Cult of Mac Magazine: Your iPhone tracks your every move, and more!

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For some folks, the significant locations data could be a fun way to see what they were up to in the past. For others, it could even prove useful, helping to remember client visits or track down that amazing restaurant you visited a few times while on vacation.
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Your iPhone knows where you are, and it remembers where you have been. It keeps a record of your frequent hangouts — aka “significant locations” — and uses this data to make location-based suggestions using Siri and to power other features. Don’t panic, though. We’ll show you how to access your recent locations data, remove it, and switch it off altogether.

In this week’s issue, you’ll find that story and more. Learn how iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera could soon make capturing Hollywood-quality motion capture as easy as snapping a selfie. Discover how to quickly zoom text on iPhone and iPad. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Cult of Mac Magazine, Issue 227

iphone xYour iPhone tracks every place you visit
Your iPhone knows where you are, and it remembers where you have been. It keeps a record of your frequent hangouts — aka “significant locations” — and uses this data to make location-based suggestions using Siri and to power other features. Don’t panic, though: This data is kept on your phone, not collected by Apple.

truedepthiPhone X makes stunning motion capture dirt-cheap
The iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera could soon make capturing Hollywood-quality motion capture as easy as snapping a selfie. In a demo, Big Screen VR founder Darshan Shankar tweeted a demo of some motion capture work that is being done using nothing more than an iPhone X and commodity body trackers.

iphone xiPhone X users report overheating, excessive data consumption
Life with an iPhone X isn’t as rosy as it should be for some adopters. Many report that their handsets are plagued by frequent overheating and excessive data consumption. Some have even resorted to placing their handset in a freezer to cool it down.

magnifierHow to quickly zoom text on iPhone and iPad
It’s not just old folks or people with bad eyesight that like big text on their iPhones and iPads. Maybe it’s late and you’re getting sleepy. Or perhaps you have your iPad propped up on the desk during the day and would appreciate larger text because it’s quite a bit farther away than when you hand-hold it. Or maybe you’ll try this tip and realise that zooming text is as useful as zooming photos.

dictionaryHow to find custom spelling dictionary on Mac
Your Mac has a built-in dictionary and spell-checker. You knew that. You also know that you can add and remove words from that dictionary as you go, teaching the dictionary on the fly. But did you know that there’s also a text document on your Mac that contains your entire personal custom spelling dictionary? And that you can use this to move your spelling preferences between computers?

iPhone X case roundup5 awesome cases for iPhone X
At $1,000, the iPhone X is as expensive as it is attractive. That’s not so great should the worst happen, since replacing the screen alone will cost around $300. Since I’ve had mine, it’s practically lived in a case. In today’s video, I’m sharing some of my favorite iPhone X cases so far — ranging from the stylish to the extra-durable. Check them out.

juuk veloNew three-link Velo Apple Watch bands ready for preorder
Juuk’s precision-made aluminum Apple Watch bands are always on point. The Velo is the latest style in Juuk’s lineup of amazing steel bands — the Locarno, the Revo, the Ligero and the Vitero — and is decidedly different in design from its predecessors. Redesigned and reengineered from the ground up, the Velo Apple Watch band features a three-row link design.

drive Get the tools to fix and protect your Mac’s drive
Regular use of any Mac means a lot of work for its drive. With all that mileage, like any machine it’s going to develop problems. So to make sure your Mac leads a long, productive life, you’ve got to get ahead of drive issues.

uTalk Language Education- Lifetime SubscriptionsMake 2018 the year you start speaking a new language
It’s always the right time to expand your world by learning a new language. uTalk Language Education is offering a lifetime subscription for 6 languages: American English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Latin American Spanish.

CultCast iPadCatch the weird, wonderful and wacky gadgets of CES 2018
This week, on a jam-packed, tech-tastic episode of The CultCast: We’ll tell you the weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful products revealed at CES 2018, the world’s craziest consumer electronics show. We’ve dug deep to bring you some strange ones!