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Prices are coming down for solid state drives. To wit, check out our deal on the Monster Digital 128GB Solid-State Portable Hard Drive for $34.99. It's USB 3.0, and using Monster Encrypt software, you can encrypt the data on it.
Apple published a commercial for iPad Pro to YouTube, a spot called A Great Big Universe. Using astronomy shots, the piece showcases iPad Pro as a device for viewing the universe using an astronomy app and split screen mode. What do you think?
Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin go deep with Apple's new iPad Pro, which Jeff picked up earlier on Wednesday. He also spent some time with Apple Pencil and the new Smart Keyboard. Believe it or not, there was even a new Apple Death Knell this week, and Jeff and Bryan deconstruct the argument that Apple's success hides how much trouble the company is really in.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company is committed to Ireland for the long haul, whether or not the European Commission rules against Apple's tax structure in the country. Mr. Cook made the comments after announcing an expansion of Apple's Cork campus by 1,000 employees.
We have a deal today on the Slim Universal Bluetooth Keyboard—as the name suggests, it's a slim, Bluetooth keyboard for your Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android device, or other Bluetooth compatible device. It's spill proof and it has backlighting for using at night. Through our friends at Stack Social we can offer it to you for $42.99. Check out the deal listing for more information.
iPad Pro pre-orders are here, but there's a twist: some customers have received order confirmations from Apple that say the device is available for pickup at their Apple Store today, Wednesday, though the order form offers a Friday delivery date. Bryan Chaffin has details.
Finding Nemo is one of my top Pixar films, along with A Bug's Life and Up. On Tuesday, Disney released the "teaser" trailer to Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, and I look forward to returning to Nemo's world. Ellen Degeneress reprises her role as the voice of Dory, while Albert Brooks returns as Marlin, Nemo's pop. Other actors include Diane Keaton, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burell, Eugene Levy (!!), and others. What do you think?
We have a deal on an audio recorder and editor for your Mac called TwistedWave. You might remember Mark Greentree's review of the iOS version for TMO in 2012 where it got 4 stars. TwistedWave supports a huge amount of file formats, including WAV, AIFF, CAF, MP2, MP3, Mpeg4/AAC, ALAC, FLAC, Ogg/Vorbis, WavPack, Wave64, AU, SD2, and WMA. it can detect silence, supports batch processing of multiple files, change pitch, multichannel editing, has mastering features, and much more. It's priced at $80, but you can get it for $15 through our deal.
Apple released the Apple Music client for Android on Google Play, marking a major expansion of the music streaming service. It's also only the third Android app from Apple alongside a migration assistant tool called Move to iOS and Beats Pill+, a controller app for the Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker.
Michael Markman isn't a household name in Apple fan circles, but you've probably seen some of his work. He's a video director who worked on the internal promo video 1944, as well as Blue Busters. Turns out he also put together Gil Amelio's disastrous keynote from Macworld San Francisco in January 1997. Despite that last particular excersize in ignominy, Steve Jobs had him make the video introduction of new Apple board members that served as a centerpiece for the August 1997 Macworld Boston keynote. That's the one where Steve Jobs announced Microsoft was investing in the company and committing to make Office for Mac for five years. It's great Apple lore, but Mr. Markman—or Mikelah as he calls himself—walks us through the meeting with Steve Jobs just days after Gil Amelio was fired by the board and Steve Jobs took over. Mr. Jobs also threatened to fire everyone in the room if that meeting leaked, despite the fact that only one of them even worked for Steve. And they believed him. It's a wonderful story. Mikelah is a great story teller. He does a video review of the Steve Jobs film I think is great, too.