Ready, set, relax! Go deep with Apple Watch Breathe app [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 274]

Take a deep breath and learn how to get the most out of your Apple Watch with a pair of handy how-tos. Every Apple Watch owner can take advantage of Apple’s stress-busting Breathe app. However, you’ll need a Series 4 (and this week’s watchOS update) to get in on the ECG action. Get those how-tos […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Today in Apple history: The Byte Shop, Apple’s first retailer, opens

December 8, 1975: San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneur Paul Terrell opens The Byte Shop, one of the world’s first computer stores and the first to sell an Apple computer. Years before Apple would open its own retail outlets, the Byte Shop stocks the first 50 Apple-1 computers built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Today, the […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Snag awesome stocking stuffers for the Apple fans in your life [Deals]

Just like every year, the holidays hit us before we know it. So to make sure you aren’t caught without anything to offer the Apple fans and other tech types in your life, we’ve rounded up five great deals on stocking stuffers that are sure to please. We’ve got ultra-tough charging cables, adapters to make […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Essential Products Picks Up Email Company

Essential Products has acquired CloudMagic, the company behind the Newton email service. Essential told TechCrunch that it is "always on the lookout for companies with great technology and talent to help accelerate our product roadmap." The deal has sparked curiosity, as CloudMagic shut Newton down in September, stranding about 40,000 subscribers who'd paid for the service. Essential's future is unclear. The company's only phone, the Essential Phone, did not resonate…

Qualcomm Lays Off Hundreds in California and N. Carolina

Qualcomm has trimmed 269 jobs from data center locations in California and North Carolina. Earlier this year, the company said its data center business was struggling. It cut more than 1,500 jobs in April. "Qualcomm conducted a small reduction of our full-time and temporary workforce in certain areas of the company," said Qualcomm in a statement provided to TechCrunch. This week, the company made significant announcements concerning future products, including…

Huawei's Meng Facilitated Deals with Iran, Says U.S.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is facing extradition to the U.S. so she can face accusations that she hid connections with a company in order to sell sanctioned equipment to Iran. The U.S. first issued a warrant for Meng's arrest in August; she was arrested on Dec. 1 in Vancouver and has been held there since. The government alleges that Meng relied on Skycom Tech Co, based in Hong Kong, to…

Senators Want FCC to Keep Messaging Classified as an Information Service as FCC Probes Carrier Coverage Maps

A handful of Senators are asking the FCC to protect messaging services by keeping them classified as an information service. Last month, the FCC announced plans to reduce robocalls and spam messages. Part of that effort includes reclassifying text messages as a telecommunications service. This would give carriers more power to control messaging services through robotext-blocking and anti-spoofing measures. The FCC sees this as a positive for consumers, but 10…

Mango Health CEO quits to join Apple’s health team

Apple has made another high-profile hire that could help the company gain a stronger foothold in the healthcare space. Former Mango Health CEO Jason Oberfest left his highly-regarded startup last month. At the time, Mango Health only named a replacement but didn’t say where Oberfest was headed to. Now we have news that he has […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Apple’s Beddit sleep tracker gets more-polished look, new app

A new version of the Beddit sleep monitor launched today. This is the first version since Apple acquired the company making this accessory last year, and the result is better  hardware and software, though few new features. The hardware consists of a sensor strip which stays permanently wrapped around your mattress, ready to record your […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac