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Turn your iPhone into a handy household hub [Deals]

Own an iPhone? Live in a house or apartment? Then you’ve got a match made in heaven. The two can work in harmony, if you have the right accessories. So we’ve rounded up some of the coolest peripherals

iPhone SE 2 could pack iPhone X features into compact form factor

If you love the design of the iPhone X, but yearn for the smaller form factor of the 2012-era iPhone 5s, you could well find yourself in luck this year. According to a new report, Apple’s next-gen

PicoBrew’s beer robot now brews kombucha, coffee and more

PicoBrew’s new Pico U, which the company calls “the world’s first universal craft beverage brewing appliance,” does more than brew great beer. The “U” stands for “universal,” because the Pico U also

Apple demands $1 billion from Samsung for patent infringement

Apple wants Samsung to cough up a whopping $1 billion in damages for infringing iPhone design patents. The two companies again returned to court this week over the long-running dispute, which first

Today in Apple history: PowerBook 540c is the best Mac laptop to date

May 16, 1994: Apple launches the PowerBook 540c, one of the best laptops in its history. Part of the innovative 500 series of PowerBooks, the 540c is the laptop to own in 1994. Blisteringly fast,

Doom’s lead programmer recalls working with Steve Jobs

Id Software co-founder John Carmack was behind some of the most iconic computer game of the 1980s and 90s. This week, the legendary coder behind the smash hit games Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake

WhatsApp makes big improvements to group messaging

WhatsApp is rolling out big improvements to group messaging that make it easier to manage your conversations, catch up on what you’ve missed, and more. It has also added enhanced controls for group

Panicked Apple investors shed stocks quickly during iPhone X scare

Remember how Apple was doomed earlier this year, and how the iPhone X was a massive flop — only for Apple to pull out a record March quarter and prove everyone wrong? Well, it seems that a large

Incognito mode spotted in YouTube app

It may soon become easier to keep private some of the videos you watch in the YouTube app. Google is reportedly testing an Incognito mode for this service. This is a confidentiality feature already

PUBG Mobile gets a new place to battle, other improvements

The long-awaited 0.5.0 update launched for the iOS version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. It’s loaded with new features, including the Miramar desert map with additional vehicles and weapons. PUBG

Google News lands on iOS with sleek new interface

Apple News is getting some fresh competition today from it’s biggest rival in Silicon Valley today. Google launched its new Google News app this afternoon that was revealed at Google I/O last week.

Display Industry Awards honor iPad Pro, iPhone X

The Society for Information Display (SID) says the iPad Pro’s screen offers “significant technological advances.” The professional organization also called the panel in iPhone X “outstanding.” Both

How to look up anything with one tap on Mac

The Mac's dictionary Look Up panel has been supercharged in recent versions of macOS. Check out what it can do for you. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

A glimpse of Apple’s in-display fingerprint scanner that will never be

When Apple decided to create a bezel-less iPhone, it needed a replacement for the fingerprint scanner in the Home button. The company decided to go with facial recognition, but also looked into

Tweetbot 3 for Mac brings night mode and video previews

Tweetbot has long been our favorite third-party Twitter client for a whole bunch of awesome reasons — and now there’s even more. Tweetbot 3 today landed on macOS, bringing night mode, GIF and video

Brainwavz B200 earbuds sound, and feel, better than AirPods [Review]

Looking for a new set of earbuds for the summer? Brainwavz Audio’s B200 earbuds deliver high-fidelity audio with impressive clarity and detail. Plus, their over-the-ear design won’t frustrate you by

AirFly lets you pair your AirPods with almost anything

AirPods might be the best wireless earphones money can buy, but they don’t play nicely with everything. AirFly is a tiny gadget from Twelve South that changes that by making any device with a 3.5mm

Finding unbiased jurors for Apple vs. Samsung trial wasn’t easy

There have been no shortage of days in court in the ongoing Samsung vs. Apple legal battle, which has raged since 2012. Something that is lacking? Unbiased jurors, apparently. While a new round of

Fortnite challenge guide for season 4, week 3

Buyers of the season four Battle Pass can now complete the week three challenges in Fortnite Battle Royale. There are seven altogether — four easy and three hard — which will earn you a total of 50

Get in on the AI gold rush with these essential skills [Deals]

The artificial intelligence industry is exploding. Machines might be coming to take our jobs, but working in AI is also one of the most lucrative gigs you can get, with salaries that reach into the 6