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Today in Apple history: Pismo PowerBook is a multimedia powerhouse

February 16, 2000: Apple introduces the “Pismo” PowerBook, the best of its G3 laptops. In the view of many, it’s of Apple’s best laptops ever. The Pismo PowerBook is the first not to include the SCSI or Apple Desktop Bus connector. Instead, it utilizes USB and Apple’s Emmy award-winning FireWire. Optional AirPort wireless support, tremendous …

Week’s best Apple deals: Get free Apple TV 4K with 3 months of DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now’s Apple TV deal just got a little sweeter. Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac This week, check off a couple New Year’s resolutions. First, you can cut the cable cord with the best deal yet on Apple TV 4K. Then, get fit with Bose sport headphones and a free heartbeat-tracking app. 3 months of …

Apple renews Carpool Karaoke for second season

Carpool Karaoke is just one of many original series Apple has planned. Photo: Apple Music Apple’s most successful original TV show is coming back for a second act. Carpool Karaoke has reportedly been greenlit for a second season, bringing even more odd celebrity pairings and silly singing shenanigans to Apple’s growing arsenal of original content. …

This leather HomePod coaster saves tables from ugly white rings

Your HomePod needs a home too. Photo: Pad & Quill Apple’s HomePod is leaving its mark on wooden tables across the globe, but the folks at Pad & Quill have already come up with an elegant solution to save your furniture from ugly white rings. Pad & Quill’s Leather HomePod Coaster is made American full-grain …

Google Maps for iOS just made your commute easier

One-tap access to useful commute info. Photo: Google Google today rolled out a new Maps update for iOS that makes accessing commute information easier than ever. A new one-tap access bar at the bottom of the app lets you quickly view nearby restaurants and hotels, real-time traffic data, and transit information. “Whether we like it …