The Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle: $69

5:21 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle: $69

We have a broad developer course for beginners today, the Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle. This package of training videos and course material has 64 hours of content that covers everything from HTML, HTML5, JavaScript, C++, C#, CSS, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, XCode, and Objective C. You'll also learn how to use GameSalad, Construct 2 and Unity3D, and it's all taught by developer John Bura. That's a lot of learning, and through our deal you can get it for $69 (regularly priced at $499). There are more details on the deal listing.

Jot Touch with Pixelpoint: Like Adobe’s Ink Stylus, but More Buttons

2:00 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

When Adonit teamed up with Adobe to bring the design software company's stylus to market, Ink and Slide weren't the only pieces of gear to take advantage of the technology because Adonit also released its own Jot Touch with with Pixelpoint pressure sensitive stylus for the iPad. It costs less than Adobe's Ink and Slide, but does that lower price come at a cost? Read on to find out.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-21

1:24 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Google and Apple have very different philosophies on product development and that's having an impact on how both companies are perceived. Today John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what that means for consumers, and they also offer their take on the EU pushing Apple and Google to drop "free" from the description of games with in-app purchases.

Voyager Q Conveniently Docks Your Extra SATA Drives

12:35 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2014 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

NewerTech Voyager Q review

The Voyager Q dock from NewerTech allows you to access a 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA drive with a Mac (or PC) using a conventional connection, USB, FireWire or eSATA.  It's a boon for those moving on from the old Mac Pros or PC towers but want to keep a SATA drive or two active. NewerTech's implementation is very good, but not without some minor issues.

Apple Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit over iPhone 5 Speech Recognition

10:16 AM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The patent holding company Cedatech Holdings hit Apple with a lawsuit last week alleging the iPhone 5's speech recognition technology infringes on a patent it owns. The company filed its lawsuit in Federal Court in the Eastern District in Texas -- a court known for favoring patent trolls -- and the case's wording makes it clear Cedatech can't even keep up on who it is suing.

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If you're suing several companies for patent infringement the least you can do is get their names right in your boilerplate filings.

Apple’s 2014 London iTunes Festival to Include Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams

9:01 AM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's annual iTunes Festival is set for September and once again will take place in London with performances from Maroon 5, Beck, Pharrell Williams, and more. The annual event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at the Roundhouse with tickets for each event given out through a lottery system.

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iTunes Festival is always a great event, so if you'll be in London in September be sure to sign up for the ticket lottery.

MGG 511: Geeky Tangents Are Good!

7:19 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Searching Gmail from the iOS Mail app usually fails, and the guys tackle that for you. Did you know that Keynote files often store extra stuff you don't need? Listen and learn how to get rid of that. Then it's on to a discussion about guest networks on your AirPort base station. Want to learn about modifying the Finder's "Open With" menu. Geeks to the rescue. Join John and Dave as they answer all these issues and more. It's a blast!

Get Free Bitcoins with 41 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

9:48 PM EDT, Jul. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Bitcoin Faucets

I've gathered 41 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 41 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.