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Chinese smartphone makers are ripping off iPhone X’s notch

There are lots of wonderful things that rival smartphone makers could steal from the iPhone X, but its notch shouldn’t be one of them. It seems some Chinese vendors didn’t get that memo — as you can

Protect your privacy with a second phone number [Deals]

Giving someone your phone number is a real act of trust. Phone numbers offer any old weirdo the means to pester and stalk. So for those times when you need to be reachable by phone, it pays to have a

Awesome Apple Watch tricks to get the most out of your wearable

The Apple Watch truly became a useful device with the release of the Series 3. LTE connectivity, more accurate heart rate monitoring, and faster hardware make the Apple Watch a joy to use. With all

Apple is Fortune‘s most admired company for 11th year running

Apple has topped Fortune’s annual list of the world’s admired companies for a record eleventh year in a row. Other tech companies in the top 10 include Amazon (which retained its no. 2 position),

How Apple’s going to spend its massive fortune, this week on The CultCast

This week on a very spicy edition of The CultCast: Tim Cook is thrilled with the new U.S. tax overhaul, and has some exciting plans to spend Apple’s massive fortune. Plus: Forget other smart speakers

Today in Apple history: Macintosh SE/30 makes good on Mac’s promise

January 19, 1989: Apple introduces the Macintosh SE/30, arguably the greatest of the classic black-and-white compact Macs. When you picture the ideal 1980s Macintosh, this is likely the machine that

Italy investigates Apple and Samsung for slowing down phones

Italy is the latest country to throw its hat into the ring when it comes to investigating Apple for its purposeful slowing down of older iPhone devices. In doing so, it joins countries including

Larger iPhone X Plus will boost weak demand this fall

A larger iPhone X Plus will likely arrive to boost weaker-than-anticipated demand for Apple’s latest smartphones this fall. One reliable analyst claims the device will boast a 6.5-inch display and

Apple brings its ‘Everyone Can Code’ course to new countries

Apple today announced that it is expanding its “Everyone Can Code” initiative to 70 colleges and universities in Europe, bringing its syllabus focused on app-making with Swift to more users outside of

iPhone slowdown controversy might boost ‘Right to Repair’ bills

Apple’s ongoing PR nightmare concerning the iPhone slowdown case could turn out to be a boon for “Right to Repair” advocates, backing bills that will force companies to supply the necessary parts to

Trump thanks Tim Cook for Apple’s $350 billion bonanza

Tim Cook finally earned some praise from long-time foe Donald Trump today, thanks to Apple’s plan to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years. Trump went so far as to call

PencilSnap makes sure your Apple Pencil is never far away

You Apple Pencil is useless if you can't find it. Twelve South's PencilSnap sticks your Apple Pencil to your iPad's Smart Cover, so it's always within reach. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

There’s more than one way to open Mac archives

This post is presented by Trend Micro, maker of Dr. Unarchiver. Archives are a great way to compress and bundle all sorts of files. Whether massive applications or complex media projects, to get at

How to hook up a USB audio device to your Mac

Hooking up a USB audio device to your Mac is just about the simplest thing you can do, but don't miss the great advanced options built in to your Mac. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an

Instagram now broadcasts your activity status to friends

Instagram is taking a page out of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp’s playbook this week by adding a new feature that lets your friends stalk you even more. Starting today, Instagram users should see

Intel confirms Spectre fixes can cause unwanted reboots

Intel has confirmed that fixes for the widespread Spectre bug can cause unwanted reboots on many PCs. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the company has also revealed that its latest chips — including the

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery RPG puts you into the story

Harry Potter is coming to iOS. Well, kind of. In fact, a forthcoming game from Los Angeles-based developer Jam City, in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will let you create

Save 20% on SpotHero parking with Apple Pay

Apple Pay’s latest promotion can save you 20 percent off SpotHero parking in major U.S. cities. The discount is valid against a single reservation valued up to $5 through January 25. Apple has teamed

Deck out your Macbook with these awesome add-ons [Deals]

Buying a Macbook is just the first step. Once you’ve got your shiny new machine, it’s time to outfit it with the peripherals that’ll make it yours. So we’ve gathered some of the best deals on

Save $5 on Just Mobile’s sleek Apple Watch charging stands

Now’s the time to get in on a great deal for Just Mobile’s design-award-winning Apple Watch accessories. The company is slashing their regularly priced, award-winning stands and chargers for Apple