These 11 Award-Winning Mac Apps Will Have Your MacBook Running Like You Just Took It Out Of The Box


It’s easy to get cynical as an app buyer. With so many fly-by-night developers dropping dozens of half-baked apps for handling virtually any operation, you’re bound to run into plenty of apps, both free and paid varieties, that just don’t make the grade.

If you’re a Mac user, then The Limited Edition Mac Bundle Ft. Parallels Desktop ($59.99, over 90 percent off) has thankfully done all that pre-screening for you. This collection brings together 11 apps, each closely vetted and including several award winners, all dedicated to a different aspect of priming your Mac — or you — to run at maximum efficiency.

The crown jewel of the collection is Parallels Desktop, a top 15 app in the Mac App Store that effectively turns your Mac into a super machine. Optimized for Windows 10 and macOS Catalina, Parallels lets thousands of Windows-based apps right on a Mac without any performance glitches. That includes everything from the entire Microsoft Office suite to Internet Explorer all the way up to graphic-heavy games or CAD programs, all running like they’re native to the Mac.

While Parallels streamlines Mac operations, Windscribe VPN Pro stays dedicated to your complete security protection online. In addition to VPN duties like masking your IP and effectively shielding you from online hackers or cybersnoops, Windscribe also features ad blockers and tracker crackdowns to protect your online browsing, a strict no-logging policy and protection on an unlimited number of devices.

Those two apps alone are valued at around $300, yet this package also includes nine more apps for cleaning up every aspect of your Mac’s performance.

For those looking to improve system performance, you’ll get iMazing for effortlessly moving data back and forth between devices, while Disk Drill Pro recovers potentially lost or damaged files, and Delta Walker Pro for synchronizing and merging up to hundreds of thousands of folders and files to clean up processing space in your system.

As for tools, you’ll have access to the Apple Editors’ Choice winning PDF Expert to create and collaborate on user-friendly documents; TextExpander to speed up your typing with shortcuts to auto-fill content anywhere; and XMind 8 Pro which help users organize their thoughts with charts for business, presentations, and mind mapping exercises.

If you want to improve your home WiFi, NetSpot Pro is there to analyze your signal and give you the best possible web connection. If you need to erect a website, RapidWeaver 8 is an intuitive and fantastic web design resource for builders. And if you just want to crop or edit one of your digital images, Aurora HDR is a photo editor capable of loads of digital wizardry.

Every one of these apps is at least a $50 value on its own, with some retailing over $100 or $200 each. This offer brings the price for all 11 down to just $59.99, less than $6 per app.

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ET Deals: Dell Alienware M15 R1 Intel Core i7 Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q for $1,399, Logitech G604 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse just $69


Today, you can get one of Dell’s best gaming laptops with more than $800 off the usual price tag. You can also save 30 percent on a new Logitech G604 Lightspeed mouse, which works well for both gaming and office work.

Dell Alienware M15 R1 Intel Core i7-8750H 15.6-Inch 1080p 144Hz Gaming Laptop w/ Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB M.2 PCI-E SSD ($1,399.99)

If you want a fast notebook with plenty of performance for running the latest games, you may want to consider Dell’s Alienware M15 R1. This system was literally built for gaming and it features a fast six-core processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU, and a high-quality 1080p 144Hz IPS display. You can get this system from Dell marked down from $2,249.99 to $1,399.99 with promo code AWM15R102.

Logitech G604 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse ($69.99)

Logitech’s G604 Lightspeed is a high-end wireless mouse that’s well-suited for gaming and work. Logitech claims it has excellent battery life and can last for up to five and a half months on a single AA battery. Right now you can get one of these mice from Amazon marked down from $99.99 to just $69.99.

Dell OptiPlex 3070 Micro Intel Core i5-9500T Desktop w/ 8GB DDR4 RAM and 128GB NVMe SSD ($566.09)

This compact desktop features solid performance thanks to a six-core Intel Core i5-9500T processor that can hit clock speeds of 3.7GHz. It’s also easy to hide out of the way to leave your work area looking clean and organized. Today you can get this system from Dell marked down from $969.99 to $629.00. If you have an American Express card, then you can save even more on this system with promo code STAND4SMALL, which drops the price to just $566.09.

Sony PlayStation Now 12 Month Membership ($41.99)

Sony’s PlayStation Now membership gives you instant access to an ever-growing library of over 800 games. The library includes numerous hit titles including recent PS4 releases and classics from the PS3 and PS2. A 12-month membership typically costs $59.99, but right now you can get it from Amazon for $41.99.

SanDisk Extreme Plus 512GB MicroSDXC ($99.99)

With an enormous 512GB of storage space, this microSDXC card can hold a tremendous amount of data. SanDisk also made this drive relatively fast with read speeds as high as 170MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s. Currently, this microSDXC card is on sale marked down from $229.99 to $99.99.

Apple Watch Series 3 38mm ($179.00)

Apple’s Series 3 smartwatch is powered by a dual-core S3 processor and it features a built-in GPS. It’s also able to keep count of your steps and display information from your smartphone. Though it’s not as feature-rich as Apple’s new Watch Series 5, it’s more affordable and still makes a great accessory for any iPhone user. This watch typically sells for $199.00, but you can get it today from Amazon for $179.00.

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SpaceX Launches 60 More Starlink Satellites, Fails to Recover Booster

SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites with a single Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX is fresh of its historic crewed launch that sent astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station (ISS), but it’s not taking any time off to celebrate. The company has just launched yet another batch of Starlink internet satellites, and it did so with one of the “most reused” rockets in history. 

SpaceX has been successfully recovering Falcon 9 boosters for several years, allowing it to lower the cost of launches. While the NASA launch over the weekend relied on a shiny new Falcon 9 (complete with NASA worm logo), the most recent Starlink mission used a sooty refurbished rocket. The core (B1049) has survived four previous launches; two Starlink launches, a mission to deploy the Telstar 18V communication satellite, and a load of Iridium NEXT satellites. The satellites reached orbit as planned, but the booster missed the drone ship and crashed into the ocean. Still, that’s four more launches than any other rockets are getting. 

SpaceX is already the single largest satellite operator in the world, and the network will grow considerably over the next few years. It has approval to put 12,000 satellites in orbit, but it may eventually get permission to launch more. As with past Starlink launches, this mission deployed 60 new satellites to SpaceX’s mega-constellation. That brings us to 482 active satellites, which is more than the 400 satellites CEO Elon Musk predicted the company would need for basic internet services in select regions. Moderate coverage will require about 800 nodes. 

The Starlink constellation will mostly operate in low-Earth orbit, but some will remain in very-low Earth orbit (VLEO) to improve latency. Existing satellite internet connections can have a latency of several seconds, which makes real-time web applications impossible. SpaceX says Starlink, which will operate in the Ka and Ku bands, could offer latency as low as 15ms. That’s low even for terrestrial wired broadband. 

Astronomers have expressed concern over the effect all these satellites will have on observations of the sky. In early 2020, a team from the CTIO observatory in Chile lost 15-20 percent of the data from an image of the Magellanic Clouds. SpaceX’s solution is a system called VisorSat, which consists of small fins that deploy on the satellites to block sunlight from reflecting down to Earth. Today’s launch was the first to use VisorSat, but it will take time to find out how well it works.

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Microsoft Begins Rolling Out the New Edge Browser to All Windows 10 PCs


Time is almost up for the classic Microsoft Edge browser that launched with Windows 10. After slowly deploying the new Chromium-based Edge over the past several months, Microsoft is rolling the browser out widely. If you’re on any recent build of Windows 10, the new Edge will arrive on your machine via Windows Update soon

Microsoft spent years trying to entice Windows 10 users to open Edge, going so far as to push “warnings” about Chrome’s battery life usage. In the end, Microsoft threw in the towel and announced its move to Chromium in late 2018. The first developer builds of Edge came just a few months after the announcement. Roughly a year later, the browser was ready for prime time. 

Chromium Edge (Microsoft just calls it “Edge”) uses the same open-source engine behind Google’s Chrome browser. It even looks a bit like Chrome, but Microsoft has made some changes to bring it in-line with the Windows aesthetic and integrate custom features like collections, a dark theme, and tracking prevention. It’s also much faster and better at rendering pages than Microsoft’s EdgeHTML engine from the legacy Edge browser. 

Microsoft started pushing the Chromium Edge browser to some PCs in January 2020. There was also a manual download for those who wanted to run the latest and greatest right away. Only people running the April 2018 update (version 1803) got the browser automatically, allowing Microsoft to watch for any issues in the upgrade. Now, the new Edge is rolling out to anyone running version 1803 through the latest may 2020 update (version 2004). 

The new Edge is recognizable as Chromium, but it has Microsoft styling and services built-in.

Microsoft says the KB4559309 update will add Edge to your PC. The upgrade process will move your favorites, passwords, and other personal data from the old browser to the new one. However, there is no way to go back to the legacy version of Edge after upgrading. You can avoid the update for a bit longer if you really want the old browser for some reason, but its days are numbered. 

The new Edge helped Microsoft pass Firefox’s usage share back in April. Rolling the browser out to most Windows 10 installs should boost it even more. However, Microsoft probably isn’t going to get anywhere close to Google, which owns nearly 70 percent of the desktop browser market, according to NetMarketShare.

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