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Steve Ballmer Quits Microsoft’s Board, Will Focus on Clippers and Study

3:55 PM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Steve Ballmer, Clippers Owner

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Tuesday that he was quitting the company's board of directors, effective immediately. In a letter to new CEO Satya Nadella published by Microsoft, Mr. Ballmer said he was leaving the board because he saw, "a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time."

Shares of $AAPL Top $100, Flirt with Record Closing High

1:35 PM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

$AAPL Chart

Shares of Apple Inc. topped US$100 in intra-day trading on Tuesday, trading as high as $100.525 per share in heavy volume. $AAPL's all-time closing high is $100.30 on a split-adjusted basis, set on September 19th, 2012. The stock briefly traded over $100 per share two days later, but this is the first time it has crossed that mark since.

CrossOver 13: Run Windows Software On Your Mac for $29.95

6:46 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

CrossOver 13: Run Windows Software On Your Mac for $29.95

We have a deal for you today on Crossover 13, software that allows you to run Windows apps on your Mac without a Windows license, without rebooting, and without a virtual machine. There are plenty of reasons to run a full virtual machine, but if you just need to run an app or two, Crossover will let you do so without the overhead. Thanks to our friends at Stack Social, you can get Crossover 13 for $29.95, half the regular price.

China’s Xiaomi Is No Apple

6:30 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Bleh

China's Xiaomi. It's the Apple of China, or so some would have us believe. This company has been called China's Apple, and its CEO has been called China's Steve Jobs. It's a bunch of crap, of course, and this weekend Xiaomi demonstrated its commitment to proving it. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on the subject.

Rockn Stompn for Musicians: Power Strip, Conditioner, and Sequencer

2:58 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I went to the California World Guitar Show this past weekend (warning, that site blares music with no volume controls). In addition to more amazing guitars from the 1950s and 1960s than you can shake a stick at—check out this gorgeous 1963 Gibson SG or an amazing 1964 Firebird V— I saw a very clever device called Rockn Stompn. This is a power strip that conditions your power, something that's useful for live performances and studio recording alike. But that's not the clever bit. Rockn Stompn is also a power sequencer. The six plugs are arranged in three banks that will turn on in sequence. So you can have your pedal board plugged into the first bank so that it turns on first. Then a variable number of seconds later, the next bank turns on, and that's where you have you ramp plugged in. That means no popping. It's foot activated, so you can turn on everything (for multiple musicians) with just one stomp, and the delay for each bank is variable. It's very nifty. It's priced at $299, and is available at Amazon.

Apple Adds 5 Vice Presidents to Leadership Page

6:41 PM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

5 Additions to Apple's Leadership Page

Apple significantly expanded the ranks of executives featured on its leadership page Friday. That page previously featured Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company's nine senior vice presidents, but now features an additional five vice presidents, all of whom report to CEO Tim Cook.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Michael Franti Take the Ice Bucket Challenge (Video)

6:01 PM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I don't know what's better about this video, Apple CEO Tim Cook having a bucket of ice poured over his head or the live soundtrack of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby." It's all part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraising effort to fight ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease). Famous folks have been challenging each other to either submit to a bucket of ice water or donate money to the ALS Association. At a recent Beer bash on the Apple campus, Michael Franti was performing when he mentioned that Phil Schiller had challenged Tim Cook. Mr. Cook asked the crowd of Apple employees which he should do, get dunked or pay up. He then said he was doing both, because he's awesome like that, and got dunked by Mr. Franti (who sang Ice Ice Baby"). Mr. Cook also publicly challenged Dr. Dre, Disney CEO Bob Iger, and Michael Franti, the latter of which was dunked by Mr. Cook on the spot. Apple posted the video to its YouTube channel, and it's a great watch. Mr. Cook's expression in the frame i captured is priceless.

The Fantastic Photography Training Bundle for $49

4:19 PM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Fantastic Photography Training Bundle for $49

I know we have a ton of photographers in the TMO community, and today's deal is aimed at them. It's called the Fantastic Photography Bundle with seven in-depth photography training courses and 48 hours of instruction. The courses are, EasyDSLR Digital Photography Course: Advanced, Learn To Creating Stunning HDR Photos, iPhone Photography Secrets, The Art of Black and White Photography, Portrait Photography With Simple Gear, The Art of Travel Photography, and Photo Restoration with Photoshop Tutorial. Those area all killer training course, and they retail for $401. Through our deal, you can get the whole bundle for $49.

Dr. Bott Going Out of Business, Liquidating Inventory

8:48 PM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Dr. Bott Booth

It's a sad day for the Mac world, as Dr. Bott LLC announced on Thursday that the company is shutting its doors and liquidating its inventory. Dr. Bott is a reseller that specialized in distributing Mac and iPhone accessories companies in addition to selling some of its own products.

Apple Officially Bans Two Toxic Chemicals from Manufacturing

8:10 PM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Promo Pic

Apple announced on Thursday that it is officially banning two toxic chemicals from use by its manufacturing partners around the world. Apple said that an investigation of 22 of its final assembly facilities that collectively employ nearly half a million people found no widespread use of benzene or n-hexane, but that it was "expressly prohibiting" its use anyway.

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Banning these two chemicals is an important step towards protecting workers. The idea of someone getting nerve damage so that my iPad or iPhone can look great when I first open the box is a non-starter.