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How an Apple II gave Stephen Hawking his voice

Earlier today, Tim Cook posted a tribute to the late professor Stephen Hawking, who passed away on March 14, aged 76. “We will always be inspired by his life and ideas. RIP,” Cook wrote. As one of the

France is suing Apple and Google for ‘abusive’ deal with developers

The French government plans to take both Apple and Google to court for what French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire classes as “abusive trade practices.” This relates to the way that both companies

Today in Apple history: Power Mac 7100 lands Apple in hot water with Carl Sagan

March 14, 1994: Apple introduces the Power Macintosh 7100, a midrange Mac that will become memorable for two reasons. The first is that it is among the first Macs to use new PowerPC processors. The

Dashlane reveals the state of password security across America

How seriously are people taking password security in your city? Password management service Dashlane today published its 2018 City Security Rankings, revealing the state of password security in

Apple hires new events director from Eddy Cue’s favorite NBA team

WWDC will have an extra set of helping hands this year, thanks to Apple’s hiring of a brand new events director. New recruit Gail Hunter previously served as president of public affairs and event

Mr. Cook goes to Washington: Apple CEO spotted on Capitol Hill

Tim Cook visited Washington D.C. on Tuesday, having lunch with Senator Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who has shown considerable interest in the subject of digital

AltConf 2018 offers a free alternative to WWDC

Tim Cook won’t be at AltConf 2018, but then attendees of this alternative Apple developer conference will pay a wee bit less. The official WWDC is $1,599, while AltConf is free. It will be held in San

ecobee Switch+ with HomeKit also an Alexa smart speaker

ecobee began taking pre-orders for the Switch+ today. This smart-home light switch includes HomeKit support so it can be remotely controlled with an iPhone. But it goes beyond that: with Amazon’s

Nixing the Home button could bring 11-inch iPad

Apple continues to improve the iPad Pro design, with a nearly bezel-less version reportedly in development. This could mean an 11-inch iPad the same overall size as the company’s current 10.5-inch

New Fitbit Versa takes aim at Apple Watch

Fitbit is stepping up to compete better with the Apple Watch with the Versa smartwatch. The new wearable looks similar to Apple’s watch, and offers music playback and other capabilities. Plus, it

This mic boom doesn’t care if you shake the room

Blue Designs' new Compass microphone boom is cool enough to match your hipster podcasting setup. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

YouTube finally goes dark on iOS

YouTube’s dark mode, introduced just under a year ago, has finally landed on iPhone and iPad. It was the most requested feature among mobile users, YouTube says — and it makes late-night video binges

Why Dashlane is the official password manager of Cult of Mac [Video]

Venturing online can be like an urban safari into the sketchiest, most crime-ridden part of town. The internet is full of scumbags, scalawags and scambots. That’s why it’s absolutely essential that

WWDC 2018 returns to San Jose, runs June 4 to 8

Apple will kick off its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 4. The week-long event, which will offer the first previews of Apple’s next big software updates, will again be held in the

How to rotate video on your iPhone

Shot your iPhone video sideways? Here's how to rotate video on your iPhone or iPad, without leaving the Photos app. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Google Assistant lands on iPad

Anyone wanting to try out Google’s rival to Siri can now do so on their iPad: A version of the Google Assistant optimized for iOS tablets just debuted. With the press of a button, the application will

All-weather Apple Watch band is perfect for sports junkies

Best List: Nomad Rugged Strap for Apple Watch Nomad, maker of minimalist, practical accessories for Apple Watch and iPhone, now offers a strap that is not only designed for active wearers, but is

Take your running to new heights with the altimeter in Apple Watch Series 3

Are you taking full advantage of all the neat new features in your shiny Series 3 Apple Watch? Cellular connectivity grabbed the headlines, but that isn’t the only hardware addition Cupertino managed

TSA accused of searching phones and laptops on domestic flights

We’re all used to our bags being searched when we go through airport security, but a number of reports claim that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is also searching the electronic

Fortnite beta FAQ: World’s hottest game comes to iOS

Epic Games is bringing Fortnite Battle Royale, the hottest game you can play right now, to mobile. It is now inviting players to enjoy early access on iPhone and iPad, with the first invites set to