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We have a deal for you today on Hand Stylus, a stylus for iPad, iPhone, and other touchscreen devices. It features a tip you can retract and replace. That tip is also slim, at 4mm, and the barrel is made of etched aluminum for grip. You can get this device through our deal for $14.95.
Apple re-released iOS 9.3.2 for iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Thursday—the company pulled the release for those devices after some users reported their devices had been bricked. The company posted a KnowledgeBase article with several sets of instructions and the following images for those encountering errors, and Bryan Chaffin walks us through it.
Apple's System Status site indicate that several services were down Thursday afternoon. As of this writing, affected services include the App Store, some, though not all iCloud services, the Mac App Store, iTunes in the Cloud, Apple TV, Photos, Mail Drop, and iWork for iCloud.
The Nifty MiniDrive is a MicroSD memory card designed to sit flush against your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro in the SD card slot. No protrusions, no sticking-out-the-side. You use your own MicroSD card with capacities up to 200GB of storage, and your MacBook sees it as a hard drive. There's a video on the deal page showing you how it works. The link goes directly to a device built for a 13-inch MacBook Air. Use the pulldown menus to pick one built for MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It's $33.99 through our deal.
Bryan and Jeff are joined by John Kheit, TMO's Devil's Advocate, for an in-depth look at ways to improve AI and machine learning while maintaining user privacy. There are some interesting technologies out there, including Apple's own VocalIQ, fully homomorphic encryption, and the less formally named "learn and purge."
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 $18.49. There's a video on the deal page with a product demo.
Has there ever been a stickier wicket than the concept of free speech? We largely take it for granted, but even now tech companies are being called on to censor "illegal hate speech" in Europe. Bryan Chaffin discusses the slippery slope and its effect on social media and other tech companies.
Long-term Apple observers will remember the mid-1990s and rumors that Larry Ellison was going to buy Apple. This was 1995, when "Apple was in severe distress," as Mr. Ellison put it. The rumor mill was rife with very real predictions of Apple's impending death, and it could have happened. On May 13th, Mr. Ellison gave the commencement speech for the University of Southern California, and at the 15 minute mark, he told the story about a walk with Steve Jobs where he offered to buy Apple and put Mr. Jobs in charge of it. Listen to the story for some interesting insight into both Mr. Ellison and Mr. Jobs, including the bit where the latter turned down the offer from the former and why.
We have deal for you on 8 Mac apps called the World Class Mac Bundle. It includes iStat Menu 5—a utility I can't imagine not having—Freeway Pro 7, uBar 6, Painter Essentials 5, DropZone 3, Xee 3, Data Rescue 4, and Hype 3.5. Those are solid apps, and you can get them all in this bundle for $29.99. There are detailed descriptions on each app in the deal listing, so check it out.
A Reuters report claiming Apple has been talking to car charger companies got Bryan Chaffin thinking about standards. It seems likely that Apple would develop its own proprietary technology for charging the Apple Car, but there are many reasons why it would make sense for Apple to adopt an industry standard.