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Disney Artists Tweet and Periscope about Apple’s New iPad Pro

7:15 PM, Oct. 6th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is doing a little iPad Pro pre-release reach out to artists at Pixar and Disney, and project manager Paul Hildebrandt at Disney tweeted a photo showing some of his team playing with the device (via iMore). Jeff Ranjo, a Disney artist posted a video to Periscope of his hands-on time with the device and Apple Pencil, the stylus designed to go with iPad Pro. Listening to Mr. Ranjo talk about the two devices, I can't help but feel iPad Pro is going to have a major impact on the world of graphic design, animation, and art, regardless of its uses in other applications and disciplines.

KOAR Bluetooth Cloud Buds: $24.99

6:08 PM, Oct. 6th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

KOAR Bluetooth Cloud Buds

Check out the Bluetooth Sound Buds from KOAR, Bluetooth earbuds that are designed to be lightweight and have an optional hook that will secure them to your ears. They also have a built-in microphone for hands-free calling or other voice uses.  We have a deal on them, too. They retail for for $109, but through us you can get them for $24.99.

Factions Form For and Against Upcoming ‘Steve Jobs’ Film

9:48 PM, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

Controversy is building around Steve Jobs, an upcoming film based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the same name. While praised by critics, the film is being criticized by some of the people who were closest to him, including his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and long-time Apple board member Bill Campbell.

Flip PDF For Mac: $9

6:32 PM, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Flip PDF for Mac running on an iMac

Flip PDF for Mac turns ordinary PDF documents into animated flip books, and we have a deal on it for you. It requires no programming ability, and it comes with 100+ templates, 400+ themes, 200+ scenes and 700+ backgrounds to help you create just what you want. Flip PDF for Mac retails for $99, but through our deal, it yours for $9. There's a YouTube video on the deal listing with more information.

iPhone 6s vs. MMA Contender Luke Rockhold (Video)

5:50 PM, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I found this highly entertaining. SquareTrade pitted Apple's flagship iPhones against #1 MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) contender Luke Rockhold. Spoiler alert, an iPhone can't take a roundhouse kick from a martial arts expert, especially not when it hits a wall. Shocker that, of course, but it's a crap ton of fun to watch. What was more interesting was the strength test, where Mr. Rockhold broke iPhone 6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus. Turns out iPhone 6s Plus is way stronger than the other devices. This is in keeping with SquareTrade's more formal testing methods that found iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were both stronger than last year's devices. Anyhoo, let's have some fun:

Tim Cook Acceptance Speech for National Visibility Award from HRC (Video)

4:08 PM, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Tim Cook Acceptance Speech for National Visibility Reward from HRC

Apple CEO Tim Cook received the National Visibility Award from Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights advocacy group. Mr. Cook took the award seriously enough to accept it in person, and HRC posted his acceptance speech to YouTube. He spoke about coming out, and the importance of fighting for basic human rights and human dignity for everyone, "regardless of their race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation."

Apple Music - Guided Tour: Connect (Video)

6:17 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Connect is one of the coolest features of Apple Music to me. It allows artists to upload exclusive content for their fans—remixes, outtakes, videos, photos, and other posts—a direct connection between both sides. Apple posted a guided tour video for this element of Apple Music this week called Apple Music - Guided Tour: Connect. If you aren't familiar with Connect, or if you have questions about it, check out this video.

Last Chance for Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $24.99

5:22 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

Ever lose a Lightning cable to a pet or some other other mishap? Check out our deal on the Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable. This beast is wrapped twice in industrial-grade, flexible steel, and it packs permanently-sealed USB and Lightning connectors. It also has one-piece housing fused directly over the cable to keep the connectors in place, and it's backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Pretty cool, right? Through our deal, you can get it for $24.99, but the deal expires in two days.

Tim Cook: The NSA Won’t Be Asking for Backdoors (Anymore)

5:18 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't think we will hear the U.S. National Security Agency asking for a back door into our iPhones, at least not any more. In an interview on NPR's All Things Considered on Thursday, Mr. Cook implied that even the FBI is coming around on the need for end-user encryption.