iKlip Grip: iPhone Stand and Selfiestick with Bluetooth Shutter

6:35 PM, May. 26th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

IK Multimedia announced iKlip Grip Tuesday, a single product with that can function as a desktop tripod, grip handle, monopod or tripod adapter. In other words, you can use it as a stand or a selfie stick, and it comes with a Bluetooth shutter button for remotely activating your camera. Its holder is designed to accommodate smartphones of most sizes, as well as cameras. It ships later this month for US$59.99.

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ShowStoppers & MacTech Team Up for DevFocus at WWDC

6:09 PM, May. 26th, 2015 ·

ShowStoppers has long put on some of our favorite events at tradeshows (and beyond). They assemble great product and app creators, put them in a room where all the booths are roughly the same size (and not over-adorned with lights and glitz) and only allow media as attendees for a 2-to-4 hour event. Good news: this year it's happening for the first time at WWDC.

HiRise Apple Watch Stand is Beautiful, Well Engineered

3:40 PM, May. 26th, 2015 ·

The HiRise Apple Watch stand from Twelve South elevates the Apple Watch beautifully, integrates the inductive charger, and showcases the smartwatch for charging overnight. It works with any model Apple Watch and bands and is a step above the ordinary in design.

Firefighters Take on Blaze at Apple’s Former Sapphire Glass Factory [Update]

2:58 PM, May. 26th, 2015 ·

Firefighters work to contain a blaze at Apple's Mesa, AZ former sapphire factory

Firefighters are working to contain a fire at the Mesa, Arizona building where GT Advanced Technologies had been making synthetic sapphire glass for the iPhone and Apple Watch. The blaze currently seems to be on the roof of the building, and may not have spread to the building's interior.

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Apple has the worst luck with that building. It's like it was built on cursed ground.

Apple Watch Course: Go from Newbie to Pro and Build 14 Apps for $25

2:02 PM, May. 26th, 2015 ·

Apple Watch Course: Go from Newbie to Pro and Build 14 Apps for $25

We have a deal on an Apple Watch developer course designed to take you from "newbie to pro." Over the course of 134 lectures and 12.5 hours of content, you'll build 14 different Apple Watch apps using Swift and WatchKit. It's a self-paced course that allows for new coders, while experienced developers can skip ahead as needed. This course retails for $199, but through our deal you can get it for $25.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-26: Jony Ive’s Promotion, Cortana Coming to iPhone

1:26 PM, May. 26th, 2015 ·

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Apple's Jony Ive is being promoted to Chief Design Officer, and that has some people worried about his future with the company. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not his new job is a sign that he's planning on retiring soon, plus they dive into what Microsoft's plan to bring Cortana voice commands to the iPhone means for Apple.

Hold on to Your Pants, Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana is Coming to iPhone

10:25 AM, May. 26th, 2015 ·

Microsoft's Cortana coming to iPhone

Microsoft is making a big push for cross-device support in Windows 10, and part of that includes bringing its Siri-like Cortana voice control system to the iPhone. Just like Siri, Cortana lets you speak to perform tasks and retrieve information, and in some ways is considered more advanced than Apple's own system.

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I've spoken with several Windows and iPhone users who say Cortana is superior to Siri. Bringing that experience to the iPhone will force Apple to step up its voice recognition game, but it's also a shot across the company's bow. Make no mistake: Microsoft wants to eat Apple's pie.

Local Content Deals to Delay Apple’s Streaming TV Plans

9:20 AM, May. 26th, 2015 ·

Apple's streaming TV service may be delayed over local TV station deals

Apple most likely won't launch its rumored streaming television service this fall thanks to content licensing deals for local content. The company wants to include local TV stations as part of its service, but swinging the deals is proving to be a difficult task.

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If Apple really wants to disrupt the current television distribution model, deals with local stations across the country would play a significant role. Considering how difficult it is to line up those deals, however, Apple may have to make a decision to keep waiting, or launch with just a handful of stations and hope more come on board over time.