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Apple Spends More on Lobbying as Politics and Technology Intersect

7:20 PM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Mr. Apple Goes to Washington

The late Steve Jobs spoke often about the importance of being at the intersection of technology and the humanities, but the company increasingly finds itself at a new intersection: technology and politics. Bloomberg reported the Cupertino company has dramatically stepped up its lobbying efforts in Washington, DC, lobbying some 13 different departments and agencies in 2014.

Pay What You Want for the Game Design Course Bundle

5:22 PM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pay What You Want for the Game Design Course Bundle

I love the name your own price deals we get to offer you through our friends at Stack Social. Today, it's the Game Design Course Bundle, a collection of tutorials designed to teach you how to code games. If you pay less than the average, you get two courses, Engage Your Customers w/ Gamification Course and Learn To Craft "Hand-Painted" Textures Course. If you beat the average price, you'll also get Make Real Games: Become a Unity 3D Power User Course and Professional Video Game Art School Course. And the average is only $8.13. Plus, 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities. Your choice.

Mount Your iPhone with a Shielded Magnet for $24.99

5:43 PM, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Mount Your iPhone with a Magnet for $24.99

Check out the Neutron S phone and tablet mount. It lets you use the magic of magnets to mount your device.  It features a neodymium magnet—that's a rare earth permanent magnet—that's shielded to protect your device. Stick the mount where you want it, stick the mounting disc on the back of your device or its case, and boom! Insta-mount. There's a video showing the Neutron S at work on the deal's page. It retails for $30, but through our deal you can get it for $24.99.

Apple’s Tim Cook Tweets MLK Quote about Not Being Silent

11:58 AM, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook turned to the late Dr. Martin Luther King for inspiration on Monday—a.k.a. Martin Luther King Day. Mr. Cook tweeted a quote from Dr. King reminding all of us to stand up and be heard on things that are important. 

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And I salute him for it.

Concept Images Take Original Macintosh to Modern Minimalist Extreme

7:40 PM, Jan. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I love this Macintosh concept that's floating around. Don't get me wrong, it would never happen. It's too small for modern computer users, and the design is impractical. But boy, is it gorgeous. Nay, sexy! The concept marries the guts of an 11-inch MacBook Air to a new form factor, plus the screen is designed to be a touchscreen. Check out the full post at German site Curved. There's an English version of the article included with the German copy, and they both have several different images of the concept device.

Pay What You Want To Become A Master Backend Developer

7:10 PM, Jan. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pay What You Want To Become A Master Backend Developer

We have a training bundle for back end developers today, and you get to name your own price. It works like this: pay what you want—say a penny—and you get two training courses. There are Python, Ruby, and PHP training courses in the package. But if you pay more than the average, you get all eight courses, and as of this writing, the average price is just $7.86. Plus, 10 percent of what you pay goes to one of three charities—you choose. Get to it!

Can Tony Fadell Save Google Glass? Probably Not

6:23 PM, Jan. 15th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Father iPod and Google Glass

Good Ol' Google Glass is "graduating" from an experimental project at Google[x] Labs, according to a blog post from the Glass team. Though that team didn't directly announce it, reports say that the product is being taken over by Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest and the creator of Apple's iPod. Can he save it? Bryan Chaffin doesn't think so.

We’re Giving Away an iMac

4:59 PM, Jan. 15th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We're Giving Away an iMac

We're giving away an iMac with our friends at Stack Social. All you have to do is register to receive our deals through email, and you'll be included in the drawing for a 21.5-inch 1.4GHz iMac. It's kind of a no-brainer, so get on it.