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Upgrade rate slows by 33 percent as we hold onto our iPhones ever longer

The days when people bought a new iPhone every two years are over, according to an industry analyst. In fact, many people are holding on to their handsets for twice that long. That’s bad news for

Glass screen protectors sometimes cause problems for 2018 iPad Pro

Some users of the newest iPad Pro models report that glass screen protectors limit the sensitivity of the touchscreen. These add-ones can also cause problems with Face ID. The maker of a popular line

Score savings on Nyloon bands with a pre-Valentine’s deal [Watch Store]

Valentine’s Day is coming up this week and now’s your chance to get a Nyloon Apple Watch band for a friend and one for yourself at a discount. Until February 13, buy any Nyloon band and get a second

Why iPads and MacBook Pros drive us nuts [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 282]

We love Apple products. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be even better. In this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine, you’ll get the lowdown on our pet peeves about working with the iPad and MacBook

Learn what it takes to be a Silicon Valley success story [Deals]

We’ve all heard the legendary stories of Silicon Valley success. But chances are, you haven’t heard from the people behind those stories. So this bundle of video lessons offers unique insight into the

Protect your iPhone from moisture and extreme temperatures [Deals]

The whole point of having a smartphone is to take it everywhere. But depending on where you go, your phone could be exposed to potential hazards, mostly in the form of moisture and temperature. So why

How to search your Google search history

Google remembers every search you make, and every link you click. Here’s how to search that history, and to disable it if you like. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

This free Blu-ray player for Mac does cool things QuickTime can’t

This post is presented by Leawo Software. These days it’s normal to watch movies on our Macs. Usually that means streaming from Netflix or some other online service. But why should your old Blu-ray

Apple busts out star-studded Memoji ads for the Grammys

Apple is back with some new Memoji ads just in time for the 2019 Grammy awards. Just like last year’s ads, the Memoji videos features some of the biggest names in music that have been morphed into

Easily share your wireless network with Wifi Porter [Review]

Wifi Porter takes the hassle out of letting friends or guests access your wireless network. Just tap this accessory from Ten One Design with your iPhone or Android device and the login details will be

Spotify will soon ban accounts that use ad blockers

You could soon see your Spotify account banned or shutdown completely if you use an ad blocker. The music streaming service’s updated terms of service, which go into effect on March 1, now

Best Valentine’s Day gifts for Apple fans [Gift Guide]

Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching, which means it’s time to start shopping for that special someone in your life. If they’re a fan of Apple products and awesome gadgets to go with them, Cult of Mac

Blur is the new black in Apple’s latest iPhone ads

Apple debuted an ad showing off the Depth Control feature on the new X-class iPhones, a 38-second subliminal sales pitch to get you thinking of an upgrade. The iPhone XR and XS handsets offer the

Apple Pay could arrive in Czech Republic this month

Apple Pay could launch in the Czech Republic as soon as February 19, a new report claims. According to sources “familiar with the developments on the banking market,” a number of banks will soon offer

Leading political scientist thinks Apple’s headed for trouble in China

Apple has increasingly focused on China as its future biggest market, but its future in the country may not be quite as rosy as once predicted. Speaking at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit,

Apple cracks down on iOS apps that record users’ screens

Apple wants developers to be more transparent about the use of analytics code that lets them record how users interact with apps. Or else. Hammering home its commitment to user privacy, Apple has

Bug-spotting teen gets a thank you in Apple’s latest iOS update

Apple has rewarded the 14-year-old kid who discovered Apple’s FaceTime bug, letting people eavesdrop on other users in Group FaceTime calls. As a thanks for Grant Thompson’s help — and a possible

Apple’s new retail boss awarded $8 million of restricted stock options

Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s new retail boss, received a nice bonus alongside her recent promotion. According to filings made by Apple, O’Brien was awarded restricted stock options valued at more than $8

Tim Cook will deliver commencement address at New Orleans’ Tulane University

Along with his work running the world’s top tech company, Tim Cook is carving out quite the niche for himself as an in-demand commencement speaker. Having previously given commencement addresses at

Angela Ahrendts reveals surprising post-Apple plans

Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts is wasting no time making plans for what to do once she leaves Apple. News that the former Burberry CEO plans to leave her post at Apple just surfaced this week.