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June 18

Get ready to take control of Westworld as game hits iOS and Android this week

Based on the 1973 film and its subsequent sequel, HBO has struck gold with the Westworld TV series. Both the films and the TV run are perfect for a game adaption, so it was no surprise when Warner Bros. and HBO started teasing a new interactive experience. That was well over a year ago, but it looks like the release of the new Westworld iOS game is just around the corner now.

June 15

Lume Cube, the high-powered portable photography light, is now available in an exclusive kit at Apple Stores country-wide. The Lume Cube Creative Lighting Kit includes a number of accessories with the compact flash to refine the photography experience.

The team at Lume Cube had recently reached out to us asking if we’d like to take a look at what the small cube could do. As I’ve been getting more and more into mobile photography, a portable lighting system piqued my interest. After having received a review unit from Lume, I set out to see what all the fuss was about.

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June 5

Siri Shortcuts is Apple’s answer to a more robust personal assistant across their product line. A near visual clone to its predecessor Workflow, the new Shortcuts app brings deeper automation to iOS devices. Developers will be able to create “donations“, specific actions within their apps, that can then be controlled by Siri. By chaining these donations together, users will be able to personalize Siri requests to fit their personal use cases.

During the WWDC 2018 keynote, Apple demoed just how much Shortcuts is able to accomplish. Kim Beverett from the Siri Shortcuts team created a custom shortcut that allowed her to: send someone a message on her ETA, navigate to her home, set her HomeKit thermostat to 70 degrees, turn on her fan, and then play her favorite NPR station.

Although Siri Shortcuts isn’t officially out yet, even on the iOS 12 developer beta, we can surface a lot of this functionality with the currently available Workflow app. Let’s dive in.

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Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

June 4

How to watch Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote on June 4th

Today’s the exciting day when Apple will lay new groundwork for software developers within the Apple ecosystem. The WWDC 2018 keynote starts promptly at 10 AM PDT. While we’re not expecting any new hardware announcements, Apple is expected to focus on iOS 12, macOS 10.14, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5.

April 18

Popular Opera VPN is closing its doors, here are our favorite alternatives from $2/mo.

This morning Opera announced that it’s closing up shop on its free VPN app. With various moves by the United States government allowing telecom companies to sell or throttle data, it’s becoming more important than ever to consider utilizing a VPN. Following Opera’s decision to shutter its popular service, we’ve taken the time to roundup our favorite alternatives to help keep you safe out on the web.

April 12

Apple Music to release exclusive Flume documentaries on April 20th

Flume, an electronic music producer from Australia, recently took to social media to announce two new documentaries coming to Apple Music. The Australian electronic music producer has been making waves over the past few years for his unique genre-bending sounds.

It’s no secret that Apple Stores have struggled to keep up with demand for iPhone battery replacements, and it appears the company is trying a new strategy to reduce repair times for customers with affected iPhones. 9to5Mac has heard from multiple Apple Stores that the company has brought in both AppleCare employees and external contractors to work in retail stores on iPhone battery replacements specifically.

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April 10

Latest iTunes movie sale has $10 Disney flicks, 4K titles, more from $5

It’s Tuesday, and that means that the iTunes store has been refreshed with a new batch of movie deals. Leading the way this week is a sale on family-friendly animation, with a variety of titles clocking in at under $10. Most of these listings usually sell for around $15-$20, with the Disney titles going at the higher-end. As always, any purchase made here becomes a permanent part of your library. Our top picks are below.

April 8

Best Buy takes up to $109 off Apple Watch Series 3 in cert. refurb sale, deals from $295

Best Buy has kicked off a clearance and open-box sale this morning, and while there is a lot of inventory here to sort through, one deal caught our eye. You can save up to $109 on Apple Watch Series 3 in certified refurbished condition. The deals start at $295 and free shipping is available across the board. Nearly every model is included here in both sizes, such as Nike+, Cellular, Stainless Steel and more. So if you’ve been holding out, this is one of the strongest discounts that we’ve seen. Geek Squad Certified Refurbished products come with a 90-day Limited Warranty. More details here.

April 3

iTunes has a new $5 movie sale packed w/ action, comedy, drama and more

The iTunes store has been refreshed this morning with a new Build Your Collection sale with deals start at $4.99. You’ll find a wide selection of digital HD films across every genre that will become a permanent addition to your collection. Most of these films typically sell for $12-$20. We’ve rounded up our top picks below.

April 1

Best Buy’s 1-day Easter Sale has $1,000 off iMac Pro, Apple Watch S3 from $299, more

Best Buy has yet another one-day sale going today, highlighted by deep discounts on Macs and the return of $30 off Apple Watch Series 3. As always free shipping is available on orders of $35+ or you can opt for in-store pickup. You’ll find deals on TVs, smart home gear, audio and much more in this promotion as well. Our top picks are below.

March 29

Darkroom’s latest update brings creative control to the iPhone’s Portrait Mode capabilities. By taking a Portrait Mode photo’s depth data, Darkroom 3.5 can now independently apply adjustments to the foreground and background of an image. The new update also brings extended-range RAW support, depth-aware premium filters, and a slew of fixes.

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GoPro unveils new $199 HERO action camera w/ built-in touchscreen, waterproofing, no 4K

Update: Now available to purchase at Amazon.

This morning, GoPro delivered on a promise to unveil updated hardware this year, unveiling its new $199 HERO. Priced at a more “accessible” MSRP, it’s designed to bring in more content creators and comes at just the right time for a company that’s desperately in need of growth. GoPro has had its share of ups and downs in recent months as it shuttered its Karma drone operation and has seen sales slip.

March 28

How to pre-order Apple’s latest iPad: $25 Best Buy gift card offer, tax benefits, more

Yesterday, Apple took the stage at Lane Tech in Chicago to unveil the newest 9.7-inch iPad along with a host of other accessories and education-focused initiatives. Now retailers are beginning to offer pre-orders on Apple’s latest release, and we’ve rounded up all of the best offers below. That includes a free $25 gift card to Best Buy, potential tax savings and more. Head below for the full list.

Best Buy’s 24-hr. Flash Sale is loaded w/ Apple deals: MacBook Air $650, Apple Watch S3 $299, much more

Best Buy has a surprise to start your Wednesday morning. It just launched a new 24-hour sale, which is arguably one of the best that we’ve ever seen from them. Not only will you find all-time lows on MacBooks, but we’re also seeing a rare Apple Watch discount along with deals on TVs, smart home gear and much more. Free shipping is available on orders of $35+ or you can opt for in-store pickup on just about anything. We’ve rounded up our favorite Apple deals below…

March 27

Google acquires GIF platform, keyboard Tenor to improve image search, Gboard, & more

Google Images has seen a spate of updates in recent weeks, with the latest now being an acqusition of Tenor to improve its GIF capabilities. With keyboard apps for several platforms, Tenor is also notable for being a GIF platform that powers the likes of Gboard and Facebook.

Moment announces filmmaker collection with anamorphic lens and iPhone X battery case

Moment, the team behind high-quality mobile accessories, has today announced an anamorphic lens, a wirelessly charging iPhone X battery case, and a new gimbal counterweight. All of this is a part of the new filmmaker collection built around making mobile cinematography better.

iTunes movie bundle sale from $10: Lord of the Rings, Shrek, Hobbit, much more

iTunes has launched a new sale this morning focused on movie bundles. You’ll find favorites like Shrek, Lord of the Rings, Ice Age and much more marked down to historical all-time lows. Of course, each of these HD films will become a permanent addition to your iTunes library. This is a great way to expand your collection without paying full price for each individual title, which can range from $10-$20. You can shop the entire sale here, or see our top picks below.

March 26

Moog brings the classic Minimoog Model D to iOS today w/ introductory pricing [Video]

Moog’s legacy in the electronic music and synthesizer world is second to none. The company has been pumping out some of the most amazing instruments on the planet since the 70’s, including one of the world’s first portable synthesizers known as the Minimoog Model D. The pricey icon of yesteryear may have at some time only really been available to big time acts like Nine Inch Nails, Kraftwerk and Dr. Dre (just to name a few), Moog is now bringing a lovingly recreated version of the Model D to iOS for the rest of us.

March 15

Logitech has today announced its RGB venture into a more immersive desktop gaming environment. The new G560 PC Gaming Speakers are the company’s first with LIGHTSYNC technology. The software works with the satellite speaker’s RGB lighting syncs your music, movies, and games to create a more immersive experience.

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