power Stories June 10, 2016

AAPL: 98.83

-0.82

While solar panels and wind turbines are the two best-known methods of generating renewable energy, they aren’t the only approaches. The day after we learned that Apple has become a power company, we hear that it has just been given the go-ahead to employ a particularly cool method.

Landfill gas utilization traps the methane gas given off from landfill sites and either converts it into pipeline-grade gas or uses it to generate electricity. It’s doubly environmentally friendly, generating power from waste but also preventing the release of methane – a greenhouse gas – into the atmosphere …

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power Stories October 22, 2015

AAPL: 115.50

1.74

There’s no shortage of external battery packs for iPhones, iPads and other USB-powered devices. With occasional exceptions, the majority have little to distinguish them. But thanks to the addition of a USB-C port, the Xtron can power the 12-inch MacBook as well as iPhones and iPads …  expand full story

power Stories September 8, 2015

AAPL: 112.31

3.04

Tim Cook and Jonathan Ive rank 4th on Vanity Fair 2015 ‘Disrupters’ list

Vanity Fair has published a new 2015 list of ‘The New Establishment’, where reporters rank the most important visionaries in business and culture. Although Mark Zuckerberg takes the top spot in the Disrupters category, Tim Cook and Jony Ive get listed at the 4th spot.

This is down from their previous rank of number three in last year’s 2014 list. In the accompanying blurb, Variety singles out Ive as Apple’s new front-runner using the Watch to become the “creative mantle at the world’s most highly valued company”.

power Stories July 27, 2015

Power for Apple Watch, the iPhone battery monitor, adds charging and low power alerts

We told you last month about a neat Apple Watch utility app called Power, and today it’s learning a handy new trick and becoming even more useful. Power, created in part by jailbreak developer Surenix, lets you check how much battery power your iPhone has remotely from your Apple Watch. As I mentioned before, this is a practical utility as it’s not uncommon to use the Apple Watch to stay on top of notifications while the iPhone charges in another room.

Starting with version 1.1, Power is adding support for notifications. This means you can charge your phone and know when it hits certain percentages in case you’re waiting for that level to take it off the charger and head out the door.

power Stories July 1, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Bluetooth selfie stick $11, Powerbeats2 Wireless $140, Car Jump Starter/Power Bank $60, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

This Leviton wall outlet has two built-in USB ports: $19 Prime shipped (Reg. $25)

Review: At $11, MPOW’s pocketable iStick is the best Bluetooth selfie stick you can buy today

Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones (multiple colors): $140 shipped (Reg. $200)

Daily Deals: Anker Car Jump Starter & USB Power Bank $60, Samsung 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop HDD $120, more

Apple is giving away free downloads of iOS cooking app Green Kitchen ($5 value)

Review: Logitech’s Anywhere 2 Bluetooth mouse shines w/ adaptive scrolling

$50 iTunes gift card for $40 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

Add creative decorations to your 4th of July picnic and save money w/ these easy do-it-yourself projects

The best lawn games to make your 4th of July cookout a success

Look like a real American hero at your 4th of July BBQ with this over-the-top USA garb

Giveaway: Owen & Fred’s Desk Essentials collection ups your work game while looking good, $250+ value

More new gear from today:

Check your iPhone battery levels from your Apple Watch for free with Power app (Reg. $1)

Samsung’s new Level U Bluetooth 4.1 in-ear headphones offer athletes another option for workouts

More deals still alive:

Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Silver: $449 shipped (Orig. $929)

JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones for $110 shipped (Reg. $170)

New products & more:

PIQ uses multiple sensors and a clever design to paint a clearer picture of your golf game

Enthusiasts create incredibly detailed 14-foot Starcraft II map out of LEGO

power Stories June 25, 2015

Following a number of teases for its third-party Apple Watch strap with a built-in battery pack, Reserve Strap, bound to be one of the first battery straps for Apple Watch, is promising an additional 30 hours of battery life for Apple Watch users as it announces plans to ship in November. expand full story

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