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Avoid embarrassing typos with this automatic proofreader [Deals]

No matter how many times you proofread, typos and bad phrasings have a nasty habit of slipping by unnoticed. That can mean a lot of embarrassment over the smallest mistakes, especially in professional

Christmas comes early with new Fortnite skins

If you wish it could be Christmas every day, treat yourself to one of the new festive skins in Fortnite Battle Royale. Both the Nog Ops and Yuletide Ranger outfits are available now, alongside a Cozy

Mass riots hit Apple Store in Bordeaux, France

Apple’s Bordeaux retail store in France was raided over the weekend as continued anti-government protests raged. In a clip widely shared on Twitter, looters entered the Apple Sainte-Catherine store on

Tim Cook praises stunning shot on iPhone surfing image

You’d think Tim Cook would be too busy running Apple to be tweeting about surfing, but you’d be wrong. Well, kind of. In fact, Cook tweeted over this weekend in praise of the cover of the year end

Unlock your Mac’s hidden productivity potential with this app [Deals]

You may think you’re a power user, but not unless you’re using keyboard macros. Macros are like keyboard shortcuts, but customized so you can tailor them to your workflow. Keyboard Maestro Macro

Ready, set, relax! Go deep with Apple Watch Breathe app [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 274]

Take a deep breath and learn how to get the most out of your Apple Watch with a pair of handy how-tos. Every Apple Watch owner can take advantage of Apple’s stress-busting Breathe app. However, you’ll

Snag awesome stocking stuffers for the Apple fans in your life [Deals]

Just like every year, the holidays hit us before we know it. So to make sure you aren’t caught without anything to offer the Apple fans and other tech types in your life, we’ve rounded up five great

Save up to 30% on the 2017 iPad Pro [Deals]

If you’re in the market for an iPad Pro, but working on a budget, B&H Photo Video is currently offering last years 12.9” iPad Pro at an amazing discount. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

Mango Health CEO quits to join Apple’s health team

Apple has made another high-profile hire that could help the company gain a stronger foothold in the healthcare space. Former Mango Health CEO Jason Oberfest left his highly-regarded startup last

Apple’s Beddit sleep tracker gets more-polished look, new app

A new version of the Beddit sleep monitor launched today. This is the first version since Apple acquired the company making this accessory last year, and the result is better hardware and software,

Test lab gives iPhone XR top marks for single-cam smartphone

The iPhone XR received the highest rating ever for a single-cam smartphone tested by the image lab DxOMark. Apple’s budget option from a line of new smartphones held its own against the more expensive

Richard Gere could be next actor to sign on for Apple series

Richard Gere could be the next actor to participate in one of Apple’s original TV shows. According to a new report, Apple is in the process of signing a series starring the Pretty Woman actor, written

Toasty touchscreen gloves let you swipe and scroll in the bitter cold [Review]

The last time I tried to use touchscreen gloves, I had made the decision to just never use my phone outdoors in the dead of winter. The damn things just weren’t warm. I’m recalling this from my home

Save big on these must-have everyday carry gadgets [Deals]

The holidays are finally upon us, and while that can lead to a great deal of stress, it also inevitably leads to a huge number of great deals on all of your favorite tech products. Here are four great

Qualcomm president says Apple battle coming to an end

Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon says that, one way or another, the battle between his company and Apple is coming to an end soon. “We feel like we are probably near the end of this game — we have a

Apple acquires startup co-founded by iTunes Festival boss

Apple has reportedly acquired U.K.-based music creative services and artist development company Platoon. The company has history with Apple, being co-founded by former Apple live events and artist

Apple sends out notification pushing iPhone users to upgrade

Apple’s apparently taking its “fire drill” approach to pushing the iPhone XR and XS seriously. As noted by developer Steve Lederer on Twitter, Apple recently sent out a push notification prompting

Australia’s new anti-encryption laws are bad news for Apple

Australia’s population may be less than 10 percent of the United States’ but its new anti-privacy laws could still have Silicon Valley tech giants quaking in their boots. The country’s newly passed

Lego Ninjago AR app brings toys to virtual life

At Apple’s developer conference in June, Lego demonstrated an app built with ARkit that placed real Lego sets in virtual environments. The first version of that software just launched today. Lego

How (and when) to use Apple Watch ECG feature

watchOS 5.1.2 launched to the public this morning and finally activated the ECG feature on Apple Watch Series 4. For now, the ECG app can only be used in the US and US territories, but it gives