Get the tools and knowledge to launch any Arduino project [Deals]

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Get all the resources you need to start building all kinds of Arduino projects.
Get all the resources you need to start building all kinds of Arduino projects.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

With Arduino, it’s possible to build almost anything you can imagine. Whether it’s wearables, apps, or robots, the freedom Arduino offers can be liberating or intimidating, depending on your skill level. So this bundle of parts and lessons is a great resource for anyone looking to break into Arduino.

HomePod glitter bomb punishes porch pirates

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Glitter bomb
Mark Rober wants thieves to think twice before swiping packages off a porch.
Screenshot: Mark Rober/YouTube

Mark Rober already served the citizens of planet Earth by helping build the Curiosity rover currently roaming Mars. Now add holiday hero to his engineering credentials.

The ex-NASA engineer designed a series of revenge-bait packages that looked like HomePods — but showered unsuspecting thieves with glitter and deadly doses of fart spray.

The 10 best iOS music apps of 2018

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Best iOS Music Apps 2018
Get in the mix with these great music apps.
Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Cult of Mac Year in Review 2018 The iOS music scene is stronger than ever, and 2018 saw some pretty awesome apps, from the simple MIDI keyboard app KB-1, to an Nanostudio 2, an entire Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) app that took its English programming team 6years to build. And that’s just the beginning. Lets check out the best iOS music apps of 2018.

New iMac stands puts 7 ports where you need ‘em

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Satechi Type-C Aluminium Monitor Stand Hub for iMac
This aluminium stand saves you from having to reach around to the back of your iMac to get to the USB ports.
Photo: Satechi

Satechi just launched an aluminum iMac stand with a built-in USB-C hub. Not only will it give your computer some additional height, it makes it much easier to connect a variety of external peripherals.

 

The iMac comes with multiple built-in USB ports, but the ones in this hub are easier to access. 

How to instantly track a flight from the Messages app

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This flight tracker is built into every iPhone and iPad track flights
This flight tracker is built into every iPhone and iPad.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

It’s Christmas season, and you know what that means: Extra-long queues at airport check-in and “security;” once-a-year travelers who won’t just get out of the plane’s aisle and just sit the hell down; and of course parents/kids/friends who insist that you never emailed them the details of your flight.

We can’t fix the queues, the morons who mill in the aisles, or your lying friends and family, but I can show you how to quickly track a flight right from the Messages app, or anywhere else you see a flight number written down on your iPhone. Let’s take a look.

Save $330 on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro [Deals & Steals]

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If you've got one of these, you'll want to upgrade to the bigger power brick.
You don’t want to miss this deal on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Photos: Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac

B&H Photo’s huge discount on last year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro is back. For a limited time only, you can get the 64GB model with cellular connectivity for just $599 — a staggering $330 off the usual price!

That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. We also have a more than half off Powerbeats 3 wireless headphones and the JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth speaker, $125 off Apple Watch Series 3, and more.

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Any Data Recovery for Mac takes a deep dive into damaged or corrupted drives to recover lost files and data.
Any Data Recovery for Mac takes a deep dive into damaged or corrupted drives to recover lost files and data.
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iPhone XI concept sports three-lens camera and sleek redesign

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Three lenses are better than one.
Photo: ConceptCreator

iPhone fans are already chomping at the bit for a redesigned model less than three months after the iPhone XS and XS Max made their debut.

A new concept design for the iPhone XI made its way to YouTube today imagining some big changes that could come to Apple’s flagship device in 2019. Chief among the new features is a three lens camera array accompanied by some design tweaks inspired by the new iPad Pro.

Take a closer look:

Lightroom-busting Darkroom comes to iPad

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In the olden days, this was the only way to edit your photos.
In the olden days, this was the only way to edit your photos.
Photo: Agirldamednee/Flickr CC

Even if you don’t have much interest in editing RAW and JPG images on your iPad, you might still want to check out Darkroom. The brand-new iPad version of the popular photo app offers a view of your standard iCloud Photo Library that’s better-looking and easier to use than the native Photos app. And that’s just for starters.

Apple poaches car design expert from Tesla

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Apple car
Vehicles testing Appe’s self-driving technology have external sensors. A new hire could help create their final look.
Photo: Idiggapple/Twitter

Andrew Kim used to be a senior designer at Tesla where he contributed to the development of numerous car models. Recently, however, he joined the list of people who’ve left that car company for Apple. 

It’s not yet known what projects Kim is working on for his new employer, but he could be contributing to Apple’s autonomous vehicle project. That said, Kim’s design experience extends beyond cars.