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Google slapped with $5 billion fine for Android tactics

Update: The European Commission has confirmed the fine, while also ordering Google make changes to rectify the problem. Google is bracing itself to be hit with a 4.3 billion euro ($5 billion) fine as

Samsung predictably takes shots at iPhone X in latest Galaxy S9 ad

Apple is known for strikingly original ads which have changed the course of advertising history, and are studied by creatives decades after they first aired. Samsung is known for ads that rip on

9 things you didn’t know about Apple’s new Seattle store

Chamfered edges. Hidden gardens. Bathroom secrets. Apple’s new Seattle store has it all, according to The CultCast host Erfon Elijah. He recently made a journey to the new store and was blown away by

Samsung’s new RAM chip will make future iPhones even faster

Samsung developed a type of RAM that’s 1.5 times faster than what’s included in smartphones today. And, even though Apple and Samsung are arch rivals, it’s very likely to be in iPhone someday. The new

Sharecuts will be the place to swap Siri Shortcuts

Siri users looking forward to a new app called Shortcuts will have a place called Sharecuts to suggest and swamp custom voice commands for the Apple-based digital assistant. Sharecuts creator,

mophie battery packs ease iPhone, iPad charging with Lightning ports and connectors

Accessory-maker mophie launched a family of external batteries designed specifically for iPhone and iPad. They’re among the first to be charged through a Lightning port. Even better, some models have

iPhone gains on Android in U.S. smartphone activations

Apple gained ground on its Android competition in the U.S. last quarter when it comes to smartphone activations. The iPhone accounted for 36 percent of total smartphone activations from April to June,

How to use Photos’ amazing new search in iOS 12

iOS 12 adds super-powerful search tools, that are even easier and quicker to use than the current search. Let's see how to use it. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Secret ingredient in new MacBook Pro? Glue. Lots and lots of glue

Apple makes no attempt to have MacBook Pro models easy to repair. The ones released just a few days ago are no exception. We all have to hope that the redesigned key mechanism fixes the previous

Pocket-sized breath analyzer promises to hack your metabolism

Figuring out the perfect weight-loss diet might soon become as easy as breathing into a tiny breath analyzer. Lumen, a digital health and wellness company, revealed its debut product that connects a

Ghostek Rapture headphones bring expensive sound at affordable price [Review]

Brooklyn brand Ghostek manufactures some really interesting phone cases, backpacks, speakers and headphones. One of its latest offerings, the Ghostek Rapture Bluetooth headphones, are some of the

Apple no longer offers free repairs for faulty iPhone 7 speakers

You now have to pay to have faulty iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus speakers repaired by Apple. The company’s unofficial repair program, which offered free fixes for those who were unable to activate the

Best add-on lenses for your iPhone

For a huge percentage of mobile photographers — from amateur snappers to creative artists — the iPhone is the camera you always have with you. Every iPhone packs an undeniably great camera. But, as

Here’s how Apple execs stack up with their Memojis

If Jony Ive was going for that Wanted Poster look for his executive profile picture, he now looks like an adorable puppy thanks to Memoji. Never has the leadership page on Apple’s website been so fun

Microsoft Edge for iOS to get visual search and more

Microsoft knows that Edge is nowhere near as popular as its rivals, but it has no plans to stop making its browser as good as can be. Its next big update will give those on iOS the ability to search

Apple seeds iOS 12 beta 4 to developers

A fresh new version of iOS 12 is waiting for developers to download, bringing with it a fresh batch of fixes and some UI tweaks. Apple released iOS 12 beta 4 this morning for both iPhone and iPad. The

Apple wants to embed stretchable displays in your clothes

It sounds like science fiction, but Apple has created a method for making stretchable displays. This means that, instead of your computer being in your pocket or on your wrist, it could be made into

Fortnite fights intensify with brand new submachine gun

The mammoth Fortnite season five update gave us stacks of awesome new content to enjoy, but it seems it wasn’t enough for Epic Games. This week, players can enjoy a brand new submachine gun which is

Dedicated Apple fan creates needlework Mac masterpieces

So you’ve got your perfect Apple geek room: Steve Jobs biographies on the bookshelves, iMac Pro on your desk, and maybe a couple of rare vintage Macs locked in a display cabinet. Looking for something

Lead your team to victory by mastering scrum project management [Deals]

There are many ways to manage teams around big projects, but few as proven as scrum. The agile framework is ideal for everything from software development to marketing and beyond, so learning it can