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Apple Launches iPad Air and iPad mini with TD-LTE for China

7:34 PM, Mar. 31st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Apple in China

Apple announced on Monday (technically, the announcement was made on Tuesday in China) the release of TD-LTE models of iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display in China.    The models will increase Apple's footprint in China, where cellular networks have been built with different wireless technologies than the rest of the world.

Google Seeks Pokémon Master for Google Maps Team

5:37 PM, Mar. 31st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

OK, Pokémon Masters, here's your chance to put what those doubting Thomases so maliciously characterized as your "misspent youth." Google, it seems, is looking for a Pokémon Master to join its Google Maps team. Unrelated (we're just sure), it's already April 1st in Australia. In any event, Tatsuo Nomura, "Advanced Pokémon Trainer" for Google, made a blog post for the company promoting the Pokémon Challenge for Google Maps in conjunction with Nintendo. To be clear, this is an April Fool's prank, but it involves a real game that has been hidden inside Google Maps for iOS and Android. There's a 150 Pokémon hidden within the map, and you have until April 2nd to catch 'em all.

The IN1 iPhone Case Holds 9 Tools

3:01 PM, Mar. 31st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Yeah, you're iPhone's super awesome, and all that, but does it have a built-in screw driver? How about scissors? A pen? The folks at IN1 Case are here to change that with their self-titled debut product, the IN1 Case. This thing holds nine different tools right in its casing, including a tooth pick, scissors, tweezers, a nail file, a phillips screw driver, a slotted (flat-head) screw driver, a red pen and a blue pen. If that isn't enough, it also has a built-in stand. Cool, right? It's even TSA compliant! It comes in black, white, or a clear model, and you can see all the features in the video below.  It's $44.95, and it's available now. Thanks to Geoduck for the heads up.

PDFPen and PDFPen Pro for 50% Off - Ends Monday

2:08 PM, Mar. 31st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

PDFPen Pro Deal

We have a doozy of a deal for you today, a 50 percent discount on some of our favorite software: PDFPen (US$29.98) and PDFPen Pro ($49.98). Both apps are amazing, and they're made by Smile Software, a great company that has long supported many publications and podcasts, including The Mac Observer, Mac Geek Gab, and Apple Context Machine. So, it's a great deal for great software from a great company. If you need to edit or create PDFs, get  'em while you can, because the deal ends today (Monday).

That Time Steve Wozniak Delivered an iMac and Blew a Kid’s Mind

1:49 PM, Mar. 31st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out this video of Steve Wozniak once again demonstrating how cool he is. Mr. Wozniak is hand-delivering an iMac that Peter Fraser bought for his daughter Emma, only Emma didn't know it was happening. And despite being a teenager, she thought Woz was the bee's knees, which is cool in and of itself. In any event, according to Gizmodo, Woz and Mr. Fraser only knew each other through email, but Woz thought it would be a great prank. And we all know how Woz loves his pranks. According to Mr. Fraser, "It was like Thomas Edison delivering your light bulbs."

FLIR Shows FLIR One Thermal Imaging Camera for iPhone

3:56 PM, Mar. 28th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

SAN FRANCISCO - The folks at FLIR are showing off the FLIR One, the first thermal imaging camera for iPhone. We covered it back in January when they announced it, but this is the first time we've seen it in use. This device takes the form of a case with the thermal imaging camera built inside. It also has its own battery, so it's not using your iPhone's battery to operate. It can take up to two hours of video, which get saved to the companion app in your iPhone. It will also take still s. If you want to find leaks in your house, the animal rustling in the bushes, or the ghost hiding in your basement, the FLIR One brings thermal imaging into the financial reach of mortals at $349. It's expected to ship in May, and you can reserve one now. I love this thing. Oh, and check out Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus. He's hot.

Rain Design’s iSlider, a Foldable iPad Stand that Fits in Your Pocket

4:21 PM, Mar. 27th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

SAN FRANCISCO - I stopped by the Rain Design booth at Macworld/iWorld. The company makes a lot of great looking Mac and iOS device accessories, but the iSlider really caught my eye. This is a cool iPad stand that folds up into a self contained box that fits in your pocket. To use it, you slide a tray out of the case. This is clever, because the stand then has a base that's long enough to really support your iPad. It features multiple viewing and typing angles, and it's has a great look and feel. In addition to the photo below from the show floor, there's an animated GIF that shows the device being unfolded. Rain Design introduced this last year, but it's shipping now for US$49.90. If you stop by Booth #642, you can get it for 20 percent off.


TMO's travel and coverage sponsors for Macworld/iWorld 2014 are The Omni Group, Kromtech and Other World Computing.