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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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You’ll never believe what ex-Apple VP Scott Forstall is up to now

Forstall presenting at an Apple event back in the day. Photo: paz.ca/ Flickr CC

Forstall presenting at an Apple event back in the day. Photo: paz.ca/Flickr CC

We’re starting to learn more about what excommunicated Apple executive Scott Forstall is up to after years of flying under the radar. The former head of iOS is an advisor to Snapchat, and although he will likely continue to be involved in the tech scene, his interests are quite eclectic.

The man who was famously kicked out of Apple after numerous disputes that ended in the Apple Maps disaster is now a Broadway producer.

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Phil Schiller and Marc Newson show off Apple Watch at design fair in Milan

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Schiller talking to Apple employees in charge of Watch try-on appointments.

The Apple Watch is on display at the Salone Del Mobile design exhibition in Milan, Italy today. Attendees can see the Watch at the Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, a classy restaurant that’s been converted into an exclusive display area.

The high profile showcasing has Apple designer Marc Newson and longtime marketing exec Phil Schiller in attendance. Newson helped design the Watch with Jony Ive and was brought onto Apple’s payroll last year. Schiller is in charge of all the marketing behind Apple’s products.

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Apple Pay coming to Canada this fall

Tim Cook introducing Apple Pay. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook introducing Apple Pay. Photo: Apple

This year will reportedly mark Apple Pay’s expansion outside of the United States. The mobile payments service is on track to arrive in Canada as soon as this fall.

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Former Apple exec Scott Forstall advises one of tech’s hottest startups

Where in the world is Scott Forstall?

Where in the world is Scott Forstall?

The greatest Apple mystery of the last few years hasn’t been the next iPhone or Apple Watch, but a man named Scott Forstall.

Since getting kicked out of Apple in late 2012, the former head of iOS and friend of Steve Jobs has had absolutely no profile in the tech scene whatsoever. He rarely even gets spotted in public. It’s like he’s fallen off the face of the earth.

Until now.

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Jony Ive praises Airbnb as ‘soaringly ambitious’ startup

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As part of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, Jony Ive penned a short essay praising Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky for creating a “remarkable startup.”

“The service that Brian and his partners imagined is soaringly ambitious and utterly practical,” said Ive, who didn’t make Time’s list himself this year.

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J.J. Abrams rocks an Apple Watch at Star Wars Celebration

May the Force Touch be with you.

May the Force Touch be with you.

Being pals with Jony Ive definitely has its benefits. Just ask J.J. Abrams, the director of the upcoming Star Wars movie.

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Apple Watch preorders surpass 2 million amidst supply constraints

A line of Apple customers, who had registered for appointments to try on the Apple Watch, wait for the doors to open at the downtown Chicago store. Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

A line of potential customers wait to try on the Apple Watch. Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

While Apple isn’t saying how many Watches it’s sold, estimates so far are that more than 1 million preorders have been placed.

Now the industry’s leading Apple analyst is weighing in with his own findings, including why preorder estimates have already been pushed back to June.

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Get guided tours of Siri, Maps and more on the Apple Watch

Mel Togusen, left, and her friend, Chris Brown, look at different styles of Apple Watches. Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

Not wanting to stand in a store to try on the Apple Watch? Get a tour online. Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

After showing us how to use the Messages app, clock faces, and Digital Touch on the Apple Watch, more guided tours have been posted by Apple online.

In its latest round of video tours, Apple takes a look at how to take phone calls, use Siri, get directions, and play music with the Watch.

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Top fashion designer shows off custom gold Apple Watch band

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For the chosen few, Apple makes a custom Link Bracelet made of solid gold. Photo: Sabastien Jondeau

Renowned fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld showed off his Apple Watch Edition with the first band we’ve seen that isn’t available in stores. And the cost of the custom gold band has to be jaw-dropping.

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How much is lunch with Tim Cook worth?

Photo: Bloomberg Businessweek

Ready to chow down with Apple’s head honcho? Photo: Bloomberg Businessweek

Can you put a price tag on bending the ear of CEO of the most valuable company in the world? Apple thinks you can, and its making Tim Cook available for a brief sit down if you’re willing to cough up the cash for charity.

For the third consecutive year, bids are being taken for lunch with Cook to support the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights. The winner not only gets to meet for an exclusive one-on-one with Cook at Apple’s headquarters, but two VIP passes to an Apple keynote.

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