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Kahney’s Korner: Why Jony Ive’s promotion is fantastic news for Apple

Far from an exit strategy, Jony Ive's promotion means more great design for Apple.

Far from an exit strategy, Jony Ive’s promotion means more great design for Apple.

Can’t Apple’s design guru catch a break? After Jony Ive received a well-deserved promotion to become Apple’s chief design officer, some pundits misinterpreted the happy news as a bad omen.

Our own Leander Kahney reads the tea leaves completely differently: Ive’s promotion is nothing but good news for Apple.

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‘Apple Watch Song’ turns angst into an earful of laughs (and a wrist full of cancer)

Angsty Apple geeks everywhere can sing along to the "Apple Watch Song."

Angsty Apple geeks everywhere can sing along to the “Apple Watch Song.”

A manic new music video called “Apple Watch Song” turns all the anticipation and angst surrounding the hit wearable into a geeky anthem for Apple fans awaiting delivery of their precious wrist gadgets.

From the Apple Watch Edition’s exorbitant price tag to the fabricated health scare of “cancer wrist,” the wacky song turns the dreams and doubts about Apple’s smartwatch into a cavalcade of comedic riffs.

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Apple’s bold plan to convert casual music fans into streaming subscribers

It appears Apple is hoping to move you from a music collector to a file streamer.

Apple is hoping to move you from a music collector to a file-streamer.

Imagine clicking iTunes’ “Buy” button to purchase the latest record from Drake or Pharrell Williams, only to get a popup from Apple suggesting you’re behind the times.

That’s what might happen as Apple uses its massive consumer base to push streaming music on the masses, even going so far as prompting iTunes users to switch from buying songs to subscribing to a cloud service.

That sort of mid-purchase upsell is just one possible element of Cupertino’s strategy to shake up the music industry again, and the Apple streaming music plan just might be crazy enough to work.

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Lust List: Electric wheels, trick packs and a selfie stick even Apple could love

Kahney’s Korner: Addicted to ASMR

Leander's got a new addiction: ASMR videos.

Leander’s got a new addiction that might be even stronger than the Apple Watch.

You know something’s up at Cult of Mac headquarters when you see Leander sitting with his fingers steepled, exuding an air of complete calm.

It’s like a zen garden around here ever since I told him about ASMR videos, the strangely addictive YouTube phenomenon that turns quiet sounds into something like an aural orgasm.

Now he can’t get enough of the weirdly creepy clips — and I feel a little like a guy who inadvertently turned his friend on to crack.

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Attention Tim Cook: Your instant Mac museum is just $300,000 away

This is just part of the "Magnificent Macintosh Museum" for sale on eBay.

This is just part of the “Magnificent Macintosh Museum” for sale on eBay.

One man’s astonishing collection of Apple gear is for sale on eBay right now, making an instant Mac museum just a click away for the right bidder. The auction starts at $100,000, with a Buy It Now price of $300,000 — a drop in the bucket for a certain CEO who’s on his way to the billionaire’s club.

“I would love for Tim Cook to buy it all,” said seller Steve “Mac” Abbott in an email to Cult of Mac running down his list of ideal buyers. “First it means he would want to display it, unlike Steve [Jobs], and that Apple would sponsor its own history…. Next would be a well-heeled Apple guy, and after that whoever can convince me that it can be seen. Then, ‘Show me the money.'”

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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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