RadioShack is planning a promotion on Apple's iPhone 5s for this Friday, according to online reports. The electronics retailer will drop the price of a 16GB iPhone 5s to US$99 with a two year contract in the U.S., a discount of $100 off of the normal $199 price. Bring in an eligible iPhone 4s to trade in, and you can get it for free.
On April 16, Honda unveiled an updated version of ASIMO, its personal robot project. What's cool is how well Honda engineers have engineered the movement of the robot — demonstrated by walking, dancing, kicking a soccer ball, and going up and down stairs. These days, with all the fuss about Google Glass, the iWatch, Apple's TV initiatives and demands for even more innovation, it's easy to overlook this quiet, ongoing work by Honda to build a personal robot.
What's interesting about ASIMO, standing 1.2 meters tall and weighing just over 50 kilos is how it's been made to appear non-threatening with its astronaut-like look and diminutive stature. Reality and Sci Fi aren't too far apart now, and it could be that the vision in the charming movie "Robot and Frank" could be upon us sooner than expected. And notably not from any U.S. tech giant.
We know that our readers love the training courses and tutorial deals our friends at StackSocial have put together, and today's a good one for the future, HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners, and it's priced at only $29. That's a 70. percent discount from the regular price of $99, and you're getting 46 lectures and 9.5 hours of content, including:
- 15 lectures introducing HTML for newcomers
- 15 lectures on accessing the HTML5 canvas for drawing
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If you've been saying to yourself, "I should learn HTML 5," this is your chance, so giddy up!
Jeff Carlson, all-around nifty fellow, has a featured tutorial over at 500px (a photography community site) about using the iPad as a photographer. It’s less about being That Guy™ and taking photos with your iPad and more about how it’s a really great tool to put in your camera bag. I came away from Jeff’s article with a few tips and recommendations I can apply to my own photos, and since it’s more of an overview style piece, there’s not a bunch of technical details thrown in that I didn’t understand. It’s a good read by itself, but if you want to dig deeper you can always pick up his book on the subject.
As if the fact that the heartbleed bug wasn't already causing enough trouble for OPenSSL, it's a problem for OpenVPN, too. Just as hackers can exploit a code flaw in outdated versions of OpenSSL to potentially gain the secret keys to decrypt Internet traffic, they can do the same with OpenVPN, and one VPN operator has figured out exactly how it's done.
"iPad and iPhone Kung Fu — Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for iOS 7" is a book written for beginner to intermediate iOS 7 users. It contains over 300 tips, each one written in a clear, easy to follow style. The book will allow someone picking up an iOS device for the first time to become completely comfortable with the device. Those more experienced will be pleased to find numerous tips that will improve their comfort and efficiency.
Apple apparently wants to make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to identify the songs they hear, so the company is reportedly planning on including Shazam's song identification technology in iOS 8. Including Shazam as a system-level feature would make it easier to answer those "what song is playing" questions, but could put a crimp in sales of competing apps.
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Including song identification in iOS 8 would give Apple yet another way to drive customers to the iTunes Store, and if that technology comes from Shazam, it'll be a hard blow for SoundHound.
It is my distinct pleasure to have Project Wizards on board this week to sponsor TMO with their awesome project management app, Merlin. Long-time followers of TMO history will note that Project Wizards has been sponsoring our Cirque du Mac party for the past 5 years straight, contributing directly to the benefit of our collective community here. Please join me in offering our sincere thanks for all of this.
The incredibly cool iPhone-based remote control cars for Anki Drive have some new competition because the company has two new models available. The Corax and Hadion models offer new feature to ramp up the competition: Hadion comes with Turbo Boost, and Corax lets you mount multiple weapons. The new cars make an already great racing game even more awesome, and Anki has new tracks available, too. Corax and Hadion are priced at US$69 each, and the new Crossroads and Bottleneck tracks cost $99 a piece.
Apple is rumored to want $100 more for a larger screen iPhone 6 than iPhones past. Bryan and Jeff say, "Well, duh!" They also take a look at Samsung getting caught fudging its tablet sales and Amazon's hardware ambitions. Come on, let's hear it! Who's been waiting anxiously for an Amazon smartphone? That's right, no one.
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has her sights set on Apple's mobile Safari. According to online reports, Ms. Mayer wants to replace Google as the default search option for Apple's mobile devices.
Blizzard has released an iOS (specifically iPad) port of the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft card game. It's a free with IAP game, and looks great on the iPad retina display.
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