Aftermarket CarPlay Systems Available Later This Year from Alpine

12:38 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Product News

CarPlay

Alpine is scheduled to ship an aftermarket car system that includes Apple's CarPlay integration. Plans are to release the system this fall for US$500-700, making CarPlay an option for those who aren't in the market for a new car.

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This is fantastic news. When Apple showed CarPlay off at the Geneva Motor Show in March, one of the first questions many people had was whether or not this would be an aftermarket feature or something only available to new cars. Now we know.

LightSaber Sunglasses From Thinkgeek

11:57 AM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Initially I was all set to tell you about the Han in Carbonite Rug, because that is an awesome thing and it warms my heart to live in a world where it exists. But when I went to the What's New page over at ThinkGeek, I was distracted by something even better. What, you ask, could possibly be better than a Carbonite Han Solo Rug? And I answer: Lightsaber sunglasses. Did I mention they light up? Oh yes. Available in green, blue, and red, they're Wayfarer-styled shades that light up (with replaceable button cell batteries). For US$20 (plus shipping), they are no more expensive than most sunglasses I purchase because if I'm going to (inevitably) lose them anyway I'd rather be out $20 instead of $100 or more. Did I mention they light up?

ScreenCastsOnline Offers Free 1Password Tutorial Video

8:49 AM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

With heartbleed posing such a serious security risk for everyone that spends any time online, ScreenCastsOnline is doing what it can to help out by offering a 1Password tutorial for free. 1Password is an app that helps you create strong passwords, manages the passwords for all of your logins, and stores other bits of sensitive information for you, too. ScreenCastsOnline produces great tutorial videos on a wide range of tech topics, and is an awesome resource for learning all about the apps you use on your Mac, iPhone and iPad.

MGG 497: How To Be a Consultant & Cool Stuff Found

7:13 PM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

John and Dave kick off this Sunday's show with a discussion about upgrading your older Macs with SSDs, the first in a series about the topic. Then it's onto sharing advice from your two favorite geeks and your fellow listeners about being a computer consultant in today's world, helping other folks with their computers and technology. Finally, it's the fan favorite: Cool Stuff Found. LOTS here to enjoy. Download now, prepare yourself, and press play!

Get Free Bitcoins with 24 Website Faucets that Really Pay

9:34 PM EDT, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Bitcoin Faucets

We've gathered 24 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. We started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more bringing the total to 24 different faucets that really pay. We also updated the descriptions for the original sites with additional information.

Amazon Has A Smartphone Coming, Say People Who Have Seen It

8:20 PM EDT, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Amazon Smartphone

Amazon has a smartphone in the works. We've heard this before, but now we're hearing about it from people who say they have seen it in real life and then told The Wall Street Journal about it.

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Amazon's had a busy year in the hardware market. Is a phone really the best move for them though?

Court Documents Show Samsung Publicly Fudges Galaxy Tab Sales

6:50 PM EDT, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Samsung has been caught wallowing in their own truthiness, according to court documents released as part of the current Samsung vs Apple court case.

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What!? Samsung didn’t let facts get in the way of what it told people? Fetch me my fainting couch!

NuGreen LED Lamp Lights Up Your Desk Using Just 3.6 Watts

6:22 PM EDT, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Quick Look Review

NuGreen Lamp

Bryan Chaffin is a nut for LED lights. They use produce less waste heat than incandescent bulbs and use less power than a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulb, both excellent features in a light source. That's why he was so excited to check out NuGreen, an LED desk lamp from NewerTechnology that uses just 3.6 watts of power.

NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed for 2 Years, but NSA Denies

5:47 PM EDT, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

When system administrators scrambled earlier this week to patch a serious security flaw in the SSL protocol, they assumed it was to protect against hackers and criminals from gathering user names, passwords, and other pieces of sensitive data on the Interent. News surfaced on Friday afternoon, however, that said the NSA knew about the flaw almost as soon as it was introduced into OpenSSL, and had been exploiting it ever since -- a point the NSA flat-out denies.