Become a worldly wordsmith with Rosetta Stone [Deals]

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CoM - Rosetta Stone® Language Learning (Levels 1-5 Instant Download)
Master a new language with the latest version of Rosetta Stone's critically acclaimed language learning software.
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Lots of us wish we knew another language, and we all have similar excuses for not making it happen: We’re too busy or too old, there’s nobody to practice with, and so on. The truth is that it’s never too late to add a language to your life.

Rosetta Stone is one of the best-known programs for language skills for a reason. It’s an intuitive, immersive, visually driven method that’s been proven to work, and is used for training by governments and academic institutions alike. And right now you can get Rosetta Stone in a variety of languages for just $149.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Tim Cook marks Steve Jobs’ birthday with inspirational quote

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Cook quotes one of Jobs' most inspirational speeches.
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Today would’ve been Steve Jobs’ 62nd birthday, and Tim Cook took to Twitter to pay tribute to Apple’s co-founder and Cook’s predecessor as CEO.

“Remembering Steve, whose words and ideals will always inspire us,” Cook wrote. He then quoted a line from Jobs: “There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Catch The CultCast’s 5th-anniversary live stream

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Come party with the CultCast.
Come party with The CultCast today.
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Cult of Mac’s podcast The CultCast hit its five-year anniversary this week, and to celebrate we want to hang out with you!

We’ll be hosting a live 5th anniversary extravaganza this afternoon, celebrating all the amazing listeners we’ve grown to love during this crazy experience. Erfon, Leander, Buster and maybe even some special guests will be part of the live event. The festivities start at 12 p.m. Pacific today. All you have to do is watch the live YouTube feed below.

Come join the party!

10.5 and 12.9-inch iPads may keep us waiting until May or June

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This is Apple's best Retina display yet.
You'll be waiting for a few months longer for the new high-end iPads.
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Apple is set to launch three new iPads this year, including an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad, 10.5-inch iPad, and upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro. However, according to a new report you could be waiting a bit longer than expected for the two larger sizes.

Previously it was suggested that all three would be released in the first quarter of 2017, but it’s now sounding like Apple will hold off until May or June before the 10.5 and 12.9-inch models hit shelves.

Liberate your iOS data with this dual-use thumb drive [Deals]

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Add 64GB of storage to your iOS device with this thumb drive that doubles as an MFi-certified Lightning cable.
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No matter how much storage your iPhone has, you’ll find a way to run out of it. iTunes doesn’t make managing that data very easy, either. That’s what makes iMemStick so useful. Part thumb drive, part dual-sided USB and Lightning cable, it offers a fast and easy way to store files — documents, videos, photos, etc. — from your iOS devices. It also provides a simple way to move those files to and from other devices.

Think of it as a 64GB lifeboat for your iOS data. And right now you can get an iMemStick 3.0 for just $74.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Our hardware predictions for Apple’s rumored March event, this week on The CultCast

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New Apple hardware in March? Reports say yes, indeed.
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This week on The CultCast: It’s been five years of CultCasts! We’ll regale you with some of our favorite stories from past shows. Plus: Our hardware expectations from Apple’s rumored March event; why iPhone 8’s wireless charging will probably be lame; Apple has five teams working on next-generation charging tech; why iPhone 8’s camera could pump out industrial-grade slow motion; and Steve Jobs gets a beautiful new home on Apple’s new spaceship campus.

Our thanks to Squarespace for supporting this episode. It’s simple to accept Apple Pay and sell your wares with your very own Squarespace.com website. Enter offer code “CultCast” at checkout to get 10 percent off any hosting plan.

Today in Apple history: Happy birthday, Steve Jobs!

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It took 20 pounds of personal computing artifacts to form the face of Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs was born on this day in 1955.
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Feb24February 24, 1955: Steve Jobs is born in San Francisco, California. He will go on to co-found Apple and become one of the most important figures in the history of consumer technology (and he’s probably a big part of why you’re reading this website right now).

Happy birthday, Steve!

Artist creates with Macs and lets nature take its course

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The artist known as Monsieur Plant prompts nature to override the power of the computer.
The artist known as Monsieur Plant prompts nature to override the power of the computer.
Photo: Christophe Guinet

Cult of Mac 2.0 bug Apple designs its products with an affinity for creatives of all kinds. But a French artist known as Monsieur Plant uses Macs to take “Think Different” to another level.

The Apple computers used by Christophe Guinet, 39, are not the tools but the subject in a body of work that integrates life-giving plant matter with life-altering technology.

Big battery could be a huge draw for iPhone 8 upgraders

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Say goodbye to the home button.
A battery boost could be a big draw for iPhone 8.
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Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty is predicting big things for iPhone 8 sales once Apple finally unveils the device this fall.

In her latest research note to clients, the Wall Street analyst predicts that the edge-to-edge OLED display and longer battery life on the iPhone 8 will accelerate upgrades from customers with iPhones that are two years old or older.

Why selling your app as a subscription makes sense

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Why selling Mac app subscriptions makes sense
If you develop Mac software, selling app subscriptions could be your smartest path to success.
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