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A Battery Made from Paper and Bacteria

5:31 PM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

We live in SciFi—witness this stackable and integrative 3-D paper-based bacteria-powered battery.  breaking that down, it's a battery made of paper powered by bacteria. It folds up to the size of a matchbook, and can theoretically supply several microwatts of power. The idea behind it is to make self-contained, "disposable diagnostic device in challenging field conditions such as resource-limited and remote regions." You can read more about it in the abstract posted to ScientificDirect [via Discover-e magazine from Binghamton University].

Dragon Dictate 4 for Mac: $99.99

5:08 PM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Dragon Dictate 4 for Mac: $99.99

We have a great deal on Dragon Dictate 4 for the Mac from Nuance. These are the people Apple relies on for speech recognition in Siri—they're the best in the world at this stuff. Dragon Dictate 4 for the Mac retails for $200, but with our deal you can get it for half that, $99.99.

Flipboard: We Shipped Apple’s News App Five Years Ago

6:12 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Mike McCue

Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard, said Friday that Apple's News app "is something that we actually shipped five years ago." Apple's News app pulls in content from publishers and presents it richly formatted, and it was immediately compared to Flipboard as Apple presented it during Monday's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote.

BartVPN: Lifetime Subscription: $74.99

3:53 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

BartVPN: Lifetime Subscription: $74.99

We have a deal today on BartVPN, a virtual private network that tunnels your online activity through secure servers worldwide, keeping it out of the hands of hackers, cyber thieves, and even your boss. It also encrypts your data. Through our deal, you can get a lifetime subscription to BartVPN for $74.99.

Apple’s Lack of Nostalgia Is Its Super Power

7:46 PM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Apple Music

There is no company less inclined towards nostalgia than Apple. We got another example of that this week when the company pulled "iPod" from its main menu bar. In its place is "Music," a link to the company's newly announced Apple Music service. This may be Apple's most important super power.

Apple’s ‘Backstage’ WWDC Video Starring Bill Hader

7:04 PM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple kicked off WWDC 2015 with a video called Backstage, a "behind the scenes look at the opening number that never made it to WWDC 2015." It stars Bill Hader as director David LeGary preparing for an opening extravaganza for WWDC. It features Danny Pudi (Community), Angry Birds, one of the crow things from Monument Valley, a flaming stuntman, a pretty cat and a less-pretty cat, at least one drone, and my favorite, Tim Cookalikes. Come on, that's good stuff! The company posted it to YouTube Thursday.

Meet Julie Julie Adenuga of Beats 1 in London

4:31 PM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Meet Julie Adenuga, the DJ who will be in charge of Apple's Beats 1 London desk. Beats 1 will be a 24/7 global radio station based on shows from Los Angeles, New York City, and London. We've covered Zane Lowe, formerly of BBC 1, who will be heading the Los Angeles branch of the station. But who's heard of Julie Adenuga? Apparently a lot of folks, especially in the UK. Vice magazine ran a piece on her Thursday that called her Apple's best decision in the WWDC announcements, and if you're interested in Apple's new radio station, you should reaad it. For one thing, she was an Apple Store employee a few years ago, but is now considered a "no-[$%#!]-given underground tastemaker." She also claims recording artists JME and Skepta as siblings. Read the full piece for more.

Apple II Schematic Print: $34.99

4:06 PM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Apple II Schematic Print: $34.99

Get your nerd on with today's deal on a modern-style print of the Apple II’s inner works. It's a 12-inch × 16-inch print on high-quality 105# Stardream Pearlescent stock. Check it out.