How to get more news in your Facebook feed

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You Facebook feed doesn't have to be all about family and friends.
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If you’ve noticed a serious lack of actual news in your Facebook News Feed since the beginning of July, you’re not alone.

The social network recently made big changes to its News Feed algorithm to emphasize posts from friends and family, and fewer posts from the sites and pages you’ve liked. The end result has transformed many users’ feeds into an endlessly scrollable collection of baby pics, birthday posts and political drama no one wants to touch.

Thankfully, there’s a way to take back some control of your page so that important posts from news sites show up more frequently.

The many faces of Steve Jobs, ending ‘wrist rage,’ and the weird world of iPod collectors

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Art comes in many forms.
Art comes in many forms.
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But is it art? There’s a whole new way of looking at these works, in the form Steve P Jobs himself–or at least his likeness.

Learn all about these odd yet interesting portraits of the late Apple co-founder, including tattoos, technology-art, and the bubble wrap portrait you see above, as you browse this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine.

Inside this deliciously digital magazine-style app, you’ll find out more about possibilities for the new Apple Watch OS, how to retrain Siri to make better sense of your verbalizations, inside the weird world of iPod collectors, and all the reviews and how-tos you need to stay up to date on tech through an Apple lens.

Here are this week’s top stories.

Apple News just got a lot friendlier for publishers

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Will you give it another shot?
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Apple today made a number of changes to Apple News that make the platform much more friendly for content publishers — especially those who are only just signing up. The company now allows all channels to use custom graphics, and allows old stories to be added seamlessly.

Why Jony Ive has a chauffeur, speed up your Mac, get ripped with Apple Watch

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Why does Jony Ive ride around in a Bentley? Cult of Mac will tell you.
Why does Jony Ive ride around in a Bentley? Cult of Mac will tell you.
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Why does Jony Ive, Apple’s chief designer, ride around in a chauffeured Bentley? It’s not like he doesn’t enjoy driving. It’s not because he’s incredibly wealthy, either.

Our very own Leander Kahney thinks he’s got Ive’s ride along motivation down, and you can read all about it in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, along with great stories covering 8 ways to speed up your Mac, getting ripped with your Apple Watch, why a veteran designer’s departure from Apple matters, and how to use your own Bluetooth headphones with Apple TV for a much more private experience.

All that and much more in another awesome issue of Cult of Mac Magazine, available now for download.

Here are the week’s top stories.

iPhone SE and iPad Pro reviews, iPhone storage tips and more

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All the great new gear is here!
All the great new gear is here!
Cover Design: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The new iPhone SE is small but powerful and the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is as satisfying a tablet as ever.

These two great new Apple products get their moment in the spotlight as we bring you iPhone SE and iPad Pro reviews in this week’s digital magazine.

Plus, we’ve got a ton of how-tos like finding hidden Facebook messages and freeing up precious iPhone space, more hardware reviews, and a bunch of news about our favorite company.

Head on down to see this week’s top stories, and be sure to check out your own copy of Cult of Mac Magazine this week.

Thinner iPhones, Mac malware and 10 mobile Safari tips you need to know

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Thin is in, baby.
Thin is in, baby.
Cover Design: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac

With Bendgate not that far behind us, is it really wise for Apple to contemplate an even thinner iPhone?

Sure, it’s an easy selling point for new iPhones, but thinner can also mean more bendable. Take a look at this age-old Apple theme in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, along with 10 fantastically useful mobile Safari tips, a way to find out if you’ve been infected by sneaky adware, five amazingly great new iOS games, and some awesome product reviews to help inform your purchasing plans.

All this, and much much more, in Cult of Mac Magazine, free for your perusal right now.

Here are the top stories of the week:

More software woes? Apple doesn’t know how many people use News app

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Apple News app helps you curate your own special news diet.
iOS 9's News app is the latest Apple software to take a beating.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

iOS 9’s News app may be decent enough at aggregating news, but it’s less good at successfully estimating the number of users who actually use it on a regular basis.

According to Senior VP Eddy Cue, Apple has been significantly underestimating the number of readers who have used News since its launch — and has passed this inaccurate information onto publishers.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Inside Apple’s secret design studio, best Mac games of 2015, and more

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Get a glimpse behind the iron curtain with this week's Cult of Mac Magazine.
Get a glimpse behind the iron curtain with this week's Cult of Mac Magazine.
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Happy holidays, everyone! No matter what you celebrate (or don’t), we’ve got a ton of great stuff in the latest issue of Cult of Mac Magazine, right here for you.

There’s a sneak peek inside Apple’s secret design studio to start you off, plus the best games for your Mac from 2015, a deep dive on what the management shake-up means for you, how to maximize your MacBook trade-in, a look at new Siri-style voice technologies coming down the pike, and a bunch of how-tos and tips to keep you rocking all the way through your season.

Here’s the rundown this week:

Set up your iOS 9 News feed (and subscribe to Cult of Mac)

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Apple News app helps you curate your own special news diet.
Apple News app helps you curate your own special news diet.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

The latest trend in news consumption is curation. Apple News — replacement for the earlier, less-than-successful Newsstand — does just that. It may not be the first app to repackage the web for easy reading (looking at you, Flipboard), nor maybe even the best, but chances are it’s already on everyone’s iOS 9 iPhone or iPad, making it a clear winner for mindshare.

News is pretty fantastic, as it allows you to customize and set up the News channels and outlets you want to check on regularly without having to rely on any specific outlet for updates. News pulls from your favorite websites RSS feeds and repackages it all in an intuitive, newspaper and magazine-like format for easy browsing and reading.

Let’s take a look at how to set it up and use the iOS 9 News app to your best advantage.