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Get Free Bitcoins from 43 Faucets That Pay

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:45:04 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: Added Dashcoin section. Removed dead and low-paying faucets. Updated descriptions.  – Bryan]

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New iMac Pro Launches a New Wave of Macs

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:25:02 +0000

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The new iMac Pro from Apple signals a new approach to thinking about the Mac lineup.

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Apple Just Signed Third TV Show, This One’s a SciFi Space Drama by BSG Creator Ronald D. Moore

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:42:33 +0000

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Apple just signed its third scripted TV show, and it’s a SciFi space drama being developed by Ronald D. Moore.

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macOS: This Tool Can Help You Speed Up Mac Login Times

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:36:01 +0000

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This is most useful for Mac power users who launch a bunch of apps upon login.

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Rent or Own Movies and TV Shows With Redbox On Demand

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:48:34 +0000

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Redbox is testing a new digital service called Redbox On Demand. It’s in beta, and only a small number of customers can try it out. But it lets you rent or own the latest movies and certain TV shows to complement your physical purchases. You can stream or download movies and watch from your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or Apple TV. Unlike Netflix or Hulu, it’s not a subscription service either. It’s purely transactional, and you pay for what you want. Prices vary depending on your selection, but movie rental generally starts at US$1.99, while movie purchases start around US$3.99. TV episodes can be purchased starting at US$1.99, and entire seasons can be had starting at US$12.99.

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Watch the Apple Music Trailer for ‘Who Built the Moon Live: Noel Gallagher’

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:41:36 +0000

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In addition to the Sam Smith exclusive Apple Music published, the service also has a trailer for an exclusive concert film from Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis. It’s called Who Built the Moon Live: Noel Gallagher, and features tracks from his new album Who Buolt the Moon.

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FCC Kills Net Neutrality, Samsung’s HomePod Competitor – TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-15

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:10:55 +0000

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Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss the FCC vote to end Net Neutrality, plus Samsung’s HomePod competitor.

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Watch the Apple Music Trailer for ‘The Thrill of It All Live: Sam Smith’

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:55:12 +0000

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Apple Music just published a trailer for The Thrill of It All Live: Sam Smith. It’s a live performance movie by Sam Smith for his new album, The Thrill of It All. It’s an intimate performance, with a small, round stage in a small room, and it’s exclusive to Apple Music.

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Comprehensive macOS Development: $15

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:58:32 +0000

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Check out the Comprehensive macOS Development training course. It covers basic and advanced concepts, and walks you through developing polished full stack and fully functional weather widget app, as well as a clone of Slack. It’s $15 through us.

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Shhh…Apple is Patenting a Way for Siri to Whisper

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:53:53 +0000

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Siri may be a little more private in the future thanks to an Apple patent filing that describes how the artificial intelligence voice assistant could whisper.

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Samsung Ready to Jump into the Smart Speaker Market with HomePod Competitor

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:06:27 +0000

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Samsung is all about innovation, so the company is hard a work on its own HomePod-like smart speaker. The electronics maker expects to release its product some time in the first half of 2018.

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Here’s What Would Happen if You Really Used a Lightsaber

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:58:54 +0000

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Lightsabers may be about the coolest sci-fi weapon ever, but they would make for a much more gruesome death than we see on the big screen. With Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters now it’s a good time to find out what would really happen if you took up arms with Luke Skywalker. Kyle Hill does a great job of explaining what would happen if you sliced someone with a lightsaber on Because Science. Check it out!

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AOL Instant Messenger Officially Shuts Down

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:30:26 +0000

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It’s official: AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, has ridden off into the digital sunset. AOL shut down its instant messaging service on Friday, December 15th.

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T-Mobile Offers Free Netflix. But What’s Really Going on?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:43:19 +0000

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T-Mobile recently announced that, with some restrictions, it will pay for your basic HD Netflix account. Why?

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Logic Pro X Optimized for iMac Pro, Including Support for Up to 36 Cores [Update]

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:27:34 +0000

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So far, Apple has announced 8, 10, 14, and 18 core versions of the iMac Pro, making this version of Logic Pro X one that looks towards the future. [Updated with download size.]

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Apple Updates Support for Multiple Video Codecs with Pro Video Formats 2.0.6

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:00:44 +0000

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The update coincided with the release of Final Cut Pro 10.4, and it includes updated support for multiple video codecs.

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Graphene 11K Pocket HyperCharger Plus Triton Cable: $34

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:46:46 +0000

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We have a deal on a Graphene 11K Pocket HyperCharger plus a Triton Cable. This battery has 10,500mAh of power capacity. The case is made from a form of carbon called graphene, making it light. It comes with the Triton cable with 3-in-1 connectors, including Lightning, microUSB, and USB-C. It’s $39.99 through our deal, but coupon code GIFTSHOP15 brings it down to $34.

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FCC Votes with Ajit Pai to End Net Neutrality in Party Line Vote

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:18:36 +0000

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They did so with zero public hearings, a comment system marred by fake comments—including Russian-submitted comments in favor of ending Net Neutrality—and overwhelming public support for Net Neutrality regulation.

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How To Get Automatic Shipping Notifications For Packages

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:47:37 +0000

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Once you go to each service and set up an account and provide your address, you’ll start getting automatic shipping notifications when you order something.

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Private Cloud Storage App Tresorit Releases First Transparency Report

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:51:46 +0000

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It covers everything from the day of incorporation in 2013 to November 30, 2017.

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iMac Pro Pricing and Configurations, Hacked Password Database – TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-14

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:49:45 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at iMac Pro pricing and configurations, plus Andrew fills us in on a huge online login credentials database.

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AppleCare+ for iMac Pro Costs $169

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:45:37 +0000

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If you’re buying AppleCare+ with your new iMac Pro, it’ll cost you $169, which is less than you’ll pay for your iPhone X coverage.

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Apple’s Top of the Line iMac Pro Costs Over $13,000

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:20:45 +0000

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Want a fully loaded top of the line 18-core iMac Pro? Check your credit limit because it’ll cost you more than $13,000.

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Final Cut Pro 10.4 Gets 360 VR, HDR Support, More

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:20:17 +0000

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Apple released Final Cut Pro 10.4 on Thursday with 360° VR video editing support, High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, HEIF and HEVC support, and more.

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iMac Pro Available Today in 8 and 10-core Configurations, Delivers December 27

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:47:02 +0000

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Apple’s iMac Pro, first shown off at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, goes on sale today and will deliver on Wednesday, December 27th.

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Apple KRACK Debacle, iMac Edition, Rubio vs Cook vs China, Apple Hires TV Executives – Pop.0 Ep.24

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:45:08 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the AirPort KRACK fix, and why the iMac Pro should really be called iMac Edition. They also dig into political criticism of Tim Cook speaking in China and Apple’s overall position in that country. And when they hear that Apple has hired new television execs, they hope it means Apple’s leadership is learning how to delegate.  (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)

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Apple’s Quality Control Problems, iMac Pro – ACM 441

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:24:05 +0000

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In this episode, Bryan and Jeff chew over Apple’s burgeoning quality control issues, as well as the company’s bizarre decision to release a pro desktop that’s sealed. The cap the discussion by examining some of the topics in the Apple Context Machine Facebook group.

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How to Find Your iPhone with Amazon Echo and Alexa

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:57:50 +0000

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Lost your iPhone at home and don’t have an Apple Watch to ping it? Your Amazon Echo can fill in and call your phone and use the ringer to track it down.

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Hacked Password Database Found to Contain 1.4 Billion Credentials

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:54:29 +0000

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Research into the database is still ongoing, with 4iQ posting a few updates yesterday.

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How to Choose the Best Mesh Wireless System For Your Home

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:12:49 +0000

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Sorting through the mesh wireless systems available today can be tricky. Read on, and we’ll teach you how to decide which one is best for you. [Update: Added Orbi’s new Ethernet backhaul, Orbi’s change to using Disney’s Circle for parental controls, and Google Wi-Fi’s LAN IP customization. Also added KRACK patches for Orbi, Google Wi-Fi, Luma, Deco. – Dave]

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ProtonMail Bridge Lets You Use Apple Mail as a Client

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:27:55 +0000

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ProtonMail is an end-to-end encrypted email service based in Switzerland. Since its debut, it has become a viable email service for those wanting email security. Until now, you could only access your ProtonMail account via the web app, and an iOS app. But ProtonMail Bridge finally lets you bring it to the desktop. Bridge acts as a local email server using IMAP and SMTP. It runs in the background and interacts with email clients on your computer. All encryption and decryption happens locally. Benefits include full text search, multiple accounts, and import/export of emails. It uses JavaScript cryptography, and is open source. The software is only available for users with paid accounts, however. You can download it here.

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Random Lockups Still Plague macOS Sierra and High Sierra

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:08:06 +0000

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TMO editors and some Apple customers are reporting random macOS lockups, especially after an extended period in a screen saver.

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Apple Finished HomeKit Security Patches with tvOS 11.2.1 Update for Apple TV

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:32:08 +0000

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Along with iOS 11.2.1, Apple released tvOS 11.2.1 on Wednesday. The update is the second half of Apple’s strategy for patching a security flaw that could let hackers slip through HomeKit’s security measures.

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Storyist for Mac: $16.15

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:24:59 +0000

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We have a deal on Storyist, a mobile-friendly Mac writing app. Designed for screenplays and manuscripts, Storyist features templates, with lots of tools for repetitive tasks. It’s $19 through our deal, but coupon code GIFTSHOP15 brings it down to $16.15,

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Panorama X: Innovative Database Software with Really Innovative Pricing

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:17:54 +0000

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Dr. Mac says that Panorama X is an innovative database that’s wicked fast…but its biggest innovation may be its surprising new pricing model.

 

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AirPort Basestation KRACK Update, Tidal’s Potential Demise – TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-13

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:02:03 +0000

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Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple’s AirPort basestation KRACK security flaw update along with other recent patches, plus they share their thoughts on what looks like Tidal’s impending doom.

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Apple Blows Security

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:00:07 +0000

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John Kheit thinks that Apple is mismanaging security, and that its quality assurance and attention to detail have gone to hell.

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Apple Releases iOS 11.2.1 with Home App Remote Access Fix

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:08:24 +0000

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The maintenance release specifically addresses an issue with remote access and the Home app.

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Tidal May be Only 6 Months from Collapsing

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:14:51 +0000

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Tidal’s days in the streaming music market may be numbered. The company is reportedly hemorrhaging money and has enough cash left to stay afloat for only six more months.

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Apple Doubles Down on Proximity Sensing Tech with $390M Finisar Investment

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:14:59 +0000

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Apple has big plans for proximity sensing technology in its products because it just invested US$390 million in VCSEL laser maker Finisar.

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How to Use “Insert Pattern” in TextEdit to Clean Up Text

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:15:20 +0000

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The Mac’s built-in TextEdit program has a little-known feature that’ll let you find tabs, paragraph breaks, and the like and replace them in text—or find patterns of them, even. It’s a very powerful way to clean up extraneous characters, so come read this Quick Tip!

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Review: A Special OtterBox Clear Case for That Special iPhone X

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:38:17 +0000

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The iPhone X is a very special smartphone and deserves a very special case.

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Apple Adds Two Business Affairs Executives for Video Content Business

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:51:05 +0000

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The company, which shipped a “pro” iMac that can’t be upgraded on Tuesday, brought on Philip Matthys from Hulu and Jennifer Wang Grazier from Legendary Entertainment.

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Coinbase Updates iOS App to Simplify Signup, Improved Identify Verification for iPhone X

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:22:58 +0000

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Coinbase updated its iOS app Tuesday, as the company works overtime to beef up its infrastructure in the midst of Bitcoin Mania: 2017 Edition™. The update improved identify verification, “especially for iPhone X.” It also has a simplified sign up, optimized charts, unspecified bug fixes, and more. Coinbase is an online, hosted wallet for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin cryptocurrencies, all of which have exploded in popularity. Coinbase features the ability to buy and sell those cryptocurrencies, and the company owns dedicated exchange GDAX. You’ll need a Coinbase account to use the company’s iOS app.

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Apple Patches KRACK with AirPort Firmware Updates

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:05:25 +0000

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AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.9 was released for AirPort base stations with 802.11n, while AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.9 was released for older AirPort base stations that support 802.11ac.

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Twitter Adds Support for Threads with ‘Add Another Tweet’ Button

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:54:22 +0000

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A Twitter thread is when someone posts a series of connected posts, something folks have been doing on their own for some time.

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iOS: How to Delete Single Digits in iOS Calculator

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:48:36 +0000

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Correct errors more quickly in the iOS calculator by using this tip.

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New iMac Pro Available this Week, Here’s When You can Get Each Model

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:23:33 +0000

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Apple’s iMac Pro is available this Wednesday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can get what you want on launch day. Here’s when you can really get each model.

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How To Manage iCloud Mail with Rules and Folders

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:46:24 +0000

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You can combine a rule and a folder in iCloud Mail to emulate the smart mailboxes on macOS.

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Hello, iMac Pro – TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-12

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:41:22 +0000

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John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the iMac Pro now that we know it’s launching on Thursday. They share their first impressions, and have some big reactions to it’s lack of upgradability.

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