(You're reading all posts by Alex Heath)

About Alex Heath

Alex HeathAlex Heath is a senior writer at Cult of Mac and co-host of the CultCast. He has been quoted by the likes of the BBC, KRON 4 News, and books like "ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation." If you want to pitch a story, share a tip, or just get in touch, additional contact information is available on his personal site. Twitter always works too.

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)

Apple’s massive cash hoard makes it richer than 141 countries

apple-2

All hail the Apple Empire.

It’s hard to truly understand Apple’s astronomical size until you put things into context. With $178 billion in cash as of last quarter, you can start easily comparing the company to the gross domestic product (GDP) of large countries.

In fact, Apple would be the world’s 55th richest country right now, according to the latest data from World Bank.

Read the rest of this post »

Flipboard brings its gorgeous magazine app to the web

Photo: Flipboard

Photo: Flipboard

Flipboard has taken the leap from mobile to desktop. What started as one of the first iPad apps is now accessible through any modern browser via Flipboard.com, a beautiful web interface for consuming online content.

Like the iPad and iPhone app, you can not only read articles from sites you follow, but also create custom “magazines” based on sources you choose.

Read the rest of this post »

Apple working on something to ‘give Tesla a run for its money’

tesla model s interior

First it was reported that Apple and Tesla are in an intense bidding war for each other’s talent, and now an anonymous Apple employee has come out of the woodwork to talk smack.

Read the rest of this post »

Where to watch the Better Call Saul premiere for free online

Bob Odenkirk as infamous lawyer Saul Goodman. His show has already been renewed for a second season. Photo: AMC

Bob Odenkirk as infamous lawyer Saul Goodman. His show has already been renewed for a second season. Photo: AMC

Breaking Bad is dead, but it’s all good man. Saul Goodman is back!

The Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, broke cable records with 4.4 million viewers last night, and there are several ways to watch the premiere online.

iTunes and AMC are offering Episode 1, titled “Uno,” for free.

Read the rest of this post »

The best apps you might have missed this week

Apple and Tesla engage in bidding war for top talent

Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who allegedly “relishes” comparisons with Steve Jobs.

Apple and Tesla are in the midst of an intense bidding war for each other’s employees, according to Bloomberg. Tesla has so far poached more Apple staffers than any other company at 150, and Apple has tried to unsuccessfully lure Tesla’s people with big paychecks.

Tesla’s obsession with stealing Apple’s talent is mainly due to one man: Elon Musk.

Read the rest of this post »

Apple delays Photos for Mac release until spring

The new photo viewer in Photos for Mac. Now coming this spring. Photo: Apple

The new photo viewer in Photos for Mac. Now coming this spring. Photo: Apple

When Apple killed development of iPhoto and Aperture last summer, it promised a replacement that would blend the best of the two apps into one solution: Photos for Mac.

Originally promised to arrive in “early 2015,” Photos for Mac is available for the first time in a new developer-only beta of OS X Yosemite. Unfortunately, everyone else will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on it.

Read the rest of this post »

Apple working on Sling-style Internet TV service for cord-cutters

fyi-feeln-apple-tv

Apple TV is way more than just a “hobby” to Tim Cook. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

The rumor mill has been quiet as of late regarding Apple’s plans to disrupt the TV industry. But now Recode is reporting that Apple is in talks with programmers about doing its own Internet-based TV service for cord-cutters.

Similar to the way Dish’s Sling TV bundles channels together at an attractive cost, Apple would design its own experience around delivering content without the use of traditional cable companies.

Read the rest of this post »

Microsoft scoops up beloved calendar app Sunrise

Sunrise has allegedly been bought for a cool $100 million.

Sunrise has allegedly been bought for a cool $100 million.

What’s better than buying one of the most beloved calendar apps for mobile? Buying two of them.

After snatching up Acompli in December, Microsoft has acquired Sunrise, another popular calendar app on iOS and Android.

Read the rest of this post »

First look at Tweetbot for Mac’s Yosemite redesign

We’ve known that a big redesign of Tweetbot for Mac has been in the works for awhile, and now Tapbots designer Mark Jardine has shared a little tease with the world.

Read the rest of this post »