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Early test shows the promise and perils of 5G

The first steps of the move from 4G LTE to 5G NR are underway. And tests with one of the first two handsets capable of connecting to Verizon’s version of this faster network show 5G offers amazing

Sleek wireless charger looks great while powering up iPhone and AirPods [Review]

Wireless charging is so much easier than the daily hassle of plugging and unplugging your iPhone. And the new AirPods wireless charging case makes giving up Lightning cables even more logical. Satechi

U.S. iPhone user base is growing at its slowest rate ever

Apple’s iPhone sales in the U.S. are starting to flatline, according to data from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. Growth of the iPhone install base in the U.S. has been on a downward

How to download and watch offline in the new Apple TV app

Downloading and watch TV shows and movies offline is easy with Apple's new TV app. Here's how to do it, and how to avoid a common pitfall. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

How to get your Stories to show up on Instagram’s Explore tab

Instagram revealed today that it is making changes to its Explore tab to start promoting Stories from people you don’t follow. The Explore tab is also getting redesigned with a new navigation bar that

Perfect Tempo slows down any song in Apple Music’s cloud

Perfect Tempo slows down and loops songs to help your learn to play them. The twist is that it can load any of the millions of songs in Apple's Music streaming service. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and

Airbnb adds Angela Ahrendts to board of directors

It didn’t take Angela Ahrendts much time to find a new project after stepping down as Apple’s retail boss last month. Ahrendts has reportedly accepted an offer to be Airbnb’s latest board member,

Buy a Samsung to access ‘secret menus’ in top restaurants

Samsung has teamed up with U.K. restaurants to launch “secret menus” that iPhone owners don’t have access to. The exclusive dishes, which are available from today at locations across the country, can

Apple once made an amazing music video to mock Windows 95

Apple employees once made a parody music commercial just to mock Windows 95. The five-minute skit is incredibly well done and quite possibly the best thing you’ll see on the internet today. Big

Apple Pay is closer than ever to launching in the Netherlands

Apple Pay looks closer than ever to going to live in the Netherlands, with the service now promoted to “beta” status within Apple. The news comes one day after a mobile banking service seemingly

John Wick brings bounty hunting to Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite’s big crossovers continue this week with the arrival of John Wick in Battle Royale. The former hitman brings a new limited-time game mode, challenges with free rewards, and of course, a whole

Instagram plans to kill standalone Direct app

Instagram has confirmed plans to kill its standalone Direct app for Android and iOS. The Snapchat clone made its debut in December 2017, but is being axed as part of Facebook’s mission to consolidate

Apple Developer Academy offers a 1-year boot camp in coding

Remember Rocky IV, where Rocky heads to the wilderness to get himself into peak physical condition to battle Ivan Drago? Well, Apple’s Developer Academy is kind of the same thing — only instead of

This wind-up generator charges iPhones with elbow grease [Deals]

Running out of battery is always a drag, but sometimes it can be downright disastrous. Say, when you’re on a long hike away from power outlets and with no sense of how to get back. So just like

Apple regains No. 3 spot in this year’s Fortune 500 ranking

Apple comes in third on this year’s Fortune 500 list, a ranking of companies based on revenue. Apple lagged behind Walmart and ExxonMobil in terms of revenue. However, it massively outperforms both in

Want to live near Steve Jobs’ house? It’ll cost you

Compared to many other high tech CEOs, Steve Jobs wasn’t ostentatious with his home. He didn’t live in a giant mansion with drivers, butlers and security. Instead, the Jobs family shared a relatively

Samsung is fixing the Galaxy Fold, could finally deliver in June

Samsung is said to be making a number of changes to the Galaxy Fold in an effort to fix its durability issues. The South Korean company could finally launch its first foldable phone next month. Fans

Trump’s Huawei ban could wind up hurting Apple, too

A ban on China’s Huawei company by the White House could wind up hurting Apple, concerned analysts claim. President Donald Trump’s administration announced plans Wednesday to ban technology and

Steam Link finally makes its long-awaited debut in the App Store

One year after Apple rejected Valve’s Steam Link app from launching in the App Store, it has finally made its debut for both iOS and tvOS devices. Steam Link gives gamers the chance to play their

First 5G modem made by Apple won’t arrive until 2025

Apple’s custom-built smartphone modems likely won’t make their way into iPhones and iPads until 2025 at the earliest, according to a new report from The Information. Intel’s strained relationship with