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Nike+ Run Club adds Challenges to keep you motivated

Nike+ Run Club has picked up a new Challenges feature that aims to keep you motivated. Much like the Activity app on Apple Watch, Challenges gives you weekly and monthly goals and rewards you with

Spotify could be working on its own HomePod rival

Spotify may be getting ready to create its own hardware to rival Apple’s HomePod, new job listings suggest. One ad on Spotify’s recruitment website for “Operations Manager – Hardware Product” claims

Swype kills its virtual keyboard for iOS

Nuance has confirmed that it has killed off its Swype keyboard with Dragon Dictation for Android and iOS. Swype is no longer available to download from the App Store, and existing users won’t receive

Today in Apple history: iPod mini is ‘world’s smallest music player’

February 20, 2004: Music goes small as the iPod mini arrives in Apple stores. Released with 4GB of storage and in five colors, the diminutive iPod mini features a new “click wheel” that integrates

Apple Glasses concept is inspired by Steve Jobs’ iconic frames

Apple is reportedly interested in building augmented reality glasses that work with its ARKit framework. Although such technology is likely a few years away, designer Taeyeon Kim has created a design

Apple updates its rainbow logo trademark, but don’t expect a comeback

Apple has filed to update the design trademark for its iconic multicolored Apple logo, last used by the company in 1999. But despite one unlikely report claiming that Apple will be using for a new

iOS 11.2.6 is out, alongside tvOS, watchOS and macOS updates

Apple used Presidents Day to push out a batch of software updates for iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS. Of these, the most significant is iOS 11.2.6, which fixes a big that allowed a character in the

HomeKit light switch makes your smart lights dumb again

The Instant Switch is a Bluetooth light switch for your HomeKit lights, letting you do exactly the same as you have done your whole life, only now you need a battery and fancy lamps. (via Cult of Mac

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery: Easily recover data you thought you lost

This post is presented by Stellar Phoenix, maker of Mac Data Recovery. Data loss can be a bitter pill to swallow, especially when you are unprepared for the eventuality and as such have no backups.

New macOS bug can cause serious data loss

A new flaw has been discovered in macOS High Sierra that can cause data to be lost when writing to disk images. It affects those formatted using the Apple File System (APFS) specifically, but it

How to get alerts when iOS games and apps go free

Get an iOS notification every time a top game goes free, using this great recipe from IFTTT. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

The best Twitter clients for Mac

Twitter has killed off its official desktop client for Mac. It’s no longer available to download, and if you already have it installed, it will stop working in less than a month. But don’t be sad;

Watch a drone crash-land on Apple Park’s solar roof

A would-be photographer lost his drone while attempting a flyover of the Apple Park campus last weekend. After he lost control of the unmanned aerial vehicle, it crashed onto the solar panel-covered

MyLiFi lamp brings you internet through LED light

Forget spotty Wi-Fi connections that drop out when you need them most. MyLiFi is a table lamp that delivers fast and secure internet directly to your laptop through LED light. Made out of high-quality

How Apple could fix HomePod’s white ring problem

One of the least welcome aspects of the HomePod smart speaker is its propensity for leaving unsightly white rings on your tables, due to an interaction between the silicone used in the device and the

Xiaomi rips off iPhone X gestures for its newest smartphone

Xiaomi has ripped off the iPhone X’s control gestures for its upcoming Mi Mix 2S smartphone. A leaked video reveals users will control the device with swipes after Xiaomi did away with its Home

Today in Apple history: Mac creator complains about Steve Jobs

February 19, 1981: Jef Raskin, creator of the Macintosh project, sends a memo to Apple CEO Mike Scott, listing his many complaints about working with Steve Jobs. He claims that Jobs, who joined the

So long, Infinite Loop! Apple Park is now Apple’s official address

Apple has changed its official corporate address for the first time since adopting One Infinite Loop way back in 1993. Its new address is One Apple Park, Cupertino, which the company recently began

Falling iPhone X demand leaves Samsung Display in the lurch

Apple’s decision to slash iPhone X production has reportedly left Samsung looking for new customers to sell its OLED panels to. Samsung ramped up production capacity in order to meet Apple’s demands,

Win a HomePod: Enter now for your shot at awesome audio [Deals]

With HomePod, Apple finally made its first serious (or Siri-ous?) step into the smart speaker arena. It’s a game-changing device that comes at a premium price of about $350. But right now, you can win