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Batband Bone Conducting Headphones Top $557,000 on Kickstarter

9:12 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

StudioBananaThings has a Kickstarter hit on its hands with Batband, a bone conduction headphone that lets you hear music without having speakers on or in your ear. You have to watch the video if you aren't sure what the heck that means. With 15 days to go, this project has already raised more than $557,000, far exceeding the goal of $150,000. All of the early bird options are long gone, but $149 will still let you help fund this product and get your Batband when they ship. It will retail for $250, according to the company. Check it out.

Apple News Runs Afoul of China’s Great Firewall

8:05 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple's iPhone in China

Apple may be running afoul of China's penchant for censorship, as the company recently deactivated its new Apple News app inside the borders. Technically, Apple News hasn't launched inside China in the first place, but users who downloaded the app outside the country have been reporting that it doesn't work once they cross the Great Firewall of China. it's a tricky spot for every Western tech company. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Tag CEO: Selling 5 Million Apple Watches Is ‘Genius,’ but Smartwatches Over $2K Have a Problem

6:51 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Jean-Claude Biver on CNBC

Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH's watch division and CEO of Tag Heuer, has an on-again, off-again affair with Apple Watch. In an interview on CNBC, he said that if Apple has sold five million Apple Watches, it is a "genius" accomplishment. At the same time, he said smartwatches priced more than $2,000 (like Apple Watch Edition) have a huge problem.

Build 20 Apps through iOS 9 and Xcode 7 Guide: $19

5:01 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide

We have a deal for you developers and aspiring developers today called "iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide." This training tutorial bundle will walk you through building 20 apps with Objective-C and Swift 2 using Apple's Xcode integrated development environment (IDE). Check out the deal listing for more details.

Silicon Valley Sources Refute Elon Musk Claims about Apple

8:30 PM, Oct. 9th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Elon Musk and Tim Cook Taking a Ride in TMO's Rendering of an Apple Car

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the world Friday that Apple has been hiring people fired from Tesla, that Apple is jokingly known as the Tesla Graveyard. That's not the story I've been hearing for some time from my sources. My understanding is that many people have been leaving Tesla to go to a variety of other companies, and not just to Apple.

Two Minute Clip from Steve Jobs Film where Woz Asks Steve What He Does (Video)

6:08 PM, Oct. 9th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Universal Pictures released a new trailer for Steve Jobs, the Danny Boyle directed film written by Aaron Sorkin. The two minute clip is a contiguous scene where Steve Wozniak is asking Steve Jobs what exactly he does, since he's not an engineer. Steve Jobs's answer in the clip is awesome. It takes place before the unveiling of the NeXT Cube, which Woz predicts (in the film) will be a failure. It was.

Dark Castle and System 6 Emulator in Your Browser

5:52 PM, Oct. 9th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Nostalgia! Steve Jobs had no truck with it, but the rest of it are often consumed. In that light, I bring you Dark Castle running in a System 6 emulator in your browser, powered by Javascript. Come on, that's frakking cool! The screenshot I included is just the landing page, but if you're an old school Mac gamer it caught your eyes and sucked you in. Now, click through to the link and say goodbye to the rest of your day. Oh, and you're welcome.

Skybell Wi-Fi Doorbell: $149

5:31 PM, Oct. 9th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Skybell Wi-Fi Doorbell and iPhone

Check out the Skybell Wi-Fi Doorbell. It's a doorbell for your home with a built-in camera so you can see who's there, whether or not you're at home. It has a lot of features, too, starting with the fact that your iPhone notifies you when someone presses the doorbell. It also ability to detect if someone is there whether or not they push the button, and it has night-vision capabilities, attaches to a wired doorbell, and streams video at 640 x 480. This device retails for $199, but through our deal it's $149.  There's an information video on the deal listing.