HP’s pricey new iPad Pro competitor totally misses the point


HP Chromebook x2
The HP Chromebook x2 just doesn’t make sense.
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Android tablets were never going to topple the iPad, so now Apple’s rivals are trying their luck with new slates powered by Chrome OS. HP is the latest to throw its hat into the ring with the Chromebook x2, a pricey competitor to iPad Pro that ships with a detachable keyboard and stylus.

It’s somewhat attractive, but it makes no sense at $599.

App Store actually shrank in size last year — and that’s a good thing


Downloads have grown 70 percent over the last year.
This is the first time the App Store has shrunk, rather than grown in Apple history.
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Apple Music videos make the leap to Android


Music Video
Apple Music -- now with added music videos.
Photo: Apple

Apple has rolled out its new music video-oriented Apple Music app update for Android.

Now available to download in the Google Play store, the Apple Music 2.4.2 update boasts the same “music video experience” recently added with iOS 11.3. That means that users can access a plethora of exclusive music video playlists curated by Apple.

Fortnite phenomenon smashes YouTube records


Fortnite base
Fortnite is still killing it.
Screenshot: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Fortnite enjoyed a boost to its already rapidly-growing fanbase when it made the leap to iOS earlier this month.

The gaming phenomenon shows no signs of losing its momentum after smashing YouTube records for the largest number of concurrent viewers on a single live game stream, and for the most monthly uploads related to a single game.

Apple rivals still pushing for fingerprint-scanning displays


Touch ID
Apple may have ditched Touch ID under glass, but Android makers haven't.
Photo: Apple

Apple is reportedly two years ahead of its Android rivals when it comes to the technology behind Face ID, and that’s left the competition scrabbling around trying to find an alternative.

The solution they’re exploring? Fingerprint sensors embedded in smartphone displays, a.k.a. the biometric security system that Apple was reportedly investigating before it turned its attentions to face recognition.

You’re winning PUBG Mobile because you’re playing against bots


PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile is easy at first.
Screenshot: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

So, you’re racking up wins in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on iOS and you’re thinking about quitting your day job, ditching the wife and kids, and going pro. But wait!

You’re probably finding the game relatively easy if you’re a new player because you’re going up against bots. PUBG Mobile uses bots to ease new players into the game, then gradually reduces the number of them as you improve and level up.