Here’s how Apple could bring MagSafe to USB-C

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When Apple left off MagSafe connection to its USB-C MacBook, Griffin came up with a solution.
When Apple left off MagSafe connection to its USB-C MacBook, Griffin came up with a solution.
Photo: Griffin

Apple killed its awesome MagSafe power connection feature on the new MacBook Pro, but based on a new patent filing, the beloved port could be ready to make a comeback.

USB-C replaced MagSafe on the MacBook Pro because it can handle both power and data on a single port. It lacks the brilliant safety features of MagSafe. Hwever, it looks like Apple found a workaround similar to Griffin’s magnetic BreakSafe cables.

The worst gadgets of CES 2017, this week on The CultCast

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Bluetooth hair brushes, smart refrigerators, dancing robots—welcome to CES 2017.
Bluetooth hair brushes, smart refrigerators, dancing robots—welcome to CES 2017.
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CES2017 This week on The CultCast: We run you through the most ridiculous gizmos at CES 2017 — stuff that nobody on earth actually needs. Then we spice things up with our most hotly anticipated tech of 2017.

And finally, we’re gonna be real with you guys…. Apple had a rough 2016. But that’s all behind us now. It’s a new year. It’s a fresh start. We discuss what Apple needs to get right in 2017.

Finally, a holiday gift guide you actually care about [Deals]

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Beats by Dre, UE ROLL 2, and lots of Mac amenities make for some very happy holidays.

The people on your holiday shopping list deserve cutting-edge gifts. That’s why you won’t find ugly sweaters or gifts that are actually meant for pets not people in the Cult of Mac gift guide.

Loaded with tech gift ideas for Apple fans, this handy guide will make you the best gift-giver in the family for once.

Griffin’s new adapter fixes iPhone 7’s most hated feature

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Get ready to see more adapters like this.
Photo: Griffin

Apple is set to kill the century old headphone jack when it unveils the iPhone 7 during an event on September 7th, which is bad news for your favorite pair of wired headphones, but great news for accessory makers like Griffin.

The popular iPhone accessory maker is already prepared to cure your headphone jack woes this fall with the introduction of its newest adapter that gives your old headphones new Bluetooth 4.1 powers.

Behold the Griffin throne of power for your Apple Watch and iPhone [Deals]

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Griffin's power station gives both your Apple Watch and iPhone a proper place to recharge.
Griffin's power station gives both your Apple Watch and iPhone a proper place to recharge.
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If you’ve opted for the best in smartwatches and smartphones (I’m talking about the Apple watch and iPhone, of course), you shouldn’t be charging them on your windowsill or coffee table. The Griffin Watchstand Charging Station gives you a single, sleek place to charge both. Give your prized peripherals a place of privilege for just $49.99.

Griffin’s Travel Power Bank keeps your Apple Watch charged for days

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For when Apple Watch needs an energy boost. Or four.
Photo: Griffin

Cult of Mac CES 2016 full coverage Griffin Technology introduced several new products ahead of CES 2016 that aim to improve the way you charge your Apple devices. A prominent pick is a tiny portable battery called the Travel Power Bank that delivers much needed on-the-go power to the often inadequate Apple Watch.

“With our compact, all-in-one battery and charging cable on hand, users can leave their Apple Watch charging cable safe at home with no worries about running out of power,” said Andrew Biddle, Category Manager of Power Products at Griffin Technology.

New USB-C cable brings magnetic power to your 12-inch MacBook

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When Apple left off MagSafe connection to its USB-C MacBook, Griffin came up with a solution.
When Apple left off MagSafe connection to its USB-C MacBook, Griffin came up with a solution.
Photo: Griffin

In making a smaller MacBook, Apple took away one little thing that could have us tripping – literally. Gone with all the ports on the slim 12-inch MacBook with a single USB-C port is the magnet in the connector that kept your charging cord securely plugged in.

Trip over the cord on earlier MacBooks and it broke away cleanly without sending your laptop flying. Foreseeing the accidents, tech accessory company Griffin has created a USB-C power cable with a quick-release magnetic feature.

Step up your car charging game with these three clever devices [Deals]

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Griffin's iTrip AUX lets you charge and control your phone's audio, all through the Aux-in jack.
Griffin's iTrip AUX lets you charge and control your phone's audio, all through the Aux-in jack.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Cars play a key role in how we use our digital devices, like providing the perfect way for listening music, convenient ways to take hands free calls, and keeping our phones charged up. There’s still more that can be done though, and we’ve rounded up the car charging stations to prove it.