Apple Posts ‘The Song’ Commercial That Will Tug on Your Heartstrings

4:40 PM EST, Dec. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has produced a wonderful and powerful commercial called "The Song" embedded below the fold. It features a young woman who discovers photographs of her grandmother along with a 45 record the grandmother made to send to her boyfriend/husband. On the 45 record, the grandmother sings an a capella love song, and the young woman uses her iPad to put a guitar line to it along with backing vocals to make it a duet. Apple's tagline accompanying the commercial says, "With a Mac, iPhone or iPad you have the power to create thoughtful, emotional gifts and memories that transcend time. It could be a movie, a homemade card or a song that brings two generations closer together." I think this is a great ad that's as powerful as last year's "Misunderstood" spot.

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Get Free Bitcoins with 50 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

10:29 PM EST, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Get Free Bitcoins with 50 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

I've gathered 50 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 50 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay. I've also added Dogecoin and Litecoin faucets, reformatted the list, and updated all the descriptions.

NetSpot Pro: Analyze and Troubleshoot Your Wi-Fi Network for $19

5:47 PM EST, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

NetSpot Pro: Analyze and Troubleshoot Your Wi-Fi Network for $19

NetSpot Pro is a Mac utility that allows you to map your Wi-Fi network, identify the strong and weak zones in your coverage, see where competing networks or other radio signals might be interfering, and generally understand your network. It has a lot of features, and there's a video on the deal listing that shows more about how it works. It's regularly priced at $149, but through our deal it's just $19.

YouTube Rewind 2014 Features John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Myriad of YouTube Stars

5:07 PM EST, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

YouTube has posted a retrospective for 2014 called YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014. Professionally filmed and produced, the video features mainstream celebrities like John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmle, Chris Hardwycke, Chris Hardwick, Conan O'Brien, and Big Bird. But it also includes many folks who have become celebrities through YouTube itself, including The  Fine Brothers, Kid President, Corridor Digital, iJustine, Freddie Wong, AmazingPhil, Grace Helbig, Enjoy Phoenix, Epic Rap Battles, and many more. The music is mostly a mashup of Pharrell's "Happy" and various other songs that have been popular on YouTube, and it was put together by DJ Earworm. It's a great video. It's funny, clever, well-made, and entertaining.

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Iowa Ready to turn Your iPhone into Your Driver’s License

4:56 PM EST, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Your iPhone can already serve as your credit card, and Iowa is hoping it'll be your driver's license soon, too. The state is working on an app that shows your driver's license on screen that it hopes will be available in 2015, although privacy concerns may delay its launch.

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Digital driver's licenses on our iPhones seems like a natural next step now that Apple Pay is available. Hopefully Iowa can work out privacy concerns, and its program becomes a template for other states.

Why Apple’s Next Generation TV Project is on Hold

1:20 PM EST, Dec. 12th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Particle Debris

Apple's CEO Tim Cook has whet our appetite several times about his company's interest in the consumer side of watching TV. For too long, we've been waiting for something, we're not sure what, that brings to fruition what we hope is a futuristic and better vision. But what if new technology isn't what's stopping Apple. John Martellaro has a hunch.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-12

1:11 PM EST, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple changed its mind and now says it's OK for Panic's Transmit to upload files to iCloud Drive. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the problems and frustration developers and consumers face because of inconsistencies in the App Store review process, plus they get excited about DeskConnect's Workflow for the iPhone and iPad.

How to Build Your Own Apps with Workflow for the iPhone and iPad

11:14 AM EST, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · How-To

Workflow is a cool new app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you automate actions that otherwise would be tedious, or even impossible without other apps. You can even save your workflows so they show up on your Home screen just like any other app. Read on to learn how to build your own apps in Workflow.