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Some testing and real-world usage has found that devices powered by an Apple A9 chip made by TSMC get as much as 50 minutes more battery life than devices powered by A9s made by Samsung. Apple told TechCrunch, however, that its internal data shows a modest 2-3 percent difference as a whole, and that benchmark testing procedures are not an accurate way to measure battery life.
We have a new app bundle for you today called The Big Mac Bundle. It has 14 productivity apps and optimization utilities for your Mac for a whopping $17.99. RapidWeaver, Ember, MacPilot, MacBooster 3, WiFi Radar Pro, and nine others. Check out the full list on the deal listing.
We have a great training bundle for you today called WordPress Wizard Bundle, and you get to pay what you want for it. Here's how it works. Pay anything, even a penny, and get two courses. If you beat the average price paid to date, you get all twelve courses in the bundle. That average price is only $9.86 as of this writing. If you make the Top 10 leaderboard at any time during this deal you'll get five entries into the MacBook Air giveaway we're doing with Stack Social. And if that's not enough, 10 percent of whatever you pay goes to Project HOPE. Check out the details on the deal listing.
Nightstand Mode is a cool new feature in watchOS 2 that puts a nice fat digital clock on your Apple Watch when it's being charged. It's tasty, but some folks might not want their Apple Watch's display on all night. Turning it off is simple, but only if you know where to look. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Apple has a new series of commercials promoting Apple Watch, including the one below called Cycle. Each is short and promotes a specific aspect of the device. Cycle, for instance, is tracking an athlete's intense workout on a stationary bike with a bright, clear "Goal Achieved" screen at the end. There's also Ride (directions through Siri), Sing (send a voice message via iMessage), Date (get important text messages even when you're out having fun), Train (track your heart rate), and Sprinkle (use Apple Pay even when your hands are full). What do you think?
I've been extolling the virtues of Google Now for a couple of years—it's Android's best feature; it's Google giving back something from pillaging our digital lives for profit; and it's a feature Apple will have a hard time matching because the iOS maker doesn't make us the product. Apple narrowed the gap with iOS 9 and Proactive, but Google is still ahead in this one area. The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern has spent a week with a pre-release version of Android Marshmallow, the next major update to Android, and she wrote extensively about how Google Now gets even better with Google Now on Tap. Marshmallow will take forever and a day to propagate out to users (Lollipop is even now only at 23.5 percent of Android users who use Google Play), but for those who get it, it seems like a solid mobile operating system. Her review is a good read.
Apple is doing a little iPad Pro pre-release reach out to artists at Pixar and Disney, and project manager Paul Hildebrandt at Disney tweeted a photo showing some of his team playing with the device (via iMore). Jeff Ranjo, a Disney artist posted a video to Periscope of his hands-on time with the device and Apple Pencil, the stylus designed to go with iPad Pro. Listening to Mr. Ranjo talk about the two devices, I can't help but feel iPad Pro is going to have a major impact on the world of graphic design, animation, and art, regardless of its uses in other applications and disciplines.
Apple brought in some cool new toys. If I could get the artists to put them down then I could get a turn. pic.twitter.com/WpuLHvRSvp— Paul Hildebrandt (@paulhildebrandt) October 6, 2015
Check out the Bluetooth Sound Buds from KOAR, Bluetooth earbuds that are designed to be lightweight and have an optional hook that will secure them to your ears. They also have a built-in microphone for hands-free calling or other voice uses. We have a deal on them, too. They retail for for $109, but through us you can get them for $24.99.
Controversy is building around Steve Jobs, an upcoming film based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the same name. While praised by critics, the film is being criticized by some of the people who were closest to him, including his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and long-time Apple board member Bill Campbell.
Flip PDF for Mac turns ordinary PDF documents into animated flip books, and we have a deal on it for you. It requires no programming ability, and it comes with 100+ templates, 400+ themes, 200+ scenes and 700+ backgrounds to help you create just what you want. Flip PDF for Mac retails for $99, but through our deal, it yours for $9. There's a YouTube video on the deal listing with more information.