Nest buys home-automation rival Revolvr to shut it down

Revolv was snapped up by Nest -- although it doesn't look like it'll remain revolving for long. Photo: Revolv

Revolv was snapped up by Nest — although it doesn’t look like it’ll remain revolving for long. Photo: Revolv

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 June, and Nest’s own acquisition by Google for a massive $3.2 billion earlier this year.

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

Classic double-barreled 486 Paralleo shotgun Photo: Beretta

The classic double-barreled 486 Parallelo shotgun Photo: Beretta

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 event in London on November 13th.

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

Once you go AT&T, you can't go back. Screenshot: Apple

Once you go AT&T, you can’t go back. Screenshot: Apple

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 by AT&T locking the SIM to its network.

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

Maybe they'll take the bird all the way to the destination, for a change. Photo: Air New Zealand

Maybe they’ll take the bird all the way to the destination, for a change. Photo: Air New Zealand

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 airline of Middle Earth stand-in country.

Watch as Elijah Wood and other cast members grace this light-hearted, good natured air safety briefing, complete with fake Gandalf explaining how to position yourself in the event of a crash landing.

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

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

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 until now.

In today’s Cult of Mac video, find out how to enable Text Message Forwarding between your iPhone and Mac. With iOS 8.1 and Yosemite installed, enjoying this seamless feature is just a few short taps and clicks away. Find out how to do it all in this speedy tutorial.

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Ralph Nader tells Apple to screw investors, not workers

Tim Cook with a Foxconn worker Photo: Apple

Tim Cook with a Foxconn worker Photo: Apple

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 billionaire investor Icahn and issuing more stock buybacks, rather than listening to its workers and addressing the horrendous working conditions at its factories in China.

Nader’s letter proposes Foxconn workers’ hours be cut to 40 a week and their pay doubled, which would only cost Apple an extra $5.4 billion annually.

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iTunes music sales drop for second straight year

iTunes music sales are diving. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iTunes music sales are diving. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

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 that Apple’s digital music sales have declined, after falling 5.7% in 2013.

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Amazon Rewards credit card now supports Apple Pay

Amazon Rewards Visa in Passbook. Screenshot: Alex Heath/ Cult of Mac

Amazon Rewards Visa in Passbook. Screenshot: Alex Heath/Cult of Mac

Amazon added Apple Pay support today for its Amazon.com Rewards Visa.

Since Chase, the Amazon rewards card issuer, was an Apple Pay launch partner, some speculated that Amazon intentionally opted out of Apple’s mobile payments system. But Amazon quickly confirmed this week that it was working on adding support for its credit card in the near future. Now it’s followed through.

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

Photo: H. Michael Karshis/Flickr CC

The only handcuffs that presumably come with a free Apple Watch and iPhone 6 thrown in. Photo: H. Michael Karshis/Flickr CC

Apple will be holding on to its top executives until at least 2019, if the granting of new stock options by the Apple board has anything to do with it.

Angela Ahrendts, Eddy Cue, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, CFO Luca Maestri, VP of hardware engineering Daniel Riccio, lawyer Bruce Sewell and COO Jeffrey Williams all received stock grants potentially valued at a total of $27 million, based on the high closing price of AAPL stock Thursday.

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

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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 use the ilumi LED Smartbulb, available at the discounted price of $79 at Cult of Mac Deals for a limited time.

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