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The beginning of a new month might mean that a handful of new movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix, but sadly there are even more expiring on Dec. 1. While you’re digesting Thanksgiving feasts this weekend, drag the family to the TV and start watching these movies before they’re gone for good. Because if you don’t rewatch “Uptown Girls,” “Spice World” or “Dirty Dancing” while you can, we bet you’ll regret it.

Expiring on Dec. 1:

“‘night, Mother” (1986)
“1941” (1979)
“An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982)
“The Apostle” (1997)
“Assassination” (1987)
“Audrey Rose” (1977)
“The Believers” (1987)
“Better than Chocolate” (1999)
“The Big Hit” (1998)
“The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings” (1976)
“Blood & Chocolate” (2007)
“Body Count” (1998)
“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” (2008)
“Bushwhacked” (1995)
“Chaplin” (1992)
“Cheech & Chong: Get Out of My Room” (1985)
“The Choirboys” (1977)
“The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County” (1970)
“Coffee and Cigarettes” (2003)
“The Cold Light of Day” (1996)
“The Colombian Connection” (2011)
“The Constant Gardener” (2005)
“Corpo Celeste” (2011)
“Count Yorga, Vampire” (1970)
“Cry-Baby” (1990)
“D2: The Might Ducks” (1994)
“Dirty Dancing” (1987)
“Dirty Dancing: Havana Night” (2004)
“Dororo” (2008)
“Double Indemnity” (1944)
“En la Cama” (2005)
“Event Horizon” (1997)
“Eye for an Eye” (1996)
“Fairy Tale: A True Story” (1997)
“First Knight” (1995)
“Five Easy Pieces” (1970)
“Flight of the Intruder” (1991)
“Foreign Student” (1994)
“Free Men” (2011)
“Funny Lady” (1975)
“The Ghost and Mrs Muir” (1947)
“The Girl from Petrovka” (1974)
“Going All the Way” (1997)
“Going Berserk” (1983)
“The Great Waldo Pepper” (1975)
“Holiday Favorites: Vol. 1-5″ (1952 – 1954)
“House of Voices” (2004)
“How to Frame a Figg” (1971)
“I’m Not Rappaport” (1996)
“Imagining Argentina” (2003)
“Invaders from Mars” (1986)
“Ishtar” (1987)
“Joe Gould’s Secret” (2000)
“Joe Kidd” (1972)
“Johnny Mnemonic” (1995)
“Killer at Large” (2008)
“King of the Hill” (1993)
“Lonely Hearts” (2006)
“Loser” (2000)
“Magic Trip” (2011)
“Magicians” (2007)
“The Man Who Cried” (2001)
“Mission Impossible III” (2006)
“Minnie and Moskowitz” (1971)
“Monkey Shines” (1988)
“Mr. Mom” (1983)
“A Murder of Crows” (1999)
“Night of the Creeps” (1986)
“Opal Dream” (2006)
“The Other Side of the Mountain” (1975)
“The Other Side of the Mountain, Part 2″ (1978)
“Our City Dreams (2008)
“Pandaemonium” (2000)
“The Paper Chase” (1973)
“Paper Soldiers” (2002)
“Paradise Alley” (1978)
“The Parole Officer” (2001)
“The Pirates of Penzance” (1983)
“Prairie Love” (2011)
“The Presidio” (1988)
“The Promise” (1979)
“The Proposition” (1998)
“Ram Dass: Fierce Grace” (2001)
“Reds” (1981)
“Restless City” (2011)
“The Return of Count Yorga” (1971)
“RoboCop 2″ (1990)
“School Ties” (1992)
“The Sci-Fi Boys” (2006)
“The Serpent and the Rainbow” (1988)
“Set Up” (2011)”
“Spice World” (1998)
“Star Trek: Generations” (1994)
“Steel Magnolias” (2012)
“Summer Rental” (1985)
“Swashbuckler” (1976)
“The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999)
“They Might Be Giants” (1971)
“The Untouchables” (1987)
“Thursday” (1998)
“Uptown Girls” (2003)
“The Vampire Lovers” (1970)
“Walker” (1987)
“W.C. Fields and Me” (1976)
“Year of the Horse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live” (1997)
“Young Sherlock Holmes” (1985)

In light of the recent grand jury decision in Ferguson and the ongoing string of protests in America, Wu-Tang Clan has released the title track from their forthcoming Dec. 2 album “A Better Tomorrow.”

The introspective track, which samples Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ timeless classic, “Wake Up Everybody,” finds the Staten Island MCs addressing an array of social issues including education, reparations, and seeking justice for police shootings.

As Raekwon raps;

“We want justice. Police supposed to protect and serve. And then they shoot us down like wild animals, the nerve of those cold hearted killers with blue suits slaying our black youth. The earth cries from all the blood that’s being spilled. We need a solution fast.”

Check out Wu Tang Clan’s new track, “A Better Tomorrow” below.

Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, one of the Arab world’s best-known entertainers, has died aged 87.

Hammond urged to lift lid on links to lethal US attacks

At first glance, this little holiday video from Josh Duggar and his family has all the potential in the world to be nice.

Fresh blow to Rajoy from corruption probe

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This will likely be as useless as quest as trying to end the anachronistic daylight savings time, but I want to give it a shot and start a campaign to move Thanksgiving. Like many other things the Canadians get right, I want to move our Thanksgiving closer to theirs. Mid-October to be exact.

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The recent blizzard — actually what is about 10 stages worse than a blizzard — that hit the Buffalo region and the premature cold wave makes this suggestion even more timely and sensible.

There are several major advantages to moving Thanksgiving:

It will save lives. Often there is snowfall throughout the Midwest and Northeast in late November — at least five deaths in Western New York are blamed on this storm. If there is snow in mid-October, which is rare, it’s likely just a dusting. All those long holiday drives now will be made in more daylight and less icy conditions. 2014-11-26-image002.jpg (photo © walter g. meyer)

And think of the fall colors on that drive — much more scenic than bare trees.

It will mean more family time. Many families must choose between spending Thanksgiving or Christmas together, but because the holidays are so close together travelers often have to pick just one. Now those major gatherings will be far enough apart that both will be worth celebrating. For students, they will have been back at school long enough that this break in their routine won’t stop the momentum, just rejuvenate them. And their Christmas break will be that much more fun and needed.

It will defuse so much of the Christmas shopping encroachment that occurs. I can’t see retailers being open for Halloween sales on Thanksgiving, or people queuing up at 4 a.m. on Thanksgiving Friday to be first in line to buy the latest Minion costume.

A bonus of this plan will be to eliminate the now-controversial, but always dumb holiday of Columbus Day. I propose we make the Friday after Thanksgiving also a national holiday, in effect shifting what used to be the Columbus Day holiday to that Friday since most people get that Friday off anyway, and this way no one loses a day off in this exchange.

Finally, an earlier Thanksgiving makes more sense logically: Thanksgiving was supposed to celebrate and give thanks for the harvest. Who is still harvesting crops in late November?
I propose the Thursday after the second Sunday of October. If we just make it the second Thursday, it could fall as early as the Oct. 8th, which seems to early. This way the earliest it could be is October 12th, the latest the 18th, not so late as to encroach on Halloween.
Who do I talk to about this? Who is in charge of the calendar since Pope Gregory died?

This boy is smooth.

Six-year-old Willie Osborn decided to channel Michael Jackson during an elementary school talent show. Dancing to Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” his performance — and his outfit — were spot-on.

The video was uploaded to YouTube Wednesday, but it isn’t the first time Willie’s wowed crowds with his dancing. He previously made headlines with “Smooth Criminal” when he performed the routine — complete with backup dancers — at a talent show in Indiana.

H/T Tastefully Offensive

You’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice. Now it’s time to get gifts for the folks on that list. But what should you buy, especially for the tech-savvy people? You can turn to many of the gift guides on the web, but our guide is for the devoted Mac, iPhone, and iPad user. Pick up one of our suggestions, or use them as inspiration to figure out a gift on your own.

Mac Gifts

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Asus PB287Q 28″ 4K Monitor: HD is passé. It’s all about Ultra HD now, also known as 4K video. The PB287Q is a 28-inch display with a native resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels. At a $649 list price and frequently available for less, it’s a lot more affordable than other Ultra HD displays, which can cost most than a thousand dollars. As Macworld points out, you sacrifice a few features for the price, but the PB287Q does the job. [$563 at Amazon]

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OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock: Apple laptops are quite popular, so there are a lot of MacBook users who plug-in and unplug their devices as part of their daily routines. With the $300 (and currently on pre-order sale for $249) Thunderbolt 2 Dock at your desk, you connect all your devices to the dock, and then you connect the dock to your laptop with a single Thunderbolt cable. When it’s time to go, just unplug the one cable; when you return, just plug in the same cable. [$249, pre-order at OWC]

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Dynamism Ultimaker 2: Remember when 3D printing was only for companies with big budgets and specialists? We’ve come a long way since then, and you can have your own 3D printer at home. The $2,499 Ultimaker 2 from Dynamism comes with Cura, software for designing your creations, and it has settings for beginners and experts. The Ultimaker 2 is PC Magazine‘s Editor’s Choice for 3D printers, with the site pointing out that the printer is ideal for makers and designers alike. [$2,499 at Dynamism]

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LaCie Christofle Sphére: Don’t settle for a boxy, boring hard drive when you can give something more artistic. The $490 Christofle Sphére is a gorgeous silver-plated sphere that houses a bus-powered 1TB hard drive. Handcrafted in France, the Sphére uses a USB 3 connection, so you don’t have to sacrifice speed in the name of art. CNET‘s review of the Sphére says it stands out in both performance and design in a crowded market of hard drives. [$490 at Lacie]

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WaterField Designs Mac Pro Go Case: Apple’s Mac Pro is so small that you shouldn’t be surprised to find a professional toting a Mac Pro around from location to location. But instead of using the original box, use the $129 Mac Pro Go Case a bag that’s specially designed for the Mac Pro. The soft lining inside the bag protects the Mac Pro, and accessories and cables can be stored in the Go Case’s disc pouch that covers the top of the Mac Pro. Macworld called the Go Case an “elegant” bag for the Mac Pro. [$129 at SFBags]

iPhone Gifts

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Cobra JumPack Battery: It sucks when your iPhone battery runs dry, but it’s even worse when you’re stranded somewhere because your car battery is dead. The JumPack is a 7500 mAh portable battery pack with a peak current of 400A, enough juice to jump start a car. Cobra includes special jumper cables that work with the JumPack, as well as a standard power adapter and a 12V charger. Mobile devices connect to the JumPack via USB. [$101 at Amazon]

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Beats solo2 wireless headphones: The $300 solo2 wireless headphones are the first released by Beats since Apple’s acquisition of the company became official in August. The headphone’s Bluetooth connectivity has a 30-foot range, and the battery lasts 12 hours. More importantly, as of the launch of the original solo2, Beats has improved the audio quality, and there’s no degradation between the wireless and wired modes. TechCrunch says the solo2 wireless sounds “surprisingly good.” [$300 at Apple Store]

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Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1: While we live in a digital world, there’s something fun and sentimental about printed photographs. The $180 Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1 is small enough to take to parties and get-togethers, and it connects to your iPhone wirelessly so you can print a picture right after you’ve shot it. The iOS app has different templates for adding text and to make your prints more festive to match the occasion. The Digital Trekker Blog said the SP-1 can be “an indispensable tool.” [$151 at Amazon]

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HTC RE Camera: You have a camera with you all the time, thanks to your iPhone, so why do you need a camera like the RE, much less want to pay $200 for it? Because as easy as it is to use your iPhone’s camera, you can still miss out when a surprise photo opportunity presents itself. With the RE’s one button control, all you need to do is literally point and shoot, and its 146-degree wide-angle lens means you don’t have to worry about framing. You can set the RE to shoot videos or stills, and it’s waterproof up to 1 meter deep. The iOS app gives you access to saved videos, provides a viewfinder, and offers camera settings. Greenbot has a full review of the RE. [$199 at Amazon]

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Nova Bluetooth iPhone Flash: The easiest way to improve your photos is to have better lighting when you take a picture. The iPhone’s flash has come a long way, but it still has its limits. The $59 Nova Bluetooth iPhone Flash gives you more flexibility, allowing you to place the flash where light is needed, instead of coping with the fixed flash on your iPhone. The flash has 40 diffused and cool LEDs so you can adjust the light through Nova’s iPhone app. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket so you can carry with you all the time. [$59 at Amazon]

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Olloclip 4-In-1 Photo Lens: Olloclip’s camera lenses for iPhone have always been popular, and the 4-in-1 Photo Lens improves on a successful formula. Designed for the iPhone 6, the 4-in-1 clips on the phone over the front-facing or rear-facing cameras to expand your choices in optics. The 4-in-1 includes a fisheye lens, wide-angle lens, macro 10x lens, and macro 15x lens for $79.99. Learn more about the 4-in-1 by reading our hands-on article. [$79 at Olloclip]

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SanDisk iXpand: iXpand is a flash drive that can copy files from your iOS device, giving you one more way to transfer files between devices. The drive works with an iOS app that you use to transfer photos and videos, and you can even play media files from other devices directly on the drive. The iXpand also has password protection, so your files are safe in case the drive falls into the wrong hands. CNET provides a review. [16GB ($59.99), 32GB ($79.99), and 64GB ($120) at Sandisk].

iPad Gifts

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littleBits Smart Home Kit: Home automation is making its way through the neighborhoods of America, but why isn’t it catching on more quickly? Mostly because most home automation systems require you to replace the items already in your home. You don’t have to do that with the $249 Smart Home Kit, which includes 14 “Bits” that you add to appliances and other items in your home. With some handiwork, you’ll soon have the Internet of Things throughout your house, and you can control it all with your iOS device. [$249 pre-order at littleBits]

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Logitech Keys-To-Go: The $70 Keys-To-Go is a portable stand-alone keyboard that’s extremely thin and lightweight like the iPad Air 2. Keys-To-Go weighs a scant 6.35 ounces, and is barely a quarter of an inch thick, so it won’t take up a lot of room in your bag. It’s covered in FabricSkin and there are no nooks and crannies, so if you’re at the coffee shop and you spill your latte on the keyboard, all you need to do is wipe it off. In its review of Keys-To-Go, TUAW says the Bluetooth connectivity works quickly and easily. [$70 at Logitech]

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Orbotix Ollie: Originally called the 2B, the $99.99 Ollie is a new robotic toy from the makers of the Sphero. This time, the robot is tube-shaped and comes with a set of wheels that make it go as fast as 14 miles per hour. Ollie is durable enough so that you can off ramps and make it spin, and the iOS app shows you how to do more tricks. In a review, Time called the Ollie durable, but “even more niche than Sphero.” [$99 at Amazon]

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Parrot Bebop Drone: You can get a bird’s eye view of the landscape around you with the Bebop Drone. It has a 14-megapixel fisheye camera so you get a wide angle view, and image stabilization makes sure your videos and pictures don’t suffer from the shakes. The drone uses Wi-Fi to connect to your iOS device. The Next Web says that the controls require practice, but it’s “definitely suitable for beginners.” [$500 at Apple, shipping in 1-2 weeks]

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SteelSeries Stratus XL: When the gaming gets serious, the iPad’s touch controls can be frustrating. Times like these require a dedicated controller like the $70 Stratus XL. It connects to the iPad or iPhone via Bluetooth and has two joysticks, a D-pad, four action buttons, and four shoulder buttons. Most importantly, it’s comfortable in your hands, making it easier to perform precise movements while you’re getting your game on. Our sister site TouchArcade went hands-on with the Stratus XL earlier this year, and said it felt great when held due to its large size, which is similar to a standard console controller. [$70 at Apple]

Out of ideas?

Still stumped about finding just the right gift? You can always turn to gift cards. Apple offers Apple Store Gift Cards that can be used at any retail Apple Store or on the online Apple Store.

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You can also buy iTunes Gift Cards that are redeemable in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors.



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Black Friday could easily be renamed “It-Seemed-Like-A-Good-Idea-At-The-Time-Friday,” because that’s the general consensus after you return from your marathon shopping with a sprained ankle, a flatscreen tv and about a fifth less of your dignity. This year, we’re here to help with some proactive damage control. Ask yourself these five questions before you head out on Black Friday:

Are you still drunk?

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If you had a couple of glasses of wine at dinner, spiked a cup of coffee with a splash of Bailey’s, did some Wild Turkey shots in the garage with your cool uncle, and THEN decided you really want to check out the sales at Kohl’s — and see if your high school ex still works there — congratulations, you’re still drunk. But you should probably just sleep this one off.

Have you often fantasized about starting a fight in a Best Buy?

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Hm, you might want to talk to somebody about that.

Are you a sadistic monster who wants to force #AlexFromTarget to cut his Thanksgiving dinner short so you can score a TV for half off?

Hasn’t the poor kid been through enough? Let him eat some rolls!

Do you feel like you can’t avoid it because it’s “family tradition” to go shopping on Black Friday?

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Tradition is great and all, but have you heard of Cyber Monday?

Are you so desperate to escape your crazy family that waking up at 5 a.m. to go to Kmart seems like a valid option?

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Okay. We get that. Permission granted.

Preface to Moses and the Constitution

God made the Earth and all it’s fixin’s in seven days starting on Friday, April 1, 4002 B.C. and finishing up a week later without a lunch break. On the evening of the seventh day, when he was plum tuckered out, God said, “TGIF” and rested at a day spa located at an oasis in what is now our very own El Paso, Texas!!

God’s next miracle was to create Mankind. Contrary to some beliefs, Adam was born in a conservative business suit cause bein’ all nekkid was an abomination. Archaeological evidence supports the theory that Adam’s first meal sure as heck looked a lot like Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas and we know how y’all just love those, right kids?

Eve sprung from one of Adam’s ribs without no anesthetics but it didn’t hurt too much ’cause God had not yet created pain. Guess he plum forgot! Pain would be invented a few months later when He got Hisself an episode of acid reflux after having consumed some chili that was hotter than a goat’s butt in a pepper patch! Y’all know what that’s like, don’t you kids? Hot damn! Get out the Dr. Pepper!

That night, Adam and Eve… close y’all’s eyes now, y’hear … fornicated, which made God fit to be tied so he told ‘em to skedaddle out of the Garden of Eden (located in what is now a Houston suburb.) They departed on the back of a dinosaur right quick like.

(Note to students: Some deranged folks believe that Mankind “evolved” from monkeys. There is absolutely no proof for this, kids. Sure enough, many of us folks enjoy bananas but we all just have a hankerin’ for nachos, BBQ and Big Macs a whole lot more, and most of us Texas folks do not throw our feces, although this is sometimes real temptin’ when encountering them Godless liberals from up nawth)

In 1656 A.D., God decided that Mankind was evil (not His fault, He said) so He chose ole man Noah to build hisself an ark that would survive a real turd-floater of a storm (no, this ain’t got nothing to do with Global Warming, which y’all know is a hoax.) Noah landed his ole ark on Mt. Ararat (located in what is now Dallas) and the human race began again. From that day forth, there was no longer no evil in the world, except in some of them states where the abomination of same-sex marriage is permitted by Yankee socialist varmints.

Moses and the Constitution

Some years later, Moses came down from Mt. Sinai carrying two enormous rock tablets (even though papyrus existed.) These were the Ten Commandments and Moses was fixin’ ta put them in the Bible, which was later printed on paper so that Motel 6 would not have to put six thousand tons of rock tablets in the night table drawers of their hotel rooms. Y’all followin’ this so far?

In 1778, after wandering in the desert for forty years because he was too goldarn proud to stop for directions, Moses ended up in Philadelphia and was invited to become one of America’s Founding Fathers, although John Adams suggested that he consider altering his wardrobe prior to attending meetings. So Moses got all gussied up.

One day, while helping Benjamin Franklin untangle some kite string, Moses experienced a divine inspiration and invented something called “democracy.” He was happier than a gopher in soft dirt even after George Washington informed him that the Greeks already done that many years before.

In 1787, Moses told the other Founding Fathers that, after consulting with Jesus, he had grabbed hisself some excerpts from the Bible and used these to produce a document called the “Constitution.” Everybody thought it was granny-slappin’ good, although that whippersnapper Thomas Jefferson suggested that parts of it would require a rewrite. Moses was not offended and agreed to edit out the “begets” and suchlike.

Although he was a peace lovin’ fella, Moses had developed a fascination with muskets because the sound produced by these here objects reminded him of the deafening holler God made when He was feeling all wrathful-like (which was pretty much all the time.) And so it came to pass that God persuaded the Founding Fathers that all fellas should be permitted to bear these weapons to protect theyselves from intruders and folks who wore hoodies. Thus was it written in the Constitution and it remains the holiest of all laws in this here land of ours. Amen.

(Footnote: These events have been definitively proven by Dr. Bubba T. Farnsworth, a Texas minister, scientist, amateur science fiction author and general good ole boy who holds degrees in History, Archaeology and Ceramic Design from two prestigious Texas Internet Universities.)

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Jonathan Zufi’s gorgeous coffee table book “Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation“, about 30 years of Apple design, has been updated just in time for the holiday shopping season. The new book includes many more photographs, with a particular focus on prototypes. There is also a new cover, and several new special editions.

“ICONIC: The Classic Edition” is similar to the original $75 book, updated with 16 additional pages of pictures as well as an updated cover featuring the original Macintosh 128K. It’s available for $55 on Amazon.

“ICONIC: Classic Plus Edition” is the same book but with a special black slip cover with ICONIC foil stamped on the front to protect it and give it a unique look. It’s available for $99 from the Iconic website, shipping in early December.

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ICONIC: Ultimate Edition” includes a special white clamshell case with a custom embedded LED that pulses like a sleeping Apple notebook when moved, though, sadly, current generation Apple notebooks no longer pulse when sleeping. The Ultimate Edition is available from ICONIC’s website for $250, shipping in early December.

The new Ultimate Edition of ICONIC is offered in a white Cromwell Aristo Grain clamshell case with a custom PCB designed to pulse an LED embedded inside the case itself.

The circuit is powered by the high-performance, low-power Atmel 8-bit AVR RISC-based microcontroller which combines 1KB ISP flash memory, 32B SRAM, 4 general purpose I/O lines, 16 general purpose working registers, a 16-bit timer/counter with two PWM channels, internal and external interrupts, programmable watchdog timer with internal oscillator, an internal calibrated oscillator, and 4 software selectable power saving modes.

The book includes photographs of rare Apple products like the Apple II, a circuit board from the Apple I, the “Flower Power” iMac G3, and an Apple Lisa 2. It also features more modern products like iPods, and also offers an entire chapter on packaging. The book has little text, but it does offer forewords and introductions from original Apple employees like Daniel Kottke and Steve Wozniak.



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New first minister gives estates something to grouse about

“Can you whistle?”

“No. It’s impossible to whistle. I cannot whistle, it’s impossible to whistle.”

“Can I see you try?”

“Yeah. TTHHHBBBBBTTTTHHHHHHH!

H/T Tastefully Offensive

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Walter the Irish wolfhound is a lot of things, but he’s no stairmaster. He’s hardly even a stair novice, to be perfectly honest.

You see, despite his size, Walter isn’t confident in his ability to descend the stairs separating the kitchen from the living room, even though there’s only two of them, and they’re quite small. According to his humans, Walter endures this struggle on a daily basis, agonizing over the same two steps every morning.

Way to face your fears, Walter. We’re doggone proud.

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MacMall has kicked off its 60 hour Black Friday 2014 sale on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28.

MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. Unlike other resellers, MacMall offers Apple computers with a variety of custom configurations, similar to the online Apple Store. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off. The new iPad Air 2 will also see discounts of up to $75 off.

We’ve listed a sampling of the discounts on products of interest below, but MacMall’s full range of discounts can be found on its website.

2014 Retina MacBook Pro
13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB128GB – $1,197, $102 off
13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,397, $102 off
13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB – $1,697, $102 off
15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB – $1,829, $170 off
15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB – $2,298, $201 off

2014 MacBook Air
11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB – $798, $101 off
11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB – $998, $101 off
13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GBGB/128GB – $898, $101 off
13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB – $1,098, $101 off
13.3-inch 1.7GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,368, $81 off

iPad Air 2
16GB Wi-Fi (Gray) – $459, $40 off
16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) – $589, $40 off
64GB Wi-Fi (Gray) – $559, $40 off
64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) – $679, $50 off
128GB Wi-Fi (Gray) – $649, $50 off
128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) – $754, $75 off

2013/2014 iMac
21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB – $998, $101 off
21.5-inch 2.7Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,198, $101 off
21.5-inch 2.9Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,398, $101 off
27-inch 3.2Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,698, $101 off
27-inch 3.4Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,878, $121 off
27-Inch Retina 3.5 GHz/8 GB RAM/1 TB – $2,348, $151 off

2013 Mac Pro
6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB – $3,698, $301 off
4-core 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB – $2,798, $201 off

2014 Mac mini
1.4GHz/4GB/500GB – $468, $31 off
2.6GHz/8GB/1TB – $658, $41 off
2.8GHz/8GB/1TB – $948, $51 off

MacMall will be discounting all original iPad Air models by $30 to $40, all iPad mini 3 models by $25 to $30, all iPad mini 2 models by $20 to $25. and all original iPad mini models by $10 to $20.

The site is also offering discounts on several different Mac and iPad/iPhone accessories, such as the LaCie 20TB Thunderbolt External Hard Drive, which is available for $1,119.99, a discount of $779, and the ASUS 31.5-inch 4K monitor, available for $1,469.99, a discount of $530. A full list of MacMall’s accessory deals can be found in the Black Friday section of its website.

In addition to offering a large range of different Mac configurations, MacMall only charges sales tax in states where it has retail stores — California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin — making it an attractive choice for shoppers looking to score a solid deal on a Mac or iPad.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with MacMall.



You may have loved T-Swift’s impossible-to-sit-still “Shake It Off” music video and you may have loved “Shake It Off” as set to an awkward ’80s aerobic dance video even more. But you’re about to discover the most addictive way to experience this song: “Shake It Off” as told through the magic of emoji.

You can thank filmmaker Spencer Sarson for this glorious piece of art. Sarson uploaded this animated masterpiece to Vimeo on Monday, and because of his cinematic genius, these emojis literally dance as hard Taylor.

Take a peek at what the chorus looks like:

TK gifs

The entire thing is literally that good. Enjoy.

[h/t The Bold Italic]

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