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PowerPractical has launched the PowerPot X, a 10 watt version of the company's portable charging technology, on Kickstarter. PowerPot X is designed to sit on a fire—be it a camp fire or a gas-powered flame—and turn that heat energy into electricity you can use to charge your mobile devices, and it does it without any moving parts. Cool, right? For outdoorsy folks or anyone prepping for bad weather, the PowerPot line is one of several alternative-energy solutions coming to market to address portable charging, and I like this one because it harnesses energy that is usually otherwise wasted. There are a ton of funding options available, and the company is already very close to its goals, but funding will still get you a discount on a unit when it ships. The video below contains too much back-story, but at the two minute mark, they get to the new model they're working on.
Apple's iPhone, Google's Android, and Microsoft's Windows Phone all took subscriber share away from BlackBerry in the U.S. in the month ending October 13th, according to new data from research firm comScore. Android gained 0.4 percent share, while iPhone and Windows Phone each gained 0.2 percent, while BlackBerry lost 0.7 percent.
There are three days left to get the Black Friday Mac Bundle, a collection of 11 apps for US$49.99, including one of my all-time favorite utilities, iStat Menus 4. You'll also get Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, DiskAid, PopClip, Numi 2, Gemini, CrazyTalk7 Standard, a one-year subscription to Mac Internet Security, Data Backup 3, Pagico, and MotionComposer. The retail value of all that software is $419, making it a great deal even if you just want a few of them. We're offering this bundle through our friends at Stack Social, meaning that TMO gets a piece. Everyone wins!
Apple topped Dell as the most popular brand for desktop computers in an annual survey of "planned holiday purchases" by research firm Parks Associates. This marks the first time Apple has claimed that spot for desktop computes, and it's something that should concern Michael Dell.
Do you smell that? That's the scent of pressed aluminum in the air, and that means we're getting close to the expected release of Apple's delicious new Mac Pro. An Apple retailer in Germany—Conrad Electronics—has made a successful grab for some publicity by claiming the device will be available on December 16th, even though Apple hasn't announced a release date.
I don't have enough words to describe the awesome in this video. Painting—even drawing—have always been voodoo to me. I can't do either kind of art, but this painting of Morgan Freeman seems more like epic-level magic. No, it's like someone asked me to watch a movie of a guy painting Morgan Freeman on his iPad, and somewhere towards the end, knocked me out, magically traded the painting for a photograph, and then magically woke me up so that I didn't know I was knocked out and left me sitting there, mouth agape, awesomefied. It was created and filmed by Kyle Lambert, and if you haven't watched it yet, do so now. It's way cool.
Apple and its court-appointed monitor—attorney Michael Bromwich—appear to be headed towards a throwdown over his mandate. Details over friction between the two began emerging over the thanksgiving weekend, but a new report shows that tensions and stakes are running even higher.
Apple wants the court to make sure there are repercussions for Samsung wrongdoings in the ongoing court battles between the two companies. Apple has asked the court to declare that Samsung has "unclean hands," and to bar certain Samsung executives from engaging in licensing negotiations because they improperly obtained confidential information. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Michael Paul Smith is a genius with perspective. The photographer has been making a fictional town he calls "Elgin Park" for 25 years using perspective to create some absolutely amazing shots. I don't want to take away the sense of wonder I enjoyed when I saw the article, so I won't tell you any more. Instead, head over to the We all bleed the same color blog and check out the full article, which includes a bunch of Mr. Smith's photos with some behind-the-scenes photos that explain how he did it. In the photo below, for instance, not everything is as it seems.
Apple updated Apple Remote Desktop to version 3.7.1 on Tuesday. It's a maintenance update that fixes a firewall issue and other issues.