QCut Custom Fit Women’s Jeans

5:34 PM EST, Nov. 18th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

If you are a woman who has ever purchased a pair of jeans, you know this process can be…fraught with peril. You have to guess at the random number that is allegedly your size, since it varies from year to year and designer to designer. Then you have to guess close enough that you don't get stuck in them in the dressing room, and you have to hope they aren't too long/short/wide/narrow/high-waisted/low-waisted/whatever. If you find a pair you don't hate, you purchase multiples on the spot, even at full price. You know. In Case. Well, Crystal Beasley decided enough was enough and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fix this. Called QCut (as in cut on cue), Crystal is designing jeans for you. And you. And you, too! They're all custom made, based on five measurements that include shoe size and bra size to help determine body type. This campaign has two weeks left as of today, and even though it's funded, you still may want to get in on it. Jeans that fit make an awesome Christmas gift! (Full disclosure: I know Crystal, and I am a woman who wears jeans.)

Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank for iOS: $39.99

3:52 PM EST, Nov. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank for iOS: $39.99

Check out the LithiumCard AIR, a wallet-sized charger for iPhone and iPad (or other device). It has a thickness of five credit cards, but delivers up to 2 amps of power, which is what an iPad requires. It has a micro-USB port and a Lightning port, and it charges via its own USB port. It can also charge itself and your device at the same time.  The LithiumCard AIR is priced at $39.99 through our deal. It's regularly $60.

Guardians of the Galaxy Available in Apple’s iTunes Store

2:59 PM EST, Nov. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

It's scientifically impossible to get too much Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a very good thing because it's now available for rent and purchase on on Apple's iTunes Store. For US$19.99, you get the movie in HD, plus extras like deleted scenes, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes details. Bonus: You also get an exclusive look at Marvel's upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. If you saw GotG in the theater, you know why you need to buy it now. If you missed it, here's your chance to redeem yourself.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-18

1:34 PM EST, Nov. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple lost a pager-related patent infringement lawsuit, but not to a patent troll. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at MTel's case against Apple and discuss why this isn't just another patent holder on a money grab. They also look at yesterday's iOS and OS X updates and why we're dealing with security alerts and new device notifications.

olloclip’s Lens Kit for iPhone 6: Familiar Optics, Mechanical Compromises

12:45 PM EST, Nov. 18th, 2014 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens kit for iPhone 6 family - review

olloclip's new 4-in-1 Photo Lens kit for the iPhone 6 uses a new design that fits over both the FaceTime (front) and iSight (rear) cameras at the same time. A small adjustment is required for the iPhone 6 Plus. The system includes wide-angle, fisheye, 10x and 15x macro lenses. Here's John Martellaro's review that includes a discussion of the mechanical challenges in this new design.

Apple Loses MTel Pager Patent Case, Ordered to Pay $23.6M

9:59 AM EST, Nov. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has been ordered to pay Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC US$23.6 million for infringing on six patents related to 1990s-era pager technology. MTel claimed the messaging and WiFi technology used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch infringe on patents it owns, and a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, agreed.

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Assuming Apple can't get the MTel ruling overturned, the company behind the once market-leading SkyTel two-way pager system could be in a strong position to target other companies that offer text messaging services. In this case, Apple wasn't facing off against a patent troll, so if it really was infringing on MTel's patents, it's time to pay up and move on.

Using AirDrop with OS X Yosemite and iOS

9:01 AM EST, Nov. 18th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a new way to share files between your iOS devices and your recent-model Macs running Yosemite—AirDrop. Using this nifty little feature, you can pop a bunch of images from a trip onto your iPhone quickly and easily, say, or you could send a PDF file and import it right into iBooks. Neat, right? We think so.

No User Complaints on iOS 8.1.1 and OS X 10.10.1 Updates So Far

9:14 PM EST, Nov. 17th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple released two updates Monday, with no widespread panic. While this shouldn't be notable, recent history has caused some to exercise a bit more caution.

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This update...worked. Like updates we remember fondly from like, last year. What a lovely change of pace.

Microsoft Doubles Down on Surface’s Losing Features in ‘Winter Wonderland’ Commercial

7:34 PM EST, Nov. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I. Just. Don't. Get. It. Detachable keyboard. Stylus. Touchscreen/laptop/tablet/toaster/fridge. These are the features that have helped propel Microsoft's Surface product line into some distant nth place in the tablet wars, and these are the features Microsoft is touting in a new Christmas commercial for the Surface 3. This time, though, instead of comparing the device to the iPad, Microsoft is comparing it to a MacBook Air. Oh, and the kickstand. That's been a megahit packing in customers at the Microsoft stores in a binary orgy of 0s and 1s at a time. It gets air time. Every time Microsoft does something right under semi-new CEO Satya Nadella, the company reminds us that it doesn't get tablets. Anyway, here's the commercial. I do have one nice thing to say about it: it's a clever use of "Winter Wonderland," but the that clever use is wasted on an awful message.

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Last Chance for NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller: $29.99

5:40 PM EST, Nov. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance for NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller: $29.99

The NES30 Bluetooth Controller was a surprise hit for our readers. This gamepad controller was designed to look and feel just like the original NES30 gamepad, only it's Bluetooth and programmable. That means you can use it to control games on Bluetooth-eqipped iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and Android devices—it also works with Nintendo Wii. Oh, and it can be plugged into a USB port, too. That makes it pretty flexible. Anyhoo, this deal has been very popular, but it's coming to an end in 6 days. Pick it up quick if you want one or plan on giving it as a gift. It's $29.99 through our deal, regularly $40.