How to Use Siri on Apple Watch to Create Immediate Countdown Timer

3:10 PM, Jul. 30th, 2015 ·

Apple Watch, Siri & countdown timer

Occasionally, when one is under severe time pressure, many crucial things have to be done, say, just before a meeting or big event. While one could change faces on the Apple Watch and bring up the chronometer and a timer, there's a much faster and more convenient way. Siri comes to the rescue.

Drive Genius 4 for Macs: $49.99

2:39 PM, Jul. 30th, 2015 ·

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Drive Genius 4 is a must-have for many Mac users, and we have a deal on it today. It can create a bootable partition for you to use to repair your startup disk, it will find and delete large and duplicate files, it will fix problems with your file system, repair folder corruption and much more. It retails for $99, but through our deal it's $49.99.

Cusby: A Modular & Expandable USB-C Dock for MacBook

1:40 PM, Jul. 30th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

Cusby has launched an Indiegogo project to deliver a modular and expandable USB-C dock system. As the developper describes it: "It starts by connecting a Cusby unit to any USB-C port.... From there, multiple Cusbys can be linked together like Lego blocks to create their own combination of ports for any situation. Every time a new Cusby is added, a new USB-C port is created, so there is always a free port available. We've lined up 3 models at launch: Power charger, USB-A and HDMI. Other ports in the pipeline are Thunderbolt, Display Port and Ethernet" Various contribution levels are available that include 1,2 or more Cusby blocks. Delivery is expected in October 2015.

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-30: iPad Stylus-palooza, New Apple Campus Cafe

1:10 PM, Jul. 30th, 2015 ·

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If Apple's patents are any indication, there's an amazingly cool iPad stylus in our future. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's potential stylus and share some of their current favorites, too. They also explain why Apple's space ship campus is going to be the new cool place you want to hang out.

New Patents Hint at Apple Texture-simulating Uber Stylus

10:50 AM, Jul. 30th, 2015 ·

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For a company that said the only stylus we need is our finger, Apple sure has a lot of patents. It's patents describe what sounds like the ultimate stylus, complete with sensors and haptic feedback to simulate the feel of different textures.

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Apple has always been gernerally against styluses for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but there are places where they make sense. Specialized uses like art and drafting, for example, are far easier with styluses than our finger tips. Maybe Apple is working on bringing us an über stylus.

Those Awesome LEGO Star Wars Pics are Now in a Book

9:23 AM, Jul. 30th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

Vesa Lehtimäki is well known for his amazing LEGO photography, and now—or at least soon—you can get a collection of his awesome images in a new DK book. LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy puts together the photos he took using his kid's LEGO minifigures showing recreations from the movies along with some fun ideas of his own. The book also includes descriptions of how some of the shots were done, along with Mr. Lehtimäki's creative process. The book is priced at US$24.99, but you can pre-order it for $12.37.

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ACM 317: T-Mobile’s Crazy iPhone Deal, Fitness Tracking Accuracy, Listener Comments

8:30 PM, Jul. 29th, 2015 · &

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T-Mobile is shaking up the mobile phone contract market again with a really great deal for potential customers looking for a new iPhone. Jeff and Bryan dive into why T-Mobile's JUMP! On Demand plan is so cool for its customers, and could lead to better deals at Verizon and AT&T, too. They also talk about why they like fitness trackers even though they have accuracy issues, and they respond to listener comments.

iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver Set and Jimmy Bundle: $59.95

7:25 PM, Jul. 29th, 2015 ·

iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver Set and Jimmy Tool

I love iFixit's tool sets, so I'm pleased as punch to tell you we have a deal on one a bundle of iFixit tools for you. The first part of the bundle is the iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver set. It has 15 fixed-bladed screwdrivers with those specialty heads for getting into your electronics (note that opening many Apple devices will void your warranty). It comes with a tool roll that lets you fold them up into a compact bundle. The second part is the iFixit Jimmy, a device with an ultra-thin blade for prying open cases and breaking seals (note my caution above). Retail on these two products is $100, but through our deal you can get it for $59.95. Check it out.