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Apple is doing really well. The company is fantabulously successful, or so Bryan Clark argued at TheNextWeb. But all that success is only masking the reality that Apple is in a heap of trouble with no future. That's what Bryan Clark is saying, and for his efforts he has earned himself a place in the Apple Death Knell Counter.
We've been running deals on the Titan Lightning charger cables for a while, but today we have a bundle on both of them together. With this deal you can get the Titan Cable and Titan Loop Lightning Charger for $44.95. These products are designed to be tough, and they're wrapped in industrial-grade, flexible steel. The Titan Cable is 3-feet and 3-inches long, while the Titan Loop is 9-inches long and designed to be small enough to loop and carry in your pocket. Check out the deal page for more information.
Apple released tvOS 9.0.1 for the company's new Apple TV models, though the update didn't come with patch notes. A reasonable bet is that this is a maintenance release with bug fixes and stability improvements.
Phone phreaking. It was a thing in the 1970s. At least that's what I thought until I saw this video. It turns out phreaking began in the 1950s. Who knew? Turns out the folks featured in this video knew, and that includes Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, whose first entrepreneurial venture was building "blue boxes." Phreaking was the trick of using audio tones to control AT&T's phone system to make calls anywhere in the world for free. Now to the young folks among us, that won't be a big deal, but long distance calls back in the day cost a lot of money. And that helped make phreaking the system a huge turn-on to the hackers of the time, including Messrs. Jobs and Woz. The video includes an old interview with Steve Jobs talking about making blue boxes, and it features both an old and new interview with Mr. Wozniak, too. Captain Crunch also makes an appearance, as do many other figures that played a role in this pre-personal computing hacker community. It's great. Watch it. [Note that playback may not work on iPhones, but it works fine on iPad.]
iOS 9, Swift 2, Xcode 7, app templates, Apple TV—we have a developer bundle for you today with all those things, eight courses in all. Plus, you get to pay what you want. Here's how it works: pay anything, even a penny, and you get two courses, Learn iOS 9 App Development with Xcode 7 & Swift 2 and iOS iPhone App Swift Template. If you'll beat the average price, which is US$8.95 as of this writing, you get all eight courses. Make the leaderboard at any point and you'll get five entries into the Tim Ferriss Round-the-World Giveaway. If that's not enough, 10 percent of the profits go to Project HOPE. Check out the deal for more information.
Time for a confession: I love thermal imaging cameras because I love Ghost Hunters and some of the paranormal shows that have come in its wake. FLIR, a big name in professional thermal imaging, brought thermal imaging to the iPhone with the FLIR ONE, a device that does the thermal imaging internally while using your iPhone for the display. I'm going to be reviewing the new FLIR ONE model soon, but last week at Pepcom I also saw the FLIR VUE Pro, a thermal imaging module for drones. This device starts at $1,999, and it's aimed at commercial uses (such as agriculture, surveying, mapping, law enforcement, etc.). It inserts geo location and flight information data and it records directly to a microSD memory card. This device is just one more example of how drones are bringing major changes to modern life and business. It ships later in November.
Did you hear the one about night being day, up being down, black being white, and Amazon opening up a brick and mortar book store? It turns out one of those things is true—earlier this week, Amazon opened up its first brick and mortar book store in the tony confines of Seattle’s University Village. Bryan Chaffin looks at what this might mean.
We have 25 percent off for you today on the Logitech UE BOOM Bluetooth Speaker. This portable Bluetooth speaker offers 360 degree sound and 15 hours on a charge. You can pair via NFC, too, and it will switch songs, adjust volume, take phone calls from up to 50 feet away from the speaker. Through our deal, you can get this popular speaker for $149.99.
Apple has improved discovery on the Apple TV App Store by introducing two categories, Games and Entertainment. The feature joins Top Charts, which was added on Monday, but discovery remains a soft spot for for the new Apple TV.
The new Apple TV is here, and Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin discuss a the first few days of using the device. They also look at Facebook's decision to force some of its developers to eat their own dog food and use Android devices. Peering into the future, they look at a Kickstarter project called Gest, and then dip way into the past and talk about a 102 year old computer beneath the Apple Store in Grand Central.