Go Behind the Scenes with Chinese Apple Store Artist (Video)

7:22 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · by

Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel offering a behind-the-scenes look at artist Wang Dongling. He created the art used for the opening of Apple's newest Apple Store in China, known as West Lake. "To celebrate the opening of our first store in Hangzhou, we partnered with artist Wang Dongling," Apple said in the video's description. "Get a behind-the-scenes look at his process and the artwork he created for Apple Store, West Lake." The video includes comments from Mr. Wang, as well as shots of him creating the art. Check it out.

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Leatherman Wins At Watchbands with Leatherman Tread

7:14 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · by

There has been a lot of talk lately about watches and watchbands now that we know Apple is headed into that market. Even before Apple launches it's offering, Leatherman has already conquered the watchband with the Leatherman Tread. And if you still aren't convinced you need to wear a watch, that's ok. First and foremost this is a bracelet, and if you want to include a watch, you can. Each link is an individual tool such as a hex drive, screwdriver, box wrench, and of course, the bottle opener (built into the clasp). It starts shipping this summer, with the timepiece coming in the fall. Since the links are user adjustable, it's possible to pop off the cutting hook and hopefully you can now, at long last, get through TSA with a Leatherman. 

Travel Back to 2004 and Meet the ‘Palette Pad’

6:47 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · by

Yesterday I wrote up the Mountie, a device that clips your smaller mobile display to the side of your "main" display, either a MacBook Pro or an iMac. It turns out this idea is a long time coming. Our own Adam Christianson had a conversation in 2004 about the (then) current Apple Studio Display and how so much space was used in programs like Photoshop by palettes and other panels that took up a lot of space. Adam was pondering a smaller screen that could work in conjunction with the main display, maximizing the space available for work on the larger screen. He talked this over with Jeff Rutan who then created a concept of what this "Palette Pad" might look like. At the time things like power and attaching to displays and video sync were tough nuts to crack, so the concept sort of died until 2010 with the release of Air Display which brought it closer. Now that the Mountie exists, teaming it up with Air Display might actually make Adam's vision a reality.

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The Mac Observer on an SE/30

3:30 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · by

TMO reader (and Mac Geek Gab listener) "Furbies" recently joined the MGG Facebook Group and posted a picture of what TMO looks like when loaded on his SE/30 in the Wannabe browser. He says he tried using IE v4.0.1 but it failed to load all the new-fangled CSS and such that we use here. Visit the MGG Facebook Group to see what it looks like on a PowerBook G3, too. While you're there, join the Group where you can ask and answer questions, too!

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Your Own 16-Inch Tall Iron Giant Deluxe Figure

4:53 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · by

Light-up eyes. A Magnetic 'S' that can be detached from a seafood sign and attached to his chest. More than 30 points of articulation. A detachable "War Arm." A Hogarth mini-figure that sits in his hand. I must be talking about an Iron Giant figure, right? You bet I am! Mondo announced pre-orders for a 16-inch tall Iron Giant Deluxe Figure starting today (a limited edition model sold out in moments).  This is an impressive looking figure, and it's expected to ship in the third quarter. But, that impressiveness comes at a cost: US$300. There are all sorts of images on the announcement page, or you can go straight to the Mondo's home page and pre-order.

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iPhone 6 Survives Drop from Space

11:22 AM, Jan. 21st, 2015 · by

Drop testing an iPhone 6 case typically involves a push from a table, or a climb up a short ladder, but Urban Armor Gear didn't think that was enough, so they dropped an iPhone from space. They put the iPhone 6 in one of their cases, then lifted it to 101,000 feet with balloons before dropping it along with GoPro cameras recording the flight. The iPhone shut off before reaching it's highest point because apparently they don't work well at -79°F, but it powered back up again after it was recovered. They used a parachute to slow down the descent a little, but still... an iPhone dropped from space!

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Graphene Will Change Everything from Smartphones to Electric Cars

1:10 PM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · by

Graphene, developed by British scientists, in an incredible material. It's one layer of Carbon atoms thick, highly conductive, and 100 times stronger than steel. It can be placed on a flexible substrate and is 97 percent transparent. While current iPhone displays are made with the rare and expensive element Indium, Graphene is pure Carbon, a very abundant element on earth. This video, from the summer of 2013 on the BBC airing of The One Show, while not recent, still takes your breath away at the prospects of Graphene for our future electronics. The concept shown in this video suggests a future smartphone about as thick as what we use today as ultra-thin screen protectors.

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Concept Images Take Original Macintosh to Modern Minimalist Extreme

7:40 PM, Jan. 16th, 2015 · by

I love this Macintosh concept that's floating around. Don't get me wrong, it would never happen. It's too small for modern computer users, and the design is impractical. But boy, is it gorgeous. Nay, sexy! The concept marries the guts of an 11-inch MacBook Air to a new form factor, plus the screen is designed to be a touchscreen. Check out the full post at German site Curved. There's an English version of the article included with the German copy, and they both have several different images of the concept device.

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Apple Adds 5K Retina iMacs to Refurbished Deals

1:34 PM, Jan. 16th, 2015 · by

If you've been holding out for a lower price before buying a 5K Retina iMac, today is your lucky day. Apple just added the high resolution Mac to its refurbished product store, and picking up the base Intel quad-core i5 model with 8GB RAM and 1TB Fusion Drive will set you back US$2,119, or $380 off the standard $2,499 price tag. Buying one with 16GB RAM costs $2,299, or $2,339 for 8GB RAM and a Core i7 processor, both of which are still below the stock machine cost. You can check out all of Apple's 5K Retina iMac deals at the company's retail site refurbished product page.

New Aerial Shot Shows Apple Campus Outer Ring Construction Progression

2:30 PM, Jan. 15th, 2015 · by

Thanks to the the magic of remote control drones and arial photography, The Mac Observer has a new shot showing the construction progression on the outer ring of Apple's spaceship campus in Cupertino. The shot from earlier this week comes to us through our intrepid aerial drone pilot who braved the traffic and air space around the construction site, and we think the results are fantastic. Apple plans to finish construction next year and we're looking forward to bringing you more sky shots along the way.

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