Buster Hein (1:00 pm PDT, Dec 31st) A lot has changed since Steve Jobs flipped off IBM 30 years ago. Photo: Andy Hertzfeld 2014 will go down as one of the biggest years in Apple history. The stock hit record highs. The company’s first wearable was revealed. And Apple dropped $3 billion on its biggest acquisition ...continue reading Why Apple’s IBM partnership was the biggest tech news of 2014

David Pierini (12:07 pm PDT, Dec 31st) Police officers confronted a man protesting the shooting of a black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. (Whitney Curtis/for The New York Times) Photography’s impact on society doesn’t come down to single, striking images like it once did. Instead, the power today comes from conversations: What we talked ...continue reading Pictures from 2014 that got us talking

Jim Merithew (10:29 am PDT, Dec 31st) Let Siri help you keep your New Year Resolutions. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac I asked Siri to set me a 6:30 a.m. alarm so I could get this article written before my morning spin class. And that got me wondering what other things the young woman on ...continue reading Siri: Your Personal Resolution Wrangler

Is the iPhone 6 Plus the best smartphone of 2014?. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Android Smartphone innovation may have stalled in recent years, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from updating and improving upon their best devices. This year, we’ve seen big changes to devices like the iPhone, the Galaxy Note, and the LG G — as well ...continue reading The best smartphones money could buy in 2014

Allan Blocker (9:15 am PDT, Dec 31st) If you are like most, you’ve made a New Years resolution to get in shape. Cult of Mac Deals wants to help you achieve your best results. Today we highlight deals that can help you attain your fitness goals. Read on for fantastic offers on fitness trackers, portable audio ...continue reading Jump-start those New Years resolutions and save with these cool fitness accessories [Deals]

Thanks to the iPhone 6, the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite, and iOS 8, 2014 was a major year for Apple. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus brought new screen sizes and a radical redesign, while iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite introduced deep integration between Apple's mobile and desktop ...continue reading What's Coming From Apple in 2015: Apple Watch, iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, 12-Inch MacBook and More

UK retailer Phones4U shut down its online store and closed its retail operations earlier this year when the struggling company entered administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy. Now in the middle of the administration process, Phones4U is ready to liquidate its existing stock of products, including its entire inventory of iPhones, iPads and Beats headphones. ...continue reading Phones4U iPhone and iPad Inventory Being Liquidated at Low Prices by UK Auction House [iOS Blog]

Earlier this week, Apple debuted a new "Start Something New" campaign on its Japanese site, showcasing individuals using its latest products and creative apps to make art and capture photos. As of today, the company's new campaign has been expanded to several other countries, including the United States and many locations across Europe and Asia. ...continue reading Apple's 'Start Something New' Campaign Expands to U.S. and Other Countries

Luke Dormehl (7:32 am PDT, Dec 31st) Danger, danger! Will Robinson! Photo: PixelPusherChicago Apple Pay is a pretty seamless service for the most part — until you have to restore your iPhone, that is. Over on the Apple Support Communities forum, a number of users are complaining that they’ve been unable to add credit cards back ...continue reading Apple Pay glitch stops you reloading cards after iPhone restore

Samsung beat Apple and HTC in consumer satisfaction. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android While Samsung’s smartphone sales may be falling, those who are buying its devices couldn’t be happier with them. In a new satisfaction study, the South Korean electronics giant beat even Apple to the top spot of the smartphone category, while Nokia ranked ...continue reading Samsung beats Apple in smartphone satisfaction index