Your mobile device can last all day long with The BookMark Battery [Deals]

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Smartphones and other assorted mobile devices are great tools for keeping us productive and entertained. The batteries inside those devices, by contrast, sometimes leave us frustrated and wanting more.

Do you find that your device’s limited battery life plays a role in how you use your phone? Constantly afraid you’ll run out of power before the day is out? Then say goodbye to your worries forever with The BookMark Battery, just $34.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

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Jony Ive says Apple Watch was much harder to design than the iPhone

The many faces of Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

The many faces of Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

Jony Ive has designed someone of the worlds most iconic tech devices, but when it came time to revolutionizing the wrist watch, Ive says it was even more challenging to make than the iPhone.

Speaking to an audience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Thursday night, Ive said that societal expectations for a wristwatch posed some serious challenges when creating the Apple Watch, but he believes with “every bone in his body” that Apple will usher in an entirely new computing device category.

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Classic RPG Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has come to the Mac

Take a crawl through the dungeons of Icewind Dale. Photo: Beamdog Entertainment

Take a crawl through the dungeons of Icewind Dale. Photo: Beamdog Entertainment

Beamdog Entertainment is a team of ex-Bioware and Black Isle developers who specialize on taking classic Infinity Engine RPGs and updating them for modern devices, like the Mac or iPad. First, they did it for Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II. Now they’re doing it for Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, which has just been released on the PC and Mac.

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Why Apple Pay is great, and CurrentC sucks, this week on The CultCast

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This week: the war on Apple Pay has begun. We’ll tell you why some of the biggest retailers are moving to block it, and all about the ridiculously dumb app they want you to use instead. Plus, our 72-hour review of the iPad Air 2; the FTC sues AT&T for throttling your data; Christian Bale is your next Steve Jobs; and we pitch our favorite tech and apps then vote on which is best—it’s an all-new Faves ’N Raves.

Snicker your way through each week’s best Apple stories! Stream or download new and past episodes of The CultCast now on your Mac or iDevice by subscribing on iTunes, or hit play below and let the chuckles begin.

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Why Apple Pay is great, and CurrentC sucks, this week on The CultCast

5 international horror films that speak the universal language of fear

These movies don't need to speak your language to freak you out. Photo: Lux Film

These movies don’t need to speak your language to freak you out. Photo: Lux Film

The world is a big, scary place, and you can learn a lot about a culture from what its people use to scare the crap out of each other for entertainment.

Cult of Mac’s weeklong festival of horror movie recommendations wraps up today with a selection of horrifying international films. (We hope you’ve found a new favorite among our classic, monster, anthology and trope-twisting suggestions.)

Now it’s time to see what gives people in other countries the heebie-jeebies. Halloween is just beginning, after all.

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This Notification Center widget is like iStats Menu for your iPhone

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On my aging 2009 iMac, one of my favorite apps is iStats Menu, which lets me see at a glance which of the various programs I have running has slowed my desktop down to a crawl. And I have to admit, it’s gotten me a little performance obsessed: I spend a bunch of time every day checking out iStats Menu, just to see if there’s something I can close to maybe drop CPU usage another half-a-percent.

Because of this, I’ve always sort of wished that there was a similar program for iPhones and iPads. And now there is.

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This app uses iOS 8 HealthKit to tell you when you’re going to die

This app tells you when you're going to die. Photo: Cult of Mac

This app tells you when you’re going to die. Photo: Cult of Mac

HealthKit’s supposed to make it easier to stay healthy. This app doesn’t care about your health. It wants you to die, and it’s going to tell you exactly when that will happen.

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Avoid the snooze button with Withings’ Aura smart sleep system

Avoid the snooze button with Withings’ Aura smart sleep system

This post is brought to you by Withings, creator of the Withings Aura smart sleep system.

Do you hit the snooze button every morning when you wake up? You’re not the only one. According to surveys, over half Americans do. And even more Brits. A lot of people dream about smashing their alarm.

A lack of sleep and abrupt awakenings are causing a lot of people to feel tired and unrested throughout the day, affecting their wellbeing and productivity.

Most people would prefer not to wake to the sound of a shrill alarm, but let their body clock wake them naturally in the morning. Now the French tech company Withings has developed the Withings Aura, a cleverly-designed sleep system that is set to provide a smooth wake-up experience and put an end to the snooze button.

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Cops can force you to use Touch ID, but not your passcode

Photo: Killian Bell

Photo: Killian Bell

One of the big pluses of iOS 8 has been the security measures Apple has taken, meaning that the company can no longer bypass security passwords to access your data if it’s requested by law enforcement. While viewed as a definite negative by the FBI, the emphasis on keeping user data safe has been a hit with customers.

A related feature has now been the subject of a court case in Virginia, however, with the judge ruling that cops can legally force suspects to manually unlock their iPhones using Touch ID.

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ICYMI: Tim Cook’s proudest moment

Tim Cook's historic letter, iPad reviews, and more! Cover Design: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Tim Cook’s historic letter, iPad reviews, and more! Cover Design: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

It’s been a full week here at Cult of Mac, so we’ve once again put together a special Newsstand issue — all of the best news stories and features compiled in one place to read through easily on your iPad or iPhone. This week we’ve got some fantastic coverage of Tim Cook’s historic coming out letter, reviews of the iPad Air 2 (and our reasoning for skipping that iPad mini 3 review), some more great tips for your new install of OS X Yosemite, and some scary horror flicks that you’ll want to watch all weekend long. That and more, as always, in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine.

Dig into Cult of Mac Magazine October 31 Edition, Free on iTunes