Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs and Jef Raskin clash over the Mac

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The war over the Macintosh's soul started on this day in 1979.
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September 27: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs and Jef Raskin clash over the Mac September 27, 1979: Years before the Macintosh will ship, Steve Jobs and Jef Raskin clash for the first time over the direction of the R&D project to produce the revolutionary computer.

Raskin, the founder of the Macintosh project, wants to produce a machine that’s affordable to everyone. Apple co-founder Jobs wants a computer that’s going to be the best, regardless of price.

Guess who won?

Learn new languages and secure MS Office for life for just $199.99

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This bundle deal features lifetime access to Microsoft Office and Rosetta Stone for $199.99.
Study a new language and gain productivity apps for one low price.
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Today’s hot offer from Cult of Mac Deals bundles lifetime licenses to Microsoft Office for Mac and Rosetta Stone for the best price you’ll find online: $199.99.

Normally, this premium productivity and language-learning package would go for $518.

Own a 4K eye in the sky with nearly 50% off this high-tech drone

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Own your 4K eye in the sky with nearly 50% off this high-tech drone.
Get a 4K camera drone with a 50x capable zoom lens for less than $90.
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For way too long, there have been two kinds of drones: those built for expert hobbyists and pro videographers, and those that are nothing more than glorified toys built for first-time users.

In the Ninja Dragon Blade K, there’s finally a drone that’s easy to fly right out of the box, with features that will satisfy the biggest drone aficionado. The really good news? It’s now available for only $86.99 (regularly $169).

macOS Sonoma is out — here’s how to install it on your Mac

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Apple software chief Craig Federighi laid out what's new in macOS Sonoma.
Time to update your Mac to Sonoma!
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The next major macOS release is here. Dubbed macOS Sonoma, the update packs several usability changes that will help further boost your productivity.

macOS Sonoma is now available as a free software update, bringing a rich set of new features to the Mac that make work and play even more powerful,” Apple said in a press release Tuesday. “With macOS Sonoma, desktop widgets unlock a new way to personalize the Mac and get more done, while stunning new screen savers, big updates to video conferencing and Safari, along with optimized gaming make the Mac experience better than ever.”

Apple typically drops major new macOS builds in October. But this time, it is releasing macOS Sonoma in September, possibly because it is a relatively minor update.

Portable new iPhone game controller is ready to play wherever you go [Review] ★★★★

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Turtle Beach Atom Controller for iOS review★★★★
Don't struggle with on-screen controls when gaming on your iPhone. The Turtle Beach Atom Controller is the way to go.
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Clip the Turtle Beach Atom Controller for iOS on either side of an iPhone to add the physical buttons and sticks that make high-end gaming much more fun. It mimics the brilliant design of the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con with the controls set on either side of the display.

It’s ready for Apple Arcade games and cloud-gaming services, too. And don’t forget the console games Apple has promised to port to the iPhone 15 Pro.

I spent hours testing the controller (it’s a hard job I have) and I really like it. Here’s why.

How to block unsolicited dick pics in iMessage in iOS 17

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Text: “Don’t Send Me That” with screenshot of blocked image in iMessage
Block unwanted images from iMessage.
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If you’ve ever been the victim of unsolicited dick pics, or “cyberflashing,” you can now automatically hide obscene images in iOS 17. Censoring NSFW sexts can give you an extra line of defense against unwanted, creepy texts. This feature, new in iOS 17, puts suspected nude images and videos behind a blurred gray background.

Unsolicited dick pics are a widespread problem. Among adults who reported receiving nude images, 91% of respondents say they were sent without their consent, according to Indiana University research. And one shocking study published in the Journal of Sex Research found 50% of heterosexual men admitted to sending them!

This new Sensitive Content Warning feature in iOS 17 isn’t just for protecting children. A lot of people likely will find it useful.

Get the best price online for a lifetime of TV made just for your dog

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Get the best price online for a lifetime of TV made just for your dog.
Get the lifetime streaming service that's therapy for your dog for $149.99.
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Lots of people wish for a dog’s life, but longtime pet owners know that pups get anxious, too. When humans get stressed, we can binge a few of our favorite shows to relax — and now dogs have that option too.

DogTV is exactly what you think it is — and more. Yes, it’s a streaming channel where all the content is geared to get your dog’s attention. But it also can help them shake those doggie blues. A lifetime subscription is on sale for just $149.99 (regularly $838).

Learn to code from the ground up with this $10 boot camp bundle

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Learn the basics of Python for under $10.
Learn the basics of Python, a versatile programming language that's relatively simple to master.
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Learning to code can be intimidating, especially if you’re working on your first programming language. Python — a language that’s versatile yet remarkably straightforward — is an accessible place to start. And once you learn Python, there’s a ton you can do with it.

Getting started is easy. Just enroll in the 2023 Complete Python Certification Boot Camp Bundle to gain unlimited access to 130 hours of instruction. This great intro to coding costs only $9.97 through September 30.

Why CleanMyMac X is essential Mac-cleaning software [Awesome Apps]

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MacPaw CleanMyMac X update better monitors your Mac's health
CleanMyMac X offers 30-plus tools for keeping your Mac in tip-top condition.
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One piece of software I consider indispensable for keeping my Mac running clean, quick and clear is CleanMyMac X by MacPaw.

CleanMyMac X packs more than 30 tools for keeping your Mac in tip-top condition, but is especially useful for clearing disc space, freeing up RAM, and deleting malware and adware. The latest version has a new, unlimited seven-day free trial, and Cult of Mac readers can get an exclusive 10% discount.

Today in Apple history: iPod nano gets colorful aluminum upgrade

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The second-gen iPod nano was totally metal.
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Sept 25: Today in Apple history: Second-generation iPod nano gets colorful aluminum upgrade September 25, 2006: Apple ships its second-generation iPod nano, offering a fancy redesign of the pocket-size original.

Among the new iPod nano’s improvements are a slimmer, anodized aluminum casing; a brighter screen; longer battery life, and a wide range of colors. And, oh yes, it also includes gapless music playback for the first time!

What time will Apple release macOS Sonoma on September 26?

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While almost nothing about macOS Sonoma leaked ahead of WWDC23, Apple showcased plenty of upgrades during the keynote.
macOS Sonoma packs small but important upgrades.
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macOS Sonoma is ready for its public release. The new Mac operating system will drop on Tuesday, just over a week after iOS 17, watchOS 10 and iPadOS 17 launched.

If you can’t wait to try out the next major macOS build, you might want to know its exact release time on September 26 so you can update your Mac as soon as possible. If that’s the case, find the exact macOS Sonoma release time in your area below.

How to create a great Contact Poster in iOS 17

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Text: “Make a killer contact card” next to a screenshot of an iOS 17 Contact Poster
When I say “killer,” I mean in the awesome way. I do not endorse committing murder with your contact card. But if you can figure out how that works, I’d be curious.
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How do you create a Contact Poster in iOS 17? Contact posters are a brand-new feature that lets you customize how your contact card looks to other people. If you call someone — and they have your contact info in their address book — your Contact Poster appears on their screen. It looks great; way better than the old thumbnail that was displayed. You set it up once, and everyone with your matching phone number and/or Apple ID will see your chosen contact picture and personalized poster.

It’s really easy to turn an ordinary picture into a gorgeous-looking contact poster. Let me show you how it works — the process might look familiar if you’ve set up a custom Lock Screen.

Cash in on real estate investments with Mashvisor

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Get better real estate investing data with Mashvisor, starting at $39.99.
Make smart real estate investments with this AI-powered tool.
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Ready to learn to invest in real estate? Historically one of the most lucrative and sought-after sectors, mastering real estate investment can be a lifelong journey. But you can quickly improve your approach to investing, renting, managing and owning real estate with Mashvisor.

Mashvisor gives you access to real estate investment data analytics, and lifetime subscriptions are on sale now. A Mashvisor Lite Plan is now only $39.99 (regularly $899), while a Professional Plan is only $199.99 (regularly $3,599).

iPhone 15 and 15 Plus: Pro features for less [Review]

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iPhone 15 and 15 Plus review: Pro features for less
A brighter screen is just one of many improvements in the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus.
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Those who were jealous of the Dynamic Island and 48MP camera in the iPhone 14 Pro can relax — the just-launched iPhone 15 and 15 Plus include the best features of last year’s Pro models. This makes them significant upgrades for anyone with an older handset … even one from 2022.

And dumping the old Lightning port in favor of USB-C is icing on the cake.

Today in Apple history: Apple battles Eminem in court

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Eminem sues Apple over digital music sales. Will the real rights holder please stand up!
Will the real rights holder please stand up!
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September 24: Today in Apple history: Apple battles Eminem in court September 24, 2009: Apple lawyers head to court to defend the company against rapper Eminem’s music publisher, Eight Mile Style.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple unlawfully sold 93 of Eminem’s songs on the iTunes Music Store. This is the second time Apple finds itself on the opposite side of a courtroom from the Detroit rapper. (A previous lawsuit involved improper use of Eminem’s hit single “Lose Yourself” in an iTunes ad.)

Great ways to find the movies, songs, eSIMS and beers you need [Awesome Apps]

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Awesome Apps for the Week: App icons for Untappd, Numero eSIM, Callsheet and BBC Sounds.
These apps will thrill movie buffs, music fans, frequent flyers and beer fanatics.
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If you love movies, TV, music, beer or international travel, the apps in this week’s Awesome Apps roundup will knock your socks off. If you happen to love all those things … well, first off, congratulations on being a person of many and varied interests.

Secondly, you’d better get downloading so you don’t spend another precious moment without these apps.

Shield your iPhone 15 with Zagg’s toughest screen protector yet [Cult of Mac giveaway]

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Zagg XTR3 screen protector box. Edge to edge protection protecting your screen from any accidental drops.
The XTR3's edge-to-edge protection shields your iPhone screen from damaging drops.
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The much-anticipated iPhone 15 is here! If you’re one of the lucky owners, you’ll want to ensure it’s fully protected. In collaboration with Zagg, Cult of Mac is thrilled to present this week’s giveaway, offering three fortunate individuals the opportunity to keep their screens immaculate with the new Glass XTR3 Screen Protector.

It’s Zagg’s toughest screen protector yet!

Best MagSafe cables and chargers for iPhone 15

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These are the best MagSafe cables and chargers for iPhone 15.
MagSafe is the best way to charge your new iPhone.
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There’s no better way to charge your new iPhone 15 than with MagSafe. Sure, it might not be the fastest charging method, but it’s certainly the simplest and most convenient. And, let’s face it, plugging in a cable is nowhere near as satisfying as that snap you hear when slapping a MagSafe accessory onto the back of your iPhone.

If you’ll be experiencing MagSafe for the first time with iPhone 15, it’s time to stock up on cables, charging stations and battery packs. Here are the best available right now.

Get 2 top-selling 4K camera drones for just $110

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Get a bundle of 2 top-selling 4K camera drones for only $109.97.
Anyone can fly these 4K drones, and this two-fer deal is hard to beat. Get one, gift one ... or keep 'em both!
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The holidays will be here before you know it, and now, there’s a great way to get a jump on that wish list, whether it’s yours or that of a tech-loving relative. If you’re a drone lover, or know a novice pilot who’d like to take one for a spin, this Dual Camera Drone Bundle is an excellent gift idea.

It gives you two of the internet’s most popular commercial drones for only $109.97.

Today in Apple history: Apple lays out its core company values

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Cupertino sums up
Cupertino sums up "Apple Values" in an exuberant document.
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Sep 23 Today in Apple history: Cupertino lays out its core Apple Values September 23, 1981: Years before Steve Jobs would tell us to “think different” and Tim Cook would say Apple should act as a “force for good,” Cupertino lays out what it calls its “Apple Values.”

In a memo, management defines Apple Values as “the qualities, customs, standards and principles that the company as a whole regards as desirable. They are the basis for what we do and how we do it. Taken together, they identify Apple as a unique company.”

The 36 best macOS Sonoma features you should try after you update

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While almost nothing about macOS Sonoma leaked ahead of WWDC23, Apple showcased plenty of upgrades during the keynote.
This is a big year for the Mac.
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macOS Sonoma may not have the same buzz as iOS, but there are loads of new features this year to try out on your Mac. You can get beautiful Apple TV-style aerial screensavers, widgets on your desktop, powerful enhancements to Safari and more.

macOS Sonoma will be released at about 10 AM Pacific on Tuesday, September 26. Here are the 36 best features you can look for after you update.

Best USB-C cables and chargers for iPhone 15

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These are the best USB-C cables and chargers for iPhone 15.
You can never have too many cables.
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One of the best things about iPhone 15 is arguably its USB-C port, which makes connectivity a whole lot simpler. It means you can finally charge your iPhone with the same cables and chargers you might use for other devices, like iPad Pro, MacBook Air, Nintendo Switch and lots more.

If you don’t own any of those and you need to stock up on USB-C accessories, fear not. We rounded up the best USB-C cables and chargers you can buy right now for iPhone 15.