Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1, Improves Performance with iPad 2 and iPhone 4s

1:07 PM EST, Nov. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The patch notes for the release specify just one thing: "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." The released also includes unspecified bug fixes.

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There have been complaints from owners of both devices about poor performance with iOS 8.x, making this a welcome update. Please drop your experiences with the update in the comments

Kairos T-BAND Smart Band: Make Any Watch a Smart Watch

10:44 AM EST, Nov. 17th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

One of the big issues among us watch geeks that are also tech geeks has been merging our desire to continue to wear our favorite analog watch(es) while simultaneously getting smart watch features. Seems the folks at Kairos had the same concerns and have been hard at work concocting the T-Band - a smart band for your existing watch. They've got three models, one of which even features a OMOLED display right in the band for $179. It's just now beginning its Indiegogo campaign but will fund even if they don't hit their $50k goal (but I'm guessing they will).

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UnionPay Deal Brings Apple Closer to Apple Pay in China

9:46 AM EST, Nov. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is a step closer to bringing Apple Pay to China thanks to a deal with China UnionPay. Apple announced a deal over the weekend where customers can use the system to link a credit or debit card to their Apple ID for one-tap App Store purchases, which could eventually lead to using their iPhones in retail stores, too.

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UnionPay support for the App Store is a big thing for Apple because now it's much easier for its China customers to make purchases. Next step: Apple Pay support.

Underoos! Now in Adult Sizes!

7:55 PM EST, Nov. 14th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

As a child of the 70's and 80's, I have a soft spot in my heart for Underoos, the fantastic underwear that looked like actual outfits for Supergirl or Wonder Woman or other characters. It was a tragedy when they disappeared. Luckily, not only are Underoos back, but they are back in adult sizes! Exclusively available at Hot Topic, there are eight varieties at the moment: Batman, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Captain America, He-Man, Skeletor, Superman, and Wonder Woman. This is one of those times when you may actually have to brave the mall, they appear to be entirely sold out online and it seems the sold-out ones vanish from the Hot Topic site. While it's fantastic they exist, you may find it difficult to get your hands on them, at least for now. But now you know, and as another 80's favorite explained to me, knowing is half the battle…

Bryan Chaffin on MacVoices: Bitcoin Economy, My Essential Gear, and Renting Software

7:16 PM EST, Nov. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Chuck Joiner was foolish enough to invite me to MacVoices this week (episode #14218), and my interview went live on Friday. Chuck asked my thoughts on the current state of Bitcoin, talked to me about the hardware and software I use for TMO and writing fiction, plus my take on renting software. It's 49 minutes of wannabe Ben Franklin nonsense, so enjoy!

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