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Apple’s AirPower wireless charging pad could arrive next month

Apple’s AirPower wireless charger still doesn’t have an official release date. However, a new report claims that Apple’s charging pad — allowing users to charge their iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch

This affordable Apple Pencil rival works with any iPad

If you do any kind of writing or sketching on your iPad, you should use a stylus. But you don’t need to spend $99 on an Apple Pencil. SonarPen is the affordable “smart pen” every iPad owner needs.

This ARKit demo is what nightmares are made off

Your favorite horror movies could soon invade your living room thanks to Apple’s ARKit. iOS developer Abhishek Singh has created a lot of AR experience since ARKit came out last year, but his latest

Pro Tip: Use iOS Spotlight as a keyboard app launcher

Spotlight on iOS is a fantastic app launcher. With only a couple of keystroked, you can launch any app, and it even learns your preferred search abbreviations. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

Tiny Spotify players, smart sleep masks and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

You don’t need to carry your smartphone to enjoy Spotify on the go anymore. Mighty is the tiny, lightweight Spotify player that’s ideal for runners and outdoor adventurers who want to leave their

This great iOS Spotlight trick lets you know everything about a person

iOS Spotlight can search your iPhone or iPad for every communication you have with a person, no matter what app it was in, and show you everything in one place. Here's how to use Spotlight contact

Smartphone sales decline for first time ever in 2017

The world may have passed its peak smartphone moment last year. Smartphone sales data released today from the number crunchers at Gartner revealed that worldwide smartphone sales declined for the

Microsoft Edge update brings 3D Touch support

MicrosoftMicrosoft is continuing its mission to make Edge a better browser on iOS by adding 3D Touch support. The app’s latest update adds Peek and Pop — plus a bunch of other new features and

127 million iPhone owners use Apple Pay

Apple Pay has an estimated 127 million active global users — representing an increase of more than double the 62 million who used it this time last year, a new report claims. While Apple hasn’t given

Apple’s first Austrian retail store looks absolutely gorgeous

Apple just gave us a sneak preview of its first store in Austria, and it’s pretty stunning! Apple Kärntner Straße, which will open this Saturday in Vienna, is designed with “the original heritage

Score the design and coding skills to build working iOS apps [Deals]

Building working apps means more than just knowing how to code. Sure, it takes that knowledge. But it also requires an understanding of design. Each half of the equation – coding and design – are

Twitter begins long-awaited crackdown on bots

Twitter has finally begun its long-awaited crackdown on bots. The company has made changes to its API that make it significantly harder for services to batch tweet to multiple accounts, retweet,

This stainless steel Apple Watch band is super-shiny and sleek [Watch Store]

Stainless steel meticulously weaves its way through the Mesh Band for Apple Watch — Casetify’s answer to the significantly more expensive Milanese Loop by Apple. Casetify’s version is just as stylish

Today in Apple history: Hippie-themed iMacs fuel Cupertino flashback

February 22, 2001: The iMac Special Edition, sporting custom Flower Power and Blue Dalmatian designs, puts a wacky face on the computer that saved Apple’s bacon at the turn of the century. A far cry

New AirPods will bring water-resistant design, ‘Hey Siri’ support

Apple is working on upgraded AirPods with a new wireless chip and “Hey Siri” support, according to a new report. The refresh will arrive “as early as this year,” according to sources familiar with the

Apple showcases Brit Awards winners with special playlists and exclusive content

Apple’s sponsorship of the 2018 Brit Awards, the musical awards ceremony held last night in London, brings special playlists and an exclusive live performance for Apple Music users. The awards show —

Survey says almost 90 percent of buyers love their HomePods

Despite somewhat mixed reviews, Apple’s HomePod is seemingly winning over the customers who have bought it, with 89 percent of HomePod-owning respondents to a survey claiming that they are either

Apple breaks down just what makes Portrait Lighting special on iPhone X

Apple is very proud of its Portrait Lighting feature for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, and it’s willing to let users take a peek behind the Cupertino curtain to show exactly why. In a new video

This app can type every Unicode character ever on your iPhone

Unichar lets you type any Unicode symbol you like on your iPhone or iPad, and is almost ridiculously flexible in its options. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Why I switched from 1Password to Dashlane [Review]

Late last year, I switched password managers. I traded in trusty old 1Password for relative newcomer Dashlane, and I haven’t looked back. Dashlane is a well-designed, fully functional and easy-to-use