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Brilliant concept merges iPad mini and iPod touch

New versions of the iPod touch and iPad mini are reportedly coming out this year, and one graphic designer imagines what would happen if Apple combined these into one. The proposed device would

How to erase the background in your photos

Focos makes it easy to remove the background from any of your Portrait Mode photos, just by moving some sliders. You can even choose a new background image to insert. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and

Trailer offers thrilling glimpse of Soderbergh’s new iPhone flick

Netflix released a trailer this week for Steven Soderbergh’s latest iPhone masterpiece, High Flying Bird, with fast-moving scenes sure to excite broke and budding filmmakers. This is the Oscar-winning

World’s slimmest mechanical keyboard looks perfect for Mac lovers

Mac lovers looking for relief from Apple’s new butterfly keyboards may have found a new hero in the Keychron K1, which is supposedly the world’s slimmest mechanical keyboard ever. The Keychron K1

Musish brings Apple Music to the web

A new service allows Apple Music access through a web site without requiring any new software to be installed on the computer. Musish is free to use, and is far more secure than one might think. The

Microsoft tells Windows phone users to get an iPhone

Microsoft’s mobile operating system, Windows Phone, is officially dead. After failing to compete with iOS and Android, Microsoft is now advising users of Windows Phone to go out and buy an iPhone

Foxconn cuts 50,000 workers early as iPhone struggles

Foxconn, Apple’s largest manufacturing partner, has cut 50,000 workers ahead of schedule as a result of weak iPhone demand. The first cuts came last October, months before Foxconn typically scales

Apple accused of violating EU data privacy laws in new complaint

Apple is named in a complaint filed by a data privacy watchdog group for failing to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Austrian-based noyb said 10 users tested Apple,

App Store made almost twice as much as Google Play in 2018

The App Store raked in almost twice as much revenue as Google Play in 2018, despite significantly fewer downloads. Google’s marketplace did enjoy a 27.3 percent rise in gross app revenue

This app turns your iPhone into a personal trainer [Review]

If you need something to offer that extra push during your workout, Aaptiv is the trainer you need, right where it matters most. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Boost your Instagram presence without lifting a finger [Deals]

If you’re on Instagram, you want more followers. But if you aren’t a paid social media manager, or maybe even if you are, you probably don’t have time to do all the liking, following and commenting

2019 iPhone could bring big upgrades where it matters most

This year’s iPhone refresh will bring big upgrades for some of the handset’s most important features, according to a new rumor. One tipster claims that we can look forward to an even better camera

Apple explores handy gesture controls for iPhone, Apple Watch

Apple is looking into making your iPhone smart enough to know you wanted to take a picture just because you aimed the camera at something. And that’s not the only gesture it’s investigating. The

How to watch the AFC and NFC championships on Apple devices

By Chris Brantner We’re down to the four best teams in the NFL playoffs, and this weekend’s championship games are sure to be memorable. Whoever you’re rooting for, you can expect two phenomenal games

GoodNotes 5 improves the notes app in every way

GoodNotes 5 is a massive update to the popular iOS and Mac notes app. It’s cleaner, better-looking, and easier to use. And — finally — it has app-wide search. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

Apple vies for J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot shingle

Apple looks like the competitive underdog in a field of entertainment’s heavy-hitters vying to be the new home for J.J. Abrams and his company, Bad Robot. Abrams, the director of the last two Star

X-Men writer preps new sci-fi show for Apple TV

Apple has reportedly approved a 10-episode sci-fi series co-created by Simon Kinberg, who has written many of the X-Men movies going back to 2006. This show will apparently be part of the streaming

Top 40 tips that make you love the Touch Bar

The Touch Bar is one of Apple’s most controversial innovations of recent years. Located inconspicuously at the top of the MacBook Pro keyboard, where the function keys used to sit, some users ignore

First HomeKit-enabled video doorbell gets launch date

The first HomeKit-compatible video doorbell finally has a launch date in the USA, giving iPhone lovers an alternative to Amazon’s Ring doorbell and Nest Cam from Google. Robin Telecom Development — a

Teen golf phenom lands in rough over Apple Watch ad

A teen-aged golf prodigy could lose her amateur status after she appeared in a 15-second video for the Apple Watch. Lucy Li, 16, is ranked ninth among the world’s women’s amateurs. The United States