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What It’s Like to Have Your App Featured in an Apple Commercial

8:48 PM, Sep. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

We've all watched Apple's commercials, but have you ever wondered what it's like to have an app featured in one of those spots? Robleh Jama of Tiny Hearts had just that happen with his company's app, Quick Fit: 7 Minute Workout. "It all began when I received an email out of the blue back in March from Apple’s outside ad agency, TBWA\Media Arts." Mr. Jama described a roller coaster ride of hurry up and wait, but when the commercial debuted in international markets, his app sales zoomed, as demonstrated in the ranking chart shown below. He lays out the story in a blog post, and it's a good read. He also has some tips for other developers who would like to be similarly featured.

NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer: $19.99

4:19 PM, Sep. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

NetSpot Pro running on a MacBook

NetSpot is a software utility that lets you visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks with any MacBook. It allows you to do something as simple as measure signal strength in a given spot, but if you are serious about optimizing your network, it has mapping tools that will allow you to precisely figure out signal strength in every nook and cranny of your home or office. It retails for $149, but through our deal you can get it for $19.99. There's a video on the deal page with a product demo.

A Tour of the Apple Store Designed by Jonny Ive and Angela Ahrendts

8:23 PM, Sep. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is about to open its first Apple Store in Brussels, Belgium, and it's also the first Apple Store designed by Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive and Senior Vice President Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts. Local site Apple Nieuws Vlaanderen was on hand for a press-preview of the store (via The Verge) and posted some gorgeous photos. Standout differences include potted trees inside the store. To my mind they look weird, a contrived artifice, but the folks from ANV said (via Google Translate), "Believe us, it is truly beautiful." Also of note are the 8 meter tall (roughly 26 feet) panels of glass that make up the front of the store. In addition, the walls are made of the same clay bricks that are being used on Apple's new spaceship HQ, or Apple Campus 2.0. Check out ANV's post for several photos and more information.

Apple and Google Shaping the Car Industry Neither Competes In

7:33 PM, Sep. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Apple Car Artist Rendering

There's this funny thing about Apple—the Cupertino company tends to dominate the conversation even when it's not in the room. This has been true at CES in Las Vegas for many years, though Apple doesn't directly participate in that event. According to Reuters, Apple and Google both are driving the conversation at an event far removed from consumer electronics, the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Mega Mac 2015 Bundle: $29.99

5:44 PM, Sep. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Mega Mac 2015 Bundle

We have a deal for you today called The Mega Mac 2015 Bundle. It's 15 Mac apps that retail for $564, but through our deal they're yours for $29.99. Disk Drill Pro, HDR Darkroom 3, a Spotdox subscription, a Finder alternative called Commander One PRO, PrivacyScan, My Net, and more.

Titan Loop MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $19.95

5:10 PM, Sep. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Titan Loop MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

We have a deal for you today on the Titan Loop MFi-Certified Lightning Cable. This charging cable is metal clad, which makes it tough, but its designed to be looped around your keychain for portability. This device is priced at $30, but through our deal you can get it for $19.95.