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HomePod is still hopeless, and it’s (mostly) Siri’s fault

HomePod is half-finished, and not even Apple's legendary hardware design can save it. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

iOS 11.4 causes camera woes

Everyone’s attention is on iOS 12, but Apple still has a team working on a “bug fix” update to iOS 11.4. Among the reasons for this is the complaints from numerous iPhone users that this version

Tim Cook talks taxes and failed Irish data center in new interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a quick stop in Ireland this week where he promised the country he’s interested in it for more than its sweet tax rate. The company’s relationship with Ireland has been rocky

Apple inks deal for French TV series remake that looks weird AF

Apple has ordered yet another series for its original video content programming. This time, the series in question is an English language adaptation of Calls, a highly experimental French short-form

AirPower to arrive in September after design problems are solved

Apple will finally deliver its AirPower charger in September after solving “a series of technical hurdles,” according to a new report. Overheating is one problem company engineers have had to contend

Save 95 percent on a master class in Facebook marketing [Deals]

Do you own or run a business? If you do, you’re going to want to learn how to make the most of Facebook Ads. After all, Facebook is the most powerful platform for getting your content, brand, or

Apple chip supplier invests $25 billion to help develop next-gen processors

Apple supplier TSMC will reportedly invest a massive $25 billion in 5 nanometer node technology in its quest to fabricate next-generation chips which could help power iOS devices. No timeframe was

New sneakers? Apple Pay can save you money on Adidas products

For its latest Apple Pay weekly promotion, Apple is giving customers 15 percent off purchases made in the Adidas iOS app — provided it’s bought using Apple’s mobile payment service, of course! The

Today in Apple history: iOS 4 brings multitasking and FaceTime

June 21, 2010: Apple releases iOS 4, which introduces a range of productivity features as well as the FaceTime videotelephony service. iOS 4 represents a big step forward for Apple’s flourishing

Governments start crackdown on smartphone use in schools

The government of southeastern Australian state, New South Wales, has said that it plans to carry out a comprehensive review of smartphone use in schools. This will look at the effects of smartphones

Apple Pay gets you cheaper, faster service at summer festivals

If you aren’t already using Apple Pay, you should be. Not only does it make shopping easier, but it can also save you money on all kinds of purchases every week. And now, Apple Pay users are getting

Cupertino postpones vote on ‘head tax’ on Apple employees

Cupertino’s city government decided to ask voters next year whether it should charge businesses a tax on every worker. Apple is the city’s largest employer, so most of the cost would have fallen on

Facebook finally going to charge you for some content

A pilot project allows people who run Facebook groups to charge subscription fees for the content they create. During the testing process, this is an option for a limited number of group admins. The

This Steve Jobs business card is a pricey addition to your Rolodex

It’s hard to imagine Steve Jobs ever needing to pass out business cards. But even for titans of industry, business cards were standard issue and if you happened to have one from Jobs, its worth a few

How to control your HomePod’s up-next queue from your iPhone

Did you know that you can completely control your HomePod's music playback using your iPhone? You can even edit and add to the up-next queue. Here's how. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an

Exploding phone blamed for Malaysian VC’s death

A Malaysian man perished in a fire in his bedroom, but his family and his company say he was actually killed when the phone charging near his bed exploded. “He had two phones, one Blackberry and a

Instagram takes on YouTube with new IGTV app

Instagram is ready to take on YouTube with a new app. The photo-sharing social network revealed its new standalone app today called IGTV that’s dedicated to long-form video. IGTV was revealed at an

Apple inks deal for kids’ shows with Sesame Workshop

Apple is getting its own kids’ TV series with talking puppets. The iPhone-maker and Sesame Workshop have reportedly inked a deal that will bring a slate of new kids’ programming to the company’s

macOS Mojave easter egg scrambles your desktop with a single click

Surely you’ve said to yourself, “My Mac desktop is messy, but it could be messier.” No? Well, someone at Apple has, and built a tool into the macOS Mojave beta to disorganize everything on your

Fortnite files hint at 2 brand new game modes

Fortnite gets new limited-time game modes every week, but for a while now, those game modes have been improved versions of modes we’ve already played. That could be about to change. Files reveal two