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Apple’s Watch gets updated and their television gets scrapped on The CultCast

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This week: ok sure, Apple may have forever shelved plans for a proper television, but reports of a souped-up Apple TV debuting at WWDC will make you forget all that. Plus: the good stuff in Apple’s first Watch update; new Macbook Pros and iMacs get faster specs and bigger price tags; and Steve Jobs teaches bad actors a lesson they shan’t forget.

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Apple’s Watch gets updated and their television gets scrapped on The CultCast

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Apple Watch app puts TV remote on your wrist

With SamMote, your TV controls are just a tap away. Photo: SamMote

With SamMote, your TV controls are just a tap away. Photo: A-watch.fr

Keeping tabs on the TV remote control has been one of the greatest problems to plague man over the last 50 years. Apple Watch is finally solving that issue by slapping all the TV controls you need right on your wrist.

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Xiaomi’s beautiful new Android HDTV doesn’t rip off Apple for a change

Xiaomi's new Android powered TV is a beauty. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi’s new Android powered TV is a beauty. Photo: Xiaomi

Short of Samsung, there’s no other company that gets as bad a rap for copying Apple as Xiaomi. The Chinese gadget maker, though, has just beaten Apple to market in at least one category. Although a proper Apple HDTV has been rumored by the likes of Gene Munster for ages, Xiaomi has beaten Cupertino to the punch with a beautiful — and affordable! — Android smart TV.

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Where to watch the Better Call Saul premiere for free online

Bob Odenkirk as infamous lawyer Saul Goodman. His show has already been renewed for a second season. Photo: AMC

Bob Odenkirk as infamous lawyer Saul Goodman. His show has already been renewed for a second season. Photo: AMC

Breaking Bad is dead, but it’s all good man. Saul Goodman is back!

The Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, broke cable records with 4.4 million viewers last night, and there are several ways to watch the premiere online.

iTunes and AMC are offering Episode 1, titled “Uno,” for free.

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Apple working on Sling-style Internet TV service for cord-cutters

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Apple TV is way more than just a “hobby” to Tim Cook. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

The rumor mill has been quiet as of late regarding Apple’s plans to disrupt the TV industry. But now Recode is reporting that Apple is in talks with programmers about doing its own Internet-based TV service for cord-cutters.

Similar to the way Dish’s Sling TV bundles channels together at an attractive cost, Apple would design its own experience around delivering content without the use of traditional cable companies.

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Samsung’s S9W TV is the most beautiful gimmick you’ll never use

The Samsung S9W designed by Yves Behar. Photo: Samsung

The Samsung S9W designed by Yves Behar. Photo: Samsung

LAS VEGAS — The first full day of CES if starting to wrap up and if there’s one trend starting to emerge, it’s that there are no trends. Nowhere was this more apparent than Samsung’s keynote, where the company threw everything and the kitchen sink into its announcement of new home appliances, a vacuum, a Virtual Reality service called Milk, a cute portable SSD, and of course, one of the craziest TVs we’ve ever seen.

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Dropping ridiculous TVs has become something of a tradition for Samsung at CES, and this year is no different with the SUHD S9W TV that’s touted as ‘the most seductive TV ever made.’ It’s just too bad you’ll never get to use their beautiful gimmick.

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Rewind: The best TV ads of 2014

We'll all remember Monty. GIF: Cult of Mac

We’ll all remember Monty. GIF: Cult of Mac

A great TV commercial will often be remembered for a lot longer than the product it’s trying to sell, so it’s no wonder companies spend hundreds of millions every year in pursuit of that one ad that will be a huge success. Some of the best ads we’ve seen this year come from the likes of Budweiser, P&G, Save The Children, and of course, Apple — and you’ll find them in the roundup below.

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5 great TV shows you should catch up on over the holidays

Prepare to meet -- and subsequently love -- Ron Swanson. Photo: NBC

Prepare to meet — and subsequently love — Ron Swanson. Photo: NBC

A lot of TV happens every day, and it’s understandable if you can’t watch all of it. Maybe you have a job or read or something. But now, the holidays have given you the gift of several days off with nothing to do but open presents, eat and watch television, so you might as well make up for lost time.

Here are five TV shows you should cram into your face like so much Christmas goose before you have to go back to work.

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Why HBO’s web-only subscription is great news for Apple TV

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The death of cable TV bundling is nearly upon us, as signaled by HBO’s announcement today that it will offer an internet-based streaming subscription in 2015.

“That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped,” said HBO CEO and chairman Richard Plepler. “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO.”

That’s big news in an industry that has been incredibly resistant to disruptors like Apple. And the Apple TV specifically stands to gain immensely from this shift towards Hollywood finally selling premium content unbundled.

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App Watch: Plain old text and widgets (lots of widgets)