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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.
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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.
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Mozilla.org released Firefox version 42.0 on Tuesday, and top of the new features is "Private Browsing with Tracking Protection." The browser specifically, "blocks certain Web elements that could be used to record your behavior across sites."
Pangea Software founder Brian Greenstone has published a developer tutorial for adding 3DTV support—that is support for television sets with 3D—to their Apple TV 4th Generation games. This is trickier than it might seem at first blush because neither tvOS nor Apple TV support 3D TV—but Mr. Greenstone has figured out how to do with through tools available in OpenGL, and he's sharing.
Have you ever wondered what Apple's iTunes Terms and Conditions would look like as a graphic novel? Of course you haven't. Who would? It's a crazy thought, so naturally artists and illustrator Robert Sikoryak set out to do it. But to make it even fun, he decided to roll out it one page a time, each in the style of an iconic cartoonist or team of cartoonists. Bill Waterston (Calvin and Hobbes), Otto Mesmer (Felix the Cat), Rube Goldberg (as in Rube Goldberg), and dozens more! The image included is just the cover art. Click through to see the first 48 pages of the graphic novel tome, as a cartoon version (in all those styles) of Steve Jobs delivering the T and C as dialog. It's a work of genius in my mind.