Apple supplier paves way for third-party Lightning headphones

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EarPods aren't going wireless in 2016.
EarPods might get a Lightning upgrade this year.
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Transitioning to a future when iPhones no longer come with 3.5mm headphone port is going to be a lot easier thanks to one Apple supplier that is ready to make Lightning headphones a thing.

Cirrus Logic, which makes analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, revealed that it has created a new headset development kit that will allow accessory makers to quickly develop Lightning-headphones that are made for iPhone and iPad.

This Lightning charging cable is basically everything-proof [Deals]

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The Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable is tough as nails and built to outlast us all.
The Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable is tough as nails and built to outlast us all.
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When charging your phone or transferring data between devices, it’s only a matter of time before the soft white plastic of the stock Lightning cable frays and breaks. Given how much we use and rely on our devices, that’s just got to stop, which is why Titan’s MFi-certified Lightning cable is a must-have. It’s built tough enough to outlast us all, so you can take the worry of a busted cable out of your mind by putting one of these in your bag for $27.95.

Titan’s cable is wrapped twice in flexible industrial-grade steel, with its USB and Lightning connectors sealed and protected from fray. The MFi rating means Apple vouches for it to keep your devices safe, and it’s even backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Rough handling and time itself are no match for this Terminator-grade charging cable.

Get a Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable for just $27.95 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Why Apple TV’s strict new gaming mandate is a good thing

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The best controller for Apple TV is the one you'll use.
The best controller for Apple TV is the one you'll use.
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Apple’s flip-flop on game controllers for Apple TV might be bad news for developers, but it’s great news for gamers.

It’s a virtual guarantee that all games will work better out of the box when running on the refreshed Apple TV, which will have its own App Store for the first time.

Today’s your last chance to grab the nearly indestructable Titan MFi-certified Lightning cable [Deals]

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Titan's steel-encased, MFi-certified  lightning cable is built to outlast anything you plug it into.
Titan's steel-encased, MFi-certified lightning cable is built to outlast anything you plug it into.
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The interconnected tech in our lives is only as strong as the weakest link, and most of the time that’s a flimsy charging cord. Titan’s MFi-Certified lightning cable flips that script, with a steel-sealed cable that’ll outlive us all. And right now you can get this cable that’ll last at least one lifetime for just $24.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Add some reach to your charge with this 10-foot Lightning cable [Deals]

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This 10-foot cable will make sure your phone is well within reach when it's charging.
This 10-foot cable will make sure your phone is well within reach when it's charging.
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It’s happened to all of us — you’ve got important business to take care of on your mobile but it’s plugged into the wall charger. The short leash that is the typical Lightning cable means you’ve got to hunch like Quasimoto just to send a text. Charging your phone shouldn’t also mean paying a chiropractor, which is why at $18.99 this 10-foot Lightning cable is a great investment.

Save over 25% on the iPhone cable that’s wrapped in a full metal jacket [Deal]

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Amateur hour is over — it’s time for an iPhone cable that means business. Avoid the fray, the tangles, the scuffed up grossness that is the stock iPhone cable after just a few weeks of regular use by stepping up to the Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable. It’s built to be tough, but with the Cult of Mac special price of $24.99 it’ll be gentle on your wallet.

Struggling Samsung wants to build its own Apple-style ecosystem

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Unlike Apple, which is more comfortable (and lucrative) than ever with its business strategy, here in 2015 Samsung is having a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a freedom-fighting Internet of Things company making smart refrigerators and connected TVs? Is it a Xiaomi competitor, turning out cheaper smartphones than ever for the developing Indian market?

Like a deer in headlights, the company seems to be skittishly veering from one idea to the next, without any real understanding of what it needs to do to once again be competitive.

Of course, there is one idea that has worked for Samsung in the past, and with its mobile division falling on hard times, that strategy seems to be one the South Korean tech giant is more than happy to return to: copying Apple.