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First Peanuts Mother’s Day special will celebrate all kinds of moms

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First Peanuts Mother’s Day special will celebrate all kinds of moms
Peppermint Patty takes center stage in the first Peanuts Mother’s Day special.
Photo: Apple TV+

The Peanuts gang is about to star in their first Mother’s Day special. To Mom (and Dad), With Love will focus on Peppermint Patty, who doesn’t have a mom. Or does she?

A trailer dropped on Friday so you can get a glimpse of the troubles Charlie Brown and his friends will have celebrating this special day.

Cupertino offers deals to ‘Make Mom’s day with Apple Pay’

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Do Mother's Day with Apple Pay this year.
Do Mother's Day with Apple Pay this year.
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As you may have nervously noted, given past lapses (You? Never!), Mother’s Day is fast approaching. It falls on Sunday, May 8. To help you out, Apple sent out a series of Apple Pay promotions Wednesday that’ll save you a few bucks on thoughtful gifts for mom.

Discounts are outlined below. And in case you missed it, Apple also put out a gift guide for the occasion.

Get a huge bouquet of 24 roses delivered for Mother’s Day, over half off!

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Get 24 luxury roses delivered for Mother's Day.
Save on a bouquet of mixed-color roses for Mother's Day.
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Is there anything that feels quite as special as receiving flowers delivered right to your door? If you’re looking to show mom — or someone who is like a mom to you — how much they mean this Mother’s Day, look no further than this perfect Mother’s Day Special 24 Mixed Color Roses. They cost just $39.99, more than half off the total retail value, and ship free with code SHIP4FREE.

The Snoopy Show returns along with new Peanuts holiday specials

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‘The Snoopy Show’ returns to Apple TV+ in March
New episodes of The Snoopy Show premiere on Apple TV+ in March.
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Season two of The Snoopy Show premieres on Apple TV+ in March, with fresh adventures of Charlie Brown’s irrepressible pooch, his pal Woodstock and the rest of the gang. A new trailer shows the fun to be expected.

It’ll soon be followed by a pair of new Peanuts holiday specials for Earth Day and Mother’s Day.

Apple highlights accessories in its 2019 Mother’s Day gift guide

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Looking for a Mother's Day gift? Apple has some ideas.
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Sunday May 12 is Mother’s Day in the United States — meaning that you’ve got got just under one month to pick your mom up something that lets you know how much you appreciate her.

While flowers or chocolates are standard fare, Apple’s got an even better idea: Why not buy her an Apple product? With that in mind, the company has debuted its Mother’s Day gift guide for 2019.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Strength is the missing Activity Ring on Apple Watch, and more!

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In this week's Cult of Mac magazine: Why doesn’t the Activity app track strength training?
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: The Activity Rings on your Apple Watch don’t provide a complete picture of your fitness. There is one important ring missing: Strength. The Rock didn’t get ripped just by standing up once an hour. And both the Exercise and Move rings essentially measure the same thing: cardio.

As any fitness expert will tell you, an effective workout program should combine cardio with strength training. Here’s why strength is currently Apple Watch’s weakness, and how you can use third-party apps to make sure it isn’t yours as well.

You’ll find that story and more in this issue. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Mother’s Day on Messenger is all about digital flowers

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This is even weirder than that basketball game from March.
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We know that emoticons and Emojis are for expressing yourself when words fail you, but what does it mean when you put flowers around your text bubble? According to Facebook Messenger, that just means it’s Mother’s Day.

The chat app has rolled out a weird feature in advance of Sunday’s mother-loving holiday to let you festoon your messages with happy little flowers.

Here’s how you get in on the festivities.

Apple’s touching Mother’s Day ad was shot on iPhone

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Apple's new ad is all about moms.
Apple's new ad is all about moms.
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Mother’s Day is less than a week away and to celebrate, Apple has published a new video ad that spotlights mothers across the globe.

The new ad was shot entirely on iPhone, only instead of hiring a high-profile filmmaker to shoot the touching commercial, Apple compiled a collection of photos and short videos of moms shot by amateur photographers and iPhone users.

Watch it below: