HiRise Wireless charger is a useful work of art [Review]


HiRise Wireless review
The HiRise Wireless matches the iPhone design perfectly.
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The HiRise Wireless manages a rare feat: it’s both useful and attractive. This charger holds your iPhone up at an angle where the screen can be easily seen. And a removable core allows this accessory to be used while traveling. Just as importantly, the base unit would look at home on any CEO’s desk.

Find out if this is the wireless charger you’ve been looking for in our hands-on review — and bag yours for 20% less in the Cult of Mac Store’s Black Friday sale.

iOS 14 widgets changed the way I use my iPhone


iOS 14 widgets changed the way I use my iPhone.
With iOS 14, my iPhone home screen is primarily a place to put widgets.
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After a decade with an iPhone, I didn’t expect anything could come along to transform the way I use my phone. iOS 14 widgets proved me wrong. They have me interacting with the handset in a way I never have before.

Jump to Warp Drive – Teleport Racing on Apple Arcade


‘ Warp Drive - Teleport Racing’ debuted November 27 on Apple Arcade.
Warp Drive - Teleport Racing is the latest racing game to speed onto Apple Arcade.
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It’s not enough that Apple Arcade’s latest racing game includes quad-rotor racers zooming around a track, players can also teleport to find shortcuts. Warp Drive – Teleport Racing launched Friday for iPhone, Mac and more.

Add dual 4K HDMI screens to your MacBook with this slim USB-C Hub [Review]


Aukey 9-in-2 USB-C Hub review
The two HDMI ports are among the best features of the Aukey 9-in-2 USB-C Hub.
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The Aukey 9-in-2 USB-C Hub (CB-C81) lets you add a pair of 4K HDMI screens to your MacBook. But that’s just the start because it packs in nine ports, despite a relatively small size. It offers a pair of USB-A ports, SD/microSD card readers, Ethernet and more.

After real-world testing, here’s how this multiport adapter stands up.

iPhone 12 Pro components cost surprisingly little


iPhone 12 Pro parts cost shockingly little
The sum of iPhone 12 Pro parts cost is less than half the price of the product.
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The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999, but the components for this high-end smartphone cost less than half the selling price. Market researchers disassembled Apple’s latest top-tier handset to ascertain its parts cost.

And they figured out that only a tiny percentage of the device is actually made is China.

How to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving for free


How to watch ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ for free
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will be broadcast on PBS, and it’ll be available on the Apple TV app for free. Here’s how to watch it.
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There’s good news for fans of the Peanuts holiday specials. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is available free through the Apple TV app. That gives many opportunities to watch Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty and Marcie act out The Courtship of Miles Standish.

Here’s how to watch it on a variety of devices, including Windows, Roku, etc., starting on Wednesday, November 25.

This handy guide lists all the M1-compatible Mac apps [Updated]


A new site lists Apple Silicon apps
A new site shows all the apps that ready for the new Macs running the Apple M1 processor.
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A new website could become the go-to guide to which applications are compatible with Macs running on Apple Silicon chips.

IsAppleSiliconReady.com lists apps that have been ported to run on Apple’s new M1 processor. It also tells if apps are compatible with Rosetta 2, the macOS Big Sur feature that allows the M1 Macs to run software compiled for Intel chips.


Apple made it through its financial Apple Q3 2020 with flying colors.
Apple is giving a break to trainers and teachers during the pandemic.
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Apple’s security chief accused of offering bribe for concealed weapons licenses


Apple bribe included iPads for concealed weapon carry licenses.
The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office wanted iPads as a kickback to grant Apple’s security chief concealed weapons licenses.
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The Santa Clara County District Attorney accused Thomas Moyer, the head of global security for Apple, of bribery. Two officials at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office were also indicted and accused of soliciting the bribe.

The county employees supposedly wanted 200 iPads donated to the Sheriff’s Office in exchange for four licenses to carry concealed firearms.