How Apple’s going to spend its massive fortune, this week on The CultCast

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Apple's bringing home it's massive fortune.
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This week on a very spicy edition of The CultCast: Tim Cook is thrilled with the new U.S. tax overhaul, and has some exciting plans to spend Apple’s massive fortune. Plus: Forget other smart speakers — we’ll tell you why we’re now even more excited for HomePod. And stick around for our favorite movies, shows and sausages in an all-new, very weird “What We’re Into!”

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Trump thanks Tim Cook for Apple’s $350 billion bonanza

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Donald Trump doesn't hate Apple quite as much now.
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Tim Cook finally earned some praise from long-time foe Donald Trump today, thanks to Apple’s plan to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years.

Trump went so far as to call Tim Cook “a great guy” during a speech at a factory in Pennsylvania today while talking about Apple’s investment into the U.S.

Deck out your Macbook with these awesome add-ons [Deals]

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We've rounded up the best deals on essential accessories for your Macbook.
We've rounded up the best deals on essential accessories for your Macbook.
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Buying a Macbook is just the first step. Once you’ve got your shiny new machine, it’s time to outfit it with the peripherals that’ll make it yours. So we’ve gathered some of the best deals on essential Macbook add-ons. That includes a neck-saving laptop stand, powerful drive repair software, a USB connection expansion, and more. Read on for more details:

Save 5 bucks on Just Mobile’s sleek Apple Watch stands [Limited time sale]

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Take advantage of $5 off Just Mobile's charging solutions for Apple Watch.
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Note: Promotional pricing for this sale ends January 31. Last month’s offer of Buy two Just Mobile accessories for Apple Watch and receive a free lightning cable is ongoing while supplies last.

Now’s the time to take advantage of Just Mobile’s design-award-winning accessories for Apple Watch. For the next two weeks, the company is slashing their regularly priced stands and chargers for Apple Watch by $5. At already-modest prices, this is a steal.

Cult of Mac has reviewed and recommends Just Mobile’s offerings, whether you choose the HoverDock, TimeStand and Lounge Dock.

You’ll soon be able to disable Apple’s iPhone throttling feature

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iOS 11 will likely land on most people's iPhones in March.
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With Apple facing mounting pressure, Tim Cook has revealed that a future iOS 11 update will let users disable the feature that was causing their iPhone to throttle performance.

In an interview with ABC News, Cook said that, “We’re going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so it’s very, very transparent. This hasn’t been done before.”

Apple employees get big bonus thanks to Trump

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Apple is raking in the cash.
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President Donald Trump’s new tax law is doing great things for Apple employees’ wallets.

Apple told employees today that it plans to give all of them $2,500 worth of restricted stock, thanks to the revised tax law that goes into effect this year.

How to speed up your iPhone if the Spectre patch slows it down

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Ghosts are a bit like spectres.
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Spectre is the worst kind of security flaw. Not only do the partial fixes not even protect against attacks, but they also slow down your iPhone, or other device. But things aren’t quite as bad as they seem. You can take steps to speed up your iPhone once again, and one of the fixes not only makes the web faster, but also fixes Spectre’s biggest attack vector.

Apple says it will add $350 billion to U.S. economy

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A new Apple HQ is already on the way!
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Apple’s big tax break is about to unleash an avalanche of spending from the iPhone-maker.

In a public statement this morning, Apple revealed its plans to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years now that the fee for repatriating its mountain of overseas cash has been significantly lowered.