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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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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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Instapaper for Apple Watch is surprisingly not terrible

Instapaper for the Apple Watch is here. Photo: Instapaper

Instapaper for the Apple Watch is here. Photo: Instapaper

The Apple Watch may be good at telling you how healthy you are, tracking your steps, propelling you to move, and reminding you of upcoming appoints, but conventional wisdom says it’s rubbish for reading. The 38mm and 42mm screens are just too tiny to read anything more than a sentence or two long on, and certainly not any longreads.

So on paper (no pun intended), Instapaper for Apple Watch is a terrible idea. Amazingly, though, it looks like the Instapaper team at Betaworks has made it work.

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Consumer Reports runs Apple Watch through scientific torture test

The Apple Watch glass going through a torture test. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

The Apple Watch glass going through a torture test. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Consumer Reports has a history of being hard on Apple. They famously refused to recommend the iPhone 4 because of a so-called “flawed” antenna design.

To test the Apple Watch, though, Consumer Reports is being harder on Apple than ever. They’ve run a gamut of torture tests on Apple’s new wearable to see just how hard the sapphire display actually is. Here’s a spoiler: You won’t be able to scratch it with anything short of a nuke. And even the Apple Watch Sport’s display is nearly unscratchable (although it can be cracked).

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Apple: ‘We do not accept fart apps on the Apple Watch’

Apple doesn't want fart apps on the Apple Watch. Who knew? Photo: Fart Watch

Apple doesn’t want fart apps on the Apple Watch. Who knew? Photo: Fart Watch

Those of you who were hoping the Apple Watch would usher in a new era of flatulence apps, prepare to be disappointed: Apple has already rejected the first app that serves no purpose other than to allow people to make fart sounds from their wrist.

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Woz needs our help to become a Madame Tussauds wax figure!

Woz needs your help! Photo: Robert Scoble

Woz needs your help! Photo: Robert Scoble/Flickr CC

It’s time for the Cult of Mac to mobilize. Apple co-founder, Segway enthusiast and all-around snuggly bear Steve Wozniak has won many honors and awards over the years, but this could be the greatest one yet: He’s up to be turned into a wax figure at Madame Tussauds!

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The Apple Watch’s S1 chip looks great under X-ray

The Apple Watch sure looks cool under X-Ray. Photo: Chipworks

The Apple Watch sure looks cool under X-Ray. Photo: Chipworks

For anybody who wants a detailed look at what makes the Apple Watch’s chip tick, the silicon experts at Chipworks have posted an X-ray look inside the S1 processor.

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Amazon for your Apple Watch is here

Amazon for Apple Watch is here. Photo: Techcrunch

Amazon for Apple Watch is here. Photo: Techcrunch

Just in time for launch day, Amazon has released its official Apple Watch app on the iOS App Store.

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How powerful is the Apple Watch’s S1 processor?

The S1 processor inside the Apple Watch is equivalent to an A5. Photo: Apple

The S1 processor inside the Apple Watch is equivalent to an A5. Photo: Apple

If you’re wondering roughly how powerful the Apple Watch’s S1 SoC processor is compared to other ARM chips, the answer appears to be that it’s roughly equivalent to an A5 chip, as seen on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, first iPad mini, and the Apple TV, at least as far as graphics chutzpah is concerned.

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Awesome iOS Easter egg discovered after two years, hiding in plain sight

Say Apple into Voice Memos and you get its logo. Photo: Mike Rundle

Say “Apple” into Voice Memos and you get its logo. Photo: Mike Rundle

Apple is known for placing its fair share of Easter eggs into iOS and OS X, but this is the coolest one we’ve seen in a while.

You know the new Voice Memos icon Apple introduced in iOS 7 Beta 2? It turns out the icon is designed after the waveform representation of someone saying “Apple.”

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition is going to hell

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The Nether is coming to Pocket Edition. Photo: Mojang

Although it was a little bit of a let-down when it launched on the iPhone and iPad, Minecraft: Pocket Edition has come a long way in the last four years.

As iOS devices have become more and more powerful, Mojang has added back in many of the features it had to strip from Minecraft to get it to run on the iPhone’s limited specs initially. Now one of the biggest missing features from Minecraft: Pocket Edition is in development: The Nether, Minecraft’s hell-like dimension.

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