Pioneer Gets in on Aftermarket Apple CarPlay

11:54 AM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Pioneer is tossing its hat into Apple's CarPlay ring with five aftermarket receivers for cars that don't ship with the feature pre-installed. CarPlay is Apple's in-dash system for linking your iPhone to your car for music playback, driving directions, and more.

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Aftermarket CarPlay systems won't be cheap, but it's great to see companies stepping up so most anyone can get in on the hands-free action. It won't be cheap, but it still costs less than buying a new car.

Report Says LG Making 9M Flexible iWatch Displays

10:13 AM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may be planning on shipping 9 million iWatch smartwatches in 2014, assuming information from insider sources is correct. That figure comes from a report that LG is the only supplier for the flexible displays Apple plans to use, and that it has 9 million on order.

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Apple still isn't confirming that it's getting ready to release some form of wearable tech, most likely the long rumored iWatch, but details keep leaking out. What's safe to say is that something is coming. It's the final feature and initial shipping quantities that remain mysteries.

Antitrust Monitor Pleased with Apple’s Cooperation

9:07 AM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Michael Bromwich, the monitor Federal Judge Denise Cote placed in Apple to ensure the company doesn't engage in antitrust-related behavior, said that the iPhone and iPad maker is now far more cooperative compared to when he first started his job last year. Judge Cote appointed Mr. Bromwich as a monitor to oversee Apple's actions after she found the company guilty of conspiring with publishers to artificially raise the price of books.

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Considering how resistant Apple has been to Mr. Bromwich's presence in the company as a court appointed monitor, this new found cooperation is a significant change. That said, if the company gets Judge Cote's ruling overturned on appeal, it's a pretty safe bet there won't be any hesitation in showing him the door.

Entry-Level Bitcoin Mining Gear for Mac, Windows, and Linux [Update]

11:11 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Entry Level Bitcoin Mining Gear

The world of Bitcoin mining can be confusing if you're new. You'll need to buy specialized mining gear based on ASICs, but the good news is that there are several entry-level options available, and you can run them from your Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux box. Bryan Chaffin has the details. [Updated with current pricing information on 4/14/2014]

Analyst: Apple wants $100 iPhone Price Increase

6:07 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple is reportedly pushing carriers for a US$100 increase in the price it plans to charge for the iPhone 6. Carriers have been resistent to raising the iPhone's price, but will likely succumb and pass on the cost to their customers, according to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek.

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Driving up the iPhone's price by $100 doesn't sound like a smart idea in a market where Apple wants to draw in more smartphone customers instead of driving them to cheaper Android-based products. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek thinks that's what Apple has in store, however, and that it won't have a negative impact on sales. Color us skeptical.

3 More Tips for Protecting Yourself from Heartbleed

4:01 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

When news of the heartbleed OpenSSL flaw hit the Web last week, it send the online security community into a tizzy, and rightly so. The Mac Observer shared some tips on what you can do to protect yourself, and now we have some more help keep your private stuff out of the hands of the bad guys.

Get One Year of Parallels Access for $14.99

3:04 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Deals

Normally $50, our friends at Stack Social and Parallels have worked with us to get the price down to just $15. Fifty and fifteen may share a lot of sounds a letters, but one of them leaves an extra thirty-five bucks in your pocket, and that's the deal we have running for the rest of the day today. Parallels Access is, hands-down, the best way we've found to access your Mac remotely (or locally) from your iPad. It's almost like magic the way it makes apps on your Mac feel like they were written for iPad. The normal price of $50 for one year is worth it, and at $15 it's a no-brainer. Buy. Now. Before it ends!

Juiceboxx on Kickstarter Keeps MacBook Chargers from Fraying

1:44 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I love clever ideas, and the folks at Juiceboxx, Inc. have a dandy one in their self-titled product, Juiceboxx on Kickstarter. This is a plastic enclosure for your MacBook Pro or Air charger that gives it more structure for the thin cable that connects to your laptop. As shown in the image and the video, Juiceboxx forms a tunnel that supports the cable and keeps it from fraying. If you've ever had to replace a charger because it frayed or broke, you'll probably appreciate this idea as much as me. The founders of the company entered and won the Ohio State Business Builders Club with this idea, and they used the prize money to develop the prototypes shown. They'll use Kickstarter funding to put it into production. They're half way to their goal of $25,000, and funding options that get you a Juiceboxx start at $20.

Apple Buys Hydroelectric Plant to Power Oregon Data Center

12:55 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is aiming to use hydroelectric energy to power its Prineville, Oregon data center, and has purchased a power plant to make that happen. The company recently bought a hydroelectric plant that's under construction near its data center and will use it to generate up to 3.5 megawatts for the facility.

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Considering Apple's potential plans to expand its Prineville center again, any extra power it can generate will be a welcome find. Apple made a commitment to use renewable energy sources when it can, so it's great to see the company following through.