Judge Denise Kote not only saddled Apple with a court-appointed outside attorney to monitor the company's antitrust compliance, she then picked the attorney she wanted—Michael Bromwich—without also establishing how much he would be paid. The result? After two weeks on the job, Mr. Bromwich is trying to charge Apple $1,100 per hour. Bryan Chaffin thinks this is outrageous.
The iRest iPad stand from Rain Design (recommended by TMO's own Nancy Gravley) is available for just 39.99 through this weekend from our new TMO Deals section in partnership with Stack Social. The iRest is a handy thing, especially for your favorite owner of a full-size iPad. With it you can read in bed without holding your iPad up with your hands, and you can even use the iRest as a tabletop stand. Check it out, this price is the best we've found.
Apple announced its Black Friday deals, and the company stepped back from its past practice of offering cash discounts. Instead, Apple is offering Apple Store gift cards with the purchase of iPads, Macs, iPods, and an assortment of high quality accessories. We have the details inside.
Our own Nancy Carroll Gravley spent some with Chuck Joiner, Michael T. Rose (TUAW), and Steve Sande (TUAW) on the MacJury video podcast, and the topic of discussion was gift suggestions for the holidays. They talk about a wide variety of products, including chargers, cases, a campstove, fitness gear, and more. You can watch MacVoices #13202: The MacJury’s Holiday Gift Guide #2 below, or head over to the MacJury website.
It's the fourth Thursday in November, and in the States, that means it's the Thanksgiving holiday. On Friday we'll post details of Apple's Black Friday sale, and we'll back on Monday with our regular coverage. Until then, we hope that you and yours have a great weekend.
Jeff and Bryan put together their shopping guide for 2013, and it turns out they've been looking at some fairly expensive gifts. They have awesome desktop speakers, cool stands, leather iPad Air cases, quality iPad styluses (or stylii, as Bryan insisted on calling them), fitness stuff, stuff for the house, and an expensive game for your iPad. Giddy-up, pretend that you're thinking about shopping for someone else, and enjoy.
As retailers gird their corporate loins for Black Friday, Apple's iPad product line is shaping up to be the headliner product to attract shoppers at many chains. Target, Best Buy, and Walmart are all pricing the devices aggressively, including some deals that include a free gift card. Bryan Chaffin rounds up deals and prices.
In what perhaps will be my final post before Thanksgiving, I would like to offer my thanks to Smile, this week's sponsor here at TMO. Our focus for this spot is on PDFPen, the all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. Our world lives half in paper and half online, and PDFs are the bridge between those halves. And while we can all create PDFs as easily as we can print them (hint: check the menu in the lower left of your Mac's print dialog), to modify them you need PDFPen.
Referring to Windows RT, Microsoft's executive for devices Julie Larson-Green recently said: "We should not have called it Windows." And so it goes with Microsoft's recent confusion about OSes and branding with its mobile devices. The good news is that some clarity appears to be emerging -- as soon as Windows RT dies.
G3 Studios is looking to fund development of a role playing game (RPG) called Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore for Mac, Windows, and Linux through Kickstarter. The company is $121,000 towards its funding goal of $390,000, and that means Mac gaming fans have a great opportunity to put their money to work. The project is being headed by gaming veteran Guido Henkel, and the company's goal is to make a single player, party-based RPG with turn-by-turn combat. In the promo video below, Mr. Henkel shows off the great graphics, very interesting game play features, and his approach in designing the game. There are a ton of funding options ranging from $25 for a digital download to $1,000 that lets you design an NPC that will be used in the game, and higher.
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