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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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Herb-smoking gunman blows his Dell computer’s brains out

Dude, you got a Dell, what did you expect? Photo: Columbia Springs Police Department

Dude, you got a Dell, what did you expect? Photo: Columbia Springs Police Department

Here’s a story you never hear about Mac users.

A 37-year-old Colorado man was so frustrated with his malfunctioning Dell XPS 410 desktop that he pulled out a pistol and proceeded to unload eight rounds right into its worthless side.

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The NHL hates your Meerkat and Periscope videos

The NHL isn't happy about all your livestreaming, hockey fans. Photo: Meerkat / Periscope

The NHL isn’t happy about all your livestreaming, hockey fans. Photo: Meerkat / Periscope

You can be a fan of hockey, and you can be a fan of iPhone live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat, but according to the National Hockey League, you can’t be both. The NHL has just laid down the proverbial banhammer on Periscope and Meerkat.

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Watch Quest aims to be the first real game for Apple Watch

The first real Apple Watch game is almost here. Photo: WayForward

The first real Apple Watch game is almost here. Photo: WayForward

There have been some Apple Watch games announced — mostly simple affairs, like Nimblebit’s upcoming Letterpad — but nothing truly epic.

WayForward Technologies, the veteran developer behind Ducktales Remasters, wants to change that. They’ve just announced that their latest adventure game, Watch Quest, will be available exclusively for the Apple Watch, starting next week.

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How to hack the new MacBook’s power chime onto the MacBook Air and Pro

Here's how to hack the new MacBook's power chime onto the Aiir and Pro. Photo: Apple

Here’s how to hack the new MacBook’s power chime onto the Air and Pro. Photo: Cult of Mac

You know how the iPhone and iPad plays a little chime when you plug it in? The new MacBook also does that. But sadly, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro remain completely silent when they connect to juice — which can make it hard to tell when you’ve accidentally knocked the MagSafe loose.

If you’ve got a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, though, it’s easy to hack in the new MacBook’s power-charging sound. Here’s how.

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IFTTT’s excellent Do apps are coming to the Apple Watch

Photo: IFTTT

Photo: IFTTT

IFTTT’s already dead simple Do collection of apps is about to get even better: two of the apps have just been supercharged with Apple Watch support, allowing you to run an IFTTT recipe on your watch face with just a single tap.

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The pope’s old iPad just sold for $30,500

The Pope's iPad was a 32GB iPad 4 WiFi + Cellular. Who knew? Photo: Market Watch

The pope’s iPad was a 32GB iPad 4 WiFi + Cellular. Who knew? Photo: MarketWatch

We all know that the pope has an iPad, but even popes upgrade. While we normal, unblessed humans tend to simply pass our old iPads down to a family member or sell them on Craigslist when we upgrade, the pontiff’s old iPad went straight to auction, where it sold for a staggering $30,500.

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1Password breaks free into the real world with the Apple Watch

Here's how 1Password will work on your Apple Watch. Photo: AgileBits

Here’s how 1Password will work on your Apple Watch. Photo: AgileBits

Today, 1Password developer AgileBits announced that their popular iOS password management app, 1Password, has been updated to the Apple Watch. But 1Password could even be cooler in the updates that follow.

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Confused about the Apple Watch UI? Memorize this cheat sheet

Photo: Apple

This will make a lot more sense to you after you read this post. Photo: Apple

Here’s a chart that explains the Apple Watch user interface so well, you’ll have the UI memorized by the time your smartwatch comes in the mail.

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With iOS 9 around the corner, iOS 8 adoption stops dead in its tracks

iOS 8 adoption is pretty much over. Photo: Apple

iOS 8 adoption is pretty much over. Photo: Apple

Apple just announced WWDC 2015 today, when the company will presumably unveil iOS 9. Yet with iOS 9 on horizon, a significant number of iPhone and iPad users still haven’t bothered upgrading to iOS 8, with just 79% of all iOS users running it.

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Here’s how you multitask on the Apple Watch

Just tap this twice. Photo: Apple

Just tap this twice. Photo: Apple

Wondering how multitasking will work on the Apple Watch? Just tap twice. Here’s how it works.

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