Explaining the Iowa Caucus, LEGO Style

11:33 AM EST, Feb. 1st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

It's Iowa Caucus day, which is a big thing heading into the presidential election. That sounds really big and important, but what does it mean? Vermont Public Radio did an awesome job explaining what a caucus is and why it's a big deal—and they did it all with LEGO minifigures. It's a great way to wrap your head around what's going down in Iowa today in a friendly and fun way. Bonus: LEGO minifigures. And thanks to @spsheridan on Twitter for turning me on to the video.

Apple Doesn’t Have an Anti-Abortion Agenda

9:28 AM EST, Feb. 1st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple may have taken a strong stance on the environment, equal rights, and privacy, but it isn't taking an anti-abortion position. The iPhone maker came under fire after some Maps users reported seeing adoption centers instead of clinics and other health centers when using "abortion" as a search term. Those results weren't part of a conspiracy, just a search algorithm Apple is continually refining.

Apple Builds Secret Virtual Reality Team, But for What?

6:21 PM EST, Jan. 29th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Virtual Reality Googles with an Apple Logo

Apple has built what was a secret team to develop virtual reality technology, according to unnamed sources cited by The Financial Times of London. The team is comprised of hundreds of employees from a series of acquisitions in the virtual reality (VR) and augmented-reality (AR) space, as well as hires from outside of Apple. Bryan Chaffin wants to know what they're working on.

The Full Stack iOS 9 School: $39

5:04 PM EST, Jan. 29th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Full Stack iOS 9 School

Check out the Full Stack iOS School, a bundle of training courses with 16 classes, 100 videos, and 30 hours of content. During the training, you'll learn how to build ten different iOS apps, including designing in Sketch 3, prototyping in Xcode, and coding with Swift 2. This tradining course is $39 through our deal. Check out the listing for more information.

Apple Wants Wide-range Wireless iPhone Charging for 2017

10:43 AM EST, Jan. 29th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple working on iPhone wireless charging

Apple is reportedly working on a wireless charging system for the iPhone, but instead of the currently available inductive systems where you set a device on a special plate, the company is looking at sending power wirelessly when our smartphones are in range of a charging point. Assuming Apple gets all the kinks worked out, we could see its wireless charging system debut on the 2017 iPhone models.

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Charging our iPhones and other battery powered peripherals by simply being near our Macs? Yes, please!

Apple Officially Ends Free iTunes Radio

9:37 AM EST, Jan. 29th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

iTunes Radio lives on in Apple Music, but the free ad supported version is gone.

Apple was true to its word and has shut down the ad supported free iTunes Radio service. The iPhone and iPad maker warned listeners the service would be shutting down as of January 28th and 29th, and that's exactly what happened.

OS X: Adjusting Your Login Options

8:56 AM EST, Jan. 29th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to manage your Mac's login window

For today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will go over the so-called login window, which is the screen you'll see if your Mac doesn't sign in automatically. Can you customize it? Is it difficult to make it more secure? And hey, where do you go to make changes to it? The short answers are "yes," "no," and "System Preferences," but if you want the long answers, they're in this article!

FCC Says it’s Time to Break Free from Proprietary Cable TV Boxes

9:23 PM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

FCC wants to open the cable and satellite set top box market

The days of having to lease a set top box from your cable provider may be coming to an end. The Federal Communication Commission is proposing a new regulation that would let other companies such as Apple, Amazon, TiVo, and Roku make their own boxes cable subscribers can use to watch TV without being tied the set top boxes they're stuck with today.

Satechi Aluminum Monitor Stand in Gold, Space Gray, Silver

7:35 PM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Satechi announced Thursday the Aluminum Monitor Stand, a stand for your monitor or MacBook designed to fit in with your Apple aesthetic. The device lifts your display higher on your desk while providing space for airflow or stuff underneath. It's available now in Gold, Space Gray, or Silver, and is priced at $39.99. The tweet below has a promo video for the product.

Feral Brings Western Front Armies Expansion to Company of Heroes 2 for Mac

7:23 PM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Feral Interactive announced Thursday the release of the Western Front Armies expansion for Company of Heroes 2 for the Mac (and Linux). The expansion adds the Oberkommando West army for the Nazis and US Forces for the Allies to the World World II combat game. It also has eight new maps set in France and Belgium. It can be played as a standalone game through Steam ($19.99), or played within the original Company of Heroes 2 game. Feral also said the expansion would be coming to the Mac App Store "soon." On the Mac side, the game recommend a 2.4GHz processor or better, 8GB of RAM or better and OS X 10.11.2 or higher (El Capitan). It will run on Yosemite, too.

Apple Pay ATMs Reportedly Coming to Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America

7:02 PM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple Pay is coming to ATMs owned by Chase, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America. No official announcements have been made, but USA Today reported that Chase is working on allowing users to use Apple Pay at their ATM in lieu of a debit card. TechCrunch reported that Wells Fargo and Bank of America are doing the same. This would allow you to conduct ATM transactions at those ATMs using just your iPhone or Apple Watch. It's a sure thing that all major banks will soon offer the feature once it their competitors do.

Apple Acquires LearnSprout Education Software Company

6:39 PM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · News

LearnSprout Promo Image

Apple has acquired education software company LearnSprout, according to Bloomberg. LearnSprout's software runs on Mac and Windows and is currently used in more than 2,500 school districts in 42 states in the U.S. Despite that kind of reach, LearnSprout is considered a startup, having raised more than $4 million dollars from VC firms including Andreessen Horowitz and Formation 8.

Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand: $34.99

4:37 PM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand

Check out the Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand. This device serves as an infinitely flexible stand for your iPhone, iPad, or other device because you can shape it to fit any given terrain. It comes with a disc you attach to your device, and it then sticks magnetically to the unipod. You can get it for $34.99 through our deal.

Apple Recalls Power Adapters in Australia, Central Europe, More

10:21 AM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple recalls faulty two-prong charger adapters

Apple announced a voluntary recall in several countries for two-prong AC wall adapters and world travel adapter kits on Thursday over concerns they make break and cause electrical shocks. The affected adapters are for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

Oracle puts Java Browser Plug-in on Death Row

9:16 AM EST, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Oracle ending support for Java browser plug-in

The Java Web browser plug-in just got its death notice. Oracle announced it's deprecating the browser plug-in this fall with the release of JDK 9, and removing it completely in a later release.

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Odds are Oracle's announcement is drawing more "There's a Java plug-in?" comments than "Oh no! I'm screwed!" comments. Good on Oracle for giving everyone an heads up now on their Java browser plug-in plans.