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Audiophiles compare HomePod to $85,000 speakers — we’ll tell you why on The CultCast



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The HomePod presales have begun, but we’ll tell you why Apple’s new smart speaker may be a huge flop, this week on The CultCast. Plus: Audiophiles are comparing HomePod’s tech to speakers that cost $85,000; Apple adds some long-awaited features to iOS 11; how to back up your iCloud photo library to your PC (and why you should). And we wrap with another episode of Drone Chat! This time, we’ll tell you why DJI’s Mavic Air is the perfect drone for almost everyone.

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Catch the weird, wonderful and wacky gadgets of CES 2018, on The CultCast


This ping pong machine is part cyborg, part Forrest Gump.
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This week, on a jam-packed, tech-tastic episode of The CultCast: We’ll tell you the weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful products revealed at CES 2018, the world’s craziest consumer electronics show. We’ve dug deep to bring you some strange ones!

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GoPro grounds its drone business


Karma out
GoPro discontinues the Karma and its drone business.
Photo: GoPro

While consumer drone leader DJI makes headlines at this week’s CES with new products, GoPro announced Monday it would pull out of the drone business after it sells its remaining stock of Karma drones.

The news comes after word leaked last week that GoPro was about to lay off more than 250 workers from its aerial division. The layoffs and Karma kill-off comes amid estimates that GoPro’s fourth-quarter revenues will fall more than $100 million short of projections.

The best Cyber Monday deals of 2017


Cyber Monday 2017
Grab a bargain today!
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The holiday season is finally upon us and you know what that means? Killer deals on all the tech gadgets you’ve been lusting after all year.

Cyber Monday deals for 2017 are already setting the internet into a tizzy of anticipation with big discounts on 4K TVs, smart speakers, drones, iPads, smartphones and much more. Cult of Mac will be rounding up the best deals right here so you can spend less time Cyber Monday shopping and get on with life.

Here are the best deals worth checking out:

Exclusive white DJI Mavic Pro drone lands in Apple stores


Mavic Pro
The Mavic Pro is the iPhone of drones.
Photo: DJI

DJI unveiled the latest iteration of its popular Mavic Pro drone today and it comes with a classic Apple look.

Just in time for the holiday season, the new Mavic Pro Alpine White comes with an all-new white body that is reminiscent of the iPod and old white MacBook that were so popular. And the only place you can buy it is the Apple store.

Map your Wi-Fi, clean your Mac or fly a drone [Week’s Best Deals]


This week's best deals include powerful Mac maintenance tools, sleek drones, and more.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

With summer coming to a close, the Cult of Mac Store is still bringing in hot new deals. This week, we’ve got a discount on top-shelf Mac maintenance app CleanMyMac 3. Plus, we’ve got half off or more on Final Draft 10, a sleek drone with 4K video, and an app for maximizing Wi-Fi connections. Additionally, for a limited time, you can get an additional 15 percent off each deal by using the coupon code “BYESUMMER” at checkout.

3 things make this micro-drone extra-cool [Deals]


Ease of use, high def VR streaming, and affordability made this micro drone a huge Indiegogo hit.
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For the tech-aware, few things catch the eyes and ears as surely as a drone. They seem like tangible proof that the future has finally arrived. Ultimately, they’re just plain fun.

However, drones can be expensive. Luckily, new drones are hitting the market that offer easy flight, awesome features and a reasonable price point. The lure of the drone life grows stronger every day!

Go full X-wing with this nimble racing drone [Deals]


Aerix Black Talon 2.0 Micro FPV Beginner Racing Drone
Get your Millennium Falcon on with this high speed, highly maneuverable racing drone.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Consumer-level drones are fun, but someone with a proper racing drone can pull aerial moves like Luke Skywalker — and it can make anybody jealous. Racing and doing acrobatics requires a better drone and more experience than most people have money or time for. That makes the Aerix Black Talon an exciting option for anybody looking to up their drone game.

It’s an affordable, high-performance drone that will scratch your itch for speed and maneuverability. It sports a range of flying options, a built-in HD camera and other great features. And right now, you can get an Aerix Black Talon for just $99.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Enter to win a killer DJI drone [Deals]


Enter to win one of two top shelf drones from DJI, the Phantom and the Mavic.
Enter to win one of two top shelf drones from DJI, the Phantom and the Mavic.
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Drones are getting more and more common, but they haven’t become any less cool. Sitting at the sweet spot between affordability and awesomeness is DJI, makers of the uber popular Phantom and Mavic drones. You’ve seen them before, they’re the drones that look like they flew straight from the future. Now you can get one of these two drones, among the best money can buy, for no money. Enter to win a DJI Phantom 4 Pro or Mavic for free at Cult of Mac Deals.