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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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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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Why Retina iMacs can’t stream 4K Netflix

You can watch 4K video on your TV, but not your Retina iMac. Why? Photo: Netflix

You can watch 4K video on your TV, but not your Retina iMac. Why? Photo: Netflix

Yesterday, Amazon announced that they would begin streaming Amazon Prime movies in 4K Ultra HD, free of charge. This follows an announcement by Netflix in March that they would allow subscribers to stream 4K shows in Ultra HD for a small additional charge every month.

Of course, neither the iPhone, iPad, or the Apple TV support 4K video… but the new iMacs with Retina Display do. Yet despite this, Netflix and Amazon don’t actually stream 4K video to the Retina iMac. The best you can get is plain old 1080p.

What’s the deal? The same as it ever is. DRM.

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LTE-equipped iPad Air 2’s and iPad mini 3’s are coming to China this week

iPad Air 2 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iPad Air 2 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

If you happen to be one of our few Chinese readers, good news! Apple has just announced that LTE-equipped versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 will be coming to China later this week!

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First-gen iPhone 2G is now going for $12,500 on eBay

Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Back when it was released in 2007, the original iPhone 2G cost $599 with a two-year contract from AT&T. Seven years later, boxed first-gen iPhones are a little rare, but if you’ve got the dosh, you can still buy one on eBay.

But prepare to be shocked by the sticker price: An original iPhone in mint condition will cost you $12,500.

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How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2

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If you felt like you just had to install iOS 8.1.2 because of its devastating “missing ringtone” bug, good news: just 24 hours later, it’s already possible to jailbreak your device.

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Is Apple planning on being a Scrooge this year?

Where is 12 Days of Gifts? Photo: Apple

Where is 12 Days of Gifts? Photo: Apple

Last year, Apple celebrated the holidays with a fantastic app called 12 Days of Gifts. Like a digital advent calendar, the 12 Days of Gift apps handed out free music, TV shows, movies, books, and apps over the holiday period.

But this year, we haven’t seen the 12 Days of Gifts app, at least so far. Is Apple canceling it? What’s the hold up?

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Ads make the Apple TV’s new YouTube app worse than the old one

The new YouTube experience on Apple TV has ads. Blech. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

The new YouTube experience on Apple TV has ads. Blech. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Yesterday, we were excited when a major update to the Apple TV introduced a major redesign of the set-top box’s official YouTube app. Today, though, we’re a little less enthused, because it turns out that along with getting a new look, it also got ads.

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