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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.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-03

1:09 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Daily Observations Podcast

Dave Hamilton, John Martellaro, and substitute host Bryan Chaffin talk about Apple's potential with credit card transactions and how that plays into security. Speaking of security, they also look at Apple's efforts to manage the fallout from the celebrity photo theft in advance of the September 9th media event.

ACM 270: Apple iCloud Reputation, iPhone NFC, and Drones

11:40 AM, Sep. 3rd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple has its hands full with managing the fallout from the theft of celebrity photos, and the company is being aggressive to get ahead of the story. Then there's the September 9th media event and growing reports that Apple will—at long last—embrace NFC. Lastly, drones are ever-more capable and ever-more affordable—what will that mean for companies like Apple who work so hard to protect their secrets.

Last Chance for 8 Award-Winning Mac Apps for $39.99

5:12 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

8 Award-Winning Mac Apps for $39.99

It's the last day for the Award-Winning MacLovin' Bundle, eight award-winning Mac apps with a retail price of $861 that you can get for $39.99. Those apps are: Cinemagraph Pro, djay, NetSpot Pro, Keyboard Maestro, Hype 2, Dropzone 3, Moom, and Boom. Those are all high quality pieces of software, and they have all earned at least one award from magazine. If that's not enough, this bundle deal also includes a developer training course called The OS X App Masterclass. There's a lot of value in this bundle, but there's just six hours left as of this writing. Get on it!

Samsung Taps David Hasselhoff, Knight Rider, and K.I.T.T. for Smart Home Ad

3:34 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Samsung released on Tuesday a rather entertaining commercial for its (lolbecauseapplehomekit) smart home effort. I'm not sure what exactly the commercial is pushing, but it features David Hasselhoff and his Knight Rider legacy, as well as William Daniels, reprising his role as the voice of K.I.T.T., Mr. Hasselhoff's "smart car." Of particular enjoyment is Mr. Hasselhoff's attempt to smooth talk a hot young member of the crew, who is plainly unimpressed and mentions her father might have talked about Knight Rider. Maybe. As I said above, it's very entertaining. One other note: that this commercial is devoid of specifics could suggest that Samsung has at last learned it lesson, and will wait to copy what Apple unveils after the unveiling rather than release a sad, pathetic excuse of a "FIRST POST!" product beforehand that it then has to apologize for later. We'll see. [Via Mashable]

Apple: Celebrity Photo Theft Due to Compromised Passwords, Not iCloud Security

3:19 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Cloud Security

Apple released a statement Tuesday claiming that stolen celebrity photo thefts released over the holiday weekend were the result of targeted attacks on individual accounts, rather than a breach of iCloud security or Find My iPhone. The company said in an "Apple Media Advisory" that it was continuing to investigate and was working with law enforcement to identify the thieves.

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That statement was an uncharacteristically quick response for Apple—it's also a sign that the company wants to get out in front of this issue. This is precisely the kind of issue where Apple is best served by being open, transparent, and aggressive. 

How to Use a FLIR Camera to Steal a PIN Code, and How to Stop It

5:23 PM, Aug. 31st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The FLIR One camera is a very cool personal thermal imaging camera that attaches to your iPhone. That's cool. I love this thing. It makes thermal imaging inexpensive and highly portable. It turns, out, however, that it also makes a long-known method of stealing a PIN code much more accessible, as shown in the video below. Mark Rober posted a detailed video to YouTube explaining and demonstrating the problem. Better still, he also shows you how to protect yourself against this method (touch all of the keys while you're entering your PIN). Show this to your friends and family and get them to spread the word. The screenshot I included shows the problem at a glance. Watch the video for the full story. [Via TheLoop]

Apple’s Spaceship Campus through a Drone’s Eye

3:54 PM, Aug. 31st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out this very cool video of Apple's spaceship campus construction site, shot through a GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition mounted on a drone. We've seen several great photos from KCBS reporter Ron Cervi, but YouTube member jmcminn's high definition video is a feast for the Apple-obsessed eye. The video, which was shot on August 24th, shows more progress on the building's structure, including some slab work (or whatever futury thing Apple is doing for its foundation). Also, while we're here, think about the number of drones that could be flying over corporate HQ's everywhere sooner, rather than later. For company's like Apple whose stock in trade is built partially on secrets, drones are part of a brave new world. [Via Fortune -> @applespotlight]

Get Free Bitcoins with 45 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

8:00 PM, Aug. 29th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Bitcoin Faucets

I've gathered 45 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 adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 41 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.