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Bryan and Jeff delve into some of the things they've learned about iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and watchOS 3.0. Spoiler, it's all looking really good. They also talk about Differential Privacy and explain (loosely) how it works, what it means, and why it's important.
We have a deal for you today on a 1-year subscription to Typed Plus, a blog publishing engine. With this plan, you can run up to 3 blogs with unlimited users and page views. The service hosts your images, you can do scheduled posting, and more. The price through our deal is $30, a massive 87% off retail.
Propellerhead shipped Reason 9 on Tuesday. The newest version of the digital audio workstation and sequencer adds two main features: Players automate and process MIDI input, and Pitch Edit, a pitch editor designed for vocals (think Melodyne or Auto-Tune). There are other new features, too, including Bounce In Place, new visual themes, and reverse MIDI clips. On the content side, Reason 9 adds more than 1,000 new "cutting-edge" sounds, and Pulsar dual channel LFO, a rack extension that was previously available only as a stand-alone $49 purchase. I love Reason, especially for sequencing. It's powerful software, and Propellerhead makes it ever-more capable with each new release. Reason 9 is priced at €405/US$449, while upgrades from any previous version are €129/$129. Propellerhead also has a stripped down version called Reason Essentials 9 priced at €120/$129. The software shipped today and is available now.
I wanted to take a moment to wish The Icon Factory a happy 20th birthday! It's an amazing accomplishment for any company to stay in business that long, but to transform yourself from an icon-designer to a major design firm, user interface consultant, and app maker is astounding. Icon Factory posted a company timeline/history that is a great walk down memory lane, especially for Mac users. I have a soft spot in my heart for this company because it was such a shining star in the Mac world when that company was at its nadir in 1996. Icon Factory made awesome icons that helped make my Mac more fun—it might sound like a small thing, but I remember it to this day. So thanks, Icon Factory, and happy birthday! May the next 20 years be even more interesting than the first. - Bryan
Check out the YoCam, a small camera that is waterproof up to 20 feet (IP68). It takes photos or video, and has video stabilization, too. It weighs just 1.9 ounces, and it has a companion app for iPhone and Android devices for processing images. You can get YoCam through our deal for $179.
John Gruber has posted the full video of The Talk Show Live from last week's World Wide Developer Conference, where his guests were Apple senior vice presidents Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi. It's a great interview, and I highly encourage you to watch it in its entirety, but there were six things in particular I learned.
Check out the Chatlight—I did a Cool Stuff Found during January's CES show, and now Stack Commerce has put together a deal for this device. It's designed to light you for selfies and video chats. It clips onto the edge of your mobile device and two banks of LEDs light your face. The bank of LEDs rotates, too, allowing you to control your lighting. You can get Chatlight through our deal for $19.
Squarespace announced support for Apple News Format this week. Squarespace is a do-it-yourself website publishing platform that specializes in gorgeous themes. The move to support Apple News Format means Squarespace customers can publish to that format directly from their site, and that means their content could be subscribed to in Apple News and be discoverable within the service, too. Apple News is a curious beast whose top quality as of this writing is that it's part of Apple's Proactive service on iOS devices. That sort of real estate ensures it has eyeballs, which in turn makes it a desirable place to be. Services like Squarespace supporting Apple News Format is not only beneficial to its customers, it increased the value of Apple News, too. I also imagine developments like this indicate that Apple's little news service is picking up steam, because supporting it is does require resources for a small company like Squarespace. Speaking of which, competitors like Wordpress require third party plugins to support Apple News Format, for now. I suspect it will eventually be built into the Wordpress engine, too.
I found one of those games. You know, the ones that look sort of interesting, so you download it. No worries, you'll just try it out a little. It's not like it's going to suck you in until you're left scrambling to understand what just happened to the last hour of your life, and ZOMG THAT REPORT ISN'T FINISHED AND YOU'RE GOING TO GET FIRED! It's called CoogyLoop, and the instructions are easy: "Tap anywhere when the ball is inside the coloured area. Easy, right?" The ball spins in a circle, and a random portion of the circle is highlighted once per rotation. Just tap the screen when the ball is inside that random area, and you're good to go (find a new job because you will probably get yourself fired after playing this all day). It's free, with an in-app purchase to remove ads if you wish. Good luck. And oh: you're welcome.
Check out Bone Machine, Bluetooth headphones that conduct sound to your inner-ear through your skull—without them being over your ears. That has the practical effect of allowing you to listen to music, a podcast, a voice call, or whatever without blocking out the road. There's a promo video on the deal listing featuring a woman running, for instance, an excellent example of a when you might want to still hear your surroundings. The price on this device through our deal is $69.99, some 30 percent off retail.