Recent Articles By Bryan Chaffin [RSS]
Apple launched a website Friday titled, "Why there's nothing quite like iPhone." What stands out for Bryan Chaffin is the company's use of plain language to encapsulate what fans of iPhone think about our device. On every page, Apple strikes to the core of our love for iPhone in a way that may resonate with real people.
"I love it! It's so...old." Kids React is such a brilliant idea, and they've posted a new video, Kids React to First iPod." While many of us might prefer not to realize this, the first iPod is just about 14 years old, and that's before all of the kids featured in this episode were born. Many of them think it's an old phone or one of those camera-phone thingies. The young lady I quoted above is just stupefied because it stands up, and new iPods don't. An older boy (age 13) astutely noted that it's the grandfather of iPods. The beauty of this project is being able to see technology through the eyes of people who not only take it for granted, they take the things that came in its wake for granted. It's fascinating to me. [Via MacStories]
The first trailer for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, a documentary about the late Apple cofounder, has been released. The film debuted at SxSW Film Festival this week, and Magnolia Pictures worked with Mashable to distribute the trailer. The documentary was directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney—it's a straight-up documentary rather than a dramatized biopic like the other recent movies about Steve Jobs. It looks very interesting.
Check out NetSpot, a software utility that lets you visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks with any MacBook. It allows you to do something as simple as measure signal strength in a given spot, but if you are serious about optimizing your network, it has mapping tools that will allow you to precisely figure out signal strength in every nook and cranny of your home or office. It retails for $149, but through our deal you can get it for $19.99. There's a video on the deal page with a product demo.
Apple has pulled Nest Learning Thermostats from its online Apple Store and its fleet of Apple Store retail locations. The news comes in the wake of the first HomeKit products being rolled out at the Apple Stores, and a HomeKit-compatible thermostat called ecobee3 has replaced it.
Apple joined Dow Chemical Company and the Levi Strauss & Co. in officially supporting the Equality Act, proposed legislation that would establish federal equality for the LGBT community in the U.S.
Apple on Thursday launched its Back to School 2015 promo offer—users who buy a qualifying Mac through educational pricing will get a pair of free Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones, which retail for $199.95. Customers also have the option of getting Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones for $100, a discount of $199.95.
We have a deal for folks who want to learn to make the most of the awesome Raspberry Pi linux board. It's a bundle of five training courses including Introduction to Raspberry Pi, Hardware Projects Using Raspberry Pi, Python Programming for Beginners, Real World Guide to Hardware Design, and PiBot: Built Your Own Raspberry Po-Powered Robot. Come on, that's frakking cool! Through our deal you can get this bundle for $39, some 93 percent off retail. Check it out.
The world's second largest mobile platform—iOS—overtook Wintel PCs in unit sales in 2015. Bryan Chaffin argues this is a keystone moment in a seismic shift taking place under our very noses.
Apple released MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 on Wednesday. The update, "addresses a storage firmware issue that, in rare cases, may cause data corruption." Apple recommended that all MacBook Pro (mid 2015) models be updated.