Close old tabs automatically to keep Safari clean [Pro tip]


Automatically close old tabs in Safari
Let Safari take care of clearing old tabs.
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Safari pro tips bugWe want to help you master Safari. Cult of Mac’s Safari Pro Tips series will show you how to make the most of Apple’s web browser on iOS and Mac.

Are you an unwitting Safari tab hoarder? It’s easy to forget to close old tabs you no longer need — especially on iPhone, where the dozens of open tabs you’ve forgotten about aren’t always visible. But did you know that Safari can clear all your old tabs automatically after a certain period of time?

Find out how to set up automatic tab clearing in this Safari pro tip.

This mobile charger quickly juices up MacBook and iPhone simultaneously [Review]


Aukey Omnia Mix3 Charger review
The Aukey Omnia Mix3 Charger is smaller than Apple’s MacBook one, but boasts 3x as many ports.
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The Aukey Omnia Mix3 90W 3-Port PD Charger can juice up your MacBook Pro at nearly full speed. Or it can power your iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch all at the same time.

Since Apple stopped bundling chargers with its iPhones, but they do come with a Lightning to USB-C cable, now is a good time to consider a multi-port USB-C solution like this one.

I put the Aukey wall charger to the test powering up my devices. Read on to see how well it did.

Apple turned down offer to buy Tesla on the cheap


The Tesla Model 3 is the company’s sedan
When Tesla was struggling to launch the Model 3, the CEO investigated selling the company to Apple.
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Apple could have bought electric automaker Tesla at a bargain price, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. But Apple’s chief executive wasn’t interested.

Musk revealed this historic bombshell Tuesday, alongside his comments on a recent report about Apple’s plans for a self-driving vehicle.

Cardio Fitness: What Apple’s new health metric means and how you can use it


Low Cardio Fitness Notifications are about your lungs as well as your heart
Low Cardio Fitness notifications are about your lungs as well as your heart.
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Apple’s VOmax metric measures the performance of your heart and lungs when you push yourself to the limit. Up until now, though, it’s only been useful to serious fitness fanatics. No wonder Apple buried it in the Health app, where most users never found it.

But watchOS 7.2 and iOS 14.3, which Apple released Monday, change all that. In those updates, the VOmax metric has been renamed Cardio Fitness. Now it can detect lower ranges and send alerts when the reading gets too low. That makes it the latest in a series of potentially life-saving health notifications from Apple Watch.

Here’s everything you need to know to get the benefit of this essential new feature.

Wolfwalkers is the best animated film of the year [Apple TV+ review]


Apple TV+ enters the world of auteur animation with new animated film Wolfwalkers.
Apple TV+ enters the world of auteur animation with new animated film Wolfwalkers.
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Wolfwalkers, the animated movie that arrives on Apple TV+ today, is the best animated film of 2020. A fiery mix of folklore and feminism, it’s one of the most astonishing works of visual art you’re likely to see this year.

It comes from the makers of gorgeous animated features The Secret of Kells and The Breadwinner — and it marks their strongest work to date.

How to switch your Apple Watch to a new iPhone


How to switch your Apple Watch to a new iPhone
Here’s how to get your Apple Watch ready for your new iPhone.
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You just got a shiny new iPhone 12 and of course you want your Apple Watch to play nicely with it. You could reset the Watch to start out fresh, but there’s an easier way switch your Apple Watch to your new iPhone.

Here’s what you do.

Check out this Black Friday holiday gift guide for the best gifts under $150


Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Whip through your holiday shopping with these sub-$150 gifts.
Whip through your holiday shopping with these sub-$150 gifts.
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It’s that time of year again — post turkey-carving and game-watching, it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts. Take the guesswork (and stress) out of what presents you’ll be giving to your family and friends this year for the holidays.

We rounded up the top 11 gifts under $150, conveniently wrapped up in one list for you, so you can take care of everyone on your list, from your next-door neighbor to your mom. And, you can rest assured you’re getting the best deal possible. For a limited time, enjoy an extra 20% off for Black Friday pricing site-wide using code BFSAVE20.