How to reset HomePod and HomePod mini to fix strange glitches

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How to reset HomePod and HomePod mini
Bring an unresponsive HomePod back to life.
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Many of the glitches and frustrations you might encounter with HomePod and HomePod mini can usually be fixed with a simple factory reset. It’s easy to do and doesn’t take long, but Apple doesn’t make it immediately obvious how a reset is performed. So we’ll show you what you need to do.

Shield your new iPhone 12 with great cases, screen protectors at 25% off

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Laut iPhone 12 cases
Check out Laut's new iPhone 12 lineup today.
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If you landed something shiny and new from the iPhone 12 lineup, keep it safe and unscratched with a smart case from Laut. They come in a variety of styles, and right now they’re 25% cheaper.

Check out the Shield case with its robust design if you’re particularly clumsy, and the brilliant Prime Privacy screen protector to prevent people from reading your texts and emails on the train.

Find these and more from Laut in the Cult of Mac Store’s biggest ever sale.

Why I’m mourning iOS 14’s botched Clock app

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iOS 14 Clock app: Why did Apple kill the magical scroll wheel?
Why did Apple eliminate the magical scroll wheel?
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“You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you!”

That’s the Charlton Heston-pounding-his-fist-dispairingly-into-the-sand sentiment that shot through my mind when I saw what Apple did to the Clock app in iOS 14. Specifically, Apple ruined the app’s alarm feature, making it so unintuitive that you’ll struggle to believe it was made by the company that coined the phrase “it just works.”

How did Apple manage to take an app that worked spectacularly well and screw it up?

Get an extra $15 when you sell your old Apple devices to Cult of Mac

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iPhone 6 Plus
Just for Cyber Monday!
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Picked up a new Apple device at a big discount this weekend? Now it’s time to sell your old ones and make back some cash for the holidays. Cult of Mac is here to help with a sweet Cyber Monday buyback deal.

Sell your old Apple devices to us today and we’ll give you an extra $15 for each one. This deal ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, so take advantage of it while you can

Last chance: Save in Cult of Mac Store’s biggest ever sale

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Cult of Mac Store Cyber Monday sale
Don't miss your chance to enjoy these big discounts.
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The Cult of Mac Store’s biggest ever sale is coming to an end, but there’s still time to save on the hottest accessories from some of the biggest brands this Cyber Monday.

You’ll find cases, sleeves, bands, stands, and more from the likes of Twelve South, Elago, and Casetify at up to 72% off the usual price. And we’ll even throw in free standard shipping when you spend over $75.

Don’t miss out! Check out all the items on offer today and bag yourself a bargain.

This massive 12-app Mac bundle with Parallels is on sale for Cyber Monday

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Cyber Monday 12 Mac-App Bundle
If you use a Mac, you should check out the amazing apps in the Official Cyber Monday Mac Bundle. It's a steal!
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While your MacBook on its own is capable of quite a lot, there’s nothing like customizing your own workflow with your favorite productivity and creativity apps. True Mac devotees know that finding an app that seamlessly works the way you want it to is a rarity.

Instead of hunting for apps one by one, check out The Official Cyber Monday Mac Bundle featuring Parallels Pro & Luminar 4. Act now, and you’ll get a dozen top Mac apps at an astonishingly low price.

Don’t miss these big Cyber Monday deals on Apple devices

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Apple Cyber Monday deals
These discounts will disappear soon — don't miss out!
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Black Friday might be over, but Cyber Monday has only just begun. That means there’s still time to pick up the hottest Apple devices at a big discount. You’ll find generous savings on everything from AirPods and Beats to the newest M1 Macs and Apple Watch models.

We’ve rounded up some of the best deals for you to make the hunt a little easier — and to ensure you don’t miss out! So, grab your wallet and get shopping!

Today in Apple history: Fans queue up as Apple opens Tokyo store, its first outside US

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Apple's store in Tokyo's swanky Ginza shopping district.
Apple's first non-U.S. Apple Store was located in Tokyo, Japan.
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November 30: Today in Apple history: Apple opens first store outside U.S. in Tokyo's trendy Ginza shopping district November 30, 2003: Apple expands its retail chain outside the United States, opening its 73rd Apple Store in Tokyo’s trendy Ginza shopping district.

On opening day, thousands of Apple fans — possibly the biggest queue in Apple history — line up around the block in the rain to gain early access to the store, which offers five full floors of Apple product goodness.

Steve Jobs does not show up for the opening. However, shoppers hear a welcoming speech from Eiko Harada, president of Apple Japan.

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

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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.