Python Programming Bootcamp: $39

2:44 PM EST, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Python Programming Bootcamp

Check out the Python Programming Bootcamp, a collection of six tutorials designed to teach you Python. All told it has more than 54 hours of content with hundreds of lectures. The courses range from the basics to building apps to machine learning, and more. You can get this bundle through our deal for $39.

Living with an iPad Pro

2:40 PM EST, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Drawing made on iPad Pro

As Dr. Mac told you last week, he's been testing a 128GB iPad Pro with a new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and while it won’t replace his laptop, it has quickly become his iPad of choice for a variety of reasons (which you'll only discover if you read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #161: Living with an iPad Pro.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-03: Apple’s Proximity Sensor Tech, Fitness Tracker Security

1:10 PM EST, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple has a patent for no-touch proximity-based gesture sensing, which sounds pretty impressive, and it could find its way into our iPhones and Macs. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how they'd like to see this technology used, plus they look at the state of security for the fitness trackers we're wearing every day.

Apple Beefs Up Security Efforts, Buys Company Behind Thunderstrike 2 Exploit

10:44 AM EST, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple buys security company LegbaCore

One way to beef up security is by hiring the people who find the flaws in your products, and that's exactly what Apple did with LegbaCore—the company that detailed the Thunderstrike 2 Mac firmware exploit. The Mac and iPhone maker bought the security research company in November 2015, and founders Xeno Kovah and Corey Kallenberg became full time Apple employees.

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It's pretty clear Apple isn't taking the "security through obscurity" approach with the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Hiring the people who know how to find—and fix—security exploits makes for safer and more hack-resistent products.

OS X: Watching Your Kid’s Screen (from Across the House!)

9:10 AM EST, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to monitor what your kids are doing on their Macs

Today's Quick Tip is not about Parental Controls, exactly, but you could use it in conjunction with that feature if you need to go a step farther in keeping your kid safe online. With Remote Management, you can see what your child is doing from the comfort of your own computer screen, and if you set it up properly, he'll never even know that you're watching. The approach may be a bit draconian, but we guess sometimes you've gotta come down hard.

We're sorry, kids. 

Steve Jobs Keynote Introducing the NeXT Computer in 1988

6:21 PM EST, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Man, do I love the Internet. The ReDiscovered Future project has posted a video of the introduction of It took place on October 12, 1988, in the the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. According to the introductory credits, it was tracked down as part of preproduction research for the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie, and was assembled (and restored) from two VHS tapes. This media event was Steve Jobs's first public presentation after his departure from Apple. The quality is terrible, despite the restoration, but considering the source material came from VHS tapes that are decades old, it's astounding we have anything to see at all. Check it out.

Study Says Apple Watch the Only Fitness Tracker Protecting Your Data

5:37 PM EST, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Your fitness tracker may be leaking personal data

Wearable fitness trackers collect a lot of personal information about our activities, but only one is keeping that data away from anyone who wants to intercept it: Apple Watch. That's the finding from a study conducted by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Why Google/Alphabet Is Worth More than Apple

5:25 PM EST, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

$AAPL

Google, or rather the new parent company called Alphabet, overtook Apple Inc. to become the world's most valuable corporation Tuesday. The two companies switched places after Alphabet jumped on its December quarterly earnings report, helped by a decline in Apple's shares. Bryan Chaffin explains why Wall Street values the two companies so differently.

Adobe Ink & Slide Stylus Combo: $29.99

3:54 PM EST, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Adobe Ink & Slide for $29.99

We loved Adobe's Ink stylus and Slide ruler for the iPad when they were released, and an 85 percent discount makes them too good to pass up. The Ink stylus offers pressure and angle sensitivity in supported apps, plus you can color code the status light so it's easy to tell yours from everyone else's. The Slide makes it easy to create shapes, angles, patterns, and perspective in your drawings. Working together, they make for a pretty awesome combo, and totally worth checking out—especially at this awesome price.

Report Claims 4-inch iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 Launch on March 15

11:17 AM EST, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple iPhone media event may happen on March 15

Apple is reportedly planning on introducing a new 4-inch iPhone along with the iPad Air 3 on March 15th. The company also plans to introduce new Apple Watch bands at the same media event—an event that so far hasn't been announced or confirmed.

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Apple's last big media event was in September 2016, so a March product reveal isn't out of the question—especially considering the iPad Air 2 is getting pretty long in the tooth.

Apple Lands Patent for Multi-touch Display Hover Sensing

9:25 AM EST, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's proximity gesture sensing patent could lead to cool new interfaces

Our iPhones already support single and multi-finger tap and swipe gestures, as well as pressure sensitive presses, and soon they may recognize hover gestures, too. Apple has been granted a patent that describes a system where our finger movements can be recognized when they're near our iPhone displays, but not actually touching them.

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Mixing Apple's VR and AR efforts with its gesture proximity sensing patents sounds like an awesome mix for Tony Stark's JARVIS interface.

How to Delete iPhone Apps Stuck on Installing Updates

9:50 PM EST, Feb. 1st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

How to delete iPhone apps stuck installing

Updating apps on our iPhones and iPads should be an easy and simple process, and it usually is. When an app gets stuck part way through installing, however, it's frustrating because you're trapped in an endless loop and trying to reinstall typically doesn't help, plus doing the tap-and-hold trick to delete the app doesn't work, either. There is a fix, although it certainly isn't obvious.

Adobe Promotes iPad Pro and Sketch with Bob Ross Impressionist Videos

6:24 PM EST, Feb. 1st, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Adobe has done something pretty clever. Let's call it a stroke of genius, even. The company has produced a series of four turorial videos called The Joy of Sketching with Bob Ross and Adobe Photoshop Sketch. The short pieces demonstrate using Adobe Photoshop Sketch on an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil using a Bob Ross impressionist (Adobe thanked Bob Ross Inc. for its help producing the videos, meaning it was done with permission). Below is Episode 1, but you can find Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4 on YouTube. All in all, it's good exposure for Adobe and Apple's iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. [Via 9to5Mac]

Peel iPhone 6/6S Case: $24.99

5:16 PM EST, Feb. 1st, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Peel iPhone 6/6s Case

Check out the Peel iPhone 6/6s Case, a case that's designed to retain the shape of your iPhone. It's thin, at 0.35mm, with a small lip for your camer lens. It also has no branding. You can get the Peel Case through our deal for $24.99. Check out the deal listing for more info.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With Smile Software’s Co-Founder Greg Scown

3:05 PM EST, Feb. 1st, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Greg Scown is the co-founder of Smile Software, well known for the essential OS X and iOS app TextExpander. Greg started his career as a computer science student at Stanford University. Having already interned with Apple, after graduation, Greg was offered a full-time job on campus. A few years later, that led to working for Apple in China, near Hong Kong, writing software. That's a pretty nifty background. Later, Greg would go on to start (along with Philip Goward) a very successful Silicon Valley company that now employs 18 people and makes award-winning products. Near the end of my interview, we chat about some of the interesting development issues associated with TextExpander, an app that other developers need to formally support before it will work. How does he do that?

Explaining the Iowa Caucus, LEGO Style

11:33 AM EST, Feb. 1st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

It's Iowa Caucus day, which is a big thing heading into the presidential election. That sounds really big and important, but what does it mean? Vermont Public Radio did an awesome job explaining what a caucus is and why it's a big deal—and they did it all with LEGO minifigures. It's a great way to wrap your head around what's going down in Iowa today in a friendly and fun way. Bonus: LEGO minifigures. And thanks to @spsheridan on Twitter for turning me on to the video.