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ACM 355: Textalyzer, FBI, and Chaffin’s Razor

5:55 PM, Apr. 13th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

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.

Smile Lowers Subscription Pricing for TextExpander 6

6:17 PM, Apr. 12th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Smile Software

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.

Pebble Time Smartwatch: $119.99

2:21 PM, Apr. 12th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pebble Time Smartwatch

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 Moving Censorship Target and New York’s ‘Textalyzer’ Bill

1:52 PM, Apr. 12th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

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.

Skateboarding Documentary on Sean Malto Filmed Entirely on iPhone

12:09 PM, Apr. 12th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

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]

Scapple Mind Mapping App for Mac or Windows: $8.99

3:23 PM, Apr. 11th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Scapple Screenshot

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.

‘It’ Kickstarter Projects Wants Us Thinking Differently about Wearing Apple Watch

6:07 PM, Apr. 8th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

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.