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Avoid blowing your budget this holiday season with this app [Deals]


Get a bird's eye view of your spending without the need to sync with your bank account.
Get a bird's eye view of your spending without the need to sync with your bank account.
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It’s easy to lose track of spending during the holidays. As the gift wrapping stack up, a lot of us could use a little help keeping an eye on the bottom line. But no matter the time of year, financial discipline is something everyone can benefit from.

App Store revenue could take big hit if developers fight Apple’s cut


Apple waives developer fees for nonprofits, others in 8 additional countries
Apple's App Store cash cow may not last forever.
Illustration: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The App Store is a big money spinner for Apple, but that could change if more developers, helped by regulatory intervention, push back against the commission that Apple currently takes.

In a note to clients, Macquarie Research analyst Ben Schachter suggests that this could cost Apple up to $16 billion annually. This follows news that Netflix is currently experimenting with a way to circumvent the cash it has to pay Apple.

Apple closes in on $1 trillion market cap


European Commission could get even tougher on tech in 2020
Warren Buffet wants to buy 100% of Apple.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The race to become the world’s first $1 trillion company is nearly complete with Apple share prices soaring on the stock market today.

Trading of AAPL stock hit 187.60 per share during the morning trading hours today, putting the company just $55 billion under the coveted $1 trillion market cap mark.

Angry Birds Champions lets you battle it out for real cash


Angry Birds
Do you have what it takes to cash in on Angry Birds?
Photo: Rovio

Get your flinging fingers ready for a new Angry Birds game that lets you battle it out for real cash.

Angry Birds Champions is an officially-licensed spin-off from WorldWinner. It’s everything you love about Angry Birds, but with the chance to compete against other players and get paid for smashing those pesky pigs.

Tim Cook wants to see money die


Tim Cook at Apple iPhone X event
Tim Cook hates cash.
Photo: Apple

The end of money can’t come soon enough for Apple CEO Tim Cook.

During Apple’s annual shareholders meeting today, Cook told investors that mobile payments like Apple Pay haven’t taken off quite as fast as hoped. However, he said he sees promising signs that the death of cash could soon be upon us.

Apple Pay Cash finally arrives in iOS 11.2 public beta 2


Apple Pay
You can now send friends money via iMessage.
Photo: Apple

The future of digital payments has finally arrived on the iPhone. Sort of.

Apple’s new peer-to-peer payments system called Apple Pay Cash is finally rolling out to public beta testers today with the release of the public beta for iOS 11.2 beta 2 and watchOS 4.2 beta 2, giving iPhone and iPad users the ability to send money to each other electronically.

Google’s most underrated app finally comes to iPhone


Google Opinion Rewards
Google Opinion Rewards pays real cash for your opinion.
Photo: Google

Google Opinion Rewards, the company’s most underrated app, has finally landed on iPhone.

For the first time, iOS users have the chance to answer surveys that earn them real cash. More than 10 million people are already using the service on Android.