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Netflix slipped out an update with a very cool feature this week: picture-in-picture (PIP) support. This allows you to watch a streaming movie on newer iPad models in a small window while another app is running. Models covered include iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 2 and newer. To use the feature, simply press the home button while a movie is streaming—the movie will collapse into a small window that shoots to the corner of your screen. You can move it to another corner by dragging or flicking it around. Tap the movie to get the option to pause, quit it, or go back to full-screen mode. This was a feature technically added to iOS 9, but developers had to specifically implement it. I'm delighted Netflix has now done so. In the screenshot below, Supernatural is playing inside Angry Birds 2. Don't judge me*. *Go ahead and judge me.
Apple CEO Tim Cook put his money where is mouth is and brought significant diversity to the WWDC stage this week, including four powerful women. Bryan and Jeff think it was cool. They also dig into watchOS 3, Swift Playgrounds, and ask if Steve Jobs would have opened up Siri, Maps, iMessage, and Phone to third party developers.
Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together another gievaway for us, the Mega MacBook Giveaway. By signing up for our deal newsletter—something you should do anyway, you'll register to win a 12-inch 256 GB Macbook with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 Skylake processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz, 8 GB of RAM, and an Intel HD Graphics 515 graphic card. Pretty cool, right? Good luck!
The thing that most excited me about Monday's World Wide Developer Conference had to be Apple opening up significant features in its platform(s) to developer, including Siri, Maps, iMessage, and to a lesser extent, the Phone app. There was a lot to be excited about from the keynote, but this particular move could be the single biggest catalyst for improved functionality in Apple devices, and it represents a significant milestone in Apple loosening some control.
Apple is taking a significant step towards making iPhone a(n even more) serious camera for professionals in iOS 10 by adding support for RAW photo files. The information was included in a slide during Monday's World Wide Developer Conference keynote, and TechCrunch reported details from a WWDC session confirming RAW support in iOS 10.
We have an ebook for those wanting to learn Apple's Swift programming language. Called Swift Programming from Scratch, the book contains more than 100 exercises.
Check out this steel-sheathed bad boy of a Lightning cable. Which is really everything you need to know. It's a Lightning cable sheathed in a 100 percent stainless steel-woven cable. You can get it through us for $24.95.
Twitter announced this week that it was aware some Twitter login credentials are circulating on the Dark Web, and Mark Zuckerberg infamously had some of his (mostly unused) social media accounts hacked. That makes for a perfect segue for some basic security advice: if a website, service, or app offers two-factor authentication, use it.
We have an interesting take on an iPhone case for you today called JimmyCase. Firstly, it's a bumper case designed to help protect the sides of your iPhone. It has a mahogany layer on the back, which is also where you'll find an elastic strip that can hold your money, credit cards, or your headphones. We have a deal on the JimmyCase for $31.99, some 18 percent off the retail price.
Apple released Logic Pro X 10.2.3 on Thursday—despite the minor point revision, it's a serious update with tons of new features, improvements, bug fixes, and the new Chinese music instruments and loops brought to GarageBand in May. It gives Bryan Chaffin hopes that this project isn't about to be Apertured.