The most awesome new apps you might have missed this week

Hot deals ending soon: VPN protection for life, Dragon Dictate, BatteryBox & more [Deals]

CoM_VPN Unlimited Lifetime

You’ll find supremely awesome deals on cool products for your Mac, iOS device, and more every single day at Cult of Mac Deals.

The offers at Cult of Mac Deals are so good, though, that they just cannot stick around forever. This may be your last chance to save 70% on a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited, or to get Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 at half off, plus more. Read on to check out all the hot deals ending soon.

Read the rest of this post »

How Wunderlist works on the Apple Watch

Wunderlist as it looks on the Apple Watch. Photo: 6Wunderkinder

Wunderlist as it looks on the Apple Watch. Photo: 6Wunderkinder

Wunderlist is already one of the best apps to get things done on your iPhone, and soon, it will be just as good on the Apple Watch.

Read the rest of this post »

Apple TV rumors and our future robot overlords take over The CultCast

Come with us if you want to CultCast.

Come with us if you want to CultCast.

This week: more rumors of a souped-up Apple TV coming in June, and we examine the softer side of Steve Jobs, as described in a new unofficial, Apple-backed biography. Plus: Skynet is the stuff of movies, but Elon Musk, Steven Hawking, and now Steve Wozniak, all believe AI is a big threat. Should we worried? You’re gonna want to unplug your Segway after this discussion.

Our thanks for Freshbooks for supporting this episode. FreshBooks is the easy-to-use invoicing software designed to help small business owners get organized, save time invoicing and get paid faster. It also makes tax time a cinch. Get started now with a 30-day free trial.

cultcast-172-post-player-image-thin
Apple TV rumors and our future robot overlords take over The CultCast

Full show notes ahead!

Read the rest of this post »

How App Store optimization can harm indie developers

iOS App Store.

Critical errors can do real damage as you try to rise to the top of the App Store.

I followed the advice of an App Store optimization expert last year in an attempt to promote my iPhone app. Big mistake. It felt wrong at the time, and it did more harm than good. Now I’ve learned to trust my gut instincts instead.

Read the rest of this post »

ifo Apple Store, the best Apple retail blog, is ending

The best website to keep up on Apple Store news is ending. Photo: Ivan Walsh

The best website to keep up on Apple Store news is ending. Photo: Ivan Walsh / Flickr CC

Well, this is a bummer.

Gary Allen, perhaps the most respected voice and enterprising reporter in the Apple Community when it comes to Apple’s retail presence worldwide, is retiring from the blog he founded, ifo Apple Store.

Read the rest of this post »

Here’s what Super Mario 64 looks like running on an iPhone 6

The first 3-D Mario running on an iPhone 6. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

The first 3-D Mario running on an iPhone 6. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Excited that Nintendo plans to release iPhone games in a new collaboration with mobile developer DeNA?

Here’s a taste of what it could end up being like: Nintendo’s gaming classic Super Mario 64 running on an iPhone!

Read the rest of this post »

The only good way to brick your MacBook

we5d42zotuvc5f3lr5fa

Seriously, how could you resist? Photo: Brik Case/Gizmodo

I pretty much love Apple and Lego in equal measure, so the idea of somehow combining the two is never going to fail to win my approval.

Assuming that I’m not the only person to feel this way, allow me to introduce the Brik Case: a fantastic Kickstarter campaign intended to raise the cash needed to manufacture a MacBook case that can be decorated with Lego bricks, to create any design of your choosing.

Read the rest of this post »

How to use a PS4 controller with your Mac

Get your game on -- wirelessly -- with a PS4 controller and your Mac. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Get your game on — wirelessly — with a PS4 controller and your Mac. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Now just might be the best time ever to be a Mac gamer, as a ton of big titles for PC and console are also available for Apple computers via the Mac App Store, Steam or GoG.com. It’s a golden era of cross-platform goodness, and it’s easier than ever to find a game you’ll love on the Mac.

Some of today’s hot titles demand a good controller, though. One of the best is Sony’s DualShock 4 controller (the same one that comes with the PlayStation 4). If you’ve got one, you’ve got easy access to a fantastic, ergonomic and just plain great gaming controller that will work with your Mac, requiring very little setup to make it happen.

Here’s our recipe for great wireless Mac gaming.

Read the rest of this post »

Comcast denies talking with Apple about TV service

Apple isn't talking with NBC's parent company about a TV service. Photo: NBCUniversal

Apple hasn’t approached NBC’s parent company about a TV service. Photo: NBCUniversal

It turns out Apple isn’t talking with NBCUniversal about partnering for its forthcoming TV service. At least not yet.

How do we know? Because Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company, hasn’t been approached by Apple at all. But that doesn’t mean NBCUniversal’s content won’t be on Apple’s service when it launches.

Read the rest of this post »