Category: Cool Stuff

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Trader Joe’s Pour-over Coffee

When I saw this on a design blog last week, I knew I had to give it a try. Trader Joe’s sells a self-contained pour-over coffee with very clever packaging. The coffee is stored in a bladder inside the package, which expands to rest upright while the coffee brews. All you do is provide the ...

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New York Times on Apple User Groups

The New York Times published a great article about Mac User Groups, including a video feature about Lonnie Mimms, a computer collector who’s built his own Apple museum in an abandoned CompUSA building. The video opens with the sound of an Apple ][ floppy disk drive spinning up, which transported me to my uncle’s study ...

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Giving Away 3 Free Copies of Photoshop Elements 13 Classroom in a Book

Congratulations to Fuad K., Johnny S., and Agnes O., who each received a code to download the ebook! When I recently gave away five free ebook copies of my Photos for OS X and iOS book, I discovered some codes I’d overlooked for Photoshop Elements 13: Classroom in a Book. I can’t just let them ...

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Apple Ad about iPad Filmmaking Shot Using an iPad Air 2

Apple introduced a new commercial during the Oscars that touts the iPad as a video capture and editing platform. A voiceover by Martin Scorcese talks about being creative in a practical, this-is-work way. I never like the inspirational value of that phrase. Dreaming is a way of trivializing the process, the obsession that carries you ...

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Clockwise Podcast: Light at the End of the Pipe

I joined hosts Jason Snell and Dan Moren, and co-guest Christina Bonningham, on this week’s episode of the Clockwise podcast. We talked about workspaces, the Microsoft Band and other wearables, VR goggles (will VR ever break into the mainstream?), and my topic, the uncanny valley of personal digital assistants like Siri making human-like expressions. I ...

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On the Shutdown of The Magazine

After two years, Glenn Fleishman is shuttering The Magazine: The sad truth has been that, while profitable from week one, the publication has had a declining subscription base since February 2013. It started at such a high level that we could handle a decline for a long time, but despite every effort — including our ...

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Apple Broadens Its Ecosystem by Pushing at the Edges

In my latest article for The Seattle Times, I write about how Apple is now taking full advantage of the ecosystem it has developed over the years. In doing so, it’s taking an awfully big gamble with the Apple Watch and Apple Pay—a gamble that I think it could only undertake now. Read it here: ...

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Oculus and the Facebook of Tomorrow

A few quick caveats up front: I’ve not used an Oculus Rift VR headset, and I’m not even much of a gamer anymore. I’m working on multiple projects right now and I’m sleep deprived. I’m highly caffeinated. Still, the news that Facebook is buying Oculus for $2 billion ($1.6 billion of which is Facebook stock), ...

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Twitter Juxtaposition of the Day: Machete

I swear, this is not Photoshopped. Captured straight from my timeline: Here’s the link to the Star Wars “Machete” Viewing Order.

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Canon EOS M Now Just $299

Wow, the Canon EOS M (which is the topic of my recent book Canon EOS M: From Snapshots to Great Shots; here’s more about the book) is now on sale for just $299 for the model that includes the 22mm f/2 lens. The package that includes the 18-55mm telephoto lens is just $349 (Amazon.com link; ...