Bryan Chaffin on MacVoices: Bitcoin Economy, My Essential Gear, and Renting Software

7:16 PM, Nov. 14th, 2014 · by

Chuck Joiner was foolish enough to invite me to MacVoices this week (episode #14218), and my interview went live on Friday. Chuck asked my thoughts on the current state of Bitcoin, talked to me about the hardware and software I use for TMO and writing fiction, plus my take on renting software. It's 49 minutes of wannabe Ben Franklin nonsense, so enjoy!

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Audioengine Announces B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In 24-Bit DAC

8:14 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · by

I've seldom met a Bluetooth speaker that interested me, but I paid attention when Audioengine announced the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker. This powered speaker can play music streamed from any Bluetooth-enabled source (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices, or Bluetooth-equipped Macs and PCs). It also has a minijack input. They have a built-in 24-bit digital audio converter (DAC), and they're designed around the Audioengine 2+ Powered Desktop Speaker. The woofers are made of kevlar, while the tweeters are made of silk. Plus, the cabinet is handmade wood (in three finishes). I look forward to testing this one in a full review. designed for the high end of the market, the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker are $299 and available now. They're eligible for the company's 30-Day Audition.

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Monument Valley Update Brings 8 New Chapters to iPhone and iPad

11:51 AM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · by

The highly anticipated update for Monument Valley is finally available, and it brings eight new chapters to the iPhone and iPad game. The new levels, titled Forgotten Shores, include more MC Escher-like puzzles to work through with the same mysterious beauty we saw when the game was first released. The new levels will cost you US$1.99 as an in-app purchase, and the game costs $3.99 through Apple's App Store.

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Drone Video Shows Progress at Apple’s Spaceship HQ

8:00 PM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · by

Construction of Apple's so-called Spaceship HP—or Apple Campus 2.0, as Apple calls it—is really progressing. New drone footage posted to YouTube in the form of a trailer with a dramatic soundtrack, shows just how far the massive building has come. The foundation of the outer ring have been laid, and structural walls abound. Check it out.

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The Oatmeal Explains Net Neutrality

11:49 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · by

President Obama made a strong statement in favor of Net Neutrality yesterday, and Senator Ted Cruz called out the push for regulation as "Obamacare for the Internet." Seems the Senator needs some schooling on what a free and open Internet really is, and why it's so important. The Oatmeal offers up one of the best explanations supporting Net Neutrality I've seen, and it's totally worth checking out. Thank you, The Oatmeal.

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Full Video of Tim Cook Q&A at WSJD Live Conference

2:25 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · by

The Wall Street Journal made the full video (embedded below) of Apple CEO Tim Cook's question and answer session at October's WSJD Live conference. During the Q&A, Mr. Cook talked about Apple TV, the importance of the Mac to Apple, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay, too. Mr. Cook is always a fascinating interview, so check it out.

LEGO Ideas: International Space Station

11:14 AM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · by

LEGO is cool, science is cool, and space is cool. Mash them together and you get LEGO Ideas proposals like the International Space Station. Assuming it scores enough points to get through the screening process and become a real kit, the ISS will include about 1,000 pieces for faithfull reproducing the the space station with  details like movable solar panels, a robotic arm, station modules you can rearrange, Soyuz and Progress space capsules, minifig astronauts, and more. You can use the parts to build the MIR and Chinese space stations, too. Bonus: One of LEGO's next Ideas kits will Leonard and Sheldon's apartment from Big Bang Theory.

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Twelve South Announces SurfacePad Leather Wallet for iPhone 6/Plus

4:28 PM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · by

I'm a fan of Twelve South. The company has some of the best styling in the Apple accessories market, and today the company unveiled the SurfacePad for iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus), a wraparound wallet. Plus, it's leather, and as we established a couple of days ago, I'm also a big fan of leather cases. It has slots for two cards (the site cleverly says, "Room for two cards... and Apple Pay."), and it looks great. It's available in Black, Red, White, or Caramel (I like the first two most, for those keeping score at home). We'll likely review it in the next couple of weeks, but it you can't wait, it's available now for $39.99.

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OnBeep Makes Star Trek: TNG Communicator a Reality

11:40 AM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · by

Until now, tapping a badge on your chest to talk to your bridge crew was the purview of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but OnBeep is making that a reality today with its Onyx. The Onyx is a walkie-talkie-like badge that lets you talk in real time with other users, and it clips to your shirt, just like a Star Trek comm badge. Onyx supports groups of up to 15 members, and you can set up multiple groups, all managed through your iPhone. Onyx is available for pre-order now for US$99 each, or $195 for a set of two. It'll ship before the end of the year.

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Everything is Awesome: LEGO Movie Game comes to the Mac

6:20 PM, Nov. 5th, 2014 · by

One of the undeniable truths of the universe is that The LEGO Movie is awesome, and now that awesomeness can live inside your Mac because The LEGO Movie videogame is available through the Mac App Store. The game lets you travel through the LEGO worlds to help Emmet bring together Master Builders on his quest to stop Lord Business from gluing together all the LEGO bricks. Over 90 LEGO characters are available for game play such as Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Princess Unikitty, Batman, Metalbeard, Benny, and Bad Cop, plus the game include multi-player support, and it includes the Wild West DLC pack with four extra characters and magical pants with special powers. The LEGO Movie videogame requires OS X 10.8.5 or higher, and is priced at US$29.99.

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