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Pro-encryption forces scored a legislative win in California this week—though it might be more appropriate to say anti-privacy and anti-security forces endured a loss—as a bill requiring tech companies to weaken encryption when required by law enforcement failed to make it out of committee. Many more challenges remain.
We have a deal for you today on the SuperNova 3G/4G LTE Hotspot, and it comes with a year of service from FreedomPop. This device functions as your own mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and you can connect up to 8 devices to it at one time. You can get the device and the one year of included service through FreedomPop for $99.99 through our deal. Check out the deal listing for details.
Apple reportedly has a secret team working on improving search and discovery in the App Store. This is a significant challenge for every company on the planet, and Bryan Chaffin looks at what Apple and its small team might be able to accomplish.
Amazon announced a new member of the Kindle ebook reader family, Kindle Oasis. The company claims the device has been physically designed to get close to the goal of having it disappear while you're reading, and it features "months" of battery life, but it comes with something we aren't used to seeing from Amazon, a higher price.
Apple and several developers joined forces Thursday to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in an effort labeled Apps for Earth. From now until April 24th, 100 percent of proceeds from some 27 apps will be donated to the WWF, and Apple CEO Tim Cook helped launch the campaign with a tweet.
Imagining what the Apple Car will look like is a parlor game just about every where. To that end, Motor Trend convened a panel of people from AppleInsider, CNet, Roadshow, Motor Trend itself, and designers from the Art Center College of Design. Their task was to produce a design of what the Apple Car might be. I'll tell you right off the bat there's no way Apple Car will look like this thing—it looks more like a concept car for 2020 designed in 1991. But, the design team put a lot of effort in thinking and designing for the experience, and whether they got it right or wrong, there's some interesting thinking in the project, and some interesting thoughts in this 28 minute discussion by the panel. This project is the subject of the June edition of Motor Trend, which goes on sale now.
It's your last chance to get the 2016 All-Star Mac Bundle, a collection of 11 Mac apps including BusyCal 2. There's also DEVONthink Personal, Crossover 15, Yummy FTP Pro, Find Any File, Downie 2, and five more. Purchased individually, these apps would be $263, but you can get them all through our deal for $24.99.
Check out Chicago Windy City Nights II, a stunning video from Max Wilson comprised entirely of time-lapse photography of Chicago at night. It's stunning, and that, frankly, doesn't do it justice. It was first published a year ago, but if you haven't seen it, take the time to watch it now. And I'd love to know what you think.
Cellebrite's "Textalyzer" technology can supposedly tell if a smartphone was being used "around the time" of an accident. That sends up red flags for Bryan and Jeff, and they dig deep into the issues. They also talk about new information from The Washington Post that claims the FBI paid a gray hat hacker to help it break into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c, and some of the many ramifications that might have. For fun, they talk about the new Star Wars Rogue One trailer, and explain Chaffin's Razor.
It's a Lightning cable, 18-inches long, stiff, yet flexible, and can be bent into just about any shape you need, even the one in the image where it's holding an iPhone up like stand. We have a deal on it for you at $13.99, more than 60 percent off retail.