WhatsApp faces new encryption challenge after London attack


But is a ban on encryption possible?
But is a ban on encryption possible?
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WhatsApp is under new pressure to provide a government backdoor following the recent terror attack in London.

U.K. home secretary Amber Rudd said it is “completely unacceptable” that law enforcement agencies are unable to read messages and conversations that are secured by end-to-end encryption.

iPad bomb plot blamed for tablet ban on flights


Emirates is one of the airlines affected by the ban.
Emirates is one of the airlines affected by the ban.
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A plot in which explosives were hidden in a fake iPad is one cause of a U.S. and U.K. ban of laptops, tablets and other large electronics on flights from 10 international airports throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

The (thankfully foiled) previously-undisclosed plot is apparently not the sole cause of the ban, but is one notable example that highlights how such devices could be stowed onto aircraft.

Today in Apple history: Radius kicks off clone Mac era in style


Radius was the first company to launch an official Macintosh clone.
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March27March 27, 1995: The first official Macintosh clone launches, as Radius releases its high-end System 100 Mac.

Made by a company founded by several notable Macintosh alumni, this marvelous machine kicks off the era of clone Macs in grand fashion — before things take a turn for the worse.

Family upset that Apple won’t unlock dead son’s iPad


iPad Pro doesn't have the latest Touch ID, but it doesn't matter.
Apple faces an ethical dilemma with the family's request.
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A family whose deceased 18-year-old son left his last wishes on his personal iPad have criticized Apple for not unlocking the device for them.

Liam Wright from the U.K. died of bone cancer in December. He reportedly recorded his last wishes on his iPad because he found it too difficult to have the conversation with his family.

Apple claims Beats 1 is world’s ‘biggest radio station’


It's not just you, Beats 1 Radio is down
Beats 1 is pretty darn big, according to Apple.
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Beats 1 is the “biggest radio station in the world,” claims Apple Music’s head of content Larry Jackson.

“There’s no way you’re going to find another station that has as many concurrent listeners and audience-wise as Beats 1, period,” Jackson said in a new interview with various Apple Music execs.

Death Road to Canada, and other awesome apps of the week


'Appy weekend everyone!
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Somehow it’s the weekend again already, and to help you celebrate we’ve combed through the week’s best apps to help you sort the wheat from the chaff.

Whether it’s a great retro-style zombie game or a superb productivity app gone free you’re looking for, we’re confident we’ve got what you’re hankering after!

Check out our list below.

Add new lenses to your iPhone 7 Plus, and more [Week’s Newest Deals]


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This week's newest deals include extra tough Lightning cables, new iPhone 7 plus lenses, and more.
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This week the Cult of Mac Store saw some great new additions. From a set of extra tough, switchable Lightning cables, to a set of interchangeable lens upgrades for iPhone 7 Plus, a stylish and sleek laptop case, and a lifetime free of location-based streaming restrictions, there’s something here for everybody. Read on for more details:

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


App Store reviews can make or break an app
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]


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: