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Traci Dauphin Traci Dauphin is the office manager and all round organizer at Cult of Mac. She keeps the trains running on time. Traci also writes product reviews and shoots great galleries of events like Macworld.

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iPhone 6 resellers crowd out Apple fans at front of lines

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Customers outside the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco, moments before the door opened Friday. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

SAN FRANCISCO — Since Apple won’t be selling the iPhone 6 in China for some time, early buyers of the smartphone have an opportunity to make a quick profit by reselling the hot handset on the gray market.

The first 50 people in line at Apple’s San Francisco store this morning appeared to be iPhone resellers — a pattern that seems to be  have been repeated worldwide on the first day of iPhone 6 sales.

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Kickstarter Products Galore at Macworld, Thanks To Online Store [Macworld 2014]


The BiteMyApple.co booth at Macworld, which features a dozen Apple-related Kickstarter products. Photo by Olloclip’s Patrick O’Neill.

Macworld 2014 SAN FRANCISCO — Right in the middle of the Macworld show floor, there’s a circle of 12 tables. They’re showing off a range of cool gadgets, like a combination battery/wall charger and a clever foldable iPhone stand.

The dozen products all started life as successful Kickstarter projects, and can be found for sale on BiteMyApple.co, an online store that sells Apple-related Kickstarter products.

The site is the brainchild of Chris Johnson. After founding the site three years ago, Johnson has grown it from $45,000 in annual revenues to more than $500,000. He runs the whole operation himself out of his small apartment in New York.

He’s even making a profit on the 12 tables here at Macworld.

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This Is How To Promote a New Product at CES [CES 2014]


CES 2014 bug LAS VEGAS — Walking the long, dusty road between the Encore Hotel and the CES Convention Center, I was approached by two guys. They offered to give me a ride. I know I should never accept rides from strangers but their offer was to good to pass up. It was the most creative and original marketing ploy I’ve seen at CES.

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Brookstone Has an App-Driven Solution For The Cocktail-Challenged [CES 2014]


CES 2014 bug LAS VEGAS –Brookstone’s Perfect Drink is an app-Controlled smart bartending system that’s a dream come true for the cocktail-challenged. If you become paralyzed when confronted with a liquor cabinet, Perfect Drink is all but guaranteed to turn you into a bartending genius with it’s real-time pouring instructions.

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How A Startup Made The View-Master Digital and Cool [CES 2014]


CES 2014 bug LAS VEGAS — Remember the View-Master? I used to spend hours looking at 3D reels but after awhile the same pictures got boring. Now, a Kickstarter startup called Poppy has taken the immersive 3D scenes concept but instead of stock photos, you can take your own iPhone photos and videos and make them 3D.

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Connected Toothbrushes, Smart Locks and Drones Premiere at CES 2014 [Gallery]


CES 2014 bug LAS VEGAS — Home security, solar-powered gadgets and health accessories will be big technology themes of 2014, if what’s on show at CES is to be believed. At the kickoff media event here, manufacturers provided first peeks at their wares for the new year.

Here are some the best gadgets we saw:

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After A Hard Day’s iPadding, IonBank Charger Goes All Night [Review]


Apple EarPods are sleek and gorgeous. For most people like me though, they fallout all the time. Moshi has released its new Mythro earbuds that promise to stay in-place while still sounding good at an affordable price, so we’ve decided to put them through the ringer to see if they’re a suitable cheap earbud alternative. While we’re at it, we also take a look at Moshi’s first ever iPad charger, the IonBank 10k. It’s light, white, and sleek all over, but does it have enough juice to make it worth carrying around? Check out our findings below:

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Check Out AT&T’s Showcase of Hot Holiday iOS Accessories


SAN FRANCISCO — It may come as a surprise, but AT&T’s is one of the biggest retailers of Apple accessories. The company has more than 2,200 stores across the country, compared to Apple’s 253 US stores. and they sell a boatload of goodies.

On Thursday night, AT&T showcased some of the hottest iPhone and iPad accessories that will be available this Holiday at it’s retail locations.

Check them out:

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Apple Design Legend Hartmut Esslinger to Attend Jony Ive Book Party

Hartmut Esslinger

Hartmut Esslinger, Apple’s first celebrity designer, is coming to the Jony Ive book launch party on Thursday!

This is super exciting. Esslinger is giant of the design industry. He was hired by Steve Jobs in the mid-1980s to bring world-class design to Apple. Jobs wanted to make Apple “the Olivetti of Silicon Valley,” a world leader in design. He succeeded amazingly well. Esslinger was responsible for Snow White, a distinctive design language that dominated the entire computer industry for more than a decade, and other industries too.

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Hunting For a Gold iPhone At the San Francisco Apple Store [Gallery]

Only a few are lucky enough to get a golden ticket.

One of the few golden tickets for a gold iPhone 5s.

SAN FRANCISCO — The gold iPhone 5s is rarer than, well, gold. If you wanted to snag a gold-colored iPhone 5s this morning, you had to start lining up outside the Apple Store at 7:30 p.m. the night before. Apple had only 20 or so at the flagship Apple Store, which was a lot compared to most outlets.

At about 5 a.m. this morning, Apple staffers handed out tickets to everyone in line reserving them an iPhone. But there were only 20 tickets for gold iPhones, people in line estimated, and they were snapped up instantly by those at the front.

By the time I arrived to the Apple Flagship store on Stockton Street at 6:30 a.m. this morning, all the gold iPhones were gone. The line was already two blocks long though but I wasn’t worried because Cult of Mac.com had someone from Task Rabbit holding a spot.

There was only one problem: I couldn’t find her.

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