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Xiaomi just convinced me I need a foldable phone

“What’s the point of a foldable phone?” That’s the question the Cult of Mac team was asking when Samsung confirmed its first is coming this year. But after seeing Xiaomi’s impressive foldable phone

Apple spent millions lobbying Trump administration in 2018

Apple spent $6.6 million lobbying Congress and other federal officials in 2018, newly released records show. While that’s approximately in line with the $7 million it spent in 2017, it’s considerably

2019 iPod touch update could focus on games

The iPod touch hasn’t been updated in three-and-a-half years, the longest period in the product’s history without an upgrade. However, a recent trademark application from Apple gives the slightest

Create beautiful vector graphics with zero design experience [Deals]

These days the job market demands that we be more flexible than ever. So even if you’re not a graphic designer, you might find yourself needing to create graphics for a website, flier, email blast, or

Tim Cook spotted having dinner with controversial Brazilian president

Tim Cook was among the CEOs spotted having dinner at Davos with controversial far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro has made numerous comments that won’t have endeared him to Cook,

Apple sees advantages for iPhone as climate change worsens

iPhone sales might be struggling right now, but they could see a surprising boost from … climate change? Apple believes that the negative impacts of climate change, particularly the increase in

Meizu Zero is first smartphone with no buttons, ports or speakers

If buttons, ports, and speaker grilles give you real anxiety when looking at your smartphone, Meizu has the perfect handset for you. It’s called the Zero, and it’s the first phone that completely

Back Market gives another option to save on refurbished iPhones

Back Market, a marketplace dedicated to pre-owned electronics, is now offering a range of iPhone models refurbished by Apple. Before going to Back Market, Apple checks over these units and always

Beat Cop game brings 1980s police experience to iOS

If you hanker after the point-and-click adventure games of the 1990s (think Full Throttle), you’ll find plenty to like about Pixel Crow and 11bit Studio’s Beat Cop — which just brought its pixellated

Apple Pay finally available through Australia’s largest bank

Australia’s largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (abbreviated to CommBank), has announced that Apple Pay is finally coming to its customers. The bank previously promised that Apple Pay

Health-tracking AirPods rumored for first half of 2019

Updated AirPods are supposedly on their way in the first half of 2019, possibly bringing new health-monitoring functions to Apple’s wildly popular Bluetooth earbuds. The upgraded AirPods’ impressive

MacBook Pro ‘stage light’ flaw could hit you with a $600 repair

Every MacBook Pro since 2016 harbors a hidden design flaw that inevitably will require an expensive repair, according to DIY repair website iFixit. The problem supposedly lies in “delicate” ribbon

How to switch on Mojave’s Dynamic Desktop

macOS Mojave's Dynamic Desktops are great and easy to use. Just switch them on, and enjoy the progress of time, expressed through a computer wallpaper. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an

Coach busts out winter collection of Apple Watch bands

Coach’s new lineup of Apple Watch bands are ready to glam up your wrist just in time for winter. The company has come out with a limited number of new straps that add a splash of couture to your Apple

Apple looking for ‘Shot on iPhone’ pics for new ads

Apple’s next billboard may be in your pocket. Apple is inviting iPhone photographers around the world to submit their best shots for its next “Shot on iPhone” marketing campaign. Some of Apple’s best

Wifi Porter makes sharing your wireless network a breeze

Imagine letting a friend connect to your Wi-Fi network just by tapping a hockey puck-sized chunk of wood. That’s the promise of Wifi Porter, an accessory from Ten One Design that saves guests from

5-in-1 cable gives you one dongle to rule them all

The dark days of dongle hell might finally be over thanks to a brilliant new accessory that packs five different ports in one cable. Vonmählen, a smartphone accessory maker based in Germany, revealed

Fortnite update adds a Sneaky Snowman, kills Quadlauncher

Fortnite’s newest update brings a brand new item to Battle Royale, while removing one of its most frustrating weapons. Players can surprise their enemies using the Sneaky Snowman, but it won’t be

HomePod in China turns Siri into a storyteller

HomePod has a feature that is only available in China and could prove popular with busy parents and the kid who just wants to hear a story. Apple’s version of a smart speaker made its debut in China

iOS 12.1.3 brings fresh fixes for iMessage, CarPlay and iPad Pro

The first iOS update of the year is finally ready for the masses. Apple is releasing iOS 12.1.3 today, bringing a number of bug fixes and performance improvements to the iPhone and iPad. iOS 12.1.3 is