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Verizon spinoff offers unlimited wireless service at $40 a month

Verizon Wireless spun off a startup that offers unlimited data, voice, and messages for just $40 a month. The new company, dubbed Visible, is currently only offering this service for unlocked iPhones.

Damaged iPhone appears to explode on video

An iPhone reportedly exploded and briefly caught fire in front of a security camera. The device was an iPhone 6 that was in the shop for repair. Its battery had supposedly begun to expand, cracking

Tim Cook urges graduates to ‘be fearless’

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the commencement address at Duke University this morning. He urged the newest graduates of his alma mater to fearlessly face the challenges that trouble the world today, and

Retrobatch, Icro, Duolingo, and other amazing apps of the week

This week we'll search for photos of hotdogs with Retrobatch, hike the Appalachian Trail with Gaia GPS, and learn foreign with the new Duolingo. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple

Get certified as a graphic design pro [Deals]

We live in a visual age, so the ability to use apps like Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator are super marketable. Even better if you can back up your resume entry with certification. So this lesson

Today in Apple history: System 7 debut shakes up the Mac

May 13, 1991: Apple releases Mac OS 7, more commonly known as System 7. The longest-lasting of Apple’s classic Mac operating systems, it will remain current until System 8 replaces it in 1997. System

Apple’s ‘butterfly’ MacBook keyboard problems bring class action lawsuit

A lawsuit filed in federal court claims that the keyboard used in all the MacBook Pros and MacBooks made for several years is defective. The plaintiffs request that this be made into a class action

Week’s best Apple deals: Get a HomePod for less than $300

Whether you love it or you’re on the fence, this week you can save big on an Apple HomePod if you’re willing to shop in-store. Plus, we are seeing an all-time low price on the Apple Watch Series 1

Today in Apple history: Bill Gates predicts doom for Apple’s biggest product

May 12, 2005: Longtime Apple frenemy Bill Gates tells a German newspaper that Apple may have hit it big with the iPod, but that its success isn’t going to last forever. The reason? Mobile phones are

Save 95% to unleash your inner animator [Deals]

Animation and graphics are one of the best ways to connect a message with an audience, whether it’s an explainer, a commercial, or just a skit. Technology has made it so that you don’t need a render

Cult of Mac Magazine: Strength is the missing Activity Ring on Apple Watch, and more!

In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: The Activity Rings on your Apple Watch don’t provide a complete picture of your fitness. There is one important ring missing: Strength. The Rock didn’t get ripped

Turn your device into a programming powerhouse with Coda [Essential iOS Apps #12]

Coda for iOS harnesses the power of iOS, turning your iOS device into a shell terminal, FTP client, remote file viewer, and coding app. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

How to see what your friends are listening to on Apple Music

Apple Music Friends lets you see what your friends and contacts are listening to, and lets you share playlists. Here's how to use it. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

How iPad saves one company $1.8 million every year

Building construction is an immensely complex process. The firm Rogers-O’Brien uses hundreds of iPads to simplify it, while saving 55,000 hours of employee time and $1.8 million annually. All the

New iPhone SE 2 renders reveal gorgeous glass back

New renders of the upcoming iPhone SE 2, which depict its gorgeous glass back, have been revealed by a popular case-maker. Olixar is already producing accessories for the device based on information

Apple Watch may have saved yet another person’s life

The Apple Watch is credited with potentially saving its wearer’s life after 76-year-old man Gaston D’Aquino was recently told to go to hospital after being informed of an unusually high heart rate.

Capture and share almost anything with one app [Deals]

Sharing things is what the internet does best. So there shouldn’t be any friction involved in getting content from your screen to those of your team. But if you’re not using the right platform,

Snapchat is rolling back some of its radical redesign changes

Snapchat has caved in to demands to reinstate the old Snapchat look. Well, kind of. The self-destructing messages service is currently rolling out a new design to iOS users, undoing at least a few of

Microsoft wants to bring iMessage to Windows

Microsoft wants to work with Apple to bring iMessage to Windows machines. The company’s upcoming Your Phone app will seamlessly sync content between your iPhone and your Windows 10 PC, but unlike

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs spells out a new strategy for Mac OS

May 11, 1998: As part of his mission to turn Apple around, Steve Jobs spells out the company’s strategy for the Mac operating system going forward. The company will ship Mac OS 8.5 and the first