Chinese Android phone takes copying Apple to another level

Designed by who in where? Photo: Android Authority

Designed by who in where? Photo: Android Authority

Forget Comcast, ZTE takes the cake with the most blatant Apple-ripoff-of-the-month award. The Chinese company’s latest handset, the Blade S6, is clearly… inspired by the iPhone.

While it doesn’t have the identical chamfered edges of Samsung’s upcoming phone, it does copy the most iconic part of every Apple product.

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Crystal Baller: Rewind this week’s wildest Apple Watch rumors

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.

This week the Apple Watch rumors have reached a crescendo as invites to a not-so-mysterious event in March were released. Will the Apple Watch really launch with 100,000 apps? Will demand for the gold Apple Watch wreak havoc on the world’s gold supply? And don’t forget about the Apple car either. New rumors are claiming Samsung could be the biggest boost or roadblock for project Titan.

Find out the truth behind the week’s wildest Apple rumors below:

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Last chance to Pay What You Want for the Learn to Design Bundle [Deals]

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Cult of Mac Deals is proud to offer the Pay What You Want: Learn to Design Bundle, a package of elite level web design courses valued at $840, for one shockingly low price. Hurry though, this offer expires tomorrow night!

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Apple Watch will eventually replace your car keys

A Tesla Watch app concept. Photo: Eleks Labs

A Tesla Watch app concept. Photo: Eleks Labs

During his whirlwind tour of the Middle East and Europe, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been leaving little breadcrumbs of Apple Watch revelations.

There was the confirmation that the Watch will be showerproof in Germany, and now Cook has said it will eventually replace your car keys.

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Monohm’s circular smartphone is designed to look like a pocket watch

Meet the Runcible. Photo: Monohm

Meet the Runcible. Photo: Monohm

Samsung’s three-sided display may make the Galaxy S6 Edge a little different, but it won’t be the most unique smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.

Monohm, a company based in Berkeley, California, that makes “heirloom electronics,” will announce a perfectly round smartphone called the Runcible that’s designed to look like a pocket watch.

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Our most wanted Apple car features plus the new and notable of iOS 8.3 on the CultCast

"I just love our new Apple Car, mummy!"

“I just adore our new Apple Car, mummy!”

This week: Apple might be eyeing 2020 for their first car, but you can catch our most wanted features and price expectations right now. Plus: Cupertino pay massive bonuses to poach top talent; the insane acceleration of Tesla’s new electric car; the new and notable from iOS 8.3 beta; Toyota says “no thanks” to CarPlay; and finally, your listener questions, answered!

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Our most wanted Apple car features plus the new and notable of iOS 8.3 on the CultCast

Full show notes ahead!

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Key Smart brings Swiss Army order to keys in pocket

Key Smart, right, removes the bulk from your pocket and organizes your keys into a slim handle. Photo: Key Smart

Key Smart, right, removes the bulk from your pocket and organizes your keys into a slim handle. Photo: Key Smart

At our current place on the evolutionary chart, we are a species that carries more things in the pockets of tighter pants.

Michael Tunney understood this every time he went to a bar and saw patrons pull out their cell phones and bulky wads of keys before sitting down. Tunney, himself bothered by keys in the pocket, set out to solve this problem.

The 28-year-old Chicagoan with a manufacturing engineer background invented Key Smart, a holder that keeps keys from jabbing your thigh and removes the unsightly pocket bulge out of form-fitting pants.

Think of a Swiss Army knife, but with keys that fold out of a slim handle.

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Google just bought the entire .app web domain for $25 million

Google's headquarters in Mountain View. Photo: View

Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. Photo: View

Fancy a .app web address? You’re going to be buying it from Google. The search giant has splashed out just over $25 million on the entire .app web domain, which is around $19 million more than any other company has paid for a top-level domain so far.

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Popular iOS and Mac app iA Writer launches on Android

Photo: iA Writer

Photo: iA Writer

iOS developers are constantly spitting on Android. But that’s not necessarily the way it should be. The developers behind iA Writer, one of the most beautiful distraction-free writing apps for iOS and Mac, have just ported their app to Android. And they seem really positive about Android so far.

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New versions of Tweetbot for iPhone, iPad and Mac are on the way

Photo Mark Jardine

Tweetbot is ready for an upgrade. Photo: Mark Jardine

Many of us have been eagerly awaiting a new version of Tweetbot for iPad for quite a while now, as well as an updated version of Tweetbot for Mac. The wait seems like it’s drawing to a close though. Today, developer Tapbots shared some updates, giving us a roadmap for the next updates to both Tweetbots for Mac and Tweetbot for iOS.

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