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This homeless app developer made $20,000 a day

Cult of Mac Today
The theme of today’s newsletter is how to make big bucks.
The first story tells of a homeless indie developer who made up to $20,000 a day with a silly beer-drinking app.
The second recounts how a student scored a huge bug bounty for explaining to Apple how a webcam vulnerability could lead to more serious hacks.
If your thing is glory rather than money, be sure to enter Apple’s latest photo challenge. Apple is asking iPhone owners to upload their best macro photos to the socials with special tags. The winners get a great showcase on Apple’s website.
In other news:
  • President Joe Biden called out “right to repair,” and said his January executive order is already compelling big companies like Apple to make changes on this front.
  • iCloud suffers from unresolved syncing problems that may date back to November!
  • iOS and iPadOS pack a bunch of soothing background sounds that can be played in, well, the background. See our how-to for details on using them to relax.
– Leander Kahney, EIC.
P.S.: We’re running a great deal on Microsoft Office. You can get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams and OneNote, all for just $49.99. That’s an 85% savings (normally $349). Hurry, though: The price goes up at the end of the week.

Indie dev made $20,000 a day turning iPhone into a frosty beer
Student who spotted Mac webcam hack gets record $105,000 bug bounty
Apple calls for magnificent macro snaps in latest Shot on iPhone Challenge
Biden says his ‘right to repair’ order changed Apple policies
Laut's Inflight Folio case offers slim, stylish protection for iPad Pro — save 15%
iCloud syncing problems frustrate devs and users alike
Get a vintage outdoor vibe with Philips Hue’s new smart lights
How to play built-in Background Sounds in iOS and iPadOS 15
Tweet o' the day
One more thing ...
“Lincoln did not have a website at the log cabin where his parents home-schooled him, and he turned out pretty interesting. Historical precedent shows that we can turn out amazing human beings without technology. Precedent also shows that we can turn out very uninteresting human beings with technology.” – Steve Jobs
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