Today in Apple history: ‘The Diesel’ becomes Apple COO

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Apple CEO Michael Spindler headed the company during trying times in the 1990s.
Michael Spindler's COO promotion put him on the path to being named future chief executive.
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January 29: Today in Apple history: Michael H. Spindler, aka 'The Diesel,' is named new Apple COO January 29, 1990: Apple CEO John Sculley appoints Michael H. Spindler as the company’s new chief operating officer.

Nicknamed “The Diesel” on account of his work ethic, Spindler’s new job continues his upward trajectory at Apple. Three years later, he will become CEO.

More Messi: 2024 MLS Season Pass opens to new subscriptions

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MLS Season Pass on Apple TV
MLS Season Pass gives fans access to every MLS game, in-depth analysis and exclusive content.
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Major League Soccer’s 29th season kicks off February 21 on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app, but fans can subscribe to the service starting Monday, Apple said.

International superstar Lionel Messi joined Inter Miami CF late last season, so 2024 will see his first full season with the club, and fans can also check out a variety of exclusive content.

How gamer avoids neck pain looking up at stacked Studio Displays [Setups]

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Mac Studio setup with dual Studio Displays
You don't see two Studio Displays stacked on a desk shelf every day. But the user says neck pain isn't an issue.
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With all the computer setups out there with two, three and even five displays, sometimes you’ll see them stacked. But a dual-Studio Display setup that stacks one on top of the other is a rarity.

Today’s Mac Studio user, who is also an avid PlayStation 5 and Ninendo Switch gamer, said the stacked displays work well and don’t cause any neck pain from looking up all the time.

How video games can help you pick a career path

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Game controllers
You favorite video game could offer a career opportunity.
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Believe it or not, a video game you know and love could turn into a fulfilling, lifelong career. And we’re not just talking about esports, where pro gamers compete for cash and prestige. For instance, driving simulator Gran Turismo could set you up for success on a real racetrack. Or factory simulator Satisfactory could prepare you for a role in project management.

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Let’s explore how your preference for a particular video game genre can highlight potential career opportunities, from esports gaming to earning an online masters degree in project management.

Get a solid iPad stylus at half the price of Apple Pencil

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With palm sensitivity, you can rest your palm while drawing or writing.
With palm sensitivity, you can rest your palm while drawing or writing.
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If you’re the proud owner of an iPad, you should get yourself a stylus that will help you write and draw well on the tablet. But an Apple Pencil 2 will set you back $129 (if you don’t find a good sale). So how about something just about as good for less than half the price? Enter SwitchEasy’s EasyPencil Pro.

Check out the SwitchEasy Sale in the Cult of Mac Store to get 20% off two versions of the stylus, plus extra tips for writing and drawing.

20-year veteran Apple VP of Engineering departs

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DJ Novotney, former Apple VP of Engineering, is headed off to EV-maker Rivian.
DJ Novotney, former Apple VP of Engineering, is headed off to EV-maker Rivian.
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DJ Novotney first started at Apple in June 1999, and now he’s been lured away by electric-car-maker Rivian.

Over his two decades  with the company, he helped design many iconic Apple products, including iPod, iPhone, iPad and more.

Cement your ChatGPT and AI knowledge with this $30 course bundle

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Understand ChatGPT and its potential with this e-learning bundle, now just $30.
Learn all about artificial intelligence with these affordable courses.
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ChatGPT and AI automation tools are taking over the workplace, allowing businesses and individuals to boost their productivity and streamline their workflows. If you want to market yourself as an expert in these areas, you need training in AI and ChatGPT. And that’s exactly what you get with the ChatGPT & Automation E-Degree.

For less than $30 and a little bit of study, you can get up to speed on the hottest tech of the moment.

How to scan QR codes on iPhone

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A Faster Way to Scan
Scan QR codes faster with these tips.
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You can scan and open a QR code directly from your iPhone camera or a picture — you don’t have to download a third-party app. Here are the three ways you can open them: inside the camera, using a shortcut in Control Center and directly from your photo library. 

If you’re in a restaurant and you want to open their digital menu, or you’re setting up two-factor authentication using a code, you don’t want to fiddle with installing an app. This functionality is built right into your phone.

Keep reading or watch our short video.

10-inch touchscreen car display gives you CarPlay (or Android Auto) for just $126

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This 10-inch wireless touchscreen car display can upgrade your ride for under $110.
Save over 40% on a wireless touchscreen Bluetooth display compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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Apple CarPlay is a popular perk of many newer cars, but you no longer need a luxury model to enjoy a modern driving experience. For a limited time, it’s cheaper than you’d imagine to add a CarPlay display to any vehicle. This affordable car touchscreen works with Android Auto, too.

How budget-friendly is it? You can currently purchase this 10-inch wireless touchscreen car display that works with both major infotainment platforms for only $125.99 (regularly $199). That’s 37% off a car accessory that supplies access to various helpful and safety-focused features.

Today in Apple history: Apple moves into Bandley 1, its first custom HQ

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Bandley 1 was Apple's first purpose-built HQ.
Bandley 1 was Apple's first purpose-built HQ.
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Jan 28: Today in Apple history: Apple moves into Bandley 1, its first custom HQ January 28, 1978: Apple Computer occupies “Bandley 1,” its first custom-built office, giving the company a bespoke business center to house its growing operations.

A full 15 years before 1 Infinite Loop, and almost four decades before Apple Park’s stunning “spaceship” HQ  landed, 10260 Bandley Drive in Cupertino, California, becomes the first purpose-built, permanent headquarters for the newly founded company.

How to block iPhone apps from using push notification tracking to spy on you

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Apple Privacy: How To
Apps are spying on you with push notification tracking. But you can block them today.
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Any time a company sends a push notification to an iPhone, its application can gather information about the user, including their location, according to security researchers. Meta and TikTok reportedly use push notification tracking, and many other companies do it, too.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution for users to protect their privacy and keep apps from spying on them.

We survived Vision Pro preorder chaos! [The CultCast]

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Vision Pro headset, The CultCast episode 631
Did you get yours or did the bots beat you to it?
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: Vision Pro preorders didn’t exactly go smoothly last week. In our post-mortem, we discuss what went right, what went wrong, and why we can’t wait to finally get our hands on Apple’s headset.

Also on The CultCast:

  • Apple plans to radically change the App Store … for Europeans.
  • An update on new iPads and new Macs that seem poised to pop out of Tim Cook’s magic pipeline.
  • The Apple car is still on the road to release. However, it might arrive a little later (and a lot less amazing) than we were led to believe.

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.

Snag a Costco membership for just $60 (and get a $20 bonus)

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Grab a one-year membership at Costco and $40 Digital Shop Card* for only $60 during Cyber Week.
You can save on everything from groceries to Apple gear at Costco.
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A Costco Gold Star Membership can help you secure high-quality goods — including iPhones, Macs, Apple Watches and iPads — at bargain-basement prices.

Right now, you can gift yourself (or a loved one!) a year-long Costco Gold Star Membership for only $60. You’ll also score a $20 Digital Costco Shop Card*!

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs introduces us to the iPad

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The iPad launch shook up the tech world, with the tablet computer becoming Apple's fastest-selling device.
Did you own an original iPad?
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January 27: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs introduces us to the iPad January 27, 2010: After months of rumors and speculation, Steve Jobs publicly shows off the iPad for the first time.

Aside from the name, which some people joke sounds like a female sanitary product, the iPad immediately earns critical acclaim. “The last time there was this much excitement over a tablet, it had some commandments written on it,” The Wall Street Journal quips.

When it goes on sale, the iPad quickly becomes Apple’s fastest-selling new product ever.

Save on Dollar Flight Club, then save on air travel for the rest of your life

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Save big on airplane tickets thanks to discounted access to Dollar Flight Club.
Spend only $99.99 for a lifetime of more affordable airline tickets.
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There are so many amazing places to explore around the world, but reaching those destinations can come at a tremendous cost. Fortunately, there is a proven service that finds ways to consistently cut down on the cost of air travel — and now you can save on this service.

For a limited time, a lifetime subscription to Dollar Flight Club Premium Plus+ is marked down to only $59.97 (regularly $1,690) with no coupon necessary. If you like to travel, this an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. Dollar Flight Club has an array of domestic and international travel options awaiting your review.

Devs call Apple’s new iPhone sideloading rules ‘malicious compliance’ and ‘ludicrously punitive’

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Devs call Apple’s new iPhone sideloading rules 'malicious compliance' and 'ludicrously punitive'
Apple's new App Store rules for the European Union enrage some developers.
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A noted Apple critic used the terms “malicious compliance” and “hot garbage” to describe the elaborate rules the company laid down Thursday for allowing European iPhone users to sideload applications.

Those blasts came from Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, a company that’s locked in a legal battle with Apple over App Store rules. But other devs also cast aspersions on Apple’s framework for setting up App Store rivals. They pointed out that the new system comes with a huge financial obligation, and that it will make free apps almost impossible.

To be clear, though, not all developers are unhappy. Apple’s new rules also drew some compliments.

Today in Apple history: iPhone sales hit first speed bump

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iPhone 7
We officially hit "peak iPhone" in 2016.
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January 26: Today in Apple history: iPhone sales hit first speed bump as sales flatline for first time January 26, 2016: After nine years of spectacular growth, iPhone sales flatline for the first time.

Numbers posted by Apple show that during the final three months of 2015, iPhone sales grew by only 0.4%. The crucial holiday season sales compare quite unfavorably with the 46% jump recorded during the same period a year earlier.

Now Shazam can name songs even when you wear headphones

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Shazam app
Now Apple's Shazam functionality can identify songs even when you wear headphones.
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Shazam, Apple’s popular app that can name any song in seconds, added a cool new feature Thursday in version 17.3 — it now works even when you wear headphones.

And that’s true for music playing around you or within apps like Instagram, TikTok and YouTube, Apple said.

Day or night, you can’t go wrong with stereo HomePods [Setups]

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Dual HomePod MacBook Pro setup
The daytime photograph shows the treasured HomePods clearly.
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Paired for stereo sound, two full-size HomePod smart speakers — the original or second generation — are a thing of auditory beauty. And they don’t just sound great, they look good, too. Yet we don’t see paired HomePods much in computer setups (HomePod minis yes, the big ones, no).

Today’s MacBook Pro setup takes full advantage of Apple audio, however, and the user couldn’t be happier. Well, except with Siri, that is. Check out their setup’s cheerful day version (above) and moody night version (below).

Auto-generated transcripts coming to Apple Podcasts

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Apple Podcasts transcripts
Every episode on Apple Podcasts will soon have a written transcript.
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It will soon be easy to read along with a podcast, or pull an interesting quote out of one. The Apple Podcasts app will be able to automatically generate transcripts in an incoming update.

The feature is coming to a range of languages, not only English.

Get Windows 10 for just $17, Microsoft Office 2016 for $28 in CdkeySales January Sale

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Use promo code CULT at CdkeySales.com to score major savings on Microsoft software.
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Now that we’re well into 2024, isn’t it time you refreshed critical Microsoft productivity software like Windows and Office? In the new year you can score big deals on those products and more in CdkeySales.com’s ongoing New Year Sale!

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You can find fantastically low prices at software activation keys provider CdkeySales.com now and throughout the year. To get the most savings in the New Year Sale, enter promo code CULT. That cuts an additional 30% off the site’s low prices on software keys. And what’s more, you get a free upgrade to Windows 11 when you buy Windows 10.

iPadOS 17.4 beta hints next iPad Pro will have horizontal camera

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2022 iPad Pro in Magic Keyboard
Making FaceTime calls on an iPad Pro could soon get better.
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The updated iPad Pro expected in spring 2024 could make a change tablet users have wanted for years: move the front-facing camera for better horizontal use.

Modified wording in the just-released iPadOS 17.4 beta suggests the camera move is on the way.

Grab a pair of clip-on mics to capture high-quality audio with your iPhone

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These $24 clip-on microphones are great for building your social channels.
Build your social channels in 2024 with these $24 clip-on microphones.
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Ever wonder why some TikTok videos sound so much better than yours? The answer might be as simple as the fact that the video creator used a quality microphone rather than relying on the iPhone’s hardware. If you need mics for iPhone or iPad, you don’t have to spend a fortune.

These wireless clip-on microphones deliver great results. And for a limited time, you can grab a pair for less than $24.