How to activate Photos’ hidden 3D Flyover view

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See all your photos on Apple's 3D Flyover map
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The iOS Photos app might just look like a simple grid-like list, but it has a ton of hidden power. For instance,  you can see your photos on a full-screen, 3-D Flyover map. And with one simple swipe on a photograph, you can see where it was taken, see other photos taken nearby, and collections photos that your iPhone figures are related to the one you’re looking at. It’s a fantastic way both to find out more about your pictures, and to browse. After all, why limit yourself to flipping through pictures, one by one, in the order you shot them, like some film-camera using hipster luddite, when you can see your photos on a map in Apple’s glorious 3-D Flyover view?

Use Apple Pencil to mark up PDFs in Mail app

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Fixing up a PDF in Mail is way easier than you might think.
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Today we’ll learn how to open and edit a PDF right in the iOS Mail app, and then send it on its way, all without opening any extra apps. Given that a lot of PDFs we receive are documents that need to be checked over, or signed, and then returned, this tip is a real time-saver.

Instead of waiting until you get back to your Mac, you can take care of things right from your iPhone.

This rugged case turns your iPhone into a GoPro [Review]

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The Hitcase Pro 2.0, shown with a super-wide lens, is now available for iPhone 6, 6s and 7 on Kickstarter.
The Hitcase Pro 2.0, shown with a super-wide lens, is now available for iPhone 6, 6s and 7 on Kickstarter.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

Yes, the iPhone can shoot pictures in the same places as many pro-level cameras. But because the iPhone lacks pro-level durability, you may not bring it on your most rugged adventures.

Hitcase’s latest product should ease your mind and let capture your most extreme imagery ever.

How to spot Apple’s self-driving cars in the wild

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Tim Cook and Apple are getting serious about the auto industry.
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Apple finally received permission from the California DMW to test self-driving cars on public roads this week, but spotting an Apple Car in the wild won’t be easy for fans.

Instead of making its own automobile for the streets, Apple will simply be testing its autonomous vehicle software using other company’s cars. Apple has permission to drive only three cars, so seeing them on the road might be tough.

Here’s what to look for.

How to watch the NHL playoffs on any Apple device

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Ready to watch the NHL playoffs 2017? Here's how.
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By Chris Brantner, guest blogger

Catching every game of the NHL playoffs can seem slightly complicated — especially for cord cutters. Coverage is shared across multiple networks, including NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC and NHL Network.

If you’re reading this article, odds are you’re in the Apple ecosystem and you’re wondering how to watch the Stanley Cup games online. Luckily, plenty of options for watching the NHL playoffs exist, many of which work great on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and Mac.

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:

Now’s the perfect time to sell your old iPad

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It might be time to say "goodbye" to your iPad (and "hello" to some cold, hard cash).
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Today is the best day to sell your iPad. Why? Because with the new iPads coming this week, prices on older gear will soon drop.

If you’ve got an old iPad lying around, or even if you’re over your giant iPad Pro, sell your Apple tablet now before the bottom drops out — we’ll pay you for it through the Cult of Mac buyback program.

Fix all your devices with this loaded DIY toolkit [Deals]

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Don't let anyone tell you what you can and can't fix. This toolkit gives you everything you'll need to start repairing your own electronics.
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Most of your devices weren’t designed to be fixed. In fact, manufacturers would much prefer that you pay to have all your gadgets repaired or — even better — replaced. That’s why you’ll never find an Apple-produced repair guide for your iPhone.

But you have a right to fix anything you own, no matter how many specialized screws a company decides to use. iFixit’s mission is to empower you to fix your own gadgets, and with the company’s Essential Electronics Toolkit, you can save time and money by keeping your devices running. And right now you can get the iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit for just $19.95 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Versatile backpack carries the load with style [Reviews]

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The Moshi Arcus backpack wants to shoulder the weight of all you carry for a day's work or travel.
The Moshi Arcus backpack wants to shoulder the weight of all you carry for a day's work or travel.
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Red flags go up for me when a shoulder bag or backpack is described as having a “minimalist” design. Minimalist is code for “won’t carry all my crap.”

However, in the case of the new Moshi Arcus multifunction backpack, the minimalism actually conceals an ample and well-thought-out space. A surprising number of pockets in various sizes accommodate all the tools of a daily carry.

Get grooving with this glorious audio gear [Deals]

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We've got the best in Bluetooth earbuds, headphones and streaming hubs at the Cult of Mac Store.
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One of the most important uses of our digital devices is bringing sweet, sweet sounds to our ears. Whether you want to listen to a favorite album or podcast, we’ve gathered some of the best delivery systems for top-shelf sound.

From two different Bluetooth earbud sets to a home audio streaming hub and a set of high-fidelity Bluetooth headphones, there’s plenty here to please your ears.