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Tim Cook teams up with Charles Koch to fight for dreamers

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch are usually on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but the two business titans are coming together to support a common cause: The Dreamers. In a rare opinion piece authored by Cook and Koch, the two implore Congress to act now so that this holiday […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Super antenna iPhone cases, smart screen protectors, and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

If you’re plagued by dropped calls and slow data, say hello to Firefly for iPhone. Thanks to “super antenna technology,” this case can boost cellular, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity while protecting your iPhone from scuffs and bumps. It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have smart screen protectors, […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

FCC Votes to Scrap Net Neutrality Protections

The FCC today voted on party lines to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The vote was led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was supported by his fellow Republican Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O'Reilly. Pai insists the standing rules were overly burdensome to businesses and reduced investment in internet services. Pai believes the industry should regulate itself and suggests the Federal Trade Commission has the wherewithal to protect…

Google Just Made It Easier to Save Money on Flights and Hotels

Google today updated several of its travel tools in ways that should help people find the best, least-expensive options when traveling. Google Flights, for example, now includes tips under search results, such as when prices are abnormally low or high. Google Flights can also let you know that prices are unlikely to change, so it is safe to book most any time. These tools are powered by machine learning, and…

Instagram Gains More Silly Stuff for the Holidays

Instagram today rolled out another wave of creative tools for social media aficionados. First, the Superzoom tool offers more zoom options and sound effects for overly-dramatic videos. Next, the app marks the debut of three new holiday-themed face filters, which include balloons bursting with confetti, winter makeup, hearts, and more. Last, the app is boosting its collection of stickers with additions for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Instagram says users can…

Snapchat's Lens Studio Lets Anyone Create Lenses

Snapchat today debuted Lens Studio, a desktop application that makes it easy for anyone to design and create Lenses for the Snapchat community. Snapchat says Lens Studio is free to Mac and Windows, and guides creative types through the process of animating their ideas for mobile devices. Artists can then use a special Snapcode to share their creations with others who can unlock the Lens. Snapchat hopes developers and other…

Pandora Spins a New Tune with Video Ads to Unlock Premium Sessions

Pandora today rolled out a new way to enjoy streaming music on mobile devices. Moving forward, people who use Pandora's free, ad-supported service will be able to listen to a specific song, album, or playlist after viewing a 15-second video ad. Before today, searching for a specific song only created a radio station based on that search. The video ad unlocks Pandora Premium for a limited time, meaning people can…

Apple seeds first iOS 11.2.5 beta and more to developers

Hot on the heels of today’s iOS update for the public, Apple has come out with a fresh set of beta updates for developers with the release of iOS 11.2.5 beta 1, along with new betas for Apple Watch and Apple TV too. Developers can download the first betas for iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2 and […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Pad & Quill’s bumper case wraps iPhone X in leather

Looking to add some vintage vibes to your futuristic iPhone X? The folks at Pad and Quill have you covered with the world’s first ever handmade leather bumper case for the iPhone X. The design for the case has been in the works for three years and was inspired by old school leather coin purses. […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

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