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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.

Learn how to become a computer programmer by taking some online courses

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These days, it seems like everyone is learning to code. But it’s not as easy as it seems to get started – there are many different languages and concepts to learn and countless people who already know them. How do you even begin to choose, and how can you compete? Fortunately, there are some great online learning paths like this set of online classes that can help set you up with an entire skill set that employers like Snap will pay generously to hire. Because let’s not kid ourselves; the end game here is money. Lots of money.

This bundle of online classes includes seven coding courses that will teach you how to build fully-functional apps and software from scratch — so you can put your money where your mouth is during a hands-on interview.

A data structures course

Every programming language uses data structure commands to store data in an efficient manner, so it’s important to understand how they work. The Data Structures in JavaScript course will explain this in great detail. You’ll learn about arrays, stacks, linked lists, queues, hash tables, and tree graphs so you can store and structure your data in JavaScript with ease.

A C++ course

C++ is the world’s most versatile language, and C++ for Absolute Beginners is one of the best ways to learn this language from scratch. You’ll learn about foundational concepts like variables, constants, conditionals, and arrays so you can apply them to real-world applications.

A Ruby course

Ruby is beloved by developers because it is simple to use yet powerful. Real World Ruby Programming: The Complete Guide will introduce you to the language and turn you into a skilled programmer. You’ll learn about object-oriented programming and advanced concepts like blocks, callable objects, exceptions handling, and file systems.

A code testing course

It can take hours to fix buggy code the traditional way, but there’s a more efficient way to do it. The Beginner’s Guide to Test Driven Development (TDD) course will introduce you to TDD so you can test your existing code and environment before you implement new, potentially buggy code. It saves your time and, most importantly, saves your sanity.

A Codeigniter course

Coding requires lots of time and effort, so anything that makes coding faster and easier is worth knowing. PHP Codeigniter for Absolute Beginners will teach you how to quickly use Codeigniter to build websites that are light, fast, and dynamic.

A Spring Framework course

Coding an app in Java is challenging, but there are frameworks like Spring that can make it easier. The Spring Web Framework course will teach you the core concepts of the Spring framework so you can design a next-generation app for the Java Enterprise Edition platform. You’ll also learn about JSP and other advanced features like Dependency Injection, the Spring MVC, and REST.

A software engineering course

Understanding the conceptual cornerstones of algorithms are vital to becoming a skilled software engineer. The Algorithms and Software Engineering for Professionals course will teach you the five major categories of algorithms – cryptography, compiler theory, signal processing, data analysis, and graph databases – so that you can design better software and get hired at your dream job.

The Software Engineering Mastery Bundle usually costs $310, but you can get it for just $35, a savings of 88%.

.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

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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.

Put a funky spin on your charging experience with this light-up cable

Better than a light-up dot on your charger.
Better than a light-up dot on your charger.

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In today’s episode of “Why don’t you own this yet?” is the TAMO Charge-N-Glow Lightning Cable. The $19 cable puts a funky spin on your charging experience by emitting a subtle glow while powering up your device. 

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Once plugged in, the responsive LEDs light up to show you it’s working. It’s especially useful for dim-lit situations like in the car or on the plane. And once your phone reaches 100%, the cable will blink a few times to alert you that it’s ready to be unplugged.

The cable is designed to withstand high tension usages and prevents knotting, so you won’t have to go through the hassle of untangling it every time. It’s also MFi-Certified, which means that it passed Apple’s rigorous licensing program.

This funky yet durable charging cable typically costs $26.99, but you can get it on sale for $18.99.