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MOTO TC Rally Car Controlled by iPhone for $39.99

9:01 PM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Moto TC Rally Car

We have a killer deal on a fun toy for you, Griffin's MOTO TC Rally Car, an RC car you control with your iPhone through a companion app. This USB-rechargeable car can be raced on pavement, and it has impact sensors that detect damage from other drivers and obstacles. You can add armor (that slows you down), and it's usable with iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 4s, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad 3, 4, and Air, and the iPad mini. It retails for US$99, but in this TMO deal, you can get it for $39.99, an offer that expires in 11 days.

Apple Reportedly Shelves Plans for a Larger iPad ‘Pro’

7:59 PM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple has reportedly shelved plans for a 12-inch to 13-inch iPad, a device that many have called an iPad Pro. Citing unspecified and unnamed rumors, DigiTimes said that Apple has canceled its plans for such a device even as other companies were running into hurdles trying to bring their own large tablets to market.

Amperage Stompbox Gives Guitarists 7 Knobs for MIDI-Capable Apps

3:04 PM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I have something for musicians today, a Kickstarter project called the Amperage Pedal. It's a stompbox that gives guitarists, bassists, and keyboardists, 2 foot switches and 7 banks of 7 knobs for MIDI-capable apps on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC. That's a lot of control for the growing legions of musicians who use mobile devices and computers to control and shape their sound onstage, though I can also see studio and in-your-living-room use for it. The device will work with any MIDI-capable software out of the box, but the folks behind it said they'll release a utility for Mac and Windows that allows tinkerers even greater control over the device. Funding options that include a finished product start at US$225, and the company is looking to raise just under $10,000.

Fund a Usable Enigma Machine Reproduction on Kickstarter

7:34 PM, Mar. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I found a super cool Kickstarter project that will exercise your history, math, cryptography, and gadget nerd all at once! It's called the Open Enigma Project by S&T Geotronics, an open source recreation of the German Enigma encryption device from World War II. Enigma was an incredible mechanical encryption machine that was cracked by the allies only through a remarkable combination of luck and mistakes on the part of the Nazis. Better yet, assuming you're not a Nazi, it was exploited by the Allies to remarkable effect because the Nazis knew it to be uncrackable. OK, so enough history: this Kickstarter project will allow you to get or make your own (depending on your funding level) electronic Enigma reproduction that will allow you to create your own encrypted messages. It can interface with your computer through USB, and future options could include WiFi and the ability to encrypt your router traffic. What?! Too cool!

iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners for $29

4:37 PM, Mar. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

App Interface Design

Check out this deal for an e-learning course called iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners that will teach you the basics of iOS interface design and how to implement those principles.  The course also teaches you to how to review the results of your interface design so that you can see how it really looks on an iPhone. That's cool, but what's even cooler is that it's just $29 through our friends at StackSocial in this TMO deal. This price expires in seven days, so get to it.

2014 Will Be the Year That Defines Apple CEO Tim Cook

4:10 PM, Mar. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Tim Cook

Time can be a funny thing, and not just in a Stephen Hawking yuk-yuk kind of way. For we intellectual mortals, time has a magical ability to change our perspective on things, making small things become important, and allowing us to all but forget what used to feel like was of end-of-the-world, apocalyptic magnitude. That's what is going to happen in 2014, a year I believe will come to define the Tim Cook era of Apple.

Photos of 5th Ave. Apple Store Cube Repairs

2:42 PM, Mar. 12th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Cube

Apple is busily repairing the 5th Avenue Apple Store's iconic glass cube entryway, and the repairs have been documented on Instagram. One of the enormous glass panels that make up the cube was shattered by a snow blower in January, necessitating the repair.

Blizzard Launches Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for Mac and PC

6:40 PM, Mar. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Blizzard launched Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft on Mac and Windows on Tuesday. The latest expansion of the company's massive World of Warcaft franchise is a "fast paced strategy card game" that includes playing heroes, casting spells, summoning creatures, all through digital cards. The game is a free download, and it pits the player against a series of mini-bosses on the way to the ultimate boss, Illidan Stormrage. I included the promotional video below.