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Chances are you protect your iPhone with a case. Probably your MacBook too. But what about your MagSafe power adapter?
It’s safe to say that the little white power brick that comes with Apple laptops isn’t the best design. In fact, it’s badly flawed — the cables are subject to fraying. It’s been a problem for a long time: Apple has settled lawsuits, posted long support documents and currently offers a free replacement program.
What to do? Leon Spencer, an inventor from Atlanta, Georgia, has the answer. Put your power adapter in a special protective case.
This post is brought to you by Withings, creator of the Withings Aura smart sleep system.
Every morning when you wake up, do you hit the snooze button? You’re not the only one. According to a Withings sleep survey, over half Americans do. And even more Brits. A lot of people even think about smashing their alarm.
A lack of overall sleep and an abrupt awakening when your alarm clock or smartphone goes off in the morning are causing a lot of people to feel tired and unrested throughout the day, affecting their well-being and productivity.
Most people would prefer not to wake up to the sound of a loud noise, and rather let their internal body clock pull them out of sleep naturally in the morning. Now French connected health company Withings has developed the 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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This post is brought to you by Creative Market.
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This post is brought to you by Alamex Ltd, creator of Zen Clock.
Are you busy on your Mac all the time? Does that little clock in the top right hand corner of your screen govern your life, at least during the week?
Maybe it’s time to switch to Zen Clock.
The Zen Clock turns your desktop to a color that constantly changes through the whole spectrum throughout a 24-hour period.
Take life a little slower and bring some Zen onto your Mac as you learn to tell the time of day in the way nature intended.
Creative Sound Blaster Roar: a powerful Bluetooth speaker with five drivers and built-in subwoofer [Sponsored post]
This post is brought to you by Creative Labs, creator of the Sound Blaster Roar.
The Sound Blaster Roar is the epitome of audio quality, features and great looks combined into one device.
Musicality, accurate timbre, tonality, with deep, tight bass within a portable Bluetooth wireless speaker shouldn’t be a pipe dream. Creative Labs boasts of defying these laws of acoustic engineering with their Sound Blaster Roar.
Their innovative acoustic chamber design allows the Roar to adopt an impressive five-driver speaker design, which includes two high-performance amplifiers and a built-in subwoofer. Beyond the audio quality prowess, this Red Dot design award-winning speaker also includes a whole host of nifty features, doubling up as a portable battery bank, MP3 player, voice recorder and a speakerphone.
This post is brought to you by MobiPast.
Nowadays more and more kids are asking for an iPhone, maybe yours as well. But are you worried about their receiving nuisance calls, bullying, contact from strangers, endless spam and trolls? These commonplace tricksters can soon rack up a huge phone bill — and you’ll be the one asked to pay it.
MobiPast is a new monitoring app that allows you to see just whom your kids contact on their phones — and who contacts them. It’s not spying exactly. It’s for their and your safety and peace of mind. To see how MobiPast allows you to remotely track your kids’ calls, texts, contacts, internet surfing, social media activities — and GPS locations — read on.
This post is brought to you by StartApp.
Are you a developer or advertiser looking to make a profitable app? The best way to do so is integrate a mobile monetization platform that inserts ads for other apps in your app. Recently moving into iOS operating environment, one of Google Android’s biggest and most successful ad networks to date, StartApp, now offers the first SDK to support Apple’s new programming language, Swift.
Watch the video showing how StartApp can help monetize your iOS app here.
This post was brought to you by Anvsoft, creator of M4VGear.
Do you want to copy or convert your videos, TV shows and music videos to other formats so that they can be watched on all your devices? Currently, movies purchased or rented on the iTunes store are DRM encrypted so as to restrict their viewing to Apple devices and iTunes. Moreover, if Apple pulls a video from iTunes, it can no longer be accessed even though the viewer purchased it.
M4VGear DRM Media Converter is the fastest DRM remover on the market. This software package can remove DRM from your iTunes movie library 20 times faster and converts iTunes M4V video files to unprotected mp4 format with perfect output quality for iOS. Watch the video here.
Cult of Mac’s top news stories and features to peruse on your iPad or iPhone. This week, our early-early adopter Charlie Sorrel weighs in once more on the iPad vs. desktop debate, plus how to fix your iPhone camera and hide those compromising shots from your mom, and we take a test drive of outlawed parking apps.
Who will lead the herd at Apple?
Photo: Andy Ihnatko, CC-licensed, Flickr.
Tim Ferriss Many Cupertino employees might well cheer the arrival of the "lifestyle design" author of The Four Hour Workweek, nominated by reader Tim Sweeney on Facebook. Photo: from The Four Hour Chef
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
"Erdogan of course. Two birds with one stone," says reader @oemoral nominating Turkey's embattled Prime Minister and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter. Perhaps a job at Apple would make him rethink his stance on shutting off the information firehose of Twitter and YouTube. Photo: Πρωθυπουργός της Ελλάδας, CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Richard Branson also got a shout out from you guys - the Virgin Group founder and intrepid adventurer definitely has the bravado Apple needs to move forward into the future. Photo: via Richard Branson, Google+
Guy Kawasaki Apple should bring back its one-time chief evangelist, says Charles Roberts on Facebook. "Well, I'm pretty sure if Apple hired any but one or two of your suggestions that would be the end of Apple. Elon Musk would be great, but I should add Fred Vogelstein, Walter Issacson, Steve Levy, Walt Mossberg, or even Deepak Chopra. Heck, try to get Guy Kawasaki back, he'd be great." Photo: courtesy Guy Kawasaki
Who wouldn't like to be a thought leader at Apple? A lot of you are sure to be just the right person for Apple."Hire me! I think like a lot," says reader Jonmicol on Twitter. His sentiments were echoed by Chuck Shipley, Charlie Waffles, Patrick Baldwin and Whoizdan, among others. Cupertino, you've got some great candidates! Photo: Darwin Bell, CC-licensed, on Flickr
This Chinese serial entrepreneur and popular blogger, nominated by @justor95 on Twitter, is at the helm of Smartisan, an Android-based OS platform. A tireless consumer advocate, he's once led a protest that smashed faulty fridge doors to get the attention of Siemens. Imagine his thoughts on antenna-gate. Photo: via Yonghao's Weibo account
Sir James Dyson
The industrial design mastermind, who received multiple nods from readers, is "the logical choice" says Scott Kuhn on Facebook. Dyson's vacuums, fans and other gizmos could bring a real spin to the Internet of things at the Cupertino company. Photo: Michiel Hendryckx, CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Cult of Mac readers came through again: after our nominees, here are your semi-serious and sometimes outrageous picks for who should be coming up with the next big ideas at Apple.
One small footnote: Apple tweaked the job title on us. Now they are looking for a “business intelligence thought leader” rather than just a plain old “thought leader,” but the party game is still a fun one.