Do your taxes for cheap! H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe is on sale for just $18

1 day 13 hours ago

This isn’t something many people like to think about in February, but tax time is fast approaching. Even if your plan is to procrastinate until just a few hours before the deadline on Monday, April 15 today’s deal is well worth picking up. Amazon is selling the H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe plus State 2018 package for just $18. It was more recently selling for $35, though was also available earlier in February for $25. Today’s deal is available for the disc version for PC and Mac, or the separate digital copies for PC and Mac.

Any way you slice it today’s offer is a great deal. With this software package you get a special offer that adds 5 percent to your refund total if you choose to get it on an Amazon gift card. It also comes with unlimited access to real-time chat with a “tax expert,” and in-person audit representation if things go south.

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Ian Paul

Don't have VPNSecure yet? Get a deep discount on a lifetime subscription

1 day 14 hours ago
One of the favorite products we sell in the Apple World Today Deals Shop is VPNSecure, an encrypted, zero-logging VPN service. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for a lifetime subscription to VPNSecure, you have an opportunity to do so today. For just $34.99, you can get a lifetime subscription to VPNSecure. Here are the details!
Steven Sande

Instagram Fundraisers Want Your Credit Card Information

1 day 14 hours ago

Instagram Fundraisers will let you easily donate to non-profit organizations on the platform. It’s also a way for Facebook to get its hands on your credit card information.

New code and imagery dug out of Instagram’s Android app reveals how the Fundraiser stickers will allow you to search for nonprofits and add a Donate button for them to your Instagram Story. After you’ve donated to something once, Instagram could offer instant checkout on stuff you want to buy using the same payment details.

Facebook tried to get banks to give up your data, but now it will have to settle for this instead.

Andrew Orr

The BoxLock can be a deterrent to ‘porch pirates’

1 day 15 hours ago
With services like Amazon, UPS, USPS ,and FedEx delivering thousands of products to front doors every day in this age of online shopping, lots of folks are getting ripped off by “porch pirates” — thieves who snatch and run with goodies they didn’t pay for.
Dennis Sellers

'iPad mini 5' CAD file suggests spec bump, no major new features

1 day 16 hours ago

More speculation about Apple's rumored fifth-generation iPad mini suggests it won't have any major changes to its appearance, with one prominent leaker examining a CAD file believing the compact tablet will largely be similar to the fourth-generation model but with improved specifications.

Mission Workshop Rhake VX Weatherproof Laptop Backpack review: The perfect bag for a rainy day

1 day 16 hours ago

The Rhake Weatherproof Laptop Backpack from Mission Workshop entered my life during one of the wettest weeks in months, so of course I subjected the 22-liter rolltop bag to a trial by flooding. I tossed in my expensive 15-inch MacBook Pro along with our iPad Pro and another MacBook. Beyond that, I stuffed it with my AirPods, my iPhone, my Bose QuietComfort 35s, a jacket, a book, and even a Satechi keyboard. (I was already impressed that it could hold all this junk.)

In this manner I braved a deluge for several blocks toward the train station, armed with nothing besides the Rhake and a trashy umbrella. Half a mile on, I was soaked. Water seeped into uncomfortable crevasses in my jeans. But when I unrolled the Rhake at home, I found everything inside as dry as a Steven Wright routine. So let’s get that out of the way: If you want a bag that lets MacBooks giggle at hurricanes—this is it, chief. The only catch is that sometimes its design interferes with its convenience.

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Leif Johnson

Misleading indicators: Correlation is not causation

1 day 17 hours ago

Apple’s glory days are all behind it and the way you can tell is that the company is more efficient at selling iPhones than it used to be.

Wait, what?

Writing for The Motley Fool, Natalie Walters asks “Are We Past the Golden Era of iPhone Launches?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Mickey.)

Most likely, but not for the reasons you think. The “golden era” of iPhone launches Walters refers to was back when people lined up but actually bought fewer iPhones than they do now.

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The Macalope

Steven Spielberg Worried About How Streaming Will Affect Theatrical Movies

2 days 5 hours ago

The Verge writes: “Over the weekend, in a speech at the Cinema Audio Society’s CAS Awards, director Steven Spielberg reminded listeners yet again that he’s specifically dedicated to a theater-based cinematic experience as ‘a firm believer that movie theaters need to be around forever.'”… and “for all the high-quality content streaming services are producing and regardless of the quality of people’s home theater setups, ‘there’s nothing like going to a big dark theater with people you’ve never met before, and having the experience wash over you.’” (Image credit: Gage Skidmore.)

What do you think?

John Martellaro

The Mesh Wi-Fi Industrial Complex – Mac Geek Gab 749

2 days 5 hours ago

Wanna know how to force Safari to download a media file instead of playing it? Want to know how to use the same drive on USB-C and USB-A Macs? Want to know how to secure erase your NAS drive? John and Dave have your answers! There is also a lot of concern about the future of eero, so your two geeks discuss that, too. All this and more, just press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

John F. Braun