The Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Training Bundle: $49

4 hours, 13 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Training Bundle: $49

Check out the Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Bundle, a deal on six training courses with more than 45 hours of Ruby on Rails instruction. The courses include The Startup's Guide To Web Development With Ruby On Rails, Ruby On Rails For Beginners, Learn Ruby On Rails From Scratch, Advanced Ruby Programming: 10 Steps To Mastery, Create & Deploy A Web App In 3 Hours, and Become a Heroku Rails Ninja. Combined, they have some 250 lectures, which is a ton of instruction.  Through our deal, you can get it for $49, a small fraction of the $631 retail price.

Text Expander iOS 8 Keyboard Replacement Goes to Public Beta

9 hours, 5 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Smile Software announced Wednesday that TextExpander touch 3 was being opened to a public beta. This will be a keyboard replacement for iOS 8 (via Apple's new keyboard extension) that allows you to use your TextExpander snippets in every iOS app—even Apple's own apps. Smile also said the keyboard will include full VoiceOver accessibility support. If you want to participate in the public beta, follow Smile's special Twitter account @SmileTEBeta

Apple Reportedly Plans to Launch Wearables ‘Alongside’ iPhone

9 hours, 40 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

The Apple Crystal Ball

Some hedge analysts might be saying that Apple is having to delay its foray into wearables (i.e. the "iWatch"), but Re/code's well-informed John Paczkowski said that Apple will unveil it "alongside" new iPhones at the September 9th media event he also broke. Bryan Chaffin says if it's true, it means the iWatch is being built in Arizona.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-27

10 hours, 4 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

There's a new report claiming Apple plans to start building 12.9-inch display iPads in early 2015. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont and join Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think of a bigger format iPad, and they also take a look at what's happening at Duke University's technology program for students and faculty ten years after they started handing out iPods.

Dropbox Ups the Cloud Storage Game with new 1TB for $9.99 Deal

11:12 AM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The online storage and file sharing service Dropbox increased its paid Pro storage option from 100GB a month for US$9.99 up to 1TB. The new price point brings Dropbox in line with Google Drive's 1TB offering, and it also brings some extra features to the table that make the deal even more enticing.

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1TB for $9.99 a month is pretty competitive, especially since Dropbox is throwing other useful features, too. Your move, Apple.

Get Ready for the 12.9-inch iPad, Maybe

9:30 AM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch version of the iPad with plans to release the device in 2015. The tablet would be even bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air and would dwarf the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

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It's a safe bet that Apple has been experimenting with several screen sizes for possible future iPad models. If the company does release a 12.9-inch model, it won't be because analysts demand it, but instead because the company is sure it will sell well.

Seagate Ships First 8TB Hard Drives for Enterprise

9:16 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Seagate announced Tuesday that has shipped the first 8TB hard drive, a 33 percent increase in capacity from the 6TB enterprise monsters that were announced just last April. The devices come in a standard 3.5-inch form factor, and it doesn't use helium to increase capacity, a concept being pursued by Western Digital. Instead, as noted by Computerworld, Seagate is using a technology called shingled magnetic recording (SMR). The company hasn't announced pricing, and said that it was shipping the drive to "select customers," with wider availability starting next quarter. The 6TB enterprise drive shown below can be purchased for US$599. Now, if I could just get an iPhone with more than 64GB of storage.