Help raise money for refugees on Kickstarter!

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The United Nations has stated that it needs $7.42 Billion this year to help meet the needs of the those caught in the war in Syria – both those who are refugees and those who are suffering inside Syria. As of early this month, they are still $4 Billion short of that goal.


The United States has donated $4.5 Billion since the crises began four years ago, and has now specifically requested that the crowdfunding company Kickstarter creates a unique charity version of it’s winning formula to help raise more money for the Syrians.


Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler told BuzzFeed News:


“We were really compelled by an ask from the White House because of some sense of civic duty and wanting to step up, but also just feeling what a global situation this is and felt like this is an opportunity where our product and our community could have real value.”


SO now Kickstarter has partnered with USA for UNHCR, which is a U.S.-based non-profit which raises funds and awareness for the UN Refugee Agency to create the first Kickstarter charity fund.


Similar to the other more creative projects on Kickstarter, the charity campaign will last for one week, however all the funds they raise, even if it’s short of their goal, will go straight to USA for UNHCR, as well as the 5% cut that the good guys over at Kickstarter usually take.


Instead of rewards, donors see what kinds of things can and will be done for their money – such as $30 providing water for 50 people, or scaling up to $600 which can provide care and education for a vulnerable child.


You also don’t need to have a Kickstarter account in order to donate. The largest amount raised in Kickstarter history was $20,338,986. That was for the Pebble Time, in March this year.


As of writing, the Aid refugees Kickstarter has raised $815,643. There is 6 days and 37 minutes left.


Let’s see if we can beat that $20 million to help feed, clothe, and care for the people who desperately need it. Please, if you can, donate, or share this or other stories you see about the campaign on social media.


Here is the link to the campaign:




Apple remembers Steve Jobs on the 4 year anniversary of his death

Yesterday marked the passing of prolific Apple guy Steve Jobs four years ago.


To commemorate this day and to remember his friend, CEO Tim Cook sent an internal email to employees (via The Telegraph) of Apple. It’s pretty touching.

Here’s what he wrote:




Today marks four years since Steve passed away. On that day, the world lost a visionary. We at Apple lost a leader, a mentor, and many of us lost a dear friend.

Steve was a brilliant person, and his priorities were very simple. He loved his family above all, he loved Apple, and he loved the people with whom he worked so closely and achieved so much.

Each year since his passing, I have reminded everyone in the Apple community that we share the privilege and responsibility of continuing the work Steve loved so much.

What is his legacy? I see it all around us: An incredible team that embodies his spirit of innovation and creativity. The greatest products on earth, beloved by customers and empowering hundreds of millions of people around the world. Soaring achievements in technology and architecture. Experiences of surprise and delight. A company that only he could have built. A company with an intense determination to change the world for the better.

And, of course, the joy he brought his loved ones.

He told me several times in his final years that he hoped to live long enough to see some of the milestones in his children’s lives. I was in his office over the summer with Laurene and their youngest daughter. Messages and drawings from his kids to their father are still there on Steve’s whiteboard.

If you never knew Steve, you probably work with someone who did or who was here when he led Apple. Please stop one of us today and ask what he was really like. Several of us have posted our personal remembrances on AppleWeb, and I encourage you to read them.
Thank you for honoring Steve by continuing the work he started, and for remembering both who he was and what he stood for.











Weird new iPhone trend we DONT suggest trying


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Anyone remember planking? Tebowing? Pretending to faint in front of your dog to see what it’ll do? It seems like there have been more silly viral things happening more frequently (thanks social media), and we have a brand new one that you should probably definitely not do.



People all over the world seem to be putting a little danger and excitement in their lives by ‘extreme phone pinching’.



Hmm? That sounds too silly iPhone Antidote you gotta be making this up! Nope. We are not. People are taking photos of themselves pinching the corner of their smartphones and dangling the phone over the worst drop they can find and then uploading said photos to social media.



#extremephonepinching …. #dumb.



Please don’t do this. But you want to be party of a crazy viral trend you say? We have just the one for you!! Take a slice of cheese, and gently place it on a cats head. Enjoy. #kittycheesehead.



New Steve Jobs Movie footage

The new Steve Jobs movie is set for release on October 9th! Is everyone excited? You betcha! Are you so excited you want to watch behind the scenes footage and cast and crew interviews RIGHT NOW?


Thanks to ScreenSlam, your wish is granted.










New Google Service?



You might have heard rumors of a new Google fortune telling service, which is great, right? Google has ALL the answers!! Give us more answers Google!! This, however is a little different, and it’s not actually a Google service.


Click on this link, and start typing. Type a question you have about the future. You can go for a cliche, like ‘will I be the richest man in South Florida even though I live in San Francisco?’ or, a little more off the beaten track, like ‘ will I ever own a dinosaur named Tubby MacPeterson?’


Go for it.


Not what you were expecting?



Neither is war and becoming a refugee. This is a great little tool to spread around to promote understanding of the refugee crisis unfolding around the world. A reminder that we can help. If you choose to share the site, it’ll appear on Facebook and Twitter as if you found an incredible fortune-telling website, but it will lead people to the same page in the end.


Tech, helping people helping people. Nice.




Future tech of the week!



When we say shaving, what word pops into your head? We’re going to go ahead and guess that for a lot of you, that word is ‘booooooring’. For a lot of us shaving is a regular thing, and the tools we use haven’t changed for like 5000 years. AND it means that while we’re supposed to be giving the environment hugs, we’re actually giving it about 2 million plastic razors a year (from the US alone!). Sorrrrry environment.


Well, never fear, because a Kickstarter campaign is here!


More precisely, a company called Skarp (meaning “sharp” in Swedish) is here! And it has designed an aluminum razor powered by lasers that doesn’t need water to work or to be thrown out after use. Whaaaaat.


At time of writing Skarp has had over 10,000 backers pledge $1,823,077, waaaaaay over their original goal of $160, 000. Aparrently a lot of people are feeling the lack of progression in the shaving industry!


Benefits? We’ll give you benefits!


No scratches
No razor burn
No infection
No itch
No accidental cutting
No irritation
Effortless smooth stroke
No painful waxing or messy depilatory creams
Incredibly close & smooth shave
No expensive cartridges replacements
Little to no water usage
Environmentally friendly



The razor works by using wavelengths of light for an extra close, clean, shave for both dark and light hairs.


Ch-ch-ch-eck it out!






Apple Music free trial period ending + guided tours




Did you sign up for Apple Music on or shortly after June 30? If you did, your free trial is ending!!


Dun Dun Duuuun!


Personally, we’re keeping our subscription, because if you haven’t read our review of the service, we fricken’ love it. BUT! If you want to unsubscribe, There are 2 ways.


On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings. Tap on the iTunes & App Store option, and then tap on your Apple ID.  A box will come up – tap on ‘view Apple ID’. Sign if if necessary. You’ll then see an option called ‘subscriptions’ with the word ‘Manage’ underneath. Click on ‘Manage’.  On the next page you’ll see the words ‘Renewal options’, and underneath that as the 3rd option down is Automatic renewal. To unsubscribe, turn slide the slider off green.


On your computer, go into iTunes and sign in. If you’re already signed in, click on your name (left of the search bar) and click down to account information. Enter your Apple ID password. Scroll down to the Settings section, and when you get to ‘subscriptions’, look to the right and click ‘Manage’. Turn off Automatic Renewal for Apple Music to cancel a subscription.



If you wish to continue with the service, as many will, you don’t have to do anything except enjoy some sweet tunes!  If you’re unsure about continuing your subscription or if you’ve been enjoying the service but not exploring it, Apple has just introduced a bunch of guided video’s to make sure you’re not missing out on anything. They’re available on the Apple website and will presumably soon be featured on their YouTube channel.


Or, watch them right here!




























Tinder for… bacon lovers?



Tinder, Tinder, Tinder. Tinder. It seems like there’s a Tinder version for everything, but not until now has there been one for… Bacon?


Yup, you read that correctly. If you love Bacon, (like, as if you capitalize it, for example) and you’re looking for a date with someone with a similar love, then Sizzl is for you.


Released by the excellent people over at Oscar Mayar, Sizzl is a dating app where you can search through, accept and reject, nearby people who like the same bacon that you do. Traditionalist Pork Bacon lover? Turkey Bacon? Thick? Smoked? Crispy? The Maple kind? 




Go get some! Are we talking about some Bacon, or some lovin’? BOTH SILLY!






Elon Musk has opened up his own school

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Tech genius Elon Musk has apparently decided that the schools in his area are not equipped to produce more people that we need in the world (i.e. people like him), so what did he do? Open his own school, dummies! D’uh.


With only 20 students (including his own 5 children), with no formal grade structure and set, fittingly, in a mansion, the school is named Ad Astra which is latin for ‘to the stars’.


The other children at Ad Astra are believed to be children of SpaceX employees. There are 3 teachers, and, currently at least, no website or obvious application process. Sorry, Junior.

“They weren’t doing the things I thought should be done,” Musk has reported saying. “I thought, well, let’s see what we can do. Maybe creating a school would be better.”

His vision for Ad Astra is an education that is matched to “the aptitudes and abilities” of the child. Sounds… nice. Let’s see some more genius’s Mr Musk!





Switching to iOS 9?



Well… might want to wait, as there has been a number of complaints around the world describing the mess that iOS 9 can leave your phone in.


We’d suggest waiting for the next update of iOS 9 is released, however if you just can’t wait, PLEASE make sure to back up your phone so if the most terrible of terribleness happens, you still have all that precious data!


If you have a lot of media on your device, then we’d advise backing up over iTunes. However, understand that if you have photos taken with an iPhone or iPod on an iPad in your camera roll, they won’t be restored from a back up, and vice versa.


You can restore data to a device at anytime with a WiFi connection on iCloud Backup.



Back up with iTunes 
Connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer. Open iTunes. Go to ‘File,’ ‘Devices,’ and ‘Back Up’. You can also find the ‘back up now’ button under Summary in iTunes.


Want to make sure that it’s worked? In the iTunes menu option, go to Preferences’, then click on ‘devices’. If you see the name of your device and the time that you backed up, you’re all good like candy canes at christmas.


Back Up on iCloud

On your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app, select ‘iCloud’, and tap Backup. Turn on iCloud Backup. The device will automatically update when it is connected to the Internet via WiFi, the screen is locked, and it’s hooked up to a power source. To do it manually, go to Settings, then iCloud, select Backup, and tap Back Up Now.



Save your data! Do it!