I can’t wait to reply to App Store reviews in iOS 10.3

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App Store reviews can make or break an app. Soon, developers will get a chance to answer their critics.
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I’m not so thin-skinned that I can’t handle the occasional criticism. But there’s something about App Store reviews that really bugs me.

Like most indie developers, I put blood, sweat and tears into my app, Reps & Sets, which I develop with my partner. It’s our baby, and we love and cherish it. So when some random dude posts an inaccurate one-star review, I’ll be honest: It hurts. That’s why I’m so excited that Apple will be giving developers the chance to reply to reviews in iOS 10.3.

Get equipped to fix your own electronics and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Fix your own electronics, get help staying on top of your big projects, and more in this week's best deals.
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Welcome to another week of great gear and gadgets at the Cult of Mac Store. On this go around, our best deals include a game-changing tool kit for repairing your own electronics, a powerful app for getting under the hood of your PDFs, a productivity-enhancing timeline program for projects of all kinds, and a set of three extra long, Apple certified Lightning cables. Read on for more details:

(PRODUCT) RED iPhone 7 Unboxing: Hands on with the red iPhone

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Earlier this week Apple unsurprisingly announced the (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 7 along with a new iPad, Apple Watch bands and more. We managed to get our hands on the new red flavour of the iPhone 7, (not that it was difficult) and in true Cult of Mac YouTube fashion we’ve filmed an unboxing video.

Check out the video below to see what’s inside the box and get our first impressions.

Our new Apple hardware reactions, this week on The CultCast

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New iPads. New iPhones.  We react to Apple's new hardware!
New iPads. New iPhones. We react to Apple's new hardware!
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This week on The CultCast: Apple’s new iPad is cheaper, fatter, heavier and underpowered, but you should still get one. Plus: Why the “iPad mini Pro” is kind of a ripoff; two reasons you should not buy a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7; everything you can do with Apple’s new Clips app; our hands-on review of the new Pioneer SPH-DA120 budget Car Play stereo; and we test out the Think Tank Helipack V2, a gigantic backpack built for your DJI Phantom.

Our thanks to Blue Apron for supporting this episode. Blue Apron makes it easy to cook delicious meals at home. See their upcoming menu and get your first three meals free at BlueApron.com/CultCast.

Is the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 a terrible purchase? [Friday Night Fights]

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Are you buying one?
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Apple’s stunning new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 went on sale this morning, but should you buy one?

Sure, it looks spectacular, and a portion of your purchase goes to a good cause. It’s also packing Apple’s latest iPhone hardware — but that hardware is six months old now, and when September rolls around, it’s going to be old news.

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we discuss whether the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone — and iPhone 7 in general — is still worth your hard-earned cash.

New Word macro malware infects macOS and Windows

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Beware untrusted Word macros.
Beware untrusted Word macros.
Photo: FortiGuard Labs

Another form of Microsoft Word malware that infects both macOS and Windows machines has been detected.

The malicious VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code is buried in a Word document macro and automatically adapts its attack depending on the operating system used. Once installed, it can be used to download more payload files to your computer.

Mermaids, elves and 67 other emojis coming soon to your iPhone

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These should be coming to iOS 11 later this year.
These should be coming to iOS 11 later this year.
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Unicode 10 is right around the corner, and it’s going to bring a whole bunch of awesome new emojis that will eventually make their way to iOS.

Some of the best include a t-rex, a hedgehog, a grinning face with stars for eyes, and a mermaid and merman. There are 69 altogether, many of which are available in different styles. Here’s a look at some of them.

These Mac apps will save your hard drive and productivity [Deals]

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From comprehensive hard drive protection to streamlining your workflow, we've got the Mac apps you're looking for.
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Your Mac’s a powerful machine, but it’s only as good as the apps you give it. That makes this bundle of top-shelf apps a must-see for any Mac owner. Included is a powerful app for maintaining and repairing your hard drive, a tool for digging deep into PDFs, a fun and useful 3-D designer for your house, and an amazing task-management platform.

There’s something here for any Mac user!

Dramatically improve iOS dictation using Google’s Gboard

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Gboard dictation makes iOS even better.
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Google’s Gboard has been a great alternative iOS keyboard since its launch, and the latest update makes it even better. Now you can use it to dictate your messages, which will save you a load of time once you get in the habit.

In my opinion, Google has Siri licked when it comes to voice recognition, so there’s never been a better time to give Gboard a try. Here’s how to get started.