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We have a new pay-what-you-want deal for you called the Spring 2016 Mac Bundle, a collection of 13 Mac apps. If you pay anything, even a penny, you'll get three of those apps. If you beat the average price, which is $14.11 as of this writing, you'll get all 13. If you make the leaderboard at any time during the deal, you'll get an entry into a giveaway for a $1,000 iTunes Gift Card. If you hit the top of the leaderboard at any time, you'll five entries. 10% of the profits go to Save the Children, too. Check out the details on the deal listing.
I just love how Tim Cook puts himself out there for charity events—Charity Buzz announced an auction for lunch with the Apple CEO, plus two VIP tickets to an Apple keynote. The auction will benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights campaign, a topic that Mr. Cook has spoken about and supported in many other endeavors. The auction was valued by Charity Buzz at US$100,000, a danbagged number as previous auctions for Mr. Cook's time have gone for many times that. This one is already at $110,000—if you want to get in on this the next bid starts at $115,000.
Check out the Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable, a USB-C cable for your MacBook (and future USB-C devices from Apple) that has a magnetic release. This is a 6-foot long cable, and the magnetic release is designed to safely detach when pressure or strain is put on your cable. You can get it through our deal for $34.99.
Bryan Chaffin interviewed former Apple CEO John Sculley on April 11th, and it was a surprisingly insightful and enjoyable experience. While the interview was ostensibly centered on his 2014 book Moonshot!, Mr. Sculley also shared anecdotes about his time at Apple—and with the late Steve Jobs—that were new to Bryan. He gathered some of the most interesting excerpts from the interview in this article.
In this special edition Apple Context Machine, Bryan interviews John Sculley, former CEO of Apple. Topics include his time with Apple, a look at Apple today, walks with Steve Jobs, moonshots, the role of Big Data and Healthcare, and some anecdotes Bryan hadn't heard before.
I love this Earth Day video from Apple, but I'm also kind of horrified by it. It's called "Ask Siri about Liam." Siri is, of course, Apple's virtual assistant, and Liam is Apple's recycling robot that helped the company recover 2,204 pounds of gold in 2015. I have to give you a spoiler to explain why it kind of horrifies me, so please feel free to watch it before reading any further. Siri asks Liam what he's doing for Earth Day. Now, she's doing this from an iPhone in the grips of Liam himself. He shrugs his shoulder—Earth Day is just another day of saving the planet one iPhone at a time for Liam, after all—and looks over at the piece of machinery designed to make it easier for Liam to rip Siri's face off in his disassembly process. Her response, "Oh dear. Wouldn't you rather get a smoothie?" Nope. Liam rips her face off. It's what he does. It's definitely funny, but it's kind of horrifying, too!! What do you think? As for asking Siri about Liam, I found that "Tell me about Liam" resulted in Siri telling several jokes about the robot and/or recycling.
Check out the Monet Stylus, a stylus for your iPad that is designed to be held and feel like a paintbrush. It's made of brushed aluminum, features a pressure-sensitive tip, and it has a 165° writing angle. We have a deal on this device for $14.99. Get more details in the listing.
During Wednesday's Apple Context Machine, Jeff Gamet and I got into a discussion about how displeased we are that the cap on the end of the Apple Pencil was so absurdly easy to lose. We've gotten some commentary from listeners who were equally dismayed at such a sloppy aspect of this otherwise wonderful device, but TMO member Rick Allen let me know about a solution for this issue called PencilCozy from Cozy Industries As you can see in the image, PencilCozy essentially keeps the cap attached to your Apple Pencil even when it's off. Seems perfect, and I ordered one even before I finished writing up this Cool Stuff Found. You can also order through Amazon (eligible for Prime).
OS X and Windows both have their roots in the 1980s—that's more than 30 years of change, growth, gradual evolution, and in some cases sudden revolution. BetterBuys posted a look back at both operating systems that includes animated GIFs of every major release, from Mac System Software1 to MacOS to OS X 10.11 and Windows 3.0 to Windows 10.
I love it when we can post a deal for a product or service I've written about, like IK Multimedia's iRig Mic Field, a LIghtning-port audio recorder for iOS devices. It rotates 90 degrees for more precise positioning, and it has its own headphone jack for monitoring what you're recording. The LED indicator is also multicolored for monitoring your levels. This device retails for $100, but you can get it through our deal for $74.99.