Brikk to Sell Diamond-coated Apple Watch for $75K

11:14 AM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · · Product News

If you think US$5,000 or $10,000 for and Apple Watch is too rich for your blood, how about nearly $75,000. That's how much Brikk will charge for its top-of-the-line custom enhanced Apple Watch Edition encrusted with diamonds.

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Of course a diamond encrusted Apple Watch is coming, and it's a safe bet people will buy them. Too bad the diamonds won't give Apple Watch a better battery life.

Build Your Own LEGO Oscars Statue

10:37 AM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

The real winner at this year's Oscars event was LEGO, even though the movie was snubbed. First, a show-stopping song where everything was awesome, and then the best take away from the night were the LEGO Oscar statues. How awesome, even Oprah flipped when she was given one. The LEGO oscars were designed by master builder and artist Nathan Sawaya and given out to only a handful of people, but that doesn't mean you can't get one of your own. Thanks to persistent LEGO fans you can build your own, and they even made a digital model for you to work with. You'll need LEGO's Digital Designer app (free download) to view the file and generate the build guide, plus you'll need 340 bricks for the completed model. Happy building!

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Apple Products Dropped from China Government Buy List

9:07 AM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · · News

Apple is among the companies China has officially dropped from its state-approved technology buying list—a move that was unofficially revealed several months ago. The change means Chinese government agencies can't purchase iPhones, iPads, or Macs.

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Officially dropping Apple from China's list of approved companies for state technology purchases feels like little more than political posturing. China's own tech companies will benefit from the change, but the real motive here is to send a message to the United States government.

Griffin Survivor Slim Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus: Serious Protection

6:12 PM, Feb. 25th, 2015 · · Quick Look Review

Griffin Technology Survivor Slim iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Case

Griffin’s Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus provides serious drop protection (MIL-STD 801G), works with the fingerprint scanner, is fairly light weight, and, as a bonus, is actually easy to remove from the package without the aid of a chain saw. It's easy to insert the iPhone, but getting it out is not. The surface texture affords a great grip. Nancy Gravley fills us in.

Full Stack Hacker Developer Training Bundle: $49

6:02 PM, Feb. 25th, 2015 · · TMO Deals

Full Stack Hacker Developer Training Bundle: $49

Today's deal will get you eight developer training courses for just $49. It's called the Full Stack Hacker Bundle, and it includes courses on Amazon Web Services, HTML 5, GitHub fundamentals, Python, MySQL, PHP, and more. The retail value of this package is $668.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-25: Philips Hue and Lux Lighting Tips and Tricks

1:48 PM, Feb. 25th, 2015 · · Daily Observations Podcast

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Philips Hue and Lux smart lighting systems are popular with the TMO team, and our own Kelly Guimont has plenty of expertise to share. Kelly and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what makes Hue lighting so cool, and what you can do to make your setup even more useful. John also has some thoughts on our changing perception on how we track important data.