Apple Watch Edition Gets Reference in Phish “Magnaball” Festival’s Humorous FAQ

10:34 AM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

On Wednesday Phish announced their next summer festival, dubbed Magnaball, and true-to-form they published their informative-and-humorous FAQ. In addition to snarky answers to questions like, "Where is the farthest gas station?" and "Can I bring my own sea salt? It's harvested from ancient deposits within the pristine Himalayan mountains. Some consider it the purest salt on Earth," Phish provided this entry: 


I guess? It kind of sounds like you just want to brag.

Even if you're not a Phish fan their FAQs are always a fun read. Tickets for Magnaball go on sale Friday at 12pm EDT (or is that EST? We've asked for clarification on the time zone status).

Jury Says Apple didn’t Infringe on Core Wireless Patents in $100M Lawsuit

10:27 AM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · · News

Core Wireless lost its fight against Apple over claims the iPhone and iPad maker infringed on wireless technology patents it bought from Nokia. The company was hoping to win US$100 million in the case, but instead was left empty handed. Salt in the wound: Core Wireless lost in Federal Court in Tyler Texas, which is known for favoring patent holders.

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Apple is no doubt pleased with this win, especially after last month's $532.9 million infringement loss to Smartflash. Imagine how much more companies could do if patent litigation wasn't part of their regular schedule.

Want an Apple Watch Today? Make Your Own with LEGO

9:10 AM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

If waiting until April 24 to get your Apple Watch seems like far too long to wait, you can make your own today. Even better, you can make your Apple Watch out of LEGO bricks, which adds an extra level of coolness to your wrist. Chris McVeigh worked out the design and is sharing the instructions (PDF) on his website. He's the guy that came up with other awesome LEGO builds I love like the original Macintosh, the retro TV with color bars, and the TARDIS. You'll need to provide your own bricks and his instructions include a shopping list so you won't come up short. Chris's LEGO Apple Watch looks great, and now I want Apple to make a special edition version that really works: Apple Watch Brick.


ACM 298: Apple Streaming TV and Privacy, New Steve Jobs Bio

9:52 PM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · & · Apple Context Machine Podcast


With reports out saying Apple is going to hand over our personal information to networks in exchange for content deals for its rumored streaming TV service, Jeff and Bryan weigh in with their thoughts on what that means. Along with their thoughts on whether or not Apple will give up on protecting customer privacy, they take a look at Apple's new retail marketing tactics for Apple Watch, and the reactions Apple executives are having to a new Steve Jobs biography.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-18: Apple’s Data Sharing Plans, Kelly’s Finder Tips

2:00 PM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · · Daily Observations Podcast


Apple is supposedly going to share information with networks to land the deals it needs for their streaming TV service. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why Apple would do that, and exactly what sorts of information that will most likely include—and they change Jeff's perspective in the process. Kelly also has some great tips for improving your productivity in the Mac's Finder.

Analyst: Apple TV Network won’t bring big Margins

11:52 AM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple's plans for a streaming content network won't bring the company big money, but will help keep more consumers in the company's hardware ecosystem. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks the costs of bringing quality content to viewers will leave Apple with slim margins for its rumored online television service.