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The MyCharge Hub And Jolt Series Chargers Are Perfect For On The Go [CES 2013]


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LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – MyCharge unveiled an impressive line of new chargers at CES this year, and Cult Of Mac went hands on with both the Hub and Jolt series.

Unlike many portable chargers, which require you to remember your charging cord as well as the unit itself, MyCharge has integrated the cord right into the power brick, so you’ll never forget to bring your cord again. The built in cords are flexible and integrate with the design of the product so that you won’t have to deal with tangled up cords.

GlobaTrac’s Trakdot Lets You See If Your Luggage Has Arrived With You [CES 2013]


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LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – Globatrac is showing off a nifty little device at CES that you simply slip into your luggage on the plane to let it notify you if your bags have successfully arrived with you.

The Trakdot communicates with either an iPhone or Android app, as well as SMS to tell you the status of your luggage when traveling. It also integrates Bluetooth technology to tell you if your bag is getting closer to you or if someone is walking off with it.

Globatrac hopes to have the Trakdot available at the end of March for $49.95.

2012 Apple Year In Review [Video]


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2012 was a great year for Apple, and one of the most exciting for them in years. This year brought not only a myriad of new products, like the iPad mini and iPhone 5, but innovative software and services as well such as OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6.

As 2012 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at Apple’s accomplishments for the year. If you’d like, you can also take a look back at 2011’s year in review here.

iTunes 11 Walkthrough [Video]


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After being delayed a month, Apple finally launched iTunes 11 today, a complete rethinking of iTunes as we know it. Ditching much of the bloat that accompanied iTunes 9 and 10, iTunes 11 brings many iOS-inspired features over to the Mac. In this video, we’ll walk you through iTunes 11’s new interface.

PanoPerfect Is The First Great App For Sharing Your Panoramas [Review]



With the launch of iOS 6, Apple debuted a new panorama mode built into the camera app that allows users to take stunning widescreen panorama photos with almost no effort. Unfortunately, these photos have made for little more than a cool demo until now, because there’s been no good way to share them.

Enter PanoPerfect, an app that’s designed specifically around sharing your panoramic photos. While it’s probably the first of its kind, its sure not short on features.

Languages Might Be The Best Translation App Money Can Buy [Review]



Chances are you’ve heard of the popular app iTranslate Voice that made a splash when it landed on the App Store earlier this year. iTranslate voice made it easy to quickly translate phrases and sentences, right on your iPhone.

Well, the folks at Tapity and Sonico Mobile haven’t been standing still, releasing a brand new app today called Languages that builds on the foundation of iTranslate Voice. I’ve been testing it out for the past few weeks, and it really is an incredible application.

Check Out Apple’s Awesome New iPad Mini Ad [Video]


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Along with the announcement of the iPad mini today, Apple debuted a brand-new commercial for the device that’ll likely be airing on TV soon. In traditional Apple style, this ad features both the full size iPad and its mini counterpart set against an all-white backdrop.

Apple has been really stepping up their advertising game lately, first with the excellent iPod ad last month, the funny iPhone 5 spots, and now this new iPad commercial. Check it out after the break.

Leaked Screenshots Show Google’s Upcoming Maps App For iOS 6



Amidst the criticism of Apple’s new iOS 6 Maps app, many users have been (not so patiently) waiting for Google to release their own official Maps application. While Google has confirmed that they have yet to submit an application to the App Store, they certainly have one in development. If these photos that were leaked today are to be believed, we could have our first glimpse of Google’s new Maps app.

While the interface isn’t impressive by any means, it sure beats the likes of Google’s miserable Gmail app it released last year. From the blurry pictures posted by developer Ben Guild, it appears that Google has brought over some Android design language into the app. Ben says the app will support the iPhone 5’s increased resolution, and will offer similar two-finger rotation gestures as the current iOS Maps app.

Check Out Apple’s Awesome New iPod Ad [Video]


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One of the more forgotten parts of today’s iPhone 5 keynote was the awesome iPod commercial Apple debuted, featuring the new little devices bouncing all over the place. While the iPod is certainly no longer Apple’s flagship product line, this commercial was still top-notch. If you look closely, there’s some really nice touches. My favorite part is when two iPod shuffles combine to make a new, taller nano. Pretty clever. Check out the ad after the break.

Apple Posts Video Of iPhone 5 Special Event


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Apple has just posted a video of the jam-packed iPhone 5 press event from this morning, where Tim Cook not only announced the next iPhone, but a new iPod touch, nano, and a boatload of other software updates and accessories. It’s available now for streaming on Apple’s website. The keynote is usually made available both on iTunes as well as on YouTube within a few hours after the event, so we’ll update the post when it goes live there as well. Go watch it!

Source: Apple

Watch Jony Ive Talk About The iPhone 5 [Video]


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Along with the announcement of the iPhone 5, Apple has also posted its traditional promotional video, touting the iPhone’s new features. As is typical, Jony Ive is present, talking about the new design and the iPhone 5’s larger display. The video is up on Apple’s website now, but you can also view it here, just after the break.

Change Mountain Lion’s Save Default Away From iCloud [Video How-To]


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For me, one of the most annoying tweaks in OS X Mountain Lion was the change of the default save location for many of apps I use on a regular basis. Any app that uses iCloud now displays its save dialog box differently than it would have before its integration into OS X. Due to this, upon saving files in many applications, instead of being presented with a view of the filesystem, the default save location is now just “iCloud”, and saving the file anywhere else has become somewhat of a chore. Thanks to some Terminal commands, though, this behavior can be reverted to its pre-Mountain Lion state, as i’ll show you in this video.

Apple Redesigns App Store Search Layout In iOS 6



As part of Apple’s App Store redesign in iOS 6, thanks in part to their acquisition of Chomp, a new search result interface has been rolling out tonight for both the iPad and iPhone. The redesign, which brings a new cards-style interface to searches, replaces the old list format of results. As you can see from below, the design is consistent across both the iPhone and iPad user interface.

South Korean Court Rules That Apple Infringed On Samsung’s Patents



According to the Wall Street Journal, a Seoul court ruled that Apple has infringed on two of Samsung’s patents. In addition, Apple must stop selling the  infringing products in South Korea. Apple isn’t the only one at fault here, as the court also ruled that Samsung had infringed upon Apple’s “bounceback” patent. According to the WSJ’s Evan Ramstad:

Looks like a split decision overall in South Korea court, but Samsung faring better than Apple with judges.

In addition, Reuters reports that Apple has been given a small fine of roughly $35,400.

Could This Be The iPad Mini’s Screen? [Rumor]



Gizmodo has posted a photo today of what they claim to be the screen for the alleged iPad Mini we’ve been hearing so much about. Apparently, the screen is exactly 7.85 inches diagonally, which lines up with current expectations of the device.

Interestingly enough, the screen doesn’t have a standard 4:3 aspect ratio like the current iPad, although if recent rumors are to be believed, this very well might just be the case.

Add Default Fonts To Notes In OS X Mountain Lion [Video How-To]


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Nice try, Marker Felt.

If you’re a fan of the new Notes app in OS X Mountain Lion as I am, you’re probably annoyed by the sparse list of three default fonts included with the app, just like in iOS. Sure, you can choose a different, note-specific font with a little work, but until now, there’s been no easy way to set a good default font for all of your notes.

Thanks to the easy little workaround I’ll show you in this video, you’ll finally be able to ditch Marker Felt once and for all, and choose the font of your choice within Notes.

Apple Airs New “All On iPad” Ad [Video]


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Apple has just uploaded a new a new iPad commercial to their YouTube channel, following in the same manner as the previous iPad ad, talking about all the various capabilities of the 3rd generation iPad.

The new ad, entitled “All On iPad”, shows people tweeting, having a FaceTime chat, browsing the web, painting, reading, and more.

The ad runs as follows:

Read it. Tweet it. Be surprised. Be productive. Make a sale. Make some lunch. Make it movie night. Play a game, or an old favorite. Do it all more beautifully, with the retina display, on iPad.

Clearly, Apple is continuing to stress the importance of the Retina display, as this is the third commercial Apple has aired about the new iPad, highlighting the Retina display in each one.

Apple’s iPad ads have been traditionally different than its iPhone ads, which have recently featured celebrities, as well as its recent Mac ads, which have been met with much criticism. Clearly, Apple is continuing to broaden its advertising strategy in a number of ways, experimenting with ads targeted towards a wide variety of consumers.

All in all, the 30 second spot is very similar to its predecessor, using the same music and voice.

The Real Reason Apple Updated The Martin Scorsese Taxi Driver Ad: Perfectionism



Today, Apple re-uploaded the newest Siri ad, the one featuring Martin Scorsese, to its YouTube channel. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this type of thing happen on their channel, so I went to investigate.

It turns out that Apple just has a remarkable attention to detail. Thanks to the numerous people who always upload Apple’s ads, I was able to compare the new upload to the original. Here’s what I found.

Eddy Cue Wanted A 7-inch iPad In 2011



According to an internal email revealed during the Samsung vs. Apple trial currently in progress, Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and services was in favor of the idea of a 7-inch iPad back in 2011.

In an email to Scott Forstall, Tim Cook, and Phil Schiller, Cue remarked: “I believe there will be a 7-inch market and we should do one.”