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Apple Watch Edition Gets Reference in Phish “Magnaball” Festival’s Humorous FAQ

10:34 AM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

On Wednesday Phish announced their next summer festival, dubbed Magnaball, and true-to-form they published their informative-and-humorous FAQ. In addition to snarky answers to questions like, "Where is the farthest gas station?" and "Can I bring my own sea salt? It's harvested from ancient deposits within the pristine Himalayan mountains. Some consider it the purest salt on Earth," Phish provided this entry: 

CAN I BRING MY $20,000 iWATCH?

I guess? It kind of sounds like you just want to brag.

Even if you're not a Phish fan their FAQs are always a fun read. Tickets for Magnaball go on sale Friday at 12pm EDT (or is that EST? We've asked for clarification on the time zone status).

Jony Ive Has “High Regard” For Existing Watches

11:47 AM, Mar. 7th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Jony Ive, interviewed by Nick Foulkes at the Financial Times:

All of us working on the first iPhone were driven by an absolute disdain for the cellphones we were using at the time. That’s not the case here. We’re a group of people who love our watches. So we’re working on something, yet have a high regard for what currently exists.

I bet his high regard stops much shorter if you change the subject to smart watches.

Still, an interesting thought, and one that resonates with me as a watch guy. I'm cautiously optimistic here. Or at least eager to find out all of what Apple has put together.

Sponsor: Lucidchart, Visio for Mac

10:46 AM, Feb. 11th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

It's my pleasure to thank Lucidchart for sponsoring TMO this week. Lucidchart is, in short, Visio for Mac users. In your browser. No separate app to download, but it sure does feel like a Mac app. Digging deeper, Lucidchart features a robust shape library with many templates including flowcharts, floor plans, business analysis, network infrastructure, and more. Additionally, Lucidchart can import and export Visio files, allowing Mac users to easily work on files with Visio for Windows users. Read more for how to get started for free.

Sponsor: 5KPlayer from DearMob

1:50 PM, Feb. 6th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

Thanks today to DearMob, the makers of 5KPlayer, for sponsoring us here at TMO this week. 5KPlayer is a free, all-in-one media player with AirPlay capability and the ability to download videos from online video sites, too.

Sonos Releases Limited Edition, Jazz-focused Blue Note PLAY:1 Speaker

9:00 AM, Feb. 4th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Today Sonos, makers of wireless Hi-Fi speaker systems, introduced a limited-edition version of their popular PLAY:1 speaker aimed towards jazz aficionados. Dubbed the Sonos PLAY:1 Blue Note Limited Edition, this speaker features a custom navy-to-light blue color fade, in line with the Blue Note label colors, plus a full year's worth of access to exclusive Artist Selects playlists. These playlists were all personally curated by musicians and producers including Don Was, Terence Blanchard, and Robert Glasper, and are sure to be of interest to all jazz lovers and beyond. Additionally, this special edition speaker comes with the Tune-in powered Blue Note on Sonos radio station built into the main menu (and accessible by all your connected Sonos units once you add the Blue Note edition to your system), and all Sonos-owning jazz lovers can enjoy the Born in Blue and Blue Note 101 channels on your existing Sonos today via TuneIn. The Blue Note PLAY:1 will be sold exclusively on Sonos.com for US$250 while supplies last. Only 4,100 were made. Visit Sonos.com/BlueNote for on-sale dates and details.

The Mac Observer on an SE/30

3:30 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

TMO reader (and Mac Geek Gab listener) "Furbies" recently joined the MGG Facebook Group and posted a picture of what TMO looks like when loaded on his SE/30 in the Wannabe browser. He says he tried using IE v4.0.1 but it failed to load all the new-fangled CSS and such that we use here. Visit the MGG Facebook Group to see what it looks like on a PowerBook G3, too. While you're there, join the Group where you can ask and answer questions, too!