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Today in Apple history: First-gen iPad rolls out around the world


Were you a first-gen iPad customer?
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May 28: Today in Apple history May 28, 2010: Customers across Europe and Asia queue up to buy the iPad when Apple’s new tablet finally rolls out internationally.

The reason for the gap between the iPad’s U.S. launch in early April and its international debut more than a month later? Unexpectedly large demand for the groundbreaking device.

3 Reasons to Watch: High Desert on Apple TV+


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Patricia Arquette whips High Desert into a frenzy in the role of Peggy Newman.
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In this installment of 3 Reasons to Watch, we’ll tell you why we’re buzzing about High Desert, the new Apple TV+ comedy starring livewire Patricia Arquette as daffy private eye Peggy Newman.

The show, created by Miss Congeniality writer Katie Ford and Grace and Frankie alums Nancy Fichman and Jennifer Hoppe, is a bawdy neo-noir set in a world of lowlifes and fake cowboys.

Here’s why you need to give High Desert the old college try.

Save on a lifetime eSIM that gives you 2GB of data every month


Get Memorial Day savings on a lifetime eSIM that gives you 2GB of data every month.
This eSIM will make sure you always stay connected, anywhere in the United States.
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Why pay a monthly fee for cellphone data? For a limited time, you can get an eSIM that gives you a lifetime of cellular data, one month at a time, with no recurring subscription costs. Instabridge eSIM’s Lifetime Plan gives you 2GB of data every month for life, and it’s only $139.97 in our Memorial Day Sale.

If you don’t need much data, you can use it as your primary connection. Or, if you’re on a limited data plan, you can use it as a backup for those times when you burn through your monthly allotment. Jump to it, though. This sale ends May 31 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

This super-bright 8-in-1 flashlight is an EDC essential


Save big on a bundle of two mini utility flashlights that fit on a keychain.
Pick up a pair of 8-in-1 MaxLight mini flashlights for only $32.97 during our Memorial Day Sale.
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Yes, your iPhone is a flashlight. But can it crack open a beer? With this super-bright mini utility flashlight, you never need to be caught in the dark (or with no way to open your beverage of choice).

But that’s just the start of the MaxLight Mini’s big capabilities. This 8-in-1 flashlight is a highly rated tool that’s perfect for your everyday carry. And, for a limited time, you can pick up a two-pack for only $32.97 (regularly $54) with no coupon required. That’s a 40% savings on a handy tool that does far more than provide light.

Here’s what we know about iOS 17 so far … [The CultCast]


A new feature coming soon to iOS 17 sounds like it would be even better on an iPad.
A new feature coming soon to iOS 17 sounds like it would be even better on an iPad.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: iOS 17 might turn your iPhone into a dashboard for your smart home. Plus, Apple’s new journaling app seems like it will arrive soon as well. With WWDC23 just weeks away, we don’t have long to wait.

Also on The CultCast:

  • Three Apple TV+ hits conquer the streaming charts.
  • Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie is a moving and surprisingly inspirational documentary about the actor’s life (and his heroic battle with Parkinson’s disease).
  • MoviePass is back from the dead — and one option actually sounds enticing!

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.

Power up summer savings with Bluetti’s vets’ program and Memorial Day Sale


Bluetti's Memorial Day Sale and new veterans' purchase program offers amazing deals.
Bluetti's Memorial Day Sale and new veterans' purchase program serve up amazing deals.
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Memorial Day, a time to remember and honor the sacrifices of service members, comes up this Monday. To express gratitude to active duty and retired military personnel, power-product provider Bluetti is introducing a Veterans and Military Purchase Program.

This post is brought to you by Bluetti.

And in addition, the company’s Memorial Day Sale offers great discounts on power stations for everyone — in some cases, hundreds of dollars off. (Find deals at the links below.)

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs says Apple is being run by ‘caretakers’


Steve Jobs thought ditching ad agency Chiat/Day proved Apple had lost its creative mojo.
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May 27: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs says Apple is being run by caretakers May 27, 1986: An exiled Steve Jobs takes a shot at Apple after the company ditches Chiat/Day, the ad agency that created the iconic “1984” Macintosh ad.

In a full-page ad published in The Wall Street Journal, Jobs says the move to competing ad agency BBDO shows that “caretakers” rather than “builders” now run Apple. From his perspective, it confirms that Apple has lost its revolutionary spirit.

Make savvy trades with the Tykr stock market app ($20 off)


Pick up lifetime access to the Tykr stock market app for $20 off.
Maximize your money with a boost from this popular stock market app.
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An increasingly murky economic outlook (debt ceiling anyone?) makes it more important than ever to maneuver the stock market with some savvy. Fortunately, you no longer need to pay outrageous fees in order to trade like a pro.

For a limited time, a lifetime subscription to the Tykr stock screener’s Pro Plan is available at $20 off the sale price ($119.99) when you use coupon code STOCK. This offer is valid only through May 28.

10 tricks to kick your iPhone addiction


Here are my tips for spending less time on your phone.
Here are my tips for spending less time on your phone.
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How can you make your iPhone less addictive? Constant iPhone use can literally change the makeup of your brain. Sure, people waved similar panic flags about the television, the radio and even the novel, but those were easily left at home. You carry the internet with you, and it’s constantly blasting a firehose of content, everywhere you go.

If you feel the impulse to unlock your iPhone at every empty moment, or scroll through an app when you feel like you should be getting to bed, here are my tips for making your phone a bit more boring.