Tim Cook joins the billionaires’ club

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Tim Cook’s net worth has gone up, up, up!
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The CEO of Apple reportedly passed a huge milestone: he’s now a billionaire. Tim Cook’s net worth has risen significantly, partially as a result of Apple stock more than doubling in value in the past twelve months.

But Cook is not likely to stay a billionaire. And not for the reason you might think.

Google Maps finds its way to Apple Watch

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Google Maps fans can now get turn-by-turn directions on their Apple Watch.
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A version of Google Maps for the Apple Watch starts rolling on Monday. The goal of this app is to allow users to navigate by car, bike, public transit or on foot, without having to look at an iPhone.

Also, Google Maps for Apple’s CarPlay Dashboard got some convenient new features today.

You’ll flip for this iPhone 12 Flip concept

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If Apple makes a foldable iPhone, it might look like this concept design.
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When Apple gets into the foldable phone market, as arch-rival Samsung has already done, its first model might well look much like the iPhone 12 Flip. But for now, this is only a concept design.

Watch a video of it now:

Get more productive with Vissles’ attractive portable display [Review]

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Easily expand your working space, or enjoy a movie on a larger display, with the Vissles-M.
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A portable monitor makes you more productive on the go. And the 15.6-inch Vissles-M is a thin and lightweight LCD screen that easily connects to a Mac or iPad Pro through its USB-C port.

I tested this affordable external display in a variety of conditions, and used it for both for work and fun. Here’s how it held up.

Join the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows on Apple Arcade

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Return to the world of Game of Thrones in a new game for Mac, iPhone and Apple TV.
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Travel to before the events of HBO’s hit series in Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows, a new game released Friday on Apple Arcade.

Explore the history of the Night’s Watch in this narrative-driven, real-time idle game that extends beyond the TV series. Become the shield that guards the realms of men, the sword in the darkness and the enduring sentry upon the Wall.

App Store approvals mean major headaches for cloud gaming services

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Despite a beta test, the Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming service isn’t headed for iPhone.
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Google Stadia and Microsoft Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming services aren’t debuting on iPhone or iPad anytime soon. And the holdup isn’t for technical reasons. It’s about Apple’s App Store policy.

These services could bring desktop-level games to Apple mobile devices. But Microsoft’s offering definitely won’t debut in the App Store this autumn, and Google’s isn’t available, either.

OWC adds wheels to your Mac Pro for a mere $199

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You could feed a family for week on what Mac Pro wheels cost.
The OWC Rover Pro adds Mac Pro wheels for much less than Apple’s price.
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Apple sells wheels for the 2019 Mac Pro for the slightly ridiculous price of $699. On Thursday, a third-party accessory maker launched a cheaper option. Well, relatively cheaper: the OWC Rover Pro wheel kit is $199.