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Keep the power in your pocket with this Anker charging bank that’s only $42 today

Anker charging banks are on sale at Amazon.
Anker charging banks are on sale at Amazon.

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The only thing worse than your phone running out of power while traveling is the often fruitless search for a place to plug in. Your phone deserves better, and you can get it with an Anker power bank on sale today for 58% off.

Anker devices are often on sale at Amazon, with most of them boasting an Amazon’s Choice seal of approval. Consider the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 to be part of that club. It’s small and compact enough to fit in your bag without any hassle, but it supposedly packs quite the punch.

Its PowerIQ technology allows it to deliver a fast charge to USB devices. It can deliver power to devices like the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 multiple times over, and according to the product page, only needs a 6-hour recharge. Your phone and tablets will probably thank you for hooking them up with more power — if they could talk, that is.

Amazon typically lists the price at $100, but you can get it today for only $42.

10 apps that will change the way you use your Mac

Time to optimize your Mac usage.
Time to optimize your Mac usage.

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The right apps can completely revolutionize your computer experience, but why bother paying for them when there are so many free alternatives floating around? Easy: some apps are worth it. 

Professionally designed and honed for the quality you need, the 10 apps in the 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle are years ahead of their free alternatives. This diverse collection of Mac apps is only $19.99 (which isn’t free, but is still less than a movie, popcorn, and a drink), and includes gems like:

BusyCal 3

Mac’s Calendar app leaves a lot to desired, and BusyCal is the clear favorite alternative among reviewers. Not only does BusyCal sync with the cloud so you always have your updated calendar on-the-go, but it offers a range of customization tools to make it your own.


CNET gives HoudahSpot 4 out of 5 stars, and for good reason. This app blows Mac’s Finder away with its advanced search interface. You know that file that you were looking for that disappeared off the face of your Mac? HoudahSpot can find it. It’s a simple addition that can save you a ton of time.

Systweak Anti-Malware Pro

You think your Mac is immune to malware? Maybe that was true once, but as Macs get more popular, they attract more and more hacker attention. With a constantly updating database of known malware and viruses, Systweak will check your apps and services at every startup to make sure your data is safe.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum

If you’re not salivating at the thought of establishing your own digital theme park, that’s just because you haven’t played a RollerCoaster Tycoon game. Give these digital theme park attendees the time of their life, or knock their digital little socks off. The choice is yours. And the platinum versions means you get both expansion packs: “Soaked!” and “Wild!”

Movavi Photo Editor

Editing pictures isn’t just for the professionals now, it’s practically necessary for maintaining a social media presence. Experiment with backgrounds and colors and clean up any blemishes you want with this fun and easy-to-use tool.

Flip PDF for Mac: Lifetime Access

Want to turn your PDF into a different kind of file, like an ebook, html, .app or something similar? This is the app for you. Instead of forcing users to navigate an unwieldy PDF, you can create a smooth reading experience for desktops and mobile to enable you to easily share your creation on any social media platform. And since Flip PDF is constantly updating, lifetime access means this app will continue to improve for as long as you remember you have it.

Cisdem DuplicateFinder 4

Everybody ends up with a few duplicate files on their computer because staying organized is hard and we’re all so busy. Sadly, there’s no easy way to get rid of them — unless you snag the Cisdem DuplicateFinder 4, which is a digital housekeeper that sweeps your entire Mac for doubled-up files and cleans them out (even if they’re named differently!).

Cargo VPN

No matter what your social media privacy settings are, the cold truth is that the internet is dangerous, full of scallywags and mal-contents that want to pillage your data for loot. A VPN can encrypt and hide your data while you browse, protecting everything from your baby photos on Facebook to your bank accounts and PINs.

All these apps (and more!) are worth a grand total of $529.90, but during this special month-long promotion you can get the entire Mac Essentials Bundle in the Mashable Store for just $19.99.

.tech could be the next big domain extension — and you can get on board now

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If you’ve tried to get a .com domain name, you know that getting your first — or second, or third — pick can be almost impossible. How in the world was [insert your name].com taken?!

But you’re not alone. According to, 65% of people don’t get the domain name of their dreams. Maybe you’ve settled for a .net instead. Or even had to rename your product or business due to domain unavailability, like 32% of people (lame). 

But if you’re in tech, you may want to consider the next big domain extension used by Consumer Electronics Show, Viacom, BlueDot and plenty others.

We’re talking about .tech. Those companies have one (,, and respectively), and you can get one of your own — with a short name suited to your business, so it’s way more memorable than a long and convoluted .com. Use it for your tech product, event, blog, startup, portfolio, and more. You’ll have your pick of names that truly represent what you do, instead of settling for a subpar .com.

For an added incentive, you can save big on .tech domain right now. If you head over to the Mashable Shop, you can choose to register and use a .tech domain for one year for $2.99, for five years for $24.99, and for 10 years for $39.99 — that’s 80%-94% off.

This futuristic luggage lock doesn’t need any keys

Image: AirBolt

Everyone’s worst nightmare (other than being back in middle school) is losing their luggage or worse, having something stolen from a checked bag. Travel locks are more popular than ever, but not all locks work well. In fact, many can be cut easily and there’s always the possibility you’ll lose the key. 

That’s why you need to invest in a lock that’s actually useful, like the AirBolt Smart Travel Lock.

Unlike other TSA-compliant locks, AirBolt works by syncing to your phone, so you can lock and unlock it with the push of a button using an iOS or Android device. 

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Here are just a few of its useful features:

Connected to an app

AirBolt’s lock is a traveler’s best friend. It connects to your smartphone so you can unlock it using an app and a Bluetooth connection. The location tracking means you’ll never lose track of your luggage, and you can even get alerts to notify you if your luggage moves. If you forgot to tie an obnoxious ribbon on your luggage and it looks similar to everyone else’s black bag, you can use the app to ping your luggage. 

Extremely secure (but TSA-compliant)

You can even set a security PIN to prevent unauthorized access to your luggage in case your phone gets stolen. But it’s not a bulky or overbearing device. In fact, AirBolt won the 2017 Good Design Award from Good Design Australia because of its aesthetic appeal. Plus, if you accidentally unlock it from your phone, the AirBolt will re-lock itself if it’s not removed. Welcome to the future.

Shared access

If you’re traveling with friends or family, you can give everyone access to the app so you won’t be the only one managing the luggage situation. If something smells fishy, you can also check the lock’s access history within the app. 

Durable and versatile

The AirBolt comes with a micro USB cable so you can always make sure your lock is juiced up. It’s even weather-resistant if you’re an adventurous traveler who tends to throw their bag around a lot. Plus, why restrict your AirBolt to travel? You can use it to lock up sensitive items around your home or office easily. 

If you’re interested in picking up an AirBolt Smart Travel Lock, they’re usually $79.95 — but we have them 31% off in the Mashable Shop right now for just $54.99.

Learn life hacks from some of the world’s most successful people

New year, new goals: some of them lofty, some a little more approachable. Whenever the slate is wiped clean with the promise of a fresh start, most people start thinking of ways they can recalibrate, reset, and change their approach to be more successful in the coming months than the year that just passed. 

It can be tremendously healthy to look at the habits of the most successful people in the world when it comes down to modeling our own daily habits. A through-line starts to emerge: What are some of the commonalities that top-performers all share, and what tangible ways can those traits apply to how we live? 

The answer might surprise you: invest in yourself by building intellectual capital. How? Simplicity and mindfulness seem to be a common thread, where some of the busiest, wealthiest people in the world take the time to press pause on urgent matters and invest in activities that have a long-term (rather than immediate) payoff. The notion is called compound time: These small, daily investments to grow oneself and encourage a healthy mental state over an extended period ends up yielding a greater return than focusing on completing a seemingly important business matter at the moment.

Here’s a famous example of compound time: Warren Buffet, a trailblazer and iconic entrepreneur, has (according to his own estimate) spent 80% of his time just reading and thinking. Despite manning the operations of companies with hundreds of thousands of employees, he’s a huge proponent of the ability to think critically — especially in a continually evolving, mostly digital economy. Others include AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who asks that his executives spend 10% of their day (four hours per week) immersed in thought, and Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, who schedules two hours of uninterrupted thinking every day. Bill Gates famously takes a full week off, twice a year, to reflect deeply without interruption. 

What’s the point? In short, if you’re overwhelmed with managing your immediate work deadlines, interpersonal relationships, meetings, and just mundane stuff, the key is to carve out time to build your intellectual capital with a few activities to increase your compound time. Read on for three of the top trends employed by the best, or commit to diving in full force via an online class on productivity for $36. 

1. Develop rituals through journaling. 

Sure, open-ended writing and reminiscing about your day has its value — but specific, intentional questions or prompts that help you evaluate your actions can change your life. 

Steve Jobs always asked, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do?” Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey both do a gratitude meditation, where they count their blessings. In fact, Oprah starts each day writing in her gratitude journal, noting five things for which she’s thankful.

It’s also valuable to make a comparison between the events you expect to happen from the actions you take, and what ends up happening. In any case, writing down your experiences is a valuable way to clear your mind. 

2. Read more. 

Bill Gates, Winston Churchill, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barack Obama, and JFK — all big-time readers. Think of books as providing the ultimate ROI: they improve memory, increase empathy, and help us to de-stress, all while giving impactful knowledge that demands only a few hours of our time. 

3. Slow down — and experiment more. 

Take an hour out of your day and instead of running errands, take the time to pause. Think of something to experiment or play with, knowing that it helps take you out of an automated work process, and encourages higher creativity. 

Pick up more life hacks with The Ultimate Productivity Bundle, which includes eight different courses covering everything from communicating with people and learning to speed read, to tips on better managing your time. You’ll get 27 hours of strategies and tools to be more successful, in a sustainable way.