iOS and Xcode Developer Training: Lifetime Subscription for $99

6:09 PM EST, Feb. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iOS & Xcode Developer Training: Lifetime Subscription for $99

Today's deal is for a lifetime subscription to more than 720 video lectures—and counting—for iOS developer and Xcode training. You'll learn Apple's Swift programming language, Objective-C, and much more. Check out the details on the deal page. The retail value for this bundle almost US$8,000, but through our deal you can get it for $99. Happy coding!

CoeLux Artificial Light Panel Mimics Blue Sky and Sun

12:40 PM EST, Feb. 16th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

The CoeLux light panel looks like a skylight, but is actually a sophisticated optical panel, a system that mimics blue sky and the illusion of the sun at a distance. It's designed for indoor spaces that would benefit from natural sunlight. From the website: "CoeLux is an optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky. CoeLux offers a breakthrough opportunity for indoor architecture by creating the sensation of infinite space." It was developed by scientists in Italy. Current pricing, however, is high: US$61,000 and another $7,600 for installation. However, some corporations (or hospitals), for example, in special conditions, might consider it essential. The video is amazing.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Privacy at Cybersecurity Summit

11:31 AM EST, Feb. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at last Friday's cybersecurity summit where he made a strong push to protect user privacy instead of handing over access to our digital worlds to the government. The event was orchestrated by the White House as a way to bring together tech industry leaders, academic experts, and government leaders to find a common ground for dealing with law enforcement and national security desires for easy access to our personal data.

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Thank you, Mr. Cook, for speaking out against the government's call to chip away at our personal privacy. Once it's gone we won't ever get it back, so we need the public and corporations to work together to have any hope of keeping our digital life private.

Apple Hires BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe for its Own Music Services

9:31 AM EST, Feb. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple looks to be getting serious about ramping up Beats Music and has hired Zane Lowe away from BBC Radio 1 as part of that effort. Mr. Lowe is considered to be one of the most influential DJs in the UK and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many famous artists.

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Apple hiring Zane Lowe away from BBC Radio 1 should be a pretty big warning shot for Spotify and Pandora. Apple is serious about being a strong player in the streaming music market.

MGG 540: A Blizzard Between Two Geeks

11:49 AM EST, Feb. 15th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Yet another New England snowstorm, and yet another Mac Geek Gab. John and Dave brave the snow (though most of it fell between them) to bring you answers to all your geeky questions. Wanna know why the Finder is showing up in every space? Want to know why drives don't appear in the Finder's sidebar? Fusion Drive – should you or shouldn't you? And what about Mavericks on those new Mac Pros? All of these answers and more in today's episode. You don't want to get caught missing this one!

Many Things Less Valuable Than Apple

8:17 PM EST, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

I like to break down numbers here for comparison, like quarterly earnings data or other crazy big numbers. So one of my favorite places to check out for a bit of mathematical perspective is Things Apple Is Worth More Than. For example, the top post right now is the whole of the 1977 stock market. Other notable posts include the NFL times ten, the Apollo Space Program twice, every house in Atlanta Georgia, and the GDP of Denmark. It's a fun site to check out for even more ways to compare what sometimes seem like made up numbers. 

Last Chance To Save 84% On Lifetime Subscription To 5,000+ Adobe Training Videos

6:18 PM EST, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on lifetime access to more than 5,000 hours of video tutorials for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, and Premier. Learning how to use them, let alone learning how to make the most of them, comes with a steep learning curve, and Adobe likes to rewrite its own UI rules with each new version. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, you can get lifetime access to more than 5,00 Adobe-Authorized training videos for just $79—an 84% discount—but the deal ends in two days.

Preparing Your Social Network for the Afterlife

3:21 PM EST, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook is giving users more options for what happens with their accounts after death by offering more than the "memorial" feature that's been available for some time. As of now, U.S. Facebook subscribers can assign a legacy contact who has basic control over your account once you're gone, or you can choose to have your account deleted completely. With Facebook taking a more proactive approach to what happens after our final posts, The Mac Observer took a look at some other social networks to see how they compare.