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How to create an HTML Signature for Apple Mail

It's not super intuitive, but you can make your own HTML signature for Apple Mail fairly easily. Screengrab: Cult of Mac

It’s not super intuitive, but you can make your own HTML signature for Apple Mail fairly easily. Screengrab: Cult of Mac

We all like our email signatures to look fantastic, of course, and Apple Mail has always let you do so with an HTML-style email signature feature, starting back in OS X Lion.

The process has only gotten more complex, unfortunately, and takes a bit of patience and a sturdy sense of adventure, but it’s not too difficult.

If, then, you choose to jump right in and create your own HTML signature for Apple’s Mail app on OS X Yosemite, keep on reading.

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White House photographer used an iPhone to snap Presidential Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations at the White House, as captured using an iPhone 6 Plus. Photo: Brooks

Christmas decorations at the White House, as captured using an iPhone 6 Plus. Photo: Brooks Kraft/TIME

President Obama might not be allowed an iPhone for security reasons, but an iPhone 6 Plus did make into the White House recently — to photograph the Presidential Christmas decorations.

“If you are looking to capture something candid, people are so used to seeing mobile devices that their reaction time is slower,” said photographer Brooks Kraft in an interview with TIME magazine. “You have a better chance of getting the shot, and that was the case at the White House.”

Because the pre-Christmas event is less formal than many occasions at the White House (the President isn’t there for one thing), Kraft said he seized the opportunity to “try out new gear that I might use later in more news-oriented environments.”

And what better gear to try out than an iPhone 6 Plus?

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Reviews of ridiculously large TV will have you laughing in 4K Ultra HD

Screen grab of Samsung UN105S9 Curved 105-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV: Amazon

An outrageously large price tag on Samsung’s 105-inch TV brings out the best in reviewers. Photo: Amazon

If size does matter, being too big can get you laughed at, too.

Such is the case with Samsung’s 105-inch curved UHD TV. With a price tag approaching $120,000 — the cost of a few cars or a small house in most ZIP codes — the reviews on Amazon are pure comedy gold.

A visit to Amazon’s listing for the gigantic TV, which includes FREE Prime shipping, by the way — might leave you disappointed at first because the item is not in stock. But scroll through the reviews and you will find the many hilarious ways shoppers express sticker shock.

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Road-ready gifts for bicyclists

If any of these 7500 riders at Levi's Gran Fondo are on your Holiday shopping guide, we have some suggestions for you below. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

If any of the 7,500 riders at Levi’s Gran Fondo are on your gift list, we have some suggestions for you. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

We here at Cult of Mac love bicycles almost as much as we love our iPhone 6 Pluses and iMac Retina 5Ks.

Maybe it’s the feeling of almost flying. Or the passionate design coming out of the bicycle industry. Or maybe it is just the idea of being a part of something else that drives intense passions in people. Whatever it is, we love it.

So we scoured high and low to bring you a list of crazy gift ideas for yourself or for your two-wheeled companions.
Take a look, but remember to take a deep breath before firing up your Apple Pay.

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Standing room only: Startup office of the future promises ‘end of sitting’

No chairs exist in the office re-imagined by artist Barbara Visser and architects Erik and Ronald Rietveld. Photo by Jan Kempenaers

No chairs exist in the office of the future, as re-imagined by artist Barbara Visser and architects Erik and Ronald Rietveld. Photo: Jan Kempenaers

The research reads like a Surgeon General’s warning: Prolonged periods of sitting can lead to obesity, heart disease, blood clots and spinal compression, according to the latest medical studies.

To combat this modern office horror, an artist and an architecture firm from the Netherlands have re-imagined the office with all the chairs pulled out from under us. The exhibit, called The End of Sitting, is a geometric landscape of surfaces of varying heights on which to lean.

“The chair and desk are no longer unquestionable starting points,” Erik and Ronald Rietveld, partners at Dutch firm Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances, told Cult of Mac. “In our society, almost the entirety of our surroundings have been for sitting while evidence from medical research suggests that too much sitting has adverse health effects.”

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The oddly uplifting story of the Apple co-founder who sold his stake for $800

Ron Wayne's archive will go up for auction this month. Photo: Christie's

Apple co-founder Ron Wayne’s archive will go up for auction this month. Photo: Christie’s

In a universe where things worked out a bit differently, Ronald Wayne would be a billionaire.

When Apple was incorporated on April 2, 1976, Wayne was named alongside Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as one of three founders, with a 10 percent stake in the company. However, just 12 days after Apple started up — feeling out of his depth because he “was standing in the shadow of intellectual giants” — Wayne threw in the towel and sold his shares for just $800.

“I was 40 and these kids were in their 20s,” Wayne tells Cult of Mac. “They were whirlwinds — it was like having a tiger by the tail. If I had stayed with Apple I probably would have wound up the richest man in the cemetery.”

In Apple lore, Ron Wayne is the man who won the lottery but lost the ticket. He’s Cupertino’s version of Stuart Sutcliffe or Pete Best, the musicians who played with The Beatles but left before the band made it big. Unlike Wozniak and Jobs, who became multimillionaires at a young age, Wayne’s finances have been “in a hole for the last 40 years.”

Now he’s selling his Apple archive — which includes original proofs of the Apple-1 manual he created and unused designs for a proposed Apple II case, among other documents — in a Christie’s auction later this month. Expected to go for between $30,000 and $50,000, the archive will give its new owner a tangible piece of Apple’s early existence.

And the sale will help Wayne, who claims he does not regret his decision to leave Apple, pay his bills.

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Chinese iPhone cloner claims Apple stole its design

Does this look like the iPhone 6 to you? Photo: 100+

Does this look like the iPhone 6 to you? Photo: 100+

Apple is no stranger to filing lawsuits against iPhone cloners, but in a twisted turn of events, an Chinese Android manufacturer with a handset that looks suspiciously similar to the iPhone 6 is claiming that Apple ripped off its designs.

Little known Chinese smartphone maker DigiOne published a letter today that the company’s lawyers sent to Apple in September. The letter contests that “the design of Apple’s mobile device with the brand name “iPhone 6”, may infringe on one of Baili’s Chinese patents” filed in January of 2014.

Digione’s cheap handset, which is being sold by subsidiary brand 100+, was granted the patent in July. The patent in question does look similar to an iPhone, in that it features a device that is thin and rectangular shaped, with a flat back, rounded edges, and glass screen.

Check out their weird ad for the V6 see for yourself:

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