Trump thanks Tim Cook for Apple’s $350 billion bonanza

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Donald Trump doesn't hate Apple quite as much now.
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Tim Cook finally earned some praise from long-time foe Donald Trump today, thanks to Apple’s plan to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years.

Trump went so far as to call Tim Cook “a great guy” during a speech at a factory in Pennsylvania today while talking about Apple’s investment into the U.S.

PencilSnap makes sure your Apple Pencil is never far away

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It's a simple magnetic sleeve, but it'll make your Apple Pencil a lot more useful.
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As much as Apple Pencil accessories seem like useless widgets desired to cash in on gullible buyers, the PencilSnap from Twelve South solves a real problem — how do you keep your Pencil together with your iPad? With a paper notebook, you either clip your pen to the cover (good), to the spine (nasty), or just leave it between the pages and jam the book closed around it (what are you? Some kind of monster?).

With the iPad you can’t do any of those. Instead, you’ll have to buy the PencilSnap to take care of it for you.

There’s more than one way to open Mac archives

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Take control or your RAR, ZIP and other archives on your Mac with Dr. Unarchiver.
Take control or your RAR, ZIP and other archives on your Mac.
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How to hook up a USB audio device to your Mac

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Mackie's Blackjack works equally well with iOS and Mac.
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If you want to listen to music on your Mac, you either suffer its built-in speakers, or you plug a speaker into the headphone jack. But what if you want to get sound into you Mac? Or you have some fancy speakers hooked up to a fancy mixer, and the little headphone output doesn’t cut it, quality-wise? Then you should switch to USB. And don’t worry — you won’t have to install drivers, or any of the other crap that makes PC use so painful. In fact, using a USB audio interface is as easy as plugging in a pair of headphones, only better.

Deck out your Macbook with these awesome add-ons [Deals]

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We've rounded up the best deals on essential accessories for your Macbook.
We've rounded up the best deals on essential accessories for your Macbook.
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Buying a Macbook is just the first step. Once you’ve got your shiny new machine, it’s time to outfit it with the peripherals that’ll make it yours. So we’ve gathered some of the best deals on essential Macbook add-ons. That includes a neck-saving laptop stand, powerful drive repair software, a USB connection expansion, and more. Read on for more details:

Intel confirms Spectre fixes can cause unwanted reboots

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Intel's Kaby Lake chips are susceptible to Spectre.
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Intel has confirmed that fixes for the widespread Spectre bug can cause unwanted reboots on many PCs. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the company has also revealed that its latest chips — including the Kaby Lake line launched in 2017 — are also susceptible to the bug.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery RPG puts you into the story

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Set during the 1980s, the game lets you join the ranks at Hogwarts.
Photo: Jam City

Harry Potter is coming to iOS. Well, kind of.

In fact, a forthcoming game from Los Angeles-based developer Jam City, in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will let you create your very own Hogwarts student and then take them through the school: attending classes, learning magic, forming friendships and rivalries, and generally learning how to grow as a wizard.

It sounds intriguing, and we’re hoping it lives up to the enormous potential of its concept. Check out the first trailer for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery below.

Save 5 bucks on Just Mobile’s sleek Apple Watch stands [Limited time sale]

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Take advantage of $5 off Just Mobile's charging solutions for Apple Watch.
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Note: Promotional pricing for this sale ends January 31. Last month’s offer of Buy two Just Mobile accessories for Apple Watch and receive a free lightning cable is ongoing while supplies last.

Now’s the time to take advantage of Just Mobile’s design-award-winning accessories for Apple Watch. For the next two weeks, the company is slashing their regularly priced stands and chargers for Apple Watch by $5. At already-modest prices, this is a steal.

Cult of Mac has reviewed and recommends Just Mobile’s offerings, whether you choose the HoverDock, TimeStand and Lounge Dock.