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Apple-Leased Vans Gathering Maps Info for Shift to In-House Mapping Database
For the past several months, Apple-leased Dodge Caravans with equipment-laden roofs have been spotted driving around the United States. While early speculation suggested the vans could be Apples first attempt at developing a self-driving vehicle, it quickly became clear that
Apple Continues to Provide Top-Rated Tech Support on Strength of Genius Bar
Apple had the highest overall customer satisfaction for tech support among more than 3,200 computer owners surveyed by Consumer Reports, unsurprising given the company has been top-rated for tech support since the not-for-profit organization first surveyed customers about the topic
Apple Offers Temporary Fix for iOS Text Bug, Says Update's Coming Soon
A couple days after a new iOS bug was discovered, allowing a select string of characters sent in an iMessage or text to reset iPhones and crash the Messages app, Apple has created a new support document to address the
Google's Free, Unlimited Google Photos Service Now Available on iOS and Web
At its I/O developer event this morning, Google announced a new Google Photos platform thats designed to compete with both photo sharing sites like Flickr and cloud services like iCloud Photo Library. Google Photos is cross platform and available on
Apple Purchases Augmented Reality Startup Metaio
Apple recently acquired augmented reality startup Metaio, reports TechCrunch. According to the companys website, Metaio is a pioneer in augmented reality and computer vision that built the Metaio Creator, an augmented reality authoring tool. With the Creator, users could create
Google Announces Android 'M' Developer Preview, Android Pay and Unlimited Photo Storage
Google today previewed Android M, the next major version of its mobile operating system featuring Android Pay for mobile payments, app permissions, an improved web experience with Chrome Custom Tabs, app linking, Doze power management, USB-C support, direct sharing, simplified
Apple Adds High-End 15" Retina MacBook Pro to List of Macs Supporting Dell's 5K Display
Apple has updated a support document on its website to reflect that the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, equipped with AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics, is capable of driving Dells dual-cable
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Watch Effect: Scaling up Apple's Taptic Engine for iPhone and iPad
One of the more exciting features introduced with Apple Watch is Apples Taptic Engine, a technology that has proven to be most effective at reproducing taps, bumps and other tactile effects to create a genuinely compelling user experience.
This week on AppleInsider: Ive's promotion, Apple Watch apps, augmented reality & more
Several events this week pointed to Apples future plans, including a promotion for designer Jony Ive, comments from operations head Jeff Williams, and a takeover of augmented reality firm Metaio.
Apple CEO Tim Cook donates $6.56M to charity
An SEC filing posted Friday reveals Apple CEO Tim Cook donated 50,000 shares of Apple stock worth more than $6.56 million to an unspecified charity, the latest gift in a flurry of philanthropic activity rarely seen with company executives.
Uber to allow background location tracking in privacy policy update
Starting July 15, ridesharing service Uber will update its privacy policies to allow tracking of a users location in the background, the company revealed in a blog post.
Exclusive Video: Apple Campus 2 Spaceship ring rising with Lego-like interlocking slabs
The Spaceship Ring of Apples futuristic Campus 2 project in Cupertino, Calif. is incrementally on the rise as manufactured concrete slabs are stacked together and locked into place, as shown in a new aerial video depicting progress over the past
Path sells off core social apps, kills off Talk Places messaging feature
Social network Path on Friday announced the sale of its two flagship mobile apps, Path and Path Talk, to South Korean messaging company Daum Kakao -- in the process shutting down a major Talk feature called Places.
Apple's Upper East Side store in Manhattan to open amidst WWDC on June 13
As the news from Apples upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference will be winding down, the company will be gearing up for its next major retail opening in New York City, officially scheduled for June 13, and AppleInsider has exclusive photos of
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13-inch Retina MacBook Pro review: The force is with Apple's workhorse laptop
From the outside, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display looks like the MacBook Pro we’ve come to know from the recent past. The major changes to the laptop are only apparent once you start using the machine: increased
The Voyce activity monitor gives your dog a voice in her own health care
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TripMode review: Tethered Mac? Your wallet will love this data monitoring app
Ever since it was possible to tether a computer to a cell modem, its also been possible to blow through ones monthly or service-plan limit and either run out of mobile data, be throttled to a trickle, or face expensive
13-inch MacBook Air review: Apple's affordable laptop nicely blends performance and portability
Now that there’s a new ultra portable laptop in town in the form of the 12-inch MacBook, what’s the deal with the MacBook Air? It’s still an active part of Apple’s lineup, and in case you missed it, was updated
Thunderbolt 2 docks roundup: The easy way to connect to your Mac laptop
The major change since I last did a roundup of Thunderbolt docks is that the latest docks use Thunderbolt 2, which makes them aligned with Apple’s Thunderbolt 2 implementation in its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.The market has also grown
13-inch MacBook Air review: Apple's affordable laptop nicely blends performance and portability
Now that there’s a new ultra portable laptop in town in the form of the 12-inch MacBook, what’s the deal with the MacBook Air? It’s still an active part of Apple’s lineup, and in case you missed it, was updated
PaintCode 2.0 review: Helps developers and designers create great user interfaces
It’s been a little over two years since I last reviewed PixelCut’s $100 PaintCode, a Mac app designed to help developers more easily integrate vector graphics into their software.In the intervening years, Apple’s own operating systems have evolved beyond pixel
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Why Apple’s Photos beats Google Photos, despite price and shortcomings
Apples iCloud Photo Library differs from Google Photos and other rival services...
Apple CEO Tim Cook donates 50,000 Apple shares to charity
In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple...
Apple Watch is already hurting the traditional watch market
There are signs that some consumers are holding off buying other timepieces...
Woz to get wax figure at Madame Tussauds
64 year-old San Jose native, Steve Wozniak, is a Silicon Valley icon and household name...
Apple’s vans are collecting next-gen Maps data, grabbing Street View storefronts and 3D images
Three years after Apple launched its own iOS Maps app to replace Google...
This OS nearly made Apple an entirely different company
Steve Jobs returned to Apple after a 12-year absence when it acquired NeXT...
Apple is about to make your iPhone and iPad a lot cooler
This could be a game-changer for iPhone and iPad users...
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Hands On: Framed 1.0.0 (iOS)
Framed by Loveshack is a slick film noir-style story of an epic foot chase told in a graphic novel format. The only problem is that every page results in cops nabbing the person
Hands On: Friendly for Facebook + Messenger 5.2 (iOS)
If youre like us, nothing frustrated you more about the more recent Facebook updates than when, for no discernible reason whatsoever, Facebook decided to split its messaging system into a separate app from
Pointers: Yes, you can still burn a music CD in iTunes
Todays Pointers column is inspired by a lamentation from a veteran Mac user of our acquaintance who expressed some regret over the upgrade to iTunes 12 (he had jumped several versions in finally
Briefly: HomeKit gadgets to ship next week, new Manhattan Apple Store
Just ahead of Apples Worldwide Developer Conference, which kicks off June 8, a number of manufacturers are set to announce the first HomeKit-compatible products arriving at retail, according to sources. The home-automation technology
Forums: MacBook Air strange issues and more
This week in the MacNN forums, members help each other troubleshoot MacBook Air problems, storage issues and more. Mac Elite And.reg is still trying to figure out what is going on with his
Apple deals: up to $600 off MacBook Pros
At Apples online store today, save up to $600 on refurbished MacBook Pro models. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has
Hands On: Google Photos 1.0.0 (iOS)
Its not as if Apple owns the rights to the word photos, but with the new Google Photos 1.0.0 for iOS launch, there are going to be some short but confusing conversations. Are
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The Week in iPad Cases: Worried about snow, rain and dirt? Lifeproof has your back
...plus another rugged case from OtterBoxThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings you fun picks from Griffin, DODOcase, and OtterBox, plus Kensington’s latest keyboard case.DODOCaseThe Metallics
Facebook finally adds support for animated GIFs
If you noticed that your Facebook News Feed was more animated than usual this morning, you weren’t the only one.Facebook has finally begun officially supporting GIFs—you know, those quick-looped animations that people on the Internet use to communicate. For years
Apple's mysterious vans reportedly collecting Maps data for Street View rival
Apple thought it was being subtle by sending unmarked, camera-equipped vans around a handful of American cities earlier this year, but news of the effort immediately sparked our curiosity: What’s the Cupertino company up to? Will we see a self-driving
The Week in iOS Apps: Google Photos, Pixelmator offer new and improved photo options for iOS
New and improved photo optionsThis week’s roundup of apps includes one new offering, Google Photos, and a veteran, Pixelmator, that make it easy and cheap to store and edit your
Siri will save you when the Messages bug strikes, Apple says
The only real fix for the Messages bug that allows a string of Unicode characters to crash your iPhone is a software update, and Apple has promised that one is coming soon. Until then, the company said, there’s a workaround
How Google took a page from Apple to secure Android Pay
In case you missed it, Google launched a new mobile payment service at its annual I/O developers conference Thursday. It’s called Android Pay. But didn’t Google already have a mobile payment service? Yes, yes, Google Wallet. That’s not going away—in
Google Photos and Google Cardboard bring new experiences to the App Store
Google I/O kicked off Thursday with a nearly two-and-a-half-hour keynote about everything from new Android features to Project Loon’s Internet balloons. Our sister site Greenbot has all the news, but a couple of the announcements should particularly interest us Apple
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Ross Ulbricht verdict dismisses the idea of Silk Road as a safe place
Ross Ulbricht is going away for life. The prosecution urged judge Katherine Forrest to send a strong message to anyone who might be tempted to go the Silk Road way, and she did. In addition to maximum time,
14 ingenious hacks for problems you didn't know you had
People can be crazy, yo. But where theres a will, theres a way that can lead to all sorts of fantastic oddities in the gadget world. Todays community of hackers, makers and DIY fanatics oftentimes work together to
Recommended Reading: The new and improved 'Halt and Catch Fire'
Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, youll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the
'Halo 3: ODST' is rolling out on the Xbox One, check your inbox
From one bug-ridden console game to another -- Halo: Master Chief Collection owners should check their Xbox One inbox this morning, as redemption codes for the Halo 3: ODST add-on are going out now. Arriving as an apology
Sony promises 'Ultra Street Fighter IV' PS4 patch next week
The launch of Ultra Street Fighter IV on the PlayStation 4 hasnt exactly gone as planned, with gamers complaining of input lag, shoddy netcode, glitches, a start screen that refers to a button on the controller that doesnt
Google's solar plane crashed earlier this month
According to Bloomberg Business, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident wherein Googles solar-powered Solara 50 plane reportedly crashed shortly after takeoff. The event occurred on May 1st at a private airfield outsid...
US military testing a Tinker Bell-sized drone
Theres no standard set for the shape or form of drones, and the US Special Forces plans to use that to its advantage. Heres where the Black Hornet Nano comes in. This micro drone, designed by Norway-based firm
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From dad bod to six pack: Essential gear for bulking up
After a brush with cancer prompted me to take my health more seriously, I began using run trackers to start my journey from dad bod to six pack. At first, running was the only exercise I did. It helped me…Read
Google vs. iCloud: Which wins the pick for your pics?
One of the best things to come out of Google’s I/O keynote on Thursday was Google Photos, a brand new service for storing, sharing, and organizing your images and videos. It’s totally free — no matter how many items you…Read
ICYMI: Why Jony Ive’s big promotion is great for Apple
Why is Jony Ive’s big promotion so great for Apple? Find out what Leander thinks in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine. In addition, meet the men filling the design guru’s shoes, see how Apple Watch apps will get a…Read
Google vs. iCloud: Which wins the pick for your pics?
One of the best things to come out of Google’s I/O keynote on Thursday was Google Photos, a brand new service for storing, sharing, and organizing your images and videos. It’s totally free — no matter how many items you…Read
What iPhone would have looked like back in 1984
Apple has become the most valuable company in the world thanks to the incredible success of the iPhone. Over half a billion iPhones have been sold since the original was released in 2007, but have you ever wonder what the…Read
Kahney’s Korner: Addicted to ASMR
You know something’s up at Cult of Mac headquarters when you see Leander sitting with his fingers steepled, exuding an air of complete calm. It’s like a zen garden around here ever since I told him about ASMR videos, the…Read
Meet Ingress, your new augmented reality obsession
I went outside for the first time today. Working at home is an easy way to get a bad case of couchlock, so I like to try and get out for little 15 minute breaks when I can. Today was…Read
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Apple Introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad and New $1999 iMac with Retina 5(...)
Apple today updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and faster discrete graphics. Apple also introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K
Apple Announces New Environmental Initiatives in China
Apple today announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multiyear project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China. The new program aims to protect as much
Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results
Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of
Apple Expands Capital Return Program to $200 Billion
Apple today announced that its board of directors has authorized an increase of more than 50 percent to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of $200 billion
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 8
Apple today announced it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, with more sessions than ever before streamed live to developers worldwide. WWDC will feature more than 100
Apple Announces ResearchKit Available to Medical Researchers
Apple today announced that ResearchKit, a software framework designed for medical and health research, is now available. Medical researchers will be able to use ResearchKit to develop their own apps, and developers can also contribute new research modules to the
Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor
Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor with new features for motion graphics and key enhancements to accelerate video editing, packaging, and delivery. Final Cut Pro 10.2 introduces stunning 3D titles that are easy to use, improved
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