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Gwen Stefani and Santa star in Apple’s latest holiday-themed ad

With its years old traditions and ability to make us feel like kids again, Christmas is a pretty nostalgic time of year. So why not create a festive ad that takes us back to the glory days of 2004, by

Fusion Guitar packs an iPhone dock and speakers

The Fusion Guitar is like an entire music studio -- just add your iPhone for effects, recording, looping, anything you like. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 for beta testing

Apple has signaled it has mobile software fixes on the way by releasing a beta update of iOS. Only iPhone and iPad users enrolled in Apple’s beta testing program can download and install the update.

New Apple Park video highlights greener spaceship

Drone pilot Matthew Roberts might know the layout of Apple Park better than the builders and architects. In Roberts’ 22nd drone flight and video of the evolving Apple campus, his 4K camera shows off

How to calibrate your Apple Watch for accurate workout stats

Calibrating your Apple watch is essential if you want accurate workout stats. Here's how to calibrate any Apple Watch, new or old. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

This silicone Apple Watch band is perfect for fitness freaks [Review]

While many Apple Watch bands put fashion front and center, the Nomad Sport Strap embraces the wearable’s exercise potential. This wide, black silicone strap makes the Apple Watch look less like a

Achieve Inbox Zero with this powerful email manager [Deals]

For most of us, email is a messy business. Keeping a sorted inbox can be a full-time task, so it can pay big to have a little help. CleanEmail is a web-based bulk email cleaner that sports a suite of

Majority of first responder apps may have gaping security flaws

First responder apps may help save your life, but they’re in drastic need of a security overhaul, a new report the Department of Homeland Security says. Released this week, the Department of Homeland

Listen up: Updated AirPods are supposedly coming in 2018

Apple is planning to release an updated version of its AirPods wireless earbuds in the second half of 2018, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a new note to clients. While he doesn’t share

Best gadgets of 2017

2017 has been an amazing year for new Apple products, but other makers have been on top of their own respective games. Here are Cult of Mac's best gadgets of 2017. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

Today in Apple history: Apple crushes Think Secret rumors site

December 19, 2007: Apple settles a lawsuit with reporter Nick Ciarelli, resulting in the shuttering of Think Secret, his masssively popular Apple rumors website. Writing under the screen name Nick de

One analyst thinks Apple stock won’t be climbing much more for now

With the exception of a few software-related blips, Apple has had an incredible 2017 — but its phenomenal run of success could be coming to an end, claims one analyst. Nomura Instinet analyst Jeffrey

Apple replaces India boss as it struggles to grow in the country

Apple’s Indian boss Sanjay Kaul is reportedly leaving Apple with immediate effect, following the company’s slowest growth in India in more than five years — and no sign of things turning around soon.

Apple’s 2018 shareholder meeting will take place in Steve Jobs Theater

Apple’s next Annual Meeting of Shareholders will take place on Tuesday, February 2018 at the Steve Jobs Theater at the Apple Park Campus. Due to limited seating in the venue, Apple has asked

Save big on a year of VPN protection [Deals]

You already know the score. Spending time online means exposing yourself to data or identity theft, surveillance, and annoying content restrictions. Connecting through a virtual private network is one

Apple seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 beta 2 to developers

Apple has seeded its second macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 beta to registered developers. The release comes just one week after developers got their hands on the first macOS 10.13.3 beta. There are no

Apple shrugs off recent bugs as ‘one bad week’

Apple fans and enthusiastic gadget reviewers will ultimately remember 2017 as the year of a reinvented iPhone. But as the year draws to an end, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has a few other

Next-day delivery of iPhone X is a sprinkling of Christmas magic

iPhone X supply has seemingly caught up with demand, as the Apple Online Store is now offering next day delivery for its next-gen iPhone. All models are available in the U.S. Apple Store, marking

Facebook will demote spam posts that beg for attention

Facebook has confirmed plans to demote posts that beg for comments, likes, and shares. It will use machine learning to fight the “engagement bait.” The move, which will happen this week, will impact

Beware the App Store’s Cuphead scam

Retro-style run-and-gun game Cuphead has landed in the App Store. Unfortunately, it’s not legit! One of the Xbox’s best games, the retro-inspired Cuphead arrived on consoles back in September, and