 1

Best Buy’s 1-day Easter Sale has $1,000 off iMac Pro, Apple Watch S3 from $299, more

Best Buy has yet another one-day sale going today, highlighted by deep discounts on Macs and the return of $30 off Apple Watch Series 3. As always free shipping is available on orders of $35+ or you can opt for in-store pickup. You’ll find deals on TVs, smart home gear, audio and much more in this promotion as well. Our top picks are below.

March 29

Darkroom’s latest update brings creative control to the iPhone’s Portrait Mode capabilities. By taking a Portrait Mode photo’s depth data, Darkroom 3.5 can now independently apply adjustments to the foreground and background of an image. The new update also brings extended-range RAW support, depth-aware premium filters, and a slew of fixes.

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GoPro unveils new $199 HERO action camera w/ built-in touchscreen, waterproofing, no 4K

Update: Now available to purchase at Amazon.

This morning, GoPro delivered on a promise to unveil updated hardware this year, unveiling its new $199 HERO. Priced at a more “accessible” MSRP, it’s designed to bring in more content creators and comes at just the right time for a company that’s desperately in need of growth. GoPro has had its share of ups and downs in recent months as it shuttered its Karma drone operation and has seen sales slip.

March 28

How to pre-order Apple’s latest iPad: $25 Best Buy gift card offer, tax benefits, more

Yesterday, Apple took the stage at Lane Tech in Chicago to unveil the newest 9.7-inch iPad along with a host of other accessories and education-focused initiatives. Now retailers are beginning to offer pre-orders on Apple’s latest release, and we’ve rounded up all of the best offers below. That includes a free $25 gift card to Best Buy, potential tax savings and more. Head below for the full list.

Best Buy’s 24-hr. Flash Sale is loaded w/ Apple deals: MacBook Air $650, Apple Watch S3 $299, much more

Best Buy has a surprise to start your Wednesday morning. It just launched a new 24-hour sale, which is arguably one of the best that we’ve ever seen from them. Not only will you find all-time lows on MacBooks, but we’re also seeing a rare Apple Watch discount along with deals on TVs, smart home gear and much more. Free shipping is available on orders of $35+ or you can opt for in-store pickup on just about anything. We’ve rounded up our favorite Apple deals below…

March 27

Google acquires GIF platform, keyboard Tenor to improve image search, Gboard, & more

Google Images has seen a spate of updates in recent weeks, with the latest now being an acqusition of Tenor to improve its GIF capabilities. With keyboard apps for several platforms, Tenor is also notable for being a GIF platform that powers the likes of Gboard and Facebook.

Moment announces filmmaker collection with anamorphic lens and iPhone X battery case

Moment, the team behind high-quality mobile accessories, has today announced an anamorphic lens, a wirelessly charging iPhone X battery case, and a new gimbal counterweight. All of this is a part of the new filmmaker collection built around making mobile cinematography better.

iTunes movie bundle sale from $10: Lord of the Rings, Shrek, Hobbit, much more

iTunes has launched a new sale this morning focused on movie bundles. You’ll find favorites like Shrek, Lord of the Rings, Ice Age and much more marked down to historical all-time lows. Of course, each of these HD films will become a permanent addition to your iTunes library. This is a great way to expand your collection without paying full price for each individual title, which can range from $10-$20. You can shop the entire sale here, or see our top picks below.

March 26

Moog brings the classic Minimoog Model D to iOS today w/ introductory pricing [Video]

Moog’s legacy in the electronic music and synthesizer world is second to none. The company has been pumping out some of the most amazing instruments on the planet since the 70’s, including one of the world’s first portable synthesizers known as the Minimoog Model D. The pricey icon of yesteryear may have at some time only really been available to big time acts like Nine Inch Nails, Kraftwerk and Dr. Dre (just to name a few), Moog is now bringing a lovingly recreated version of the Model D to iOS for the rest of us.

March 15

Logitech has today announced its RGB venture into a more immersive desktop gaming environment. The new G560 PC Gaming Speakers are the company’s first with LIGHTSYNC technology. The software works with the satellite speaker’s RGB lighting syncs your music, movies, and games to create a more immersive experience.

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February 28

Logitech announces official third-party SDK for input dial Craft keyboard

Logitech has today announced expanded support for their tactile-focused Craft keyboard. The keyboard’s standout feature is its creative input dial dubbed the Crown. By twisting, turning, and clicking the Crown, users can quickly adjust and use different tools in a set number of apps. Today’s announcement introduces support for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and unveils an official SDK opening the door for third-party application developers.

February 8

A few months back, the team at Sandmarc asked if I’d like to review their wide lens for iPhone X. In the past, having covered a handful of iPhone lenses, I remained skeptical. That was until I got the kit in hand. I have to say that Sandmarc’s wide lens kit pleasantly surprised and impressed me.

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January 10

The team behind Confide has taken their ephemeral-messaging app’s security up a notch. Available starting today, Confide messenger’s screenshot prevention now extends across a variety of use cases. The upgrade will make it significantly more difficult for anyone to use known methods to screengrab any content they see within the app.

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December 29, 2017

No matter your goals, staying focused on a fitness regimen doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Luckily, Apple’s App Store has just the apps that can help you hit your fitness goals. Armed with an iPhone in hand or an Apple Watch on the wrist, you can make your fitness New Year’s Resolutions a new habit.

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