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Enter to win a clever AirTag bike reflector mount [Cult of Mac giveaway]


A great bike reflector with a hidden place for your AirTag
You can mount this reflective AirTag holder anywhere on your bike.
Photo: Device Therapy

For this week’s giveaway, we teamed up with Device Therapy, which makes a clever disguise to keep an eye on your bicycle. Three lucky winners will receive an awesome Bike Reflector Mount that can help foil thieves who want to steal your two-wheeler.

The AirTag bike mount’s reflective surface is made from genuine 3M diamond-grade reflective material. The durable mounts are made from plant-sourced bioplastic, 3D-printed in-house by the product’s creator.

How to share an Apple AirTag with other people


A New York Times reporter found that AirTag tracking and privacy alerts can work better than other trackers.
You can share an Apple AirTag with up to five people. Here’s how.
Photo: Apple

When the Apple AirTag item tracker launched, it could only link to one person. Apple is now expanding that, enabling up to five people to track each tag.

But there’s an important caveat: This feature requires iOS 17 or iPadOS 17, which have just been announced and won‘t launch until fall 2023.

Once you have the new versions, here’s how to share an AirTag with family or friends.

Last chance! Score major deals on Apple accessories in our Memorial Day Sale


They're loyal and true, but sometimes they get lost. AirTag to the rescue.
They're loyal and true, but sometimes they get lost. AirTag to the rescue via a Nine Twenty Eight collar.
Photo: Nine Twenty Eight.

The massive Memorial Day Sale is still going on in the Cult of Mac Store, running through the end of the day on Monday, May 29. You can get up to 30% off great accessories for Apple products from half a dozen leading brands: Elago, Rilee & Lo, SwitchEasy, Mifa, Laut, Bucardo and Nine Twenty Eight.

See some sale highlights below and check out the whole sale on hundreds of items before it’s too late!

Androids will soon warn of AirTags used by stalkers


Androids will soon warn of AirTags used by stalkers
Unknown tracker alerts are coming to Android in case someone is misusing an AirTag, Tile or other location tracking device.
Photo: Google

Google promised that Android users will soon be alerted if they’re being followed by a location tracker like AirTag or Tile.

It’s part of a collaboration between Apple, Google and other companies to keep item trackers from being used by criminals, stalkers and creeps in general.

Enter to win a stylish MacBook case from SwitchEasy [Cult of Mac giveaway]


A pedestrian carries a SwitchEasy Urban MacBook Sleeve while walking in a crosswalk.
Protect your MacBook the best way possible while out and about.
Photo: SwitchEasy

For this week’s giveaway, we teamed up with SwitchEasy, maker of one of the finest MacBook cases around. Two lucky winners will bag a SwitchEasy Urban MacBook Sleeve.

Made of water-resistant threaded polyester material, these laptop cases will protect a MacBook from scuffs and scrapes. And they look good while doing so!

Apple and Google join forces to fight location-tracker abuse


After a bit of confusion, Lufthansa says it won't ban AirTags from checked baggage.
It'll soon be easier for Android users to tell if they are being tracked by an AirTag.
Photo: Daniel Romero/Unsplash License

Apple and Google jointly proposed an industry specification Tuesday to help fight the misuse of Bluetooth location-tracking devices. Their proposal would make it easier for both iPhone and Android users to detect that they are being surreptitiously followed by a tracking device.

The proposal enjoys support from other makers of location trackers, too.

NYC cops give away 500 AirTags to help curb car theft


If you can track your stolen car with an AirTag, you can help police get it back.
If you can track your stolen car with an AirTag, you can help police get it back.
Photo: Photo: Đức Trịnh/Unsplash License

Car thefts are on the rise in New York City, and Gotham’s finest are turning to Apple’s AirTag trackers for help. On Sunday, Mayor Eric Adams and the NYPD said 500 free AirTags would go to residents by request in the police precinct hardest hit by car thieves.

“This simple device, this simple AirTag, hidden in a car location that a person is not aware, of is an excellent tracking device,” Adams said. “It’s easy to monitor. You can see in real-time where the vehicle is located.”

Make mom’s day with Apple’s new gift guide


What's good enough for mom? An iPad? An Apple Watch? Both?
What's good enough for mom? An iPad? An Apple Watch? Maybe both.
Photo: Marek Levak@Pexels.com

Apple has shared its annual Mother’s Day gift guide to help you celebrate your mom on May 14 in the United States and many other countries. Dozens of gift ideas, from AirTags to iPhones to various accessories, cover a range of prices from $15 to about $1,000.

And you can “make it mom’s” with free engraving of emojis and messages on a range of gifts, too.

Ingenious AirTag mount doubles as a reflector for discreet bike tracking


AirTag bike mount and reflector
There's an AirTag hidden in there somewhere.
Photo: Device Therapy

Strap an AirTag to your bike so that you can discreetly track its location with this ingenious mount from Device Therapy. It looks just like a bog-standard reflector at first glance, so would-be thieves will have no idea it’s even there.

Bag yours today from the Cult of Mac Store for just $15.99.

Take AirTag for a ride and track your bike with these Laut mounts


Laut AirTag bike mount
Attach AirTag beneath your bike's saddle, or under your bottle holder.
Photo: Laut

If you love your AirTag soooooo much that you take it on romantic bike rides (or, more likely, you just want to track your sweet ride), check out these brilliant bike mounts from Laut. They’re well-designed and wonderfully affordable.

You can either attach your tracker to your saddle for less than $20, or beneath your water bottle for even less cash. And because Laut’s mounts are so inconspicuous, thieves won’t even see that your AirTag is there.