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Circuit Scribe Basic Kit: $49.99

8:55 PM, Sep. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Circuit Scribe Basic Kit Example

I love the cool make-something-real-and-learn-while-you-do-it products all around us. Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and now we have a deal on something called Circuit Scribe. This technology allows you to draw a circuit with a special pen that you can then connect modules to for a genuine do-it-yourself piece of electronics. Our deal is for the Circuit Scribe Basic Kit, and you can get it for $49.99. Check our the deal listing for more information, images, and a video explaining how it works.

This Is How You Know It’s Time for Apple Car

8:12 PM, Sep. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Bob Lutz on CNBC

Hey look, it's another auto executive explaining to the world how absurd it is for Apple to make a car. It's hard, he said. It will be a money pit, he said. Apple doesn't know anything about cars, he said. And most of all, he said that the auto industry is a low margin business, making it a terrible market to enter. This is how you know it's time for Apple Car.

Amazon Web Services Certification Bundle: $19

4:35 PM, Sep. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Amazon Web Services Certification Bundle

Check out our training bundle for Amazon Web services. Our bundle includes Amazon Web Services Certified Developer - Associate Level and Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Level. They retail for $278, but you can get it for $19 through our deal. Amazon Web Services are one of the biggest things in the cloud, and this deal will let you dip your toes in the water.

What It’s Like to Have Your App Featured in an Apple Commercial

8:48 PM, Sep. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

We've all watched Apple's commercials, but have you ever wondered what it's like to have an app featured in one of those spots? Robleh Jama of Tiny Hearts had just that happen with his company's app, Quick Fit: 7 Minute Workout. "It all began when I received an email out of the blue back in March from Apple’s outside ad agency, TBWA\Media Arts." Mr. Jama described a roller coaster ride of hurry up and wait, but when the commercial debuted in international markets, his app sales zoomed, as demonstrated in the ranking chart shown below. He lays out the story in a blog post, and it's a good read. He also has some tips for other developers who would like to be similarly featured.

NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer: $19.99

4:19 PM, Sep. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

NetSpot Pro running on a MacBook

NetSpot is a software utility that lets you visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks with any MacBook. It allows you to do something as simple as measure signal strength in a given spot, but if you are serious about optimizing your network, it has mapping tools that will allow you to precisely figure out signal strength in every nook and cranny of your home or office. It retails for $149, but through our deal you can get it for $19.99. There's a video on the deal page with a product demo.

A Tour of the Apple Store Designed by Jonny Ive and Angela Ahrendts

8:23 PM, Sep. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is about to open its first Apple Store in Brussels, Belgium, and it's also the first Apple Store designed by Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive and Senior Vice President Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts. Local site Apple Nieuws Vlaanderen was on hand for a press-preview of the store (via The Verge) and posted some gorgeous photos. Standout differences include potted trees inside the store. To my mind they look weird, a contrived artifice, but the folks from ANV said (via Google Translate), "Believe us, it is truly beautiful." Also of note are the 8 meter tall (roughly 26 feet) panels of glass that make up the front of the store. In addition, the walls are made of the same clay bricks that are being used on Apple's new spaceship HQ, or Apple Campus 2.0. Check out ANV's post for several photos and more information.