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John Brownlee John Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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How to download Apple’s iWork apps on older Macs for free

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Here’s how to get the iWork suite for free on older Macs. Photo: Cult of Mac

If you bought a Mac from 2013 on, you can download the iWork suite of apps — Pages, Keynote and Numbers — from the Mac App Store absolutely free.

But what if you bought an older Mac? You have to pay, and they’re expensive, running $19.99 each.

Thankfully, there’s a trick you can use to download them from the App Store for free. Here’s how.

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These cute penguins love playing iPad games

Penguins love iPad apps too. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Penguins love iPad apps too. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

We all know that cats love playing with iPads. It turns out they’re not the only ones: the penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California love playing with iPads so much it can help them get pregnant.

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How to turn Apple’s best keyboard into a fully-functional PC

You can turn your Apple Extended Keyboard into a full computer. Photo: University of Chicago

You can turn your Apple Extended Keyboard into a full computer. Photo: University of Chicago

We never cease to be amazed at all the amazing DIY projects that Mac fans do with old Apple hardware. Case in point: see this vintage Apple Extended Keyboard? It’s not hooked to a computer. It is a computer, thanks to the embedded Rapsberry Pi inside.

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Walmart is having a sick sale on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus this weekend

Walmart is offering a sick sale on iPhones this weekend. Photo: Apple

Walmart is offering a sick sale on iPhones this weekend. Photo: Apple

It’s the holiday season, and every buck counts. So if you’re in the market for an iPhone to put under the tree, here’s a great reason to head over to Walmart: they’re slashing prices on the iPhone this weekend.

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Cerebral dystopian chiller Papers, Please is now available on iPad

One of the most cerebral Mac games is now on iPad. Photo: Lucas Pope

One of the most cerebral Mac games is now on iPad. Photo: Lucas Pope

As promised — and after a tiny storm of controversy over Apple’s initial rejection of the app over so-called pornographic content — the award-winning dystopian document thriller Papers, Please is now available for iOS.

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Auxo, the superpowered app switcher, is coming to iOS 8

Auxo, the superpowered app switcher, is coming to iOS 8

Back in the skeuomorphic days of iOS 6, we were big fans of Auxo, an innovative iPhone app switcher that supercharged the iOS multitasking bar with live app previews, gestures, settings toggles, and more.

When iOS 7 was released, Auxo was updated to support Apple’s newer, flatter operating system, but it’s only now that Auxo creator Sentry_NC is getting around to update it to iOS 8.

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Apple relents, restores Transmit for iOS’s ‘Send To’ feature

Transmit by Panic is back on the App Store with its full functionality restored. Photo: Panic

Transmit by Panic is back on the App Store with its full functionality restored. Photo: Panic

On Monday, we reported that Apple has yanked Transmit from the App Store over a weird iCloud Drive rule.

The app, from beloved Mac and iOS developer Panic, allowed you to upload content from iCloud Drive, which is seemingly obvious functionality for a file transfer and FTP app like Transmit to have. But Apple objected, and not only made Transmit pull the “Send to iCloud” option, but the ability to send documents to other services and apps.

But good news! Transmit’s back on the App Store with the “Send to iCloud Drive” functionality restored.

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You can now purchase things through Apple’s online store using PayPal

You can now buy an iPhone or Mac from Apple.com using PayPal. Screenshot: iMore

You can now buy an iPhone or Mac from Apple.com using PayPal. Screenshot: iMore

Don’t like using your credit card online? No problem. Apple has just updated its online store to allow you to pay for anything the company sells online using PayPal.

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Google’s iOS app gets an Android-like makeover

Google Search for iOS gets a Material Design make over. Photo: Google

Google Search for iOS gets a Material Design make over. Photo: Google

First debuted with Android L, Material Design is Google’s new in-house unified design ethos, Material Design. Boiled down, it’s a series of UI/UX tricks that makes Google’s web properties not feel unified with one another, but like digital paper, folding and unfolding underneath your fingertips no matter what device you use.

Android L, of course, has already seen a Material Design revamp, but now we’re starting to see Material Design creep to Google’s iOS app.

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Papers, Please is coming to the iPad on Friday

One of the most cerebral Mac games is coming to iPad this Friday. Photo: Lucas Pope

One of the most cerebral Mac games is coming to iPad this Friday. Photo: Lucas Pope

When it comes to video games that will make you think, few are as cerebral as “dystopian document thriller” Papers, Please, a Mac game released in 2013. It casts the player as a passport inspector for a fictional Soviet bloc state who must keep track of increasingly arcane rules to let people in or out of the country … even when a mistake can cost him his life.

We declared Papers, Please one of the best freakin’ Mac games of 2013, but if you didn’t play it then, good news: It’s coming to the iPad this week.

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