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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

Florence, Sodes, and other awesome apps of the week

A poignant, beautiful, story-driven game that’s bound to go down as one of the year’s best iOS titles is just one of this week’s “Awesome Apps.” In addition, we’ve got a great update of a top

Marbleized Qi wireless charger looks like a million bucks [Deals]

High tech can also be high class. With the advent of wireless charging, thanks to Qi technology, the charging pads become a small part of our household decor. There’s no reason your Qi charger

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs says Apple is finally debt-free

February 18, 2004: Steve Jobs sends an internal memo to Apple employees revealing that the company is, for the first time in years, totally debt-free. “Today is a historic day of sorts for our

Today in Apple history: Apple introduces ‘world’s fastest’ PowerBook

February 17, 1997: Apple launches the PowerBook 3400, a laptop the company claims is the fastest portable computer in the world. After a rough few years for the PowerBook, this model throws down the

Reduce the chaos of your workflow with one simple app [Deals]

Computers were supposed to make work easier. But all the different kinds of documents, data and sources we work with on a daily basis add up. So it’s easy to wind up a tangled workflow that costs

Cult of Mac Magazine: Why HomePod rocks our world and more!

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

Save big on Apple Watch bands during our President’s Day Sale!

It’s President’s Day weekend — a great reason to offer some huge savings on top-brand Apple Watch bands over the holiday. In a few clicks, you’ll find incredible savings on Apple Watch bands and