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Apple Maps can help you find a healthier ride in 175 cities

Apple Maps can now help you find a healthier and more environmentally-friendly ride. A new partnership with Ito World allows you to locate bike sharing stations in more than 175 cities across 36

Apple buys a $9.99-a-month magazine subscription service

Apple is moving into magazine distribution by acquiring Texture, a digital subscription service that grants users unlimited access to their favorite titles for a single $9.99 monthly fee. The service,

Apple Watch band detects dangerous potassium levels without drawing blood

A new Apple Watch band can detect dangerous levels of potassium in your blood without the use of needles. KardiaBand takes an electrocardiogram, then uses a specially designed algorithm to identify

Rihanna is first female artist to hit 2 billion streams on Apple Music

Rihanna is the first female artist to surpass 2 billion streams on Apple Music, according to a tweet sent out by Cupertino. It’s not clear whether the quick stat refers to just Rihanna’s solo songs or

Get your reading up to speed [Deals]

Reading is the key to a broader, sharper mind. It’s also the key to success for countless innovators and entrepreneurs with voracious reading habits, no less than Elon Musk and Bill Gates. So if you

Fortnite lands on iOS! Sign up now for early access

Fortnite Battle Royale has landed on mobile! You can now sign up for early access to the game on iPhone and iPad. If you’re lucky enough to get an invite, you’ll also receive codes for your friends.

Today in Apple history: Apple market cap breezes by Walmart

March 12, 2010: Apple passes Walmart and investment firm Berkshire Hathaway in value to take third place in market capitalization among publicly listed U.S. companies. Apple’s valuation roars past

WhatsApp now gives you more time to delete accidental messages

WhatsApp’s latest update give users more time to delete accidental messages after they’ve been sent. Its message deletion feature, introduced last October, previously gave us just seven minutes to

Westworld game lets you try and manage your own robot theme park

Like a whole lot of folks, I’m a massive fan of Westworld, the HBO TV series which depicts a wild west-themed amusement park, staffed by futuristic robots. A new game, coming to iOS, promises to bring

New improved MacBook Air and 9.7-inch iPad could debut at WWDC

Apple is prepping a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook that will debut in the second quarter of 2018. It will reportedly set users back around the same price as the MacBook Air, which would peg it at

The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands, and other awesome apps of the week

A brilliant minimalist settler simulation with added monsters is just of one of our picks for this week’s “Awesome Apps of the Week.” In addition, we’ve got a great new version of The Sims for mobile,

Today in Apple history: iPad 2 is the svelte sequel fans hoped for

March 11, 2011: How do you follow up your biggest debut of a new product? That’s the question Cupertino needs to answer as it releases the iPad 2. Apple’s second-generation tablet boasts a faster

Today in Apple history: Apple reconsiders the Newton?

March 10, 2004: Apple sends out a survey to select Apple customers, claiming that it is considering relaunching the Newton MessagePad. In hindsight, it seems pretty clear that this apparent “interest”

Cult of Mac Magazine: Incredible, totally awesome iPhone home screens, and more!

It’s not like you can ever find the app you’re looking for on your various home screens anyway, so why not do something fancy with those icons instead? Like, making your home screen an expression of

This stainless steel mesh Apple Watch band shines like a prism

Stainless steel meticulously weaves its way through the Mesh Band for Apple Watch — Casetify’s answer to the significantly more expensive Milanese Loop by Apple. Casetify’s version is just as stylish

And the winner of our iPhone X giveaway is …

When we launched our mouth-watering iPhone X giveaway, we knew people would jump at the chance to win Apple’s newest flagship device. And we were right — it sure seems like a lot of people would like

Apple scores with millennials as ‘most intimate brand’

In just 24 hours, Apple went from being ho-hum in charisma to number one in brand intimacy. What sounds like fickle middle school popularity are actual rankings based on research, data and scientific

Pro-Tip: How to make your iPhone ignore crappy Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Assist uses your iPhone's cellular data to patch the gaps ion a flaky Wi-Fi connection. Here's how to turn it on. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

iPhone owners just love smart speakers

Smart speaker sales have exploded, with 47 million Americans now using one, up from about zero two years ago. And Apple fans are leading the trend — they’re 22 percent more likely than Android users

How to set custom vibration alerts on your iPhone

Did you know that you can set custom alerts for your contacts? Or that you can create new, personalized vibration patterns just by tapping the iPhone's screen? (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture