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U.S. senator says Apple should defend free expression in China

Democratic Party Senator for Vermont Patrick Leahy has argued that Apple has a “moral obligation” to push back against suppression of free expression in China. Leahy, who is the most senior senator

Date trick gives Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV an early reveal

Apple still hasn’t delivered on its promise to bring Amazon Prime Video to Apple TV — although an apparently accidental reveal on the App Store suggests that it may be on the way as early as today. As

iOS 11 adoption lags behind iOS 10, but puts Android to shame

iOS 11 is currently running on 59 percent of compatible devices, gaining 7 percent from the last time Apple reported the figures in early November. By comparison, 33 percent of devices are running

Bento Stack keeps your essentials neatly organized on the go

Carrying essential accessories with you wherever you go can be a nightmare. Your wires can get tangled, your AirPods can get lost, and your Apple Pencil can end up in more than one piece. That’s why

Clean Text tidies up messy text on iOS

Clean Text is just about the quickest way to take messy text and fix it up. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

WTF? Consumer Reports ranks iPhone 8 higher than iPhone X

iPhone X is considered the best smartphone Apple has ever made by almost everyone who’s ever used one. But according to Consumer Reports’ smartphone ratings, it’s not as good as the more affordable

Text snippets now support multiple lines, iCloud sync

Text Replacement snippets now sync properly between Mac and iOS, and you can even use paragraphs in your snippets. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Apple Pay Cash comes to Apple Watch in watchOS 4.2

The official launch of Apple Pay Cash is finally here and you can even use it to send friends money from your Apple Watch. Apple released watchOS 4.2 to the public today, bringing a host of new

Amazon tops Apple for title of best-managed company

American tech companies are a some of the most effectively managed businesses in the world, according to a new landmark system that ranked the top 250 companies. Even though Apple is the world’s most

Apple buys startup that makes podcasts searchable

Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, an online platform that builds tools for transcribing audio files and making them searchable. One of the startup’s most significant tools is a podcast search engine

Gmail app adds support for iPhone X, third-party accounts

Google is hard at work updating all its apps for iPhone X. Gmail is the latest to embrace the Super Retina HD display — and the update also brings support for third-party email accounts. Google has

Get a sneak peek at next year’s new emojis

Have you found yourself unable to continue a conversation without the use of a drunk emoji, a female supervillain or a strand of DNA? If so, you may be pleased to hear that the Unicode Consortium has

Never stop learning with lifetime access to 170 courses [Deals]

The payoff of learning a new skill or developing existing ones are endless; whether that means a higher likelihood of making yourself more marketable in the workplace or starting a side project. The

Xiaomi can’t trademark its iPad ripoff

Xiaomi, the Chinese company which once specialized in brazen iPhone ripoffs, has gained its own identity in the past few years — but that doesn’t mean that it no longer rips off Apple’s intellectual

Recycle your old Apple Watch for an Apple Store gift card

You can now trade-on your old Apple Watch for an Apple Store gift card. You’ll get up to $175, depending on the model you have and the condition it is in. Apple added Apple Watch to its Renew and

Apple now sells iPhone X SIM-free

If you’ve been holding out on buying an iPhone X until you can buy a SIM-free version without having to select a carrier, this is your lucky day! Apple now has SIM-free versions of the iPhone X, in

Today in Apple history: Apple Store celebrates millionth online customer

December 5, 2002: Cupertino says it served its millionth unique customer in the Apple Store online, marking a significant milestone for the company. It is a benchmark worth celebrating for Apple,

iPhone X Silicone Case and Apple Watch Sport band available in new colors

With the always lucrative holiday season approaching, Apple has released some new color options for both its iPhone X Silicone Case and Apple Watch Sport Band. The $39 iPhone X Silicone Case is now

HoverDock charging bed for Apple Watch doubles as alarm clock [Watch Store]

Keep your Apple Watch fired up and ready to go this holiday season with the HoverDock from Just Mobile — makers of design-award winning charging docks and stands for Apple Watch. Pack this compact

Meet the Baxters, a family of awesome storage shelves for iMac

These neat shelves are all named Baxter, and they all let you pile up all kinds of junk behind your iMac. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)