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Apple spends $1.3 billion to fight homelessness


Apple is working with affordable housing organizations to build new homes and provide housing stability for individuals and families in communities across California.
Apple is working with affordable housing organizations to build new homes and provide housing stability for individuals and families in communities across California.
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Apple spent $1.3 billion recently to help remedy the California housing crisis, the company said Monday, following up on its pledge three years ago to spend $2.5 billion on an array of projects.

The Cupertino tech giant highlighted its new Veterans Square unit in Pittsburg, California, among other developments.

Put an SNES controller back in your hands [Week’s Newest Deals]


The SNES is back, along with some boss Bluetooth headphones, a convenient mobile phone mount, and more in this week's newest deals.
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With talk of Nintendo re-releasing the SNES, the classic console has been on a lot of minds lately. Not that it ever left — the Super Nintendo remains the epitome of gaming bliss for people of all ages.

With the SFC30 Bluetooth Controller, you can bring the familiar feel of the SNES controller to any game you run on a computer or tablet, even plug it straight into Nintendo’s NES Classic system. It’s just one of the best new deals at the Cult of Mac Store, which also include a premium set of Bluetooth headphones, a mobile mount that connects right to your car’s air vent, and a powerful platform for website building.

This portable SNES is like a retro Nintendo Switch


Why didn't Nintendo make this 20 years ago?
Why didn't Nintendo make this 20 years ago?
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Nintendo’s new Switch console is turning the gaming world on its head today with its ultra-portable features that let you do some serious gaming no matter where you go.

Lines for the Switch nearly reached iPhone launch size levels, but if you didn’t manage to get your hands on one, here’s the next best thing: a homemade portable Super NES console.

Take a look:

Relive the golden days of gaming with the SNES on your iPhone [Deals]


It's like a classic Super Nintendo Entertainment System, only better.
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For those who grew up with it, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System represents all that’s right and good about gaming. The feel of that classic gray controller, with its signature purple push buttons, is enough to take anybody back to better days, and the SNES30 proves it.

A 1:1 replica design with brand new features like Bluetooth and USB connections, you can connect it with your favorite gaming platform, even mount your phone with an expandable clip mount. And right now you can get one for $34.95 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Marvel At The Shamelessness Of These MacBook Air Knockoffs At CES [Gallery]



LAS VEGAS, CES 2012 – If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Apple must be feeling very flattered. Also ripped off.

Many of the new Ultrabooks here on display at the Consumer Electronics Show are so similar to the MacBook Air, they can only be described as knockoffs.

Not only do the they rip off the basic design premise — lightweight, portable laptops with long battery life — they copy the same wedge aluminum casing, wedge shape, chiclet keyboard, large, button-less trackpad, and the selection and placement of ports.

See for yourself. Here are just a few of the MacBook Air knockoffs on display at Intel’s massive booth.

Sena Folio iPad 2 Case: Hand-Crafted Lusciousness, with a Dash of Practicality [Review]



There’re few materials that can match leather for wear resistance and luxuriousness; and if you’re using an iPad in a professional or fashion-forward setting, leather makes a great choice.

Problem is, leather cases tend not to be the most practical solutions: They’re generally portlier than their proletariat plastic counterparts, and they’re also generally don’t allow for mucking about with positioning much.

Ah, but the updated Sena Folio for iPad ($100) is different.

iPhone DSLR Mounts Your Canon SLR Lenses In The Pursuit of Pointlessness



We’ve seen SLR lenses inexplicably Frankensteined onto iPhones before, but the “iPhone DSLR prototype” might just end up being final word on grafting an SLR lens onto an iPhone.

The iPhone DSLR is a 1.1lb mount made of anodized billet aluminum with dual handle grips and a tripod mount capable of filtering the light from a Canon SLR lens into the iPhone’s tiny sensor.

Personally, I’m not quite sure I get the point: no matter how good the lens, an iPhone’s picture is ultimately going to be hobbled by its tiny, noisy sensor. I suppose, as usual, this is a “because it’s there” proposition. But where would geek ingenuity be if not for the gleeful solving of imaginary and utterly surreal problems? God bless the Internet.

SNES HD on the iPad With iPhone Controller



Providing you’ve got the wherewithal to jailbreak your iPad, Apple’s tablet makes a fine SNES emulator, thanks to SNED HD for iPad, which looks absolutely amazing at the iPad’s 768p resolution. Even better, you can pair it with the ControlPad app for iPhone for more convenient controlling with your iPad docked or balanced on your knees.

Turn Your Jailbroken iPad Into A Portable SNES




Now that Spirit is out, emulation on your iPad is finally possible for everyone who can click a “Jailbreak” button and launch Cydia.

Even better: the iPad’s larger screen real estate finally makes an iDevice into a satisfying emulation console when paired through Bluetooth with a standard Nintedo Wiimote. All you need to do is jailbreak your iPad, download the latest version of snes4iPhone through Cydia ($5.99) and pair your Wiimote with your iPad to set Samus spin jumping with perfectly analogue precision.

Couple this with a $0.69 business card holder and you’ve got yourself a fantastic portable SNES you can be proud of.

[via Touch Arcade]

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