It's about 8pm on Wednesday, January 28th in the amazing space year 2015 here at Cult of Mac and there have been 15 posts so far today.

Don’t worry about malware, just enjoy your Mac (and maybe win a MacBook Air)

One quick selfie could win you a MacBook Air. Photo: Bitdefender

One quick selfie could win you a MacBook Air. Photo: Bitdefender

This post is brought to you by Bitdefender.

Macs are not immune to cyberattack and viruses. Though the threats are real, leading antivirus maker Bitdefender doesn’t use scare tactics to warn people about malware targeting Macs.

Instead, Bitdefender is running its Hug a Mac campaign this month. You could win a MacBook Air in this fun competition simply by uploading a selfie of you and your Mac, then tagging it #hugamac to enter the draw. Full details can be found on Bitdefender’s Hug a Mac campaign webpage.

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Yahoo really wants to replace Google search in Safari

Yahoo has been vying for the default search spot in Safari, and 2015 might be the year it finally happens. Photo: Yahoo

Yahoo has been vying for the default search spot in Safari, and 2015 might be the year it finally happens. Photo: Yahoo

The idea that Apple could dethrone Google from its perch as default search provider in Safari is nothing new. Since Apple removed Google Maps in iOS 6, it’s been clear that Google’s services aren’t necessarily something the iPhone maker feels tied to.

Thanks to contractual obligations that are purportedly ending this year, Google’s days as Safari’s search provider could be numbered. And Yahoo wants to take its spot.

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Meet the official cast of the Steve Jobs movie

The official cast of Steve Jobs has been announced. Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The official cast of Steve Jobs has been announced. Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie has been down a hard road on its way to production. Disasters like fickle actors and directors have plagued the project, but filming is finally underway in San Francisco as we speak, and for the first time ever, we have an official cast list.

Universal Pictures announced the official cast for the movie this week as filming has already wrapped up at Steve Jobs’ parents garage. The logline confirms the film will be “set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. The film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.”

We already knew that Michael Fassbender has been tapped to play Jobs, but the official cast list includes a few surprises — like the three different actresses that will play Steve’s daughter — and a veteran Apple PR guru we didn’t see coming.

Here’s the full cast of Steve Jobs alongside the real-life people they’ll play:

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Enter to win a pair of wireless Beats by Dre studio headphones [Deals]

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Look totally fashionable while getting superior sound quality with a pair of Beats by Dre headphones.

You could win your own pair of Studio Beats with The Beats by Dre Giveaway, which is open to all Cult of Mac Deals readers for a limited time.

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Photos for Mac might be delayed for a while

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

Let’s face it: iPhoto sucks. It’s slow. It’s buggy. It’s hopelessly burdened by skeuomorphic elements. It’s just behind the times.

That’s why we were excited when Apple said last year it would phase out iPhoto for a brand new app with a feature set somewhere between iPhoto and Aperture. The successor app was supposed to be available in early 2015, but it appears that Photos for Mac has been delayed.

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Steve Jobs’ BFF flashes back to their groovy acid trips

This guy did LSD with Steve Jobs in college. Photo: CNNMoney

This guy did LSD with Steve Jobs in college. Photo: CNNMoney

What would it be like to drop acid with Steve Jobs?

Daniel Kottke was one of Apple’s first employees, but he knew Jobs from even earlier days at Reed College. The two bonded over their love for meditation and eastern spirituality at Reed. They also did a lot of LSD.

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Maximize your Mac’s file system with Smart Folders

Smart Folders are my jam. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Smart Folders are my jam. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

A longtime Cult of Mac reader wrote in with a question about some odd-looking folders she sees on her Mac.

“The ‘All Pictures’ folder has a sprocket looking icon,” she writes. “Same with All PDF documents and Recently Changed documents.

Are these files located elsewhere and if I deleted a file from one of the above folders does it remove it from all my files? Don’t understand the purpose of these.”

Excellent question, for sure. Let’s take a look at what these folders are, and how to use them to their full potential.

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Steve Jobs was right: YouTube is finally HTML5-first

YouTube is finally HTML5 first. Photo: VentureBeat

YouTube is finally HTML5 first. Photo: VentureBeat

Let’s flash back to April 2010.

That was the month that Steve Jobs penned his famous “Thoughts on Flash” memo, in which he soundly rejected any and all reasons for Apple to adopt Flash on the iOS operating system.

Jobs famously said that Flash was too battery-hungry, too unreliable, too insecure, too slow and too closed to be a wise platform for the mobile-first developers of then-tomorrow. And people scoffed at the time.

But who’s laughing now?

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell delivers devilish fun and awesome superpowers

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

This weaponized recliner represents sloth. But not so much sloth that you lack the energy to kill every demon you see. Photo: Deep Silver

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is a weird game. And I’m not just saying that because it’s about two members of a street gang going to hell to rescue their boss before he or she is forced to marry Satan’s daughter. Because that’s super-weird, don’t get me wrong.

Other than that, Gat is an expansion to 2013’s Saints Row IV that doesn’t require you to own the main game but doesn’t make a whole lot of sense if you haven’t played it. It has a six- to eight-hour story with an additional dozen or so hours of open-world gameplay. Whether you’re new to the series or not, you’re in for its special brand of relentless fun.

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Apple is classy about jailbreakers with iOS 8.1.3 patch notes

Photo: Redmond Pie

Photo: Redmond Pie

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 8.1.3, the latest update to the iOS 8 operating system. When Apple releases a major bug release like this, it’s usual for them to fix (or, in other words, break) all known jailbreak exploits.

Not so surprisingly, iOS 8.1.3 is no different. It fixes several exploits that are necessary to run the iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak. But in a classy move, at least they gave a hat tip to the jailbreak team for calling their attention to the exploits.

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Speaker test ranks every iPhone model in order of loudness

Photo: iClarified

How loud will your iPhone go? Photo: iClarified

The iPhone has gotten considerably better over the years, but which iPhone is the loudest?

iClarified ran the numbers in a recent video, in which a decibel meter was placed beneath the speaker of every Apple handset so far while they played sound at maximum volume.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt says Steve Jobs is his personal hero (LOL)

Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt shaking hands at the original iPhone launch event. Photo: Apple

Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt shaking hands at the original iPhone launch event. Photo: Apple

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is the anti-Apple. He’s square where Apple is cool, he’s a sputtering doofus where Apple is collected, and he’s prone to hyperbole whereas Apple tends to undersell its products. For example, Schmidt said in 2013 that Android was more secure than the iPhone (LOL).

Given all that, who do you think Schmidt’s personal hero is? Boutros Boutros-Ghali? Shocker! Wrong. It’s Steve Jobs, naturally. Not that many of those lessons have rubbed off on him, mind you.

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Pushbullet brings your Mac and iOS devices even closer

Pushbullet brings your Mac and iOS devices even closer

There’s no doubt that technology like iOS 8’s Continuity feature make it easier to transfer work between your Mac and your iPhone or iPad. However, nothing about Apple’s creation comes close to matching the sheer, unadulterated excellence that is Pushbullet.

Coming freshly off a $1.5 million dose of venture financing, the Pushbullet app is now freely available for Mac, iOS and Safari — providing a better way of transferring files between your devices with a simplicity we could only previously dream of.

All you have to do is install the app on both your mobile and desktop device, link the two together, and — hey presto! — you’ll never have to email yourself attachments again.

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Xiaomi is one step closer to its massive smart bracelet sales target

The Mi Band in all its $13 glory. Photo: Xiaomi

The Mi Band in all its $13 glory. Photo: Xiaomi

Not content with simply being the world’s third-biggest smartphone maker, occasional Apple copycat Xiaomi is also making inroads in becoming a major wearables company in its own right.

Recently, the company’s CEO Lei Jun laid out his plans to sell more than 10 million of its affordable Mi Band smart bracelets within the next 12 months.

While we obviously don’t yet know how well that will turn out, early indicators are certainly promising — with reports that in at least one minor market, Xiaomi is off to a strong start: selling 100,000 units of its smart bracelets in the Taiwan market alone in less than two months.

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Flashbacks will reveal Steve Jobs’ past in new movie

"You like me, they really like me!" Photo: Ben Stanfield/Flickr CC

Everything you wanted to know about the Steve Jobs movie (but were too afraid to ask.) Photo: Ben Stanfield/Flickr CC

Recently I wondered here on Cult of Mac how much of the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic, penned by The Social Network‘s Aaron Sorkin, was going to take place in flashback.

For those who haven’t been keeping track, until now everything we’d heard suggested that the movie would be divided into three acts, with each one taking place backstage at a major Jobs product unveiling. The first part will take place before the original Macintosh launch, the second will deal with NeXT Computer, and the third will be Jobs’ introduction of the iMac (not the iPod, as previously suggested) upon Jobs’ return to Apple.

While that all sounds well and good, recently we’ve heard about scenes for the movie taking place at Jobs’ childhood home (modified to look as it would have in 1976) and a cafeteria at U.C. Berkeley, circa 1983 — neither one fitting with the entirely backstage narrative we’d been sold on.

Apparently these suspicions were correct, as a new report suggests that the movie will also contain flashbacks to several other points in Jobs’ life. Find out what they are after the jump:

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