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I love clever ideas, and the folks at Juiceboxx, Inc. have a dandy one in their self-titled product, Juiceboxx on Kickstarter. This is a plastic enclosure for your MacBook Pro or Air charger that gives it more structure for the thin cable that connects to your laptop. As shown in the image and the video, Juiceboxx forms a tunnel that supports the cable and keeps it from fraying. If you've ever had to replace a charger because it frayed or broke, you'll probably appreciate this idea as much as me. The founders of the company entered and won the Ohio State Business Builders Club with this idea, and they used the prize money to develop the prototypes shown. They'll use Kickstarter funding to put it into production. They're half way to their goal of $25,000, and funding options that get you a Juiceboxx start at $20.
We've gathered 24 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. We started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more bringing the total to 24 different faucets that really pay. We also updated the descriptions for the original sites with additional information.
Bryan Chaffin is a nut for LED lights. They use produce less waste heat than incandescent bulbs and use less power than a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulb, both excellent features in a light source. That's why he was so excited to check out NuGreen, an LED desk lamp from NewerTechnology that uses just 3.6 watts of power.
Apple released iMovie 10.0.3 Thursday, an update that includes several feature improvements, as well as a few bug fixes. The company improved event sorting, added fonts options for titles, made it easier to edit a transition, added cropping and rotating tools, and more.
Apple released a statement Thursday emphasizing that iOS, OS X, and "key services" are not affected by the OpenSSL vulnerability known as Heartbleed. The statement comes as the entire world goes nuts over the vulnerability, which is one of the biggest threats to hit the Internet in years.
What was science fiction a few decades ago could become a reality, if the folks at crowd Energy can do what they say. The company is developing an underwater turbine that generates electricity through the incredible power of ocean currents, and they're looking to fund it through Kickstarter. Called Ocean Energy Turbine, the project is intended to pay for development of a design the company's team of scientists, engineers, and marine biologists have already put together. This is a pure donation Kickstarter—you won't get anything for your money other than knowing you contributed to the development of an alternative form of energy that could dwarf every other form of energy production on the planet, including fossil fuels. The company said that it's using crowd funding in order to eliminate the risk of getting bought and buried. Seems reasonable. The Kickstarter has raised US$16,780 out of an initial goal of $75,000 with 42 days to go.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly initiated another management shakeup at Apple in a change that will soon leave Sir Jony Ive firmly in charge of Apple's software design. Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie is reportedly departing the company, and Sir Jony will completely subsume control over Apple's software design group.
Gird your loins, because it's time for more iWatch rumors: Economic Daily News of Taiwan is claiming to have a finalized list of suppliers for Apple's iWatch with terms that include August delivery for components for a Q3 introduction. The report also claims Apple is targeting production of 65 million units for 2014 alone, but take that one with a huge grain of salt.
Have you seen Scapple? it's an app from Literature and Latte, the awesome company behind Scrivener, which I just love. At first blush, Scapple could be mistaken for mind mapping software, but the developers call it a freeform text editor. I instantly thought of a white board, an analog tool I've personally found easier to use than mind mapping software, which is why I'm excited about Scapple. "Scapple’s nonlinear approach to the process of creative thinking is similar to what Gabriele Rico calls 'clustering' in her popular book, Writing the Natural Way," Literature and Latte said on Scapple's webpage. The app doesn't force you make connections, and there are no rules about where to start. I'm hoping it lets me leave my white board behind, but we'll have to see after I've used it a bit. Scapple is US$14.99 for a "household license," but if that isn't good enough, MacHeist is giving it away as part of their current bundle promotion.
Do you remember the old record player and stereo that belonged to your grandparents? It was a piece of furniture. Four feet across, three feet tall, and 18-inches deep, and made of wood, it's taken decades to realize how cool it was. Jeffrey Stephenson has made a glorious stand for a Bluetooth speaker that will take you back to 1961.