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Apple Snags 10% of Time’s 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time

9 hours, 1 minute ago · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Time published its list of The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time, and Apple snagged 10 percent of the list with five devices: iPhone (#1), Macintosh (#3), iPod (#9), iPad (#25), and iBook (!!) (#38). Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what was included, what wasn't included, and some of the non-Apple products, too.

‘IPHONE’ Trademark Fight Illustrates Apple’s Headwinds in China

11 hours, 35 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

IPHONE Sleeves?

As if cued to prove Carl Icahn's worries about Apple's business in Chain, the company lost a trademark battle with a bag maker over "IPHONE" in that country. A Chinese court ruled that even though Apple filed its trademark several years before Chinese company Xintong Tiandi did, Apple didn't start selling its iPhone until later, so whatevs. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Drone Ballet Show at Mt. Fuji - Beautiful Performance and Music

5:25 PM, May. 3rd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out this wonderful video of a "drone ballet show" performed in Japan with Mt. Fuji as a backdrop. The drone ballet is made visible by some 16,500 LED lights configured in cages surrounding the drones made by SkyMagic. They're amazing and cool and all, but I like the music even more. Written and performed with drums and a group of tsugaru shamisen players, I watched it multiple times just to hear the song they play. The whole thing is beautiful. What do you think?

Last Chance for Scrivener 2 at $22.50

5:16 PM, May. 3rd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Scrivener 2 on a MacBook

Scrivener from Literature & Latte is an amazing piece of software for writers. I've been using it for years for several fiction projects, including a novel—I can't imagine trying to organize any large writing project without it. John Martellaro reviewed it for TMO, and he loves it, too. The best thing, though, is that our friends at Stack Social have brought it back it back as a deal for $22.50, but that deal will soon be ending. If you've ever even thought about writing, you should get Scrivener today. This deal is good for OS X or Windows—there's a pulldown menu on the deal listing for you to choose which version you want, but our link goes straight to the Mac version.

TMO’s Guide to Buying Discounted iTunes Cards

6:42 PM, May. 2nd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

iTunes Gift Cards

Did you know you can buy discounted iTunes Gift Cards? They allow you to buy apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books at a discount. I've seen discounts between 5 and 25 percent, which means you get that same discount on the stuff you buy from the iTunes Store, the App Store, and the Mac App Store. We even found a place to buy discounted iTunes cards with Bitcoin.

Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote: $52.99

4:27 PM, May. 2nd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote

Check out the Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote, a device that connects your iPhone or iPad (or Android device) to your other electronic devices. That means you can control them directly from your mobile device, or even from your Apple Watch. We have a deal on Blumoo for $52.99, which is 47 percent off retail.

Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack: $33.95

4:42 PM, Apr. 29th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack

Check out the Nomad Pod, a portable battery pack for your Apple Watch. It works like this: charge the internal battery through the micro-USB port. Inside the Nomad Pod is a port for your Apple Watch charging cable. Plug it in, wrap it around, and the charging surface will rest in a hole in the lid. You can then take the Nomad Pod anywhere you need to and charge your Apple Watch. We have a deal on this device for $33.95, more than 40 percent off retail.

Carl Icahn Isn’t Wrong about Apple in China

7:59 PM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn told CNBC Thursday that he sold his considerable stake in Apple Inc.—some 0.8 percent of shares at his height—on concerns about Apple's business in China, though it might be more accurate to characterize it as concerns that China's government could have a deleterious affect on Apple's business in that market. Bryan Chaffin isn't always a fan of Mr. Icahn's, but in this instance, the mogul isn't wrong.