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UE Boom 3 crams ‘magic’ new features into iridescent package

Like a cute iMac G3 blossoming into a “simply breathtaking” iMac G4, Ultimate Ears’ Boom and Megaboom speakers just morphed into something even more wonderful. Sporting an updated design and loads of

Presidential iPad proves Trump is an Apple fanboy

Perhaps Pres. Trump is more tech savvy than many people would expect. He fires off his tweetstorms from his phone, and today we learned he uses an tablet. Specifically, we learned he uses an iPad.

People can’t wait to get their hands on the 2018 iPhone models

Apple hasn’t even announced its next generation of smartphones, and millions of people already want them. In fact, interest in upgrading to any iPhone is extremely strong. A survey of iOS users found

Square finally updates its card reader for Lightning era

Square, the payments company that makes it easy for small businesses to accept credit card payments wherever you go, is finally catching up with the times today by updating its tiny card reader.

Small phone screens go the way of the dodo

The iPhone 8 display is 4.7 inches. Over the next few years, phone screen sizes are expected to grow to the point that only a tiny fraction will be that small. Fortunately, it appears Apple is keeping

Sonos Amp gives old audio systems a brain boost

Got a bass-bumping home audio system but also got serious smart-speaker envy? The new Sonos Amp is here to save your old speakers by integrating them into Sonos’ ecosystem and adding a few new tricks

How to use iOS 12’s cool new selfie filters and AR stickers

The iOS 12 Camera app adds new filters, a full-screen camera, and even 3D face-tracking stickers. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Nifty Zagg Flex portable keyboard works with phones, tablets, and TVs

Many portable keyboards are designed for just one device. The new Zagg Flex works with any computer with Bluetooth, including tablets, smartphones, and most smart TVs. The keyboard comes in a

Everything we think we know about the 2018 iPhone lineup [Updated]

Apple is set to unleash its newest iPhones on the world in just a couple weeks and based on the rumors, these will be the most lust-worthy phones to ever come out of Cupertino. Not only will the 2018

Foxconn teams with Wisconsin university for $100 million lab

Foxconn has pledged up to $100 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to fund a new research facility for its College of Engineering. This facility will collaborate with Foxconn’s planned

Hot new basketball app uses AI to improve your shooting

Basketball star Jeremy Lin didn’t make the NBA with the help of an iPhone or iPad. But Lin could help the next generation raise their game thanks to an AI-powered iOS app he helped launch with a

Nintendo will bring Dragalia Lost RPG to iOS next month

Nintendo has confirmed its next game for mobile. Dragalia Lost, an action RPG developed by Cygames, will land on iOS on September 27. You can watch the game’s first trailer below, and Nintendo will be

Apple is driving high-end online smartphone sales

Amazon is responsible for selling an ever-increasing number of smartphones in the U.S., but Apple isn’t doing badly for itself, either. According to a new report from Counterpoint Research, the iPhone

Easily track, manage and collaborate on projects with Task Pigeon [Deals]

Whether it’s just you and a partner, or an entire team working in concert, using a task manager can be a huge help. They can keep your short sprints and long hauls aligned, so everybody is in sync and

Apple expands pilot repair program for vintage Macs

Apple is expanding its pilot repair program for vintage Macs. Both the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air machines released in mid-2012 will remain eligible for service at Apple Stores worldwide until August

Former Apple video exec helps connect authors with filmmakers

A former Apple executive who left to join Netflix has launched a new startup, aimed at producing a searchable library of content which can be adapted for movies or TV. George Berry worked at Apple for

Fortnite Battle Royale picks up new Ace Starter Pack

Earn your next victory royale in style with Fortnite’s brand new Ace Starter Pack for Battle Royale. Available now for $4.99, the bundle includes an outfit, back bling, and 600 V-Bucks that you can

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs gets embroiled in stock-backdating scandal

August 29, 2001: During a meeting, Apple’s board of directors awards Steve Jobs new stock options that will become part of a stock-backdating scandal several years later. When the matter eventually

Tim Cook cashes in $58 million of his Apple fortune

Tim Cook has been granted 560,000 restricted Apple stock options and, to celebrate the windfall, he’s cashed in $58 million. As revealed in an SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) filing, Cook was

Ultra-rare original iPhone prototype pops up on eBay

Apple may have sold well over a billion iPhones, but something in much, much more limited supply are the prototype models for Apple’s original 2007 handset. These never-commercially-available models