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Apple could be fined $22 million for eavesdropping on Siri requests

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission wants answers from Apple about why it let contractors listen to private Siri recordings. The data protection watchdog is looking into whether Apple’s GDPR privacy

Google says iPhone security holes went unnoticed for 2 years

Google’s Project Zero team said it found gaping security holes in iPhone software that left users exposed to hackers before Apple fixed the flaws earlier this year. Project Zero released a report on

Toy Story poster signed by Steve Jobs sells for $31,250

A Toy Story poster signed by Steve Jobs has sold at auction in Los Angeles for $31,250 — more than $6,000 more than its starting price. The 24-inch-by-36-inch poster was signed by Jobs back in 1995.

Expert jeweler transforms regular AirPods into 18K gold luxury versions

Because Apple devices aren’t already pricey or luxurious-looking enough, there’s no shortage of jewelers lining up to daub them with bling for the way-too-much-money-with-nothing-to-spend-it-on set.

Swoop up some sweet Labor Day deals on personal audio [Deals]

Labor Day means an extra long weekend, so why not fill it with your favorite tunes and shows? We’ve rounded up some awesome deals on personal audio from Owlee, including wireless headphones, to

Confirmed! Catch our Sept. 10th event hardware predictions, this week on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: Apple’s September 10th has just been announced—don’t miss our hardware and software predictions! Plus: comparing Disney’s new streaming service to Apple TV Plus; Steve Jobs

Stranger Things 3 recreates Netflix hit as an isometric actioner

Movie and TV show video game tie-ins still have a pretty poor reputation dating back to the rushed-out titles that proliferated in the 1980s and 90s. Fortunately, Stranger Things hasn’t taken this as

U.S. is still lagging behind other countries on mobile payments

Tim Cook has previously expressed his surprise at how slow mobile payments are growing in the U.S. It seems that he’s not wrong, either. A new report shows that the United States is lagging behind

Save 20% on all Carterjett bands for Apple Watch this weekend

The Cult of Mac Watch Store is hosting a huge sale on gorgeous Carterjett bands for Apple Watch this Labor Day weekend. You can enjoy 20% off all models until September 3. It’s the perfect time to

Tivoli Bluetooth speaker looks as good as it sounds [Review]

Andiamo means “Let’s go” in Italian, and Tivoli Audio’s Andiamo is a very stylish speaker to take on the go. It has a cylindrical design wrapped in a leather carrying strap, and provides satisfactory

Gorgeous 2019 iPad Pro video shows off all the rumored features

A new video wraps up all the unconfirmed reports about Apple’s next professional-grade tablet. Rumors say this iPad Pro will have a much better camera than any of its predecessors. Watch it in action

Apple should totally make an all-screen iPhone SE [Opinion]

Would you buy an iPhone 5-size phone that had an edge-to-edge screen like the iPhones X? Making the case for an all-screen iPhone SE. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

See just how fun AirPods cases can be

Apple Korea created a video to demonstrate some unusual ways to fancy up AirPods charging cases. Many people decorate their Mac and iPhone, and pick a stylish Apple Watch band too. Why leave this

These travel hacks will make your next trip easier and more relaxing

This travel hacks post is presented by Dashlane. Travel can be stressful, especially if you don’t take simple steps to make it easier and more affordable. To make travel more enjoyable, we rounded up

Apple’s Sept. 10 event invitation might hint at iPhone 11 colors

As anticipated, Apple just sent out invitations to a press event to be held on Sept. 10. This is widely expected to be launch of three new iOS handsets, among them the first “iPhone Pro” models. The

How to get Portrait mode-style depth of field with any iPhone or iPad

Focos 2 lets you turn any photo into a blurred-background Portrait-style photo. See Focos depth of field feature in action. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Samsung’s latest beats year-old iPhone XS Max in speed test

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ was faster that last-year’s iPhone XS Max in a speed test designed to test real-world use. Several improvements in the new Android model helped boost Samsung’s new

You can tie Nike’s self-lacing shoes with Siri or Apple Watch

Nike continues to add to the technology of its self-lacing shoe line. The FitAdapt system, which includes a built-in motor to adjust the lacing, pressure and fit of two shoe models, can now be

Apple’s independent repair program makes it easier to get iPhones serviced

Apple is making it easier for independent repair shops to service out-of-warranty iPhones. It’s doing this by providing them with parts, tools, training, repair manuals and diagnostics previously

iPhone photo contest winner dishes on Apple in new podcast

Each finished work of art has a backstory and Andrew Griswold’s podcast Just Outside the Artboard focuses on what happens between idea and creation. His first episode, launched Aug. 23, gave him