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A delicate ecosystem. Right.

A delicate ecosystem. Right.

David Shanks, CEO of Penguin Books, testified today that a provision in its e-books contract with Apple played a role in its decision to change contracts with other retailers, like, a crucial part of the US government’s case against Apple in the e-book anti-trust case happening now in federal court. Shanks said that the clause in question was “certainly a factor” in seeking out  [Read More…]

Every WWDC Banner Ever For The Last 11 Years [Gallery]

Every year thousands of Apple developers flock to San Francisco to attend Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference to be educated in all things Apple. Over the past decade the conference has undergone some big changes as Apple has introduced products like the iPhone, Mac Pro, Intel Processors, Mac OS X operating systems, and much more. An event that used to be lightly attended has now become the most popular developers conference  [Read More…]


Look, I’m no hippy; but there’s definitely something magical and awesome about the idea of transforming sunlight into music (really, I’m not a hippy — I don’t even know what patchouli oil smells like). And just like Eton’s other solar-powered Bluetooth speakers, that’s exactly what the new $ 200 Bluetooth-equipped Rukus XL does. Only in a bigger, badder, louder way.

The Rukus XL is the most powerful speaker of Eton’s Rukus lineup,  [Read More…]


Following a win by Samsung in the International Trade Court claiming that older Apple devices violate one of its patents, the ITC has issued an import ban on iPhone 4, iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G devices that run on the AT&T network.

The patent in question was Patent No. 7,706,384, which is called an “apparatus and method for encoding/decoding transport format combination indicator in CDMA mobile  [Read More…]

Own An iPhone 5? Avoid The BlueAnt Q3 Headset [Review]

I have no doubt that the BlueAnt Q3 Bluetooth (BT) headset is a good piece of technology, but like other BT headsets before it, performing well when paired with an iOS device is what’s really important, at least on this site.

Q3 Bluetooth Headset by BlueAnt Category: iOS Accessories, Bluetooth Headsets Works With: iPhone, iPad Price: $ 100

After all, here at Cult De Mac, Apple-specific compatibility is everything—we’re not just testing tech  [Read More…]

How to Change an Icon in Mac OS X

You can change the icon of just about any file, folder, volume, or application in Mac OS X. This is an easy way to customize the appearance of items in the file system, and it can be a fun way to add a customized look to the desktop and home folder on a Mac. It only takes a moment per icon, and they can either be changed to icons belonging to another file or app, or changed to any image,  [Read More…]

Software update Mac users can now update to OS X 10.8.4. The software update includes a new version of Safari versioned as 6.0.5, but otherwise focuses primarily on bug fixes.

The most notable bug resolution resolves the problem for when iMessages displayed some messages out of order of when they were sent and received, which has been a substantial complaint for many Mac users who use the messaging service to communicate. Other  [Read More…]

President Obama Goes To War Against Patent Trolls


The term “patent troll” tends to be thrown around a lot when talking about Apple, Samsung, et al.’s endless patent litigation, but there’s a big difference between companies trying to protect their patent profiles in court and the sort of trolls who exist for no other reason than to sue other companies for violations on overly broad patents that they aren’t using, stifling innovation (for example, notorious in-app patent troll Lodsys).

Reforms  [Read More…]


Following Gmail’s snazzy addition of categories for easily filtering your inbox mail, the Gmail iOS app has also been updated to support the functionality.

On the web, the way Gmail’s new inbox works is pretty simple. At the top of your Gmail inbox, you’ll have a number of customizable tabs. For example, you could set-up a tab for your social network notifications, and another for your closest friends, and another for  [Read More…]


Several technologies on your iPhone, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular data, are made to continually check for signal when you’re out and about. Continual checking requires power, which comes from your iPhone (or iPad, or iPod touch) battery.

It makes sense, then, that turning these different wireless features off when you don’t need them can help your battery last a little longer. Here’s how to do just that.

Bluetooth can be  [Read More…]