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Bandojo Lets You Play Music Even If You’ve Never Played a Note Before

10:48 PM, May. 30th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Bandojo, an iOS app from a team that includes Andrew Stone of Twittelator (and Videator, and Stone Design) fame, allows both musicians and non-musicians to explore and play music, regardless of experience. The software has over a dozen built-in soundscapes on top of which you can play one of a number of different solo instruments. You choose notes by simply tapping colored dots on a board that looks a little like a Twister mat. If you know solfege ("do, re, mi" etc) you can see what those intervals are, but the beauty is you don't have to know anything other than what you like to hear. As you find colors that sound good to your ear, you can use them in different places and at different spots (octaves, for those who care) along the board. You can even play notes simultaneously to make chords. Pretty much whatever you think, you can do. A few minutes with this is all it takes to completely grok it and you'll lose yourself and just be able to play. You can link up wirelessly with other Bandojo users and jam together or simply play on your own. A forthcoming Mac app will add even more collaboration options. Jam on!

Learn to Be a Web Developer With This Training Bundle, Only $49

6:15 PM, May. 27th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Deals

Looking to learn or hone your skills to be a web developer? This bundle includes courses on becoming Amazon Web Services certified, using version control with GitHub, learning programming with Python, HTML5 fundamentals, PHP & MySQL classes, and more. There's even a MongoDB course in here! All this and more for just $49.

One Day Left to Name Your Own Price for 9 Apps and iOS Dev Course

10:16 AM, May. 22nd, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Deals

Today in our deals section you will find our latest Name Your Own Price Bundle. Inside the bundle are 8 great Mac apps (plus one defunct app that seems to have curiously risen from the ashes in a corporate switcheroo move... you can decide about that one!) and an iOS development course. Highlights include CrossOver 13 for Mac, RapidWeaver 5 and Snapheal Pro (one of my all-time favorites!). You literally can name your own price. ANY price you name (yes, any!) gets you two pre-selected apps and the iOS development course! But if you offer more than the average price you get all nine plus the dev course. At the time of this post that average price is just US$9.28, so act quickly and get yourself a heckuva deal. Or you can choose to pay more and put yourself on the leaderboard to get entered into a contest for an 11" MacBook Air. Several ways to win, and they're all cheaper the sooner you act! 

Directly Rip and Convert Blu-ray Disks With Handbrake

7:53 AM, May. 15th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · How-To

Handbrake is an excellent tool that allows you to take a movie and convert/compress it into a Mac-and-iOS-playable movie file. It's free, and it works. If you also have VLC installed Handbrake will read DVDs and convert them directly. What many users don't realize, though, is that MakeMKV can be invoked on-the-fly to allow Handbrake to rip and convert/compress Blu-ray disks directly, too.

24 Multi-Camera Videos from Cirque du Mac XI Are Up!

9:05 AM, May. 14th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Cirque du Mac is a true expression of our community every year, and we're thrilled for the role we play here at TMO. But it doesn't happen with just us alone. It takes all of us – our whole community – and this year Wally Cherwinski and the folks who dedicated their time at the party to being behind the lens outdid themselves. Every single song the Macworld All-Star Band played has been meticulously mixed, edited, and published on YouTube, all in multi-camera goodness. It's pretty amazing what Wally and his crew did here. Great thanks to the camera work of Rally Barnard, Chuck Joiner, LeRoy Lees, Ewen Rankin, Steve Sheridan and, of course, Wally. Cirque this year truly would not have been possible without our sponsors: Antec Mobile Products, Drobo, MacKeeper, The Omni Group, Other World Computing and Project Wizards. You all rock. Below is one of my favorite moments of the night, the rest are all at Wally's Cirque du Mac XI YouTube Playlist.

Keyboard Maestro for $20 - Less Than 2 Days Left

7:56 AM, May. 14th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Deals

As Mac Geek Gab listeners know, Keyboard Maestro is one of my absolutely must-have Mac utilities. Without it I'm not at the top of my game. Keyboard Maestro does many things, my favorites include its enhanced task switcher, automating running through menus (want to assign a keyboard shortcut to activate fast-user-switching? KM can do it!), and a clipboard history (and if you haven't worked with a clipboard history before, you're missing out!). Get it from our deal partners at StackSocial today at $19.99 before the price goes back up to $36.

Antec Battery-Powered Bluetooth Speaker & Speakerphone: $55

10:29 AM, May. 13th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Deals

Our friends at both Antec and StackSocial have gotten together today to offer this fantastic deal to you, our loyal TMO audience. For just $55 (actually $54.99 - save a penny!) you can have this compact Bluetooth speaker shipped to you anywhere in the USA, normally a $100 product. I've tested this speaker, and for $55 it's one of the best-sounding speakers you'll hear, certainly better than the far-more-expensive Jambox line (which sound horrible, in my opinion). If you need a good, wireless speaker to bring around with you this summer, just click buy. You'll love this one from Antec.