How to use 3D Touch in Maps to see the weather anywhere

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One of the neatest tricks in Maps app is the ability to quickly check the weather anywhere in the world.
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Apple’s Maps app has gotten pretty great recently, as long as you don’t want parks and forests marked in green. Like most of Apple’s built-in apps, Maps is even better when used with 3-D Touch. By pressing on everything from the app icon to the tiny weather can on the corner, you can access shortcuts and extra info. Let’s take a look.

Apple is developing a special AI chip for iPhone

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Custom AI-powered silicon could be Apple's next big thing.
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Apple is allegedly planning to take its Artificial Intelligence game to an all-new level an AI-powered iPhone chip.

In a race to catch up with the competition at Amazon and Google, Apple has a team of engineers working on a new piece of silicon that’s dedicated to processing artificial intelligence commands which could lead to improved battery life.

How to drag-and-drop content between Readdle’s iPad apps

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You'll wonder how you ever used your backwards iPad without inter-app drag-and-drop.
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If you want to get an idea of how drag-and-drop could work on the iPad, then take a look at Readdle’s latest updates to its iOS productivity apps, which now allow you to drag files between the apps in split-screen view. That’s right, thanks to some very clever hacking, you can seamlessly drag a PDF, photo, or other document, from one app to another. For instance, you can drag scans from Scanner Pro to an email you’re composing in Spark, or you can take an attachment from Spark and drag it into a folder to save in Documents. Let’s take a look at how to do it. Spoiler: it’s pretty easy.

Is it time for Apple to say goodbye to Jony Ive? [Friday Night Fights]

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Is Apple in desperate need of new ideas?
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It’s been some time since Apple delivered something really revolutionary. Every product in its stores looks just like it did last year… and the year before that… and the year before that.

Friday Night Fights bugFans will pin most of the blame on chief design officer Jony Ive. After more than two decades of spectacular and unparalleled ideas, it seems Steve Jobs’s best friend is running on empty. Is it time for him to go to make room for fresh blood and new ideas?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we battle it out over whether Apple’s design team needs significant change.

Investigators suspect iOS device in plane crash that killed 66

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Apple is not involved in the investigation.
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French officials are investigating the possibility of whether an iPhone or iPad was the cause of EgyptAir Flight 804.

The 2016 crashed killed 66 people yet the investigators have been stumped on what brought the plane down. Some new clues may hint that it was an overheating iOS device that sparked the catastrophe.

Expand and charge your iDevice all at once [Deals]

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Back up, expand and charge your iDevices all at once with this handy Lightning-connected hub.
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No matter how much storage you spring for in your iPhone or iPad, there’s always use for more. The unfortunate thing about mobile devices is that they’re not exactly easy to upgrade, and you certainly can’t swap out the hard drive for a bigger one. Something you can do though is plug in something like the iKlips miReader 4K, which expands capacity and adds new connection options all at once. With its Lightning connector and micro USB connectors, and a micro SD slot, you can massively expand capacity and share files between a variety of devices, whether Mac, Windows, even cloud drives. And right now you can get an iKlips miReader 4K for just $46.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

How to automatically import new music into iTunes

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Use an Automator workflow and never manually add media to iTunes again!
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So, say you have a Dropbox folder that keeps your media files synced across all your machines. Wouldn’t it be super-convenient to have iTunes import music from the Dropbox folder automatically? Also, just double-clicking the media files to import them to iTunes doesn’t sound too much work at first, but, what if your files are scattered all over the disk? For instance, some of you might have organized your media files into different folders by artist name, or by download source.

Let’s see how you can harness the power of automation to automatically import music to iTunes on a Mac.

Tidal loses third CEO in two years

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Jay Z can't find a reliable CEO.
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Jay Z’s struggling Tidal music streaming service is saying goodbye to its third CEO in two years.

The company reportedly parted way with top executive Jeff Toig, though no replacement has been named. Tidal has had a revolving door of CEOs during its troubled history. Toig took over the reigns of Tidal just 18 months ago.

Celebrate Memorial Day with huge Watch Store sale! [Watch Store]

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We've selected many of our best brands for this sale including Burkley, Bucardo, Clessant, JUUK, Just Mobile and many more!
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Memorial Day weekend is no exception to the epic sales typically found on holiday weekends. In addition to a little R&R, why not spend a minute treating yourself to some great scores for Apple Watch?

Cult of Mac Watch Store’s Memorial Day Weekend Sale will offer 20 percent off the majority of our vendors. You’ll find great discounts on some of our most popular brands for Apple Watch straps, chargers and stands. Some of these vendors include: Bucardo, Burkley, Juuk, Just Mobile, Strapple, Clessant and many more.

Sale ends next, so check out these stellar discounts while they last, and check out some of our featured brands below:

Microsoft brings its new game streaming platform to iOS

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Mixer offers live-streaming that's actually live.
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The New Yorker‘s stunning new cover was painted on an iPad

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Not bad for a picture painted with an iPad. Or with anything, actually.
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Looking for more evidence that the iPad Pro can be used to create stunning artwork? The cover of the latest issue of The New Yorker might be just the proof you’re searching for.

Created by the magazine’s long-time art editor Jorge Colombo, it depicts kids playing basketball near to his home in Brooklyn. “This was a risky drawing to make,” he said. “I kept worrying that the ball would hit me or the iPad.” Not that he let that stop him from creating a stunning image!