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Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs introduces the MacBook Pro

January 10, 2006: Steve Jobs unveils the original 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple’s thinnest, fastest and lightest laptop yet. Building on the previous PowerBook G4 laptop, the new laptop adds dual-core

Apple coughs up millions for extra U.K. taxes

Apple Europe has agreed to pay an additional $186 million, including interest on unpaid tax, after an “extensive audit” by HM Revenue and Customs, the U.K. government department responsible for the

Chinese company will take control of local iCloud accounts next month

Apple’s iCloud services in mainland China will switch over to a server operated by a Chinese company starting next month. Apple sent out a message to customers in China, revealing terms and conditions

Jimmy Iovine denies he’s on his way out of Apple

Jimmy Iovine has vehemently denied reports that he is leaving Apple later this year. In an interview with Variety, the 64-year-old Iovine said that he is, “committed to doing whatever Eddy [Cue], Tim

Bizarre HomeKit remote looks like a D&D die

The device is called The Remote, but those familiar with the company behind it probably could have predicted it would not look anything like a remote control. Nanoleaf, creators of smart light-panels

Apple ad-blocking features sabotage online advertising firms

Apple’s new ad-blocking feature for Safari is sabotaging online advertising firms. Some are losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year as a result of Intelligent Tracking Protection (ITP),

Boss’ smart wireless guitar amp is designed to work with your iPhone

Boss' Katana Air has a wireless transmitter that plugs into your guitar, and runs off batteries. It's perfect for playing at home. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Got a new iPhone X? Sell us your old one for cold, hard cash.

You just got the iPhone 8 for Christmas or spent your year-end bonus to snag the iPhone X. After unlocking the X with your face a few times and using Animoji for the longest you ever will, you’re

Apple drops new betas for iOS, macOS and more

Developers received a fresh batch of new beta software updates from Apple this morning, including the fourth build of iOS 11.2.5. Apple has also released the fourth builds of watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS

How to find and use the custom spelling dictionary on your Mac

When you tell your Mac to learn a 'misspelled' word, it saves it in your own custom dictionary file. Here's how to find and use it. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

The Fibaro Button controls HomeKit devices with just a tap

It’s easier than ever to control your HomeKit devices thanks to the Fibaro Button. You can use it to shutdown all your smart devices with just a tap, or to trigger a scene in an instant. It’s small

Pricey earbuds made from melted guns pack serious firepower

In a possible bid for the most unusual CES innovation so far, Swedish-based innovation lab YEVO Labs today announced the launch of YEVO x Humanium headphones: the world’s first wireless headphones

Stylish dock lets you charge Apple devices two at a time

Tech accessories brand Satechi is using CES this week to show off a new dual charging station that will create the appearance you’re trying to show off your iPhone and Apple Watch. The Smart Dual

5 awesome cases to keep your iPhone X safe and stylish

At $1,000, the iPhone X is as expensive as it is attractive. That’s not so great should the worst happen, since replacing the screen alone will cost around $300. Since I’ve had mine, it’s practically

Juuk’s Velo Apple Watch bands are classic to the core

Juuk’s engineered, aluminum Apple Watch bands are always on point. Then they elevate things even more. The Velo is the first in Juuk’s luxury lineup of aluminum bands to feature a tapered, three-link

New smart lock tech means you’ll never miss another package

Smart lock company August Home has partnered with Deliv to offer a same-day delivery service, even when you’re not home, that operates in upwards of 1,400 cities. The service means that users of the

Zurich Apple Store evacuated after iPhone battery overheats

The Zurich Apple Store evacuated workers and fans on Tuesday after an iPhone battery overheated. The handset was being repaired when its battery malfunctioned, leaving one employee with minor burns

Get the tools to fix and protect your Mac’s drive [Deals]

Regular use of any Mac means a lot of work for its drive. With all that mileage, like any machine it’s going to develop problems. So to make sure your Mac leads a long, productive life, you’ve got to

Microsoft forced to halt CPU fixes after killing some PCs

Microsoft was forced to halt the rollout of Meltdown and Spectre CPU fixes on Tuesday after its updates caused some PCs to become unbootable. The software giant blames the hiccup on AMD and says it is

Smart toothbrush will use ResearchKit to give you a better clean

Do you want a toothbrush that knows what it’s like to have brushed the teeth of thousands of other people? That’s kind of what Colgate’s new app-enabled electronic toothbrush promises — only way less