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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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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

Photo: Facebook

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

carplay

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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Apple Pay’s biggest hurdle to overcome is at checkout

A war for mobile wallet dominance is on the horizon. Apple Pay. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple Pay is off to an excellent start, according to Tim Cook and the rest of the company’s top brass. But a recent study found that the majority of users are having issues using the mobile payments service at checkout.

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Spray-on Life Paint gives bicyclists a special glow

Photo; Volvo

Photo; Volvo

When you’re flying down the road on a bicycle at night, visibility could mean the difference between life and death at the hands of an automobile driver.

Volvo has designed what it’s calling Life Paint as a way for cyclists to protect themselves on the road, but the spray’s other use cases are potentially just as interesting.

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Amazon now delivers a plumber to your door

Would you like free two-day shipping with that?

Would you like free two-day shipping with that?

Amazon already delivers your toilet paper. Now it wants to deliver your plumber.

The online retail giant debuted a new service today called Home Services. It’s designed to take the simplistic Amazon ordering approach and apply it to real-world service needs, like fixing your home computer, cleaning the gutter or teaching aerial yoga lessons.

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