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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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Instagram makes it super-easy to stalk your favorite accounts

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Follow people you care about on Instagram.

Instagram quietly enabled an option today that makes it super-easy to keep track of your favorite accounts.

You can now set up push notifications for whenever a specific account posts a new photo. The timing of the new feature makes perfect sense with the impending release of the Apple Watch.

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What Snapchat’s confusing new friend emojis mean

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Selfie time! Photo: Snapchat

Snapchat used to have a “Best Friends” list that showed you who each of your friends snapped with the most. It was a weird, slightly stalkerish part of the app that was removed last year.

Now Snapchat has brought back a way to see top friends, but in a more fun way that relies totally on emojis (and won’t destroy your relationships). Here’s how to decode what the new Snapchat emojis mean.

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The awesome apps you might have missed this week

Learn how to use Apple Watch before you buy

Digital Touch Apple Watch

Photo: Apple

Apple Watch preorders don’t go on sale until April 10th at 12:01 AM, but you can get a virtual walkthrough of how to use one right now.

Apple has posted new guided tours online detailing specific features of the Watch in detail.

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AltConf returns for this year’s WWDC rejects

App developers meet with tech journalists in the hope of gleaming a few tips on how to get their apps noticed at the AltConf Journalist Pitch Lab in San Francisco, CA, June 3, 2014. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Journalists teach devs how to make their apps get noticed at last year’s AltConf. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is the hottest ticket in town when June rolls around. Before a lottery system was introduced for distributing passes last year, the week-long event sold out in a little over a minute.

For those who aren’t lucky enough to get into Apple’s main event, there is AltConf. Created by developers for developers, the indie conference will run alongside WWDC again this year — and it’s expected to be bigger than ever.

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Facebook takes on Vine and Snapchat with new Riff app

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Photo: Facebook

What if you combined the viral nature of Vine with the mini-story capability of Snapchat? That’s what Facebook is trying to do with Riff, a new app that’s available for download today.

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New 12-inch MacBook as powerful as 2011 MacBook Air

The new MacBook probably isn't for you. Photo: Apple

The new MacBook probably isn’t for most people. Photo: Apple

The 12-inch MacBook with Retina display is sexy to behold, but its specs may leave more to be desired.

Thanks to some new benchmarks, we have a clearer picture of what to expect from the new MacBook’s processor. And it’s basically as powerful as a 2011 MacBook Air.

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Tesla wins April Fools’ with Apple Watch spoof

LOL. Photo: Tesla

LOL. Photo: Tesla

April Fools’ is the day that a lot of tech companies announce fake products to get a laugh. Some are good, but most suck.

Tesla has arguably won April Fools’ Day this year with its spoof of the Apple Watch.

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Apple takes a hands-off approach to streaming for new TV service

Apple's forthcoming service would unify top TV networks into one package. Photo: Alex Heath/ Cult of Mac

Apple’s forthcoming service would unify top TV networks into one package. Photo: Alex Heath/ Cult of Mac

More details surrounding Apple’s unreleased TV streaming service are leaking out as its Worldwide Developer Conference approaches in June.

There’s still a lot we don’t know for sure, but a new report sheds light on how Apple is proposing to handle the actual streaming of live TV to its millions of users.

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Pandora plans to support ‘frenemy’ Apple’s CarPlay

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Pandora is coming to a CarPlay display near you.

CarPlay has a shortlist of app partners so far, including Spotify and iHeartRadio. One major music service that’s been missing is Pandora.

The iTunes Radio rival has been quiet about its CarPlay plans, until now.

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