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John Brownlee John 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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Overcast, the best podcasting app, now works on iPad and CarPlay

Overcast is now on iPad and Carplay. Photo: Cult of Mac

Overcast is now on iPad and Carplay. Photo: Cult of Mac

Of the many podcasting apps available for iOS, Overcast on iOS is one of our favorites. Programmed by Instapaper and The Magazine founder Marco Arment, it’s a slick podcasting app with some unique tricks up its sleeves, like smart speed, voice boost, and variable playback speed. We love it. There’s only one problem. It’s been iPhone-only. At least until now.

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The secret apps that Apple doesn’t want you to know about

One of Apple's many employees-only apps. Photo: iPhonewiki

One of Apple’s many employees-only apps. Photo: iPhonewiki

If you’ve got an iPhone or an iPad, there are a fair number of apps you can download for free: Pages, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand and so on.

But did you know there’s a secret cache of Apple apps that no one but Geniuses can download? There is, and they range from a basic flight sim game to a tank battler to an internal newspaper only Apple employees can read!

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Want to be the next Woz? How to build a working Apple 1 replica

Build yourself an Apple 1! Photo: Cult of Mac

Build yourself an Apple 1! Photo: Cult of Mac

With working specimens of the original 1976 model routinely selling at auction for as much as $905,000, chances are, even the most die-hard Apple fans will never be able to own a vintage Apple 1 for themselves.

But don’t despair: If you have the know-how, you can build one yourself for a fraction of the cost.

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How to troll strangers over AirDrop with pictures of sloths

Photo: Ken Mayer / Flickr (CC)

Trolling with sloths. Photo: Ken Mayer / Flickr (CC)

AirDrop on iOS makes it easier to share images and other files with the people around you than ever before, but it’s also a great way to troll innocent bystanders with space sloths. But there’s a way to protect yourself.

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Steve Wozniak calls Apple Watch a ‘luxury fitness band,’ says bigger iPhones are 3 years late

Photo: HigherEd Web / Flickr

Photo: HigherEd Web/Flickr CC

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has long been an unabashed believer that Cupertino should release a bigger iPhone. Around the time of the iPhone 5, he said Apple should have released two different models, one “regular” and one jumbo-size, to better compete with Android superphones

Now that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are here, Woz is glad. But he’s still being hard on Apple, saying they’re three years too late with the big phones. And he’s not too crazy about the Apple Watch either.

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The next OS X update could fix Yosemite’s rampant Wi-Fi woes

The next OS X Yosemite update might fix WiFi woes forever. Photo: Cult of Mac

The next OS X Yosemite update might fix Wi-Fi woes forever. Photo: Cult of Mac

Are you one of the many, many OS X Yosemite users who have been plagued with intermittent, seeming unsolvable problems with Wi-Fi dropping since upgrading from Mavericks? The end to your problems may very well be coming down the pipe.

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Thanks to IBM partnership, AppleCare is now available for enterprise

Some of the fruits of Apple's IBM partnership have now arrived. Photo: Apple

Some of the fruits of Apple’s IBM partnership have now arrived. Photo: Apple

AppleCare has started to rollout to enterprise, thanks to Cupertino’s new strategic partnership with IBM.

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Stainless steel Apple Watch could cost just $499, but gold will be 10 times as pricey

Photo: iGen.fr

Photo: iGen.fr

Although Apple has given us our first peek at the Apple Watch, so far we don’t know much about it, including when it will be released or how much its many versions will cost.

A new report, however, provides some possible answers to these questions. According to a French website, the Apple Watch will start at around $500 for the steel model. And gold? Gold will be even more expensive.

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This free iOS 8 widget lets you use Notification Center as a notepad

Photo: Neato

Photo: Neato

I love interactive Notification Center widgets. Widgets that let me use Notification Center like a quick entry form for my best used apps. Stuff like PCalc’s calculator widget that gives functionality to users that Apple seems conflicted about.

That’s why I love Neato. It’s a quick jot notepad for Notification Center that lets you speedily enter notes no matter where you are in iOS 8.

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Classic RPG Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has come to the Mac

Take a crawl through the dungeons of Icewind Dale. Photo: Beamdog Entertainment

Take a crawl through the dungeons of Icewind Dale. Photo: Beamdog Entertainment

Beamdog Entertainment is a team of ex-Bioware and Black Isle developers who specialize on taking classic Infinity Engine RPGs and updating them for modern devices, like the Mac or iPad. First, they did it for Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II. Now they’re doing it for Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, which has just been released on the PC and Mac.

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