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If you follow our daily deals, you may have gotten the impression that I love RC drones. It's because I do. They're fun. And today, we have a deal on the Micro Drone 2.0, a tony drone equipped with a camera that you can get for just $74.99 (it's usually $139.99). According to the manufacturer, you can throw it into the air like a frisbee, upside down or any angle, and its new self-righting algorithm and sensors will immediately stabilize it back to its horizontal flying position. Why would you do such a thing? Because you can. Duh. There's a video on the deal site. Check it out.
President Barack Obama issued a call on Monday for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to "implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality." In a multipart plan, President Obama proposed that the FCC reclassify broadband providers as public utilities, and laid out four specific provisions to protect the Internet from deep-pocketed interests. The radical wing of the GOP, including Tea Party darling Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), immediately launched a counter offensive calling the president's proposal "Obamacare for the Internet."
That odor is the smell of chum in the corporate waters, as law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe LLP announced Friday that it was launching an "investigation" into Rite Aid and CVS's decision to block Apple Pay and Google Wallet. The firm said it was considering a class action lawsuit against the pharmacy chains based on antitrust law.
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My favorite part is the language in the press release that casts this private, for-profit law firm as crusading protectors of the public.
TMO's Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have been busy little beavers this week, taking part in four podcasts and video podcasts, and that's not counting their own podcast of the Apple Context Machine and TMO's Daily Observations. Links and details in the full article.
We're giving away an iPhone 6 with our friends at Stack Social, but time is running out to register. Actually, it's even better than an iPhone 6 giveaway, because the winner gets a $650 Apple gift card you can use to purchase an iPhone 6 or anything else. So, you know, that's kind of awesome, but you have to register in the next three days. To register, connect with Facebook or do an email registration to receive TMO daily deal notifications. Good luck!
Time management: who needs it, amiright? OK, most of us. Today we have a deal that might help you with your own time tracking and management. It's a lifetime subscription to Time Doctor (not to be mistaken for you know who...get it? Who? Doctor...ah, forget it) for $49 (regularly $300). Time Doctor will not only track the total time you spend working, it will also provide a breakdown on how much time is spent which projects (or clients) and tasks. Works with iOS and Android apps, as well as on Macs, Windows, and Linux. There are more details on the deal listing.
CBS News and CBS Interactive launched Thursday a "digital streaming news network" called CBSN. The 24 hour channel features live, anchored news for 15 hours each weekday, and while CBS didn't announce it was launching on Apple TV, the service is up and running on Apple's device now. CBS did, however, bother to name Amazon Fire TV and Windows Phone.
I'm a fan of Twelve South. The company has some of the best styling in the Apple accessories market, and today the company unveiled the SurfacePad for iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus), a wraparound wallet. Plus, it's leather, and as we established a couple of days ago, I'm also a big fan of leather cases. It has slots for two cards (the site cleverly says, "Room for two cards... and Apple Pay."), and it looks great. It's available in Black, Red, White, or Caramel (I like the first two most, for those keeping score at home). We'll likely review it in the next couple of weeks, but it you can't wait, it's available now for $39.99.
We have a deal on a bundle of developer training courses called The Cyber Security Developer Bundle. For $49, you'll get Get Certified As An IT Security Beginner, The Fundementals Of Virtual Private Networks, Website Hacking Techniques In Practice, Learn To Write Secure PHP Code, Become a Certified Hacker, and Prepare Yourself For The CISA Exam. That's more than 262 lectures and more than 64 hours of video content.
Hex launched a line of leather cases and wallets for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Tuesday, and I'm a sucker for a quality leather iPhone case. They look good—though we haven't yet reviewed them—and I particularly like the Focus case shown in the image. In addition to the Focus in several colors, there is the Icon Wallet (also in multiple colors). It holds your iPhone in a case that folds over like a wallet, with slots for money and credit cards and the like. The leather cases are $49.95, while the leather wallets are $59.95.