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Popular messaging app Telegram has been banned in Russia

A Russian court has ordered that the Telegram messaging app should be blocked in the country. This is due to the company’s refusal to give Russian state security services the encryption keys to access

Do lackluster sales mean HomePod’s doomed? Catch the discussion on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: HomePod sales are already stumbling — is it doomed? Plus: Face ID could replace passwords on your favorite websites; the death of Touch ID scheduled for this fall; and our

Today in Apple history: Early iPad rumor gets Apple fans buzzing

April 13, 2005: The tech world gets excited when a sketchy rumor suggests Apple is building a tablet computer. The Chinese-language report claims Quanta will build a 15-inch touchscreen tablet PC with

Apple plans to start making another iPhone in India

Apple plans to start manufacturing another iPhone in India, according to a new report. Partner Wistron has already started trial production of the iPhone 6s Plus at its Bangalore plant, where it has

Giant update makes Death Road to Canada even greater

Death Road to Canada is probably my pick for the best game to land in the App Store last year. It’s a weird-ass mashup that should never have worked: an amalgamation of randomly generated zombie

Epic offers free Fortnite loot to apologize for downtime

Epic has promised to give Fortnite players free loot to apologize for recent downtime that left fans unable to play the game for around 24 hours. Battle Royale players — including those on iOS — will

iMovie update embraces iPhone X, Metal graphics engine

Apple just updated iMovie for iOS so iPhone X users don’t have to put up with black bars on either edge of their display. Even better, the new version supports Apple’s Metal API, which means the

Cops open locked iPhones with GrayKey all the time

Police around the country are buying and using iPhone unlocking tools like GrayKey. These allow access to the contents of encrypted devices involved in crimes. GrayKey is fairly expensive, and its

How to extract text from JPEG screenshots on iPhone

Did you ever capture a screenshot of text, and wish you could just copy and paste it like any normal text? Today we'll see how to extract text from JPG screenshots on your iPhone. (via Cult of Mac -

T-Mobile joins growing support for Apple Business Chat

The goal of Apple Business Chat is to make it easy exchange messages with companies. The service just debuted in iOS 11.3, and T-Mobile today joined the handful of businesses that support it. With it,

Beautiful RED iPhone X mockups show what could have been

Apple missed a golden opportunity to bust out a RED iPhone X to go with the (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus based on the latest mockups from our favorite Apple concept artist. Martin Hajek

Mac shipments grew in Q1 as PCs declined

Apple was a bright spot in the global PC market last quarter. Market analysis firm Gartner says Mac shipments grew 1.5 percent, even as the total market for laptops and desktops dropped 1.4 percent.

Motorized, iPhone-connected Roadie tunes your guitar for you

The Roadie is a guitar tuner with a motor that tunes your guitar for you. Great gadget? Or useless gimmick? (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Gmail’s gorgeous web redesign adds a bunch of new features

Google is working on a big redesign for Gmail on the web, it confirmed this week. Leaked screenshots reveal what’s in store for browser users, including a number of new features that are currently

ESPN+ is a sports streamer’s dream and costs less than $5

Disney’s new ESPN+ service has landed on iOS, offering subscribers thousands of hours of live sports for under $5 a month. Users will enjoy action from the MLB and NHL, as well as content they

Boost your asset library with nearly a million icons [Deals]

If you work on design projects, you know how important a library of assets is. And if you’re working on interface or website design, icons are your bread and butter. If that sounds like you, you’ll

Apple warns macOS users that it will drop support for 32-bit apps

Apple has begun issuing notifications to macOS users that confirm plans to drop support for 32-bit applications. “This app needs to be updated by its developer to improve compatibility,” reads the

Fortnite still down after 12 hours due to database failure [Update]

No, it’s not just you — no one can play Fortnite right now. The hottest game on the planet is down — and has been for over 12 hours — as a result of a database failure. Epic Games is in the process of

Today in Apple history: Apple co-founder quits and cashes in his stake for $800

April 12, 1976: Apple’s third co-founder, a former Atari colleague of Steve Wozniak’s named Ron Wayne, cashes in his Apple shares for just $800. Wayne, who owns a 10 percent stake in the company,

HomePod inventories pile up after early demand dies quickly

Apple has been forced to cut HomePod orders as inventories continue to build up in its retail stores, according to a new report. The $349 speaker enjoyed a promising start when it made its debut in