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Sail through Apple Watch setup with these handy tips

You've got your Apple Watch. Now it's time to tweak it to make it as personal as possible. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Your Apple Watch setup will be a breeze with these handy tips. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

You’ve got your Apple Watch, you lucky devil. Now it’s time to tweak it to make it as personal as possible with these Apple Watch setup tips.

Although Apple walks you through many of the basic steps, there are plenty of choices to be made before you’ll be able to squeeze maximum utility and joy out of your sleek, stylish smartwatch.

Cult of Mac’s roundup shows you exactly how to make the most out of your new favorite gadget.

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Parody videos take a swipe at Apple Watch

A starry-eyed Jony Ive raves about the Apple Watch in a new parody video. Photo: Gizmodo

A starry-eyed Jony Ive raves about the Apple Watch in a new parody video. Photo: Gizmodo

One magical piece of wearable technology, two radically different parody videos.

The first takes a jab at the seemingly never-ending supply of superlatives Jony Ive uses to describe the Apple Watch. The other reminds us just how precious watches are to people determined to pass them along as keepsakes at all costs. See them both below.

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First wave of Apple Watch buyers show off their new favorite things

Soon, this sight won't be so strange. Photo: Ryan Ozawa/Flickr CC

Soon, this sight won’t be so strange. Photo: Ryan Ozawa/Flickr CC

Can you hear that giant “Squeeeeee!”? That’s the sound of Apple fans in Asia and Australian taking delivery of the very first Apple Watches.

In time zones where it’s already April 24, the wearable now adorns the wrists of delighted buyers who put in their orders immediately after Apple Watch went on sale earlier this month. These earliest of Apple Watch adopters were only too happy to show off their purchases on Twitter, Instagram and other services.

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Master your Apple Watch before it arrives

Do your homework now so you'll be a master of Apple Watch right out of the gate. Photo: Apple

Do your homework now so you’ll be a master of Apple Watch on Day 1. Photo: Apple

Once your Apple Watch arrives, you’re going to slap it on your wrist ASAP. But then what?

There’s a fairly steep learning curve for the Apple Watch, since Apple came up with innovations like Force Touch and the Digital Crown to make wrist computing more manageable. Luckily, there’s an easy way you can avoid being baffled by your shiny new Apple Watch — and it won’t take more than a half-hour of your precious time.

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New Guided Tours show off Apple Watch’s fitness and financial chops

The Guided Tour videos are a great way to get to know the Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

The Guided Tour videos are a great way to get to know the Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

Three new videos show how Apple Watch will make fitness and banking easier than ever.

The videos are part of Apple’s Guided Tour series of informational clips, which are a must-watch for anybody anxiously awaiting delivery of their Apple Watch. The latest ones show off the Activity, Workout and Apple Pay apps that will soon take up residence on the wrists of Apple smartwatch owners.

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1,500 iOS apps have this serious security flaw. Find out if your iPhone’s at risk.

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Is your iPhone running compromised apps? Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

A serious security flaw affecting approximately 1,500 iOS apps makes them vulnerable to hackers looking to swipe passwords, bank account info and other sensitive data, according to a new report.

The bug, which security analytics firm SourceDNA identified last month, has been fixed in an update to the open-source code that contained the vulnerability. However, some app makers have not yet updated to the newer version.

Luckily, you can search to see if your favorite apps are vulnerable.

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Virtual teardown shows what makes Apple Watch tick

A series of renderings show what the Apple Watch could look like on the inside. Photo: Martin Hajek

A series of renderings show what the Apple Watch could look like on the inside. Photo: Martin Hajek

Like an autopsy performed on a cadaver that’s yet to be born, slick new renderings dissect the Apple Watch and show off its shiny guts.

Since few normal people have an actual Apple Watch in hand, concept artist Martin Hajek created the images using information gleaned from Apple’s website and industrial porn videos about the making of the smartwatch.

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Control a Star Wars droid with your iPhone, you will

Roly-poly new Star Wars droid BB-8 is impossibly cute. Photo: Lucasfilm

Roly-poly new Star Wars droid BB-8 is impossibly cute. Photo: Lucasfilm

Soon you’ll be able to control the cute new robotic star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with your iPhone.

The toy version of BB-8, the droid with an R2-D2-style head perched precariously atop a rolling round body, will pop up in Disney stores later this year. While pricing isn’t yet known for the Star Wars toy, it will be made by Sphero, whose roly-poly robotic toy caught the eye of Disney chief Robert Iger.

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See Batman’s armored batsuit in first Batman v Superman trailer

The Dark Knight gets headlights in the first trailer for Batman v. Superman. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Dark Knight gets headlights in the first trailer for Batman v. Superman. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

If Batman’s going to take on Superman, he’s going to need some extra protection and firepower. The first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gives us our a glimpse of the armored batsuit — complete with glowing white eyes — the Dark Knight will don in the superhero smackdown flick.

I think we can safely assume Jony Ive isn’t designing products for Bruce Wayne. The armored batsuit looks anything but thin and light.

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The definitive guide to preordering an Apple Watch

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Want to be among the first to strap on an Apple Watch? These tips will help. Photo: Apple

The Apple Watch launch might be Cupertino’s most innovative — and complicated — product rollout ever. Usually you just pick between a colors and tech specs, but for Apple’s “most personal device yet,” things aren’t so straightforward.

Even the actual purchasing process is different: Lining up at the store a couple days early isn’t going to help you this time, but this guide to buying an Apple Watch definitely will. It’s loaded with tips for beating the odds and wrapping an Apple Watch around your wrist on launch day.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to preorder and buy an Apple Watch.

(Editor’s note: This post has been updated and stickied to the top of Cult of Mac’s homepage. You’ll find fresh Apple news by scrolling down the page.)

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