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Killian BellKillian Bell is a freelance writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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L.A. school district wants multimillion-dollar refund for failed iPad program

LAUSD wants back the money it wasted on iPads. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

LAUSD wants back the money it wasted on iPads. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The Los Angeles Unified School District is demanding a multimillion-dollar refund from Apple following a failed iPad program that was set to give more than 640,000 students a tablet for education.

It is thought that the Board of Education is exploring the possibility of litigation against the Cupertino company as it seeks to claim back money that has already been lost on the scheme.

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Your selfie stick isn’t welcome at WWDC

Selfie sticks aren't welcome at WWDC. Photo: R4vi/Flickr

WWDC invites don’t permit selfie sticks. Photo: R4vi/Flickr

If you’re lucky enough to get an invite to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this June, make sure you don’t turn up at Moscone West with your selfie stick.

Apple’s information page for the event confirms that selfie sticks and similar apparatus will not be allowed inside the venue or within the Yerba Buena Gardens, so if you really must take pictures of your own face, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way.

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Apple will kick off WWDC 2015 on June 8

WWDC 2015 is official. Photo: Apple

WWDC 2015 is official. Photo: Apple

This year’s Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off June 8 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, Apple said today. The five-day event will provide an early glimpse at the future of iOS and OS X, plus more developer sessions than ever before.

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Getting the new MacBook? Avoid Google Chrome for better battery life

Google Chrome isn't a good fit for the new MacBook. Photo: Apple

Google Chrome isn’t a good fit for the new MacBook. Photo: Apple

There’s no question that Google Chrome is one of the best web browsers you can get, but it’s long been a resource hog under OS X. By simply avoiding it on the new MacBook, your battery could last more than three hours longer in between charges.

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Gold MacBook already comes with 4-week wait for shipping

Apple fans are going gaga for the gold MacBook. Photo: Apple

Apple fans are going gaga for the gold MacBook. Photo: Apple

If you haven’t already pre-ordered your gorgeous gold MacBook, you’re going to be waiting 3-4 weeks for it to ship. Initial supplies have already been claimed since the device went on sale this morning, but the silver and space gray models are still available in 1-3 days if you live in the U.S.

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Your iPhone can help you decide which Apple Watch case fits best

Apple Watch at actual size. Screenshots: Cult of Mac

Apple Watch at actual size. Screenshots: Cult of Mac

One of the most difficult decisions you will need to make when choosing an Apple Watch is which case size to go for. But the Apple Store app for iPhone hopes to make the process easier by displaying both the 38mm and 42mm Watch cases at their actual size.

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Save your favorite Apple Watch configurations for easy preordering

You'll want to pre-order Apple Watch as soon as you can to save a lengthy wait. Photo: Apple

You’ll want to preorder Apple Watch as soon as you can to save a lengthy wait. Photo: Apple

With so many Apple Watch configurations to choose from, making your preorder before Apple’s initial stock sells out next month could be difficult if you leave it until the last minute.

But you can choose and save your favorite Watch configuration now for instant preordering later through the Apple’s online store.

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Siri speaks 7 new languages in iOS 8.3

Siri speaks even more languages in iOS 8.3. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Siri speaks even more languages in iOS 8.3. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple’s second iOS 8.3 beta, which was pushed out to registered developers on Monday ahead of a public release later this year, enables Siri to speak seven new languages, testers have found. It also brings more performance improvements for older iOS devices like the iPhone 4s.

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The iPhone 6c would be a hit if it looked like this

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If we’re getting an iPhone 6c, I want it to look like this. Photo: 3DFuture

A somewhat surprising lack of interest in the iPhone 5c means Apple’s unlikely to have another stab at a more affordable iPhone category for a long time, but these beautiful mockups of a would-be iPhone 6c make us wish that wasn’t the case.

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Put an SSD in your pocket and you’ll sail through Boot Camp

VisionTek's USB Pocket SSD gives you 120GB of super-fast storage. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

VisionTek’s USB Pocket SSD gives you 120GB of super-fast storage. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Need bags of speedy storage you can take with you anywhere you go? With VisionTek’s USB Pocket SSD, you get a bus-powered solid-state drive that’s small enough to fit in your palm, and fast enough for almost anything.

I’ve been using one as a Windows drive for my Mac for the past few months; let me tell you why it’s been great.

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