Retro Apple collections, iPhone features you’ve never dreamed of, and more

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There are some amazing Apple collections out there.
There are some amazing Apple collections out there.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Take a trip down memory lane to see some amazing Apple memorabilia — if you’re in Prague, anyway. With a collection that spans the years 1976 to 2012, nearly every Apple computer, printer, mouse, joystick, and piece of software is represented.

Learn more about this fascinating museum and the story of its founders in this week’s jam-packed Cult of Mac Magazine. Plus, Tim Cook’s promises of undreamt-of future iPhone features, backing up an iPhone to an external drive, luxurious Apple Watch bands, and Mac spring cleaning.

All this, and much much more, in Cult of Mac Magazine, free for you right now.

Here are this week’s top stories.

Affordable vaporizer makes smoking ‘herb’ easy and discreet [Reviews]

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Simple to use, inexpensive, and oh-so discreet.
Simple to use, inexpensive, and oh-so discreet.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Best List: AirVape

In the last couple of weeks of testing, I’ll admit, I have gotten a bit more baked than usual thanks to AirVape’s easy-to-use functionality.

I don’t always vape, but when I do, I’ll vape from this portable, inexpensive yet high-quality vaporizer.

Disable all those pretty (useless) animations to speed up your iPhone

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Your iPhone will feel a lot snappier with this little trick.
Your iPhone will feel a lot snappier with this little trick.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

If you’re still rocking an older iPhone, you might notice that things are starting to feel sluggish when you run the latest iOS 9.3.

If so, there’s a quick trick to speed up your iPhone: simply disable those pretty animations in iOS 9. Your iPhone will feel quite a bit snappier as a result.

Here’s how.

News junkies get a new way to mainline headlines

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Photo: Lumi

The developers behind Lumi News, both a curation service and new mobile app, want to change the way you get your news. Instead of asking you to pick topics for your news from a long list, like Apple News or Flipboard does, Lumi uses the magic of background algorithms to offer you news stories that actually match your news reading habits.

The service uses Twitter and Facebook to discover your browsing preferences and then presents you with news stories, one at a time, asking you to swipe left (no) or right (yes) like a dating app to help refine what it sends to you. It’s like Tinder for news hounds.

Defend the planet with indie music in Loud on Planet X [Reviews]

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Blast aliens while you dance a little on Planet X.
Blast aliens while you dance a little on Planet X.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

I’ve been smashing aliens with multiple eyes for a good while now, and the fantastic indie-flavored soundtrack of Loud on Planet X has invaded my brain.

A mashup of rhythm games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero with lane-based tower defense games like Plants vs. Zombies, Loud on Planet X will scratch that music game itch, getting you to tap your way to victory while getting to play as your favorite indie band, like Tegan and Sara, CHVRCHES, Lights, Purity Ring, and Little Dragon, just to name a few.

Whimsical Slime Rancher is now bigger, better, and slimier

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Glowing graphics and quirky fun will make Slime Rancher a new favorite.
Glowing graphics and quirky fun will make Slime Rancher a new favorite.
Photo: Monomi Park

Slime Rancher, the insanely fun first-person “slimer” from Monomi, is now 50 percent bigger with more slimes and game modes than ever before.

Currently on Steam’s Early Access for Mac and PC, Slime Rancher is a colorful, whimsical game that will capture your heart and game-playing time.

Check out the new trailer for the new Indigo Quarry update to this fun Mac game and see if it doesn’t make you go, “d’awww.”

How to back up your iPhone or iPad to an external drive

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Use an external hard drive to free up space on your Mac.
Use an external hard drive to free up space on your Mac.
Photo: Ste Smith/ Cult of Mac

If you’ve got a tiny hard drive on your Mac and a large-capacity iPhone or iPad (or both!), you might worry that you’re about to run out of space due to all the stuff you want to back up from your iOS device to your OS X one.

You won’t have to worry any longer. This trick makes your Mac back up your iPhone or iPad to an external drive, which will ensure you never run out of space to keep your data backed up.

Here’s how.

Apple devices top list of ‘most influential gadgets’ of all time

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The iPhone is Time's most influential gadget of all time.
The iPhone is Time's most influential gadget of all time.
Photo: andri333 / Pixabay CC

Apple’s iconic consumer electronics continue to top the record books, fitting into the first (iPhone), third (Macintosh), and ninth (iPod) spots in Time Magazine’s list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time.

The list is rounded out with the iPad (number 25) and Apple’s original candy-colored iBook (38), the Sony Walkman at number four, Kodak’s Brownie camera at number eight, and several consoles from Atari, Nintendo, and Sony scattered throughout.

It’s a surprisingly mixed list, in terms of historical time period, but it does tend to skew a bit modern, thanks to our rapid advances in our own “gadget” era.

Mac app Quitter keeps you from falling down the Twitter hole

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Shut down Twitter so you can get things done.
Shut down Twitter so you can get things done.
Photo: Marco Arment

You know how it is: you spend way too much time on Twitter or Slack when you should be working. Ideally, you’d just not launch them, but that’s not super feasible if you also use these apps for work.

The answer, then, is an app that will hide or quit apps for you after a certain amount of idle time. Called Quitter, it sits nicely in your Mac’s menu bar and makes sure you don’t fall down the Twitter hole.

Wrap your iPad and iPhone in luxurious leather [Reviews]

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These lovely, leather folios are delightfully classy.
These lovely, leather folios are delightfully classy.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

SurfacePad for iPhone and iPad solves a problem I have with most folio-style cases.

These tend to cover up too much of the gorgeous Apple design without giving much in return. There’s always a trade-off between form and function. If you’re going to hide the gleaming Apple devices behind a case, at least make it look as classy and useful as Apple does.

The SurfacePad for folio cases from Twelve South are delightfully minimal, covering the front and rear of your iPad or iPhone in luxurious leather without sacrificing a refined look.