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Go Behind the Scenes with Chinese Apple Store Artist (Video)

7:22 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel offering a behind-the-scenes look at artist Wang Dongling. He created the art used for the opening of Apple's newest Apple Store in China, known as West Lake. "To celebrate the opening of our first store in Hangzhou, we partnered with artist Wang Dongling," Apple said in the video's description. "Get a behind-the-scenes look at his process and the artwork he created for Apple Store, West Lake." The video includes comments from Mr. Wang, as well as shots of him creating the art. Check it out.

PowerPot Cooking Pot and Charger: $99

6:32 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

PowerPot Cooking Pot and Charger: $99

You know I love cool gadgets, and PowerPot is one of the coolest. It allows you to boil water in a pot—think camping—and convert that thermal energy into electric energy that you can use to charge your mobile devices. We reviewed it a while back if you're looking for our detailed thoughts, but we have a deal on PowerPot today that allows you to get it for $99 (it retails for $149).  Enjoy!

Apple Continues to Plunder Fashion Industry with Another Burberry Hire

6:28 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Chester Chipperfield

Apple continues to pluck talent from the ranks of fashion executives—the only Silicon Valley tech giant to do so. Apple has hired one Chester Chipperfield for its "Special Projects" group. Mr. Chipperfield was previously Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design for Burberry, the same high fashion company that supplied Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

Apple Loses Retail Tycoon Mickey Drexler from Board

8:48 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple

Longtime Apple board member Millard "Mickey" Drexler told the company he will retire on March 10th, 2015, the end of his current term. Mr. Drexler joined Apple's board at the invitation of the late Steve Jobs in 1999, and he helped develop Apple's massively successful Apple Store retail strategy.

Your Own 16-Inch Tall Iron Giant Deluxe Figure

4:53 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Light-up eyes. A Magnetic 'S' that can be detached from a seafood sign and attached to his chest. More than 30 points of articulation. A detachable "War Arm." A Hogarth mini-figure that sits in his hand. I must be talking about an Iron Giant figure, right? You bet I am! Mondo announced pre-orders for a 16-inch tall Iron Giant Deluxe Figure starting today (a limited edition model sold out in moments).  This is an impressive looking figure, and it's expected to ship in the third quarter. But, that impressiveness comes at a cost: US$300. There are all sorts of images on the announcement page, or you can go straight to the Mondo's home page and pre-order.

Bluetooth Audio Beanie: $34.99

5:51 PM, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Bluetooth Audio Beanie: $34.99

It's cold. You have tunes to listen to. You need the Bluetooth Audio Beanie, a beanie with bluetooth speakers embedded into the cloth. It has a microphone, too, so you can use this beanie for phone calls. You can recharge it through a MicroUSB charging port, also built into the beanie.

TAG Chief Says No One Could Produce a Smartwatch in Switzerland

9:17 PM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

TAG Watch

Jean-Claude Biver, the head of the luxury holding company that owns watch brand TAG Heuer, said Tuesday that TAG will not use the "Swiss Made" label for its in-development Apple Watch competitor. In an interview with Bloomberg, Mr. Biver said Switzerland simply doesn't have the technology needed to make a smartwatch.

Apple Spends More on Lobbying as Politics and Technology Intersect

7:20 PM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Mr. Apple Goes to Washington

The late Steve Jobs spoke often about the importance of being at the intersection of technology and the humanities, but the company increasingly finds itself at a new intersection: technology and politics. Bloomberg reported the Cupertino company has dramatically stepped up its lobbying efforts in Washington, DC, lobbying some 13 different departments and agencies in 2014.