Amazon Goes Deep into the Comics Game with ComiXology Purchase

5:15 PM EDT, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Digital comic book reseller ComiXology dropped a surprise on readers Thursday afternoon when it announced that Amazon is buying the company. ComiXology is the big name in digital comic sales with distribution deals with publishers such as Marvel, DC, IDW, Image, and Dynamite.

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Please, Amazon, don't kill the ComiXology app because reading comics in the Kindle app sucks.

Ocean Energy Turbine on Kickstarter to Fund ‘Limitless Clean Renewable Energy’

3:53 PM EDT, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

What was science fiction a few decades ago could become a reality, if the folks at crowd Energy can do what they say. The company is developing an underwater turbine that generates electricity through the incredible power of ocean currents, and they're looking to fund it through Kickstarter. Called Ocean Energy Turbine, the project is intended to pay for development of a design the company's team of scientists, engineers, and marine biologists have already put together. This is a pure donation Kickstarter—you won't get anything for your money other than knowing you contributed to the development of an alternative form of energy that could dwarf every other form of energy production on the planet, including fossil fuels. The company said that it's using crowd funding in order to eliminate the risk of getting bought and buried. Seems reasonable. The Kickstarter has raised US$16,780 out of an initial goal of $75,000 with 42 days to go.

Facebook to Push Messenger in Bid for All Our Texts

1:21 PM EDT, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook has a clear image of how they want people to use its services, and that includes messaging, too. The social network company is ready to disable messaging in its current mobile apps and will soon require users to send their in-network private conversations through its Messenger app -- and that's just another step in the company's plans to take over all our messaging needs.

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Facebook's next message could well be, "All your message are belong to us."

Analyst: iWatch Sensor to Protect You from Sunburn

10:06 AM EDT, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Wearing a watch protects your wrist from sunburn, but if Barclay's analyst Blayne Curtis is right, Apple's iWatch will be able to protect your entire body. It doesn't cover your body or coat you in sunscreen; instead, he thinks the iWatch will include a UV sensor that can help monitor your sun exposure to avoid sunburns.

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At this point it's starting to sound like Apple is designing a wrist top tricorder and not just a smartwatch. Maybe it'll be able to scan for alien life forms, too.

Apple Source Say No Drama in Christie Departure

8:52 AM EDT, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

When word surfaced on Wednesday that Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie was leaving the company, it came with speculation that his departure was driven by friction with Jony Ive. Now sources are saying that's not the case, and instead Mr. Christie's retirement has been well planned for some time.

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The fact that Mr. Christie isn't leaving immediately helps back up the notion that friction with Jony Ive wasn't behind his retirement. Sources say he'll be around for at least a little while working on special projects, so maybe there isn't as much internal drama here as was originally suspected.

ACM 249: King Jony and the TV Settop Box Wars

2:20 AM EDT, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple's Sir Jony Ive is the one guy in charge of all of the company's software design now that Greg Christie is out, there's finally a rumor about the iWatch that both Jeff and Bryan think is right, and the set top box war is heating up with Apple, Amazon, Roku, and now Google getting in on the game. All that, and Bryan has a special offer for bitcoin fans.

Shakeup Cements Jony Ive’s Control Over Apple’s Software Design

6:41 PM EDT, Apr. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

King Jony Ive

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly initiated another management shakeup at Apple in a change that will soon leave Sir Jony Ive firmly in charge of Apple's software design. Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie is reportedly departing the company, and Sir Jony will completely subsume control over Apple's software design group.

Sponsor: The Omni Group

5:29 PM EDT, Apr. 9th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

This week it is my absolute pleasure to welcome The Omni Group as our sponsor. And not only is The Omni Group this week's sponsor here, they were also instrumental in helping to make Cirque du Mac 2014 happen. They deserve (and got!) a big round of applause just for that. But that's not all. The Omni Group has been making fantastic apps for decades, and their iOS and Mac apps are all best-in-class.