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Apple Reportedly Building Chinese Sapphire Plant with Foxconn

5 hours, 48 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Sapphire Boule

Apple's GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests that Apple isn't ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. A report out of China says that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China to produce sapphire for iPhone displays.

The Name Your Own Price Must-Have Mac Bundle

2:50 PM, Nov. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Name Your Own Price Must-Have Mac Bundle

Stack Social has put together another Name Your Own Price bundle for us, the Must-Have Mac Bundle. With this bundle, you can name your own price—hence the name—and receive Paperless, Data Backup 3, and Pixa, three quality Mac apps. If you beat the average price, though, you get six more apps, including Typinator, Hotspot Shield VPN - 1 Year Elite Subscription, Starry Night Enthusiast 7, Intensify Pro, Spotdox: 3 Year Subscription, MacJournal 6, and the The Must-Have Mac App Tutorial for these nine apps. This is a brand new bundle, so guess what the average price is as of this writing: $1.10. That's one dollar and ten cents, for those following along at home. And 10 percent of what you pay goes towards one of three charities. Your choice.  One last thing: if you enter the leaderboard at any time, you'll be entered to win a gold iPhone 6 and gold iPad Air 2.

BuzzFeed Uses Apple Watches to Incentivise Staff

9:01 PM, Nov. 25th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Incentive

BuzzFeed is doing well these days. The company raked in more than US$100 million in revenue during 2014, a figure surely worthy of a couple of list-style titles. That's a lot of money, and the company has more than 700 employees making it happen.

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Apple Watch is going to take doubters by surprise. There is an interesting vibe growing about this device. It's going to become ever more interesting.

The SKEYE Nano Drone Quadcopter: $34.99

8:14 PM, Nov. 25th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The SKEYE Nano Drone Quadcopter: $34.99

Check out the SKEYE Nano Drone, a quadcopter drone that measures just 4 centimeters on a side. That's small enough to land on your thumb. It has three flight modes, one for beginners who are just learning to fly, another for more advanced pilots, and a third, ‘expert’ mode for seasoned flight veterans. The company that makes it says it will fly outdoors, but I personally imagine it's far better suited for indoor flight because of its size. At $34.99 through our deal (regularly $60), it's an expensive way to find out how much fun flying a quadcopter is. There's a video of the device in action on the deal listing. It's also priced for Xmas, so giddy up.

TMO Giveaway for Arcsoft Simplicam Winner

10:39 PM, Nov. 24th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Contest

Simplicam

Earlier today we chose a winner for our giveaway for an Arcsoft Simplicam—Arcsoft is a sponsor of The Mac Observer, so please check them out. TMO member Chantallation was randomly selected from the comments in the announcement, having squeaked in just under the entry deadline. Congratulations to her for entering, and thanks to everyone who registered!

Square Wants to Bring Apple Pay to Small Businesses

6:20 PM, Nov. 24th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Square

Square wants to support Apple Pay, a move that would allow even small businesses to accept Apple's new payment solution. Calling using Apple Pay "a great experience," Square founder Jack Dorsey said his company is focused on allowing merchants to accept as many payment options as possible.