Apple Uses Earth Day to Highlight China Solar Farm, More

10:50 AM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's environmental responsibility Web page got an update on Monday, which also happens to be a couple days ahead of Earth Day. Apple used the event to highlight its environmental efforts including a planned solar farm in China.

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Apple has been actively pursuing ways to be as environmentally responsible as possible, and is an example it'd be nice to see more companies follow.

Analyst: Apple Watch Pre-orders are Build to Order

9:51 AM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're wondering why no one received a firm April 24 delivery date for their Apple Watch pre-order, industry analyst Carl Howe thinks he has the answer: they're all being built to order. Instead of guessing which models to stockpile, he thinks, Apple is making the watches customers ordered.

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If Apple really is using a build-to-order model for Apple Watch pre-orders, that would account for why we won't be able to buy on in stores come April 24. There simply isn't any inventory to send out to its retail locations.

Apple WWDC Ticket Lottery Sales Wrap Up Today

8:56 AM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · WWDC

Apple wrapped up its Worldwide Developers Conference ticket lottery last Friday, and started sending out notifications to the lucky winners later in the day. The Mac, iPhone and Apple Watch maker will finish sending out those alerts today, Monday April 20.

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This year's ticket selection process seemed to go smoothly. Maybe Apple has landed on a system they'll use next year, too.

MGG 549: Cool Stuff Found

12:05 PM EDT, Apr. 19th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

It's time for Cool Stuff Found. Your two favorite geeks do their level best to sift through everything they've found and everything you've submitted, pulling out their favorites and trying not to make you spend too much money (there's plenty of free stuff included in here, too!). You know how it goes... listen, then visit the shownotes to hunt down those things you just can't live without!

Canadian Bankers Balk at ‘Onerous’ Apple Pay Terms

5:54 PM EDT, Apr. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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Canadian bankers are balking at initial negotiations with Apple to bring Apple Pay to Canada. According to online reports, the six banks that control 90 percent of the Canadian markets consider Apple's terms "onerous," are concerned about security, and have formed a consortium to develop security protocols for Apple's system.

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The smart money is on Apple getting most of what it wants out of these negotiations.

How To Enable Stealth Mode in Yosemite

5:52 PM EDT, Apr. 17th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

If you like a change of scenery with your laptop from time to time, you're probably using public Wi-Fi as well. If that's the case, you might want to make sure you're doing what you can to keep unauthorized users off your computer. Kelly explains how to unleash your Mac's inner ninja. 

Ben & Jerry’s Spoofs Apple’s ‘1984’ Commercial to Promote BRRR-ito

4:36 PM EDT, Apr. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

"On April 20th, Ben & Jerry's will introduce the BRRR-ito. And you'll see why 4.20 will be exactly like '4.20.'" I'm not much for stoner culture, but this spoof of Apple's 1984 commercial from Ben & Jerry's is both well done and entertaining. In fact, of all the attempts to spoof or copy Apple's famous commercial that I've seen over the years, this is easily the best. They've got the run (down a hall), the explosion of the screen, and the brain dead zombies (grinning at the idea of a tasty ice cream treat). The BRRR-ito looks delicious, too, so that helps. Also, lolstoners.

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MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot: $99

4:10 PM EDT, Apr. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot: $99

We have another cool deal for you today, this time on the MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot. This device is a global hot spot that works in 150 countries. It's unlocked, and that means you can use it on all of the supported networks. It has a touchscreen interface, and supports up to ten connected devices at a time. Through our deal you get this device for 50 percent off, at just $99. Check out the deal page for more information.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-17: Don’t Hold Your Breath for In-store Apple Watch Sales

1:22 PM EDT, Apr. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple seems to be teaching consumers patience, at least as far as the Apple Watch is concerned. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the news that in-store sales for Apple Watches may not happen until June, plus they look at how Apple has become more open with journalists and bloggers since Tim Cook became CEO.

Apple PR Veteran Steve Dowling Promoted to VP

10:45 AM EDT, Apr. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Steve Dowling has been filling in for Katie Cotton ever since she retired from her job as the head of Apple's public relations team, and now the job is officially his. Apple added Mr. Dowling to its executive list naming him Vice President of Communications.

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It's clear Tim Cook has his own vision for Apple, and that includes a more open PR division. Steve Dowling has been making that come together, so it isn't any surprise he's officially taking over for Katie Cotton.

Scott Forstall Advising Snapchat, Earning 0.11% of Company

9:10 PM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Former Apple Senior VP Scott Forstall has been advising Snapchat, the popular image sharing and messaging service. According to Sony emails leaked by hackers and posted to Wikileaks, Mr. Forstall is earning 0.11 percent of the company for his efforts, an amount worth some US$16.5 million at current valuations for the company. which is some $15 billion.

USB ChargeDoubler Mini Charging Cable Seeks Funding

7:36 PM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out the USB ChargeDoubler. It's a very short charging cable for your iPhone (there are models for Android devices, too), that is smart and clever. It's smart because it has built-in circuity to recognize the device it's plugged into so it can send the right amount of power for maximum charging speed. You'll find this same circuity on better portable chargers. It's clever because it has magnetic connectors that allow you to swiftly and easily snap it around your keychain, a loop on your backpack, or whatever. The company making it, WN Products Limited, just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help ramp up manufacturing. That means you can get a USB ChargeDoubler at a good price—US$12 for one or $19 for two. The company's goal is just $14,000. The video has more information, including detailed images of the product. I like it.

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StuffIt Deluxe 16 Instant File Compressor for Mac: $19.99

7:29 PM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

StuffIt Deluxe 16 Instant File Compressor for Mac: $19.99

Stuffit Deluxe 16 is the newest version of this venerable and excellent Mac compression utility. Right now we have a deal that allows you to get it for $19.99, a significant 60 percent discount. With Stuffit Deluxe 16, you can browse archives, preview images, and selectively extract just the files you want. You can also automatically send archived content to Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. You can even schedule automatic backups. Grab this deal while you can.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Makes TIME’s Most Influential List

6:09 PM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook earned himself a place on TIME's 100 Most Influential People list for 2015 for his corporate leadership skills and open support for human rights and environmental protection. Mr. Cook received the same honor along side the likes of Anita Sarkeesian, Brian Chesky, and Satya Nadella.

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Tim Cook has made it clear this is his Apple, and he isn't afraid to make his feelings on equal rights known. It isn't any surprise he made TIME's Most Influential List again.