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3 fun crowdfunding campaigns, including a "Smart deodorant applicator"

I'm not doing my usual crowdfunding roundup for a few weeks, but thought I'd give you a few fun Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to whet your appetite for being a backer. First, here's a project that I thought was a joke when I first heard...

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Microsoft unveils new iOS-compatible fitness tracker, Microsoft Band

Microsoft today entered the fitness tracker market with its new Microsoft Band wearable device to compete with new offerings from Fitbit and Apple's upcoming Watch device. The Band's biggest feature is its cross-compatibility, supporting iOS,...

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FTC sues AT&T for throttling unlimited data plans

According to the Washington Post, the Federal Trade Commission is suing wireless carrier AT&T for throttling data plans that were advertised as being unlimited. AT&T instituted throttling in 2011, targeting unlimited users who used too much...

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Backtrace, the geekiest album you'll hear, hits Billboard comedy charts

I saw James Dempsey speak at AltConf this past June (AltConf runs during WWDC for those who want something a little different). James goes way back in Apple lore to the NeXT days, and for his talk he pulled some code to show how Swift didn't just...

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The sad, frustrating story of crowdfunded products that never ship

When it comes to crowdfunded projects, I have to admit that I'm very lucky. Every project that I've backed -- five in all -- has eventually shipped product. Although some of those products failed to meet my expectations from the Kickstarter or...

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The Week in Review: news and features you don't want to miss

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: News CVS also...

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Caturday: KitKat on an Apple II

This is my kitten, KitKat, way back in July. She's sitting on top of my vintage Apple II, where she often waits for me to get home from trips. That's a first-generation iPad next to her, so she can keep up with all her friends online....

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The Week in Review: news and features you don't want to miss

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: News GT Advanced...

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Caturday: Douglas is very possessive of his Apple products

You can't blame a cat for hogging all of the computer equipment in a house. After all, you probably pay more attention to the electronics than you do to your cat (or at least the cat will think so...), so he's going to try to do his best to grab...

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Apple iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac event now available for on-demand viewing

Apple just wrapped up its October press event, which saw the unveiling several new products including the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iMac. If you missed the original broadcast, you can now watch a rebroadcast of the full event on Apple's dedicated...

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AT&T adds new Passport international roaming plans

AT&T Wireless customers planning on traveling out of the country soon should take a look at the company's new international roaming plans. Called Passport, the plans offer unlimited messaging and Wi-Fi, "affordable" calling rates, and data...

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Finland prime minister blames iPad and iPhone for country's economic problems

Following a downgrade of Finland's credit rating by Standard & Poor, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb spoke publicly about the negative rating in an interview with CNBC. During the talk, Stubb blamed Apple for part of his country's...

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Songwriter Jonathan Mann uses iOS QuickType for lyrics inspiration

Last month, YouTube songwriter Jonathan Mann made light of the iOS 8.0.1 update that went awry with a catchy tune for the team at Apple that was responsible for the debacle. Now, the musician is back with another tune about Apple's new QuickType...

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The Week in Review: news and features you don't want to miss

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: Features Did you hear about...

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Caturday: Baby Girl will not be moved

As mentioned last week, I have two new kittens (Merry and Pippin) who have taken over my office, my house, and my heart. They're also quite adept at taking over my computers when I'm trying to get work done. Well, that seems to be the case with a...

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Nine ways Apple users differ from Microsoft fans

Are you a Starbuck's loving, Microsoft-hating type of person who thinks Facebook is a cool to place to work? If so, then you must be an Apple fan according to this chart published by Business Insider using Ranker's crowd-source ranking data. The...

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