iPhone 6 Survives Drop from Space

11:22 AM EST, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Drop testing an iPhone 6 case typically involves a push from a table, or a climb up a short ladder, but Urban Armor Gear didn't think that was enough, so they dropped an iPhone from space. They put the iPhone 6 in one of their cases, then lifted it to 101,000 feet with balloons before dropping it along with GoPro cameras recording the flight. The iPhone shut off before reaching it's highest point because apparently they don't work well at -79°F, but it powered back up again after it was recovered. They used a parachute to slow down the descent a little, but still... an iPhone dropped from space!

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Apple Buys Semetric to Boost its Streaming Music Plans

10:05 AM EST, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has purchased the online music analytics company Semetric as part of its plan to boost its Beats streaming music service. Semetric's services will help Apple better track interest in artists and songs, which could come in handy for managing advertising as well as streaming data and song sales.

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If Apple wants a big piece of the streaming music market, it needs more information about what we listen to, as well as when and how. That's what Semtric gives it, and that makes buying the company a smart move.

The Interview Hits Netflix Streaming this Weekend

9:07 AM EST, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If the hype surrounding Seth Rogan and James Franco's The Interview wasn't enough to convince you to buy or rent the movie from the iTunes Store, Microsoft's Xbox Video, or Google Play, you're in luck because it'll be available on Netflix streaming this Saturday, January 24.

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Pulling The Interview's original release over terrorist threats turned out to be the best publicity the movie could've hoped for.

TAG Chief Says No One Could Produce a Smartwatch in Switzerland

9:17 PM EST, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

TAG Watch

Jean-Claude Biver, the head of the luxury holding company that owns watch brand TAG Heuer, said Tuesday that TAG will not use the "Swiss Made" label for its in-development Apple Watch competitor. In an interview with Bloomberg, Mr. Biver said Switzerland simply doesn't have the technology needed to make a smartwatch.

Apple Spends More on Lobbying as Politics and Technology Intersect

7:20 PM EST, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Mr. Apple Goes to Washington

The late Steve Jobs spoke often about the importance of being at the intersection of technology and the humanities, but the company increasingly finds itself at a new intersection: technology and politics. Bloomberg reported the Cupertino company has dramatically stepped up its lobbying efforts in Washington, DC, lobbying some 13 different departments and agencies in 2014.

Pay What You Want for the Game Design Course Bundle

5:22 PM EST, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pay What You Want for the Game Design Course Bundle

I love the name your own price deals we get to offer you through our friends at Stack Social. Today, it's the Game Design Course Bundle, a collection of tutorials designed to teach you how to code games. If you pay less than the average, you get two courses, Engage Your Customers w/ Gamification Course and Learn To Craft "Hand-Painted" Textures Course. If you beat the average price, you'll also get Make Real Games: Become a Unity 3D Power User Course and Professional Video Game Art School Course. And the average is only $8.13. Plus, 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities. Your choice.

Graphene Will Change Everything from Smartphones to Electric Cars

1:10 PM EST, Jan. 20th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Graphene, developed by British scientists, in an incredible material. It's one layer of Carbon atoms thick, highly conductive, and 100 times stronger than steel. It can be placed on a flexible substrate and is 97 percent transparent. While current iPhone displays are made with the rare and expensive element Indium, Graphene is pure Carbon, a very abundant element on earth. This video, from the summer of 2013 on the BBC airing of The One Show, while not recent, still takes your breath away at the prospects of Graphene for our future electronics. The concept shown in this video suggests a future smartphone about as thick as what we use today as ultra-thin screen protectors.

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What’s in Your Wallet: Google Wallet’s Success Depends on Apple Pay

11:28 AM EST, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple Pay may be the new comer to the digital wallet game, but its fast-growing popularity is ramping up competition in the mobile payment market in a big way. That has Google taking note, and it underscores the Internet search giant's failure to drive interest in Android-based smartphones for wireless transactions. Apple Pay's success is also good news for Google Wallet because now it's finally getting some notice.

Apple Celebrates New China Store with Mural and Video

9:41 AM EST, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is only days away from opening its latest retail store in China, and to celebrate the event the company released a video showing artist Wang Dongling creating a mural that's currently covering the location. The mural is a poem about West Lake in Hangzhou where the new store is located.

OS X: How to Merge Calendars

8:50 AM EST, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today we're going to go over an often-overlooked feature of the Calendar program: using the import/export feature to merge two calendars into one. This is a great way to clean up your calendar list, because let's face it, not many people need 15 color-coded calendars! We'll give you the skinny here in this Quick Tip.