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If you've been following the development of Apple Campus 2—the so-called Spaceship HQ—you may have been wondering if you'd get to see it yourself. Turns out you will, because Apple is building a full blown visitor center, complete with an Apple Store, a cafe, and an observation deck overlooking the main building.
I love iFixit's tool sets, so I'm pleased as punch to tell you we have a deal on one a bundle of iFixit tools for you. The first part of the bundle is the iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver set. It has 15 fixed-bladed screwdrivers with those specialty heads for getting into your electronics (note that opening many Apple devices will void your warranty). It comes with a tool roll that lets you fold them up into a compact bundle. The second part is the iFixit Jimmy, a device with an ultra-thin blade for prying open cases and breaking seals (note my caution above). Retail on these two products is $100, but through our deal you can get it for $59.95. Check it out.
T-Mobile ratcheted up its pressure on the carrier business in the U.S. by announcing that JUMP! On Demand customers who buy an iPhone 6 this summer can swap it out for whatever Apple announces this fall. For free. The company is also exempting Apple Music from data limits for its customers.
Old timers might remember Mac vs. PC flame wars, but in my experience they paled in ferocity to discussions between Amiga fans and Mac fans. But lo! There will be peace in our time, or at least a little hardware-based emulation. Reddit and imgur user wowbobwow got Mac OS 6.0.1 running on an Amiga 500. He did it using a product called A-Max that allowed the user to frankenstein Mac ROM chips and hook them up directly to the Amiga. That bit of geekerism then allowed the Amiga to execute Mac code directly on the Motorola 68000 (68K) processor in the Amiga—the same CPU in Macs of that day. Check out the photos on imgur—it's super cool.
Remember that super awesome image we thought was a pano shot while rolling down a hill? Turns out it was taken by Randy Scott Slavin, a New York City-based director and photographer. The original image was stitched together from many images, and is part of a series called Alternate Perspectives 1 and Alternate Perspectives 2. Mr. Slavin also created what he calls the Surreal Selfie Stick, a 360 degree array of GoPro cameras for making videos, and it is just as cool as his photography. He's using the device for a project, but posted a demonstration to YouTube that you should check out. Note that you can't see the Surreal Selfie Stick in the video, but you can sometimes see its shadow.
We have a new developer bundle for you called Game Developer Bundle. Even better, it's a pay-what-you-want deal. Pay anything—as little as a penny—and you get the Game Development for Non-Coders' 5-Course Bundle. If you beat the average price, which is just $6.22 as of this writing, you'll get the Unity 3D Game Development & Design 4-Course Bundle and HTML5 App & Game Development 6-Course Bundle. 10 percent of your purchase price will be donated to Creative Commons, a worthy project. And if you make the Top Ten at any point, you get five entries into the Samsung 50-Inch 4K TV & Media Device Giveaway. Good luck!
Google announced it was scaling back on Google Plus, showing you can't build a social networking service on top of a corporate agenda. Despite all of its many advantages, Google hasn't been able to make a dent in Facebook's dominance of this market.
I was doing some research today when I ran across this gem from 2012, where Charles Sizemore told us from the pages of Forbes magazine that "Microsoft Will Beat Apple." That's right, he said that Steve Jobs's "pigheadedness" on maintaining "a closed ecosystem" and insisting "on making its own hardware and software" would result in Microsoft dominating mobile. Well, it's 2015, and how are those predictions working out?
The perfect two-display Mac setup needs the perfect wallpaper. Details. It's all about the details, right? Twelve South is offering up free wallpaper images designed to go side by side on two Macs. (They're using the freebies to promote a 12 percent discount on their stands.) You can see larger versions of the images at the company's site, or download them in versions designed for eight different Mac screen resolutions.
Check out the Exogear 3-Port USB Charger for your car. Like the name suggests, it has three USB ports for charging up to three devices at once. It has an aluminum body and a compact design. Check it out.