This spliff-holding iPhone case is anything but half-baked

A good iPhone case protects your handset from the blunt force of a fall. Then there’s the case that protects the force of your blunts. The iHit is a case for the iPhone 6 and 6s with a slide out odor-free compartment that can stash up to five pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes. It is the latest […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Tiny shock absorbers could save you a fortune in iPhone repairs

iPhones are pretty tough things, but despite all the Gorilla Glass and engineering magic Apple can throw at them, they’re still susceptible to broken screens when dropped. That could change in future iPhone models, with a newly-published patent application describing an automated mechanism for protecting the iPhone display with a method straight out of James […]

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Valve Offers Complete Game Library to ‘Steam Link’ Mac Customers Due to Delayed Support

Video game developer and digital distribution company Valve began sending out emails to customers who pre-ordered its new streaming device, the Steam Link, over the weekend, apologizing to Mac users that the box won’t function with Apple’s ecosystem at launch. The company has begun shipping the initial wave of pre-orders to customers, but cited „temporary software issues“ that prevent it from fully supporting the Mac line out of the gate.

The $49.99 Steam Link is a set-top box for the living room that connects users to Valve’s Steam platform by streaming content from a PC and into a more traditional console environment. To support the thousands of games that are meant to be played on a mouse and keyboard, the company also launched the Steam Controller for $49.99 alongside the Steam Link. Unfortunately for Mac users, the controller is also incompatible with the Apple line at launch, but Valve hopes the issue to be resolved in „the next few weeks.“

Unfortunately, there are some temporary software issues that prevent the hardware from functioning with Macs. We expect these problems to be resolved as we update firmware and drivers over the next few weeks. The Steam Link currently doesn’t stream from Macs. An upcoming update will add full support for streaming audio, video, and controller input.

The Steam Controller doesn’t currently support gamepad emulation on Macs. If you opt into the Steam Beta client, keyboard/mouse emulation will be functional. We expect gamepad emulation to become functional within a few weeks. We want to apologize for the delays in providing full functionality for the Mac platform. We’re doing everything we can to resolve the issues.

Due to the snafu, Valve is providing Steam Link and Steam Controller early adopters who planned on streaming from a Mac with the compensation of a free download of the $99.99 Valve Complete Pack. The Complete Pack not only includes the entire back catalog of the company’s history – including games like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, and all their sequels – but promises future Valve titles will be available to download free of charge. Still, those Mac users who want to send back their Steam Link and Controller will be able to keep the Complete Pack if they choose to do so.

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Apple adds former Boeing exec to its board of directors

Apple has announced a new board member in the form of James A. Bell, previously the chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company. “James brings a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience from his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO,” Tim Cook said in a statement. “I am […]

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Former Boeing Executive James Bell Joins Apple’s Board of Directors

Apple today announced that former Boeing chief financial officer and corporate president James Bell has joined Apple’s board of directors. Calling himself an „avid user of Apple products“ with „tremendous respect“ for Apple’s ability to innovate, Bell brings nearly four decades of experience at Boeing to Apple’s board.

“James brings a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience from his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “I am thrilled to welcome him to Apple’s board of directors and I look forward to working with him.”

“We look for outstanding individuals to strengthen our board’s breadth of talent and depth of knowledge, and we are very happy to have identified a fantastic person in James Bell,” said Art Levinson, Apple’s chairman. “I’m confident that he will make many important contributions to Apple.”

Bell becomes the eighth member of Apple’s board of directors, joining CEO Tim Cook, board chairman and former Genentech executive Art Levinson, Al Gore, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Grameen president and CEO Andrea Jung, former Northrop Grumman chairman and CEO Ron Sugar, and BlackRock co-founder Sue Wagner.

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Apple University professor could buy a lot of iPhones on $1.7m salary

Like everything else Apple does, its top-notch Apple University internal business training center doesn’t exactly scrimp when it comes to paying its employees. According to a new report, Apple University faculty member James Phills — formerly a professor at Stanford University and Yale School of Management — makes upwards of $1.7 million per year teaching business […]

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Apple Decorating Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Ahead of Next Week’s Event

Ahead of next week’s big iPhone-centric event, Apple has begun decorating the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco where the event will take place. As shared by several Twitter and Instagram users, signs with the Apple logo are beginning to go up, and several Apple-branded flags are flying.

A white Apple logo with rainbow-colored accents against a blue background is shown on one wall of the auditorium, shared by CBS/CNET photographer James Martin. The same design was seen on the invitations for the event and was created to mimic Siri’s look on the Apple Watch and iOS 9.

Security is heavy around the auditorium, with security guards and police officers guarding signage that’s being put up, according to someone on site who spoke to MacRumors and provided pictures. Some of the security guards are now wearing outfits with Apple logos on them.

The colorful Apple logos are accompanied several flags surrounding the auditorium, featuring a white Apple logo on a dark blue background. Swarms of workers are all over the perimeter of the auditorium, running cables up walls into the interior and building out the infrastructure needed for the event.

Along with the flags, Apple has decorated light posts in the area with matching Siri-style banners in a dark blue shade. The decorations for the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium are already beginning to outshine decorations and signage used at past events, and Apple is likely to continue adding more over the course of the weekend.

Apple’s upcoming Wednesday, September 9 event is expected to be huge. The auditorium where it’s being held seats 7,000, and the company may be using some of the available space to demo products that will be released. The event will see the debut of an unprecedented number of devices, including the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the new Apple TV, the iPad mini 4, and the iPad Pro.

Apple is also expected to introduce additional Apple Watch Sport materials, perhaps in gold, and new Sport bands. An iPad keyboard may also make an appearance at the event, and we’ll also get release details for iOS 9 and watchOS 2.

MacRumors will provide live coverage of Apple’s event, through a live blog on MacRumors.com and on our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

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Apple Watch spy game brings clever twist to retro format

From James Bond’s laser Rolex to Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone, spies have always been suckers for wearable tech. To salute secret agents’ fondness for the latest gadgets, the makers of Spy_Watch crafted their new game for the latest cutting-edge device…Read more ›



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iPhone captures Downton Abbey cast’s awesome lightsaber battle

Rob-James Collier, who plays the evil butler on Downton Abbey, Thomas Barrow, is running the London marathon to raise money for a local Multiple Sclerosis charity. While he might have been able to raise the goal amount of £10,000 on…Read more ›



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