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Bill Gates’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

4:40 PM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is just one of a ton of folks who have accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—we posted Apple CEO Tim Cook's public challenge last week—but his video has a higher production value than most. In fact, it's awesome. And funny, though we did note a distinct lack of ice in the ice bucket he poors over his head. But never mind, he challenged Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, TV personality Ryan Seacrest, and Chris Anderson from TED, and he had fun doing it. Mr. Gates didn't announce how much money he was donating, but then he never toots his own philanthropic horn, despite being the most prolific philanthropist since the word was invented. So, watch the video and consider donating some money yourself. 

Coin Credit Card Launches Beta, Pushes Final Release to Spring 2015

4:07 PM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Coin

Coin, the company that makes the self-titled Coin credit card replacement, announced a beta program for 10,000 users willing to try Coin Beta. The program is designed to put the device through real-world testing while the final release of Coin Gold is pushed back to "spring 2015." Coin was originally supposed to launch in the summer of 2014.

Win a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR in the Rebel Photographer Giveaway

1:37 PM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Win a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR in the Rebel Photographer Giveaway

What's better than a deal? A giveaway, of course, and that's what we have for you today. The Rebel Photographer Giveaway includes both a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera and The Fantastic Photography E-Learning Bundle so you can take better pictures with it. The winner will receive the camera, a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Zoom Lens, a 16GB memory card, a card reader, a spare rechargeable battery, a tripod with a case, and a camera bag. That is a seriously cool package, so get to entering!

Antminer S3 453 GH/s Bitcoin Mining Rigs Improve Energy Efficiency

6:27 PM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

As Bitcoin mining gets ever-more competitive, energy efficiency has become just as important as price. Accordingly, I took note of the Antminer S3 miners being offered at ZoomHash. They're 453 GH/s miners that use just 355 watts of power at the wall. In comparison, the S1 units I reviewed in March do 180 GH/s at 360 watts. At $349 for the S3 (on sale for pre-order), that makes them one of the most energy-efficient miners on the market, especially at that price. The 800 GH/s to 1 TH/s devices on the market typically need 800-1000 watts of power. That said, this is a pre-order price. They ship on September 20th from Hong Kong, and they'll take 3-4 business days to arrive in the U.S. (check for details on your location)—waiting a month will have an affect on your ROI, and mining is always a gamble. To help even that gamble, ZoomHash set up a 5 percent coupon for our readers (coupon code MacObserver). Just enter that coupon during the checkout process. I'll be posting a review once I receive my units.

Five Deals on Mac Apps: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit Deluxe, Elite Keylogger, Crossover

3:52 PM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Five Deals on TuneUp, TwistedWave, StiffIt, Elite Keylogger, Crossover

For today's deal, I thought I'd do a round up of some of our deals on Mac software: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit Deluxe, Elite Keylogger, and Crossover. TuneUp cleans up your iTunes library, TwistedWave is an audio editor, Stuffit Deluxe is the standard file compression tool for the Mac, Elite Keylogger lets you see what other people are doing on your Mac, and Crossover lets you run Windows apps without Boot Camp or a virtual machine. We have a deal on each of them, so enjoy!

Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for Dual Charging: $34.99

5:26 PM, Aug. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for Dual Charging: $34.99

We have a last minute deal for you on the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack, a portable charger for iPhone and other portable devices. It features a 15,000mAh Lithium-ion battery, which is a lot of juice, and it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time. If that's not enough, it has a digital readout that tells you exactly how much power you have left. Through our deal, you can get the  Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for $34.99, but there are only 6 more hours in this deal. If you want it, get on it.