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Nine Mac Photography & Design Apps for Just $29

6:58 AM, Feb. 13th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Deals

Our deals partners at StackSocial have put together quite the bundle for us today. Focused on photography and design, this bundle will appeal to users of all levels. FaceFilter 3 lets you apply skin and lens effects, SnapHeal (is amazing! and) lets you literally remove pesky objects (like people!) from photos, Focus uses liveBlur to highlight the important parts of your photo, ColorStokes lets you add selective color to black and white images, and Marked 2 lets you get live previews while writing in Markdown! Also included in the bundle are FX Photo Studio, Live Interior 3D, Sparkbox and a collection of high-quality vector graphics from Vectorain. Unless you already have all of these apps buying the bundle just makes sense!

Steve Jobs Time Capsule and Lisa Mouse Found in Colorado

7:45 AM, Feb. 12th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

On June 15, 1983, Steve Jobs gave a talk at the Aspen Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado. He was, as usual, his visionary self, predicting things like ubiquitous portable email, the iPad, wireless networking, and more (the full speech is available for your listening pleasure). He used an Apple Lisa to manage a six-projector setup and, after the speech, conference organizers asked Jobs for something they could include in a conference-themed "time tube" (because tubes are cooler than capsules): after brief contemplation Jobs surrendered his Lisa's mouse and into the time tube it went. Since then the time tube was lost to, well, time. Time and re-landscaping. Lost, that is, until National Geographic's Diggers did what they do, and they found it. And yes, the mouse was there, in tact and pristine. Thanks to CNET for publishing the video.

iSlider iPad Stand: Now 20% Off

12:02 PM, Jan. 31st, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Deals

Rain Design's iSlider earned high marks when TMO's own Nancy Gravley reviewed it last year. This unique iPad stand can hold any model iPad in landscape, portrait or reclined modes, and folds up to travel quite well, too. Now you can get yours and save $10 in the process. With free shipping, this is the best price we've found, and we're told supplies are limited.

iOS Developers: How To Preserve User Purchases When Releasing a New App

10:45 AM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · How-To

A common issue plaguing long-time iOS developers is the desire to merge the free and pro versions of an app, instead utilizing in-app purchases, while still preserving existing users' paid-for features. Apple doesn't make it obvious how to accomplish this, but our friends at DigiDNA have found a creative solution using free in-app purchases.

Woz, Daniel Kottke and Rod Holt Discuss Early Apple Prototypes and Blowing Stuff Up

2:56 PM, Jan. 28th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Sometimes gems pop up, and this one exists in the form of six minutes of geek bliss. Woz (Apple employee #1), Daniel Kottke (technically employee #12, but really was the first paid employee of Apple in the garage), and Rod Holt (employee #5) chat through the very early days of Apple, including Woz's point-to-point soldering techniques, blowing up a few things, and where to put the solder when you don't have a third hand. This is truly a captured moment of three old friends losing themselves in the pure geekiness of it. Awesome.

Name Your Own Price for 11 Great Mac Apps

12:42 PM, Jan. 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 11 great Mac apps. Highlights include Snagit, MacX Video Converter Pro, Mariner Write, Flux, and Boom (one of my all-time favorites!). You literally can name your own price. ANY price you name (yes, any!) gets you four pre-selected apps. But if you offer more than the average price you get all eleven. At the time of this post that average price is just US$7.53, 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! 

Celebrate the Mac’s 30th Anniversary with Mike Markkula, Daniel Kottke, the Original Mac Team & More

3:26 PM, Jan. 17th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Next Friday, January 24th, will mark thirty years since Steve Jobs took the stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino and introduced the Mac to the world. And on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 (yes, that's next weekend!) that same venue will host a celebration of what has happened in the thirty-years-and-one-day since. Through several panel discussions you'll hear from Mike Markkula, Randy Wigginton, Daniel Kottke, Bill Fernandez, Steven Levy and some unnanounced special guests, as well. To cap off the evening the Macworld All-Star Band will play (yes, with yours truly on the drums). The event starts at 7pm and you tickets are available through Ticketmaster. I hope to see you there!

Doxie Go Portable, Battery-Powered, Mac-and-iPad-Capable Scanner for Just $149

7:21 AM, Jan. 15th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Deals

If you want to scan documents at home and on-the-go to your Mac or your iPad (using the iPad to USB adapter), the Doxie Go scanner is something to consider. Two years ago our own Nancy Gravley reviewed this scanner and, even at $199, she said it was "worth the price." Amazon beats that by a bit down to $188, but for the next thirteen days you can get this portable, battery-powered (and rechargable) scanner for just $149 through our deals section.