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This week: our picks for the BEST Apple Gadge 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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How old batteries are slowing down your iPhone and Mac
  • 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
  • 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
 
Slow iPhone? Here’s how to check the health of your battery - leander
  • 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
  • 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 but a PC.  It was the first time the magazine had featured a non-human on the cover.
  • Steve Jobs 27 years old.  And when we ready to article, he was so upset, he actually cried.
Direct download: CultCast_316_-_The_BEST_Apple_Gadgets_of_2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm PDT

Ho Ho Hooo! This week on a very merry CultCast:
  • Next-day delivery of iPhone X is a sprinkling of Christmas magic
  • Updated AirPods are supposedly coming in 2018
  • How the iPhone almost never was
  • HOT Tips:
    • How to listen to Youtube videos when your iPad or iPhone screens are off
    • How to picture-in-picture Youtube videos on your iPad
    • And how to keep those pesky ads out of your Youtube videos for free
  • And we wrap up with our favorite shows of 2017!
  • To all our Cult friends, meeeeerry Christmas, happy (belated) Hanukkah
 
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On the show this week
 
Next-day delivery of iPhone X is a sprinkling of Christmas magic
  • It’s a Christmas Miracle!
  • All models are available in the U.S. Apple Store, marking something of a Christmas miracle for Apple — when you consider that the majority of pre-release reports suggested that the iPhone X wouldn’t be shipping to most customers until some time in 2018.
 
Listen up: Updated AirPods are supposedly coming in 2018
  • Did you know AirPods are among the most beloved new products that Apple has launched in years, with around 98 percent of customers describing themselves as either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with Apple’s wireless buds.
  • Apple is planning to release an updated version of its AirPods wireless earbuds in the second half of 2018, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a new note to clients.
  • While he doesn’t share too many details about what the new AirPods will do differently, he does suggest that they will adopt a smaller quartz component — quite possibly making them even smaller than the first-gen model currently available.
 
Today in Apple history: iPhone may have to seek new name
  • The original iPhone wasn’t an iPhone at all. 
  • Back in 1998, a company called InfoGear showed off an “iPhone” at CES. Costing $499, with extra charges for internet access, the device made very early use of touch technology, visual voicemail, basic apps and more.
  • Even though it got good reviews, it didn’t sell well, but it peaked Cisco’s interest, and they bought InforGear and the iPhone trademark in 2000.
  • Fast forward to 2007. Apple announces their iPhone, and they did it knowing that Cisco owned the trademark.
  • Steve Jobs wasn’t going to let something silly like the law stop him from using the name he wanted for Apple’s new device.
  • Despite Cisco owning the name, Apple nonetheless went ahead and introduced the iPhone in January 2007. The following day, Cisco filed suit against Apple. As Adam Lashinsky revealed in his book Inside Apple:
    • “[Charles Giancarlo, a Cisco executive at the time] fielded a call directly from Steve Jobs. ‘Steve called in and said that he wanted it,’ Giancarlo recalled. ‘He didn’t offer us anything for it. It was just like a promise he’d be our best friend. And we said, ‘No, we’re planning on using it.’’ Shortly after that, Apple’s legal department called to say they thought Cisco had ‘abandoned the brand,’ meaning that in Apple’s legal opinion Cisco hadn’t adequately defended its intellectual property rights by promoting the name
    • The negotiation displayed some classic Steve Jobs negotiating tactics. Giancarlo said Jobs called him at home at dinnertime on Valentine’s Day, as the two sides were haggling. Jobs talked for a while, Giancarlo related. ‘And then he said to me, ‘Can you get email at home?’ Giancarlo was taken aback. This was 2007, after all, when broadband Internet was ubiquitous in homes in the US, let alone that of a Silicon Valley executive who had worked for years on advanced Internet technology. ‘And he’s asking me if I’m able to get email at home. You know he’s just trying to press my buttons — in the nicest possible way.’ Cisco gave up the fight shortly after that.”
  • Apple later repeated this somewhat underhanded move by borrowing another trademark owned by Cisco — the name “IOS” (which Cisco used for “Internet Operating System”). As a make-good, Apple and Cisco announced that they were teaming up to “explore opportunities for interoperability,” although this never happened.
 
Best TV of 2017!
 
Leander
 
The Deuce
 
The Leftovers 
 
Silicon Valley
 
The Detectorists
 
The Crown
 
 
Erfon
 
Walking Dead!
 
AVDChina
 
Joe Rogan Experience
 
 
Direct download: CultCast_315_-_Best_TV_of_2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:23pm PDT

This week:
  • In a surprising turn of events, Jony Ive has taken back the reigns of Apple’s design team.
  • The new iMac is out, and the reviews are coming in.  We’ll tell you what’s new about this beastly machine with a MONSTER price tag
  • By the numbers: how much dough Apple earns every single second will help you realize what plebeians we all are
  • And we wrap with how Apple got it right 2017, and what they need to do better in 2018!
 
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On the show this week
 
Jony Ive is once again leading Apple’s design team
  • Jony Ive is reportedly returning to hands-on design duties at Apple, two years after being promoted to the role of Chief Design Officer.
  • According to an Apple spokesperson, “With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design.”
  • Why Ive would be returning to his old role isn’t immediately clear — nor what this means for Dye and Howarth. Ironically, at the time that Ive was given his new job in 2015, some pundits suggested it meant Jony was on his way out of Apple, and this was a way of carrying out the transition. Now that he is “demoted” to his old position, no doubt many people will take it as signaling much the same thing.
 
Apple’s insane earning power
 
Apple’s ridiculously powerful iMac Pro is coming this week
  • By the time you hear this, the iMac Pro will be ready for you to come 'n git it
  • Comes wtih an 
    • 8, 10, or 18 core Intel Xeon Chip
    • 32, 64, or 128 GB of DDR4
  • A new thermal design means the iMac Pro runs 80 percent cooler than a regular iMac
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports for powering two 5K displays or four 4K displays at once, a 10-gigabit Ethernet port, four USB-A 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. That makes it Apple’s most port-friendly Mac in years.
  • Hermetically sealed. Not upgradeable in any way, not even RAM.
 
iMac Pro impresses in first hands-on reviews
  • A few lucky tech reviewers have already gotten their hands on the slick new iMac Pro with
    • 10 core 3GHZ Intel Xeon chip, only the mid-tier chip (8, 10, 18 core)
    • 128GB DDR4 RAM
    • AMD Vega Pro with 64GB of RAM
  • Black Magic Speed Disk test: 3000 MB/s read/write SSD speeds….
  • Photographer Vincent Laforet got to incorporate the iMac Pro into his workflow for a few days and says
  • “I’ve seldom seen a jump this dramatic before on any new generation of Macs – 20%-30% speed increases are the norm … NOT 200%-300% increases.
  • Marques Brownlee has been using the machine for a week and did a quick overview video of it.  His reaction was more tempered but you could tell he was impressed with it’s FCP performance, especially since he films raw 8K and previews his cuts with color grading applied.
  • Makes the argument that for the price it’s a good value since you’re getting cutting-edge components that purchased separately would cost about the same price of the machine.
Direct download: CultCast_314_-_Shakeup_Jony_Ive_takes_back_the_design_team_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm PDT

This week:
  • Everything you need to know about Apple Pay Cash.
  • One of the best, most anticipated Apple TV apps fo 2017 is FINALLY available.  We’ll talk about that.
  • Why are we so hard on Apple?  We recently received some harsh email from a critic asking that very question.  
  • We wrap up with our huge list of the best gadgets of 2017!!
 
 
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On the show this week
 
iPhone X delivery times fall to within one week in US
  • All iPhone X models up for sale on Apple's online store are showing delivery in a week, down from 2-3 weeks two weeks ago.
  • KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said supply chain improvements were to thank for Apple's improved iPhone X ship times, specifically a diversification of LCP LTE antenna orders and higher yields of iPhone's TrueDepth dot projector.
 
Everything you need to know about Apple Pay Cash 
  • Used to pay people via the Messages app, though you can also use your Apple Pay Cash card to make Apple Pay payments if you have money on the card (card lives in your Apple Wallet)
  • You can add cash to your card by receiving payments, or adding cash in the wallet app (minimum $10).  This is one in the Wallet app.  Just select the card then press the little “i” at the bottom right of the screen
  • Money paid to you will live on your Apple Pay Cash card until you use it or transfer it to your bank.
  • Debit cards let you send money for free, while credit cards cost 3%
  • You can send money via Siri to people in your contacts
  • You can send/receive a minimum of $1-$3,000 in a transaction, and can send/receive up to $10,000 in any 7 day period.
 
Amazon Prime Video is finally available for your Apple TV
  • Apple has finally delivered on its WWDC promise to bring Amazon Prime Video to Apple TV, with just a few weeks to spare before Apple hit its own end-of-the-year deadline.
  • The tvOS version of the app is available to download on Apple TV 3rd generation devices or above by searching “Amazon Prime Video” on your set-top box. It brings an end to the days of having to use AirPlay to play Amazon Prime Video on your Apple TV, via another device.
 
Ditch your old router, Eero is the new king of Wi-Fi routers [Review]
 
AmpliFi HD’s blazing-fast Wi-Fi will spoil you rotten [Reviews]
 
I made my own smart HomePod speaker, and it’s awesome
 
Listener email: Why are we “so hard” on Apple?
 
 
Best gadgets of 2017!
 
Leander
 
Apple Wifi connected to a Amazon Echo dot
 
Sonos Playbase tv speaker
 
Amazon Echo Show
 
See sense bicycle lights
 
Wahoo Element GPS bicycle computer
 
Nokia Body Plus smart scale
 
Erfon
 
Hunter Symphony Homkit Fan
 
Fender GT 200 iOS controlled smart guitar amp
 
Fender GT 100
 
Fender GT 40
 
Rhinoshield Crashguard bumper case for iPhone X
 
For iPhone 8
 
Arlo Pro 2 smart security cameras
 
Arlo Q indoor camera
 
My 2013 MacBook Pro!
 
Lewis
 
Amplify HD mesh router
 
Koogeek Homekit smart bulb
 
Koogeek Homekit smart plug
 
Omna 180 smart homekit camera
 
Litter Robot 3 executive cat bathroom
 
Buster
 
DJI Mavic Pro Drone
 
One Wheel plus scooter board for clowns
Direct download: CultCast_313_-_All_the_best_gadgets_of_2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36am PDT

This week:
  • The bigs ones.  The bangers.  It’s our favorite movies of 2017!
  • The useful iPhone X gestures you haven’t heard about.
  • Apple’s new Youtube channel and it’s actually pretty cool.
  • The data for the LTE Apple watch is way more than we originally were told
  • It’s the end of an era.  Jailbreaking is dead.
 
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On the show this week
 
Heads up: Apple Watch data is significantly more expensive than carriers will tell you
  • Just a heads up: Got my first AT&T bill with my Apple Watch LTE added on. Taxes on the $10 data plan add-on come to $7.69 meaning the cellular plan for the watch is actually $17.69/month or $212.28 for a year of service. That's insane and totally not worth it. Just wanted to make people aware of the fact that AT&T conveniently neglects to mention how expensive the plan will actually be.
 
Big Cydia sources shut down as jailbreaking dies out
  • Jailbreaking was once a necessity to millions of iPhone owners, is just about dead, at least according to Cydia store creator Jay Freeman
  • Many of the features that made jailbreaking so popular — like video recording, useful settings toggles, custom ringtones, and enhanced multitasking — are now baked into iOS. So jailbreaking is no longer required for many iPhone and iPad users.
  • It was the only way to obtain native apps during the handset’s first year on the market. But even after the launch of the App Store, users turned to jailbreaking to get their hands on software Apple wouldn’t allow.
  • Two of Cydia’s largest repositories have been shutdown as jailbreaking dies out. ModMy and ZodTTD are no longer available, leaving BigBoss as the only major source still available to those who want apps and tweaks you can’t find in the App Store.
 
Apple’s new YouTube channel teaches iOS tips
  • Apple wants to help you make the most of your iPhone and iPad with a brand new YouTube channel. It offers a collection of how-to videos that teach you how to take screenshots, send attachments in Mail, print on the go, and more.
  • The channel, which launched on Monday evening, currently hosts ten how-to videos. They’ll teach you how to do things like change your wallpaper, mute or leave a group conversation in iMessage, delete call logs and photos, and more.
  • Each video is under two minutes in length. It provides step-by-step instructions for each how-to, with useful bullet points that make the directions easier to follow. English captions are also available if required.
 
The iPhone X gestures you didn’t know about
  • Swipe up and over to the right for app switching, or swipe up and to the right
  • Swipe up the down for reachability.
  • You can then access control center from the top of the lowered screen
  • Close apps by swiping them up (instead of using the lame minus icon)
  • Volume up. Volume Down.  Power button hold to restart/shutdown
 
You think your photos are safe in the cloud, but something that happened to me this week has me questioning that.
 
Our favorite movies of 2017!
 
Buster
Baby Driver
 
Logan Lucky
 
Leander
The Lure
 
It Follows
 
Devil in a Blue Dress
 
Lady Bird
 
Get Out
 
Erfon
Blade Runner 2049
 
Thor Ragnarok
 
The Doors: when you’re strange
 
Andy and Me: The Great Beyond
Direct download: CultCast_312_-_Our_favorite_movies_of_2017_also_the_Apple_news.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am PDT

This week:
  • HomePod’s been delayed, we’ll talk about that, but Bloomberg put out an interesting piece on the history of the HomePod, and it gives previously undisclosed details of the device you may find very interesting.
  • We gotta talk about net neutrality
  • How Tesla just out Apple’d, Apple
  • Is there still a point to Apple TV?  
  • Tactics to get the best prices on all the Black Friday stuff you want
  • Oh yeah, and 🦃 Gobble gobble yaaa’aaall! 🦃
 
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On the show this week
 
Net neutrality is almost dead, but we can still save it
  • FCC is about to kill Net Neutrality, and they’re calling it the Restoring internet freedom order
  • They’re currently taking our feedback into account, but the official vote for the order will be on Dec. 14th
  • Details of the new plan will were released today.  The plan completely removes restrictions on throttling or prioritizing content, and explicitly allows paid prioritization of content
  • Go to Battleforthenet.com.  It will help you take action. If will connect you to your congress person via phone and even provide you a script of what to say.
 
Tesla out-Apples Apple with the new Roadster “one more thing"
 
Apple’s HomePod smart speaker won’t be home for Christmas - buster
  • Apple’s new Siri-powered smart speaker won’t be one of the hottest gifts of the 2017 holiday season after all.
  • The HomePod was set to launch in December 2017, but the company released a statement today saying it needs more time to make the smart speaker ready for customers.
  • “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK, and Australia in early 2018
  • When it does launch, HomePod will cost $349, making it a lot more pricey than rival smart speakers from Amazon and Google
 
Apple's HomePod project actually predates the Amazon Echo, but has been canceled and restarted numerous times, and has undergone radical design changes
  • HomePod has been in development since 2012, and it’s not like the Echo.
  • The engineers and designers wanted to build a really great speaker that  "sounded better than the ones sold by the likes of Bose, JBL and Harman Kardon”
  • Prototypes ranged from a flat panel with a mesh screen to one measuring some three feet tall with dozens of speakers
  • In 2014, the project went from prototyping into an official endeavor
  • In that same year, Amazon released their Echo, and it reportedly blind-sided Apple’s engineers. They joked with each other that there must be mole working amongst them.
 
Is there still a point for Apple TV?
Smart TVs now have pretty great navigation and menu systems built in.  Many have Google cast built int.
 
The Best Black Friday deals of 2017
 
Moviepass now has a deal for 6.95 a month 
Direct download: CultCast_311_-_The_rocky_history_of_HomePod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm PDT

This week: 
  • Two weeks with the X.  We’ll tell you what we like and what still sucks.
  • Some very exciting new rumors about the next international of iPhone X
  • Two big features coming you to in iOS 11.2 which is now in its 3rd beta
  • What we tell you what we like and don’t about our favorite gadgets in a all-new under review 🤜🏼💥🤛🏼
 
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On the show this week
 
Apple may launch 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus in 2018 
  • One of the most reliable Apple analysts in the game is predicting big things for the iPhone X design in 2018.
  • According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release an iPhone X Plus next year with the biggest smartphone screen the company has ever made.
  • Kuo says Apple will release three iPhones in 2018 with a notch design. There will supposedly be a 5.8-inch (updated X) and a 6.5-inch model, both with OLED displays.
  • The third iPhone will supposedly have a 6.1-inch LCD display but come with the same bezel-free design as the iPhone X.
  • The 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus will have a display with 480 to 500 pixels per inch, possibly making it more pixel dense than the iPhone X. The 6.1-inch LCD version will only have a display with 320 to 330 PPI.
 
iPhone will get rear-facing 3D sensors in 2019
  • According to a Bloomberg, Apple is working on a new rear-mounted “3D sensor” for its 2019 iPhone, which will help further the company’s augmented reality ambitions.
  • The new system will work using lasers and measuring the amount of time it takes for them to bounce back to create a depth map. This is reportedly different to the TrueDepth sensor system used on the front of the iPhone X, which uses a pattern of 30,000 laser dots to measure depth information for features like Face ID.
 
Two big features coming to your iPhone 8 and X with the release of iOS 11.2
  • Apple Pay cash, which will work on the iPad.
  • Apple has added support for faster 7.5W wireless charging in its latest iOS 11.2 beta. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all support the increased charging speed. You’ll need a compatible wireless charging mat to take advantage of it, however.
 
2018 iPad Pro could get 8-core A11X Bionic chip
  • Apple supposedly plans to slap an octa-core processor in next year’s iPad Pro, making them the most powerful tablets Apple’s ever made.
  • For the iPhone X and iPhone 8, Apple created the A11 Bionic chip that comes with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores.
  • This is the same chip that is currently faster than the chips in 2012 iMacs and my 2013 MacBook Pro.
  • My machine is 33% in multicore tests, but image if they add another 2 high performance cores to the iPad.
 
 
Under Review
 
Eve Degree
 
Eve Room
 
Eve Weather
 
Chocolate Hub
 
Ecobee 4
 
Juuk  Watch Bands
 
Patagonia Micropuff Jacket
Direct download: CultCast_310_-_Two_weeks_with_the_X_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:19am PDT

This week: the iPhone X may be Apple’s best phone, but it’s not perfect.  Catch our first week impressions to hear what we love (and what we don’t!) about Apple’s very spicy new iPhone. Plus: our top reasons to NOT buy an iPhone X; how to use Apple Pay cash to pay your friends an fam; and catch our list of X-rated tips, aka the really useful iPhone X tips and tricks you haven’t heard about.
 
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On the show this week
 
Apple, the most personal computer
 
iPhone X setup shows Apple’s core brilliance
  • Automatic Setup signs you into iCloud, Keychain, iTunes, the App Store, iMessage and FaceTime using your Apple ID, according to Apple. It also takes care of device settings like language, region, network, keyboard preferences, Siri and Home and health data.
  • The setup is reminiscent of setting up a new Apple Watch, but even easier.
 
DisplayMate: iPhone X Has the 'Most Innovative and High Performance' Smartphone Display Ever Tested
  • Displaymate:  iPhone X's display resolution provides "significantly higher image sharpness" than can be analyzed by a person with normal 20/20 vision at a 12-inch viewing distance. DisplayMate said this means that it's now "absolutely pointless" to increase the display resolution and pixels per inch of the iPhone any further, since there would be "no visual benefit" for users
  • "highest absolute color accuracy of any display we have ever tested," with a display that is "visually indistinguishable from perfect.”
 
iPhone X could be Apple’s most fragile handset ever
  • Stress tests by SquareTrade Labs used a range of scientific robots to drop, bend, tumble, and dunk their new iPhone X to see how it managed to hold up to “everyday” damage.
  • They’re calling the X the most breakable, highest priced, most expensive to repair iPhone ever.
 
How to use Apple Pay Cash to send money to friends
  • Apple’s new peer-to-peer payments system called Apple Pay Cash is finally rolling out to public beta testers today with the release of the public beta for iOS 11.2 beta 2 and watchOS 4.2 beta 2, giving iPhone and iPad users the ability to send money to each other electronically.
  • It lets you send money to each other using iMessage.
  • You can send up to $3,000 and the transaction is free if you use a debit card registered in your Apple Wallet.
  • Have a credit or debit card registered in your Apple Wallet
  • Be in the United States
  • Have two-factor authentication activated on your Apple ID
  • Use an iPhone 6 or newer
  • Both you and the receiver must be running iOS 11.2
  • If you meet the above requirements, a new app will show up in the iMessage Dock
  • Once you hit $500 in Apple Pay Cash transactions, you must verify your identity. To do so, you need to take a picture of your driver’s license or official state ID card, and provide some personal information (Social Security number and so on).
 
iPhone X keeps your notifications secret from people who aren’t you
  • Thanks to Face ID, the iPhone X knows when its owner is looking at it, and can hide the content of your notifications until you do so. Now, if somebody else picks up your iPhone X and takes a peek at your incoming alerts, it will only see a list of the apps that have notifications for you.
 
 
X-rated Tips
 
How to teach FaceID to work more accurately
If Face ID doesn’t recognize your face, don’t reposition your face so it will accept it. Instead, type in the passcode so it will ad that position of your face to the accepted data set.
 
Activating multitasking
The smallest swipe of the home bar will register that you want to command the home bar to either go home or multitask. Moment you stop moving you will begin multitasking.
 
Scroll to the top
To quickly scroll to the top in any app, just double tap anywhere at the top of the screen (under the notch, or side of notch both work)
 
Adjust your notification privacy settings 
iPhone X has them hidden by default if your phone is locked.  You can go to Settings>Notifications>Show Previews to make them visible when locked.
Direct download: CultCast_309_-_iPhone_X__Our_top_likes_our_top_dislikes.mp3
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This week: iPhone X—the good, the bad… the ugly.  The reviews are in, we’ll tell you what people love and don’t about Apple’s newest iPhone.  
 
Plus: how to speed up Face ID we’ll tell you about the clever new strategy Apple used to build massive hype for the iPhone X launch, and why it really pissed a lot of folks off.  And stick around for a very weird What We’re Into, where we reveal the stuff we’ve been dong in our lives that you should try too.
 
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On the show this week
 
Siri, before Siri
 
Massive iPhone X lines form at Apple Stores worldwide
  • Fans have begun lining up outside Apple Stores around the world to get their hands on iPhone X.
  • The X makes its official debut on November 3. Apple has promised that units will be available for walk-in customers, but just like pre-orders, they’re expected to disappear quickly.
  • Some lines have already turned chaotic, while latecomers are offering money for precious spots near the front.
  • Scumbags camping just to sell their spots!
 
Why Apple short-circuited the media machine for iPhone X reviews
  • Anybody who thinks Apple can’t innovate should look in awe at the fecal hurricane whipped up by the company’s unorthodox iPhone X marketing plan.
  • By giving popular YouTubers early access to the next-gen iPhone, and allowing them to “scoop” the old-school journalists traditionally granted such preferential treatment, Cupertino upended the typical review cycle.
  • Apple apparently bruised a few fragile egos in the process. Frankly, it’s hilarious watching the ensuing media meltdown.
 
iPhone X meta review: Setting Apple up for the next 10 years
 
Face ID Unlocks an iPhone More Slowly Than Touch ID, but is Faster in Day-to-Day Usage
  • Mark Spoonauer of Toms Hardware compared Face ID and Touch ID unlocking times with a stopwatch.
  • When using Raise to Wake and swiping up on the display as the iPhone is recognizing a face (as Face ID is meant to be used), unlocking took 1.16, but touchID stock only .91 seconds to accomplish the same job.
  • TechCruch said that while Face ID is slower when placed head to head with Touch ID, it's "much more fluid and faster to actually 'do things, ‘“ like opening notification takes fewer steps with faceID.
  • In the Verge’s review, Nilay Patel said that he had trouble getting FaceID to work in bright environments. He postulated it was became the bright light interfered with the dot projector or infrared camera.
  • Hidden benefit of FaceID, can be used with gloves on
 
Face ID can be slower than Touch ID, but you can speed it up
  • There are some things you can do to make Face ID faster, though. The first is to ensure the Raise to Wake feature is enabled in Settings. This shaves off precious time by eliminating the need to swipe or tap the iPhone X’s display before you unlock it.
  • Another thing you can do is disable attention detection. This means Face ID won’t wait until your eyes and face are looking directly at the display before unlocking your iPhone. But be warned: It does make Face ID a little less secure.
 
DrDisRespect is the most good-looking, the most ruthless Twitch streamer in the entire gaming community
 
 
Direct download: CultCast_308_-_iPhone_X__The_good_the_bad_the_ugly.mp3
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This week:
  • How to get the best deal on your iPhone X, save yourself some serious buckets
  • Why Woz says the iPhone X will be the first iPhone he won’t buy day one
  • Would you let your delivery man enter your house when you’re not home? We discuss Amazon key!
  • Plus we’ll tell what we like and don’t about the gadgets we’re reviewing in an all-new Under Review
 
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On the show this week
 
Woz: iPhone X will be the first iPhone I haven’t bought on day one
  • Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the iPhone X is the first iPhone he doesn’t plan to buy on “day one.”
  • “I’d rather wait and watch that one,” Wozniak said during an interview at the Money 20/20 conference. “I’m happy with my iPhone 8 — which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me. " will, so I’ll be close enough to see it.”
 
How to get the best deal on the iPhone X
  • $500 off with Xfinity Triple Play
  • $350 off at Sprint
  • Up to $300 off on Verizon
  • T-Mobile gives $300 off
  • Nothing yet at 
 
iPhone X will be available to walk-in customers on launch day
  • Apple has promised that iPhone X will be available to walk-in customers on launch day.
  • You will also be able to purchase iPhone X from Apple Stores beginning Friday, November 3 at 8 a.m. local time. “Stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers, who are encouraged to arrive early,” Apple says.
 
Amazon Key opens your home for indoor deliveries
  • Would you be cool with your delivery person opening your front door when you’re away to drop off your package?
  • Amazon Key, uses a smart lock and connected camera. When a delivery is made the courier scans the package's barcode which sends an access request to Amazon's cloud. When it grants permission, the camera starts recording, the courier swipes a prompt on their app and then your door unlocks. They leave the package by the door and relock it on their way out. You'll get a notification that the delivery has been made, along with a video of the drop-off to reassure you everything was done above board.
  • Amazon has designed the service with deliveries in mind, but Key has a bunch of other uses, too. For example, you can use it to give permanent access to people you trust or temporary access to visitors such as dog-walkers, cleaners or guests (this could be especially helpful for Airbnbhosts).
 
How to use the iPhone’s one-handed keyboard in iOS 11
  • Did you know iOS 11 had a one-handed keyboard built right in?
  • Anytime the keyboard is on screen, you can just long-press the little globe icon to bring up the keyboard selection popover. This is the same globe icon you use to select the emoji keyboard, to cycle between any keyboards you have active on your iPhone
  • The keyboard-switching globe icon only appears if you have more than one keyboard active on your iPhone.
  • Long-pressing the globe icon brings up the familiar popover, only in iOS 11 it now has an extra row of keyboard glyphs at the bottom.
  • Just select the one-handed keyboard you want, and poof, a keyboard you can type on with just one hand

 

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Under Review
 
JLAB Epic Ear waterproof earphones
 
Schlage Sense HomeKit-enabled smart lock
 
Light and Motion Bicycle lights
 
 
Direct download: CultCast_307_-_The_best_iPhone_X_deals__our_fave_gadgets_.mp3
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