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Here’s what happens when you plug Thunderbolt gadgets into your 2018 iPad Pro

What happens when you plug a Thunderbolt device into the new 2018 iPad Pro? Surprisingly, the answer isn't "nothing." (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Next Harry Potter game will be Pokémon Go for wizards

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will use augmented reality to let players seemingly cast spells in the real world, while encountering characters and creatures from the Wizarding World. It had been

Netflix begins testing cheaper mobile-only subscription plan

Binging your favorite Netflix shows might be about to get a lot cheaper. Netflix is currently testing a new mobile-only subscription plan that costs about half the price of the next-cheapest package.

Apple adds beefy Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro

Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro got a big performance boost this morning with the new option to add Radeon Pro Vega graphics to the top-of-the-line model. Apple quietly mentioned the update after its

The ‘best’ podcast listening app just got better

Pocket Casts, the paid app with more than half a million podcasts, is retooling its listening experience. An update to the popular app adds Siri Shortcuts support, improved search and discovery

iPhone X goes up in smoke during iOS 12.1 upgrade

A Twitter user has complained to Apple after their iPhone X reportedly exploded while updating to iOS 12.1. According to Rahel Mohamad, the ten-month old iPhone X became excessively hot to touch. When

Get ahead of Black Friday with 10 massively discounted Mac apps [Deals]

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but we’re already thinking about Black Friday. Luckily, in this day and age, you don’t need to leave the couch to jump on great deals. In fact, you don’t even need to

Fortnite 6.3 adds Food Fight LTM, kills glider redeploy

Fire up your consoles for this week’s Fortnite update. Version 6.3 brings a new Food Fight game mode and the recently-teased mounted turret. It also removes glider redeploy (finally!) from all default

Wiplabs Link bracelet is built just for your Apple Watch

Link is Wiplabs’ beautiful Apple Watch link bracelet crafted from 316L stainless steel alloy with a custom butterfly closure. It’s the best way to enhance your Apple Watch at a reasonable cost. We

Harry Potter teaches kids to code with their very own wand

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” the sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke once wrote. Making that link even more explicit is a new Harry Potter Coding Kit, which just

Woz thinks Steve Jobs would be happy with Apple today

Steve Wozniak thinks that his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs would be very happy with Apple today. That’s because it’s still a company which puts people above technology, Woz told CNBC. “Steve always

Apple makes new hire to try and turn around its India business

Apple has hired the former Chief Customer Operations Officer at Nokia Networks to head up its India operations department, a new report claims. Ashish Chowdhary will take up the role of Apple’s India

Moment releases sharpest iPhone telephoto lens yet

Mobile photography lensmaker Moment just launched a redesigned telephoto attachment for the iPhone, boasting that it’s sharper than any other smartphone glass on the market. The 58mm lens works on

Increasing iPhone addiction is ruining our free time

There’s a good chance you’re looking at your iPhone more than ever before. A new study shows that it’s dozens of times every day. Which really isn’t a good thing. Especially as another study has found

Apple is now selling refurbished HomePods

Getting your hands on Apple’s HomePod smart speaker just got a little bit more affordable. Apple’s online store is now selling refurbished HomePod units for $299. This is the first time the HomePod

Pro Tip: How to reveal the Files sidebar in portrait view

Files app is fantastic, and sometimes frustrating. Find out how to reveal the hidden sidebar in portrait view. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

12.9-inch iPad Pro teardown video reveals smaller battery

Apple’s latest tablet isn’t easy to take apart, even for experts. A video teardown by iFixit documents the difficulties that come from 12.9-inch iPad Pro components held in with tiny screws and glue.

One week working on the iPad Pro: Not just for professionals

After a week using the new iPad Pro, it’s obvious that it’s the best portable computer Apple has ever made. And it’s not just for professionals either. The design changes alone make the 2018 iPad Pro

Russian man buys iPhone XS with bathtub of coins

It sometimes feels like it takes a bathtub full of money to afford the latest iPhone. In Russia, one man apparently did just that in order to purchase an iPhone XS. The website,,

Spotify’s Apple Watch app arrives with minimal features

The world’s largest paid music streaming service is finally landing on Apple Watch. Spotify finally revealed its first app for the Apple Watch today that will give wearers the ability to play, pause