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Linkase Pro LTE Case Claims To Boost The iPhone’s Cell Data Signal

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 11:36pm
  Like its predecessor, the new prototype Linkase Pro LTE iPhone case supposedly boosts your iPhone’s ability to connect to the Internet. But where the previous version was claimed to strengthen the iPhone’s wifi radio, this new LTE version is…Read more ›

RadioShack Dropping iPhone 5s Price To $99 With Carrier Contract

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 7:37pm
RadioShack has one of those deals coming tomorrow that’s just too good to pass up. Starting April 18th, the 16GB iPhone 5s will be sold in RadioShack stores for only $99 with a two-year contract on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint.…Read more ›

Flickr Ventures Into Instagram’s Territory With Mobile Redesign

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 6:48pm
Flickr’s redesigned mobile apps, which are out today, look very much Instagram. And I think it’s safe to say that the design decision was intentional. The question now is whether Flickr can set itself apart with its pro-friendly features and…Read more ›

Apple Slashes Prices On Retina iPad Mini Refurbs

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 5:03pm
Apple has begun selling refurbished models of the iPad mini with Retina display for about 15% off in its online store. Only WiFi models are being offered right now in 32GB and 64GB variants. A 32GB Retina iPad mini refurb…Read more ›

Control Your Cable Clutter With The CableHub 2 Pack [Deals]

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 5:00pm
Your desk needs to be clean and organized so you function as efficiently as possible, right? Don’t you get tired of wasting time untangling, tripping and spilling due to that pesky abundance of cords. CableHub isn’t just any other cable…Read more ›

Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

Technoccult - April 17, 2014 - 4:54pm

NPR reports:

A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They’re releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new “open source pledge” that’s intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely. [...]

These days, seeds are intellectual property. Some are patented as inventions. You need permission from the patent holder to use them, and you’re not supposed to harvest seeds for replanting the next year.

Even university breeders operate under these rules. When Goldwin creates a new variety of onions, carrots or table beets, a technology-transfer arm of the university licenses it to seed companies.

Full Story: NPR: Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

As the article notes, seed companies also often sell hybrid seeds, which don’t produce identical offspring — think of it as a biological “DRM” system for seeds. It’s sad that “open source” isn’t the norm in agriculture.

Categories: Occulture

Dropbox Buys Photo Stream Alternative ‘Loom’ For Its New Carousel App

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 4:19pm
Dropbox has been very busy lately. After announcing big updates to Mailbox and the all-new Carousel photo app, a new service is joining its repertoire. Loom, a popular photo and video storage service, announced today that it has been bought…Read more ›

Solve Puzzles And Take Out Targets In Hitman GO [Video Review]

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 3:56pm
Sometimes in life you just want to experience the excitement portrayed in every action-packed book, movie and television show you see. While your regular day-job may not consist of being a hitman on the run, in the newly released app…Read more ›

Facebook Adds ‘Nearby Friends’ To Let You Know Where The Party’s At

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 2:06pm
  Facebook announced this morning that it’s adding a new Nearby Friends feature to its mobile app for iOS and Android that lets you stay more connected than ever with your buddies by letting you stalk every step they take.…Read more ›

Clone Strike: Flappy Bird Knockoff Kills It In Kuwait [Interview]

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 1:55pm
Eli Hodapp is the Editor in Chief of popular iOS gaming site, TouchArcade. He’s just released his vanity project, Hodappy Bird, a humorous take on the Flappy Bird phenomenon. The game plays just like its inspiration, with a bird that…Read more ›

Thelema Now! Guest: Lance Parkin (46 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - April 17, 2014 - 1:14pm

As Pop Will Eat Itself once said, Alan Moore knows the score, can you dig it? On this episode of Thelema Now, host Frater Puck talks to author Lance Parkin about his biography of Alan Moore, titled Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore. Find out about Alan Moore's magickal experiences and the translate into his work.

Categories: Podcasts

‘Traveler’s Badges’ Gives You Something To Show For That Time Your Car Broke Down In Bowling Green

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 12:45pm
It’s nice having some record of the places you’ve visited, but FourSquare is a little granular for my liking. Traveler’s Badges keeps it simple and broad. You just let it detect your location, and it generates a unique badge for…Read more ›

FreeDum Throws An Innocent Ladybug Into Some Aww-ful Traps [Review]

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 12:30pm
Cute animals are always in trouble. FreeDum by Pedro Category: iOS Games Works With: iPhone, iPad Price: $0.99 They’re always lost or in danger, or they want to eat a crap-ton of candy but can’t without your help. They’re a…Read more ›

Get One Year of Premium Web Hosting With DreamHost [Deals]

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 12:15pm
Ever wanted to build a website? Hosting is an essential part! No matter what kind of site, you always need a web hosting service. DreamHost is an award-winning web hosting service that serves over 1.2 million apps, blogs, and websites.…Read more ›

Add To Your Design Toolbox With The Name Your Own Price B2B Designer Bundle [Deals]

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 11:00am
We’re back with another “name your own price” offer here at Cult of Mac Deals. That’s right. We’ve partnered with one of the world’s finest designers to bring you The Name Your Own Price B2B Designer Bundle. You pay what…Read more ›

Wholesome App’s New Update Lets You Assess Your Risk Of Scurvy

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 10:30am
We wrote about the Wholesome app when it first came out, but it just received a new premium update that lets you do more than just see what’s in your food. The base app — with all of its nutritional…Read more ›

Twitter’s App Ads Now Offer Direct Download Links

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 10:11am
Twitter advertisements promoting apps and games will now offer direct download links that make it easier and faster for users to obtain the titles that catch their eye. Twitter teased the new feature several weeks ago and officially announced it…Read more ›

With Hearthstone, The World Of Warcraft Comes To iPad… Kind Of

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 9:30am
If you’ve ever wanted to play Blizzard Entertainment’s wildly successful MMO World of Warcraft on your iPad, you just got your wish. Uh, kind of. After first debuting on Mac and PC, Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft has now been released…Read more ›

Learn To Play Like A Pro With GarageBand For Mac [OS X Tips]

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 9:00am
While the latest version of Apple’s fantastic (and free!) music production suite, GarageBand, has lost some functionality like podcasting and Magic GarageBand, it still has plenty to recommend it for those new to music or old vets alike. One of…Read more ›

What Apps Will Look Like On The 4.7-Inch iPhone 6

Cult of Mac - April 17, 2014 - 8:18am
In the past, when Apple has grown the screen of an iOS device — for example, with the transition from the iPhone 4s to the iPhone 5 — Apple has taken pains to keep the pixel density the same. The…Read more ›


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