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Apple enlists Oprah Winfrey to create original programs

In the latest sign that Cupertino is serious about video, Apple signed media superstar Oprah Winfrey to a multi-year deal. Cupertino’s growing original content team will work with the “Queen of All

How to clean your gross, waxy AirPods

AirPods crust up with earwax and whatever bacteria we have living in our earholes. Happily, cleaning and disinfecting is not only easy, but satisfying. Let's see how to do it properly. (via Cult of

You can now preorder accessories for this year’s ‘iPhone XI’

One retailer has already started taking preorders for new accessories made for this year’s “iPhone XI” and “iPhone XI Plus.” Those are the names that will be given to Apple’s new flagships, according

Gaze detection could give iMacs a sixth sense

Down the road, as you gaze into the monitor of a new iMac, the screen could gaze back. Apple was awarded a patent Thursday by the United States Patent & Trademark Office for adjustable reflective

Apple Maps suffers widespread search and directions outage [UPDATED]

Good luck finding your way with Apple Maps today. The service is suffering a widespread outage that is preventing many users from using search or directions. The problem seems to be affecting iPhone,

Alto’s Adventure is the perfect zen iPhone game [50 Essential iOS Apps #26]

Alto's Adventure is proof that a game doesn't have to be overly complex to be beautiful and thoroughly entertaining. It's incredibly fun, surprisingly delightful, and perfectly addictive, making it a

Gmail for iOS just got a big notifications upgrade

Some of us need to have email notifications enabled, but we don’t want our iPhone to ping every time a spam message hits out inbox. Gmail just got a big notifications upgrade that solves this problem.

Apple could be about to enter movie business with animated feature

Apple is reportedly negotiating with Cartoon Saloon, an Irish Oscar-nominated animation studio, for the distribution rights for what would be Apple’s first animated feature film. A deal is supposedly

Get everything you need for your dream Raspberry Pi project [Deals]

Raspberry Pi is the platform for almost any DIY computing project you can imagine. From home entertainment systems, to robotics, to building your own smart home, it’s a compact processor with vast

Score a free Super NES Classic [Deals]

Ah the ’90s, a time when things were simpler, including the video games. Anyone who played SNES has fond memories of dozens of games that are now bona fide classics. Being 16-bit didn’t make them any

Intel cranks out speedy new modems for 2018 iPhones

Intel has reportedly started production of the new faster XMM 7560 modem chips for Apple’s 2018 iPhones, marking the first time Intel has manufactured modem chips in-house for Apple. While Intel has

iPhone’s transition to OLED displays won’t be complete until 2020

Apple’s more affordable iPhone models with LCD displays will remain its best-selling devices with the transition to OLED technology slower than expected. A new report claims Apple will continue to

Today in Apple history: iPad 2 leak lands insiders in prison

June 15, 2011: Three people get sentenced to prison in China for leaking information about the iPad 2 prior to its release. The Foxconn R&D employees receive sentences ranging from one year to 18

Spike Jonze’s brilliant HomePod ad wins major advertising award

Apple’s brilliantly creative HomePod ad, directed by Being John Malkovich helmer Spike Jonze, has won a top prize at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Show at the Museum of Modern

‘Behind the Mac’ ads tell the stories of real Apple users

Apple’s latest ad campaign focuses on how the Mac can be used by regular people to create music, make art, develop apps and more. Like classic Apple campaigns such as the “Switch” ads of the early

Rapha teams with Apple for exclusive line of bags and sleeves

There’s a new line of bags, totes, and sleeves on the Apple Store today. Rapha produced these just for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. Rapha is a sportswear brand focused on clothing and accessories

Turns out iOS 12 isn’t safe from ‘brute force’ iPhone unlockers

Apple put a feature in the first iOS 12 beta designed specifically to thwart iPhone unlocking tools that use the Lightning port to get access to the device. But Grayshift, maker of a prominent

iWork for iOS gets audio recording, greater Apple Pencil support

Updates to all the apps in the Apple iWork for iOS suite boast many additional features. Pages’ and Numbers’ ability to record, edit, and play audio is just the start. In both those, and Keynote too,

Watch iPhone X take 1,000-foot plunge — and survive!

An iPhone X was found in good working order after it survived an extreme drop test off of California’s tallest bridge last week. With the video button on record, the glass-encased Apple flagship

How to add your own iOS 12 Siri Shortcuts right now

Siri Shortcuts are already very useful in iOS 12 beta. Here's how to make your own, right now. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)