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Caturday: KipperVision

Here's a wonderful set of photos of Kipper, today's TUAW Caturday star. According to owners Michael and Vivienne Morgan, "We've enjoyed Caturday for a few years, and it's our turn to contribute. This is Kipper, a three-year-old Manx, who has two mo...

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The iWatch mockups from yesteryear

Old smartwatches don't die, they just need new batteries. I was going through some old bookmarks last night and I ran across a site called Wrist Dreams, which had a sad but funny list of smartwatches from 7 or more years ago. Listed among the fish fi...

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Portlandia's Fred Armisen narrates Ann Droyd's latest book, 'If You Give a Mouse an iPhone'

Children's author David Milgrim is back again with another modern adaption of a classic book. Written under his clever pseudonym "Ann Droyd," Milgrim this time uses the classic "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff as inspiration f...

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Ben Heck builds an Apple 1 from scratch, and you can too

If you don't have the near-US$1 million to spare to buy a genuine Apple 1 computer, why not build your own working replica? Master model Ben Heckendorn (AKA Ben Heck) does just that in a new three-part episode of element14's The Ben Heck Show. I...

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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 Court docs reveal...

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Caturday: Merry modeling with a new iPad product

Sigh. Readers have been getting a bit lax about sending us their awesome Caturday shots, so I've once again had to resort to providing pictures of one of my own cats. The sweet kitty you see above is Merry, who has already graced the pages of TUA...

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The DuMont: A 50's retro TV enclosure for iPad mini and Jambox

There's nothing Apple fans love more than dressing up their devices with some sort of accessory, especially when that accessory mimics something retro. In this case, Jeffrey Stephenson -- a computer modder and designer who has a list of awards a mi...

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Drunk Tech Review reviews the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Drunk Tech Review is at the forefront of the drunken tech journalism movement. Okay, they're probably the only members of the drunken tech journalism movement -- at least openly -- but they do good work. Someone has to review tech from the stand p...

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Obituary: Mac OS X Hints might be "pining for the fjords"

Over the years, one of the top websites other than TUAW for getting hints about Mac OS X was Macworld's Mac OS X Hints. Now a post by former Macworld blogger Rob Griffiths is paying last respects to the site 14 years after it first went live. The si...

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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 Samsung's mobile ...

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Caturday: Justin's blocking the iMac

I've often noticed that cats and their humans tend to share traits in common. In this case, the handsome tabby Justin appears to think he's a hockey goalie, blocking access to the goal of the iMac from his human Faye Barth. From Faye's iMac wallpa...

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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 abou...

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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, Andro...

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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 Indie...

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