The MiP Smartphone-Controlled Robot: $89.99

5:04 PM EST, Dec. 5th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The MiP Smartphone-Controlled Robot: $89.99

We have a fun deal for you today on MiP, the smartphone-controlled robot. Using a free app from the App Store, you can control MiP right from your iPhone or iPad (Android users can use it, too—check the deal for compatible Android devices). MiP balances on two wheels, and it has seven modes: MiP, tracking, dance, roam, tricks, cage and stack. You can also direct him using gestures. Praise him, and he'll be your best friend. But if you push him over, he gets angry. Come on, that's cool! MiP retails for $100, but through our deal he's yours for $89.99.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-05

1:24 PM EST, Dec. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is planning on spending US$161 million on a theater in its new space ship campus. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they think that theater will include and how you go about spending that much money. John also has some insight on how companies decide when you need to sign for an Apple Pay purchase.

Eddy Cue on DRM: It was Necessary to Swing Record Label Deals

11:32 AM EST, Dec. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple didn't want copy protection on music, but was forced into it to swing deals with record labels. That's the official word from Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services during his testimony at a class action lawsuit over the iPod's closed ecosystem.

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It's no secret Apple didn't want to use copy protection for iTunes songs. That requirement from the record labels led to the headache this lawsuit has become. Considering there may not actually be a plaintiff in the case, however, that headache may come to a very abrupt end.

New Bill Will Block Government from Mandating Back Doors into Encrypted Data

9:51 AM EST, Dec. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a new bill this week that would block government agencies from forcing companies to install back doors into their devices and data storage services to give investigators quick access to user data. The bill, dubbed the Secure Data Act, would effectively shut down efforts by the FBI and other agencies to require fundamentally unsecure encryption systems so they could more easily sift through the information on our smartphones and in our email accounts.

OS X Yosemite: Using Dictation Commands

8:49 AM EST, Dec. 5th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Have you ever wanted to talk to your Mac and have it not just transcribe what you say but follow commands, too? There's a neat new way to do that under Yosemite, and with this feature, you can hide and quit programs, select and interact with text, and even transform what you've typed into uppercase or lowercase. It's pretty useful, especially if you work in a place where you won't feel too odd speaking commands out loud! We've got it all here in this Quick Tip.

Apple’s iPod Class Action Suit May Lack Actual Plaintiff

8:46 PM EST, Dec. 4th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple vs. Plaintiffs

Apple has introduced a massive wrinkle in the class action lawsuit being tried over iPod and iTunes, questioning the standing of any plaintiff. The company filed court documents questioning whether any plaintiff bought or owned an iPod made between September of 2006 and March of 2009, the period covered by the class action.

The Complete iOS Design Course with Sketch Holiday Special: $49

7:27 PM EST, Dec. 4th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Complete iOS Design Course with Sketch Holiday Special: $49

Our friends at Stack Social have brought special pricing for the holidays for the Complete iOS Design Course with Sketch. It includes 30 hours of video tutorials that show you how to design iOS apps using Sketch design software. You'll learn how to use Sketch, tips on workflow, understanding the role of plugins, practice designing by mimicking popular icons and apps, and more. Normally our deal pricing on this bundle is $89 (retail is $499), but for a few more days you can get it for $49.

New James Bond (And A Couple Other Movies But Mostly Bond)

7:13 PM EST, Dec. 4th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

It's been a banner week in Movies Kelly Likes. First off, the new Star Wars trailer. Soon after, the (inevitable?) George Lucas Special Edition. Today we got the trailer for Terminator: Genisys, which stars Emilia Clarke (Dany Targaryen) as Sarah Connor and looks awesome, but that's not even the big news of the day. Today's big news is BOND24 which now has a title and a cast. It's called SPECTRE and comes out November 6. For those new to the Bond series, SPECTRE is all caps because it's an acronym for SPecial Executive Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. It is run by a fellow named Blofeld, whom you may remember as the cat-petting inspiration for Dr Evil. Well you will probably forget that now because Christoph Waltz has joined the cast, and it's likely he'll be playing Blofeld (I don't know for sure, but who else could he be?). There is, of course, a new Aston Martin for Bond to drive. Drive/demolish, potayto/potahto. Did I mention the cast also includes Dave Bautista (Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy) and Andrew Scott (Moriarty from the current iteration of Sherlock)? Oh yes. Drax and Moriarty are in a Bond movie. Seven months of shooting starts Monday, includes a number of far-flung locales, and we have to wait until November 6, 2015 in order to see it. I'm so excited I will forgive them for not releasing it on my actual birthday like they have in the past. At least it is earlier, so yay early birthday present! If you can't wait to hear more, you can see the car and the cast in the announcement video below.

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When Apple Pay Requires a Signature and When it Doesn’t

4:30 PM EST, Dec. 4th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Analysis

When Apple Pay might require a signature

Apple Pay shouldn't normally require an additional electronic signature. However, some users have reported that they've also been asked to provide a signature from time to time. John Martellaro reports his preliminary findings on when you may or may not have to electronically sign with Apple Pay.

Starbucks iPhone Ordering Tested: The Future Is Now

3:31 PM EST, Dec. 4th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

You have probably heard that Starbucks updated its iOS app to allow mobile ordering, but only if you live in Portland. Kelly does, and threw herself on the mobile ordering hand grenade to give you the scoop on how it actually works.

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It actually does work, and it's one step closer to living in The Future.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-04

1:50 PM EST, Dec. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Is it time for Apple to make its own high definition television? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not an Apple television makes sense, and what hints at Apple's plans the new 5K iMac may offer. Kelly also shares her experience using the new option to order Starbucks drinks from your iPhone.