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Finest (and worst) gear of 2023 [The CultCast]


This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: After a fast spin by way of the information of the week, we get right down to enterprise with our second spherical of picks for the most effective and worst tech and leisure of 2023.

Additionally on The CultCast:

  • Would you pay 99 bucks for a USB-C case for AirPods Professional? I believe the worth is outrageous, however not everyone seems to be so positive.
  • Apple simply raised the bar for authorities who may need to spy in your iPhone’s push notifications.
  • A brand new iPhone safety characteristic will quickly make it more durable for thieves to wreck your life.
  • And the newest on how Apple is likely to be pressured to open up iPhone to appease regulators.

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This week’s prime Apple information

On the present this week: Your host Erfon Elijah (@erfon), Cult of Mac managing editor Lewis Wallace (@lewiswallace) and Cult of Mac author D. Griffin Jones (@dgriffinjones).

Listed below are the headlines we’re speaking about on this week’s present:

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Better of 2023 … half 2!

Erfon: Matter, the brand new home-automation commonplace that’s making good gadgets smarter, sooner, cheaper and totally appropriate with Apple, Google and Amazon merchandise.

Lewis: The Final of Us, a post-apocalyptic TV present on Max that’s good like the primary few seasons of The Strolling Useless. Robust performing and writing make the present stand out, regardless that it’s based mostly on a online game (which is normally a one-way ticket to horrible).

Griffin: Music is a good way to expertise artwork within the type of rhythmic sounds, vocalizations and devices. The Roland Dice 30X was particularly designed for enjoying music.

Worst of 2023 … half 1!

Erfon: HomePod 2.0. It’s nonetheless an excellent speaker, however to drive down the worth, Apple eliminated the angelic sound signature all of us fell in love with.

Lewis: Predictive textual content and voice recognition in iOS 17. Apple retains saying it’s enhancing Siri and utilizing machine studying to make textual content and app suggestions higher. Nevertheless it all simply retains getting worse and worse.

Griffin: The Kuxiu X55 three-in-one charger/stand is rubbish, an affordable plastic model of my favourite such system, the Kuxiu X40



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