iOS Coding Mastery Bundle: $39

8 hours, 5 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iOS Coding Mastery Bundle Promo Image

We have a new developer training bundle for you called iOS Coding Mastery Bundle. It has seven courses from Bitfountain that cover iOS 9, design, layout, Core Data, Swift, the App Store, and a course that walks you through creating an app. It has hundreds of lessons and more than 104 hours of content. You can get this package through us for $39.

Apple Can’t Keep a Secret

8 hours, 44 minutes ago · John Kheit · The Devil's Advocate

Whatevs

John Kheit thinks Apple has lost its ability to keep a secret, and that this is hurting the company. He thinks it's time for Apple to either put up—and surprise us—or shut up about its supposed "culture of secrecy."

Bad News, FBI: Apple Hires Security Pro Jon Callas

7:41 PM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Jon Callas brings his security expertise back to Apple

If the FBI was hoping Apple CEO Tim Cook was all talk when he said his company is digging in its heels to protect user privacy, it's time to put on the disappointed face because Jon Callas is back on Apple's payroll. His credentials in the security and privacy world make him a strong asset for Apple—just as he was when he previously worked for the company—and should have the FBI very worried about how far it'll be able to hack into future iPhones and Macs.

Writing the ‘Apple Music Letter’ Was Taylor Swift’s Bravest Thing She’s Done

5:09 PM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Have you seen Vogue's 73 Questions series? They send a production team into the home of a celebrity and ask them 73 questions in one take. It's fun, if you're into that sort of thing, but I just watched Taylor Swift's episode from April. At the very end, she's asked what the bravest thing she's ever done. She answered, "Writing the Apple Music letter," referring to an open letter she wrote to Apple criticizing the company's payment structure for artists on Apple Music. That was followed by answering it was also the most spontaneous thing she's ever done. With great risk comes great rewards, and that open letter has seemingly led to a collaborative partnership with Apple involving multiple commercials, a tour movie that opened exclusively on Apple Music, and unknown things in the future.

ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick: $79.99

4:46 PM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick

Check out the ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick, a flash drive with USB on one end and a Lightning jack on the other. That means you can use it to transfer files between your Mac, iOS device, or Windows PC. It comes with caps to protect both ends, and we have a deal on a 64GB model for $79.99.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-24: New MacBook Pros this Fall, Spotify’s New Pricing

1:31 PM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It looks like we won't see new MacBook Pro models until this fall, but at least they'll be loaded with new features. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's laptop upgrade cycle, what they're looking forward to in new models, and the mystery that is Ming-Chi Kuo. Turns out Dave is right about streaming music pricing, so he gets a few minutes to bask in his rightness.

No New MacBook Pro Until Fall, but it’ll be Really Cool

11:41 AM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

No new MacBook Pro until fall

If you're holding out expecting Apple to introduce a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, get ready for some disappointment. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says we'll have to wait until this fall, and what we'll get is a thinner, faster laptop with an OLED touch surface instead of traditional function keys and Touch ID.

Star Wars as an Infographic is Fantastically Awesome

10:25 AM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

What happens when you mash up Star Wars and infographics? Only the most graphically awesome retelling of the movie ever. That's exactly what Martin Panchaud did with his retelling of the original Star Wars movie. You'll need to check it out in a Web browser. It's brilliant, it's beautiful, and Han shoots first.

Dubious Study Says Fitbit Sucks at Heart Rate Tracking

8:40 PM EDT, May. 23rd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Questionable study says Fitbit fails at heart rate tracking

A new study claims Fitbit's fitness trackers don't accurately measure user's heart rate. That shouldn't come as a big surprise considering Fitbit's products don't undergo FDA approval, but the study itself is dubious first because of its questionable methods and second because it was commissioned by a law firm that's currently suing Fitbit.

CyberGhost VPN Premium Plan 3-Year Subscription: $39.99

5:27 PM EDT, May. 23rd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

CyberGhost VPN Premium Plan 3-Year Subscription

We have a deal for you today on a 3-year subscription on VPN service through CyberGhost. This packages includes AES 256-bit encryption, unlimited bandwidth, and several other security features. Check out the details on the deal listing—our price on this 30-year subscription is $39.99.

4K UHD TV: Samsung and Sony Are Passing on Dolby Vision - Why It Matters

5:00 PM EDT, May. 23rd, 2016 · John Martellaro · Link

Competing HDR standards

Page two of last Friday's Particle Debris explores an important CNET article about how, with the latest in HDR technology, Samsung and Sony have elected to pass on Dolby Vision. However, their current 4K UHD TVs still support the HDR10 standard. Why they're doing that and why you should be aware of it is showcased, and an important summary chart from CNET is shown. "But with two rival [HDR] formats, some TVs will have a leg up -- and the brand you buy could make all the difference."  You've been warned.