Recent Articles By Bryan Chaffin [RSS]
Canadian bankers are balking at initial negotiations with Apple to bring Apple Pay to Canada. According to online reports, the six banks that control 90 percent of the Canadian markets consider Apple's terms "onerous," are concerned about security, and have formed a consortium to develop security protocols for Apple's system.
The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →
The smart money is on Apple getting most of what it wants out of these negotiations.
"On April 20th, Ben & Jerry's will introduce the BRRR-ito. And you'll see why 4.20 will be exactly like '4.20.'" I'm not much for stoner culture, but this spoof of Apple's 1984 commercial from Ben & Jerry's is both well done and entertaining. In fact, of all the attempts to spoof or copy Apple's famous commercial that I've seen over the years, this is easily the best. They've got the run (down a hall), the explosion of the screen, and the brain dead zombies (grinning at the idea of a tasty ice cream treat). The BRRR-ito looks delicious, too, so that helps. Also, lolstoners.
We have another cool deal for you today, this time on the MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot. This device is a global hot spot that works in 150 countries. It's unlocked, and that means you can use it on all of the supported networks. It has a touchscreen interface, and supports up to ten connected devices at a time. Through our deal you get this device for 50 percent off, at just $99. Check out the deal page for more information.
Former Apple Senior VP Scott Forstall has been advising Snapchat, the popular image sharing and messaging service. According to Sony emails leaked by hackers and posted to Wikileaks, Mr. Forstall is earning 0.11 percent of the company for his efforts, an amount worth some US$16.5 million at current valuations for the company. which is some $15 billion.
Check out the USB ChargeDoubler. It's a very short charging cable for your iPhone (there are models for Android devices, too), that is smart and clever. It's smart because it has built-in circuity to recognize the device it's plugged into so it can send the right amount of power for maximum charging speed. You'll find this same circuity on better portable chargers. It's clever because it has magnetic connectors that allow you to swiftly and easily snap it around your keychain, a loop on your backpack, or whatever. The company making it, WN Products Limited, just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help ramp up manufacturing. That means you can get a USB ChargeDoubler at a good price—US$12 for one or $19 for two. The company's goal is just $14,000. The video has more information, including detailed images of the product. I like it.
Stuffit Deluxe 16 is the newest version of this venerable and excellent Mac compression utility. Right now we have a deal that allows you to get it for $19.99, a significant 60 percent discount. With Stuffit Deluxe 16, you can browse archives, preview images, and selectively extract just the files you want. You can also automatically send archived content to Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. You can even schedule automatic backups. Grab this deal while you can.
Apple told employees Thursday that Apple Watch will continue to be limited to online sales through May. According to a memo obtained by The Telegraph, Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts told staff it "has not been an easy decision," but that it was necessary to fulfill customer orders more swiftly.
The battle to shape and control Steve Jobs's legacy continues, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet look at the latest salvo from Apple veteran Andy Hertzfeld. They also look at the Apple Watch's first week, including preorders, trying them on, and the great lengths some people will go to pretend the device is a failure.
We have a kick-butt giveaway for you today: if you win, you can choose your own Apple Watch, up to $750 worth. All you have to do to register is sign up to receive our Deal emails. If you then share your entry, you get additional entries. Check out the deal page for more information, and good luck!
Oh my. This is wonderful. Covers by Siri. The name says it all. Well, maybe not all. Someone has covered three songs (so far) using Siri's voice for the lyrics. It's well done, and I can't imagine the effort needed to get the samples necessary to piece together lyrics like this. There's no embed mechanism, so you'll need to click through to hear them. You can download them while you're there, however. The site doesn't credit the individual behind the effort, but does say a new song will come out every Friday. [Via The Loop]