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  • China’s media watchdog sues Apple over obscure film

    7:25pm By Buster Hein
    Apple is facing yet another legal headache in China thanks to what may be the craziest lawsuit yet in a year that has been full of wacky legal battles.  China’s media watchdog, The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television…
  • Why Apple should buy Tidal (and why it shouldn’t) [Friday Night Fights]

    6:01pm By Killian Bell
    When you have the kind of cash Apple has, the easiest way to take down the competition is to just buy it. That’s exactly what the Cupertino company is planning to do with Apple Music rival Tidal, according to a recent report. But would a Tidal takeover be a…
  • Hillary emoji let you play the woman card for real

    4:49pm By Buster Hein
    The battle to win the 2016 presidential election is heading to your iPhone’s keyboard now, thanks to a new iOS app that adds a batch of Hillary Clinton emoji to devices. Aiming to excite millennial voters, the free Hillarymoji app comes with 20 pictograms of…
  • Apple hits back at Spotify’s ‘public attacks’

    3:20pm By Killian Bell
    Apple’s legal team has issued a scathing response to Spotify following its “public attacks” earlier this week. The music streaming service accused Apple of “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” after its App Store review team…
  • iOS 10 jailbreak team makes key breakthrough

    2:20pm By Killian Bell
    With every iOS update, Apple makes it harder for hackers to jailbreak its software — but it seems there’s still plenty of work to be done. At the Mobile Security Conference (MOSEC) in Shanghai today, Chinese jailbreak team Pangu revealed it already has…
  • How to make sure your iPhone fireworks photos go off with a bang

    12:31pm By David Pierini
    Last year’s Fourth of July fireworks made you say ooh and ahh, but when you look at your iPhone photos from that night, the sound you make is more of an ugh. Don’t blame Siri or some engineer in Cupertino. The iPhone camera, as mighty as it is, can’t do…
  • Big, comfy headphones make Mac gaming even better [Reviews]

    12:30pm By Rob LeFebvre
    Massive over-ear headphones are the best way to immerse yourself in a video game, whether you’re managing the minutiae of Civilization V, hiding from the xenomorph in Alien Isolation, or blasting your way across multiplayer maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops.…
  • Last chance to save on top Mac apps, decoy phone lines and more [Deals]

    11:00am By Cult of Mac Deals
    Summer’s here and last season’s deals are heading out the door. Don’t let these deals expire before you’ve had your chance to get in on them: top notch data recovery software, Dragon’s industry-leading transcription software, comprehensive digital…
  • Bon Iver frontman slams ‘horrid’ Apple Music

    10:25am By Luke Dormehl
    From Taylor Swift to Drake, Apple’s pretty adamant on coming across as artist-friendly when it comes to Apple Music. But one artist who’s apparently less than impressed with Apple’s streaming music service is Bon Iver singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. In…
  • 3rd-party Apple Watch faces, and how the iPhone was really invented, this week on The CultCast

    9:13am By Erfon Elijah
    This week on The CultCast: You’ll laugh, you’ll cry — wait till you hear the latest lawsuit aimed right at Apple’s biggest products. Plus: Leaked photos of EarPods with a Lightning connector look better than expected; why we may never get third-party…
  • Today in Apple history: Apple’s first ever computer goes on sale

    9:00am By Luke Dormehl
    July 1, 1976: The Apple 1 goes on sale, becoming the first computer ever sold by the Apple Computer Company. Arriving the same month Jimmy Carter was nominated for U.S. president, Family Feud debuted on TV, and the United States celebrated the 200th…
  • Apple might buy struggling competitor Tidal

    Thu 7:06pm By Buster Hein
    Jay Z and Apple might be joining forces. Apple has dominated the jigga man’s streaming service, Tidal, ever since the launch of Apple Music one year ago, but a new report claims that the iPhone-maker is in exploratory talks to acquire the music streaming…
  • iPhone 7 concept imagines Apple’s dark future

    Thu 6:47pm By Buster Hein
    Apple might be going back to black with the iPhone 7, making it the darkest iPhone since the days of the iPhone 3Gs. We got a major crush on the deep blue iPhone 7 earlier this month, but now that mockup artist Martin Hajek has whipped up this Space Black…
  • Tim Cook just got a big promotion at Nike

    Thu 5:10pm By Buster Hein
    Apple CEO Tim Cook is moving up in the world of Nike, where he’s been serving as a member of the board of directors. Nike revealed that starting today, Cook will be the lead independent board member at the athletic apparel company, which is undergoing some…
  • App world goes bananas for art app that turns photos into Van Goghs

    Thu 4:48pm By David Pierini
    An AI-powered app that turns any boring photo into an art masterpiece is taking the app world by storm. Prisma is an iOS app that not only transforms an ordinary photo into a painting, it does so in the styles of different famous artists, from Van Gogh and…
  • Apple celebrates NASA’s Juno mission with hypnotic space video

    Thu 4:42pm By Buster Hein
    NASA’s Juno mission is set to arrive at Jupiter on July 4th, so to celebrate the space agency did the most sensible thing it could think of: team up with Apple and Weezer to make awesome videos about space and music. While Weezer created the patriotic rock…
  • New drone vid shows Apple Campus 2’s massive solar arrays

    Thu 3:28pm By Killian Bell
    New drone footage of Apple Campus 2 reveals the impressive progress that has been made in recent months. The research and development center and many of the other buildings around the campus are now starting to take shape — and they look glorious in 4K! We…
  • Spotify accuses Apple of blocking app update

    Thu 2:26pm By Buster Hein
    Apple is allegedly stopping Spotify from competing with Apple Music by blocking the streaming service’s latest iOS app update from the App Store. Spotify sent Apple’s general counsel Bruce Sewell a letter this week claiming that Cupertino is inflicting…
  • A growing number of filmmakers say, ‘Lights, iPhone, action!’

    Thu 1:00pm By David Pierini
    Apple guaranteed the iPhone would reinvent the phone. But filmmaking? Writer and director Conrad Mess said the iPhone’s red record button turned him into a filmmaker. It helped another cash-strapped director win praise and wide distribution for a feature…
  • Apple rolls out the stars for Beats 1 birthday reel

    Thu 12:38pm By Killian Bell
    Apple is today celebrating one year of Apple Music and Beats 1 radio. The company has put out a new video that showcases some of the station’s highlights, like big interviews with stars like Drake, Adele, Taylor Swift, Will Smith, and Alecia Keys. When it…
  • Amazon Prime Day is returning with discounts on over 100,000 items

    Thu 11:49am By Killian Bell
    Amazon will host its second annual Prime Day on Tuesday, July 12, the retail giant confirmed today. It promises to be the “biggest Amazon event ever,” with big discounts to be had worldwide on over 100,000 products. During the first Prime Day in 2015,…
  • Reading this without using a VPN? That’s risky, but there’s a fix [Deals]

    Thu 11:00am By Cult of Mac Deals
    If you go online (and now is not the time to pretend you don’t), you’re vulnerable to data violations of all sorts: identity theft, activity monitoring, geo-restrictions. A great way to secure yourself against these problems is to connect to the internet…
  • Apple chip maker expects big revenue spike for iPhone 7

    Thu 10:22am By Killian Bell
    One of Apple’s biggest chip makers expects its revenue to rise during the third quarter of 2016 around the launch of the iPhone 7 series. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to start shipping new A10 processors “soon.”…
  • Everything you need to know about the new Apple File System

    Thu 9:36am By Killian Bell
    It’s hard to believe that Apple’s speedy Macs are still using a file system that was developed more than 30 years ago, when floppy disks and spinning hard drives were considered cutting-edge technology. But that’s going to change in 2017 with the new…
  • Headphone jack supported by Apple much longer than most ports

    Thu 9:06am By Luke Dormehl
    The iPhone’s 3.5mm headphone jack, rumored to be conspicuous in its absence from the upcoming iPhone 7, has lasted more than twice the length of a regular Apple port. Having first appeared in an Apple product with 1984’s Macintosh, the headphone jack has…
  • Today in Apple history: IBM and Apple team up for the first time

    Thu 9:00am By Luke Dormehl
    Given its position as the company’s earliest arch-nemesis, Apple’s partnership with IBM was massive news when it was announced a couple of years ago. But it wasn’t the first time the two companies had agreed to help one another. On 30 June 1993, Apple…
  • Mystery vans likely making 3-D road maps for Apple’s self-driving car

    Thu 8:30am By Leander Kahney
    Some new data-gathering vehicles are roaming the streets of San Francisco. They’re unmarked, but are suspected to be Apple’s. They are laden with sensors, but what kind of data are they gathering, and what for? Experts contacted by Cult of Mac say the…
  • Spotify and Elizabeth Warren tag-team for some Apple bashing

    Wed 5:19pm By Buster Hein
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren took shots at Apple, Google and Amazon during a speech in Washington today, claiming Silicon Valley’s big fish are making it impossible for the small fry to compete. “The opportunity to compete must remain open for new entrants and…
  • Evernote’s unfortunate move makes Notes look better than ever

    Wed 5:18pm By Killian Bell
    If you haven’t already ditched Evernote for Apple Notes, now is the time. Changes to the company’s subscription plans mean the basic Evernote account is now next to useless for the vasty majority of users who don’t want to pay up. What made Evernote so…
  • Apple supplier paves way for third-party Lightning headphones

    Wed 3:51pm By Buster Hein
    Transitioning to a future when iPhones no longer come with 3.5mm headphone port is going to be a lot easier thanks to one Apple supplier that is ready to make Lightning headphones a thing. Cirrus Logic, which makes analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits,…