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Nest buys home-automation rival Revolvr to shut it down

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 5:38pm
Nest has acquired Revolv, the Colarado-based startup which allowed users to control their smart home devices from a single interface using their smartphone. No price has yet been announced for the purchase, which follows Nest’s $555 million Dropcam purchase back in…Read more ›

Apple design guru’s latest masterpiece is a custom double-barreled shotgun

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 4:37pm
Italian firearm maker Beretta has enlisted Apple’s new design guru, Marc Newson, to create a hunting double-barreled shotgun. Newson has created a custom version of the classic double-barrelled 486 Parallelo shotgun for Beretta, which will be officially unveiled at an…Read more ›

AT&T locks Apple SIM in new iPads, thereby defeating its purpose

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 3:57pm
The Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is based on an awesome idea—who doesn’t want to switch carriers with a tap of the screen? But the actual utility of the Apple SIM is pretty muddled, as evidenced…Read more ›

Air New Zealand uses The Hobbit to make the most epic air safety video ever

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 3:26pm
Tired of the same old boring pitch that flight attendants have to give you in accordance with FAA regulations? Well, Air New Zealand decided to make its own briefing a lot more epic in the latest video for the official…Read more ›

How to use OS X Yosemite to send texts from your Mac

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 3:03pm
In the past, using the Messages app on a Mac could be an irritating experience. And what if a friend dared to send a green-bubble text from an Android phone? When texting from your Mac, messaging those friends wasn’t possible…Read more ›

Ralph Nader tells Apple to screw investors, not workers

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 2:02pm
Ralph Nader has a message for Tim Cook: Stop listening to Carl Icahn. In a scathing letter to Cook published in today’s Wall Street Journal, the former presidential candidate takes Apple’s CEO to task for bending to the will of…Read more ›

iTunes music sales drop for second straight year

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 1:29pm
Apple revolutionized the music industry with the introduction of iTunes in 2003, but even Cupertino is having trouble selling albums these days. iTunes revenue dropped 13% over the last year reports the Wall Street Journal, marking the second straight year…Read more ›

Amazon Rewards credit card now supports Apple Pay

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 12:36pm
Today Amazon added Apple Pay support for its Rewards Visa through Chase, an interesting omission given that Chase was a day-one launch partner with Apple Pay. While some speculated that Amazon intentionally opted out of Apple Pay, the company…Read more ›

Apple locks up top execs until 2019 with $27M golden handcuffs

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 12:24pm
Apple will be holding onto its top executives until at least 2019, if the granting of new stock options by the Apple board have anything to do with it. Angela Ahrendts, Eddy Cue, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, CFO Luca Maestri, VP…Read more ›

Light your home intelligently with the ilumi LED Smartbulb [Deals]

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 12:15pm
Incandescent light bulbs are inefficient, last only a couple of years, and can emit light in one color only. It’s about time we brought interior lighting into the 21st century. Today, people expect more from their interior lighting options. Those people…Read more ›

Rockstar’s incredible Grand Theft Auto trilogy goes on sale

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 11:34am
If you haven’t already picked up Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series on Android and iOS, you’re missing out on some of the best console games ever brought to mobile. But now’s your chance to get them super cheap, which GTA 3, Vice…Read more ›

Reviews are in on iPad Air 2 and our day with Apple Pay on The CultCast

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 10:02am
This week: the iPad Air 2 reviews are in, and not everyone’s feeling the love; Cult of Mac spends a day with Apple Pay; Yosemite and iOS 8.1 Continuity features delight; a potential cure for the painful #6PlusPinch; some welcome…Read more ›

Tim Cook makes China top priority for Apple Pay

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 9:46am
Tim Cook has described his desire to bring Apple Pay to China as “top of the list” in terms of priorities. Cook was quoted on Friday, following an interview he gave with China’s official Xinhua news agency. “China is a…Read more ›

Why Christian Bale will play an amazing Steve Jobs

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 9:30am
Christian Bale is Steve Jobs. The Oscar-winning actor has officially signed on to play the late Apple co-founder in Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay for Sony. Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Bole is attached to project, but no other cast or crew members have…Read more ›

This beautiful animated logo would look great on the Apple Watch

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 9:20am
When the Apple Watch is released next year, it’s going to represent a major paradigm shift for iOS: it’ll be an interface made up of fingertip-sized bubbles, not rounded square icons. Don’t you think that calls for a new logo…Read more ›

Delivery routes make for a fun puzzler in Apple’s free App of the Week

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 9:00am
If you’re looking for a fun puzzle game to play over the weekend you can do a whole lot worse than RGB Express, Apple’s “App of the Week” which has gone free in the App Store. Arriving on iOS one…Read more ›

ICMYI: Apple Pay, iOS 8, Yosemite

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 9:00am
Yes! Another week, another scintillating issue full of Cult of Mac’s best news stories and features, compiled in one place to read through easily on your iPad or iPhone. This week we’ve got some delightful coverage of the new Apple…Read more ›

How Steve Jobs helped make the iPhone more accessible to the deaf

Cult of Mac - October 24, 2014 - 8:56am
Tim Cook may the Apple CEO we picture when we think of the mission to make Apple a “force for good” in the world, including enhanced accessibility for deaf users. But Steve Jobs was the person who first got the ball rolling.…Read more ›


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