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Here comes Apple’s new Coding Lab for Kids session

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Kids can code their first app in the new Today at Apple session.
Kids can code their first app in the new Today at Apple session.
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Apple said Tuesday it will expand its coding education resources with a free new Today at Apple session starting December 5. It’s “Coding Lab for Kids: Code Your First App.”

The new session celebrates and coincides with Computer Science Education Week, the company said.

Apple Music reveals chart toppers for 2022

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Apple Music noted its most popular song and artists of 2022.
Apple Music noted its most popular song and artists of 2022.
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In addition to unveiling the redesigned Apple Music Replay 2022, Apple Music also revealed its year-end charts, showcasing the year’s top songs in various genres, most popular artists, most-common Shazam searches, most-read lyrics and more.

The streaming services noted a growing popularity of non-English-language songs and certain niche genres, plus several breakthrough artists.

Cyber Monday continues with 80% off these Bluetooth earbuds

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You've still got time for Cyber Monday savings on these wireless earbuds.
It's last call for Cyber Monday discounts on these high-tech earbuds.
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There’s a good chance you’ve got someone who loves music on your holiday shopping list, so here’s a pro tip: Stop trying to figure out what bands they like. Instead, it’s a much safer bet to get them a great set of wireless earbuds, such as the Flux 7 TWS, which are on sale for $19.99 (80% off) during our extended Cyber Monday sale.

Yes, we know that Cyber Monday has come and gone. But we extended our sale by offering price drops on a curated list of tech, apps, gift cards and more, all of which make great gifts for the holidays. These affordable, innovative earbuds are one such deal, but you can only get them at this price until November 30.

How to find your tunes and artists from 2022 with redesigned Apple Music Replay

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Apple Music Replay 2022 features new insights and functionality, Apple said.
Apple Music Replay 2022 features new insights and functionality, Apple said.
Photo: Apple Music

Apple Music users might want to know how they can review their favorite music from the past year, as users of other music services can do with Spotify Wrapped and the like.

For Apple Music, the answer is Apple Music Replay, which Apple said Tuesday it redesigned for 2022 with more music insights and functionality. It’s updated and available throughout the year. We’ll show you how to find it.

30% off great Laut accessories for iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and more

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It comes in a nice array of colors.
It comes in a nice array of colors.
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It’s that time of year when Black Friday and Cyber Monday seem to stretch for days and days. The Cult of Mac Store is offering 30% off a range of wonderful Laut accessories for Apple products through Friday, December 2.

You can pick up a protective and colorful folio for your iPad, a luxurious steel mesh Apple Watch band, an iPhone 14 camera lens protector or a bike saddle mount for AirTag at great prices. See the whole Laut collection and some highlights below.

Choose the best AirPods for holiday giving

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AirPods Pro 2 look pretty much the same as the original, but they're better in nearly every way.
AirPods Pro 2 look pretty much the same as the original, but they're better in nearly every way.
Photo: Apple

Which AirPods should you buy as gifts for family and friends this holiday season (or just for your greedy self)? It all comes down to which features you want and how much you want to spend.

Earbuds are a tough gift item because how they sound and how they fit is super-subjective. Everybody’s different.

But our guide will help you decide among the four Apple AirPods models on sale in December 2022: AirPods (2nd gen), AirPods (3rd gen), AirPods Pro (2nd gen) and AirPods Max.

Save 90% on Prism Drive cloud storage subscriptions up to 10TB

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Missed Cyber Monday? Save over 90% on Prism Drive cloud storage subscriptions.
Save hundreds on lifetime subscriptions to Prism Drive cloud storage.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

If you’re looking for affordable cloud storage but missed Cyber Monday’s deals, you’re in luck. We’re extending our Cyber Monday sale to November 30, so you can still score price-drops on a curated list of tech, apps, gift cards and more.

That includes a lifetime Prism Drive plan, which starts at $39.99. That’s the best price on the web, and no coupon is necessary.

Elon Musk declares war on Apple

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Elon Musk declares war on Apple over App Store rules.
1, 2, 3, 4 ... I declare a Twitter war.
Image: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr CC/Modified by Cult of Mac

Elon Musk declared war on Apple on Monday afternoon. A Twitter war, anyway. The new owner of Twitter very publicly objects to the 30% fee the iPhone-maker claims from purchases made through the iPhone software store, and also says Apple has threatened to pull the Twitter app from the App Store. He also asked, “Do they [Apple] hate free speech in America?”

An open conflict with Apple is a risky move by Musk, as Twitter needs Apple much more than Apple needs Twitter.

Enjoy Cyber Monday savings on a portable Apple Watch charger

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Save more than 60% on this Apple Watch charger through Nov. 30.
Keep your Apple Watch powered up anytime with this discounted portable charger.
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The Apple Watch remains a wish-list favorite this holiday season. But if you’re looking to pick one up for yourself or a loved one, don’t forget to pair it with some great Apple Watch accessories.

One such example is this portable Apple Watch-compatible USB-C charger. And it’s available for $14.99 (regularly $29) during our Cyber Monday sale, running through November 30.

Today in Apple history: QuickTime 5 takes the world by storm

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QuickTime 5 was being downloaded 1 million times every three days.
QuickTime 5 was being downloaded 1 million times every three days.
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Nov. 28: Today in Apple history: QuickTime 5 downloads fuel web video revolution November 28, 2001: Apple says QuickTime 5 is being downloaded for Mac and PC a million times every three days, putting the multimedia software on track to exceed 100 million downloads in its first year of distribution. The announcement comes as websites adopt the MPEG-4 format, and online video begins to take off in a big way.

In particular, Apple’s movie trailer website proves a massive success. Millions of people download previews of upcoming blockbusters like Spider-Man and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Online trailer releases for films like The Lord of the Rings become buzz-worthy events.

In a pre-YouTube world, Apple has everything to gain!