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Apple Earnings Report and Conference Call Tuesday

3 hours, 15 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

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Snow is engulfing large portions of the U.S., but Wall Street waits for no man or woman, especially when they're based in California. Accordingly, Apple will announce earnings Tuesday after the markets close at 4:00 PM EST. Apple usually publishes earnings at 4:30 PM, and the company will host its quarterly call with analysts at 5:00 PM.

Apple Video Shows Another Beautiful Mural for Chongqing Apple Store

3 hours, 50 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

A video Apple posted to its Chinese Apple Store retail site shows the company has commissioned another mural for its next China retail location in Chongking. The video shows another cylinder entrance, but this one is (currently) covered by a striking mural. The project was a joint project by an American photographer and a Chinese artist. The video is in Chinese and English, but the subtitles are Chinese only. Apple hasn't yet posted it to YouTube, but we'll update this article with the embedded video when it's up. [Via 9to5Mac]

1TB External Wireless Hard Drive with Military-Grade Encryption for $97

4 hours, 13 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

1TB External Wireless Hard Drive with Military-Grade Encryption for $97

The iDrive Wi-Fi is neat, and we have a deal on the 1TB version. It's a wireless drive with built-in WiFi, but it also has USB 3.0 for connected backups. It supports selective backups, and it can handle backups from Mac and Windows PC out of the box. Using the iDrive app, you can also backup photos, contacts, and calendars from iOS and Android devices. Oh, and it has 256-bit military grade encryption to protect your data. Lastly, it comes with one year of 10TB of online backup from iDrive. All that for $97. 

Go Behind the Scenes with Chinese Apple Store Artist (Video)

7:22 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel offering a behind-the-scenes look at artist Wang Dongling. He created the art used for the opening of Apple's newest Apple Store in China, known as West Lake. "To celebrate the opening of our first store in Hangzhou, we partnered with artist Wang Dongling," Apple said in the video's description. "Get a behind-the-scenes look at his process and the artwork he created for Apple Store, West Lake." The video includes comments from Mr. Wang, as well as shots of him creating the art. Check it out.

PowerPot Cooking Pot and Charger: $99

6:32 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

PowerPot Cooking Pot and Charger: $99

You know I love cool gadgets, and PowerPot is one of the coolest. It allows you to boil water in a pot—think camping—and convert that thermal energy into electric energy that you can use to charge your mobile devices. We reviewed it a while back if you're looking for our detailed thoughts, but we have a deal on PowerPot today that allows you to get it for $99 (it retails for $149).  Enjoy!

Apple Continues to Plunder Fashion Industry with Another Burberry Hire

6:28 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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Apple continues to pluck talent from the ranks of fashion executives—the only Silicon Valley tech giant to do so. Apple has hired one Chester Chipperfield for its "Special Projects" group. Mr. Chipperfield was previously Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design for Burberry, the same high fashion company that supplied Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

Apple Loses Retail Tycoon Mickey Drexler from Board

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

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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.