Japan Postal Workers Team with Apple, IBM to Monitor the Elderly

10:33 AM EDT, Apr. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and IBM are partnering with Japan's postal service to help monitor the welfare of elderly people in the country by using iPads. The partnership will enhance Japan's service where postal workers check in on elderly people along their routes by using iPads running IBM software.

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People are living longer, which means caring for our elderly population is becoming more important. Assuming the partnership with Japan Post, Apple, and IBM proves successful, the iPad could become a big part of that in Japan and other countries, too.

Time Warner Says Apple Streaming TV Service Coming

9:23 AM EDT, Apr. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is putting together its own streaming TV service, according to Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes. He said he's "pretty confident" the service is coming, but didn't say how soon he thinks Apple will unveil its plan.

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We've already heard rumors of an Apple streaming television service. Adding in the comments from Time Warner's CEO adds more credibility to those reports, and makes it look like we're getting closer to a new TV option that doesn't require traditional subscription packages.

Microsoft Demos Amazing Virtual Reality Hololens at Build 2015

9:26 PM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Microsoft Hololens is that company's take on wearable computing and augmented vision, and Microsoft put on an amazing demo Thursday at Build 2015.  Hololens allows you to impose virtual reality onto your vision of the real world through the use of glasses. It's early days for this technology yet, but the demonstration was impressive. Highlights of the demo include creating a video that follows the user around and being able to place apps on a wall so that you see them whenever you enter a particular virtual room. There is also a virtual menu that is SciFi brought to life (if you can ignore how slow it was and how careful he had to be to manipulate it—early days, like I said). On the other hand, watch the very unnatural and awkward way the demonstrator walks around without moving his head or neck. Despite such armchair nitpicks, it's a remarkable demonstration.

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The Apple Thunderbolt Display Giveaway

7:40 PM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Apple Thunderbolt Display Giveaway

We're giving away a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display with our friends at Stack Social! To enter, just sign up to receive deal emails on the giveaway page. There are ways you can share your entry to get additional entries, too. The giveaway ends on May 27th. Good luck!

Sideshow Toys Announces R2-ME2 Art Project

4:56 PM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Glorious goodie purveyor Sideshow Toys has launched a new project called R2-ME2. Sideshow gave blank Sixth Scale R2-D2 figures to a bunch of friends and fans, and they are becoming amazing custom pieces. You can check out versions of R2-D2 gussied up as Pee-Wee Herman, a Dalek, Groot, and many more you can check out on Instagram with the tag #R2ME2. Not all of them are up yet, so keep checking back to see more. Also, when the project is over, these little beauties will be auctioned off for charity. Keep in mind if you have your eye on the Dalek you’ll be fighting with me and Jeff Gamet for ownership.

MCX CEO Out After Best Buy Drops CurrentC for Apple Pay [Update]

2:55 PM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, CEO Dekkers Davidson has turned in his executive washroom key and is off "to pursue other opportunities" following the revelation that Best Buy is dropping its plans to support CurrentC wireless payments in favor of Apple Pay. That's corporate speak for "you're fired," and also a big blow for the Apple Pay competitor.

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Looks like Dekkers Davidson learned the hard way about MCX's slogan: Don't get eliminated!

No, wait. That's MXC.

Analyst: Apple Watch to be Apple’s Best Selling New Product

11:09 AM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple Watch inventory may be severely limited right now, but that won't stop it from becoming the best selling new device in the company's history. Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White thinks Apple Watch will outpace all other new product launches, and he says Apple is innovating on a scale unlike anything it's done before.

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Brian White says Apple Watch will be the company's most successful product launch ever, and he thinks their current innovation streak could lead to personal robots. Please, oh please, let that come true.

Twitter Searches May be Coming to Apple’s Spotlight

9:49 AM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Spotlight searches could be able to sift through Twitter soon, according to company CEO Dick Costolo. He told investors talks are underway with Apple to bring the feature to searches on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

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Twitter results will start showing up soon in Google searches, so adding Apple's Spotlight seems like a natural progression.

4 Tips for Preserving Apple Watch Battery Life

8:55 AM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

More Apple Watch tips? Don't mind if we do! In this article, we'll go over some ideas for stretching the battery life on your fancy new device, including how to see the time you've spent actually interacting with the Watch since you last charged it. Keeping your tech alive and well is what we're all about in this Quick Tip.

App Camp For Girls Quiz Compendium

6:00 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

App Camp For Girls has released a Quiz Compendium, collecting all the quiz apps built during each session. App Camp For Girls is a program developed by Jean MacDonald (formerly of Smile Software) to teach 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls about programming, specifically by developing an iOS app during the week of camp. Each team of girls starts with a basic quiz template and has to develop the theme, all the questions, all the possible answers to each question, and the results at the end of the quiz. They also learn about bug testing, icon and interface design, and pitch the app to a panel of investors at the end of the week. For 99 cents (which supports the nonprofit App Camp organization) you too can find out what penguin you are, when you are from, what coffee drink you are, and more! Check out the artwork and take fifteen different quizzes from all the sessions of App Camp (so far). For the record, I’m a nerdy penguin, the 1970s, and straight espresso. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a volunteer with App Camp For Girls and I am ridiculously excited to get to share this with everyone so you can see what the teams put together in such a short amount of time. 

The Fall and Rise of the Mac

5:30 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

The Fall and Rise of the Mac

The Mac was eclipsed long ago by iPhone and iPad, but that didn't mean it stopped growing. Today's Mac is bigger than its ever been, a testament to the computer once billed as "for the rest of us." Bryan Chaffin explores the fall and rise of the venerable Mac.

Tune Your Guitar with UltraTuner App for Apple Watch

4:22 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

A guitar tuner for Apple Watch? Yes, please. I'm sure there will be many that come out, but IK Multimedia is ready to go today with UltraTuner. An extension of the company's UltraTuner line for iPhone and iPad, the Apple Watch version utilizes the built-in microphone on your Apple Watch for all your tuning needs. In addition to your standard tunings for guitar and bass, the app supports a variety of other instruments with a wide array of tuning scales. UltraTuner for Apple Watch is priced at $4.99 and is available now.

Griffin Technology WatchStand for Apple Watch Charging Dock: $26.99

3:57 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Griffin WatchStand for Apple Watch Charging Dock: $26.99

We have a deal for you today on the WatchStand Charging Dock for Apple Watch from Griffin Technology. This stand will charge your Apple Watch and hold it at viewable angle. It also is designed to hold your charging cable so its ready to go when you need it, and you can hide any excess cable in the stand itself. You can get WatchStand through our deal for $26.99.

Mac Window Management Made Easier

3:50 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Manage windows with Hocus Focus, Optimal Layout, and Spectacle

Bob ?Dr. Mac" LeVitus feels like Mission Control was never meant for a two-display setup like mine -- it never seems to work the way he expects it to on a dual monitor system. So he's always augmented it with one or more third-party apps for managing windows. And since he believes he's more productive when his fingers are on the keyboard, all of the apps support a myriad of keyboard shortcuts...  

USB-C Flash Drive for MacBook to Ship in June From Patriot

2:45 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Patriot Memory of Fremont, CA has announced a USB-C Flash drive for Apple's new MacBook (and Chrombook Pixel). It won't ship until June, but right now it looks to be cool because it has a USB-C connector on one end and a standard USB 3 connector on the other. This is clever and will make the drive exceptionally helpful for transferring files from older Macs to a MacBook. It has a metal exterior and will be available in 32 and 64 GB capacities. Pricing has not yet been announced.