Apple Uses Earth Day to Highlight China Solar Farm, More

10:50 AM, Apr. 20th, 2015 · · News

Apple's environmental responsibility Web page got an update on Monday, which also happens to be a couple days ahead of Earth Day. Apple used the event to highlight its environmental efforts including a planned solar farm in China.

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Apple has been actively pursuing ways to be as environmentally responsible as possible, and is an example it'd be nice to see more companies follow.

Analyst: Apple Watch Pre-orders are Build to Order

9:51 AM, Apr. 20th, 2015 · · News

If you're wondering why no one received a firm April 24 delivery date for their Apple Watch pre-order, industry analyst Carl Howe thinks he has the answer: they're all being built to order. Instead of guessing which models to stockpile, he thinks, Apple is making the watches customers ordered.

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If Apple really is using a build-to-order model for Apple Watch pre-orders, that would account for why we won't be able to buy on in stores come April 24. There simply isn't any inventory to send out to its retail locations.

Apple WWDC Ticket Lottery Sales Wrap Up Today

8:56 AM, Apr. 20th, 2015 · · WWDC

Apple wrapped up its Worldwide Developers Conference ticket lottery last Friday, and started sending out notifications to the lucky winners later in the day. The Mac, iPhone and Apple Watch maker will finish sending out those alerts today, Monday April 20.

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This year's ticket selection process seemed to go smoothly. Maybe Apple has landed on a system they'll use next year, too.

MGG 549: Cool Stuff Found

12:05 PM, Apr. 19th, 2015 · & · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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It's time for Cool Stuff Found. Your two favorite geeks do their level best to sift through everything they've found and everything you've submitted, pulling out their favorites and trying not to make you spend too much money (there's plenty of free stuff included in here, too!). You know how it goes... listen, then visit the shownotes to hunt down those things you just can't live without!

Canadian Bankers Balk at ‘Onerous’ Apple Pay Terms

5:54 PM, Apr. 17th, 2015 · · News

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Canadian bankers are balking at initial negotiations with Apple to bring Apple Pay to Canada. According to online reports, the six banks that control 90 percent of the Canadian markets consider Apple's terms "onerous," are concerned about security, and have formed a consortium to develop security protocols for Apple's system.

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The smart money is on Apple getting most of what it wants out of these negotiations.

How To Enable Stealth Mode in Yosemite

5:52 PM, Apr. 17th, 2015 · · How-To

If you like a change of scenery with your laptop from time to time, you're probably using public Wi-Fi as well. If that's the case, you might want to make sure you're doing what you can to keep unauthorized users off your computer. Kelly explains how to unleash your Mac's inner ninja. 

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

4:36 PM, Apr. 17th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

"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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