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Top up your Apple Watch anywhere with a wireless keychain charger, now less than $19


Juice up your Apple Watch wherever you go with this wireless keychain charger, now only $18.99.
With this tiny charger by your side, you don't need to worry about your Apple Watch running out of juice.
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If you’re always on the go and always trying to close your rings, this wireless keychain charger for Apple Watch is a game-changer.

Small yet packed with power, this pocket-size Apple Watch charger is on sale for only $18.99, over half off its regular price of $49.

Meow! Stray proves great gaming can happen on a Mac [Review] ★★★★★


Photo of the Stray title screen on a Mac, with two cats sitting on the desk nearby★★★★★
Stray is a game for Mac gamers and cat lovers.
Photo: D. Griffin Jones/Cult of Mac

In Stray, you play as a cat wandering through a cyberpunk version of the Kowloon Walled City, the most densely populated city in the world (and a fascinating footnote of history). In this future, though, the city teems with robots who dream of visiting the outside world.

It’s been out for PC, Xbox and PlayStation for a while, but the Mac version is expected some time today on the Mac App Store.

Stray is a gripping game in an exquisitely designed and immersive world that proves gaming on the Mac is on the rise once again.

Software engineer defends Apple’s pricey Studio Display [Setups]


Computer setup with M2 Pro MacBook Pro and Studio Display
Software engineer says his Studio Display's 60Hz refresh rate doesn't bother him (much).
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A software engineer drives a Studio Display with an M2 Pro MacBook Pro in their enviable computer setup. And while some folks questioned the use of Apple’s pricey 5K display because of its relatively low refresh rate, the setup’s user praised the monitor highly.

Check out the advice the engineer got about setup improvements and see all their gear in the list below.

Win a 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger from mophie [Cult of Mac Giveaway]


This mophie 3-in-1 travel charger is perfect for travelers with multiple Apple gadgets.
This charger is perfect for travelers with multiple Apple gadgets.
Photo: mophie

This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway prize is a mophie 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger that retails for $149.95. The compact charger is perfect for anyone with a busy schedule who’s on the go. You can charge multiple devices simultaneously at maximum speed with this great fold-up Apple accessory.

The 3-in-1 charger can juice up an iPhone, an Apple Watch and AirPods all at once. It comes with a handy travel pouch to keep everything securely together, plus a USB-C cable and a wall adapter. Enter below for your chance to win — we’re giving away three of these excellent travel chargers.

Today in Apple history: Secret project ports Mac OS to PCs


Should Apple have licensed Mac OS back in the early 1990s?
Photo: Thomas Hawk/Flickr CC

December 4: Today in Apple history: Secret Apple project nicknamed 'Star Trek' ports Mac OS to PCs under the code-name 'Macrosoft' December 4, 1992: Apple engineers demonstrate a “proof of concept” of the Mac operating system running on an Intel computer.

More than a decade before Macs will switch to Intel processors, the astonishing feat is part of an aborted plan to make Apple’s software available on other manufacturers’ hardware. Apple ultimately chickens out, fearing (probably correctly) that such a move would hurt Macintosh sales.

Stay warm and connected this winter with $12 touchscreen gloves


Use these $12 touchscreen-compatible gloves for cozy holiday connection.
Gift yourself or a loved one these $12 touchscreen-compatible gloves that keep you toasty and connected.
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There’s no shortage of iPhone accessories if you want to fill out a stocking. But before you think about AirPods or Bluetooth speakers, remember that all that tech isn’t worth much if you can’t use it comfortably. And that’s where touchscreen gloves come in.

If you or a loved one need to stay connected without suffering from frostbitten fingers this winter and beyond, these thermal touchscreen gloves are a lifesaver. And now they’re a steal at only $11.99 (regularly $29)!

Today in Apple history: World’s first iPad-only newspaper folds


The Daily iPad newspaper was a great, but ultimately failed, experiment.
News Corp's experiment with an iPad "newspaper" came to an ugly end.
Photo: The Daily

December 3: Today in Apple history: iPad-only newspaper The Daily closes December 3, 2012: News Corp pulls the plug on The Daily, the world’s first iPad-only newspaper, less than two years after launching the publication.

While the writing has been on the wall for some time, the closure is a blow for those who view the iPad as the savior of the traditional publishing industry.

Edit video on iPhone and external drives with powerful LumaFusion [Awesome Apps]


Edit video on iPhone and external drives with powerful 'LumaFusion'
With LumaFusion, you don't need storage space on your iPhone to edit huge video files on an SSD.
Photo: LumaTouch
Awesome Apps

With an iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max, you can record high-resolution video directly to an external SSD. And the latest version of the iPhone app LumaFusion lets you edit with the video still on the external drive, too. Don’t try that with any other video editor for iOS.

That’s on top of the many other features of the iPhone and iPad application that offers multitrack video editing with a focus on controlling everything with touch.

Come to grips with AI, ChatGPT and Python for less than $30


Score Cyber Week savings on a bundle that covers AI, ChatGPT and Python, now under $30.
This 14-course bundle comes packed with insight on the hottest tech trends, all for only $29.97.
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Interested in computer programming and artificial intelligence? We’ve got a big discount on a package of courses that will teach you all about the hottest tech fields: The 2023 Ultimate AI, ChatGPT and Python Programming Bundle

Through December 3, you can get the bundle for only $29.97 (regularly $154). This timely discount makes it an ideal opportunity to make a proactive move and get up to speed on the latest tech innovations.

What’s next for Apple Card? [The CultCast]


Apple Card on an iPhone. CultCast episode 623.
Changes could be coming to Apple Card.
Image: Cult of Mac

This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: It sounds like Apple’s partnership with Goldman Sachs is on the rocks. What does that mean for the future of Apple Card?

Also on The CultCast:

  • The latest iOS 17.2 beta reveals some interesting new features.
  • Apple’s deal with Arm is pretty sweet … and pretty annoying for Arm!
  • Those panicky headlines about NameDrop you’ve been seeing that paint the iOS 17 feature as danger to children? Ignore them.
  • Apple seems pretty committed to Vision Pro: Multiple lower-priced versions of the headset are reportedly in the works.

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in the Podcasts app or your favorite podcast app. (Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review if you like it!) Or watch the video live stream, embedded below.