NASA’s daring asteroid mission unfurls its sampling arm for the first time

It’s hard to believe its been over 2-years since we launched OSIRIS-REx. The next couple of years are going to be very interesting. Can’t wait to see all the things we learn once they start mapping the asteroid and all that happens before they even take a sample. Check out the full article over on Ars Technica.

Linked Article: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/nasas-daring-asteroid-mission-unfurls-its-sampling-arm-for-the-first-time/

Looking for life on Mars — at the bottom of a gold mine

An pretty cool discover. Check out the short video from CBS News about it. I’ve been researching human Mars missions and the prospects for life on Mars since high school and I have always said that there is life currently on Mars...we just haven’t found it yet.

Linked Article: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/looking-for-life-on-mars-at-the-bottom-of-a-gold-mine/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a

Apple's Jony Ive designs gaudy diamond ring

Interesting piece from Business Insider about a ring made entirely from diamond (not just the stone but the entire mount as well). The cost of this ring is WAY out normal people’s price range but as someone that used to work for a custom jeweler and being the Apple fan that I am pretty intrigued.

Linked Article: https://www.businessinsider.com/apples-jony-ive-designs-diamond-ring-2018-11

How To Transfer Apple Care to a New Owner

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I am writing this article because there seems to be a lot of confusion about whether it is possible to transfer Apple Care when you sell or give your device to another person. Why do I say there is confusion? Well, when I called up Apple the other day to transfer the almost year of Apple Care that is remaining on my Apple Watch to the person that bought my Apple Watch from me… Apple told me that I wasn’t allowed to do that. I politely explained that I had a very recent Apple Support Article in front of me that says it was possible. I gave him the article number and in a few seconds he apologized for the confusion, acknowledged that he had made a mistake and connected me with someone who could help.

But the story doesn’t end there. The person he connected me with told me that he could absolutely help me transfer Apple Care to someone else, but he said more than likely it wasn’t necessary. The only reason you would need to have Apple Care in your name is if you called up Apple and wanted a partial refund for the Apple Care (i.e. you wanted to cancel it and get your money back for the portion of the plan that hasn’t been used). Otherwise, it is the device itself that is covered with the Apple Care warranty and who calls the device in to make a claim to get the device repaired or replaced doesn’t matter. There were a few other things I learned from this call as well:

  • You can check whether any Apple device has an remaining Apple Care coverage by going to checkcoverage@applecare.com and entering in the serial number of the device (or device identifier).
  • If you still want to transfer Apple Care to the new owner you will need the following information about that person:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Email address associated with their Apple ID
  • Also, at any time after you transfer ownership the new owner of that device can make the request themselves (they don’t need you to do it) to have their name put on the Apple Care, but they need the following information in order for Apple to that:
    • The name of the original person on the Apple Care
    • A valid proof of purchase (unless the device was purchased at an Apple Retail Store)
    • The proof of purchase can have financial information like the last 4-digits of the credit card blacked out (Apple just needs the basic receipt)

The Apple Support Article I linked to above has some of the information I explained above but not all of it so don’t rely purely on the Apple Support Article. Hope this helps.

M*A*S*H the Complete Series is Finally on iTunes!

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I just happened to pop into the television series section of iTunes earlier today and noticed that MASH is finally available for purchase in iTunes.

I grew up watching MASH on TV when it first aired and loved watching it over and over again. Fast-forward several decades and now my 16 year-old son is a HUGE fan of the show. Over the last couple of years we have slowly bought him all of the seasons on DVD because up until now it was not available anywhere in a digital format. Apple is also selling by individual Seasons (there are 11 in total) for $9.99 each, but for just $99 you get the entire series (and at a discount). So what are you waiting for?

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