Singing, sarcasm & smörgåsbords: new iPhone 6 ad shows off Voice Text

Singing, sarcasm & smörgåsbords: new iPhone 6 ad shows off Voice Text

The more iPhone 6 ads I see with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, the more I’m enjoying them as a comedy duo. In Apple’s latest ad for its next generation iPhone handsets, called “Voice Text,” the focus is on the new ability to send and receive audio messages, as introduced with iOS 8’s iMessage service.

For anyone who finds plain text messages somewhat lacking, the ad shows off how voice messages can add a much-neeeded element of sarcasm, let you drop some soulful lyrics, or mean that you don’t have to spell complex words like “smörgåsbord” and “arachnophobia.”

Following on from other iPhone 6 ads looking at the iPhone 6’s health-tracking, camera, and sheer size, this is the first time one of the ads has focused only on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, as opposed to comparing it with the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

Powder-ready gifts for ski lovers

Colorado is getting the early season powder but the cloud full. Photo: Jakob Schiller/Cult of Mac

These gifts will get any skier ready for the powder. Photo: Jakob Schiller/Cult of Mac

Here in Northern California we’re still awaiting our first real snow dump of the year.

And while we have our fingers crossed and have been diligently doing our plyometric exercises, we’re still left with plenty of time to build up a big old lust for some new 2014 ski schwag.

Cult of Mac has put together a gift guide for that special fresh-powder chaser on your list. Or, you know, for yourself.

Here’s to a knee-deep powder year for all of us.

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Pre-Black Friday travel deals: Invisible Bluetooth Earpiece, ShaveTech USB Razor, more [Deals]

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If you are traveling this coming holiday, take note: Cult of Mac Deals has some pretty awesome tools that can help make your travels stress free.

Plus, they are all available at rock-bottom prices for a limited time. Check out The Invisible Bluetooth Earpiece, The Travelers Digital Luggage Scale, The ShaveTech USB Razor and The A3 Wallet at Cult of Mac Deals today.

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Uber’s data-sucking Android app is dangerously close to malware (Updated)

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You might want to think twice before giving Uber your data. Photo: Uber

Uber has been sideswiped by a ridiculous number of controversies lately, but things are about to get even worse for the ride-sharing service. A security researcher just reverse-engineered the code of Uber’s Android app and made a startling discovery: It’s “literally malware.”

Digging into the app’s code, GironSec discovered the Uber app “calls home” and sends data back to Uber. This isn’t typical app data, though. Uber has access to users’ entire SMSLog even though the app never requests permission. It also accesses call history, Wi-Fi connections used, GPS locations and every type of device ID possible.

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Natalie Portman in talks to star in Steve Jobs biopic

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Natalie Portman may star in Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie Photo: WikiCommons

Natalie Portman may play a major role in the upcoming Steve Jobs movie scripted by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin.

The actress is in talks to join the film, reports Deadline, and while the details of her role are unknown, she’s expected to play a major part in the movie that will feature Steve Jobs’ first daughter Lisa as the main heroine.

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Have a better Mac experience with The NYOP Must-Have Mac Bundle ft. Typinator [Deals]

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Everyone loves to get something at a discount. But what if you could slash prices and just decide what you want to pay all on your own?

Paying what you want is the whole idea behind The Name Your Own Price Must-Have Mac Bundle featuring Typinator, available right now for a limited time at Cult of Mac Deals.

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7 pro tips to help you conquer Turkey Day

How to hide your iTunes purchases from prying eyes (and find them again)

Now you can hide some of those less-proud moments from prying eyes. Photo: Cult of Mac

Now you can hide some of those less-proud moments from prying eyes. Photo: Cult of Mac

Let’s face it – not all of us want every purchase we complete via the iTunes or App stores available to anyone who uses our iPhone, iPad, or Macbook. Some things just need to remain, well, private.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to hide the evidence from unauthorized users via a quick trip to the iTunes app on your Mac or PC.

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Apple may stop iPhone 5c production next year

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Photo: Apple

Apple is set to discontinue the iPhone 5c next year, according to a new report from Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times. The news outlet claims that Apple will continue producing the handsets until the middle of 2015, at which point assemblers Wistron and Foxconn will wind down production.

This news follows on the back of a similar report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that Apple will do away with both the 5c and 4s, despite both doing well in emerging markets. This is part of an effort to streamline Apple’s handset business, and will mean that all available iPhones will feature the Touch ID technology at the heart of Apple’s mobile payment ambitions.

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How to fix Wi-Fi problems in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

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These unofficial methods will ease Wi-Fi problems in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite users have been plagued by a host of Wi-Fi problems since Apple’s two latest operating systems were released. Apple has released updates for both, but to no avail: People keep suffering through Wi-Fi drops, seemingly at random.

What the heck’s going on? According to one developer, the issue is caused by the custom technology that Apple uses for AirDrop and AirPlay on both iOS 8 and OS X. And there’s a way to fix it!

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