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OS X 10.8.3 Adds 20+ Minutes to Retina MacBook Pro Battery Life

5:32 PM, Mar. 14th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · News

Retina MacBook Pro OS X 10.8.3 Battery Life

Apple released OS X 10.8.3 Thursday after more than three months of beta testing. As promised, we have been keeping tabs on the battery life of each beta build and we have discovered that the latest version of OS X brings a nice bump in running time for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

Keep Track of Truly Local Temperature with Thermodo

6:46 PM, Mar. 7th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Just about every mobile device user can choose from a plethora of apps to keep tabs on the weather at a nearby regional weather station, but Danish firm Robocat plans to provide a slick way to check the temperature much more locally. The Thermodo, a Kickstarter-backed thermometer, plugs into the headphone jack on a smartphone or tablet and can report the indoor or outdoor air temperature of the immediate area via a companion app. The device can be had with pledges starting at $25 and is expected to ship in August.

Celebrate Steve Jobs’s Birthday With an Online Video Marathon

6:27 PM, Feb. 22nd, 2013 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

To commemorate the February 24th birthday of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, YouTube user Boomer has created a blog and accompanying YouTube channel both appropriately named “Every Steve Jobs Video.” The collection contains close to 150 clips from nearly every era of Mr. Jobs’s professional life, including many compilations such as “Steve Jobs’s Funniest Moments (1978–2011).” It’s a great way for longtime Apple fans to remember the iconic CEO. (Thanks to MacRumors for the reference).

Hundreds of Mac and Windows Games Up to 75% Off at Amazon

11:46 AM, Feb. 21st, 2013 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Mac (and PC) gamers should browse Amazon’s “Farewell to February” sale, where the online retailer has listed hundreds of games with up to 75 percent discounts. There’s even an extra 25 percent off one item per customer while using the coupon code “CAGROCKS” at checkout. Most of the games are Windows exclusives, but many Mac games are on the list, including titles from the Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, and Bioshock series.

Audible iOS App Update Gives New Life to Audiobook Listening

9:51 PM, Feb. 20th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Audiobook lovers should take note of the long-overdue update to Audible’s iOS app, released Wednesday. Version 2.0 brings improved navigation, a totally redesigned interface, 3G and 4G cellular downloads, and full-resolution iPad support for the first time. Large audiobook collections have never looked so good. Get listening!

Rediscover Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” via a Beautiful iOS App

10:54 AM, Feb. 19th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, first published in 1823, is an undisputed literary classic. Apple fans can thankfully discover or revisit the novel in a variety of ways on their iDevices, including audiobooks and free eBooks. Readers looking for a bit more, however, may want to consider the Frankenstein iOS app, currently priced at US$4.99. Those extra five dollars give the reader a chance to meet the good doctor and his misunderstood monster via an interactive interface with beautiful illustrations. The app is available now in versions formatted for both the iPhone and iPad.

One-Fifth of 2012 US Consumer Technology Spending Went to Apple

10:13 AM, Feb. 19th, 2013 · Jim Tanous · News

NPD Consumer Revenue Share Apple

Apple’s sales in the United States accounted for the largest share of revenue among all consumer technology firms in 2012, according to data published Tuesday by NPD. The company also did well in terms of consumer technology retailers, taking third place behind only Best Buy and Walmart.