Samsung Buys ‘Battery Pack Business’ for Electric Cars

10:40 PM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Samsung Buys 'Battery Pack Business' for Electric Cars

Samsung announced Monday that it will acquire the "battery pack business" of Magna International, a major automotive supplier. The company said the purchase, "is expected to enhance Samsung SDI’s capabilities in batteries for electric vehicles by combining the company’s established leadership in battery cells and modules with Magna's expertise in battery packs."

Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack for $29.99

6:27 PM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack for $29.99

We have a great deal on the Power Vault 18,000mAh Portable Battery Pack for just $29.99. In addition to a high capacity, it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at one time. It's slender, can stand on its edge, and has a minimalist style. Check it out.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-23: How Lenovo Screwed Customer Trust and Security

1:57 PM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Lenovo's decision to bring in a little extra money by installing what amounts to a man in the middle attack on computers has left its customers open to serious security risks. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the damage Lenovo's actions have done to customer trust, the potential risks they face, and who may be creating even bigger technology risks.

BrydgeAir Keyboard for iPad Air/Air 2: Almost Perfect

12:20 PM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

The original Brydge Keyboard was a nice product, but the company had grave customer service issues. Now, under new ownership, Brydge Global, the BrydgeAir BT keyboard for iPad continues its tradition of physical excellence with a model for the iPad Air and Air 2. Color matching and many small refinements have been added. 

Moscow Woman Electrocuted in Bath while Charging iPhone

11:55 AM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

23 year old Yaroslav Dubinina was electrocuted earlier this month while surfing social networks on her iPhone in the bath tub in Moscow. The electrocution victim was charging her iPhone at the time, and her roommate found her with the phone sitting at the bottom of the tub still plugged in.

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Considering the charger didn't shut off when the iPhone hit the water, it's likely the victim was using a cheap knock-off that didn't have proper safety measures in place. Apple iPhone chargers may cost a little more, but that's more than outweighed by safety they offer compared to after market copies.

Apple Warns Developers Garbage Collection is Dead, Move to ARC

11:12 AM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has issued a warning to developers that it has deprecated the garbage collection feature used for memory management in favor of Automatic Reference Counting, or ARC. New Mac apps and app updates submitted to the Mac App Store starting in May will be required to use ARC.

Movie-themed Oscars iPad Ad Shot on an iPad

10:05 AM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple premiered its newest iPad commercial during the Oscars Sunday night, and the ad showing high school students filming movies with iPads was shot on an iPad, too. Martin Scorsese provided a voice over extolling the importance of exploring our creativity, and like Apple's other iPhone and iPad ads, was more about empowering users than touting device features.

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A professional quality commercial shot entirely on iPads. That's really impressive.

Apple Investing €1.7B in European Renewable Energy Data Centers

8:58 AM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is planning on investing €1.7 billion into two new data centers in Europe scheduled to open some time in 2017. The facilities will be powered entirely by renewable energy and are set to be built in Denmark and Ireland.

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Apple is sticking with its plans to use renewable energy for its operations, which serves as an example for other tech industry businesses. The company has also committed to helping restore the ecosystem around its Ireland data center even though the damage was done long before the facility was planned. We need to see more companies following Apple's proactive lead on improving the environment.

Three Tips for Apple’s Keynote App on iPad

10:30 AM EST, Feb. 21st, 2015 · Nancy Gravley · Computing with Bifocals

Three Tips for Apple's Keynote App on iPad

Keynote is a great tool that allows even the beginner to create impressive slide shows for any number of reasons. Even if you are experienced at using Keynote on your Mac, there are some things that are different when using it on your iPad. The following tips should make that experience easier.

Superfish Security Flaw Extends Beyond Lenovo

8:29 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · News

Yesterday it was reported that Lenovo had installed software called Superfish that was supposed to allow Lenovo to snoop on browser sessions, even the secure ones, and add shopping suggestions. It turns out today the problem goes much further than just Lenovo.

MGG 541: Two Geeks Joined by Chris Breen

5:03 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Christopher Breen, happily unemployed, joins John and Dave today to do his darndest to help your two favorite geeks solve the world's problems (by way of answering your Mac and iOS-related questions). Yes, they get geeky, and they also reminisce in the way that only these three long-time geeks (and long-time friends) can. Definitely one you won't want to miss.

TravelCard iOS Lightning Wallet-Size Charger for $29

4:44 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

TravelCard iOS Lightning Wallet-Size Charger for $29

Check out the TravelCard iOS Lightning Wallet-Size Charger. It's a portable battery for recharging your Lightning iOS devices, and it's tiny enough to fit in your wallet like a credit card. At that size, it's capacity is an impressive 1,500mAh—that's enough for a 30-40 percent charge on your iPhone, less on an iPad. It's perfect for an emergency boost you don't have to think about bringing with you. Through our deal, you can get this device for $29.

LEGO, Sarlacc, Boba Fett: Star Wars Trifecta

4:40 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Even though George Lucas himself has said Boba Fett died in the Sarlacc, that hasn't stopped Star Wars fans from creating their own realities where the infamous bounty hunter (No disintegrations!) lives. Once fan even went so far as to create a Boba Fett lives storyline in LEGO, and it's absolutely magnificent. The build was designed by Daniel Stoeffler and includes five stacking segments going deeper underground to show the Sarlacc, a Sarlacc juice distillery, and more. The model is 70cm tall, or just over 2-foot 3-inches, with an amazing amount of detail including a cutaway of a giant skeleton buried in the sand. Mr. Stoeffler isn't sure how many bricks he used, but it's a safe bet the number goes well above a metric bucketload.

Pebble Teases New Smartwatch Announcement for Next Week

4:12 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Pebble has something new up—or at the end of—its sleeve, and it's going to be unveiled on March 24. The smartwatch maker is now teasing the announcement with a countdown timer on its website, presumably for a new model that will roll out ahead of Apple's planned April release for the Apple Watch.

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With Apple Watch only weeks away, it seems likely Pebble is planning on announcing a new smartwatch model to better compete with Apple's offering.