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

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Apple TV streaming service coming in June with 25 channels

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

It’s looking like 2015 will finally be the year that Apple’s dream TV service becomes a reality.

After years of reports that the company has been trying to get its own TV subscription off the ground, June is on track to be the month it’s debuted for the world to see. The service will reportedly offer around 25 channels and cost a little more than the competition.

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Enlight and other awesome apps you might have missed this week

12 accessories to trick out your Apple Watch

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The Apple Watch isn’t available for preorder yet, but that hasn’t stopped accessory makers from proudly showcasing their wares for the upcoming device.

We still don’t know if Apple will let Apple Watch accessories connect directly into the smartwatch’s mysterious port, but there will be plenty of fancy stands and even some third-party bands.

Here are 12 Apple Watch accessories to trick out your fancy new wearable:

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Tim Cook’s ‘surprise’ call shakes up Mad Money

Photo: CNBC

Photo: CNBC

Who knew that Tim Cook was a Mad Money fan? The Apple CEO surprised CNBC’s Jim Cramer by calling in today to congratulate the show host on his 10th anniversary of being on air.

The two men discussed ResearchKit, dealing with competition, Apple’s incredible growth on Wall Street over the last decade, and more.

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Apple unlocks iOS betas for everyone, not just developers

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Want to get in on the newest versions of iOS before everyone else? Now’s your chance. Photo: Jim Merithew/ Cult of Mac

For the first time, Apple has made it possible for those without an App Store developer membership to use iOS betas. Anyone can legitimately download and install today’s iOS 8.3 beta by joining Apple’s official Beta Testing Program.

OS X Yosemite was the first software release that could be beta tested by non-devs, and now that Apple has flung open the gates on iOS, many more people will likely opt-in to be on the cutting edge of where the operating system is headed.

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New Apple Watch casings could be coming later this year

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Apple is allegedly planning even more variations of its Watch, with up to three casings in the works for later this year.

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Apple is totally not buying Tesla — so don’t even ask

The billionaire founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, has been aggressively poaching Apple engineers.

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, has been aggressively poaching Apple engineers.

If you’re an Apple shareholder who wants the company to buy Tesla, you are not alone. At the iPhone maker’s annual shareholder meeting in Cupertino yesterday, Tim Cook dodged not one, but two questions about whether Apple has plans to buy the electric car company.

While Apple is the ultimate example of a corporation that refuses to comment on rumors or speculation, Cook could have given a flat-out “no” and that would have been the end of it.

Instead, the Apple CEO danced around the question like he had a secret to hide.

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Everything we do (and still don’t) know about Apple Watch

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

Apple blew us away today with its HBO Now partnership, sexy new MacBook, and ResearchKit. But the star of the show was Apple Watch, which has the potential to be either a game changer or massive flop.

For those who don’t remember, this was the second time Apple execs have taken the stage to talk Apple Watch. We got an initial preview of the Watch back in September, and today’s event was more for filling in the knowledge gaps.

While we already knew the Watch’s main selling points and the kinds of apps it would run, there was still some crucial information that needed answering. Luckily Apple did address the most important questions, but it also left certain aspects of the Watch in ambiguity.

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What your favorite apps look like on the Apple Watch

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

What will make or break the Apple Watch for most people isn’t a fancy band or the feel of the Digital Crown. It will be the apps they can use.

And after today’s Spring Forward event, it looks like a lot of apps will be ready for Watch on day one.

There won’t be an App Store on the Watch itself, but you’ll be able to install apps directly from a special section of the App Store on a paired iPhone. Here are what the hottest third-party Watch apps will look like, including ones Apple isn’t showing off on its site:

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iOS 8.2 is here with an Apple Watch app you can’t delete

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

Apple’s big keynote just ended, and iOS 8.2 has already been released.

The update includes the new companion app for the Apple Watch, which will be required for setting up the device and loading apps. It also can’t deleted, which means it will be a constant reminder of the Watch you don’t.

Here’s what the official Apple Watch app looks like:

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