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These 2018 MacBook Pro models are the best values

You need a 2018 MacBook Pro, but there are a bunch of configurations to choose from, with the top model more than twice as expensive as the base one. Of course, Apple is asking you to pay extra for a

2018 MacBook Pro: the good, the great, the ugly — this week on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: The 2018 MacBook Pro is both a beauty and a beast. In fact, it’s one of the most exciting MBP refreshes in years. We’ll tell you why. Then: A popular tech reviewer warns

iPhone could get shut out of India altogether

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India could require mobile operators in the country to stop supporting the iPhone if Apple doesn’t allow a mobile app that lets users report unwanted calls and

Today in Apple history: World’s first third-party iPhone app arrives

July 20, 2007: Just a month after the original iPhone goes on sale, the first third-party app gets compiled and launched for the new platform. Called “Hello World,” the software serves more as a proof

1Password for iOS gets rich text notes, iMessage sticker pack

You can now create more useful secure notes in 1Password for iOS, thanks to a new update that adds rich text support. The latest release also introduces a sticker pack for Messages and a whole host of

Apple switches designs for new Oz store, but some are still unhappy

Normally, the addition of a new Apple Store is met with positivity, on account of the prestige and increased foot traffic that it brings to an area. That’s not exactly proving to be the case for

Fortnite rakes in a staggering $1 billion from in-game purchases

Whether you like it or hate it, mutli-platform battle royal game Fortnite isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, it’s headed in just one direction: up. According to a new report from market research

Apple Pay saves you money on summer movie tickets, food, and more

Apple waited a bit for its summer Apple Pay promotion, but it just kicked off today. On offer are savings from Fandango, SubHub, Groupon, and several other apps. The exact savings vary from service to

Strapley’s tailor-made bands give Apple Watch a rustic chic

Sourcing the best Apple Watch bands and accessories for Cult of Mac readers is the number one priority for our Watch Store. We hit the mark with our latest find — Strapley’s distressed-leather bands

George Takei’s House of Cats app bares its claws at Trump

George Takei is best known for his iconic role on Star Trek, but he’s also an activist. And a very anti-Trump one. His new app combines two things the internet loves: cats and politics. House of Cats

Tame your notifications with iOS 12’s Instant Tuning

Instant Tuning is the new iOS 12 feature that lets you edit and switch off notifications, right from the notification itself. Let's see how to use it. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an

Spotify now lets artists submit unreleased music for playlist consideration

Music artists are getting an all-new way to promote unreleased music thanks to a new feature Spotify is rolling out his week. Getting a song onto one of Spotify’s curated playlists can give a big

New HomeKit authentication system could bring tons more accessories

Accessories can now support Apple’s HomeKit without a special chip. The Wemo Mini Smart Plug is the first to use this new system of software authentication. The Mini Smart Plug ($34.99) offers a

Fender Bluetooth speaker looks like a 1950s tweed-covered guitar amp

Fenders new Tweed Monterey Bluetooth speaker looks like an awesome 1950s-style guitar amp, right down to the knobs. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

You won’t believe how many e-commerce login attempts are made by hackers

Go to your Amazon, Zappos, etc. account now and change the password to something stronger. That’s the takeaway from a cyber security firm’s report that says a whopping 91 percent of all attempts to

Huawei on track to steal iPhone’s crown in 2019

Apple’s biggest competitor in China could soon supplant it as the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in terms of units shipped. Huawei says it’s on track to ship 200 million phones by

Fortnite challenge guide for season 5, week 2

Fortnite season five is already into its second week, which means there’s a brand new list of challenges. As usual, there are seven to complete, which will earn you a total of 50 Battle Stars. Here’s

Avanti Air headphones combine retro cool with wireless future [Review]

When a “premium accessories maker” known for its battery packs and dongles sets out to make wireless headphones, you might fear for your ears. But the only thing in danger from Moshi’s Avanti Air

Your Apple device could one day warn you against spending too long in the sun

Your iPhone can track your number of steps, and your Apple Watch can advise you if you have an erratic heart rate you might want to get checked out by a doctor. Could your friendly neighborhood Apple

Easily edit PDFs with this powerful Mac app, now half-off [Deals]

PDFs, we know them, we love them. But we also know they can be tough to edit when you need to make changes in a hurry. Not so if you have the right app–especially, one which won the 2015 App of the