Ben & Jerry’s Spoofs Apple’s ‘1984’ Commercial to Promote BRRR-ito

4:36 PM, Apr. 17th, 2015 · by

"On April 20th, Ben & Jerry's will introduce the BRRR-ito. And you'll see why 4.20 will be exactly like '4.20.'" I'm not much for stoner culture, but this spoof of Apple's 1984 commercial from Ben & Jerry's is both well done and entertaining. In fact, of all the attempts to spoof or copy Apple's famous commercial that I've seen over the years, this is easily the best. They've got the run (down a hall), the explosion of the screen, and the brain dead zombies (grinning at the idea of a tasty ice cream treat). The BRRR-ito looks delicious, too, so that helps. Also, lolstoners.

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USB ChargeDoubler Mini Charging Cable Seeks Funding

7:36 PM, Apr. 16th, 2015 · by

Check out the USB ChargeDoubler. It's a very short charging cable for your iPhone (there are models for Android devices, too), that is smart and clever. It's smart because it has built-in circuity to recognize the device it's plugged into so it can send the right amount of power for maximum charging speed. You'll find this same circuity on better portable chargers. It's clever because it has magnetic connectors that allow you to swiftly and easily snap it around your keychain, a loop on your backpack, or whatever. The company making it, WN Products Limited, just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help ramp up manufacturing. That means you can get a USB ChargeDoubler at a good price—US$12 for one or $19 for two. The company's goal is just $14,000. The video has more information, including detailed images of the product. I like it.

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Covers by Siri

9:50 PM, Apr. 14th, 2015 · by

Oh my. This is wonderful. Covers by Siri. The name says it all. Well, maybe not all. Someone has covered three songs (so far) using Siri's voice  for the lyrics. It's well done, and I can't imagine the effort needed to get the samples necessary to piece together lyrics like this. There's no embed mechanism, so you'll need to click through to hear them. You can download them while you're there, however. The site doesn't credit the individual behind the effort, but does say a new song will come out every Friday.  [Via The Loop]

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Wall Street Journal Video: What Living With Apple Watch Is Really Like

1:17 PM, Apr. 8th, 2015 · by

The Wall Street Journal posted a video with reporter Joanna Stern walking us through a fictional day in the life with an Apple Watch. Part tongue-in-cheek, part serious attempt to show us the Apple Watch with a POV camera, Ms. Stern's video offers a mixed review on the device. For bonus points, enjoy Rupert Murdoch's cameo in which he exercised his droit de signeur with the device (as Philip Elmer-DeWitt quipped). 

LEGO Ideas Golden Girls Submission

11:15 AM, Apr. 8th, 2015 · by

It’s no secret that we here at TMO are big big Lego fans. Now that love and the love of retro sitcoms can now peacefully coexist. Over at LEGO Ideas, there is now a proposal for a Golden Girls LEGO set. At last you can assemble the kitchen and living room where the bulk of the show was set, with cupboards that open and five minifigs: Blanche, Rose, Sophia, Dorothy, and Stan (Dorothy’s ex). If the idea gets ten thousand votes in time, it will become an actual LEGO set. If for no other reason than the opportunity to own a LEGO cheesecake, you probably ought to check out this set and support it.

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Bill O’Reilly Calls Apple Today’s Opium on Fox News

8:05 PM, Apr. 7th, 2015 · by

The young people with their twitter tweets and facespaces and tap screens and hoohaws! They're ruining America! They're zombies! Faces all mashed into the shiny...and Apple and its retail stores and those iPhones and iPads are at the center of it! Or so Bill O'Reilly of Fox News would have us believe. Maybe he's gunning for Andy Rooney's beat over at 60 Minutes, or maybe he's just pandering to the Fox News demo. Either way, he sent Jesse Watters (posted to YouTube by IamYesYes, via CNet) to an Apple Store to ask people if they'd rather give up their Apple devices or sex. Because #lolthatshilarious. In the piece, Mr. O'Reilly says Apple devices are like opium, and he inferred that they're ruining America. Also, he would like the youths to please get and stay off his lawn.

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Apple Watch Teardown by iFixit is a Gem

2:00 PM, Apr. 7th, 2015 · by

The email started with: "Hey guys, it's time. Everyone said it was impossible, but we managed to get our hands on an Apple Watch." Originally intended as an April Fool gag, this iFixit teardown of a supposedly acquired 2015 Apple Watch remains, even after April 1st, a gem of a presentation for many reasons. In a delightful, deadpan presentation, there's great detail, a clever connection between the features of the Apple Watch and the actual teardown of an original, 1995, collector's edition Apple watch, and just all 'round cleverness. If you missed this video when it was released, it's worth a look, if for nothing else than professional instruction of how to pull off a first-class gag.

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Sesame Street takes on Game of Thrones

1:50 PM, Apr. 7th, 2015 · by

Game of Thrones. Sesame Street. How has this not happened before? Sesame Street's take on Game of Thrones, Game of Chairs, is fantastically wonderful in that it captures the essence of Game of Thrones in a surprisingly family friendly way, which is a pretty amazing feat in and of itself. Everyone is fighting for the throne, one by one their eliminated, and eventually there's a new king. The best line from Game of Chairs: "Can we hurry this up? I have a wedding to get to."

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Noiseless App for Mac Removes Photo Noise

11:00 AM, Apr. 4th, 2015 · by

If you take photos, you should check out Noiseless, the brand new Mac app from Macphun. It requires Yosemite. It eliminates noise from your pictures, those little dots that make them fuzzy-looking. Most frequently they show up in photos taken inside where there is no adequate light source. I love using this. I just drag and drop my photo and it appears on the screen showing my photo cleaned up on one side and the original version on the other. If I like it, I just save it and it is a new, clean photo. You can also crop or share your photo from the application. Now for the very best part, right now you can download an early preview version for free.

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Paper Millennium Falcon Model Proves Arts & Crafts are Cool

10:49 AM, Apr. 3rd, 2015 · by

The Millennium Falcon from Star Wars is one of the most recognizable sci-fi space ships ever, and that's led to some pretty awesome fan art of all kinds. About the coolest we've seen so far comes from Bernard Szukiel and his flat-out amazing model made almost completely from paper. His 38-inch model is so detailed it looks as if it flew straight out of the movie. Bernard spent four years on the project where he paid attenting to even the smallest details, like properly lit control panels in the cockpit and gun turrets. His model looks so good it's hard to believe it's made from paper. We clearly need to step up our papercraft skills.

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