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Apple Loses Retail Tycoon Mickey Drexler from Board

8:48 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple

Longtime Apple board member Millard "Mickey" Drexler told the company he will retire on March 10th, 2015, the end of his current term. Mr. Drexler joined Apple's board at the invitation of the late Steve Jobs in 1999, and he helped develop Apple's massively successful Apple Store retail strategy.

Your Own 16-Inch Tall Iron Giant Deluxe Figure

4:53 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Light-up eyes. A Magnetic 'S' that can be detached from a seafood sign and attached to his chest. More than 30 points of articulation. A detachable "War Arm." A Hogarth mini-figure that sits in his hand. I must be talking about an Iron Giant figure, right? You bet I am! Mondo announced pre-orders for a 16-inch tall Iron Giant Deluxe Figure starting today (a limited edition model sold out in moments).  This is an impressive looking figure, and it's expected to ship in the third quarter. But, that impressiveness comes at a cost: US$300. There are all sorts of images on the announcement page, or you can go straight to the Mondo's home page and pre-order.

Bluetooth Audio Beanie: $34.99

5:51 PM, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Bluetooth Audio Beanie: $34.99

It's cold. You have tunes to listen to. You need the Bluetooth Audio Beanie, a beanie with bluetooth speakers embedded into the cloth. It has a microphone, too, so you can use this beanie for phone calls. You can recharge it through a MicroUSB charging port, also built into the beanie.

TAG Chief Says No One Could Produce a Smartwatch in Switzerland

9:17 PM, 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, 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, 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.

Mount Your iPhone with a Shielded Magnet for $24.99

5:43 PM, 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.