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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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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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Snapchat ghosts are ready to haunt the real world

Photo: Snapchat

Photo: Snapchat

Snapchat plans to start showing up in more places than just your iPhone. After introducing Snapcodes for easily adding friends from within the app, the social network is now letting users customize and print their own branded ghosts to share in the real world.

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Developers are pumped about Apple’s new App Analytics service

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Today Apple gave access for developers to try its new App Analytics tool for the App Store. Originally announced last year at WWDC, developers can now use Apple’s analytics service to track everything from how people find their apps to how long they use them.

Based on early reactions, developers are pretty excited.

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Apple Watch has as much RAM as iPhone 4

Let's hope you never have to worry about theft. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Now that the Apple Watch is out in the wild, we’re starting to see teardowns of its internals. iFixit has shown us the Taptic Engine, Digital Crown and tiny battery, but it wasn’t able to pry open the little computer that runs the entire device, the S1.

It turns out that the Watch’s system-on-a-chip is truly the feat of engineering Apple made it out to be. It also reveals a couple of tidbits about the Apple Watch we didn’t know yet, like that it packs the same amount of RAM as the iPhone 4.

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Pixelmator integrates with new MacBook’s Force Touch trackpad

A staple Mac app now supports Apple's new trackpad. Photo: Pixelmator

A staple Mac app now supports Apple’s new trackpad. Photo: Pixelmator

The new MacBook has been out for a couple of weeks, and OS X apps are starting to take advantage of its Force Touch trackpad.

Pixelmator, a popular photo editor and Photoshop alternative on the Mac, is an early example of how third-party developers are utilizing Force Touch. The app recently added support for the pressure sensitive trackpad along with a number of other improvements.

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Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall is already a big hit on Broadway

Forstall is finding success on a new type of stage. Photo: Apple

Forstall is finding success on a new type of stage. Photo: Apple

The man who lead the creation of iOS may have found his next calling in an unlikely place: Broadway.

Scott Forstall, a veteran Apple executive who was famously ousted in 2012, has been co-producing a hit musical that’s already doing very well for itself.

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Twitter and Apple’s Spotlight are getting friendlier

Photo: Buster Hein/ Cult of Mac

Photo: Buster Hein/ Cult of Mac

Spotlight can do a lot of things, but did you know that it can search hashtags on Twitter?

The feature, which many are just now discovering, could be only the beginning of how Apple and Twitter will work together in the future.

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Prototype iPad stolen in Cupertino home robbery

iPad sales are slowing. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

An unreleased Apple product is out in the wild again. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

A “test model” iPad was stolen in a home robbery earlier this month along with other valuables. Suspects have been arrested, but the stolen goods have not been found.

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Apple doesn’t want Watch apps that tell time

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

There are all kinds of Apple Watch apps, from the really cool ones to the totally weird.

But what about third-party apps that tell the time? Such a use case would seem pretty obvious for the Watch, but Apple isn’t having it.

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10 of the weirdest Apple Watch apps

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Berry Quest is one weird game. Photo: Robot 5 Studios

There are plenty of great apps for the Apple Watch, but what about the weird ones?

Developers have some interesting ideas for what you’d want to do on your wrist. Here are some of the weirdest, goofiest and most downright bizarre Watch apps:

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