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Kahney’s Korner: Are you ready for Cult of Mac version 2?

The Cult of Mac is ready for its upgrade.

The Cult of Mac is ready for its upgrade.

Believe it or not, it’s been nearly a decade since The Cult of Mac got published. The book, by our fearless leader Leander Kahney, took readers on a deep dive into the world of Apple fanatics around the world. It introduced us to the creative and talented tribe of individuals devoted to Macs, iPods and all things dreamed up in Cupertino.

Now that seminal work about Apple devotees is ready for an update. As he gets ready to embark on a year of fresh reporting before writing the next chapter in Cult of Mac history, he’s revisiting the original text. And having a laugh, as you’ll see in this week’s edition of Kahney’s Corner.

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SpaceX’s retro Mars travel posters will seduce you into space

SpaceX's vintage-style travel posters will lure you to Mars.

SpaceX’s vintage-style travel posters will lure you to Mars.

A new series of retro-futuristic space travel posters from SpaceX is designed to seduce earthlings into a trip beyond the stars.

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Why the Apple Watch is keeping me awake at night

Which apps take up the most space on your wrist?

There’s a definite downside to Apple Watch obsession.

No gadget ever caused me to lose as much sleep as the Apple Watch.

I wish I could forget about Apple’s shiny new smartwatch, but the damned thing has me under its spell. It’s the curse of Cupertino, and I’m just another hapless a victim.

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Jetpack duo soars over Dubai in astonishing 4K video

Jetman Yves Rossy and his new stuntman sidekick Vince Reffet fly in formation over Dubai. Photo: XDubai/YouTube

Jetman Yves Rossy and his new stuntman sidekick Vince Reffet fly in formation over Dubai. Photo: XDubai/YouTube

They promised us all jetpacks — these guys got them and took them to one of the world’s most remarkable locales. And you get to ride along if you dare.

The latest eye-popping (and possibly stomach-churning) video from Yves Rossy (aka the Jetman) shows the Swiss daredevil inventor and his new sidekick soaring in formation over desert sands and Dubai’s awesome skyline with nothing but jetpacks and a total lack of fear.

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World’s hottest Bluetooth speaker shoots actual flames

The Sound Torch Bluetooth speaker is ready to set your ears, and hopefully not your house, on fire. Photo: Sound Torch

The Sound Torch Bluetooth speaker is ready to set your ears, and hopefully not your house, on fire. Photo: Sound Torch

Do you like your music hot? I mean really hot?

If so, the Sound Torch could be the Bluetooth speaker of your dreams. The in-development audio device is headed for Kickstarter with a proof-of-concept video that should make fire marshals nervous.

See it in action, and get a taste of the creators’ crazy ambitions, below.

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The Fourth is strong with these Apple Star Wars mashups

Apple and Star Wars: A match made in a galaxy far, far away?

Apple and Star Wars: A match made in a galaxy far, far away?

Apple and Star Wars are forces to be reckoned with. These two cultural powerhouses deliver endless entertainment and inspire extreme fandom.

Mash the two of them together and you’ve got the technocultural equivalent of an atom smasher. Or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Or something.

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This is what new Star Wars droid BB-8 would look like in space gray

What if Jony Ive designed BB-8? Photo: Martin Hajek

What if Jony Ive designed BB-8? Photo: Martin Hajek

With its roly-poly looks and infectious personality, new droid BB-8 looks primed to be a real scene-stealer when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters at the end of the year.

And now we know what the ballsy little bot would look like if Jony Ive replaced its orange-and-white color scheme with something a little more subtle.

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Lust List: Gear that will take your adventures over the top

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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