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First HomeKit sprinkler ensures the grass is always green

Looking for a smarter, high tech way to water your lawn? The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller has your back — by becoming the first smart sprinkler controller to add HomeKit support. The personal

Get more organized with this next-level Mac app calendar [Deals]

We all count on our calendars to keep us organized and up-to-date. But even your well-worn iCal and Google Calendar could be more useful. For proof, just take a look at what BusyCal 3 can do. BusyCal

Is iPhone XS battery life really better?

Apple promises that you’ll get better battery life if you upgrade to the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. Their cutting-edge A12 Bionic chips and power-efficient Super Retina displays should mean that they

iPhone XS has a worrying connectivity issue

It seems the first week with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max isn’t as sweet as it should be for some. A growing number of users are reporting poor Wi-Fi and LTE performance with both of Apple’s newest

Today in Apple history: iPod nano gets colorful aluminum upgrade

September 25, 2006: Apple ships its second-generation iPod nano, offering a fancy redesign of the pocket-size original. Among the new iPod nano’s improvements is a slimmer, anodized aluminum casing, a

Apple switches up orders for iPhone XR to avoid delays

Apple is shifting orders for the iPhone XR between its suppliers to make sure that there are as few supply constraints as possible when the device finally launches in October. According to a new

Apple Store robbery suspect caught by security

The string of Apple Store robberies in California continued over the weekend — but, on this occasion, everything didn’t go quite as planned for the thieves. As is becoming routine at this point, a

See Ullu’s colorful leather cases for iPhone XS and XS Max

We know and love Ullu’s leather straps for Apple Watch, so much so that they are best-sellers in Cult of Mac’s Watch Store. The company’s bread and butter, however, is its popular iPhone cases. Check

Face ID fails to recognize difference between twins

Apple’s foolproof Face ID system looks like it has met its match. Even though Face ID is supposed to faster on the iPhone XS and XS Max, it appears that the security system can be completely fooled by

CultCast fans, this is the Siri Shortcut you need

Siri Shortcuts are proving to be one of the most useful new additions in iOS 12. If you’re a fan of Cult of Mac‘s weekly podcast, The CultCast, we’ve got the perfect shortcut that’ll ensure you never

Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac brings loads of new features

Microsoft Office for Mac just got its first major update in years. Previews of the 2019 edition have been appearing for months, but the wait for the full version is over. It brings loads of new

Waze’s next-gen navigation cruises onto CarPlay

For too many years, the only navigation application for CarPlay users was Apple Maps. But iOS 12 changed that. Last week, CarPlay users got access to Google Maps. And now the rival Waze is an option.

iPhone XS Max whips Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in speed tests

Both Samsung and Apple offer really large smartphones fo those who want to carry a miniature tablet around with them everywhere. Anyone trying to decide between the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9

iPhone XS Max boasts the best smartphone display ever

Apple knocked it out of the park with the new OLED display on the iPhone XS Max. Reviews have been glowing about the huge new screen ever since it came out last week and now one of the most objective

Everything you need to know about macOS Mojave

Everything we've written about macOS Mojave, all in one comfortable, safe welcoming space. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Apple Park gets bricked in amazing Lego replica

As architecture to behold, the Apple Park “spaceship” campus has received the ultimate validation — as a Lego model. The iconic ring, the circular Steve Jobs Theater, the fitness center, and even the

How to prepare your Mac for macOS Mojave

Is you Mac ready for Mojave? Get ready for the free macOS Mojave upgrade with these tips for backing up and organizing your Mac. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

iPhone XS Max vastly outsells smaller XS

When it comes to iPhones, it appears bigger is much better. The iPhone XS series debuted on Friday, and a respected analyst reports the larger of the two is selling far, far better than its smaller

Apple Watch fall detection disabled by default … unless you’re old

Don’t just assume your new Apple Watch Series 4 will be there to help you when you drunkenly fall into a neighbor’s flowerbed on your way home from the bar. If you’re under 65, fall detection is

Sirius XM plans to buy Pandora for $3.5 billion

Two of the biggest companies in the music business are teaming up to try to better take on Spotify and Apple Music. Sirius XM revealed today that it plans to acquire the music streaming service