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AOL Screen Name Users Must Convert To Apple IDs

5:38 PM, Feb. 24th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · News

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Apple has posted a knowledge base article outlining how to convert to an Apple ID from an AOL Screen Name. Currently screen names are able to sign in to the iBooks/iTunes/App Stores, but not for much longer.  And not converting can have some pretty dire consequences.

Superfish Security Flaw Extends Beyond Lenovo

8:29 PM, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · News

Yesterday it was reported that Lenovo had installed software called Superfish that was supposed to allow Lenovo to snoop on browser sessions, even the secure ones, and add shopping suggestions. It turns out today the problem goes much further than just Lenovo.

How to Pin iOS Apps On Pinterest

6:20 PM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Tips

You may have heard Pinterest has teamed up with Apple to allow pinning iOS apps, with links directly to the App Store. Kelly explains how to pin apps so you can start sharing your favorites. 

Many Things Less Valuable Than Apple

8:17 PM, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

I like to break down numbers here for comparison, like quarterly earnings data or other crazy big numbers. So one of my favorite places to check out for a bit of mathematical perspective is Things Apple Is Worth More Than. For example, the top post right now is the whole of the 1977 stock market. Other notable posts include the NFL times ten, the Apollo Space Program twice, every house in Atlanta Georgia, and the GDP of Denmark. It's a fun site to check out for even more ways to compare what sometimes seem like made up numbers. 

Amusing Phone Numbers To Call And Text

7:51 PM, Feb. 12th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

There are a few different services out there you can use for entertainment. My personal favorite is calling 719-266-2837 and I can't explain why but I love it deeply. Another classic is "Always free, often busy" Dial-A-Song from They Might Be Giants. Lately this fun phone number phenomenon has given rise to numbers you can text too. Winning in the "Text this number for funsies" category is a number mentioned by Serenity Caldwell over at iMore in an article about having a little fun with iMessage. I won't give it away, I'll just tell you to text any sort of message at all to 866-740-4531 and delight in the reply.

Humble Bundle of Brainiac Books from No Starch Press

8:04 PM, Feb. 11th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

There is usually some sort of "bundle" deal going on no matter where you look. From now until February 17, the Humble Bundle site has a special deal on the "Brainiac Book Bundle", a group of books put together by No Starch Press that are all about increasing brain power. There are books for programming in JavaScript, Ruby, and Python, as well as some Lego books and a couple of Manga Guides, which are great titles for introducing someone to a subject. Here's how it works: Pay whatever you want, and a portion (you get to choose the amount) goes to the EFF and the Freedom of the Press Foundation. For any amount, you get five books. If you pay more than the average of US$13.33, you get eight more books. At $15, you get three more books which makes 16 books for 15 dollars. You are welcome (and I encourage you) to pay more, of course, and you can adjust how your money gets divided up. I've purchased other Humble Bundles and always been happy with them, so if you're interested in learning some programming or doing some cool electrical projects, this is your chance.

Sling TV Service Now Open To All

4:30 PM, Feb. 9th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Sling TV announced their USD$20/mo package for television programming which was warmly received by cordcutters in January. Sadly it was invite-only so people interested had to sign up and wait to hear back. That is, until Sunday evening. Sling has now removed the invitation requirement and anyone interested can now sign up for a 7-day trial, then subscribe to various packages and add ons which include sports broadcasts (long a hurdle for cordcutters). From the front page, just click on "Start your 7 days free" and walk through the setup process to get access to television on a Mac or Windows machine, iOS/Android devices, and Roku box now, coming soon to Amazon Fire TV/Stick and Xbox One. Currently the service is US-only and only works on one device at a time, but even with everything added the subscription comes in at $35/monthly, quite a bit less then most "standard" cable subscriptions.