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Apple’s iTunes Radio Expands to News with NPR Station

2:37 PM, Mar. 24th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

NPR News ad Culture

Apple has added its first news station to iTunes Radio, NPR News and Culture. The station went live Tuesday morning, and it offers a mix of live news and segments from the public radio network's shows, including All things Considered, and The Diane Rehm Show.

Color Cables Have Just the Right Amount of Glow-in-the-Dark

5:00 PM, Mar. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Quick Look Review

Color Cables

A couple of weeks ago I posted a Cool Stuff Found article for Color Cables, an Indiegogo campaign for photofluorescent (i.e. glow-in-the-dark) Lightning, 30-pin Dock, and Micro USB charging cables. The company sent me a couple of their prototypes, and I thought I'd post a Quick Look review while the campaign was still active.

Fortune Names Apple CEO Tim Cook one of ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’

8:22 PM, Mar. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Fortune magazine released a list of the people it thinks are the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," and showing up as #33 in the list is Apple CEO Tim Cook. The magazine cited Mr. Cook's "parade of winning new products" and his decision to hire Angela Ahrendt of Burberry to run Apple retail among the reasons he made the list.

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Not mentioned by Fortune is the herculean task of managing a company like Apple in the wake of its iconic founder's death and working in that founder's shadow. Few people could have done that job, which is likely one of the many reasons Steve Jobs hand-picked Tim Cook to be his successor.

Micro Phone Lens 150x on Kickstarter Turns Your iPhone into a Microscope

6:21 PM, Mar. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out this Kickstarter project called Micro Phone Lens 150x, a tiny lens and light combo that turns your iPhone, iPad, or other smartphone and tablet into a 150x microscope.  it works a little differently than other lenses—you place the Micro Phone Lens on your device's camera, shine a special light at it, and then place what you want to examine in a slide on top of the lens. Talk about bringing science to your desktop! Thomas Larson is looking to raise US$50,000 to bring the product to market, and he's alrady raised $39,772 with 28 days to go. Funding options that get just the lens start at $29, while the lens and light combo starts at $39.

David Fincher Reportedly Wants Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs

5:24 PM, Mar. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Rumor

Christian Bale and Steve Jobs

David Fincher wants to direct a movie about Steve Jobs written by Aaron Sorkin, but only if Batman star Christian Bale plays the lead. The movie has long been in the works, and is based on the Walter Isaacson biography, Steve Jobs.

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Christian Bale as Steve Jobs in a movie directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's killer biography? Sign me up. That's a recipe for awesome.

Apple Adds MP3 Export (Back) to GarageBand 10

4:08 PM, Mar. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

GarageBand 10

Apple has once again given GarageBand users the ability to export songs as MP3s in an update to the consumer music recording solution. GarageBand 10.0.2 also adds three new drummers for those who bought the in-app purchase, as well as other improvements.

Bryan, Jeff, and John Interviewed Hither and Yon

9:15 PM, Mar. 19th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Appearances

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The staff at The Mac Observer has been busy all over the Interwebs, including video podcasts and radio interviews you can stream. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro appeared on the Tech Night Owl radio show, and Jeff Gamet was interviewed on video as part of Chuck Joiner's Road to Macworld series.

Automatic Link Talks to Your Car’s Computer, Reports to iPhone

4:35 PM, Mar. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Have you seen Automatic Link? It's a device that connects directly to your car's onboard computer and relays the data to your iPhone or Android device. The app can then give you feedback about your driving—if you then act on that feedback, your mileage could improve. You also get detailed diagnostic information, the kind of information normally available only to your mechanic, including decoding your Check Engine light. Cool, right? The device is available now for US$99.95 (no subscription required), it works only in the U.S., and it works with, "just about any gasoline engine car sold in the U.S. since 1996." See our review for more information.