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Today in Apple history: Mac mania sweeps magazine racks

February 13, 1984: The arrival of the first Macintosh is met with enormous amounts of excitement by the tech press, as epitomized by InfoWorld magazine. The wave of coverage comes a few weeks after

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will rip off iPhone X’s Animoji

Samsung plans to rip off one of the iPhone X’s hottest features for its upcoming Galaxy S9. The device will allow users to create animated emoji characters just like Animoji, according to a report out

Facebook will roll out subscription service in iOS app next month

Facebook has resolved a dispute with Apple that will allow it to launch a subscription tool for publishers in its iOS app. The service has previously been available on Android devices. It will launch

Apple Music opens up to students in 82 new markets

Apple has added an extra 79 regions to its list of locations offering Apple Music student membership — with three more being added on February 26. New markets offered include Israel, Malaysia, the

Consumer Reports says HomePod doesn’t sound as good as its rivals

One of the most reputable tech review sites isn’t that impressed with the HomePod’s superb sound. While most reviewers have noted the HomePod as the best sounding speaker they’ve ever listened too,

HomePod sounds great, but you’re locked in [Review]

There are boatloads of smart speakers out there, but nothing quite like HomePod. Like many Apple products that came before it, HomePod is here to revolutionize an industry. It’s certainly not first to

Apple’s latest videos show off iPhone X’s portrait selfies

Apple published a new set of videos today giving iPhone X owners some more tips on how to get the most out Apple’s most advanced camera ever. The new videos show how to take advantage of the new

How ‘Hey Siri’ works with multiple devices

Did you ever wonder how Hey Siri decides which device to respond through? Did you know that placing your iPhone face down temporarily disables Hey Siri? (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an

Luxurious leather makes this Apple Watch band feel buttery-smooth [Review]

Best List: Clessant Black Barenia Apple Watch Band When it comes to fashion, it’s hard to beat basic black. However, sometimes you want a little something extra — a design that adds subtle interest

Apple invests in maker of AR headset displays

Apple is gearing up to make a big play in the world of augmented reality glasses with its newest investment. The iPhone-maker has reportedly made a big investment into AR display component maker

How to use HomePod to control your smart home

HomePod can also control your home, turning off lights, turning top the heat, and unlocking the door. You can also use it as a Home Hub. Here's how. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an

Verizon will start locking iPhones to deter theft

Verizon plans to start locking all phones, including iPhones, to its network for a certain period of time. The carrier is hoping the move, which will prevent customers from using other SIM cards in

How top secret iPhone code ended up on the web

A low-level Apple employee leaked the secret iPhone code that ended up on GitHub. iBoot, a part of iOS that ensures the device is booting a trusted operating system, surfaced online last week in what

Here’s what Apple’s got planned for iOS 12

The biggest launch features for iOS 12 will reportedly involve allowing a single set of apps to work across both iOS and macOS, a Digital Health tool for monitoring screen time, and improvements to

Delete duplicate files to reclaim precious drive space [Deals]

Even if you’ve got plenty of cash for an extra drive, storage space is not to be wasted. And one of the easiest ways to burn capacity is to let duplicate files stack up. Unfortunately, cleaning them

You’ll need knives and a saw to get inside HomePod

iFixit’s HomePod teardown reveals a veritable tank of a smart speaker that’s incredibly durable but virtually impossible to get inside. Unless you fancy using a heat gun and saw to open up your brand

Long-awaited Alto’s Odyssey lands on iOS this month

Alto’s Odyssey, the long-awaited follow up 2015’s brilliant Alto’s Adventure endless snowboarding game is finally landing on iOS later this month. The game combines the snowboarding of its predecessor

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs wins posthumous Grammy

February 12, 2012: Months after his untimely death, Steve Jobs is honored with a Special Merit Grammy Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of music with the iPod and iTunes Music

Apple overtakes Asus to become fourth largest notebook maker

Global notebook shipments increased more than expected last year, and part of it came down to Apple’s strong MacBook growth. According to a new report from market research firm TrendForce, Apple

New HomePod ads show off its musical versatility

Apple debuted short four HomePod-themed ads over the weekend, showing off the speaker’s high-end audio playback capabilities. The ads are titled “Beat,” “Bass,” “Equalizer” and “Distortion” and