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  • Music tips from guy who made Steve Jobs dance [Cult of Mac Magazine 333]

    Sat 11:00am By Lewis Wallace
    After finding fame for getting Steve Jobs to dance to his Antennagate song, Jonathan Mann went on to write tons more tunes (many about Apple). Now Mann, aka the Song a Day Guy, has a new podcast that delves into his creative process. He gave Cult of Mac some…
  • Today in Apple history: Sun Microsystems almost buys Apple

    Sat 10:00am By Luke Dormehl
    January 25, 1996: Rumors circulate that Sun Microsystems is in talks to acquire Apple. With Sun at the peak of its power, and Cupertino struggling, the rumored $3.89 billion deal would see Apple snapped up for between $5 and $6 a share. Here comes the Sun If…
  • Save more than half off a new iPad mini 3 [Deals]

    Sat 9:30am By Cult of Mac Deals
    The iPad mini 3 is one of those older-generation Apple devices that holds up well. For an e-reader, web browser or just all-around mobile media player, the tiny tablets offer all the features you want. But they come with one real advantage over the newest…
  • Apple dreams up curvy iMac concept

    Fri 5:10pm By Ed Hardy
    The design of the iMac hasn’t changed much in over a decade, but Apple is considering a radical facelift. A proposed future model would consist of a pane of glass that surrounds the display, then curves forward to hold a keyboard and a pair of trackpads.…
  • Add rad text captions to your Instagram photos without an app

    Fri 4:00pm By Charlie Sorrel
    If you're running iOS, you can use this built-in tool to add captions to all your photos, without downloading any special apps. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
  • Bag a 2018 MacBook Air for $730, iPhone 7 for $140 [Deals & Steals]

    Fri 2:40pm By Killian Bell
    Woot is blowing out refurbished 2018 MacBook Air units for today only. There are big discounts to be had, with prices starting at just $729.99. And it’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. Others include: iPhone 7, iPhone 8…
  • Take a look at the secret app Apple uses to test iPhone hardware

    Fri 2:22pm By Buster Hein
    Ever visit the Apple store for an iPhone repair and notice the Genius Bar uses special diagnostic apps you’ve never seen before? Apple keeps its internal-use apps on tight lockdown, but thanks to a forgetful iPhone technician, Apple nerds just got an…
  • Take a deeply discounted dive into iOS development [Deals]

    Fri 1:10pm By Cult of Mac Deals
    With each new iOS, developers rush to learn all the new bells and whistles. Now iOS 13 has been out since June, opportunities to learn its programming language are easier to find. They’re also getting easier to afford. The Complete iOS 13 and SwiftUI…
  • Apple Arcade’s Butter Royale is a Fortnite-like food fight

    Fri 12:45pm By Ed Hardy
    Plenty of games drop players into an arena to battle friends or rivals over the internet, but Butter Royale takes a much lighter tone than most. It’s a food fight, not a desperate struggle for survival. This game for players age 9 and up debuted today on…
  • Apple TV+ subscriber numbers could be stronger than many think

    Fri 12:24pm By Luke Dormehl
    A new analyst report suggests 33.6 million customers were ready and waiting to subscribe to Apple TV+ before its November launch and estimates that number could grow to 40 million subscribers by the end of this year. If accurate, the numbers from TV industry…
  • Trojan using fake Flash updates infects 1 in 10 Macs

    Fri 12:18pm By Buster Hein
    A dangerous piece of Mac malware that hides as a fake Flash warning is a growing security threat to Mac users with one in 10 Macs infected, according to the security firm, Kaspersky. The Shlayer Trojan has been active since early 2018 and so far it shows no…
  • These gorgeous cases wrap your AirPods Pro in luxury leather

    Fri 11:46am By Killian Bell
    With AirPods Pro sold out everywhere, the last thing you want to do is destroy the pair you already own. Protect them with Elago’s gorgeous new cases instead, and never worry about them getting beaten up. Made from natural cowhide leather, the cases are…
  • Palm-size pillows will have you dreaming about that first Mac

    Fri 11:10am By David Pierini
    On this day in 1984, the first Macintosh computers started shipping. Who could have imagined that 36 years later to the day, this iconic machine would be commemorated with a tiny plush pillow that fits in your hand? Only one person possesses this kind of…
  • Broadcom lands $15 billion deal with Apple to sell it iPhone components

    Fri 10:15am By Brad Gibson
    Chipmaker Broadcom has inked two multi-year deals with Apple to sell it some $15 billion in wireless components for its iPhone product line, the company announced in an SEC filing on Thursday. The announcement did not specify which components Broadcom would…
  • Why everyone’s upset about AirPods Pro, and Tim Cook’s favorite shower tech, this week on The…

    Fri 9:01am By Erfon Elijah
    This week on The CultCast: It’s not your imagination — Apple changed AirPods Pro and made them worse! We’ll tell you what’s going on. Plus: A new report says Apple caved to FBI pressure to keep your iCloud backups less safe. And stay tuned to hear…
  • Apple leases new offices near Apple Park

    Fri 8:45am By Luke Dormehl
    An estimated 12,000 people can comfortably work together in Apple Park. But Apple’s a big company — and 12,000 people is only a drop in the ocean. For that reason, Apple has leased six floors in a nearby office building, just six minutes’ drive from its…
  • Today in Apple history: Apple ships the first Mac

    Fri 8:00am By Luke Dormehl
    January 24, 1984: Apple ships its first Mac, the mighty Macintosh 128K. Bringing a mouse and graphical user interface to the masses, and heralded by an acclaimed Super Bowl commercial that’s still talked about today, the first-gen Mac will quickly become one…
  • Facebook Messenger could protect your messages with Face ID

    Fri 7:32am By Killian Bell
    Facebook Messenger could soon add Face ID support to protect your conversations from nosy neighbors. The feature would prevent access to Messenger until it is first unlocked with your face. It seems like a useful addition to the app for the security-conscious,…
  • Apple gives its hiring page a colorful overhaul — and a renewed focus on AI

    Fri 6:38am By Luke Dormehl
    When you hear “Jobs” and “Apple” together you probably think of the dearly departed Steve Jobs. But Apple happens to employ well over 100,000 people worldwide — and now it’s got a fancy new hiring page to help it get even more. The refreshed jobs…
  • No-show Friday: Apple TV+ has its quietest week yet

    Fri 5:52am By Luke Dormehl
    Apple TV+ had its quietest week yet in terms of new shows, with (to the best of my knowledge) zero new programming uploaded Friday. Apple Originals Servant, Truth Be Told, The Morning Show, See and For All Mankind have now concluded. All eight episodes of…
  • Samsung’s AirDrop clone will debut with Galaxy S20 next month

    Fri 5:36am By Killian Bell
    Samsung is developing its own AirDrop competitor that will make its debut alongside the Galaxy S20 next month, according to a new report. Leaked Quick Share screenshots reveal the feature will let users “share instantly with people nearby.” This is…
  • Profile focuses on Apple’s cutthroat buying practices and ‘The Blevinator’

    Thu 10:24pm By Brad Gibson
    In a feature piece based largely on background sources, The Wall Street Journal on Thursday profiled Tony Blevins, Apple’s vice president of procurement, giving a unique insight into the dog-eat-dog business of buying components from third-party suppliers…
  • Doqo turns iPad Pro into MacBook with 7 ports [Review]

    Thu 7:45pm By Ed Hardy
    Anyone who longs for the days when MacBooks came with tons of ports can look to the Doqo, an iPad Pro keyboard case that includes a pair of USB-A ports, HDMI, memory card readers, and more. There’s also a trackpad and full-size keyboard. This could be the…
  • Apple crams celebrities into first Carpool Karaoke season 3 trailer

    Thu 5:22pm By Buster Hein
    Carpool Karaoke is back for a third season and it’s packed with more celebrity appearances than ever before. The first trailer for Carpool Karaoke season 3 was posted to show creator James Cordon’s YouTube channel this afternoon revealing some big changes…
  • Rocket League will drop support for macOS in March

    Thu 5:00pm By Killian Bell
    Rocket League developer Psyonix today confirmed it will drop support for macOS (and Linux) in March. Players will need to switch platforms to continue enjoying the game — or play without its beloved online multiplayer. The move could be a blow to Apple’s…
  • Apple finally ends Safari support for Adobe Flash

    Thu 4:36pm By Ed Hardy
    Adobe Flash, once a hugely popular way for web browsers to provide multimedia, is almost dead. And Apple is helping bring on the funeral by completely removing support for the Flash plugin from the latest Safari Technology Preview. It might be difficult for…
  • Twitter now lets you add emoji reactions to direct messages

    Thu 4:15pm By Killian Bell
    Twitter now lets you add Facebook-style emoji reactions to direct messages. There are currently seven to choose from — one more than Facebook offers — including the familiar thumbs up, laughing face, and love heart. They help Twitter keep up with rival…
  • This Command key shortcut will change how you use your Mac

    Thu 4:00pm By Charlie Sorrel
    You can Command-click pretty much any icon on the Mac to reveal it in the Finder. You’re going to love this. (Plus: a couple bonus Mac tips.) (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
  • Why TikTok could become Apple Music’s scariest rival

    Thu 3:45pm By Buster Hein
    It’s the year 2020 and absolutely everyone is making a streaming service, including TikTok. The budding social network is hard at work inking licensing deals for its upcoming music streaming service, Resso, that will compete against Spotify and Apple Music.…
  • Advertisers panic as iPhone users turn off GPS tracking

    Thu 3:30pm By David Pierini
    Location data, for a long time a river of gold that enriched companies with digital ad revenues, is starting to dry up as more and more consumers deactivate location tracking on their smartphones. The growing shortage of GPS data became pronounced shortly…