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Substitute Phone will never cure your iPhone addiction

Spending too much time on your iPhone? You might be addicted. One designer hopes to help cure that with the Substitute Phone. It doesn’t have iMessage or Facebook or Snapchat. It doesn’t even have a

iPhone X was a massive seller on Black Friday

iPhone X was a hit on Black Friday, with more than 6 million units sold, according to analysts. That’s more than half the total of overall iPhone sales on November 24. We didn’t see any spectacular

Save 92 percent on this top-shelf VPN [Deals]

ZenMate is a highly popular VPN, used by over 41 million people. That’s because it’s an easy way of getting online securely and anonymously, backed up by a ton of extra features. But premium VPN

Apple’s new YouTube channel teaches iOS tips

Apple wants to help you make the most of your iPhone and iPad with a brand new YouTube channel. It offers a collection of how-to videos that teach you how to take screenshots, send attachments in

Today in Apple history: QuickTime 5 takes the world by storm

November 28, 2001: Apple says QuickTime 5 is being downloaded for Mac and PC a million times every three days, putting the multimedia software on track to exceed 100 million downloads in its first

Animal Crossing enjoys crazy first week on mobile

Animal Crossing made the leap to mobile last week, and it’s proving to be another smash hit for Nintendo. Pocket Camp attracted 15 million downloads across Android and iOS during its first six days of

Face ID gets its close-up in new Apple videos

Apple’s latest series of videos are out to show fans why they should consider ditching Touch ID for Face ID. With the new True Depth camera on the iPhone X, Apple’s magical software can unlock your

Quick Tip: How to force Face ID to pay attention to you

Here's how to force Face ID to look at you, even when it doesn't want to. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

New autocorrect bug plagues iPhone users

A new autocorrect bug is plaguing iPhone and iPad users by changing the word “it” to “I.T.” The bug appears to affect a few hundred users for now and is impacting devices running iOS 11 or later.

Everything you need to know about tags in iOS 11 and High Sierra

Tagging is a great way to organise your files in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Here's everything you need to know. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

AirPods wireless charging hack beats Apple to the punch

Apple will make you cough up $69 for a new case if you want to charge your AirPods wirelessly, according to some reports. But if you can get your hands on the right components, you can add wireless

Google Docs now supports iPhone X, iPad’s drag and drop

Google today updated its suite of Docs apps to add support for the iPhone X’s Super Retina HD display and iPad’s drag and drop. The latest versions of Docs, Sheets, and Slides also play nicely with

Pay what you want for this Cyber Monday Mac app bundle

What better to celebrate this Cyber Monday than with a present to your trusty Macs? While we might only surf the web, finish some spreadsheets, or watch Netflix, our Macs can do more than just that.

Grid Autosport puts console-quality racing in your pocket

A new racing title, offering “console-quality” graphics and gaming, sped onto iOS today. Called GRID Autosport, the AAA racing game offers 100 cars and a whole lot of circuits — all for the one-off

YouTube update fixes battery drain on iOS

The latest version of the YouTube app finally addresses a frustrating battery drain issue on iOS. Version 12.45 is available to download now from the App Store, and we recommend you get yours hands on

Today in Apple history: Maps manager is navigated out of Apple

November 27, 2012: Apple fires the manager responsible for iOS 6’s disastrous Apple Maps software. Richard Williamson, who oversaw Apple’s mapping team, gets the ax from Eddy Cue, who takes over the

Apple will spend $4.2 billion on original programming by 2022

Apple will $4.2 billion per year on original video content by 2022, according to a recent report, citing Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster. The sum is a massive increase on the rumored $1 billion

Retailers rage over cut iPhone X profit margins

Retailers in India are not happy about the way that Apple is reducing their cut of the new iPhone X handsets, by reducing retail margins on the device by close to 30 percent. As a result, some

Foxconn is shipping half a million iPhone X units a day

Respected Apple analyst KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo says that customer interest in the iPhone X continues to climb — with manufacturers ramping up their production to meet Apple’s demands. Kuo claims

Animal Crossing, Scrivener 3, and other awesome apps of the week

The long-awaited arrival of beloved Nintendo franchise Animal Crossing on iOS is just of one of the picks for this week’s “Awesome Apps of the Week.” In addition, we’ve got a great writing app for Mac