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.

Mount Your iPhone with a Shielded Magnet for $24.99

5:43 PM EST, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Mount Your iPhone with a Magnet for $24.99

Check out the Neutron S phone and tablet mount. It lets you use the magic of magnets to mount your device.  It features a neodymium magnet—that's a rare earth permanent magnet—that's shielded to protect your device. Stick the mount where you want it, stick the mounting disc on the back of your device or its case, and boom! Insta-mount. There's a video showing the Neutron S at work on the deal's page. It retails for $30, but through our deal you can get it for $24.99.

Apple’s Tim Cook Tweets MLK Quote about Not Being Silent

11:58 AM EST, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook turned to the late Dr. Martin Luther King for inspiration on Monday—a.k.a. Martin Luther King Day. Mr. Cook tweeted a quote from Dr. King reminding all of us to stand up and be heard on things that are important. 

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And I salute him for it.

Apple TV Adds More Sports Coverage with Tennis Channel

11:39 AM EST, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple pushed out another new sports channel to Apple TV owners over the weekend. This time, it's Tennis Channel Everywhere, giving tennis fans a new option for watching games, although it does require an annual US$69.99 subscription.

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Offering more sports content will make it easier for some to ditch their cable TV subscription for Apple TV, but we still have a long way to go before most people can make the switch.

Goodbye Privacy: White House Sides with UK, Wants Backdoor to Encrypted Data

10:26 AM EST, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

President Barak Obama has officially come out in support of UK Prime Minister David Cameron's push for backdoor government access to private encrypted data, and even went so far as to suggest U.S. companies that offer ways to decrypt user data are patriots. The President's comments follow Mr. Cameron's push for government access to encrypted emails, and text messages, and it signals a serious threat to our personal privacy.

KGI Analyst Thinks Apple is Ready to get into the iPad Stylus Game

9:06 AM EST, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may be ready to backtrack on Steve Jobs's feeling that including a stylus with your tablet means you failed—or, at least that's what KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks. Mr. Kuo predicts Apple will offer a stylus as an optional add-on for the rumored iPad Pro instead of being bundled with each purchase.

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Apple's stance against styluses has been firm for years, but it does hold several stylus-related patents. Mr. Kuo also has a fairly good track record with his Apple predictions. Maybe there is something to what he's saying, but we aren't holding our breath.

MGG 536: Tangentially Speaking, It’s All Relevant

7:08 PM EST, Jan. 18th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

John and Dave are here to help. First it's Rob with his over-coffeed MacBook Air (hold the sad trombones!), then Kaz with screen capture advice, helping Wilko avoid data duplication backing up items in OS X's sandbox, and Andy adding an SSD to a 2011 iMac that never had one. And more. And more, and even more than that. Today your geeks talk about the why behind their whats! Download today, enjoy and learn simultaneously!

Concept Images Take Original Macintosh to Modern Minimalist Extreme

7:40 PM EST, Jan. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I love this Macintosh concept that's floating around. Don't get me wrong, it would never happen. It's too small for modern computer users, and the design is impractical. But boy, is it gorgeous. Nay, sexy! The concept marries the guts of an 11-inch MacBook Air to a new form factor, plus the screen is designed to be a touchscreen. Check out the full post at German site Curved. There's an English version of the article included with the German copy, and they both have several different images of the concept device.