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How to enable Facebook Messenger’s secret dark mode on iOS

Facebook Messenger now has a secret new dark mode on iOS, two months after the feature entered public testing. It looks particularly great on OLED devices, like the iPhone X and iPhone XS, and you can

Samsung sends foldable screen samples to Apple

Samsung was one of the first out of the gate with a folding smartphone. Now it is trying to entice its competitors, including Apple, to join the foldable future. Samsung, which debuted the Galaxy Fold

One app can handle all your graphic design needs [Deals]

Graphic design can seem like an expensive activity, once you start looking at the subscription prices for industry-standard apps. So it’s a relief to find one app that can do most of the same work —

Researcher provides Apple with details (and fix) for Keychain flaw

A security researcher has decided to provide Apple with details — and a patch — for a serious Keychain flaw in macOS Mojave that allows anyone to access your saved usernames and passwords. Linus Henze

Apple’s ‘intrusive’ execs criticized by Hollywood

Apple’s “intrusive” executives, including CEO Tim Cook, have been criticized by Hollywood for becoming too involved in ongoing TV projects. Agents and producers have complained about how “difficult”

AirPods 2 might charge faster than you think possible

A highlight of the second generation of AirPods is expected to be a wireless charging case. And a new report indicates that this will power up these earbuds in much less than half an hour. According

New photo, music and drawing apps you should download right now

This week we make music with Koala Sampler, snap long-exposure photos with Halide’s new app, Spectre Camera, keep it together with Keep It Mobile, and way more. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

Perk up the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio with Slickwraps [Review]

The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2018 iPad Pro is slim, lightweight and very useful. It’s also ugly as a mud fence. Slickwraps makes an array of “skins” designed to improve the appearance with

How to dominate Apple Watch Activity Competitions [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 286]

If your fitness-freak friend challenges you to an Apple Watch Activity Competition, don’t recoil in horror. Accept the invitation — and crush the contest with these insights and tips. Get the lowdown

Let this highly rated iOS app help keep robocalls at bay [Deals]

If you thought we were past the age of spam calls, sorry, but no. From intrusive advertising to scam calls, some estimate that billions of scam calls afflict us per month. Luckily, in the arms race

From refurbished iPhones to AirPods alternatives, the top deals of the week [Deals]

It’s been a red banner week for deals at the Cult of Mac Store. So we rounded up four of the very best, from refurbished iPhones to affordable AirPods alternatives. We’ve also got a replacement for

Apple ‘rolling the dice’ on its upcoming products

Apple CEO Tim Cook is very upbeat about where his company is going. He told investors today that upcoming products will “blow you away.” Cook also indicated that these aren’t going to be just more of

Guilty iCloud hacker sent to slammer

A judge sentenced a former high school teacher to 34 months in prison Friday after the man pleaded guilty to his role in the “Celebgate” hack of iCloud and other accounts. Of those convicted for the

How to tweak 3D Touch, the beloved feature Apple looks set to kill

Did you know that you can adjust the sensitivity of the iPhone’s 3-D Touch, and even turn it off? (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Shareholders easily vote down attempt to make Apple more conservative

A handful of Apple shareholders argued today that the company’s board of directors needs more conservative voices. CEO Tim Cook responded that Apple has policies, not political beliefs. And a vote on

$80 off Apple Watch and bargain accessories [Deals & Steals]

Best Buy has again slashed the price of Apple Watch Series 3 to just $199, matching the best discount we’ve seen on this model so far. That price applies to the 38mm version with GPS, which usually

Apple reverses course on episode numbers in podcast titles

Apple is walking back yesterday’s warning to podcast producers that putting episode numbers in titles risked the podcast getting kicked out of Apple’s service. It’s likely complaints from users

Why Apple’s recent hiring spree makes us optimistic

Apple appears to be doubling-down on software over hardware when it comes to hiring new employees right now. For the first time in years, Apple now has more software job opening than hardware.

There’s more to iPhone in Apple’s latest set of videos

Apple is expanding its “There’s More to iPhone” marketing campaign to more countries in Europe after launching it last year in Germany. New pages have been created on Apple’s websites for France and

We dare you to put down your iPhone for 24 hours

As much as I love my smartphone, there’s no doubt that they raise some problematic questions. From concerns about social media’s impact on mental health to the very real chance of being so glued to