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Top Apple Analyst Horace Dediu Calls ‘Jony Ive’ The Best Apple Book Yet

Is this "the best book about Apple so far"? Read it and find out!

Is this “the best book about Apple so far”? Read it and find out!

Jony Ive takes extra pains to keep his personal life private, but Leander’s book Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products shines a light in corners of Jony’s life and at Apple HQ that few have ever seen, especially when it comes to Apple’s design processes.

The book garnered praise from readers during its release last Fall, but we were super-giddy this afternoon to see that the world’s leading Apple analyst, Horace Dediu, just plowed through all 320 pages and says it’s the best book about Apple so far.

Over the last few years we’ve devoured Dediu’s insightful and intriguing Apple analysis on his site Asymco, but here’s what he had to say about the book:

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Is Your Apple-Related Startup Insanely Great? Win A Showcase Spot At Macworld!

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Far from the tree?

Is your iPhone app, awesome iPad case, or other Apple-related service so insanely great you know it’ll be the next big thing? Show it off to thousands of potential customers, journalists and investors at Macworld/iWorld by winning a spot in SF New Tech’s awesome “6 About to Break” event.

Cult of Mac is chuffed to be a media partner for the contest — we’ll be helping judge the best new apps, accessories, software and utilities tied to the Cupertino company, in the eternal quest for the next big thing.

Get a move on, though: The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. PST on Monday, March 3.

It’s free to enter and qualified entries include any newly released software, iOS applications, iPhone or iPad accessories, or Apple utilities launched in the past year. Winners will be announced Wednesday, March 12.

The six-pack stars of startup goodness get to showcase their wares at Macworld/iWorld 2014 with a 5-minute live demo plus a 5-minute Q&A in front of a live audience. Winners also receive a free kiosk at Macworld, free hosting from Rackspace and Kendo UI and Icenium full product licenses plus support from Telerik.

Bring it on!

6 About To Break contest by SF New Tech

Apple Experts Ask: Are Apple’s Best Days Ahead?

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Predicting the future of Apple is probably the no. 1 party game in Silicon Valley.  The venerable Churchill Club, which has been gathering luminaries to discuss tech in Menlo Park since 1985, has assembled a panel of experts who have some real insight in to the days ahead for the Cupertino company.

This Tuesday, March 4, they’re hosting what will surely be lively and provocative conversation with four Apple authors titled: “Are Apple’s Best Days Ahead?” .

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EverWeb Is The Perfect iWeb Alternative [Sponsored Post]

EverWeb Is The Perfect iWeb Alternative [Sponsored Post]

This post is brought to you by RAGE Software, creator of EverWeb.

Remember iWeb, Apple’s website builder for its MobileMe online service, discontinued 2011? When Apple pulled the plug on MobileMe, users had to move their iWeb site over to another host or lose it. Now RAGE Software presents EverWeb, a new website builder meant to replace Apple’s iWeb. EverWeb has a similar interface to make users feel comfortable moving from iWeb to EverWeb. Users can copy and paste text, images and other elements from an iWeb-built site over to EverWeb from their published website. Watch the video and learn more here….

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Compete In Cult Of Mac’s Selfie Olympics To Win Prizes And A Spot In Our Magazine

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The Winter Olympics are just three days away so of course we’re working on a special edition of Cult of Mac Magazine all about the intersection of the winter games and Apple.

99.997% of us aren’t talented enough to get an invite to Sochi, but we can all take a damn good selfie. So with the spirit of competition upon us, we’re introducing the Cult of Mac Selfie Olympics – a competition to see which of our readers can take the absolute best selfie before the real athletes battle it out in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

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Never Have To ‘Finder’ A File Again With Trickster [Sponsored Post]

Never Have To ‘Finder’ A File Again With Trickster [Sponsored Post]

This post is brought to you by Trickster.

The Mac’s Finder is great at locating files if you know the file’s name and likeliest folder. But often you don’t, and end up searching through your entire computer to find that one file. Now, Trickster does a fantastic job at keeping track of all the files you’ve been using recently. You won’t ever need to open Finder again on your Mac. With Trickster you can simply drag and drop files exactly where you want them. Trickster gives you quick and easy control over finding your files and documents–just a mouse click away right there in your Menu bar. Read on to see the video and get the special deal here.

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Holiday Giveaway: Blu-ray Ripper And Tunes Cleaner From Leawo [Sponsored Post]

Holiday Giveaway: Blu-ray Ripper And Tunes Cleaner From Leawo [Sponsored Post]

This post is brought to you by Leawo, creator of Blu-ray Ripper and Tunes Cleaner software.

Having a New Year cleanout this holiday? Thinking of chucking out that old DVD player but still want to watch all your favorite vintage DVD/Blu-ray movies? Then why not convert your collection of movies on plastic optical disks to iOS-compatible video files to watch on your mobile devices?

In this holiday season giveaway, Leawo Software is offering free 1-year licenses and discounted lifetime deals on its Blu-ray-to-mobile converter Blu-ray Ripper Mac as well as its Mac/iOS music library file sorter, so you can brush up your song playlists as well….

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CrossOver 13 Lets You Install Windows Apps On Your Mac Without Boot Camp [Review]

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Thanks to the rise of the iPhone and iPad, Windows users are switching over the Mac in greater number than ever. If you’ve spent your entire computer life playing in Windows, you’ve probably accumulated quite a few apps in your toolkit that are Windows-only and letting them go during the switch ain’t easy.

For those Mac users that are having trouble letting go, but don’t want to throw down money on a new Windows-license just to use a couple apps, CrossOver 13 for Mac will let you install and run popular Windows software without having to reboot into a separate Windows partition.

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Explory Makes It Dead Easy To Create Long Interactive Stories With Your iPhone [Review]

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In an era where Snapchat and Instagram reign supreme with quick messaging and bite-size snapshots of stories, iPhone users looking for a free platform to share long stories have had to make do with ugly workarounds – like stuffing seven pictures into one tiny Instagram square.

No one has built a really great free iPhone app that allows users to effortlessly create and share long interactive stories. Explory is aiming to break into the category by helping users combine photos, video, text, music and narration to create more meaningful stories to share. But can a free app with limited editing features convince users to ditch their 10-second disappearing messages in favor of longer storytelling? We went hands on with Explory to see. Here’s what we found:

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Digiarty Software $2M Holiday Giveaway: Watch Your Festive DVDs On Your Mobile [Sponsored Post]

Digiarty Software $2M Holiday Giveaway: Watch Your Festive DVDs On Your Mobile [Sponsored Post]

This post is brought to you by Digiarty Software, creator of MacX DVD Ripper Pro.

Got a long trip to see the folks this holiday season, or gonna be spending a few days stuck inside the house? So why not rip some festive movies to your mobile device for watching on the plane, in the bus, or in the family log cabin in the middle of nowhere?

From now till December 31st, Digiarty Software is giving away free its MacX DVD Ripper 1000 copies per day in a holiday giveaway. Find out how to win here….

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