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Magnetic connector gives new MacBooks that old MagSafe feel

MagSafe connection is no more, but Magtop Pro brings back that feature on new MacBook Pros with Type-C charging. Magtop maybe the tiniest of Mac accessories, but there’s nothing small about its place

Get a MacBook Air for as little as $399 [Deals]

MyPhones Unlimited, the company behind our successful iPhone buyback program, is offering Cult of Mac readers $50 off refurbished MacBook Airs. These laptops come in the original box with the original

How to connect an external keyboard to your iPad

Hooking a hardware keyboard up to your iPad is easy, and brings all kids of cool features otherwise unavailable. Heres how to connect a keyboard to your iPad. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

Brand new Macs at risk of hacking during setup process

Apple’s rock-solid supply chain might be churning out new Macs that are already hacked. Getting a brand new Mac usually means you’re getting the freshest, most bug-free system possible, but security

Samsung preps rivals for Apple Watch and HomePod

Along with its newest smartphone, Samsung just unveiled two more products designed to take on some of Apple’s. The Galaxy Watch isn’t the Korean company’s first Apple Watch competitor, but this is the

Write catchy songs in your browser with Hookpad 2

Hookpad 2 brings the awesome music composition and study tool to the iPad and iPhone. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Google’s new Cameos app gives celebs a bigger voice on the internet

Google is giving celebrities a new way to answer some of the most popular questions asked by fans thanks to a new app called Cameos. The search giant launched Cameos on the iOS app store this morning.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 prepares to face the 2018 iPhones

This spring’s Galaxy S9 hasn’t sold all that well, so Samsung is pinning its hopes on the Galaxy Note 9, just announced this morning. This 6.4-inch Android device will have to compete with the iPhone

Fortnite beta lands on Android, but only for Samsung users

Epic Games has finally delivered its first Fortnite beta for Android. Fans have been waiting to get their hands on the game since it made its debut on iOS back in March. You’ll need one of a handful

iPhone rival snaps stunning photo of the Milky Way

A jaw-dropping photo of the Milky Way shows just how powerful a smartphone with three cameras can be. Photographer Daniel K. Cheong made the stunning picture below using the new triple-lens Huawei P20

Apple is cracking down on gambling apps

Apple is cracking down on gambling content in the App Store. The problem is that some of the apps caught in the crossfire don’t have very much to do with gambling at all. Several developers have noted

Apple may be forced to back down in India privacy clash

Apple may have “won” its standoff with the FBI over privacy, but it’s unlikely to be able to repeat the same feat in a clash with the Indian government on the same topic. A new article published by

This car charger doubles as an emergency location tracker [Deals]

Having a USB charger for your car is good and necessary. Even better is one that can help locate you if an accident happens. PanicSafe Emergency Locator and Car Charger does just that. You can plug

iOS 12 brings big improvements to iPhone’s Portrait mode

iOS 12 packs a whole host of significant improvements that Apple didn’t get a chance to showcase during its WWDC preview. One of those, according to one developer, is a greatly-enhanced Portrait mode

You can now enjoy Roku’s free channel on your iOS devices

Want to give the Roku experience a go, but don’t own a Roku TV streaming device? Today may be your lucky day, since Roku has announced that its free, ad-supported streaming service, the Roku Channel,

Today in Apple history: Apple becomes world’s most valuable company

August 9, 2011: Apple overtakes oil giant ExxonMobil to become the world’s most valuable company. It’s an astonishing turnaround for Cupertino. Just 15 years earlier, it looked like it was just about

iPhone supplier sees increasing Face ID orders ahead of new devices

One of Apple’s manufacturing partners is enjoying a sizable boost in revenue off the back of increased orders for Face ID components. Lumentum’s vertical-cavity-surface-emitting laser (VCSEL), a key

Apple and Verizon begin an ‘exclusive partnership’ with music deal

U.S. telecoms try to lure new customers with free streaming services. Verizon has teamed up with Apple to offer half a year of Apple Music at no additional cost. What’s even ore interesting is that

Apple celebrates young developers at Chicago store event

Apple held a special “Today at Apple” session on Wednesday at its Michigan Avenue, Chicago store to celebrate young developers. The event took place under the banner of Apple’s “Everyone Can Code”

Apple ‘monitoring’ Infowars app, but it’s staying for now

Earlier this week, Apple booted five of Infowars‘ six podcasts out of iTunes and its Podcasts app, but made the decision to keep the company’s app in the App Store. In a statement, Apple has said that
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