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Today in Apple history: Bill Gates urges Apple to license Mac OS

June 25, 1985: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates sends a memo to Apple execs suggesting that Cupertino should license its Mac operating system and additional technology to other companies Apple CEO John

Facebook will tell you how much time you’re wasting in its app

You don’t need to wait for iOS 12 to find out how much time you’re wasting in Facebook. The social network is testing a new tool that will show you exactly how many minutes you’ve spent inside its app

Apple News now offering Midterm Elections coverage

Are you a political junkie with an iPhone? If so, you are the target audience for a new Apple News feature, offering an easy way to follow the 2018 Midterm Elections for readers in the United States.

Fortnite’s long-awaited Playground mode lands this week

Fortnite’s new Playground mode will finally be available inside Battle Royale this week, giving players the ability to hone their skills in a more forgiving game type. Playground lets teams “run wild

Apple employees take to the streets for San Francisco Pride Parade

Tim Cook, Lisa P. Jackson, and other Apple employees took part in the San Francisco Pride parade over the weekend. As part of the festivities, Apple employees passed out Apple Pride T-shirts featuring

WhenWorks, Instagram IGTV, and other amazing apps of the week

This week we take a look at automatic calendar scheduling in WhenWorks, free music lessons in GarageBand for Mac, an annoying new video app from Instagram, and more. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and

Advance in your field of work with these career tools [Deals]

Trying to climb up the career ladder is harder today with the amplification of office of politics and excessive corporate red tape. You need more than just courage to make the commitment to look for

Today in Apple history: iPhone 4 arrives with glorious Retina display

June 24, 2010: Apple’s fourth-generation smartphone, the iPhone 4, goes on sale. While the device is perhaps most remembered for the infamous “Antennagate,” it is otherwise a pretty great handset. In

Hacker discovers bypassing iPhone passcode limit just requires a keyboard [UPDATED]

Companies like Grayshift help police bypass the passcodes on locked iPhones. One might think that this requires some byzantine hacking skills. Apparently not. A hacker reports that iOS has a soft spot

Cult of Mac Magazine: HomePod is still hopeless, and it’s (mostly) Siri’s fault

In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: HomePods went on sale in Europe this week, and I ordered one. It arrived the very next day. I tried it out, and then sent it back to Apple the day after that. Why?

Take executive control of your Instagram feed [Deals]

Instagram is a great way to share quick snapshots of your life. But it can also be an incredibly powerful storytelling platform. Unfortunately, the Instagram interface doesn’t make it easy to think

Today in Apple history: Power Mac G5 packs world’s first 64-bit CPU

June 23, 2003: Apple launches its gorgeous Power Mac G5, a powerhouse desktop computer with a perforated aluminum chassis that earns it the affectionate nickname the “cheese grater.” Starting at an

Apple finally acknowledges its new MacBook keyboards suck

The butterfly keyboards on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro are officially defective. After months of outcry from angry customers, Apple has finally acknowledged that the new keyboards have some

Tinder explores becoming slightly less of a hookup app

Tinder Picks is a feature this dating app is testing that might make it a better way to find people you’re compatible with emotionally, not just sexually. Picks takes the user’s profile and shows them

How to make automatic, local, Time-Machine-style backups of your iPhone

Ever wanted to back up your iPhone, wirelessly, automatically, and daily, to your Mac? Here's how to do that. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Snap’s Spectacles can now export non-circular videos

Snap updates its set of Spectacles today and instead of only shooting video optimized for Snapchat, you can finally use them to export video that’s friendly for other platforms. Spectacles are Snap’s

One of Mac’s best Finder features is now on Windows PC

It’s okay to use a PC alongside your Mac, but you’ll find that some of the best macOS features aren’t available in Windows. One of those is Finder’s awesome preview function, but you don’t have to

Amazon’s unlimited reading app finally arrives on iOS

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited just made the jump to to the Apple App Store. This service for children ages three to twelve offers thousands of books, movies, and games for a flat monthly fee. The service

Whiny Watch wearer sues Apple for scratched finish, ‘mental stress’

A Toronto man is suing Apple in small-claims court over scratches on his Apple Watch Series 3, which Apple markets as being “brilliantly scratch-resistant.” Following the court filing, Apple allegedly

Supreme Court rules police need a search warrant to track your iPhone

The U.S. Supreme Court just handed down a victory for privacy advocates: police can no longer access mobile phone tracking data without a warrant. Wireless providers know which of its cell towers each