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Hands on with Ottm’s wonderful wooden Apple Watch band [Video]

In the world of watch straps, we think Ottm, a manufacturer of wooden Apple Watch bands, offers one of the best unboxing experiences. The box itself is plain and simple, but the package is

Apple makes big investment in TrueDepth sensor maker

Apple has invested a substantial sum of cash in TrueDepth sensor maker Finisar. The $390 million fund will allow for increased research and development spending, and high-volume production of

Today in Apple history: Apple strikes deal with toymaking giant to produce Pippin

December 13, 1994: Apple strikes a deal with Bandai, Japan’s largest toymaker, to license Mac technology for the creation of a new videogame console. Based on the PowerPC 603 CPU and running a

Layton’s Mystery Journey a gets a big festive discount

With Christmas coming, it’s probably not the time of year to be spending a whole lot of money on yourself — knowing that there’s plenty of other things you may need to splash your cash on. Which is

Apple will give you more cash for your dusty old Mac

Apple has increased its trade-in values for a bunch of old Mac models. Machines released in 2009 and later could now earn you up to $2,500. That’s a generous $1,000 more than the previous limit. If

iPhone still dominates global smartphone sales

It’s tempting to look at the smartphone wars in terms of Apple vs. Android, but that’s really not telling anywhere close to the true story. The real competition is between the companies who actually

Facebook brings augmented reality to its Messenger app

It’s not just Apple that’s excited about the possibilities of augmented reality! In its latest Snapchat-inspired update, Facebook has added new AR features to its Messenger app. Called “World

Apple adds Hulu and Legendary execs to original content team

Apple’s quest to dominate the video streaming business has added two new executives to the company’s growing roster of original video content talent. Two business affairs executives — Philip Matthys

Check out Google’s new experimental photography apps for iOS

Google launches Selfissimo! and Scrubbies, two experimental photography app for iPhone and iPad (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

iMac Pro packs new T2 chip for extra security

The iMac Pro is the most secure Apple desktop ever built, and it’s got a special chip to prove it. Early review units are starting to trickle out to tech experts and according to iOS and Mac developer

Get in the holiday spirit with these winter-themed Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

Just in time for winter wear, check out these seasonal artist-designed, leather Apple Watch bands. These holiday-themed bands are the latest additions to Casetify’s saffiano leather collection in our

These are all the things Spotlight can find on your iPhone and iPad

Spotlight is a search-based personal assistant on your iPhone. It can find stuff stored on your iPhone, but it does way, way more than that. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

iMac Pro impresses in first hands-on reviews

Apple surprised us this morning by finally revealing the launch date of the iMac Pro, but a few lucky tech reviewers have already gotten their hands on the slick new machine. The first hands-on

iPhone X seemed ‘impossible’ to make, Apple says

Apple media boss Phil Schiller says that even though Face ID on the iPhone X works nearly flawlessly at one point in the device’s development the entire thing seemed impossible. Schiller sat down for

A month with iPhone X can’t cool our lust

It’s been about a month since the release of the iPhone X and I’ve been using it every day as my daily driver. We’ve already reviewed it, and even pointed out its flaws, but I wanted to do a follow-up

Teenage developer finally brings iMessage to Android

iMessage is finally available on Android, thanks to 16-year-old developer Roman Scott. The free-to-download weMessage app supports group conversations, sending attachments, and lots more. But there’s

Things 3.3 lets you email tasks to your to-do list

Things from Cultured Code is arguably the best task management app on Mac and iOS. And with its latest update, you have the ability to add new items to your to-do list by email. It’s easier than ever

Moon is a smart home security camera that defies gravity

Moon is the world’s first smart home security camera that levitates for 360-degree vision. Without any blind spots, it can keep watch over an entire room, with automatic rotation when movement is

Last chance to grab this Black Friday bundle of Mac apps [Deals]

Black Friday has come and gone, but some killer deals linger on. That includes this brimming bundle of eight Mac apps, headlined by PDF Expert and Roxio Toast Titanium. And now is your last chance to

Apple’s ridiculously powerful iMac Pro is coming this week

Apple’s eagerly anticipated iMac Pro finally has a release date — and it’s this week. Landing this Thursday, the new all-in-one desktop Mac will come in 8-, 10- and 18-core variants. It’s by far the