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  • PUBG Mobile‘s new modes ease you into the battleground

    Thu 8:24pm By Ed Hardy
    The point of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is to throw you into a battle and see if you survive. But that can be a bit intimidating for those who’ve never played before, so Tencent just added two practice modes to the mobile version. One of these involves…
  • Verizon Smart Family app gives parents new tools

    Thu 5:44pm By Ed Hardy
    Verizon’s new service lets parents limit their children’s’ screen time, monitor who they’re texting (and how often), and track their location.  The Smart Family program also includes content filters, and can even tell a parent how much battery life…
  • Drafts 5 for iOS goes free, adds fantastic pro features

    Thu 4:00pm By Charlie Sorrel
    Drafts 5 is hands-down the best app for capturing notes and text on iPhone and iPad. But now, it is also a fantastic note-organizing app, and text editor. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
  • Apple’s new recycling robot Daisy will rip apart iPhones

    Thu 3:57pm By Buster Hein
    Apple’s loveable robot Liam has been fired. As part of Apple’s Earth Day 2018 initiative, the company unveiled Liam’s replacement today named Daisy. The new robot borrows some of the technology from Liam to make an even more efficient iPhone disassembly…
  • Inside Oddmar, the Viking follow-up to the lovable Leo’s Fortune

    Thu 3:15pm By Luke Dormehl
    Creating a spiritual successor to 2014’s lovable platformer Leo’s Fortune was a labor of love for its developers. Now, four years later the Norse-themed platformer Oddmar finally debuts on iOS. (Check out our review here.) “The story is set in a Viking…
  • Tim Cook won’t compromise Mac and iPad by combining them

    Thu 2:20pm By Ed Hardy
    Tim Cook generally stays quiet about Apple’s plans, but there’s one thing he’s open about: his company’s laptops and tablets aren’t going to merge together. It’s a question that comes up every couple of years. Which is understandable, given the…
  • Save 97 percent on a WordPress master class [Deals]

    Thu 2:10pm By Cult of Mac Deals
    A big chunk of the internet runs on WordPress. In fact, it accounts for a full 30 percent of all websites. So this is a platform that every online publisher needs to know. With the WordPress Essentials Lifetime Bundle, you’ll get lifetime access to four…
  • How to translate webpages on iPhone or iPad

    Thu 2:00pm By Charlie Sorrel
    Microsoft Translator can translate a webpage right inside Mobile Safari, changing nothing but the text. It's about a million times better than Google translate. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
  • Get a refurbished MacBook for over $400 off [Deals & Steals]

    Thu 1:45pm By Milo Kahney
    In today’s edition of Deals & Steals, we’ve got a fantastic deal on a refurbished gold MacBook. We also dug up great discounts on a smart HomeKit thermostat, a horrifically violent video game, and an Amazon Echo smart speaker. Note: On some of these deals,…
  • Huawei had notches years before iPhone X made them cool

    Thu 12:24pm By Killian Bell
    Huawei was developing smartphones with notches in their displays years before iPhone X made them cool, it claims. The Chinese company ultimately decided not to release one because it was “too conservative and cautious” at the time — but now that Apple…
  • Get free fries from McDonald’s with the latest Apple Pay promo

    Thu 11:30am By Killian Bell
    Enjoy a free medium fries when you use Apple Pay at McDonald’s on a Friday. Apple’s latest promotion runs throughout the rest of April, which gives you just two more Fridays to take advantage of it. Apple has been launching weekly Apple Pay promotions to…
  • iPhone dependence is killing Apple Watch. Here’s how Cupertino could fix it.

    Thu 11:00am By Graham Bower
    For activity tracking, fitness and notifications, Apple Watch is pretty awesome, and these days, that’s all most people use it for. Which is a shame. When it launched back in 2015, Apple had a much bigger vision: a wearable computing platform supporting a…
  • Apple shares fall after iPhone chipmaker cuts sales forecast

    Thu 10:41am By Killian Bell
    Apple shares fell 3 percent this morning after iPhone chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) cut its revenue forecast for the second quarter of 2018. The company and industry analysts point to weak demand for high-end smartphones as the main…
  • High-end mousepad makes your Magic Mouse even more magical

    Thu 10:27am By Luke Dormehl
    The Magic Mouse is one of the best mice Apple has ever built, but it doesn’t suit everyone. Some users complain that it has a high level of friction on certain surfaces, while also making an annoying scratching noise when it moves. If you’re one of those…
  • Viking platformer Oddmar will take you to visual Valhalla [Review]

    Thu 9:00am By Luke Dormehl
    The makers of superb 2014 game Leo’s Fortune are back with a new action platform game for iOS. Trading Leo for a cartoony world based on Norse mythology, Viking-themed platformer Oddmar lands in the App Store today. Can this new iOS platformer repeat the…
  • Netflix on iOS now lets you enjoy previews

    Thu 8:26am By Luke Dormehl
    Netflix has added a new feature to its iOS app, allowing users to watch a 30-second video trailer of content they are interested in. The company began testing the feature in early March, but is now rolling it out to all users. The video previews are viewable…
  • Today in Apple history: Newton boss departs as device struggles

    Thu 8:00am By Luke Dormehl
    April 19, 1994: The executive in charge of Apple’s revolutionary new product line, the Newton MessagePad, parts ways with Apple. “We can’t say whether he fell or was pushed,” says an Apple spokesman. Reports suggest that the departing Gaston Bastiaens,…
  • Qualcomm will cut 1,500 jobs amidst Apple legal battle

    Thu 7:00am By Luke Dormehl
    Chipmaker Qualcomm is reportedly cutting around 1,500 jobs in an effort to reduce its costs by $1 billion. Most of these jobs will be in California, although some will be in other locations. Qualcomm has been engaged in an ongoing legal battle with Apple since…
  • Fortnite update adds light machine gun, new game mode

    Thu 6:24am By Killian Bell
    Epic today rolled out its latest content update for Fortnite, adding its first light machine gun and a new limited-time game mode. You can enjoy it all across all platforms — including iOS — right now! Epic removed the controversial guided missile from…
  • Say goodbye to free Opera VPN

    Wed 9:53pm By Ed Hardy
    The end is nigh for a free VPN service for iOS and Android. Opera VPN will close at the end of this month. No reason has been given. A Virtual Private Network protects users by hiding their IP address, making it much harder to be tracked. Opera Software’s…
  • Trusted analyst says 6.1-inch iPhone could be surprisingly cheap

    Wed 8:49pm By Ed Hardy
    Speculation about the 2018 iPhone is running hot and heavy. It seems there are new reports on these unannounced devices almost every day. But not all of these carry the gravitas of Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with a long track record of being right about Apple.…
  • Dropbox for iPad updated with tons of great features

    Wed 7:34pm By Ed Hardy
    The latest version of Dropbox allows iPad users to move files around with a fingertip. It also works better with long file names. Even though iPad was designed to be controlled with touches, drag-and-drop file management has been slow to come to this tablet.…
  • AI boosts Microsoft Translator for iPhone

    Wed 5:40pm By Ed Hardy
    Microsoft Translator has been around for a while, but this app is getting a huge improvement: artificial intelligence-powered translations even when the iPhone is offline. Using translation apps in a foreign country can be nerve wracking.  Such software…
  • ‘Trustjacking’ is the dangerous new iPhone hack you’ve never heard of

    Wed 4:33pm By Buster Hein
    You might want to think twice before plugging your iPhone into a friends laptop for a quick charge. Security researchers have discovered an all-new type of iOS hack called “trustjacking” that uses one of a little-known WiFi feature to access a device’s…
  • How to add extra filter packs to the iPhone’s Photos app

    Wed 4:00pm By Charlie Sorrel
    Filter packs let you add all kinds of special effects to your photos, all without ever leaving the Photos app. Heres how to find, enable, and use filter packs for iPhone. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
  • Smart lock lets you unlock your home with Apple Watch

    Wed 2:30pm By Killian Bell
    If you’re forever losing your keys, why bother using them at all? Now you can unlock your doors using your Apple Watch, thanks to the August Smart Lock. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to get into your home, and you don’t even need your iPhone.…
  • Vulse app brings gestural and touch effects to guitar

    Wed 2:00pm By Charlie Sorrel
    Vulse uses the iPhone's sensors and screen to let you control wild and subtle effects, right from the guitar itself. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
  • Here’s how Apple is fighting GrayKey iPhone unlocker

    Wed 1:38pm By Ed Hardy
    Apple hasn’t found the security holes that iPhone unlocking tools use, but iOS 11.3 took a step that makes these cracking devices less useful. Police now have a limited amount of time to circumvent the user’s passcode before it becomes impossible. This is…
  • Stay ahead of the storm with Dark Sky Weather [50 Essential iOS Apps #2]

    Wed 12:00pm By Ian Fuchs
    Weather is something we all deal with, and an accurate idea of what’s coming can help inform your day-to-day decisions. With the Dark Sky Weather app, you can know exactly when to expect a change in weather conditions. Unlike many of its competitors, Dark…
  • Now you can play Star Wars Holochess in AR on iPhone

    Wed 11:35am By Doug Bierend
    If you’re going to play Holochess on the Millennium Falcon, there’s just one rule: Let the wookiee win. To play it in your living room, the only requirement is having a new-ish iPhone. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is an AR game that came out on Android and…