Nintendo’s first ever iOS game and Apple’s insanely great year on The CultCast

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From N.E.S. to iOS: Nintendo is coming to your iPhone.
From N.E.S. to iOS: Nintendo is coming to your iPhone.
Photo: Howard Phillips

This week: Apple just had their best year ever, and it’s hard to fathom how much cold hard cash they made—we’ll put it in perspective. Plus: Nintendo’s first iOS game confuses us; the new Apple TV isn’t quite the revolution Apple promised; and stick around for a spooky new Get to Know Ur Cultist… if you DARE.

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Out of costume ideas for Halloween? Just ask Siri

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"Hey, Siri? Will people hate me if I go to the party as 'Sexy Immortan Joe'?"
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Siri has a few extremely scientific and mathematical costume suggestions for Saturday’s festivities, but good luck figuring out how to implement most of them.

You can get prompts from Apple’s digital assistant by asking, “What should I be for Halloween?” to your favorite iOS device. Siri’s ideas aren’t bad if you can find a way to make them work. Check out a few of them below, which we captured from an Apple Watch.

DIY masks could make you a haunting Halloween hit

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Wintercroft Design will send you a template for you to construct your own Halloween mask.
Wintercroft Design will send you a template for you to construct your own Halloween mask.
Photo: Wintercroft Design

So a good Halloween costume idea is not coming to you. Steve and Marianne Wintercroft can get you started with an alluring mask.

The British design couple has made a company out of designing masks that the buyers build themselves. For a few bucks, you can download a template of a polygon constructed animal head that you print, cut and assemble.

Upgrade your Halloween with Apple-themed jack-o’-lanterns

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It's the week of Halloween, which means pumpkin carving galore. If you want to take your Apple fandom to the next level, then consider replicating one of these awesome designs.Photo: Jim Shuma/Flickr CC

They key to carving a nice Apple logo is the outline. Print or draw the logo on a piece of paper first and then trace it on the pumpkin.Photo: Jim Shuma/Flickr CC

Hey, it's Mr. Finder!Photo: SMN/Flickr CC

While this kind of artistic detail is beyond any of us at the Cult of Mac office, there are surely some of you out there with enough talent to recreate Steve Jobs in pumpkin form.Photo: Rick Payette/Flickr CC

This Finder carving is pretty awesome.Photo: Ben Ward/Flickr CC

Epic. Happy Halloween!Photo: Ben Ward/Flickr CC

5 anthology horror movies that will have you hiding behind the couch

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Stay completely still. Clarence Williams III's vision is based on movement, like a frog's. Photo: Savoy Pictures
Stay completely still. Clarence Williams III's vision is based on movement, like a frog's. Photo: Savoy Pictures

Whether you call them anthologies, omnibuses or portmanteaus, the idea is the same: These are films composed of a series of shorter plots with a “frame” connecting them (usually somebody telling the stories to an incredulous audience). This is one of my all-time favorite subgenres for its variety and wealth of content.

This is the third installment in Cult of Mac’s week-long festival of horror movies for Halloween. If you’ve already seen all of those horror classics from Monday, and Tuesday’s monster movies don’t do much for you, check out some of these anthology flicks. They contain a combined total of 28 stories, including the frames, so odds are you’ll find something to get your teeth chattering with fear.