The best Christmas apps for iOS

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The Best Christmas Apps for iOS
Our 5 favorite apps for making the most of the holiday season.
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The holidays are officially upon us. That means family time, festive celebrations, joyous music and an overabundance of delicious food. To help get you through the holidays, we compiled a list of the best iOS apps to make the most of the season.

Whether you’re looking for a way to provide some entertainment for the kids, hosting friends or family, or just want a way to spread some festive cheer, we’ve got your tree trimmed, so to speak.

How to fix your parents’ messed-up computers when home for the holidays

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Good luck!
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Cult of Mac Year in Review 2018 Christmas time means packing up your daily troubles, forgetting work for a week, and heading home to … troubleshoot your parents’ broken computers and gadgets? Oh man, is it that time of year again already?

That’s the problem with being the family’s only geek — you get handed all the geek jobs. However, you can turn this to your advantage, and make it a lot easier, by going in prepared. Check out our Holiday Troubleshooting Guide right here.

Here are all the challenges for 14 Days of Fortnite event

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14 Days of Fortnite kicks off today.
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Fortnite’s festive event for 2018 has kicked off, giving players the opportunity to unlock exclusive holiday rewards and play fresh limited-time game modes every day.

The challenges you’ll need to complete to earn those rewards will be revealed at 9 a.m. ET each day, but thanks to a new leak, we already know what to expect from 14 Days of Fortnite.

Christmas comes early with new Fortnite skins

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Get your hands on them before they’re gone!
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If you wish it could be Christmas every day, treat yourself to one of the new festive skins in Fortnite Battle Royale.

Both the Nog Ops and Yuletide Ranger outfits are available now, alongside a Cozy Coaster glider. They will be on sale for a limited time only — and you’ll be pleased to know they’re reasonably priced.

Microsoft’s new Surface Go ad blasts iPad as a child’s toy

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Don’t give an iPad, apparently.
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Think twice about buying your little ones an iPad for Christmas. Once they reach a certain age, Apple’s tablet just isn’t good enough, according to a new Microsoft holiday ad.

The hilarious 30-second clip features a young girl singing about all the reasons why the Surface Go is a better option. It suggests the iPad is a toy — not a “real computer” that’s fit for work.

Adventure-worthy gift ideas for the outdoorsy folks in your life

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A tent is in our Gift Guide 2017 roundup of best outdoor gear.
They're probably going to want a tent.
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2017 Gift Guide outdoor gear Gear-shopping for your favorite outdoors-loving friends and family members can be as daunting as trekking up Mount St. Helens as she’s about to blow. There are so many options — and so much crap! Nobody wants to waste money on a gift that’s not going to get used.

To help you out with your holiday shopping, we waded through the endless lists of camping and hiking gear and gadgets that came out in 2017. The goal? To find the perfect stuff your special someone will love.

Tim Cook calls AirPods a ‘runaway success’

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Getting your hands on AirPods is almost impossible.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook was all smiles during a brief appearance at the New York Stock Exchange this morning. While taking a quick tour of the floor with his nephew, Cook revealed that AirPods are so popular Apple can’t make them fast enough.

Apple Watch Series 2 is sold out ahead of Christmas

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Giving "the gift of go" might not be possible.
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Getting your hands on an Apple Watch Series 2 in time for Christmas has become nearly impossible for holiday shoppers.

Demand for the new watch has ticked up to a new level in the last month, according to Apple employees, who told Cult of Mac that stores are selling out of the Apple Watch Series 2 so fast that production can’t keep up.

Must-have holiday gifts for hardcore Apple fans [Friday Night Fights]

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Holidays are coming!
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Christmas is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start shopping for your loved ones. If one of them is a hardcore Apple fan, that might be easier than you think.

Friday Night Fights bugApple products aren’t cheap, but there’s something sweet at every price point, from maxed-out Macs that cost an arm and a leg, to the latest iOS devices for someone really special, and awesome accessories that fit into any budget.

In this week’s Friday Night Fight, we’re putting away our pitchforks for one week only and focusing on great gifts for every Apple fan.