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319: How Apple’s going to spend its MASSIVE fortune 💰🎉

Chris C.

Photo:  Business Insider

Photo:  Business Insider

This week on CultCast:

Tim Cook is THRILLED with the US’ new tax overhaul, and has some exciting plans to spend Apple’s massive fortune. Plus: forget other smart speakers—we’re tell you why we’re now even more excited for HomePod. And stick around for our favorite movies, shows, and sausages in an all-new very weird What We’re Into!


This episode supported by:


  • Casper’s American-made mattresses have just the right amount of memory foam and latex, and people everywhere love them. Learn why and get $50 towards any mattress at Casper.com/cultcast.


  • From how to become more productive and professional to how to read body language, network, and negotiate, the Art of Charm podcast covers anything that will help you become a high-performer at home and at work. Check it out at theartofcharm.com/podcast.


  • CultCloth will keep your iPhone 8/X, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can use code "CULTCAST" to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.


  • The Cult of Mac Watch Store has the best straps in the biz! Save 20% off any order with code "CultCast" at checkout.


  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


Come say helloooooo!

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You’ll soon be able to disable Apple’s iPhone throttling feature

https://www.cultofmac.com/523987/disable-iphone-throttling-soon/

  • Tim Cook has revealed that a future iOS 11 update will let users disable the feature that was causing their iPhone to throttle performance.
  • He says that this forthcoming update will give users the option to disable performance throttling if they would rather be at risk of unexpected shutdowns but maintain full CPU and GPU performance.

Apple says it will add $350 billion to U.S. economy

https://www.cultofmac.com/523809/apple-says-will-add-350-billion-u-s-economy/

  • Apple’s big tax break is about to unleash an big beautiful avalanche of spending from the iPhone-maker.
  • In its last earnings report, Apple said it held $252 billion in cash overseas. It appears, given the new corporate tax rate of 15.5  percent, that it is returning a majority of this to the United States. This low rate is a one-time deal for corporations to repatriate their overseas cash hordes
  • Apple revealed its plans to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years now that the fee for repatriating its mountain of overseas cash has been significantly lowered.
  • Even though construction on Apple’s new spaceship campus just finished, the company says its already looking to build a new one. Plans (including the location) for the third Apple HQ will be revealed later this year. The building will initially house new team specializing in technical support for customers.
  • The company also says it plans to increase the size of its advanced manufacturing fund from $1 billion to $5 billion. The fund is used to invest in U.S. manufacturing companies and suppliers.
  • Apple says it will add over 20,000 new jobs in the next five years by hiring for new jobs at its existing campuses and the new one. $30 billion will be spent on capital expenditures in the US over next 5 years with $10 billion of that going to data centers.
  • With the new tax law in effect, Apple expects it will only pay $38 billion to bring its money home. That would still be the largest ever payment to the IRS.

Apple employees get big bonus thanks to Trump

https://www.cultofmac.com/523889/apple-employees-get-big-bonus-thanks-trump/

  • Apple told employees Wednesday that it plans to give all of them $2,500 worth of restricted stock, thanks to the revised tax law that goes into effect this year.
  • Trump applauded Apple’s moves on Twitter, saying “Great to see Apple follow through as a result of TAX CUTS. Huge win for American workers and the USA!”
  • Tim also announced a very generous new charity match:
    • I’m happy to announce that starting immediately and running through the end of 2018, Apple will match all employee charitable donations, up to $10,000 annually, at a rate of two to one.

First HomePod shipments are on the way to Apple ahead of launch

https://www.cultofmac.com/523717/first-homepod-shipments-way-apple-ahead-launch/

  • Apple suppliers have begun shipping the first HomePod units ahead of the smart speaker’s much-anticipated launch. Just 1 million devices are on the way initially. However, Apple is expected to receive as many as 12 million by the end of this year.
  • HomePod was supposed to launch ahead of the holidays but Apple delayed it because it wasn’t ready. When it finally goes on sale this year, HomePod will give Apple fans an alternative to Amazon Echo and Google Home.
  • Meanwhile, smart speakers were ubiquitous at CES, and Amazon’s Alexa is now being built into everything from thermostats to toilets.
  • Apple still hasn’t provided us with a proper HomePod release date yet

What we’re into!

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jumanji_welcome_to_the_jungle/

Toast Made gadget wraps

https://www.toastmade.com/products/apple-pencil.html

Soyrizo spicy fake meat sauges

http://www.friedas.com/soyrizo/

Black Mirror season 4

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2085059/

318: The weirdest, whackiest, & wonderfullest gadgets of CES 2018!

Chris C.

Photo: Engadget

Photo: Engadget

This week on CultCast:

Our list of the weirdest, whackiest, and wonderfullest gadgets of CES 2018! Plus: Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, and hanging with Andy Dick—we remember our favorite stories from CES's of years past.


This episode supported by:


  • Casper’s American-made mattresses have just the right amount of memory foam and latex, and people everywhere love them. Learn why and get $50 towards any mattress at Casper.com/cultcast.


  • From how to become more productive and professional to how to read body language, network, and negotiate, the Art of Charm podcast covers anything that will help you become a high-performer at home and at work. Check it out at theartofcharm.com/podcast.


  • CultCloth will keep your iPhone 8/X, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can use code "CULTCAST" to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.


  • The Cult of Mac Watch Store has the best straps in the biz! Save 20% off any order with code "CultCast" at checkout.


  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


Come say helloooooo!

@erfon / Erfon's YouTube Channel / @bst3r / Buster on Instagram / @lkahney / @lewiswallace / @thecultcast


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Major power outage hits CES

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/10/16875192/ces-2018-blackout-power-outage

  • Power in the North and Central halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, which hosts CES annually, was out for nearly two hours on Wednesday.
  • The outage impacted hundreds of companies, including giants like LG, Samsung, and Sony, as well as many small startups that paid thousands of dollars to have a presence on the massive show floor.
  • This year’s CES seems to be marked by more chaos than usual, including unprecedented rain that flooded streets and shut down Google’s giant funhouse booth for a day.

Hue lights’ new iOS and Mac app will customize lighting for any occasion

https://www.cultofmac.com/522577/hue-lights-mac-ios/

  • Outdoor products on the way
  • Updated Hue app with complete redesign
  • Partnership with Razer
  • Philips Hue Sync
  • Hue Sync will analyze anything displayed on your monitor in real-time and create light scripts to compliment your content

DJI’s new Osmo 2 gimbal makes smooth iPhone footage cheap

https://www.cultofmac.com/522089/dji-unveils-cheap-osmo-2-gimbal-smooth-iphone-footage/

  • Capturing super-smooth video on your iPhone is about to get a lot easier (AND cheaper) thanks to the folks at DJI.
  • DJI unveiled its newest handheld smartphone gimbal today called the Osmo 2. The new gimbal packs simplified controls to allow anyone to record shake-free video from their iPhone, and it’s got some new tricks you won’t find on its predecessor.

How to reopen a recently closed tab in Safari on iOS

https://www.cultofmac.com/521667/how-to-reopen-recently-closed-tab-mobile-safari/

  • You’ve closed a tab in Safari and instantly realized that it was the wrong one.
  • This trick works on both the Mac and on iOS devices. All you need to do is long-press (or long-click on the Mac) the + icon, aka the New Tab icon. Do that, and up will pop a panel with a list of the tabs you closed since the last Safari relaunch. If you force-quit Safari for any reason, this list will be wiped
  • Even easier, just hit command-z on the Mac to instantly reopen the closed tab.

Smart toothbrush will use ResearchKit to give you a better clean

https://www.cultofmac.com/522377/smart-toothbrush-will-use-researchkit-to-give-you-a-better-clean/

  • the Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 with Artificial Intelligence uses AI to provide real-time feedback to users as they clean their pearly whites. It also uses Apple’s ResearchKit platform integration to crowdsource toothbrushing data from other users. The more people clean, the smarter the brush gets!
  • The brush contains real-time motion sensors, designed to capture brushing efficiency and effectiveness in 16 different zones of the mouth. It also uses Bluetooth connectivity and sonic vibrating technology,

Somnox’s robotic pillow is designed to snuggle

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/09/somnox-s-robotic-pillow-is-designed-to-snuggle/

One group of researchers in the Netherlands believes thinks the reason you’re not sleeping well is because you’re not cuddling enough.

Vortx blows air at your face while you're gaming and it's great

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/10/vortx-air-gaming-youtube-fan-whirlwind-fx/

  • Vortx is absolutely ridiculous, totally frivolous, and that’s exactly why you’ll love it.
  • It's a cube that sits on your desk, and it blows hot or cold air in your face, depending on what's happening on your screen.

317: The $400 butt cleaner 🤔

Chris C.

Photo:  Amazon

Photo:  Amazon

This week on a very fun, educational, and addictive CultCast:

  • Everything you want to know about Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement program, and why you should absolutely use it.
  • We’ll tell you about Steve Job’s new fashion line soon to be sweeping the runways of a Costco near you
  • We break down just how much money Tim Cook earned each week and each day in 2017. Spoiler: He’a rich yaaa’aaall!.
  • A high-tech butt cleaner, a $400 cooler, and a powerhouse network attached storage — Faves N Raves is back baby. We’ll pitch you our favorite tech then vote on which is best.


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  • From how to become more productive and professional to how to read body language, network, and negotiate, the Art of Charm podcast covers anything that will help you become a high-performer at home and at work. Check it out at theartofcharm.com/podcast.


  • CultCloth will keep your iPhone 8/X, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can use code "CULTCAST" to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.


  • The Cult of Mac Watch Store has the best straps in the biz! Save 20% off any order with code "CultCast" at checkout.


  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


Come say helloooooo!

@erfon / Erfon's YouTube Channel / @bst3r / Buster on Instagram / @lkahney / @lewiswallace / @thecultcast


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Apple apologizes with $29 iPhone battery replacements

https://www.cultofmac.com/520837/apple-apologizes-29-iphone-battery-replacements/

  • Apple confirmed last week that it lowers CPU performance. But they say they do it because as batteries age they can’t meet peak CPU draw demands, especially when the battery is low. When this happens it causes the device to restart, so Apple added an algorithm that curves CPU demands as batteries age.
  • STATEMENT:

    • “First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” the company says on its website. “Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”
  • Apple also says it will come out with an iOS update in early 2018 that will give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery. Third-party apps like coconutBattery can also be used to check an iPhone’s battery status.

  • Devices affected by the throttling include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE. Apple notified customers today that it will reduce the price on out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements by $50, putting the cost at just $29.
  • There was a rumor going around that Apple would only replace batteries for phones that didn’t pass a battery diagnostic test, but an internal Apple memo apprehend by French Tech Blog iGeneration states that the Genius bar should allow battery replacements for all who ask
  • If you’re wondering if you should replace your battery, Apple can run a diagnostic on your phone's battery remotely – you don't need to visit an Apple Store. Just contact their customer service via chat or email.

‘Steve Jobs’ could be Italy’s hottest new fashion line

https://www.cultofmac.com/520805/steve-jobs-now-jean-company/

  • An Italian clothing company going by the name of “Steve Jobs” has won its long-standing legal battle with Apple for the right to sell jeans with Jobs’ name on them.
  • The company — founded by brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato — was created back in 2012 when the two noticed that Apple hadn’t filed for a trademark on the name Steve Jobs. They decided the tech icon’s name would be perfect for their new fashion brand and slapped it on their first line of jeans.
  • Apple quickly filed a lawsuit against the Steve Jobs fashion company which uses a stylized J with an apple leaf at the top and a bite mark on the right side. According to la Repubblica Napoli, Apple lost its case because it unsuccessfully attacked the company’s logo itself, not Jobs’ name.
  • The Italian court ruled that because the letter “J” isn’t edible the mark on the side can’t be considered a bite, therefore it’s not ripping off Apple’s own logo.

Tim Cook will take home $102 million this year

https://www.cultofmac.com/520693/tim-cook-102-million/

  • Apple has had a great year, and CEO Tim Cook is being rewarded accordingly. According to a new report, Cook will take home a massive $102 million this year, composed of both his $3.06 million salary and an equity award of $89.2 million.
  • For security reasons, the Apple board now stipulates that Cook use private planes for all business and personal travel. His personal security costs in 2017 were calculated at $224,216, while he ran up a $93,109 bill for traveling on private planes for non-business trips.
  • Apple’s latest filing reveals that Cook’s top five lieutenants — including Luca Maestri, Angela Ahrendts, Johny Srouji, Dan Riccio, and Bruce Sewell — each received bonuses of $3.11 million. Including salary and stock options, this meant they earned around $24.2 million each, depending on if they stay at Apple long enough for all of their awarded stock options to vest.
  • Apple does not reveal how much it paid to Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, who recently returned to his job running Apple’s design team after two years working on the Apple Park headquarters project.
  • Tim Cook has previously said that he will donate his fortune (which currently stands at close to $1 billion) to charity — after paying for his 12-year-old nephew’s college education.

iMac Pro’s space gray accessories fetch silly money on eBay

https://www.cultofmac.com/521379/imac-pros-space-gray-accessories-fetch-silly-money-ebay/

  • The iMac Pro is the same size and shape as any other iMac. But to differentiate it from its more affordable siblings, Apple gives it an exclusive space gray paint job — and throws in space gray accessories to match.
  • Adopters get a space gray Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, a Magic Mouse 2, a Magic Trackpad 2, and a Lightning cable. If you buy these separately from Apple, they’re only available in white.
  • The combo is going for 500-$650 on eBay.
  • If you forget to buy one of the accessories during checkout, you can’t buy it separately.

Faves N Raves!

The $400 Toto Washlet C200 butt cleaner

http://amzn.to/2F0FQjk

Parrot Zik 3 headphones

http://amzn.to/2CwgCHP

Synology 418Play NAS

http://amzn.to/2F0oL8Q

Otterbox Venture 45 cooler

https://www.otterbox.com/en-us/venture-45/cooler/otr56-cooler-45.html

316: The BEST Apple Gadgets of 2017!

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple

Photo:  Apple

Happy New Year! On The Cult Cast:

Our picks for the BEST Apple Gadgets of 2017 💪🏼 Plus: Apple admits they are indeed slowing down older iPhones and Mac, but there’s more to the story than you’ve heard. We’ll tell you how to check if you’re affected, how to check your battery health, and how to prevent getting throttled.


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  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


Come say helloooooo!

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How old batteries are slowing down your iPhone and Mac

https://www.reddit.com/r/iphone/comments/7inu45/psa_iphone_slow_try_replacing_your_battery/

  • It all started with a post on Reddit (TeckFire):

    * My iPhone 6S has been very slow these past few weeks, and even after updating multiple times, it was still slow. Couldn’t figure out why, but just thought that iOS 11 was still awful to me. Then I used my brother’s iPhone 6 Plus and his was faster than mine? This is when I knew something was wrong. So, I did some research, and decided to replace my battery. I did a Geekbench score before the battery change, and found I was getting 1466 Single and 2512 Multi. After changing my battery, I did another test, and this time it was 2526 for Single and 4456 for Multi. From what I can tell, Apple slows down phones when the battery gets too low.

Apple hit with two lawsuits over slowing down iPhones

https://www.cultofmac.com/520147/iphone-lawsuits-battery/

  • Apple has admitted to purposely throttling the performance of aging iPhones, but they say it’s not to shorten your device’s life, but to lengthen it.
  • Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
  • Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”

A bad battery will result in a slowed Mac too

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4468165?tstart=0

Slow iPhone? Here’s how to check the health of your battery

https://www.cultofmac.com/519699/how-to-check-health-iphone-battery/

  • coconutBattery is a FREE Mac app that performs a single task — it checks the status of the battery in your Mac, or the battery of any iDevices connected to that Mac.
  • It shows you the state of your battery health, charge cycle, and the current capacity vs. the designed capacity
  • iStat menus also works for battery health and charge cycle plus a ton of other super useful information

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs loses ‘Man of the Year’ award to the PC

https://www.cultofmac.com/519947/tiah-steve-jobs-man-of-the-year/

  • Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” issue hit newsstands on December 26, 1983, and Steve Jobs fully expected to be on the cover.
  • The award represented just how far personal computers had come in just a few years, not just technologically but also as a world-changing industry. Apple, only five years old at the time, had not yet released the Macintosh. However, the Apple II was phenomenally successful. Apple was also on the verge of launching the Lisa, its first machine to offer a graphical user interface and mouse.
  • But when Steve received his issue of Time, it was not himself on the cover, but a PC. It was the first time the magazine had featured a non-human on the cover.
  • Steve Jobs is 27 years old. And when we read the article to him, he was so upset, he actually cried.