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Check out Spoolee, a clever product raising money on Kickstarter. The short version of Spoolee is that it's a soft spool you can wrap your earphones—any earphones or earbuds or EarPods or whatever—around. When you want to use them again, slip Spoolee on your finger and unspool your earphones like a rip chord. It's pretty simple, but the video below has shows precisely how it works. Funding options that get you a Spoolee start at $9. Higher funding options let you get more Spoolees, The company is trying to raise $8,000, and already has $6,433, with 35 days to go.
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 $9.99. There's a YouTube video on the deal page with more information.
If you have a photographer in your life, just look at the image, click the link, and buy it. You already get it. For everyone else, the Camera Lens Mug is a coffee mug that looks like a camera lens. Think: bring your own refreshments to a place where you can't bring your own liquids, but you can bring your camera. It has a rubber grip, a stainless steel lining, and it looks like a camera lens. Come on, that's rad. It's $19.99, making it a fine gift, too.
Today's deal is called Learn Swift, a developer training package designed to teach you Apple's new Swift programming language. It has 95 lectures that focus on real-world examples, and it features more than 4 hours of video content. It will also teach you how to use Xcode’s new .playground file, and the training materials is regularly refreshed. This package retails for $99, but through our deal, you can get it for $19.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on a major charm offensive in China by giving a 30 minute interview where he answered everything in Mandarin Chinese. That was clever, for sure, but even more clever was posting a video of the interview to Facebook. The interview was at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where the university announced Mr. Zuckerberg was joining its School of Economics and Management Advisory Board. Again, clever. As noted by Wired, Facebook is banned in China—and boy, oh boy, did his Mandarin performance have this particular crowd wrapped around Mr. Zuckerberg's finger. Clearly he's taking a long view on entering the world's largest market, and this was a smart step in that campaign. Wired also noted that Mr. Zuckerberg learned Mandarin in 2010 as that year's self-improvement goal. I'd love for any Mandarin speakers to offer up their thoughts on his performance in the comments. The full video is available on Facebook and may require Flash.
We have a great developer training bundle today called the Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle. As with our other Name Your Own Price (NYOP) deals, you can pay what you want—even a penny—and get Engage Your Customers With Gamification and Learn To Craft "Hand-Painted" Textures, two training course with 54 lectures and more than 16 hours of video content. If you beat the average price—which is just $6.24 as of this writing—you also get Make Real Games: Become A Unity 3D Power User and Get Schooled: Professional Video Game Art School, which have another 343 lectures and 102 hours (!!) of content. And 10 percent of what you pay goes one of three charities (your choice), including Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons.
GT Advanced Technologies said in court that ot came to an "amicable parting" with Apple. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont express talk about what that might mean. They also take a trip into the land of Apple Pay to discuss some of the security implications of the service.
GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) announced an "amicable parting of the ways" with Apple. GTAT announced the deal in court filings, though Apple itself has yet to comment.
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Apple appears to be going to great lengths to keep the terms of its agreement with GTAT—terms the sapphire maker called "oppressive and burdensome"—secret. It would seem that Apple cut this new deal with GTAT solely to keep those documents sealed after the judge overseeing the bankruptcy told Apple he was inclined to unseal everything.
This story starts several years ago. I want to say 2004, but I don't remember for sure. A friend of a friend worked at Apple, and he heard I was looking for a TAM. It turns out it was probably owned by Jony Ive, and this is how I found out.
We have a training package for photographers today called Adobe Know-How. It contains more than 200 lectures with over 27 hours of content, and it's designed to teach both photography techniques and Photoshop CC skills. Courses include EasyDSLR Beginners Photography Course, The Art Of Black & White Photography, Night Photography Unlocked Video Course, and Mastering Adobe Photoshop CC: A Definitive Course. All that for $29.99. There's more information on the deal page.