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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 …

Learn Microsoft Excel the cheap, fast and easy way [Deals]

Master the dark arts of Excel spreadsheets with this packed lesson bundle. Image: Cult of Mac Deals It’s hard to find a professional setting where Excel doesn’t play a role. So being skills in Microsoft’s flagship spreadsheet app aren’t just useful, they’re super marketable. The Ultimate All-Level Excel Bootcamp offers a great opportunity to master …

Today in Apple history: Young Steve Jobs appears on Time cover

February 15, 1982: Steve Jobs appears on the front cover of Time magazine for the first time, becoming the public face of successful tech entrepreneurship. The first of many Time covers for Jobs, the article — titled “Striking It Rich: America’s Risk Takers” — casts him as the prototypical young upstart benefiting from the still-new …

Warren Buffett is betting even bigger on Apple

Alphabet and Google are doing the same. Photo illustration: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway firm has massively increased its AAPL holdings, while ditching virtually all its IBM stock, showing how confident the super investor is of Apple’s immediate future. Buffett’s firm increased its Apple holdings by 23.3 percent to 165.3 million shares, …

HomePod setup bug afflicts some frustrated owners

An apparent bug has left some HomePod owners unable to get their new Apple smart speakers up and running. Complaints about a mysterious “Setup Failed -6722” error message surfaced soon after HomePod launched last Friday. The problem began trickling onto Apple’s support site, Reddit and other forums over the weekend. The HomePod setup bug seems related …

Use this playlist to remove unwanted Apple Music downloads

Shuffle and skipping are two great tools for listening to new music on your iPhone, using Apple Music. You can download lots of new music to your iPhone, then set it to shuffle while you take a walk. If you’re also wearing a pair of AirPods, a double tap on one of them will skip …