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A new biography titled Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary claims that current Apple CEO Tim Cook offered Mr. Jobs part of his liver, an offer that was declined. The book comes out on March 24th, but an Amazon preview gave access to much of its content—that preview has since been sharply reduced.
It's deals like this that make me wish we had 48 hours in a day. It's a beginner's course on Arduino, a hobbyist platform for making devices that can both sense and control the physical world. Which is freaking cool. An Arduino unit analyzes its environment by receiving inputs from numerous built-in sensors and reacts by controlling lights, motors, accessories or whatever else you can dream up. This training course has more than 99 lectures and 17 hours of content to get you started on this open source platform, and through us it's just $19. If you take the course, please send me an email showing me what you create!
Apple released iOS 8.3 (beta) 12F5047f—the third beta release of the iPhone and iPad operating system—to developers Thursday . The most notable change in the release is a known issue with Verizon LTE Voice.
Rob Griffiths has posted a great comparison chart for Apple Watch. It lists every model with every strap option, and includes the price, weight, and size of the model. If you're interested in this device, it's a must-see.
Apple experienced a rare online services outage Wednesday, an outage that made iCloud, Mac App Store, App Store, iBooks, and iTunes Store inaccessible. The company said in a statement it was due to an internal DNS error, and apologized for the outage.
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is engaged in an active campaign to break Apple's encryption technologies in order to broaden its ability to surveil anyone, anywhere. According to The Intercept, the CIA has waged a multi-year effort to find vulnerabilities in iOS, iPhones, and iPads that it can exploit.
Apple's fleet of Apple Store retail locations bring in so many visitors, they have begun replacing department stores as the main traffic driver to malls in the U.S. Apple has been able to use its industry-redefining sales to drive lease terms that are far more attractive than other retailers.
Mobile charging gets more and more important for many of us, and we have a deal for you today on the BatteryBox that will help. This is a portable charger that provides 60Wh (that's watt hours, not milliwatt hours!) for charging your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, and a mobile device, too. That's an additional 5-13 hours of jusice for your laptop, and days of power for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Better yet, you can charge both at the same time. It retails for $220, but through our deal it's $134.99.
Lots of people are stoked about Apple Watch, and if you're a developer, here's your chance to learn how to make apps for the device. We have a deal on the Apple WatchKit Course from Mammoth Interactive. It's five hours of tutorials that will walk you through creating six different sample apps for Apple Watch. You'll learn how to transport data from the iPhone, how to navigate the WatchKit interface, and learn Apple's human interface guidelines for the device. All that for $19. Get on it. Make some cool apps.
Apple quietly unveiled updates to its MacBook Pro with Retina Display and MacBook Air lines Monday. The company introduced faster processors, better graphics, and longer battery life for the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air received faster processors, better graphics, and Thunderbolt 2.