Samsung chief faces arrest for bribing South Korea president


Samsung's de-facto boss is in a spot of trouble.
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The de-facto head of Samsung faces arrest on charges of bribing South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye and a confidante.

The call for Lee Kun-hee, Samsung’s vice chairman and the only son of its incapacitated chairman, is part of a larger investigation into alleged corruption involving senior government officials and large South Korean corporations.

Breakout Ninja, Sonny, and other awesome iOS games


'Appy weekend all!
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For whatever reason, I’ve been playing a ton of iOS games this past week, so with that in mind I decided to focus on games for this week’s “Awesome Apps” instalment.

Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy to while away your Sunday, or a far more in-depth gaming experience that’ll keep you busy until the bad weather ends, I’m confident you’ll find something on this list to enjoy.

Check it out:

Name your price for this coding crash course [Deals]


Name your price for a full-spectrum, comprehensive, hands-on set of lessons in coding on several platforms.
Name your price for a full-spectrum, comprehensive, hands-on set of lessons in coding on several platforms.
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It’s a new year, so it’s a great time to give yourself the valuable new skill of coding. It’s a discipline that takes a lot of time — and often money — to get proficient, but this bundle of coding lessons offers a chance to learn for whatever you’re willing to pay.

Today you can name your price for the Learn to Code 2017 Bundle at Cult of Mac Deals.
Clocking in at 156 hours of instruction, this bundle covers everything from basic to advanced techniques for development on iOS, web and other platforms. You can learn Python, Ruby,  JavaScript, Google’s Go programming language, iOS 10 and Swift 3 — and lots more!

This is a full-spectrum set of lessons useful for people at any skill level. The lessons are buttressed by hands-on projects and templates that make this more than just book work. It’s a great way to get practical experience in the craft of coding.

Buy now: Pay what you want for the Learn to Code 2017 Bundle, worth well over $1,000.

Add new exercises to your fitness routine with CultFit Home Workout


Give your fitness a lift in 2017 with our CultFit Home Workout
Give your fitness a lift in 2017 with our CultFit Home Workout.
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CultFit Home Workout With New Year’s Eve a distant memory, your resolutions for 2017 should now be well underway. To help keep up your good work, here’s Week 3 of our CultFit Home Workout. (If you missed it, it’s still not to late to start with Week 1).

All you need is your iPhone, plus your Apple Watch if you have one, and some everyday objects you’ll find around your home or office. No gym membership is required. It’s a great way to get started with your fitness journey — and it only takes 10 minutes a day.

Is iPhone Apple’s most significant product to date? [Friday Night Fights]


Can you think of anything more important to Apple?
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The iPhone celebrated its tenth anniversary this week, and it’s hard to imagine where Apple would be today without it. It is by far the company’s most successful product, but is it also its most significant to date?

Friday Night Fights bugApple revolutionized a number of product industries with the Mac, iPod, iTunes, and iPad — all of which have been incredibly successful at some point. It also pioneered new concepts with products like the Newton. Were any of these things more important to Apple than iPhone?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we relive our first experiences with iPhone and discuss Apple’s most significant product releases.

Upgrade your iPhone with 60X zoom and more [Week’s Best Deals]


Get triple backup and extra reach for your iPhone's lifeline with this bundle of MFi-certified Lightning cables.
Get triple backup and extra reach for your iPhone's lifeline with this bundle of MFi-certified Lightning cables.
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Take your mind off the crazy week and rest your eyes on some of its best deals at the Cult of Mac Store. This go around we’ve got a trio of MFi-certified Lightning cables, a lifetime VPN subscription, a full-on telescopic lens for your iPhone and a skeleton key for streaming video.

The best part? Most of these deals are priced at more than 90 percent off!

Mavic Pro: The coolest gadget since the original iPhone [Reviews]


The Mavic Pro is much more than a cool flying toy.
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Tiny cameras that can fly still seemed like a sci-fi dream just five years ago, but with DJI’s new Mavic Pro drone, the future has arrived ahead of schedule.

When it comes to drones, no company is killing it right now more than DJI, and the Mavic Pro is its most amazing achievement yet. Yes, some drones fly faster and shoot better video, but the Mavic Pro is the ultimate drone for people who love photography, flight and the outdoors but don’t want to be weighed down.

Best of all, you don’t need to be a practice drone pilot or tech nerd to have a blast with the Mavic Pro. Here’s why it’s our favorite drone ever.

Android creator plans new device to challenge iPhone


Samsung and other Android smartphone makers are about to get some new competition.
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Former Google VP Andy Rubin is in talks with carriers about selling a new smartphone he has created with his startup, Essential.

Rubin left Google two years ago after creating Android and the leading the team behind it for eight years. Now that he’s had time away from the search giant, Rubin is planning to take on the iPhone and Android handsets with a new type of smartphone that specializes in artificial intelligence.

iPhone 8 may have even higher waterproof rating


iPhone 7
The next iPhone will be great at swimming.
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Apple may be planning to make its next iPhone even more waterproof, according to the newest rumor out of Asia.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is currently the only smartphone with a device boasting a IP68 rating, but Apple allegedly plans to catch up this year with an iPhone that can can be submerged just as deep.

Key Apple partners could set up shop in U.S.


Could we see buildings like this in the U.S. soon?
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A number of key Apple suppliers are considering new facilities in the U.S., according to reports out of China.

Assembler Foxconn, display maker Sharp, and chip maker TSMC are all said to be interested in taking advantage of new business incentives proposed by soon-to-be President Donald Trump.