Get huge savings and always stay charged with these hot accessories [Deals]

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Cult of Mac Deals offers the best prices on products that empower you to be your best every day. Sometimes, though, we offer products just simply provide power.

Today, we put a spotlight on 5 such products that will make sure you have power to spare for all of your devices.  Check out the PowerCube, the 10 Ft. MFi-Certified iOS Lightning Cable, the Limefuel LP200X, the Afterburner iPhone 6 Battery Case, and an amazing bundle of 152 Duracell Batteries.

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Instagram and Apple Watch: a match made in heaven

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The first wave of Apple Watch apps will probably be pretty limited in functionality, but even with the WatchKit restrictions Apple has in place, the design gurus at JBS Labs have created an Instagram for Apple Watch concept that we can’t wait get on our wrists.

The Hungary-based design firm pared down the Instagram UI to just the bare essentials. No, you can’t upload pictures or comment on your friends’ latte photos, but the simplified app does let you view and like pictures, as well as read comments and find new people to follow.

Check it out:

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Steve Wozniak inches closer to becoming an official Aussie

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. Photo: Wired/Flickr

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. Photo: Wired/Flickr


Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak made his first big step toward becoming an official citizen of Australia this week when he was granted ‘permanent resident’ status for being a distinguished person

Woz is currently teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Technology in Sydney and says he plans to become full fledged citizen and buy a house in Sydney.

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Holiday cheer as hipsters get hit in face with snowballs

Wow, that looks cold. Photo: Exit 10

Wow, that looks cold. Photo: Exit 10

There’s nothing better than a snowball fight, unless its a snowball fight you can watch from the comfort of your couch and Macbook Pro.

Even better is a snowball (or two!) in the face of a bunch of adorable hipsters from Exit 10, a design studio in Baltimore that put together this ultra-slow-mo snowball massacre for you to enjoy.

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Apple gets in the Tumblr game with 2014 best of iTunes

Welcome to Tumblr Apple. Photo: Cult of Mac

Welcome to Tumblr Apple. Photo: Cult of Mac

Apple is ramping up its social media efforts today with the creation of the company’s first ever Tumblr page dedicated to the top iTunes picks for music, movies, TV shows and books in 2014.

With iTunes sales slumping for the second straight year, Apple is adding more ‘social’ to its marketing plan with a Tumblr page that allows viewers to like and share their favorite GIFS, pictures and videos that Apple created to promote its favorite artists of 2014.

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Apple Putin up prices in its Russian online store

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Russia’s latest woe: iPhones now cost more than ever. Photo: Apple

Apple has re-opened its online store in Russia after temporarily closing it last week following “extreme” fluctuations in the valuation of the country’s currency, the ruble.

But while that’s good news for people wanting to order Apple goods over the holidays, it’s not likely to go over well with the majority of customers — since prices have dramatically increased.

The cost of an iPhone 6, for instance, has risen 35 percent: with a 16GB iPhone 6 selling for 34,990 rubles before the shutdown, and 53,990 rubles now. That means a base level iPhone costs $980 in Russia.

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The quickest and simplest way to make calls on your Mac

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DockPhone is the phone dialer Apple should have included with Yosemite. Photo: DockPhone

One of the best features launched with OS X Yosemite this year was the ability to make and receive phone calls from your Mac, provided it is paired with a compatible iPhone.

But while it’s usually great receiving phone calls with the feature, making outgoing calls yourself is not so straightforward: You must launch the FaceTime app, turn on your webcam and then maneuver through an interface that’s clearly more complex than it needs to be.

Thankfully, this is where DockPhone app comes to the rescue. If you use your Mac to makes calls with any regularity whatsoever, consider this an early Christmas present to yourself.

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Give your Mac a voice-activated self-destruct sequence

You can tell your Mac to self-destruct with this simple trick. Photo: Jacob Salmela

You can tell your Mac to self-destruct with this simple trick. Photo: Jacob Salmela

Worried that the cops might bust in your door any minute, or simply really paranoid? How cool would it be if you could initiate a self-destruction sequence for your Mac using only your voice, just like Captain Picard would use to destroy The Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation?

Well, awesomely, you can. And it’s pretty easy to do!

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Pegatron insists it does all it can to keep workers happy

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A factory worker in China on the iPhone production line. Photo: Apple

Whatever your thoughts on last week’s BBC documentary about the poor worker conditions in factories producing the iPhone, there’s no doubt that it’s brought the topic back into widespread circulation.

Unlike the majority of previous reports, this time the target wasn’t Foxconn, however, but instead the Taiwan-based firm Pegatron Technology, which has been taking an increasing amount of Apple orders as of late.

With negative press circulating about the company mistreating its workers, Pegatron today filed a statement with the Taiwan Stock Exchange, pledging to inspect all negative claims carried in the report and implement improvements to make sure these problems are solved.

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12-inch Retina MacBook Air is coming in early 2015

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The 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is coming in early 2015. Photo: Apple

Apple’s new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2015, manufactured by Quanta Computer, according to a new report released today.

The new notebook is expected to boast Intel’s Broadwell processors, and a chassis redesign which will further reduce the device’s already-slimline thickness and weight.

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