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Man Ties String to iPhone and Films Ski Run (Video)

4:55 PM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Meet Nicolas Vuignier, an enterprising young man who thought his iPhone was just about everything he needed to make cool aerial videos of his ski runs. Well, his iPhone and some string. According to his YouTube post, he tinkered with the idea for two years before coming up with the string+iPhone configuration he could use to whirl his iPhone 6 around his head as he plummeted down snowy mountains. He calls it Centriphone. No drone required. Also, it's really cool. [Via Digg]

‘Star Wars’ as a Grindhouse Trailer

2:56 PM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Ever sat around thinking about what Star Wars would be like if it had been a 70's grindhouse flick? Who hasn't, right? Well, now you can see for yourself, thanks to Mashable. They cut a trailer from Star Wars footage, added some horrific sound effects and an even worse voice over (that's perfect), that combine to give the film an all-new feel. If a trailer isn't enough for you, there's a full grindhouse edit out there that's unrelated to the Mashable effort.

The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway

2:29 PM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

I'm delighted to announce the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway. It's for a 32GB iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil, and all you have to do to enter is register to receive our deal emails. It's that simple, so get on it! And good luck. smile

Apple to Accept Some Cracked Screens in iPhone Trade-in Program and Install Screen Protectors

10:20 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Cracked iPhone 6

Apple will begin accepting some iPhones with cracked screens in an expansion tot he company's iPhone trade-in program. Online reports say Apple will also begin offering in-store installation of screen protectors.

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Neither change is going to dramatically increase the success of Apple's fleet of stores, but incremental improvements and the reduction of friction points will contribute to the overall vitality of the company's retail business.

Tim Cook Says iPad Will Return to Growth, iPhone will Grow, Apple TV has ‘Bright Future’

9:38 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams told Apple employees on Thursday that its iPad product line will return to growth by the end of 2016. According to 9to5Mac, the two executives participated in a town hall meeting with Apple employees. In addition to the iPad comments, they said Apple Watch was one of the “hottest” holiday gifts, with sales surpassing the original iPhone launch of 2007 (which is a mostly irrelevant comparison, but interesting nonetheless). Other highlights include a bright future for Apple TV and the living room, the possibility of expanding more Apple services outside of Apple's hardware ecosystem (i.e. to Android), more leave benefits to employees, and a big step towards insuring all of its smelted metals are conflict-free.  Check out Mark Gurman's report for more info.

Apple Overtakes Google/Alphabet as Most Valuable Company

8:17 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

AAPL vs. GOOGL Comparison Chart

Apple retook the title of world's    most valuable company, a title briefly lost to Alphabet—the holding company that owns Google—earlier in the week. At the market's close on Thursday, Apple's market cap stood at $534.4 billion, while Alphabet's rose to $503.3 billion.

Pay What You Want: Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle

5:17 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Media-Pro Mac Bundle

Check out the Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle, a collection of five Mac apps to help you manage your media. Clean up your song files, rip DVDs, convert DVDs, and more. This is one of our pay-what-you-want deals, too. Pay anything, and you'll get Music Recorder for Mac. Beat the average price—$9.18 as of this writing—and you'll get all five apps. Make the leaderboard at any time during the deal's run, and you'll get an entry into a drawing, and 10 percent of the profit goes to Save the Children. Cool, eh?