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Family blames iPhone for house fire, wants Apple to pay

A Canadian farm couple is demanding Apple pay them $600,000 because a fire they claim was caused by an overheated iPhone destroyed their home. Ian and Cathy Finley of Langley, British Columbia, say

How to save $1 on every coffee you buy [Review]

Square Cash is the world’s best coffee loyalty program — and it’s time you knew about it. The Square Cash Coffee Reward program has been the highlight of my last six months. You can either take that

Leaked Apple email hints at the possible end of iTunes

Apple could kill off iTunes in the near future, a new report suggests. It cites an email that Apple reportedly wrote to people in the music industry recently, announcing the “end of iTunes LPs.” The

This app irons out the kinks in your Wi-Fi coverage [Deals]

Wi-Fi is everywhere, except when it’s not. At home or the office, few things are as inconvenient or frustrating as suddenly losing your connection to the internet. So the reason for getting an app

Apple reseller forced to close after 11,000 fans turn up for sale

An Apple reseller in Malaysia had to temporarily close after 11,000 would-be customers turned up to buy a small selection of discounted iOS and Mac products. The incident took place over the weekend

iOS 11.3 beta 4 brings back ‘iBooks’ app

The latest iOS 11.3 beta, rolled out to registered developers Monday, includes a small but significant change to one of Apple’s apps. “iBooks” has returned after briefly being renamed “Books.” The

Google is using AI to make your Drive files easier to find

Google is using artificial intelligence to make it easier for you to find the files you need inside Google Drive. Its next update will add an interface that predicts the people and files you’re most

Here’s how much a new iPhone battery boosts performance

Want to know how much difference replacing the battery in an old iPhone makes to the overall speed of the handset? A new video posted online by Bennett Sorbo compares an iPhone 6s with depleted

Today in Apple history: Devs get the key to unlock iPhone’s awesome power

March 6, 2008: Apple releases the iPhone software development kit, finally allowing devs to start creating native mobile apps for the new smartphone. When the App Store eventually opens a few months

Chinese woman locked out of iPhone for 47 years

Do you want to continue being able to unlock your iPhone in a timely manner? Then maybe don’t leave a 2-year-old child playing with your handset. That’s the lesson learned by a mom who ended up locked

Apple’s brilliant new HomePod ad brings the Spike Jonze magic

Spike Jonze’s surreal new short film about the HomePod is likely to go down as one of the year’s best Apple ads. The Oscar-winning director’s four-minute creation is unabashedly joyful, which is a

Shadowy startup offers to unlock iPhone X for Feds

Using a strong passcode makes the iPhone very secure, but two companies are now offering to unlock them. For a hefty price, of course. Israeli company Cellebrite has been in the business of unlocking

New iOS, macOS and tvOS betas move us closer to the real thing

Fresh beta versions of iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4 and tvOS 11.3 point to the full release of these new versions drawing nearer. Apple made the latest betas of these operating systems available to

Pro Tip: How to add blank spaces to your iPhone home screen grid

Ever wanted to add blank spaces to your home screen to better separate and organize the icons? Here's how. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Google iOS app adds features Apple fans will love

The Google iOS app just added an iMessage extension that lets users conduct searches without leaving Apple’s chat app. Google also added a couple other features that should make life easier for Apple

How to control any app or website with your Mac’s media keys

BeardedSpice wrests control of your MAc's media keys back from iTunes, and automatically controls whichever app or website you want. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Why iPhone X fails to win some Apple loyalists

A Piper Jaffray survey of iPhone users who did not upgrade to the iPhone X came to a predictable conclusion: Most were satisfied with the performance of their current model and many find the X too

iPad magician wows Oscars crowd

Simon Pierro presented an Oscar for a new category: best reaction to a magician pulling an actual golden statuette from an iPad. Pierro, who travels the world as the iPad magician, capitalized on the

Microsoft Cortana is coming to Outlook for iOS

Microsoft is working to bring Cortana to its Outlook app for iOS. The virtual assistant will give users the ability to listen to their emails, which will be particularly useful in situations where you

Here’s what Rome: Total War looks like on iPhone

The classic PC strategy game Rome: Total War is coming to iPhone, and we couldn’t be more excited. The bad news? Developers Feral Interactive have announced that it is taking them a bit longer than