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Deals: MacBook Pro and Air Sales Hit at Multiple Retailers, Save Up to $300 on Latest Models

There are a few Mac notebook sales happening this week at Amazon and B&H Photo. These discounts include $100 off

Battery for New MacBook Air Spotted in Certification Listings

Rumors suggest an updated MacBook Air could be launching sooner rather than later, and we've already seen certifications for a

Back-to-School MacBook Deals 2020: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

With MacBook Air versus MacBook Pro, it’s a question of how much power and speed you require — go by that.

Deals: New 13-Inch MacBook Pro Gets $199 Discount at Amazon, Starting at $1,599.99 for 512GB

A few notable discounts on Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models have appeared at Amazon and B&H Photo this

Battery Likely for Upcoming MacBook Air Spotted in Certification Listings

An updated MacBook Air could be coming in the not too distant future, according to certifications for a new ‌MacBook

Review: Zendure’s Passport II Pro 61W Travel Adapter Can Power Just About Everything, Including a MacBook Pro

I often work away from home, and occasionally abroad, so I'm always looking for ways to slim down the number

Best screen protectors for the MacBook

Screen protectors can guard against scratches, reduce annoying blue light, and help keep your work private.

macOS Catalina 10.15.6 Successfully Fixes USB 2.0 Issues Experienced by 2020 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Users

macOS Catalina 10.15.6 successfully fixes a frustrating bug that prevented some USB 2.0 accessories from working properly with 2020 MacBook

Deals: New 1TB 13-Inch MacBook Pro on Sale for $1,849.99 at Amazon ($150 Off)

Amazon today has the new 13-inch MacBook Pro (10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $1,849.99,

DigiTimes: Arm-Based 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air to Ship By End of 2020

Apple will release its first Arm-based 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air by the end of 2020, according to a

Brydge Announces New Vertical Docks for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

Brydge today announced a new series of Vertical Docks for Apple's MacBook Pro line. The new products include reengineered Vertical

Deals: Amazon Taking $400 Off 16-Inch MacBook Pro, Starting at New Low Price of $1,999.99 for 512GB

Amazon has introduced a new low price on Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro today, including both 512GB and 1TB models. Starting

Apple warns that MacBook screens may crack if closed with a camera cover

Ownwes are advised to watch for the camera's indicator light instead

Top Stories: iOS 14 Public Beta, iPhone 12 Size Comparison, 14-Inch MacBook Pro Rumors

After one round of developer beta testing, Apple unleashed iOS and iPadOS 14 to a wider audience this week, opening

The PortCozy Protects Your MacBook Pro’s Ports From Dust and Debris

Cozy Industries, known for making a range of accessories for Apple devices, recently came out with its newest product, the

A new MacBook Air with Apple’s own chips may be coming later this year

A new Arm-based MacBook Pro could also arrive in that same period

Future Apple Silicon Macs will still have Thunderbolt ports

Former partners find common ground on one tiny port

14-Inch MacBook Pro With Mini-LED Display Expected to Enter Production in 2021

Apple suppliers will begin competing to win manufacturing orders for new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Mini-LED displays

Glass keyboards could come to Apple’s future MacBooks

The final form of the butterfly keyboard

Deals: 13-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Sales Hit at Amazon and B&H Photo (Up to $300 Off)

Amazon and B&H Photo today have a few discounts on the 16-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2020.

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Anker PowerExpand Elite 13-in-1 docking station review

Thunderbolt 3 has been a great protocol for the modern tech nerd. It utilizes USB-C cables to extend your PC capabilities to myriad peripherals, including monitors, network adapters, and even external graphics cards. Anker has a new entry in this space with the PowerExpand Elite 13-in-1 docking station.The company was nice enough to allow us three weeks with the PowerExpand Elite. We came away with several impressions. Most of them are for the positive and a few question marks. Let’s dive into the full review to expand on the expandability of the Anker PowerExpand Elite.DesignThis docking station is a tank. You will immediately notice the heft and solid metal construction of the casing. The PowerExpand isn’t large though. It’s around the size of a small novel making it easy to set up on your desk space.The dock can also be oriented both vertical and horizontal. Again, depending on your office, this adds additional flexibility on where to place the PowerExpand Elite.What’s in the Box?The included materials with things like docking station is always a mixed bag. Thankfully, Anker has included the essentials to get you started. Upon opening the box you will find the PowerExpand Elite 13, a two-part 180-watt power adapter, and a two-foot Thunderbolt 3 cable.The included accessories made setup a seamless experience. Take the PowerExpand Elite out the box. Plug in the power brick. Press the power button. Yes, there’s a dedicated power button which is nice. Now, you’re ready to put that Thunderbolt 3 cable to use with your laptop.All the PortsAs the name implies, the PowerExpand Elite has 13 available options of input and output. You have an array of slots on both the front and the rear of the PowerExpand Elite to accomplish this.The front houses the power button, micro and standard SD slots, a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual 10Gbps USB-C ports, and a 5Gbps USB-A port. This gives users quick access to most general input of data peripherals like USB pen drives, digital photo SD cards, and even your headphones without having to reach for the back of the dock.Now, around the back of the PowerExpand Elite is where all the heavy lifting is going to be done. The rear ports include two Thunderbolt 3 40Gbps ports (one for your laptop input and one for your output of choice), three USB-A ports, HDMI, and Gigabit Ethernet adapter.General UseUsing the PowerExpand Elite 13-in-1 is about as simple as it gets. Plug in your laptop, or Thunderbolt 3 PC, in one port and as many peripherals as the Elite can handle in the other 12. All the appropriate expansions worked as advertised in my usage.There was one caveat worth a mention. When using external monitors, you should make sure that your device is a certified Thunderbolt device. This gives you full capabilities to daisy-chaining up to three external monitors via the 40Gbps Thunderbolt out port.If using a USB-C device without Thunderbolt, you can only use display out with the HDMI port. All other expansion will work as intended, but you can’t use the other USB-C/Thunderbolt to push the external monitors. This is due to Thunderbolt 3 is backward compatible to USB-C standards, but the standard USB-C output doesn’t have the throughput to push the extra displays. Many laptop are USB-C only and do not support the Thunderbolt output.I’d suggest only using this dock with true, certified Thunderbolt laptops with this limitation. While you can get peripherals to work with no issue, the hindered monitor situation is worth noting. If not sure of your USB-C device, please check out the below picture. The Thunderbolt logo with the lightning bolt is your go-to indicator that you have a Thunderbolt certified port.Lastly, I’d loved to have seen at least one DisplayPort out option. Many other docks have both an HDMI and DisplayPort ports to offer both HD out monitor standards. This makes it more out-of-the-box compatible with numerous displays on the market.Final ThoughtsThe Anker PowerExpand Elite 13-in-1 is a phenomenal Thunderbolt 3 dock. It’s compact design and large expansion list make it a desirable option for any home office. The other setback for some might be the cost of $299, but this amount of peripheral diversity can’t be cheap.You can purchase the PowerExpand Elite on Anker’s website directly or on Amazon. At the time of this writing, Amazon has it $50 off. If you’re in the market for a versatile Thunderbolt dock, then this one from Anker needs to be on your list of options.

Motorola Edge review: Numbers don’t mean everything

Motorola made just the right changes to give the Edge the cost advantage it needs compared to its performant stablemate.

Amazfit Powerbuds review: Good audio with a fitness twist

A great sounding pair of fitness earphones? Sign me up.

QLango: Learn 30+ languages in a fun and easy way

Just about all of us have taken a foreign language as part of a school curriculum. While that’s a great way to learn a new language, it’s not for everyone.We all have our own ways of learning and not every has the same amount of time to do so. Moreover, we all have different speeds that we learn, too. Fortunately, there are fun and innovative ways to master a new language.Rather than taking the same old approach that most language apps do, Qlango goes about it an interesting way. It’s more or less games that are fast, fun, and simple.The all-in-one app lets you learn from nearly three dozen languages at a pace that works for you. Right now a lifetime subscription is available for half off, or just $44.99.QLango FeaturesTranslate texts from a language you know to a language you are learningWrite dictated textsSearch for the correct answer among 4 suggested onesUnscramble the correct answerCreate a sentence from given wordsLearn more languages at the same time by writing, reading, listening & revisingChoose from 5 different learning modes or customize any or all of themUse innovative & useful 3-stage hints to find the correct answerAcquire knowledge by translating to the language you are learning & not vice versaTrack statistics with Qlango elephant (don’t worry, it has memory like a real elephant)Brag about your results and share them on FacebookComplete your weekly plan on the first or on the last day of the week (or any day in between)With Qlango you can learn Albanian, Arabic, Dutch, Finnish, English, Spanish, and more languages through fast, simple, and fun games. You will be acquiring knowledge by translating to the language you are learning and not vice versa. It won’t waste any of your time and effort too! Each Qlango lesson (or game) lasts a maximum of five minutes and examples are most often used in conversations.AvailabilityLearn a new language the cheap and easy way with you lifetime subscription to QLango. Just $44.99 — 50% off for a limited time — it’s available in the AndroidGuys Deals Store today.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.