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Apple Not Allowing Fart Apps on Apple Watch

3 hours, 57 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · News

Plenty of Apps, but No Fart Apps

Bad news for fans of flatulence: Apple is not allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch. Good news for anyone with a sense of humor advanced past the age of 12: Apple isn't allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch.

Sony and Samsung Both Offered to Pay James Bond to Use Their Phones

9:44 PM, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Sony and Samsung both offered to pay James Bond actor Daniel Craig to use their smartphones in the next installment of the series, Spectre. According to stolen Sony emails posted to Wikileaks, both companies offered Daniel Craig US$5 million to use their devices in the film. The negotiations fell apart over marketing fees and because the actor and Specter director Sam Mendes both felt, "James Bond only uses the 'best.'"

XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood Headphones: $23.99

6:39 PM, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood Headphones: $23.99

We have a deal today on the XTC Headphones, in-earphones made of wood. They have a built-in microphone for taking calls, and the silicone inserts are designed to isolate you from outside noise. They retail for $50, but with our deal you can get them for $23.99.

Comcast Reportedly Dropping Plans to Buy Time Warner Cable

6:40 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Comcast Time Warner

Comcast is planning to drop its proposed buyout of Time Warner Cable. According to multiple news outlets citing a variety of unnamed sources, Comcast is backing the deal in the wake of intense scrutiny from antitrust regulators in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery: $49.99

6:07 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery: $49.99

Here's a deal on a killer gadget called ZeroLemon SolarJuice—it's a 20,000mAh portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices, and you can charge it using the on-board 1.2W solar panels. I think that's super cool. 20,000mAh is a ton of power, enough to charge your iPhone 6 more than seven times. If that's not enough, it has a built-in LED flashlight. This thing retails for $100, which is a good price, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99. 

Apple Watches Start Shipping for April 24th Delivery

2:05 AM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Watch

Some Apple Watch orders have begun shipping for delivery on April 24th. As noted in the screenshot below, our own Adam Christanson used the UPS My Choice option on UPS's website, where he saw that Apple is shipping him something for delivery by end of day on Friday, April 24th.

ACM 303: Apple Watch Notifications and Apps, and Samsung’s Glory Days

11:30 PM, Apr. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

The era of Apple Watch notifications tapping on our wrists is almost upon us, and with it will come the inevitable rush from some developers to annoy the crap of us. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet urge them to not mistake what they want us to know for what we want to know. They also look at Samsung's seeming fall from lofty heights in the smartphone market, and they discuss some of the cool looking Apple Watch apps already available.

Google Goes Wireless with Project Fi

10:48 PM, Apr. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Fee Fi Fo Fum

Google announced Project Fi on Wednesday, dipping its toes into the wireless carrier business. Project Fi is a U.S.-only service that is built on top of two networks, Sprint and T-Mobile. Google's hook is that devices can use whichever network is strongest, and the company is offering inexpensive and flexible bandwidth pricing—but you'll need to have (or buy) a Nexus 6 to be an early customer.

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Project Fi is very compelling on a cost-basis, and it's likely to be very competitive in terms of bandwidth. For bonus points, you'll be helping Google fill in what little they don't about what you are doing, where you are going, who you are with, and how you live your life.

Natalie Kerris Leaves Apple PR

6:49 PM, Apr. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple PR veteran Natalie Kerris announced Wednesday she is leaving Apple. Ms. Kerris said on Twitter that, "After 14 amazing years at Apple, it's time to move on and see what adventures life holds for me next!"