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In our final Mac Geek Gab podcast of 2013, John (F. Braun), Pilot Pete and I collected and shared our thoughts about our favorite moments from 2013 and also what we're looking forward to as 2014 comes into our respective time continuums. I thought today was as good a day as any to highlight those here, too.
Sure, both Amazon and the US Government have their drones, but you can have your own, as well. Santa brought one of these to our house last week for Christmas, and as a remote-controlled helicopter enthusiast (i.e. the dude that always buys one of these things every year and then forgets about it), I can tell you that this one is the best I've ever used. So controllable, and pretty easy to fly, too. The video pretty much tells the story, and once you're finished watching and are ready to buy, head on over to our Deal store and enjoy!
Dave Hamilton's been a fan and user of Apple devices for as long as you can remember, but he's never been opposed to using something else, Apple has simply been his preference. Recently, though, Dave decided to challenge his preferences and spent an entire week testing Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX as his only tablet. You may (or may not) be surprised at his thoughts.
Cobra's driving bundle includes the Cobra iRadar, the iOS-linked radar (and more) detection device, the Cobra Tag to help you find your keys and the Cobra Universal Mini Mount to hold your iPhone in the car. The Cobra iRadar is something I checked out and mentioned back on Mac Geek Gab 374, and we still use it in the family car to this day. More than just protection from speed traps, the iRadar goes social. Using your iPhone as its wireless bridge, this alerts you to all sorts of things on the road and reports back (anonymously) to create a hive-mind base of knowledge to better inform all drivers, you included. Normally $129.99 at the Apple Store, we have it in our deals section for just $99.99 for the next 10 days.
The iRest iPad stand from Rain Design (recommended by TMO's own Nancy Gravley) is available for just 39.99 through this weekend from our new TMO Deals section in partnership with Stack Social. The iRest is a handy thing, especially for your favorite owner of a full-size iPad. With it you can read in bed without holding your iPad up with your hands, and you can even use the iRest as a tabletop stand. Check it out, this price is the best we've found.
In what perhaps will be my final post before Thanksgiving, I would like to offer my thanks to Smile, this week's sponsor here at TMO. Our focus for this spot is on PDFPen, the all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. Our world lives half in paper and half online, and PDFs are the bridge between those halves. And while we can all create PDFs as easily as we can print them (hint: check the menu in the lower left of your Mac's print dialog), to modify them you need PDFPen.
Today we here at TMO are announcing something new: Deals! Of course, long-time TMO readers know that deals are nothing really new – they are a part of our DNA. We just haven't been doing a lot of them lately, and the reason for that is we've been putting together a partnership with the folks over at StackSocial. With their help we now have an entire deals site for you to peruse – complete with its own specific Apple/Mac section – and we'll regularly be bringing you new deals to look at. With that in mind, we figured this "Think Different" T-Shirt was exactly the right way to start. Check it out, and enjoy. And let us know what you think!
We first heard from Nanodots two years ago when they came around to tell us about their original Nanodots: small neodymium magnets that you can mash and put together to build all kinds of things. We loved them and raved about them on Mac Geek Gab. And frankly, we haven't been able to put them down since. In addition to using them to craft cool shapes, Nanodots just feel good to play with. They're the ultimate stress relief toy, way more satisfying than all those other balls. Well, it turns out some folks just don't like the idea of kids playing with small magnets (and potentially swallowing them). Good thing for Nanodots that they had a new idea: GYRO. GYRO hasn't shipped yet, but will in December if you order soon. GYRO solves the swallowing problem by making the magnets bigger – golf-ball sized – and way cooler: the balls are plastic and the magnets are inside... in a gyroscope configuration. The video is worth watching and, if our bets are right, we'll have new, bigger balls to play with just in time for Christmas.
Earlier today, Coin announced the pre-sale of their upcoming credit-card consolidation device. Shaped to be the size (and thickness) of a credit card, Coin is actually a battery-operated, low-energy Bluetooth device onto which you can store up to eight (8) different credit cards (its companion iPhone app can store the rest of your cards if you have more than eight). When you're ready to make a purchase you select which card you'd like Coin to become, and the mag stripe on Coin spits out the info from your selected card. Simple premise, and you get to carry just one card instead of eight. Cool Stuff Found, indeed. I ordered one. But what impressed me more was just how many people stood up and found all the reasons Coin wouldn't work. That's my metric for something that's bound to be a success, and this one tweet stream is enough to convince me these folks have a winner on their hands. Cool, indeed!
Dave Hamilton has known for a year now that he'd be getting the Retina iPad mini as soon as it came out. The iPad Air gave him some pause but, in the end, the new mini won out and he's here to share with us his initial thoughts after having the device for just under twenty-four hours.