After convincing several networks to offer $.99 television episode rentals last year, Apple quietly ditched iTunes TV show rentals all together last Friday. Now users will only have the option to purchase single episodes or a “season pass” for their favorite shows. Read More...

After co-founding Apple in 1976, getting pushed out in 1985 and coming back in 1996 to introduce the world to the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, Steve Jobs has announced his resignation as Apple’s CEO. Tim Cook will take his place and Jobs will serve as Chairman of the Board, effective immediately.

The timing of the announcement may come as a surprise, but it’s no secret that Jobs has been dealing with health problems recently and even had to take time away from Apple to undergo surgery. A brief resignation letter published by Steve Jobs can be seen below. Read More...

Last week an image of a Starbucks “Pick of The Week” app popped up at CNET making us wonder what new plans Apple and the coffee chain had for the long-running program. Now, Starbucks has officially spilled the beans and we couldn’t be happier about the news.

Beginning Tuesday, August 23rd Starbucks will add not only apps to their Pick of The Week offering, but TV shows and “extended samples” of books from the iBookstore, in addition to the free music they’ve been handing out since 2008. Read More...

Seems like Starbucks has been doing a lot to get our geeky attention lately. First they made Marvel Digital Unlimited titles available for free when you log onto the store’s Wi-Fi connection and then they came out with an iPhone app you can use to pay for your drinks. Their “Pick of the Week” program has been giving us free tracks from iTunes since 2008 and now it looks like the coffee chain is giving away free apps as part of the program! Read More...

Back in June Apple’s head honcho, Steve Jobs, made a surprise visit to the Cupertino City Council where he revealed plans for the construction of a new Apple HQ. The current situation has Apple employees spread out in rented office space and the new building would bring them together in a centralized campus. Now, new renders of the proposed headquarters have been released -- yea, aside from all the foliage it still reminds me of Tatooine spaceport. Read More...

Unlicensed Steve Jobs figures and collectibles aren’t anything new. We’ve seen the cease & desist notices fly out of Apple’s legal offices on more than one occasion, but it doesn’t look like people are going to stop making them anytime soon.

According to ToyHaven, there’s a new Steve Jobs figure on the way. It will come with a bunch of accessories like an iMac, Magic Trackpad and iPad 2. The supposed 1/6 scale figure will be priced at $160 so Apple fans feel right at home when the buy it, and his outfit (down to the New balance 992 shoes) looks pretty darn accurate. You can head on past the break for more photos. Read More...

The folks over at 9to5Mac stumbled upon a pretty interesting screenshot recently. If you open up iTunes and check out the SpeechTrans Ultimate Powered by Nuance app you’ll notice two of the five screenshots show an iPhone with a screen spanning edge-to edge. Read More...

Here’s an interesting tidbit. Before Matt Groening’s name became synonymous with America’s favorite cartoon, The Simpsons, he spent some time doing doodles for Apple! "A Student's Guide" to Macintosh computers (which is more like a brochure trying to convince students their parents need to take out a loan on a computer) is full of Matt Groening artwork in a pleasantly familiar style.

If you’re a fan of Apple or The Simpsons you definitely need to check this out. Head past the break and take a gander at all the images! Read More...

Steve Jobs made a surprise visit to the Cupertino City Council meeting on June 7th. Apparently, Apple has acquired some land from HP and plans to build a brand new HQ to hold over 12,000 employees. Their current headquarters only has room for 2,800 with the rest scattered around town in rented office space.

The new building almost looks like a spaceport we’d see on Tatooine -- its just one big circle with a massive courtyard in the middle. Jobs said, "There is not a single straight piece of glass in this building." Every window is curved to match the overall shape.

The property is currently covered with more asphalt parking space than landscaping -- something Jobs wants to change. By building a subterranean parking garage they will be able to spruce up the land by adding 2,300 new trees, including an apricot orchard. Read More...

The original Nintendo Gameboy will forever have a special place in our hearts. It was the world’s first real handheld videogame system and even though other companies, like Sony, have been trying to steal Nintendo’s handheld thunder for years Mario and his friends remain kings of the portable gaming space.

The iPWN! case for iPhone brings back memories of those long school bus rides full of two-tone Tetris and Zelda by making the back of your iPhone look just like an original Gameboy! And, when you’re looking at your iPhone’s screen everyone will think your changing the batteries -- remember how often we had to do that?

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Apple has officially confirmed they will be unveiling iOS 5 at this year’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicking off June 6th in San Francisco! The keynote, which will be delivered by Steve Jobs and other Apple execs will also mark the reveal of Mac OS 10.7 Lion and the long-rumored iCloud service.

While no further details were mentioned, it’s been rumored for some time that iOS 5 will be a completely revamped version of the mobile operating system currently running on our iPhone and iPad. Just like any other Apple product, there’s loads of speculation around the web saying the new mobile platform will bring over-the-air (OTA) system updates. Some say we’ll even be getting a new family/friend finder tool.

Mac OS 10.7 Lion is the 8th iteration of the Mac OS and rumors of iCloud have been swirling around the web for months. Similar to Amazon’s recent Cloud Player and Cloud Drive, iCloud is thought to be a sort of addition to iTunes in which users could store and listen to music without having to actually save it on their device. It would all be held on an Apple server somewhere “in the cloud” ready for us to access via the web wherever we are. Read More...

Everyone with an iPhone or iPod knows how nice it is to have a dock for your device. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a charging dock or a boombox dock, they’re a great accessory to have and a listing over at Etsy.com will take your favorite book(s) and turn it into a slick, custom charging station.

It’s a great idea, incognito gadgets and accessories are always a good time. The one over at Etsy costs $55 if you’re using books that aren’t rare or too expensive, but it’s hard to believe anyone with a knife and a little time couldn’t make one on their own for a lot less. Your iPhone came with a cable that will work just fine and you could easily make it removable. Just take your iDevice’s charging cable, cut a slot for it in the book of your choice and you’re done -- a custom and classy DIY charging cradle. Read More...

There’s a lot of trees out there and for most of us don’t know what species each one is, unless you bust out that bulky field guide and flip through the pages until you find the one you think you’re staring at. Thanks to LeafSnap that has changed.

Instead of guessing what tree that is, you can grab a leaf and take a picture of it with your iPhone or iPod Touch. The LeafSnap app will then scan the leaf database and give you a list of results you can browse though to identify your tree! Once identified you can add it to your “collection” that lets you pull up a map to see where that particular leaf/tree was found.

LeafSnap is the brainchild of collaboration between Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution and will surely make that camping trip or hike through the woods a lot more fun. I’ve spent some time with the app in the backyard and every leaf I’ve snapped has allowed me to identify the tree. There are also games for those of you who want to test your leaf knowledge and I have to admit I saw quite an improvement in myself after adding just a few leaves to my collection. The app is free, so check out the video after the break to see the it in action! Read More...

Back in 1998 Nintendo released one of their coolest Gameboy accessories ever. It was our first digital camera and held a world record for the smallest digital camera during its time. Just a few days ago I was rummaging through some boxes and I happened to find it -- the Gameboy Camera! It was a blast from the past, unfortunately I no longer have a Gameboy compatible with it and that was a huge let down. Thankfully, a man by the name of Dave Smith has created the 8-bit Pocket Camera app which is clearly an homage to the Gameboy Camera of our youth.

The app is great for those of who want to relive the horribly pixilated four shades of gray photos we used to take and manipulate for hours on end. As soon as you open the app you’ll be ready to take a photo that emulates the Gameboy Camera perfectly.

Obviously, this is not an official Nintendo app and as such a lot of the Gameboy Camera features are not available. That weird Galaga-style mini-game where you could make the boss a photo of your face is sadly gone and you won’t have the “stamps” you used to turn your sister into an alien. However, there are features the original would have never dreamed of. Specifically, the ability to share your classic photography via Facebook and Twitter. Another great feature is the ability to use both your front and rear-facing cameras. The original Gameboy Camera swiveled so you could take photos both ways and it was a great move by Mr. Smith to include the must-have option.

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Apple products are hugely popular here in the States and around the world. People are purchasing them for younger and younger age groups and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Now, if you want to get your little ones ready for the first time they camp outside an Apple store waiting for a product launch, the Playmobil Apple Store Playset is the perfect gift. Read More...

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