Apple confirms it bought Shazam

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Shazam has been an essential iPhone app for years.
Shazam has been an essential iPhone app for years.
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Buggy software could tarnish Apple’s sterling reputation

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iOS 11 is painfully buggy.
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Apple built its trillion-dollar reputation delivering beautiful hardware that turned tedious tasks into magical experiences.

But a recent string of ridiculous bugs — and a seriously shocking security flaw — put Cupertino in a precarious position: If Apple doesn’t stop the screw-ups, it could permanently sully its good name.

The best iPhone accessories

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Accessories can make your iPhone easier to use.
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The iPhone comes in such a simple form that you could think of it as the core brain of a larger system. If you need to go underwater, you can get a case for that. If you want to turn it into a satnav for your bike or stroller, you can do that, too (see below).

The iPhone accessory market is huge, and there is a gadget or gizmo for almost anything. Here are some of our favorite iPhone accessories, for the new iPhone X as well as for older iPhones.

Xiaomi can’t trademark its iPad ripoff

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One of Xiaomi's soundalike "Mi Pad" tablets.
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Xiaomi, the Chinese company which once specialized in brazen iPhone ripoffs, has gained its own identity in the past few years — but that doesn’t mean that it no longer rips off Apple’s intellectual property.

Fortunately, Apple just gained some struck back, persuading an EU court not to grant Xiaomi a trademark for its “Mi Pad” tablet name.

Best iPad accessories for tablet fans [2017 Gift Guide]

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These iPad accessories will thrill anyone who gets them.
These iPad accessories will thrill anyone who gets them.
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2017 Gift Guide bugStill stressed about holiday shopping? Don’t fret! Cult of Mac is here to help you pick out the perfect gifts for your loved ones this Christmas. This gift guide offers up a bunch of brilliant suggestions for the iPad addict in your life.

We’ve handpicked the best accessories, the finest cases, and more.

Today in Apple history: World’s first iPad-only newspaper folds

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News Corp's experiment with an iPad "newspaper" came to an ugly end.
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December 3: Today in Apple history: iPad-only newspaper The Daily closes December 3, 2012: News Corp pulls the plug on The Daily, the world’s first iPad-only newspaper, less than two years after it launched.

While the writing has been on the wall for some time, the closure is a blow for those who view the iPad as the savior of the traditional publishing industry.