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HomePod sales reportedly hit 3 million units in U.S.

The smart speaker contest may be a two-horse race between the Amazon Echo and Google Home, but Apple’s HomePod is starting to carve out a share as well. According to new research from Consumer

This gorgeous leather case won’t let you lose your AirPods

Twelve South’s newest AirPods accessory is a gorgeous leather case that ensures your $159 earbuds are always in reach. AirSnap clips onto any bag or jacket so you’ll never forget where you left it,

Get the tools to host, build and optimize your website for life [Deals]

Getting a website going takes a lot of work. First, you need a place to host it. Then, you need to actually build the thing. And you definitely need to optimize your site for SEO so people actually

Apple will help China fight iMessage spam

Apple is working with Chinese telecoms firms to find a way to cut down the amount of iMessage spam customers in the country receive. Apple has recently been under fire by state-controlled Chinese

Facebook puts game demos in your news feed

If you think your Facebook news feed couldn’t possibly get any messier, think again. As of today, users will see start seeing playable game demos as they scroll their Facebook timelines. The demos

You can now buy Microsoft’s newest competitor to iPad

Microsoft’s latest competitor to the iPad, the more affordable Surface Go, is now available to order. Prices start at just $399 in the U.S., and for that you get an Intel Pentium Gold processor, 4GB

Today in Apple history: Newton MessagePad inspires mobile revolution

August 2, 1993: Apple debuts the MessagePad, the first product in its Newton line of handheld personal digital assistants. The most unfairly maligned product in Apple history, the Newton is a

iOS 12 beta confirms iPad Pro overhaul with edge-to-edge screen

This year’s iPad Pro will boast Face ID and a new iPhone X-style bezel-less design, code and assets hidden in the iOS 12 developer beta seemingly confirms. The asset relating to the new asset was

Apple is ignorantly killing the App Store affiliate program

Apple has confirmed plans to drop apps and in-app purchases from its iTunes Affiliate Program by October 1. The company feels that commissions are no longer necessary following the launch of its

Fitbit gives Apple Watch its only real competition

The smartwatch competition has come down to just two players: Apple Watch and Fitbit. They leave Samsung and other wearables makers well behind. And in the second quarter of this year, Apple stayed

Apple stock earns Warren Buffett $2.6 billion in a single day

For a person who famously said he doesn’t like to invest in tech stocks, Warren Buffett has done pretty well with Apple. Following the company’s amazing quarterly earnings this week, Buffett’s shares

iPhones could be about to get even more expensive

Apple may have just reported yet another record quarter, but there’s a potential dark cloud lurking on the horizon in the form of the impending China trade war. Not only has Tim Cook been outspoken

Apple must pay $145.1 million for infringing on patents

Apple has been ordered to pay out $145.1 million in damages for infringing on patents held by the Canadian patent licensing company WiLan. A federal jury in San Diego, California ruled that the iPhone

Steve Jobs’ daughter talks about her big secret

Lisa Brennan Jobs, the oldest daughter of Steve Jobs, is coming out with her first book next month. Part of the story grapples with their complicated relationship. (He denied being her father at

Apple shares gain $55 billion after glowing quarterly report

Investors rushed to buy Apple stock today, pushing the share price up almost 6 percent. That added a whopping $55 billion to the company’s market capitalization. Apple is still a bit short of the

Samsung takes on iPad Pro with Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung just unveiled the first high-end Android tablet in years: With a 10.5-inch screen and a $649.99 price, the Galaxy Tab S4 takes aim squarely at the iPad Pro. As with Apple’s tablet, there’s an

Here’s when to expect Apple’s 2018 iPhone event

Apple’s biggest keynote of the year is quickly approaching and while the company hasn’t revealed the date, we have a pretty good idea of when exactly the 2018 iPhone lineup will be revealed. By

How to use the iPhone camera’s built-in manual controls

Did you know that the iPhone's stock camera app has built-in manual controls? Here's how to use them. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Save $75 on Apple Watch, $700 on Macs [Deals & Steals]

Best Buy is celebrating Labor Day weekend with some stellar discounts on Apple’s latest devices. You can save $50 on HomePod, $75 on Apple Watch Series 3, and up to $700 on Macs. Today’s Deals &

Oscar-nominated filmmaker says smartphone killed photography

So many people are taking so many pictures thanks to the iPhone. And yet, renowned filmmaker and photographer Wim Wenders says photography is “more dead than ever.” “The trouble with iPhone pictures