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Why iPhone NameDrop feature is not a security risk


NameDrop in iOS 17
See that "Share" button? It's important.
Photo: Apple Support

Parents are mistakenly being warned that they need to quickly deactivate iOS 17’s NameDrop feature on their children’s iPhones. The warnings claim that it’s causing the devices to broadcast their contact information to anyone nearby.

This simply isn’t true.

Snag a Costco membership for just $60 (and get a $40 bonus)


Grab a one-year membership at Costco and $40 Digital Shop Card* for only $60 during Cyber Week.
Score a $60 Costco Gold Star Membership during Cyber Week, and you'll get a $40 Digital Costco Shop Card.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but you’re likely not done with the holidays just yet. Planning to host a holiday party, family event or simply want to make grocery shopping a bit easier? A Costco Gold Star Membership can help you secure high-quality supplies at bargain-basement prices.

During Cyber Week, you can gift yourself (or a loved one!) a year-long Costco Gold Star Membership for only $60. You’ll also score a $40 Digital Costco Shop Card* if you buy by December 3!

Belkin extends top Cyber Monday deals on Apple accessories all week


Belkin BoostCharge Pro charging pad with MagSafe
Belkin's BoostCharge Pro charging pad with MagSafe is an elegant (and portable) charging solution.
Photo: Belkin

Belkin, a big name in Apple accessories, is extending Cyber Monday deals on some of its best-selling products through Sunday, December 3, on (but note that some deals end Saturday. The company’s Amazon storefront showcases a diverse selection of tech accessories at discounts of up to 50% off.

So whether you need something for yourself or for someone on your holiday shopping list, check out Belkin’s sale. Everyone needs things like MagSafe chargers and iPhone mounts!

Today in Apple history: Maps manager is navigated out of Apple


Yep ... we're pretty sure that's not right.
Photo: Apple

November 27: Today in Apple history: Apple fires Maps manager Richard Williamson November 27, 2012: Apple fires the manager responsible for the disastrous Apple Maps app in iOS 6 after the glitchy software delivers embarrassingly bad data to users around the world.

Richard Williamson, who oversaw Apple’s mapping team, gets the ax from Eddy Cue, who assumes leadership of the project.

Last chance: Save on mega deals this Cyber Monday in the Cult of Mac Store


Cyber Monday savings on Elago, Mifa, Laut and many more
Score Cyber Monday savings on Elago, Mifa, Laut and many more.
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Cyber Monday at the Cult of Mac store is a massive event you won’t want to miss. We’ve got deals on all kinds of accessories for all your Apple gear.

Get ready for incredible discounts, with savings of up to 75% on selected brands including Elago, Elkson, Mifa, Rilee & Lo, Laut, and many others. Don’t miss out on these fantastic offers!

6-display rig rocks Sonos home-theater sound [Setups]


5-display Mac Studio and MacBook Pro setup with Sonos home-theater sound.
This expansive Mac Studio and MacBook Pro setup provides an audio-visual feast.

Some home computer setups go extra-large on visuals, others pump up quality sound — and some go nuts with both in equal measure.

Today’s featured Mac Studio and MacBook Pro setup features not only six exceptional displays — including Apple’s vaunted, $5,000 Pro Display XDR — it also adds a bonus sound system to its complete Sonos home-theater audio array.

Podurama app uses AI to make podcasts better than ever


It's hard to find great podcasts, but not if you use the Podurama app.
It's hard to find great podcasts, but not if you use the Podurama app.
Image: Podurama

The world of podcasts is wide and deep, so finding great ones in the wilds of the internet can be daunting. But with the AI-powered Podurama app, you can find and organize podcasts to your heart’s content — and sync them for listening on various devices.

This post is brought to you by Podurama.
Better yet, you can use Podurama for free. And if you want all the features, you can buy the lifetime premium version for half off right now!

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


It comes in a nice array of colors.
It comes in a nice array of colors.
Photo: Laut

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 the end of the day Monday.

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.

Learn a new language or two with Cyber Week savings on Rosetta Stone, now less than $150


Enjoy lifetime access to Rosetta Stone for under $150 during Cyber Week.
Master a new language with Cyber Week savings on Rosetta Stone, now only $150.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Learning a new language is a great way to keep your mind sharp, widen your intellectual horizons and build new career skills. However, it can be tricky without the proper teacher or platform. Luckily, Cult of Mac readers can enjoy Cyber Week savings on Rosetta Stone, a proven method for language learning.

Through December 3 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific, you can snag a lifetime subscription for only $149.97 (regularly $399)!

How and why to use an external webcam with your iPad


External webcam with iPad How To
There are good reasons to use an external webcam with your iPad. Here's why and how.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

A trick you might have missed with the release of iPadOS 17 is support for external USB-C webcams. As good as the front-facing camera in the iPad is, it’s now possible to plug in a separate one.

Here’s why you might be interested, and how to connect a webcam to your iPad with a USB-C port.