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New Uses For Old Power Macs

5:07 PM, Oct. 24th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Over at designboom we get a look at another use for the slightly-less-than-current hardware: Furniture! Klaus Geiger couldn't find it in his heart to forsake these aluminum beauties, and found a way to keep them around. After scooping out the insides (and in some cases creating drawers), he added some wood or some glass and ended up with some really nice looking pieces. I love the wood and metal combinations, and having one of the wheeled carts would be super useful at my house. It's also really nice to see the office furniture made of old towers. I have to give props to Klaus for finding another use for these machines, even though the insides are not so useful, the outsides are still very pretty.

If Microsoft Made a Smart Watch…

7:32 PM, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has announced a smartwatch we'll get to see next year. Google has released Android Wear to create Android powered smartwatches, and Samsung has one too. When you think of big tech companies, the only one left who hasn't gotten in on the action is Microsoft. Well Owen Williams took a crack at designing it, and I think he got pretty close to what Redmond would theoretically release. I think it'd be four quadrants of color like a Windows logo, but otherwise I think he nailed it. I think it would be called the Microsoft Windows Mobile Wearable Edition For Wrists (since Microsoft is just at good at naming as numbering). See it below:

How to Make Calls from Yosemite the Geeky Way

7:59 PM, Oct. 22nd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Tips

With iOS and Yosemite installed, you can finally do things you saw in the WWDC Keynote like make phone calls from  your Mac. Sure there's the regular ways to do it, but if you want to dial up your phone call game, Kelly has some alternate methods to help you show off.

AT&T Wireless Offers iPad Air 2, mini 3 for $100 off

10:55 AM, Oct. 22nd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

AT&T Wireless is offering pre-orders on the iPad Air 2 and mini 3 cellular models for $100 less than MSRP, with shipping times only a few days more than ordering from Apple.

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For those in the market for a new iPad, this is good news. And with reasonable ship dates this might be even more appealing to some people currently making a buying decision.

Apple Launches Maps Connect, Allows Users To Update Info

9:55 AM, Oct. 22nd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple has launched Maps Connect, a way for businesses to maintain the information listed in Apple Maps. Any business owner (or authorized rep) can log in and update information about their business (and while they're at it, show interest in iBeacon.

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It's a smart move by Apple to let people who are in charge of businesses maintain that information. Hopefully this can help improve the Maps experience.

How Apple Pay Mitigates Breach Fatigue

12:29 PM, Oct. 21st, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

If you're suffering from breach fatigue, Apple Pay offers a bit of relief. Kelly gets into how Apple Pay actually works, why it's better than the magnetic stripe you have now, and what makes it less susceptible to attacks.

Apple Earnings Smackdown Ranks Analyst Predictions

9:43 AM, Oct. 21st, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Each quarter, Philip Elmer-Dewitt gathers analyst predictions on Apple's performance and ranks them in the Apple Earnings Smackdown. Tuesday he released the results for Apple's latest earnings report.

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I'm not sure what the difference is between amateur and professional analyst, but it's interesting to see how accurate (or not) each group is overall.