These great wireless headphones sport an even better price tag [Deals]


Riot Headphones
These headphones deliver strong bass and clear audio for any Bluetooth-enabled device.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

The best way to listen to music or podcasts is without external distractions. So if you’re looking for new headphones, wireless, over-ear cans are the way to go. Even better if you don’t have to break the bank in the process.

Veteran operations exec leaves Apple; another considers exit


Apple Park
Two operations execs could be on their way out of Apple.
Photo: Matthew Roberts

One veteran executive is leaving Apple, while another exec is considering departing the company as well, a new report claims. Both worked in the operations and supply-chain management side.

Nick Forlenza, a vice president of manufacturing design, has retired from Apple. Meanwhile, Duco Pasmooij, a vice president of operations, is discussing an exit in the near future. The operations side of Apple is currently facing challenges related to the outbreak of coronavirus in China, where many of Apple’s supply-side contractors are located.

Today in Apple history: Apple bids farewell to the Newton


The Newton MessagePad 2100 was the last hurrah for Apple's Newton line.
The MessagePad was a product ahead of its time.
Photo: Moparx

February 27: Today in Apple history: Apple discontinues Newton MessagePad February 27, 1998: Apple discontinues work on the Newton MessagePad product line, the series of personal digital assistants the company launched five years earlier.

“This decision is consistent with our strategy to focus all our software development resources on extending the Macintosh operating system,” Steve Jobs says at the time. “To realize our ambitious plans we must focus all of our efforts in one direction.”

Sorry, Friends won’t be coming to Apple TV+ any time soon


The One Where Apple Doesn't Pay Up.
Photo: Warner Bros.

Were you hoping for Friends on Apple TV+? According to Tim Cook, you’re out of luck.

During Wednesday’s shareholder meeting, an investor asked Cook why Apple hadn’t bought the streaming rights to the popular sitcom and its forthcoming special. Cook’s answer not only squashed hope of this happening in the immediate future, it also underlined his vision for Apple TV+.

If David Lynch made an iOS game it would look a lot like Path to Mnemosyne


Path to Mnemosyne screenshot
A puzzle game full of dreamlike (and sometimes nightmare) imagery.
Photo: DevilishGames

Path to Mnemosyne, an esoteric puzzle game featuring gorgeous hand-drawn grayscale art, is coming to the App Store. And it’s a doozy.

Having previously made waves on Steam in late 2018, in addition to launches on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, the critically acclaimed game’s forthcoming arrival on iOS will open it up to a whole new audience. If David Lynch made an iOS game it would probably look a lot like this.

How Apple’s self-driving car fleet fared on California roads last year


Here's how Apple Car might eliminate blind spots
Will an Apple Car ever be available to buy?
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Only 23 of Apple’s registered self-driving cars were active between December 2018 and November 2019, according to data provided to California’s Department of Motor Vehicles. In total, Apple’s fleet of modified Lexus RX450h SUVs travelled 7,544 miles during the period.

That’s down from the 79,745 miles its vehicles travelled in the previous year.

Speidel’s black leather band is a tuxedo for your Apple Watch [Review]


Speidel Royal English Leather Apple Watch Band review
The Speidel Royal English Leather Apple Watch Band is simply refined.
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Simple. Elegant. These are the best words to describe the Speidel Royal English Leather Apple Watch Band. Supple black leather matches the style of Apple’s wearable, while adding a luxurious feel.

And it’s surprisingly affordable, given the quality of this band.

Apple requires Chinese games to get government approval


Millions play the Chinese games “Kings of Glory” and “Arena of Valor.”
“Kings of Glory” and its spin-off “Arena of Valor” are hugely popular in China.
Photo: Tencent Games

Apple reportedly asked for-pay game developers in China to prove they have government approval for their applications. This is requirement under Chinese law.

The iPhone maker didn’t say what would happen to games that don’t have approval.