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Facebook takes on Vine and Snapchat with new Riff app

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 11:01pm
What if you combined the viral nature of Vine with the mini-story capability of Snapchat? That’s what Facebook is trying to do with Riff, a new app that’s available for download today. Created by Facebook’s Creative Labs (the same group…Read more ›

New 12-inch MacBook as powerful as 2011 MacBook Air

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 10:33pm
The 12-inch MacBook with Retina display is sexy to behold, but its specs may leave more to be desired. Thanks to some new benchmarks, we have a clearer picture of what to expect from the new MacBook’s processor. And it’s basically…Read more ›

How to avoid going full screen in OS X Yosemite

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 5:54pm
As of OS X Yosemite, the little green button in the upper left-hand corner of all your apps and windows has recently undergone a change in function. Instead of maximizing or re-sizing the windows, as in all previous versions of…Read more ›

Tesla wins April Fools’ with Apple Watch spoof

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 5:24pm
April Fools’ is the day that a lot of tech companies announce fake products to get a laugh. Some are good, but most suck. Tesla has arguably won April Fools’ Day this year with its spoof of the Apple Watch.…Read more ›

Apple takes a hands-off approach to streaming for new TV service

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 5:08pm
More details surrounding Apple’s unreleased TV streaming service are leaking out as its Worldwide Developer Conference approaches in June. There’s still a lot we don’t know for sure, but a new report sheds light on how Apple is proposing to…Read more ›

Enterprise-ing 3D artist honors Leonard Nimoy with Mr. Spock bust

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 3:44pm
To best honor the man beloved for playing Mr. Spock, Phi Vu did what comes most logical to him. He used his talents as a 3D artist to create a bust of the late Leonard Nimoy. The result is a…Read more ›

HBO is coming soon to Sling TV

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 2:05pm
Dish has reached a new agreement with Turner Broadcasting to keep TBS, TNT, and CNN on its Sling TV service. That’s great news for cord-cutters, but according to a new report, the company might be about to unleash even bigger…Read more ›

Stolen iPhone leads blogger to China, stardom and unlikely bromance

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 2:04pm
Matt Stopera had his iPhone stolen last February from his favorite bar in New York City. Like most of us, he was upset, but not overly so. Matt got a new phone and went about his life. A year later,…Read more ›

Meet the 8 new Apple + IBM enterprise apps introduced today

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 1:34pm
Apple’s partnership with IBM has birthed eight new enterprise apps that the companies announced today on Apple’s Business apps page. The new MobileFirst apps focus mostly on healthcare by providing hospital techs and RNs new methods to access patients records,…Read more ›

Apple’s gorgeous new MacBook gets unboxed early

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 12:52pm
Apple’s new MacBook won’t go on sale for another week-and-a-half. But if you want to get an advance glimpse of the next-gen notebook, you can check out a new unboxing video, which shows off the device’s ultra-thin form factor for…Read more ›

The best and worse April Fools’ Day jokes of 2015

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 12:28pm
There’s not a more annoying day of the year to get on the Internet than April Fools’ Day. Ready or not, it’s here, and companies are spewing out a wave of fake product announcements, some of which we actually wish…Read more ›

Karma strikes as Samsung’s Galaxy S6 gets cloned

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 12:23pm
Call it karma if you want, but after years of copying Apple’s iPhone designs, Samsung’s much-praised Galaxy S6 smartphone has apparently already received its first knockoff. Made by a company called No.1, the phone looks extremely similar to Samsung’s new…Read more ›

Last chance to save 77% on a high quality pair of Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds [Deals]

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 12:15pm
Quality of design, comfort, functionality, and convenience. Those are the qualities that music afionados look for in a pair of wireless earbuds. Don’t just listen to your music; immserse yourself in it with a pair of Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds…Read more ›

Apple angers Chinese customers with low-ball iPhone trade-ins

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 10:57am
Apple’s China trade-in program only went live today, but already it’s on the receiving end of criticism, as would-be sellers are disappointed to find that Apple is offering far less credit than is offered by private third-party buyers. Welcome to…Read more ›

Quick tip will speed Mac data recovery and save you from heartache

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 10:00am
Let me save you a huge headache – don’t set an EFI password on your Mac unless you have the original receipt for that machine. If you buy your Mac off Craigslist, like I did, and your daughter writes half…Read more ›

Factory worker-turned-Apple supplier is named China’s richest woman

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 9:26am
Here’s a pretty incredible story: the CEO of Apple touch-screen glass supplier Lens Technology has been named China’s richest woman, after demand for her company’s output saw shares climb 10 percent in a single day. What’s impressive isn’t just that an…Read more ›

Apple continues push into China with new trade-in program

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 8:30am
Apple continued its drive to grow its brand in China today with the announcement that customers in the country can now trade in their old iPhones and iPads to let them upgrade to the latest models. “Apple Retail Stores in…Read more ›

Scientology Under Attack

Augoeides - April 1, 2015 - 8:00am

The Church of Scientology has long been the target of critics who accuse it of cult-like behavior. Now the church is facing a new round of negative publicity as it finds itself in the news once more. No, I'm not talking about the recent HBO documentary Going Clear, which exposes many of the church's misdeeds. I'm talking about the shocking case of Scientology auditor Frank D. Linehan, who goes on trial today in Los Angeles on charges of molesting hundreds of thetans, beginning around 1978. The church is accused of covering up the abuse for decades.

Most victims were between 60- and 65-million-years old with some as young as 58 million, investigators said, prompting accusations of serial abuse that have shaken the church to its core. If convicted, Linehan could face life in prison for his crimes, according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

“The thing that makes this case so troubling and so shocking is the total abuse of trust,” Harris told reporters at a press conference outside the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles, where police believe the majority of assaults took place. “These are unbelievably horrific cases where someone abused their position of power to target those who are defenseless. No one in the community could believe someone could do this to a thetan, a thetan who is voiceless.”

“Both as an attorney general and as a person with possibly hundreds of murdered alien souls clinging to her body, it shocks the conscience,” Harris continued. “But I’d like to take this opportunity to tell everyone that we are doing everything in our power to protect young immortal spiritual beings and pursue this case to the fullest extent of the law.”
Thetans, trapped souls of ancient aliens transported to Earth, dropped onto volcanoes, and blown up with nuclear bombs by the evil Xenu 75 million years ago, have few legal protections, and the Supreme Court has yet to rule on whether or not they possess basic human rights that the rest of us take for granted. But prosecutors claim that the legal status of these disembodied entities is not central to the case, even though they admit that compelling Linehan's victims to testify will prove challenging. They are now testing a system involving an e-meter connected with a Ouija board that they hope will convince a jury.

Linehan was arrested back in 2012 and has avoided going to trial for years thanks to the maneuvering of Scientology's crack legal team, all of whom are highly skilled in the art of crafting cease-and-desist letters that include veiled and hard-to-prosecute threats. But with photos and videotapes of some of the alleged incidents finally allowed into evidence, the trial is finally going forward and prosecutors believe they can secure a conviction. While the thetans themselves are nearly invisible, Linehan's actions are apparently unmistakeable.

“The footage was extremely graphic in nature,” said Det. John Carr, who uncovered “hundreds and hundreds” of compromising photos of the immaterial souls on Linehan’s computer. “What I saw on those tapes was beyond anything I had ever witnessed. Nothing had prepared me for it.”

“You trust these people with your thetans, and they abuse that trust,” Carr continued. “Those thetans, they didn’t deserve this. And some looked like they couldn’t have been reincarnated more than a thousand times or so."

The latest revelation comes as federal investigators in Los Angeles say they have “credible evidence” of cases of sexual abuses committed by Linehan as far back as 1978, suggesting a decades-long coverup by church officials.

Employment documents confirm that over the past three decades, Scientology leaders have repeatedly transferred Linehan to new compounds and allowed him to continue working with thetans, even after a 1982 conviction of fondling an alien soul in the back of a solo auditing room.
If Linehan is convicted, it may strike a final blow to an organization already reeling from HBO's revelations. Critics describe Scientology as a corrupt and greedy organization that peddles a ridiculous science-fiction mythology and seems to exist mostly to separate its followers from their money, and I'm sure that all of those poor abused and victimized thetans agree wholeheartedly. Here's hoping that justice is served.

Categories: Occulture

Why withholding Apple Watch from U.K.’s biggest mobile retailer is a brilliant move

Cult of Mac - April 1, 2015 - 5:06am
The Apple Watch could be Apple’s next mass-market iPod-like product, but the company’s not quite ready to see it popping up everywhere yet. With the Apple Watch launch just 24 days away, Apple has reportedly declined to supply the U.K.’s…Read more ›


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