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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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An iPhone 6 ordered online will now be delivered in a week or less

iPhone 6 ship times are starting to get better. Photo: Cult of Mac

iPhone 6 ship times are starting to get better. Photo: Cult of Mac

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been one of the hardest iPhones to date to pick up in store, and since launch, shipping times have stayed high. But as we approach the holidays, that seems like it’s finally starting to change.

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Burned by Apple, Intel tries to hide its unprofitable mobile chip division

Apple's put the heat on Intel, and the chipmaker is doing some reorg to make things right. Photo: Intel

Apple’s put the heat on Intel, and the chipmaker is doing some reorg to make things right. Photo: Intel

Intel is losing against ARM when it comes to mobile. This is incontrovertible. In smartphones and tablets, Intel’s chips just haven’t been able to compete with the likes of Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Nvidia…. despite the billions of dollars Intel has spent trying to heavily subsidize things like Atom-powered Android phones.

Not so surprisingly, Intel’s mobile and tablet business isn’t profitable. But Intel’s about to do a little bit of creative accounting to make it’s mobile and tablet divisions profitable: merge them into the PC division.

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Why Steve Jobs drowned the first iPod prototype

The first iPod. Steve Jobs drowned this. Photo: Grant Hutchison / Flickr (CC)

The first iPod. Steve Jobs drowned this to make a point. Photo: Grant Hutchison/Flickr CC

Every once in a while an anecdote comes along that so perfectly describes the late Steve Jobs’ vision, that it’s a perfect metaphor for Apple as a whole. This might be my favorite of those anecdotes.

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You’ve never seen an Apple Store quite like this before

You've never seen an Apple Store quite like this. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

You’ve never seen an Apple Store quite like this. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

A new Apple Store opening up is always something of an event. But over the weekend, a one-of-a-kind Apple Store opened in London, and I guarantee you’ve never been to one quite like it.

It looks like an Apple Store. It even sells various Apple products. But not the kind you’re thinking of: not Macs, but Macintosh apples.

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This Tinder clone keeps the creeps off your iPhone

This Tinder clone keeps the creeps off your iPhone

If you’ve ever used Tinder, the swipe-to-reject dating app for iPhone, you know there can be a lot of a creeps on the service, especially if you’re a woman. The Grade is a new Tinder-like app that aims to change all that by booting the creeps off the service by examining their behavior in real time, and grading it.

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This addictive iOS game is made entirely of emoji

What it says on the tin. Photo: Ivan Grachyov

What it says on the tin. Photo: Ivan Grachyov

Many would-be game designers never make their games a reality because they don’t possess the artistic chops to create the graphics their game depends upon. But not being able to draw didn’t stop Ivan Grachyov, a computer science student at Moscow State University, and the resulting game might just be the next Flappy Bird.

The Russian designer’s creation? Emoji Cosmos, a game made of nothing but emoji!

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Watching a neon sign of the Apple logo being made is hypnotic

A neon Apple sign being created! Screenshot: Cult of Mac

A neon Apple sign being created! Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Making neon signs is a sadly dying craft, but there’s no better way to learn about the beauty of the art than this video, showing a master neon craftsman create a replica of our favorite shape on Earth: the Apple logo!

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Spotify will soon let you choose your Uber driver’s playlist

Uber and Spotify are teaming up. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Uber and Spotify are teaming up. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Update: Uber and Spotify have confirmed a partnership that will let Spotify Premium subscribers become backseat DJs in Uber cars in 10 cities. The service starts Friday in London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Toronto.

“The integration couldn’t be easier,” the companies said in a press release. “Simply connect your Spotify account via the Uber app, request a ride, and when you get matched up with a Spotify-enabled Uber, select music that suits your mood. Your tunes will be playing when your Uber arrives, and you can change it up at any time.”

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Genius Bars will begin servicing Beats headphones Tuesday

Beats will be serviced by Genius Bars starting on Tuesday. Photo: Beats

Beats will be serviced by Genius Bars starting on Tuesday. Photo: Beats

Ever since Apple bought Beats for $3 billion back in May, Cupertino has slowly but surely been integrating the headphone maker’s products and services into the official Apple portfolio. It’s added Beats Music to the Apple TV, officially listed it as an Apple app on the App Store, and rolled out a Beats by Dre section at Apple Stores.

Now it looks like Beats by Dre headphones will officially be an Apple product in the biggest way that counts: You’ll soon be able to get them repaired or replaced at your local Genius Bar.

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The best Gameboy Advance emulator for iOS is back, no jailbreak required

GBA4iOS is back, and works on iOS 8.1, no jailbreak required. Photo: Cult of Mac

GBA4iOS is back, and works on iOS 8.1, no jailbreak required. Photo: Cult of Mac

Although it’s never been in either Apple or Nintendo’s graces, GBA4iOS has long been one of our favorite apps on iOS. An excellent Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance emulator for the iPhone and iPad, GBA4iOS was long available to install on iOS 7 and above, no jailbreak required.

That all changed with iOS 8.1, though. To install itself without going through the App Store, GBA4iOS required users to set back their date by at least one day, but Apple patched it out. It was a huge bummer, but guess what? GBA4iOS is back, it works on iOS 8.1, and there’s still no jailbreak required!

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