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Apple Dedicates Home Page to iPhone 6 Countdown

3:08 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Count Down

Apple has dedicated its home page—one of the most highly-trafficked properties on the Internet—to counting down the hours and minutes until its September 9th media event. The company is expected to unveil the iPhone 6, its first foray into wearables (a.k.a. "iWatch"), a mobile payment system, and a better look at new features in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

Apple Hires Designer Marc Newson for Jony Ive’s Design Team

6:27 PM, Sep. 5th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Marc Newson, Race Car Driver

Apple has hired Marc Newson, an independent designer who has long worked and been friends with Apple's legendary king of design, Sir Jony Ive. Mr. Newson caught the attention of Apple-centric press in 2013 when he worked with Sir Jony to design items for an auction benefitting Bono's Project (RED).

170 Hours of Developer Training for $59

4:24 PM, Sep. 5th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

170 Hours of Developer Training for $59

Our friends at Stack Social have put together a bundle of developer training courses called the Dynamic Dev Power Bundle. This package of Stone River eLearning’s development courses features 170 hours of training in topics like Xcode for iOS, Eclipse for Android, HTML5, Unity 3D, Bootstrapping, and Foundation Grid Framework. With it, you will learn app development, game development, web development, and responsive web design. Retail price on these training courses is $800, but through our deal it's yours for $59.

iRig Mic Field, a Digital Stereo Mic for Lightning iPhone and iPad

5:58 PM, Sep. 4th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

IK Multimedia announced on Thursday iRig Mic Field, a digital stereo microphone for Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches.  This device is designed to capture high-quality audio using two high-quality cardioid electret condenser capsules, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48kHz sample rate), a 115 dB maximum SPL rating, and a built in low-noise, high-definition preamp. Because it uses the Lightning port, it can be used for either standalone audio or for capturing audio for a video, too. It works in conjunction with iRig Recorder, the company's audio recording app for iOS, but it's also compatible with Core Audio and Core Video-enabled apps, including Apple's GarageBand, Voice Memo, Camera, and iMovie. iRig Mic Field is US$99.99/€79.99, and it ships in October.

TextExpander 4 for Mac: $16.99

5:41 PM, Sep. 4th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

TextExpander 4 for Mac: $16.99

If you have been reading The Mac Observer or listening to our podcasts for any length of time, you probably know how much we love everything Smile Software does. That's particularly true for TextExpander, the company's killer utility for automating any kind of text string you frequently use. Your signature, a URL, your phone number, boilerplate language...anything. Thanks to our friends at Stack Social, we can offer you a deal on TextExpander 4 for US$16.99, less than half the retail price. Note that version 5 is in beta, and that this deal is only for version 4, but if you need it now, this is the discount you've been looking for.

WSJ Claims iWatch Will Have NFC for Mobile Payment System

4:43 PM, Sep. 4th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

The Apple iWatch Crystal Ball

Apple's iWatch will come with NFC to be used with a mobile payment system, according to unnamed source cited by The Wall Street Journal. This will be an extension of the rumored mobile payment system that Apple will also be unveiling with the iPhone 6 during the company's September 9th media event.

Line Forms at NYC Apple Store One Week Before Media Event

2:39 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

iPhone 6 Lines

Apple hasn't even had its media event, and yet people are already lining up at the company's 5th Ave. Apple Store in New York City. Dan Benton (@dcbandor) posted photos to Twitter of four people who were bundled up in portable chairs on the sidewalk a week ahead of Apple's September 9th media event.

DJI Phantom FC40 Drone: $499

1:29 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

DJI Phantom FC40 Drone: $499

Speaking of drones, check out today's deal on the DJI Phantom FC40. This thing has an onboard camera that will send your iPhone a live feed of what it's shooting over a 2.4G Wi-Fi connection from up to 328 feet away. The drone also has an auto-hover feature, an auto-pilot, and the remote control unit works up to 1,640 feet away. It's a lot of drone, and it retails for $649. Through our deal, you can get it for $499. Use coupon code PHANTOM35 at checkout, and take another $35 off. There are five days left on this deal as of this writing.