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Silly App Store bans have gone too far with Steam Link

Apple has decided that it won’t allow iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV owners to play PC games through Steam Link. Valve’s new app, which is now available in beta on Android, has been banned from the App

Today in Apple history: Apple probes Foxconn suicides

May 25, 2010: Apple opens an investigation into a string of suicides at Foxconn, its Chinese manufacturing partner. After reports of a ninth death at a Foxconn factory, Apple says it is “independently

New to iCloud? Apple will give you the first month’s storage for free

Apple is looking to hook more people to subscribe to its iCloud storage service — and like good salespeople they’re willing to give you the first hit for free, after which you’ll have to start paying.

Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for violating iPhone patents

A jury has decided that Samsung must pay Apple $539 million in damages, following four days of deliberation — and years of ongoing legal battles. The verdict is almost exactly in the middle of the $1

How to use the Mac’s secret emoji panel

The Mac has a built-in emoji panel that you can access from the keyboard, with a single keystroke. Find out how. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Court documents reveal Apple knew iPhone 6 was bendy

Bendgate is back in the news and this time, court documents show Apple knew about structural problems with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prior to release. Apple’s own tests revealed the handsets might have

Refurbished iMac Pro units just as powerful, cost less

Got your eye on the powerful iMac Pro but don’t want to pay full price? Apple just began selling refurbished units for 15 percent off. iMac Pro is Apple’s first all-in-one machine for professionals

Creative Block: Roli’s expressive MIDI keyboard goes portable [Review]

The Roli Seaboard Block is a marriage of multitouch, silicone, and expressive poking. Yes, a three-way marriage. Read our review. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Week’s best Apple deals: The accessories edition!

This week, you will see great deals on essential Apple accessories including Multiport Adapters, iPad covers and charging stands. Plus, get the lowest price on an unlocked iPhone 7! Apple USB-C

How Apple could smartify iOS’ Do Not Disturb feature

With iOS 11, Apple introduced a “Do Not Disturb” feature that texts callers to let them know you’re driving or otherwise engaged if they try and phone when you’re busy. But a future version of the

iPod shuffle and Spotify merge in this portable player [Deals]

Media formats and devices have a way of circling back into relevance. Vinyl, cassette tapes, heck, even VHS are making comebacks. So it should be no surprise to see the handy iPod shuffle style of

OS X has now outlasted Apple’s classic Mac OS

Call it macOS or OS X if you want, but today Apple’s Mac operating system passed a major milestone: overtaking Apple’s classic Mac OS by a single day. Pointed out by Jason Snell of Six Colors, the

Facebook two-factor authentication no longer needs a phone number

You can now secure your Facebook account with two-factor authentication without handing over your phone number. The social network now works alongside apps like Google Authenticator, Duo Security, and

Latest Apple Pay promotion gives you free food delivery from Postmates

Apple wants you to use Apple Pay and it’s willing to reward you if you’ll give it a shot. The company’s latest Apple Pay promotion offers free delivery on food ordered from food delivery service

Today in Apple history: iTunes ditches movie trailer downloads

May 24, 2013: Apple begins phasing out the option for users to download movie trailers from its once enormously popular website. The move signifies a major change taking place in

Apple is missing out on billions in subscription fees

Apple’s Services division is growing rapidly, but according to analyst Gene Munster it is still leaving billions of dollars on the table by failing to monetize its software in the way that it could.

iPhone SE 2 stars in beautiful concept TV ad

The look of iPhone ads is familiar. A cool song blares while the device sleekly moves before the camera. An artist has used that formula to create an ad for the iPhone SE 2, a smartphone not yet

Trump can’t use his iPhone to block protesters from his Twitter feed

All President Donald Trump’s many tweets come from his trusty iPhone, and he’s not shy about blocking people who use this social network platform to respond to his comments. Today, however, a federal

Apple teams with VW for self-driving bus project

Apple’s self-driving shuttle bus project has finally found a car manufacturer to work with. After being spurned by BMW and Mercedes, Apple has inked a deal with Volkswagen that will allow the

iOS 12 concept dreams of grouped notifications and more

The grand unveiling of iOS 12 is just a few weeks away and there’s one feature on everybody’s wishlist: grouped notifications. iOS 11’s notification screen is a mess when you get multiple