Today in Apple history: Apple bids farewell to the Newton

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The MessagePad was a product ahead of its time.
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Feb27February 27, 1998: Apple discontinues work on the Newton MessagePad product line, the series of personal digital assistants it launched five years earlier.

“This decision is consistent with our strategy to focus all our software development resources on extending the Macintosh operating system,” Steve Jobs says at the time. “To realize our ambitious plans we must focus all of our efforts in one direction.”

Replica of Steve Jobs’ timepiece costs less than an Apple Watch

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Which watch would Steve wear? This one, apparently.
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Back in 1984, Steve Jobs didn’t wear an Apple Watch. Instead, he wore a Seiko Chariot timepiece, as seen in an iconic photo used on the cover of Time magazine after Jobs’ 2011 death.

While Jobs’ “heavily worn” original sold for $42,000 at auction last year, Japanese watchmaker Seiko and Tokyo retailer Nano Universe are teaming up to produce a small batch affordable replicas.

Skipper crashes his boat after ditching his compass for an iPad

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Not a replacement for compasses, apparently.
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A skipper has been fined $3,700 for crashing his 50-foot Second World War boat into a ferry — after setting off on a journey taking no compass, and only an iPad, for navigation.

The problem? The 34-year-old boatman didn’t bank on the fact that there was a chance Wi-Fi connectivity could drop out. And then it did.

Turmoil, Castro 2, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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From a great update for an already fantastic iPhone keyboard to a couple of tremendous iOS games that’ll keep you busy on the subway to work, we’ve sifted through this week’s most exciting apps to bring you the ones you absolutely need to download now.

Check out our picks below. Trust us, this is the way you want to spend Sunday!

VR headsets, Bluetooth headphones and more [Week’s Newest Deals]

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From VR headsets and Bluetooth earbuds to a lifetime of cloud storage and downloadable YouTube videos, check out the best new deals this week.
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Say goodbye to winter and hello to these great new deals on gear and gadgets in the Cult of Mac Store. This week, we’ve got a terabyte of super-secure cloud storage for life, a way to save your favorite streaming videos, a versatile VR headset, and a set of boss Bluetooth earbuds.

Better yet, everything’s massively discounted!

Keep your gadgets charged, connected, and protected [Week’s Best Deals]

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From double-duty thumb drives to universal power, dig the week's best deals at the Cult of Mac Store
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2017 is humming right along. OK, maybe more like crashing along. Nevertheless, we’re offering the best deals this side of the digital divide. This week, our top gear and gadgets include a 64GB thumb drive that doubles as a connector cable, a powerful app for unlocking PDFs, a portable battery pack that can charge almost any device, and a VPN subscription that’ll protect your online life.

Should Apple make iPad Pro compatible with a mouse? [Friday Night Fights]

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Would you use a mouse with iPad?
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Apple is again trying to convince fans that the iPad Pro is a suitable PC replacement. Earlier this week, the company rolled out new ads that remind us why its high-end slate is better (in some ways) than a desktop. But there’s just one problem.

Friday Night Fights bugiPad Pro, like other iOS devices, isn’t compatible with a mouse or trackpad. That’s fine in most cases, but many users would like to use a mouse for all manner of things, and Apple doesn’t allow it. Should this change in a future version of iOS?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we discuss why mouse compatibility might be great for iPad Pro, and why it might be pointless!

5 stock iOS widgets to keep your day on track

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If you're not using iOS widgets yet, it's time to get started.
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iOS widgets can put loads of useful data at your fingertips. A simple swipe to the right on your iPhone’s Home screen brings up the Today view, where widgets give you a quick glance at info pulled from your favorite apps.

If you’re using iOS 10 and you’ve never taken the time to customize your widgets list, you’re missing out. Here’s how to set up iOS widgets and keep your day on track.