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Hey Browncoats, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are making a new series called Con Man, and they want your help funding it. ZOMG, it also involves Gina Torres, Felicia Day, Seth Green, and James Gunn. Oh, and it's going to have a spaceship. That's because it's about a guy (Alan Tudyck) who starred in a SciFi show with another guy (Nathan Fillion), only the show got canceled...too soon. Since then, Nathan Fillion's character has gone on to fame and fortune, while Alan Tudyck's character has not. If that's not a premise rife with comedic possibilities, I don't know what comedic possibilities are. They are looking to crowd-fund some of the budget for the show through Indiegogo. With 24 days left to go, they've raised more than US$2 million, five times their intial goal. And funding options include super awesome cool perks for fans. The trailers alone are hilarious. Check it out and give generously so I can watch this great show! Please?
There are many different alternative fuels for portable battery chargers, and now you can add corn flakes to the list. Or Spinach. Or maybe Sushi...mmmm...sushi. Anyway, Ampware has launched an Indiegogo campaign for CrankCase and CrankBox, two different portable batteries you charge with a hand-turned crank. 5 minutes of cranking will get you enough juice for three hours of smartphone use or half that for a tablet. That's a lot of cranking, but consider it a workout. And if you're camping, hiking, or driving through the mountains in the snow, it means power any time, day or night. The company has preproduction units and is using its campaign to work up production—assembly will take place in the U.S. There's more information on the Indiegogo page.
We have a great deal on the iOS & Xcode Developer Training course: it's a lifetime subscription for $99—98 percent off retail. It has more than 720 video levtures on iOS languages Swift, Objective-C, and more. And more courses are added every month. With more than 65 hours of content, you can learn from beginner levels to advanced levels, and stay up to date.
Apple is building a dedicated Apple Watch store in Tokyo. The Verge reported on a black box inside Isetan department store (sometimes called Shinjuku Isetan) in Tokyo that says simply " Watch" and "Coming Soon" in Japanese.
Is there anything better than a clever nerd with good taste and the ability to make something awesome? No way. Enter Adam Woodworth, who turned a quadcopter into an Imperial Speeder from Star Wars . The body of this piece of awesomeness was made from a 1:6 scale (12-inch) Hasbro Power Of The Force series Speeder Bike. The quadcopter bit? Well that he actually designed himself. That's intensely cool in my book. Just watch the video, be delighted, and then read about how he did it (with pictures) at Makezine (via TechCrunch).
We have a great deal on security apps and training for your Mac called the Ultimate Security Bundle. It includes two certified White Hat Hacker Courses, a three year subscription to SplashID Pro, one year of BiteDefender Antivirus for Mac, DropShare, and John Martellaro's favorite, Little Snitch 3. Retail on this bundle is $189, but through our deal you can get it for $39. There's more info on all this products on the deal page.
Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue endorsed the upcoming biography Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary (Amazon, iBooks) as the first book about Steve Jobs "to get it right." Mr. Cue issued back to back tweets about Steve Jobs, the first criticizing the documentary Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine.
We have some great giveaways, and today's is no exception: you can register to win the DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter. The DHI Phantom 2 is a serious piece of kit, but if you win, it's yours for free. To register, all you have to do is sign up for our TMO Deals giveaways. There are more details on the giveaway's page.
Since the passing of Steve Jobs in 2011, a lot of videos and interviews with the tech icon have resurfaced. It's been great being able to take this walk through history, and I have a doozy for you today. It's a documentary-style 20 minute video showing Steve Jobs working with his then-brand new team at NeXT in 1985. This is less than a year after he left Apple to form NeXT. Its particular focus is Mr. Jobs organizing, inspiring, and pushing that team to meet his deadline of a 1987 release for the first NeXT computer. Dave Hamilton noted, "at 11:32, Mr. Jobs says, 'Well, George, I can't change the world!' And there's a hint of a smile there...as if he doesn't really believe that sentiment, but lets it stand because it helps make his point." It's a fascinating watch. [Via @cdixon -> @inc]
So you've bought your elegant Apple Watch, but it's just that. Elegant. Too elegant. Casetfy has a solution for you with its Customizable Watch Band for Apple Watch. It allows you to design your own Apple Watch strap using photographs from Facebook and Instagram. Or, as the company wrote, "Your selfie on your watch band? Err...why not!" Why not, indeed! They're priced at US$50, will ship in June, and you can play around with your own designs now. Use coupon code JW6UQR for $10 off, too. Casetfy has been making custom iPhone cases for several years, too, and the coupon code works there, as well.