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John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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Target wants to roll out Apple Pay

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

If you’re sick of not being able to just swipe your iPhone or Apple Watch in front of a terminal at Target, here’s some welcome news: Target plans on rolling out Apple Pay terminals at the chain of mega stores soon.

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Here’s a faster way to charge your Apple Watch

The 6 pin diagnostic port on the Apple Watch charges it faster than induction.

The 6-pin diagnostic port on the Apple Watch charges it faster than induction.

The “secret” developer port on the Apple Watch has yet to be harnessed by third-party developers, but it definitely possesses cool powers, as this new video shows: The tiny port hidden by the Apple Watch band can actually charge your device faster than normal.

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Is the Apple Watch too easy for thieves to swipe and wipe?

Apple Watch

Just how secure is the Apple Watch?

Your shiny new Apple Watch? It’s a lot more vulnerable to being stolen than you might know.

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Imagining a 4.3 mm-thin iPhone Air

The iPhone Air in all its glory?

The iPhone Air in all its glory?

Rumors have suggested that Apple might return to the 4-inch iPhone form factor with the next-generation of iPhones, but what would a new 4-inch iPhone even look like?

If this video is anything to go by, it will be crazy thin … even thinner than the iPad Air, from which it would also borrow its moniker.

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Using this camera with Apple Photos could destroy your photo library

If you have this camera, don't use Apple Photos. Photo: Leica

If you have this camera, don’t use Apple Photos. Photo: Leica

If you’re an owner of a new Leica M Monochrom camera — a beautiful digital camera specializing in beautiful black-and-white photographs, which Leica released on May 7th — you may want to avoid hooking it up to your Mac right now.

According to a new advisory, a nasty bug affects the Leica M Monochrom which can cause it to destroy your entire Apple Photos library. Whoa!

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The Arduboy is the perfect credit card-size gaming backup for your iPhone

The Arduboy is designed for 8-bit gaming on the go.

The Arduboy is designed for 8-bit gaming on the go.

The iPhone is probably the best, most portable gaming device around. Even so, sometimes nostalgia kicks in and you miss your old Gameboy.

The Arduboy is a new, credit card-size console that is just as portable as an iPhone, if not more so. And it can play all the old 8-bit games your iPhone can’t.

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BitTorrent’s new app is a secure alternative to iMessage and Snapchat

You can replace iMessage and Snapchat with Bittorrent's new app. Photo: Bittorrent

You can replace iMessage and Snapchat with BitTorrent’s new app. Photo: BitTorrent

BitTorrent’s not just a way to torrent anymore.

Released a couple years ago, BitTorrent Sync proved itself to be a great way to keep your files synced between machines without trusting a service like Dropbox with your data.

And now? BitTorrent Bleep, a serverless chat app, is here to show you you can do without Snapchat or iMessage.

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You can now use your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac

Just Knock on your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac. Photo: Knock

Just Knock on your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac. Photo: Knock

Remember Knock? Released last year, it was an iPhone app that allowed you to unlock your Mac without entering a password, just by tapping on your smartphone’s screen. Now you don’t even need your iPhone handy to use Knock: It’s the latest app to get the inevitable Apple Watch support.

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Sick of Apple Watch unboxing videos? This one’s different. Trust us.

The magic of stop-motion animation allows an Apple Watch to unbox itself. Photo: Burger Fiction

The magic of stop-motion animation allows an Apple Watch to unbox itself. Photo: Burger Fiction

This is the best Apple Watch unboxing video ever. Watch an Apple Watch unbox itself!

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78% of 1.7 million Apple Watch orders still haven’t shipped

78% of all Apple Watch orders still haven't shipped. Photo: Slice Intelligence

78% of all Apple Watch orders still haven’t shipped. Photo: Slice Intelligence

Last week, researchers at Slice Intelligence claimed that Apple had taken orders for as many as 957,000 Apple Watches in the first 24 hours that it was available on Apple.com. And that was in the U.S. alone.

Now Slice is back, with new numbers suggesting that demand for the Apple Watch is far, far exceeding supply. According to Slice, in fact, Apple may have sold as many as 1.7 million Apple Watches since pre-orders began.

And if your Apple Watch still hasn’t shipped, you’re not alone: 78% of all Apple Watch buyers are in the same boat.

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