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David PieriniDavid Pierini is a former newspaper writer and long-time photographer. Considered a luddite by most of his friends, they did not believe him when he broke the news that he would be freelance writing for a technology website. He is fascinated by human nature and would love to cultivate stories about the people driving the tech bus. Reach out to him at the e-mail address below.

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Jimmy Fallon’s iPhone game wants to give a bear a good night’s sleep

Jimmy Fallon brings fun and feathers to his game Tedzy, which launched on iTunes Thursday. Photo: Sparklehorse/YouTube

Jimmy Fallon brings fun and feathers to his game Tedzy, which launched on iTunes Thursday. Photo: Sparklehorse/YouTube

Jimmy Fallon is known for inventing silly games to play with his guests on “The Tonight Show.” It’s part of the hot host’s comedic repertoire that keeps his show atop of the late-night ratings.

Now Fallon is trying his hand at developing games for the iPhone.

Fallon formed Sparklehorse, a game production company that debuted Thursday on the iTunes store with the game Tedzy, a colorful teddy bear on a quest for feathers to stuff his pillow and get a good night’s sleep.

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Apple Watch app lets you call for help during a seizure

Greg Pabst, who has epilepsy, developed an iOS app for people with seizure disorders to send out emergency alerts. Photo: SeizAlarm

Greg Pabst, who has epilepsy, developed an iOS app for people with seizure disorders to send out emergency alerts. Photo: SeizAlarm

Greg Pabst and his neurologist were trying to get a handle on his adult onset epilepsy when the doctor’s mention of the newly announced Apple Watch gave Pabst an ah-hah moment.

The doctor was discussing tools for Pabst to chart his seizures and send alerts to emergency contacts.

“Then he said, ‘It’s only a matter of time before somebody does that for the Apple Watch,’ ” Pabst, 38, recalled. “Then I thought maybe it should be me.”

Pabst, of Orlando, Fla., and a developer friend quickly went to work creating SeizAlarm, which appeared in the iTunes store for the iPhone last week and is available for the watch, the pre-orders for which begin arriving Friday.

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These smart-ish watches paved the way for the Apple Watch

It's bulky looking but Casio's SATELLITE NAVI had GPS to help wearers find their way around. Photo: Svet Satova

It’s bulky-looking but Casio’s SATELLITE NAVI had GPS to help wearers find their way around. Photo: Svet Satova

The Apple Watch and everything it will do is not a new idea. Watches for years have been able to store data, give us directions, offer a means to communicate at a distance and, yes, show us our heartbeat.

These smart-ish watches paved the way for the Apple Watch┬áIt’s just that you couldn’t get all of those functions wearing just one watch. For each function, there was a separate wrist gadget.

So on the eve of the Apple Watch launch, consider the technologically advanced timepieces that paved the way to this momentous day. You might be even more impressed with the power of your new device.

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Common sense is your best defense against Apple Watch thieves

Police and security experts say to be aware of your surroundings when interacting with your new Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

Police and security experts recommend being aware of your surroundings when interacting with your new Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

When you hold up your wrist to admire your new Apple Watch, the shiny new device might also catch the eye of an opportunistic thief.

Police and security experts are urging common sense and awareness of surroundings when interacting in public with the new smartwatch, which will begin arriving on doorsteps and adorning wrists Friday.

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Let’s hope Apple car is as sleek as this sci-fi Chevy

The Chevy FNR is a concept of a self-driving car that was unveiled this week in China. Photo: General Motors/Shangai Motor Show

The Chevy FNR is a concept of a self-driving car that was unveiled this week in China. Photo: General Motors/Shangai Motor Show

Chevrolet has a concept car that looks like something Bat Man would drive. Except he wouldn’t drive it the scene of the crime. The car would drive him.

The FNR concept is a self-driving car that may never see the light of day. But for that day to come, developers must dream, and Chevy has put forth a beautifully imagined vehicle that could nudge the future in a certain direction.

The nudging began this week at the Shangai Motor Show, where General Motors showed off its idea of an autonomous electric vehicle. The FNR likely drew more oohs and awes than the new Malibu that also debuted at the show.

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Delayed gratification is key feature of new Hipstamatic photo app

Hipstamatic rolled out DSPO, a new product that creates a social network. Photo: Hipstamatic/iTunes

Hipstamatic rolled out DSPO, a new product that creates a social network. Photo: Hipstamatic/iTunes

Many smartphone photographers use Hipstamatic as a way to articulate their personal vision. But the quest for beautiful photos need not be so solitary.

The iPhone app that lets you apply a vintage aesthetic from any era of photography now has a social component called DSPO.

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Order status change indicates Apple Watches on the way

Pre-order statuses on the Apple Watch changed today from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment." Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

Statuses for some Apple Watch preorders changed today from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment.” Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

Apple Watches are a step closer to hitting our wrists.

Some who preordered watches earlier this month took to Twitter Monday to excitedly report that their order statuses changed from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment.”

Depending on how quickly you got online in the early hours of April 10, you could be in the first wave of Apple Watches scheduled to arrive on doorsteps in the United States between Friday and May 8.

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New platform offers visual artists a chance to put their stamp on it

Stampsy is a new digital publishing platform for visual artists to elegantly design and curate content. Photo: Stampsy

Stampsy is a new digital publishing platform for visual artists to elegantly design and curate content. Photo: Stampsy

There are many ways for photographers to display and share work: Build a website, post on Facebook, spread your brand on Instagram or create a repository on Flickr.

But the few mentioned above are not perfect, especially when it comes to displaying photo stories and essays.

Imagine quickly creating an elegant, magazine-style splash with the best features of social media on a simple computer platform. Stampsy wants to help visual storytellers leave an impression with their work.

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Death-defying iPhone films dizzying 40-story dive

The view of Dubai from Catalin Marin's iPhone before the phone fell 40 stories. Photo: Catalin Marin/YouTube

The view of Dubai from Catalin Marin’s iPhone before the phone fell 40 stories. Photo: Catalin Marin/YouTube

Catalin Marin should be walking around the streets of Dubai with a new iPhone – and not the one he dropped from a building 40 stories high.

Not only did Marin’s phone survive, it was rolling video the whole way down. When he got to his phone, he was able to watch it play back.

“I had a bit of a mishap this morning,” he wrote on her Instagram feed to introduce the 15-second video. “Shooting from the 40th floor, my phone decided to go for a ride into the wind. Forty floors down, not a scratch in sight.”

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Good heavens, R2! You’re flying!

R2-D2 graces the outside of this Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that will fly this fall for All Nippon Airways. Photo: All Nippon Airways.

R2-D2 graces the outside of this Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that will fly this fall for All Nippon Airways. Photo: All Nippon Airways.

Luke Skywalker does his best flying with R2-D2. Now customers of Japan’s All Nippon Airways can fly with the beloved Star Wars droid, thankfully without taking fire from TIE fighters.

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