Ghostbusters Reboot gets its Own LEGO Kit

8 hours, 5 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LEGO has already shown its love for Ghostbusters with the Ecto-1 and firestation headquarters kits, and now the company is embracing this summer's reboot with a just announced kit that includes everything you need to get hyped up before the movie comes out. The kit includes the Ghostbusters team, proton packs, the redesigned Ecto-1 car, a new Ecto-2 motorcycle, and a monster just itching to be captured. You can pick up the new Ghostbusters kit for US$59.99 on July 1, and the movie will be in theaters on July 15.

Man Ties String to iPhone and Films Ski Run (Video)

8 hours, 40 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Meet Nicolas Vuignier, an enterprising young man who thought his iPhone was just about everything he needed to make cool aerial videos of his ski runs. Well, his iPhone and some string. According to his YouTube post, he tinkered with the idea for two years before coming up with the string+iPhone configuration he could use to whirl his iPhone 6 around his head as he plummeted down snowy mountains. He calls it Centriphone. No drone required. Also, it's really cool. [Via Digg]

‘Star Wars’ as a Grindhouse Trailer

10 hours, 39 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Ever sat around thinking about what Star Wars would be like if it had been a 70's grindhouse flick? Who hasn't, right? Well, now you can see for yourself, thanks to Mashable. They cut a trailer from Star Wars footage, added some horrific sound effects and an even worse voice over (that's perfect), that combine to give the film an all-new feel. If a trailer isn't enough for you, there's a full grindhouse edit out there that's unrelated to the Mashable effort.

The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway

11 hours, 6 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

I'm delighted to announce the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway. It's for a 32GB iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil, and all you have to do to enter is register to receive our deal emails. It's that simple, so get on it! And good luck. smile

Apple to Supreme Court: You can Skip Samsung’s Patent Appeal

1:26 PM EST, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple argues Supreme Court shouldn't hear Samsung's patent infringement appeal

Apple doesn't think the U.S. Supreme Court needs to hear Samsung's appeal in their patent infringement fight, and said as much in documents filed on Thursday. Samsung is hoping to get the court to overturn a ruling that says it infringed on several Apple-owned mobile device patents.

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Samsung says letting the lower court's ruling stand will kill innovation, and Apple says there's no need for the Supreme Court to hear the case. I'm so ready for this patent infringement case to end.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-05: Streaming the Super Bowl, Time Machine’s Failure

1:16 PM EST, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

CBS is making it easy—and free—for anyone to watch the Super Bowl without needing a cable TV subscription or antenna. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about streaming the big game through the CBS Sports app for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, plus they dive into why John thinks Apple has failed with Time Machine.

iOS: That Stupid [Bleep] Siri and Its [Bleep] Nicknames

8:55 AM EST, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Siri can bleep your name for you

If you're one of those people who has Siri calling you "your highness" or "Captain Magnificent" rather than your first name, then boy, are you going to love this tip. A Reddit user found a way to bleep out Siri, so you can have Apple's voice assistant call you "you massive stinking pile of BEEP" if you want. We accept no responsibility for the repercussions of having your boss hear your new nickname, though. 

Apple to Accept Some Cracked Screens in iPhone Trade-in Program and Install Screen Protectors

10:20 PM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Cracked iPhone 6

Apple will begin accepting some iPhones with cracked screens in an expansion tot he company's iPhone trade-in program. Online reports say Apple will also begin offering in-store installation of screen protectors.

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Neither change is going to dramatically increase the success of Apple's fleet of stores, but incremental improvements and the reduction of friction points will contribute to the overall vitality of the company's retail business.

Tim Cook Says iPad Will Return to Growth, iPhone will Grow, Apple TV has ‘Bright Future’

9:38 PM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams told Apple employees on Thursday that its iPad product line will return to growth by the end of 2016. According to 9to5Mac, the two executives participated in a town hall meeting with Apple employees. In addition to the iPad comments, they said Apple Watch was one of the “hottest” holiday gifts, with sales surpassing the original iPhone launch of 2007 (which is a mostly irrelevant comparison, but interesting nonetheless). Other highlights include a bright future for Apple TV and the living room, the possibility of expanding more Apple services outside of Apple's hardware ecosystem (i.e. to Android), more leave benefits to employees, and a big step towards insuring all of its smelted metals are conflict-free.  Check out Mark Gurman's report for more info.

Apple Overtakes Google/Alphabet as Most Valuable Company

8:17 PM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

AAPL vs. GOOGL Comparison Chart

Apple retook the title of world's    most valuable company, a title briefly lost to Alphabet—the holding company that owns Google—earlier in the week. At the market's close on Thursday, Apple's market cap stood at $534.4 billion, while Alphabet's rose to $503.3 billion.

Why Apple’s Time Machine Utterly Fails User Needs

5:30 PM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple's Time Machine languishes

Apple's Time Machine backup system was born in a time when Apple realized that customers weren't routinely backing up their Macs. So a simple, stopgap system, with some novel features, was devised for the novice user. Unfortunately, over the years, the app hasn't progressed and kept pace with modern user needs. Today, most every tech writer says: Use it, but don't trust it completely. This is unfortunate.

Pay What You Want: Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle

5:17 PM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Media-Pro Mac Bundle

Check out the Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle, a collection of five Mac apps to help you manage your media. Clean up your song files, rip DVDs, convert DVDs, and more. This is one of our pay-what-you-want deals, too. Pay anything, and you'll get Music Recorder for Mac. Beat the average price—$9.18 as of this writing—and you'll get all five apps. Make the leaderboard at any time during the deal's run, and you'll get an entry into a drawing, and 10 percent of the profit goes to Save the Children. Cool, eh?

Sharp Ready for Foxconn Buyout

2:35 PM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Foxconn's bid for Sharp won out over INCJ

Sharp is about to have a new owner, and instead of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, it's going to be Foxconn—the same company that builds iPhones for Apple. Taiwan-based Foxconn's US$5.3 billion bid was about double what INCJ was offering, and seems to have been enough to overcome Japan's stigma of foreign investors.

Apple Pay Now in 2 Million Retailers

9:23 AM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Pay retail partners hits 2 million

The number of retailers accepting Apple Pay is still climbing and has hit the 2 million mark. Au Bon Pain, Chick-fil-A, Create & Barrel, and Zappos are among the latest to get on board with Apple's wireless mobile payment system, and more are on the way.

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More retailers on board means more opportunities for iPhone and Apple Watch owners to use Apple Pay. It's easy to use, and far more secure than the magnetic stripes on credit cards. It's a little frustrating that more stores aren't supporting NFC payment systems.