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Strapley’s tailor-made bands give Apple Watch a rustic chic

Sourcing the best Apple Watch bands and accessories for Cult of Mac readers is the number one priority for our Watch Store. We hit the mark with our latest find — Strapley’s distressed-leather bands

George Takei’s House of Cats app bares its claws at Trump

George Takei is best known for his iconic role on Star Trek, but he’s also an activist. And a very anti-Trump one. His new app combines two things the internet loves: cats and politics. House of Cats

Tame your notifications with iOS 12’s Instant Tuning

Instant Tuning is the new iOS 12 feature that lets you edit and switch off notifications, right from the notification itself. Let's see how to use it. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an

Spotify now lets artists submit unreleased music for playlist consideration

Music artists are getting an all-new way to promote unreleased music thanks to a new feature Spotify is rolling out his week. Getting a song onto one of Spotify’s curated playlists can give a big

New HomeKit authentication system could bring tons more accessories

Accessories can now support Apple’s HomeKit without a special chip. The Wemo Mini Smart Plug is the first to use this new system of software authentication. The Mini Smart Plug ($34.99) offers a

Fender Bluetooth speaker looks like a 1950s tweed-covered guitar amp

Fenders new Tweed Monterey Bluetooth speaker looks like an awesome 1950s-style guitar amp, right down to the knobs. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

You won’t believe how many e-commerce login attempts are made by hackers

Go to your Amazon, Zappos, etc. account now and change the password to something stronger. That’s the takeaway from a cyber security firm’s report that says a whopping 91 percent of all attempts to

Huawei on track to steal iPhone’s crown in 2019

Apple’s biggest competitor in China could soon supplant it as the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in terms of units shipped. Huawei says it’s on track to ship 200 million phones by

Fortnite challenge guide for season 5, week 2

Fortnite season five is already into its second week, which means there’s a brand new list of challenges. As usual, there are seven to complete, which will earn you a total of 50 Battle Stars. Here’s

Avanti Air headphones combine retro cool with wireless future [Review]

When a “premium accessories maker” known for its battery packs and dongles sets out to make wireless headphones, you might fear for your ears. But the only thing in danger from Moshi’s Avanti Air

Your Apple device could one day warn you against spending too long in the sun

Your iPhone can track your number of steps, and your Apple Watch can advise you if you have an erratic heart rate you might want to get checked out by a doctor. Could your friendly neighborhood Apple

Easily edit PDFs with this powerful Mac app, now half-off [Deals]

PDFs, we know them, we love them. But we also know they can be tough to edit when you need to make changes in a hurry. Not so if you have the right app–especially, one which won the 2015 App of the

Apple confirms new MacBook Pro keyboard is protected against debris

Apple won’t publicly admit that it tweaked the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard to fix the hardware’s biggest flaw. But in a leaked internal document, the company says it installed a new “membrane” to

Amazon is closing in on Apple to hit $1 trillion valuation

As the first company in history to pass the $700, $800, and $900 billion marks, Apple has long looked set to become the world’s first ever $1 trillion company. But Amazon is rapidly closing in on it.

Nokia’s iPhone X clone is amazingly affordable

Just like every other smartphone maker, Nokia now offers its own iPhone X clone. The Nokia X5 gives buyers a 5.86-inch edge-to-edge display and impressive specifications at an amazingly affordable

Today in Apple history: iPod gets a new Click Wheel

July 19, 2004: The fourth-generation iPod brings neat innovations to the popular audio device, including the Click Wheel interface recently introduced on the iPod mini. “The best digital music player

After Google’s massive EU fine, could Apple be next?

Yesterday, the EU announced a massive $5 billion fine for Google due to its strategy of pushing Google search on Android devices. However, according to a new op-ed published by Bloomberg, Apple

VLC for iOS finally picks up Chromecast support

The official VLC video player for iOS finally gives users the ability to stream content to their Chromecast devices. The latest version of the app also adds support for 360-degree videos, improves

Siri’s last remaining co-founder retires from Apple

Tom Gruber, the last Siri co-founder to have been employed at Apple, has left the company. Gruber was previously head of Siri’s Advanced Development group, but has now retired to focus on his

Speedy Blackmagic eGPU won’t do much for photographers

The futuristic design of the Blackmagic eGPU, which Apple is selling to MacBook Pro users who need the graphics processing power of a desktop, makes it look blazing fast. But fast is an action, not an