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The City of Houston has allowed a live Bitcoin ATM to be set up in George R. Brown Convention Center. Houston owns the building, but it is managed by Houston First, a separate corporation that runs the convention center and other Houston-owned public buildings. This marks the first Bitcoin ATM to be operated in a government-owned building.
A supply chain leak out of Taiwan is claiming that Apple and Quanta have solved yield issues that will allow Apple Watch production to ramp up starting in January. United Daily News reported that the first wave of Apple Watches will number in the 3-5 million mark, with 24 million scheduled for all of calendar 2015.
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I hope UDN has this one right. I can't wait to strap an Apple Watch onto my wrist.
Did you know our developer bundles are usually the most popular deals on our TMO Deals site? It's true, and we have a Name Your Own Price bundle today designed to help you learn how to design iPS apps. Name Your Own Price deals allow you to literally name your own price. If you pay less than the average on this one, you'll get two of the items below. If you beat the average price, which is currently $10.94, you'll get four courses and hundreds of design assets, including:
- The Ultimate Collection Of Design Graphics From Creative VIP
- Assets For Simplifying The Web & Mobile Design Process
- Freebo Design Asset Bundle
- Mobile App Design From Scratch: Design Principles & UX
- iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners
- Learn Mobile First Web Design Using Bootstrap
- Build A Cross-Platform Mobile App Using PhoneGap
That's a lot of learning. And remember that 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities (your choice): Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons.
We have a killer giveaway through our friends at Stack Social. It's for the GoPro Hero4 camera, the newest GoPro model. It will film in 1080p at 120 fps, 2.7K at 50 fps, and 4K at 30 fps. Come on, that's incredible! It can capture 12 megapixel stills at 30 fps, has a more powerful processor than previous models, and is generally-speaking bad-ass. To register, all you have to do is sign up to receive email notifications of TMO deals. Easy. Plus, the winner will be picked on December 15th so that the GoPro Hero4 can be delivered by Christmas. Good luck!
With the holidays nigh, many of us will have new iOS devices in the house. If so, you may need new Lightning cables, too, and we have a deal on an Apple MFi-certified 10-foot Lightning cable. It's $18.99. It retails for $40, which is still inexpensive for a Lightning cable that long.
Maelstrom 3. Think Asteroids for the Mac. The old Mac. Mac OS. Pre-OS X. It's free, and lots and lots of Mac users wasted many a person-year playing it, but the thing is that it still works on OS X today. Maelstrom 3.0.6 fires up just fine on OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite in all its 640 x 480 glory, as noted by TMO member paikinho and shown in the accompanying screenshot. Note that it's not signed—if you have your System Preferences > Security & Privacy settings are set to allow apps downloaded from the "Mac App Store" or "Mac App Store and Identified Developers," Yosemite will squawk. You can launch it by changing those preferences (which I am not advising you to do), or by trying to launch it and then giving it individual permission in the Security and Privacy settings.
The Siri User Guide has posted a killer guide that will help you better control Siri when you're dictating. For instance, when you're dictating to Siri, saying "all caps" in the middle of your spiel will cause the next word to be in all-caps while leaving out the actual command. So, saying "I all caps love summer" will result in "I LOVE summer." There are 59 entires in the Siri Dictation Guide, and it's very handy. Check it out.
The folks at fournova Software GmbH have published An Illustrated History of Mac OS X. This a wonderful and whimsical collection of images that incapsulates each version of OS X from Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Each one incorporates a cat (or other element, in the case of Mavericks and Yosemite) to represent the OS, but each one also includes other reference points that represent the major changes in that version of the OS. Looking at them was an excellent reminder of when things happened, like Safari in Panther and Intel in Tiger. The screen grab below is for Snow Leopard. There's a written description accompanying each image to fill in any gaps. For those keeping score at home, fournova makes Tower, a git client for version control in OS X.
Apple released iOS 8.1.2 Tuesday, an update whose main purpose is to restore ringtones purchased through the iTunes Store. The update also includes unspecified bug fixes.
MasterCard is now in the Apple Pay promotion business. The company launched a campaign called "Priceless Surprises" to promote Apple's new service. Gwen Stefani is the pitchwoman, but Apple Pay is arguably the star.