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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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Apple gets sued for licensing allegedly plagiarized art

Contested artwork on display at the Apple Store. Photo: Craig & Karl

Contested artwork on display at the Apple Store. Photo: Craig & Karl

A Brazilian neo-pop artist is suing Apple for ripping off his artwork for the company’s “Start Something New” marketing campaign. Is Apple guilty, or is it just a mistake?

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Apple Watch Sport ships with a weird tri-sectioned band

Don't expect to get two bands with this. Photo: Apple

Don’t expect to get two bands with this. Photo: Apple

Recently, Apple sparked a little bit of confusion when they announced that every Apple Watch Sport would contain two separate bands. People interpreted that to mean that it shipped with two complete bands: one for small and medium wrists, and one for large wrists. But the truth is more complicated. Bad news for swappers.

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The retail Apple Watch may still have its secret port

Photo: Louis from Macrumors

Photo: Cult of Mac

Last month, we reported that the Apple Watch boasted a secret port that could be used in the future to unlock cool accessories… and, maybe, jailbreak the Apple Watch. Later reports, though, indicated that this port was an Apple-only diagnostic port, that could be missing from retail models.

If that’s true, though, no one told Apple’s retail stores. The Apple Watch units available for try-on appointments at Apple Stores around the world still have the diagnostic port.

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Why is this busted MacBook Air on display at a London museum?

This MacBook Air protected the identity of Edward Snowden. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum

This MacBook Air protected the identity of Edward Snowden. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum

A destroyed MacBook Air is now on display as part of an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Wondering how it got there? Two words: Edward Snowden.

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The iOS 8.3 jailbreak could be a long time coming

The iOS 8.3 jailbreak could be a long time coming. Photo: Redmond Pie

The iOS 8.3 jailbreak could be a long time coming. Photo: Redmond Pie

You probably knew this already, but if you’ve got a jailbroken iPhone or iPad, don’t upgrade to iOS 8.3. Not only does it break existing jailbreaks, but it patches a huge number of security holes in the operating system, making an iOS 8.3 jailbreak farther off than ever.

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Instapaper for Apple Watch lets Siri read to you

Instapaper for Apple Watch lets Siri read to you. Photo: Betaworks

Instapaper for Apple Watch lets Siri read to you. Photo: Betaworks

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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How Wunderlist works on the Apple Watch

Wunderlist as it looks on the Apple Watch. Photo: 6Wunderkinder

Wunderlist as it looks on the Apple Watch. Photo: 6Wunderkinder

Wunderlist is already one of the best apps to get things done on your iPhone, and soon, it will be just as good on the Apple Watch.

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ifo Apple Store, the best Apple retail blog, is ending

The best website to keep up on Apple Store news is ending. Photo: Ivan Walsh

The best website to keep up on Apple Store news is ending. Photo: Ivan Walsh / Flickr CC

Well, this is a bummer.

Gary Allen, perhaps the most respected voice and enterprising reporter in the Apple Community when it comes to Apple’s retail presence worldwide, is retiring from the blog he founded, ifo Apple Store.

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Here’s what Super Mario 64 looks like running on an iPhone 6

The first 3-D Mario running on an iPhone 6. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

The first 3-D Mario running on an iPhone 6. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Excited that Nintendo plans to release iPhone games in a new collaboration with mobile developer DeNA?

Here’s a taste of what it could end up being like: Nintendo’s gaming classic Super Mario 64 running on an iPhone!

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Could the iOS 8.2 jailbreak be released today?

Could the next iOS jailbreak land today? Photo: Redmond Pie

Could the next iOS jailbreak land today? Photo: Redmond Pie

iOS 8.2 was released to the public over a week ago, and already, jailbreakers are champing at the bit for a jailbreak solution that works with the latest and greatest version of Apple’s new operating system. Now it seems as if TaiG, the Chinese jailbreaking team that cracked open previous versions of iOS 8 to the public, could release an iOS 8.2 jailbreak as early as today.

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