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Alex HeathAlex Heath is a journalist and co-host of The CultCast. He has been quoted by the likes of the BBC, KRON 4 News, and books like "ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation." He lives in Lexington, Kentucky. If you want to pitch a story, share a tip, or just get in touch, additional contact information is available on his personal site. Follow him on Twitter.

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The best new apps you might have missed this week

Photoshop Touch gets axed on iOS as Adobe preps new retouching app

Bye-bye, Photoshop Touch.

Bye-bye, Photoshop Touch.

Adobe is killing off its mobile version of Photoshop, doubling down on its strategy of creating simpler photo apps focused on specific tasks rather than all-in-one photo-editing software.

In a blog post detailing its strategy for mobile apps, Adobe said Photoshop Touch will be taken off the App Store on May 28. A new retouching app codenamed “Project Rigel” is in the works and will be released later this year.

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Will Apple really make a TV set? Depends on who you ask

The Loch Ness monster of Apple rumors isn't completely dead yet.

The Loch Ness monster of Apple rumors isn’t completely dead yet.

Rumors surrounding Apple’s plans for TV have been picking up considerably as its Worldwide Developers Conference draws near in June.

But the idea of a standalone Apple TV set (not the little hockey puck that exists already) eventually becoming a reality is starting to look pretty bleak. Not everyone has given up hope, though. As the biggest proponent of the Apple HDTV rumor throws in the towel, one of the world’s most powerful investors remains convinced that it will happen.

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Snake Rewind and other awesome apps you might have missed this week

NYT Now is the best news app on the iPhone right now

Photo: Alex Heath/Cult of Mac

Photo: Alex Heath/Cult of Mac

The New York Times recently updated its NYT Now app for the iPhone to version 2.0. It was already an excellent app for staying on top of the day’s news, and now it’s the best.

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The scientifically perfect way to organize your Apple Watch apps

Apple Watch already has a ton of apps. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

You’re probably not organizing your Apple Watch efficiently, according to science. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The Apple Watch’s tiny screen has already proven to be a boundless landscape for creatively organizing app icons, but one obsessive reddit user has created the most scientifically convenient app layout we’ve seen yet.

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A few awesome apps you might have missed last week

Home Depot flipping switch back on for Apple Pay

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Reports of Home Depot blocking Apple Pay are greatly exaggerated. Photo: The Home Depot

After confirming that its terminals aren’t currently working with Apple Pay, Home Depot has said it plans to fully support Apple’s mobile payments service after its systems have been upgraded.

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How third-party bands are allowed to work with Apple Watch

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

One of the biggest questions surrounding the Apple Watch has been what kind of accessories will be allowed to work with the device. Several third-party companies have already started advertising their own bands and cases, but Apple has yet to introduce any kind of formal guidelines.

Until now.

Like its iPhone counterpart, the new “Made for Apple Watch” program outlines how third-party manufacturers can make their own bands. Here are some of the key takeaways:

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Samsung’s smart home platform beats HomeKit to Apple Watch

Control your smart home from your Apple Watch, courtesy of... Samsung? Photo: SmartThings

Control your smart home from your Apple Watch, courtesy of… Samsung? Photo: SmartThings

Although it’s poised to win the smart home war eventually, Apple’s HomeKit is still half-baked. Case in point: hardly any smart home accessories officially integrate with it yet, let alone Apple’s own products.

Despite its parent company’s rivalry with Apple in the smartphone race, the SmartThings platform has beat HomeKit to the Apple Watch, and it makes the idea of controlling your home from your wrist look pretty useful.

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