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Cellebrite's "Textalyzer" technology can supposedly tell if a smartphone was being used "around the time" of an accident. That sends up red flags for Bryan and Jeff, and they dig deep into the issues. They also talk about new information from The Washington Post that claims the FBI paid a gray hat hacker to help it break into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c, and some of the many ramifications that might have. For fun, they talk about the new Star Wars Rogue One trailer, and explain Chaffin's Razor.
It's a Lightning cable, 18-inches long, stiff, yet flexible, and can be bent into just about any shape you need, even the one in the image where it's holding an iPhone up like stand. We have a deal on it for you at $13.99, more than 60 percent off retail.
Bryan Chaffin is skeptical of so-called "Textalyzer" technology that can detect device usage on a smartphone in the wake of an accident. He walks us through a bill that would legalize its use by police in New York.
Smile announced Tuesday lower subscription prices for TextExpander 6, including the decision to extend half price subscriptions for those upgrading to a lifetime discount. The move comes in the wake of a fierce outcry from customers and pundits after announcing that TextExpander 6 would be subscription-only. Bryan Chaffin explains.
We have a deal for you today on the Pebble Time Smartwatch. This device displays notifications, calendar events, weather, sports scores, news, and more. It tracks your activity and sleep time, and it has a built-in microphone for recording voice memos and quick replies. Retail on this device is $150, but you can get it through our deal for $119.99.
Apple's walled garden approach to a curated App Store comes with lots of unintended consequences, including an ever-moving target on things like censorship. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join substitute host Dave Hamilton to discuss how Apple recently handled Reddit apps over NSFW content. They also talk about a New York bill that would allow the police to perform a so-called "textalyzer" test on your smartphone to see if you were texting in the moments leading up to an accident.
Sean Malto is a popular pro skateboarder whose career was threatened by an ankle-snapping fall. Ghost Digital Media made a documentary film following his rehabilitation efforts, and the firm shot it with an iPhone (using large lenses and the FiLMiC Pro app). It's a wonderful short film (at 11 minutes), but from an Apple fan's viewpoint, what's even more interesting is that you'd never know it was shot entirely with an iPhone. Ghost Media Digital posted a behind-the-scenes video documenting that aspect of the project. [Via MacStories]
Check out Scapple, mind mapping software for Mac or Windows. This software is designed to let you keep and organize your thoughts, order and reorder them, draw connections, and share them with other people. We have a deal on Scapple for $8.99, 40 percent off retail. Check the deal listing for details, and there's a pulldown menu for choosing which operating system you want.
I've gathered 30 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update bumps that list to 30 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay.
Bridger Bell wants us to think differently about how wear our Apple Watches. Through his company Wear Differently, Mr. Bell has launched a Kickstarter for "It," an Apple Watch strap unlike anything I've seen before. His basic idea is that there's a natural spot where your arm and hand form a sort of nook where something like Apple Watch rests naturally and is easier to view. I'm still wrestling with the idea myself, but i'd be interested in at least trying the concept out. Wear Differently is trying to raise $250,000 through Kickstarter, a fairly high figure. And they're off to a slow start, to boot. Check out the video below—and there's more material on Kickstarter. He makes a compelling argument, even while it seems unorthodox at first blush.