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Misfit Offers Swimmers their own Fitness Tracker

11:17 AM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Misfit and Speedo are teaming up on a new version of the Shine fitness tracker designed for swimmers. The Speedo Shine is waterproof to 50 meters, and is designed to track how many laps you swim, and can track your distance regardless of your swimming stroke. It also sports the usual tracking features like steps, calories burned, and sleep patterns. You can pick up a Speedo Shine from Misfit and Apple retail stores starting September 1 for US$79.99.

New OS X Security Flaw Detailed on the Internet Instead of Going to Apple

10:21 AM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

OS X tpwn security flaw posted online before alerting Apple

Another big security flaw in OS X Yosemite has been discovered, but instead of telling Apple first, the guy who found it posted his findings on the Internet. That means Apple doesn't have a head start on patching the flaw, and potential hackers have the access to the potential exploit now.

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Operating system security flaws suck, and doubly so when the people who discover them go directly to the Internet with their exploit instead of contacting the developers so they can work on a patch. Thanks to Luca Todesco, tpwn is in the wild and Apple didn't have a chance to check it out ahead of time.

Apple Music Festival Includes Pharrell, Florence + The Machine

9:10 AM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

iTunes Festival is now Apple Music Festival

Apple's 2015 London Apple Music Festival will include performances from Pharrell Williams, Florence + The Machine, One Direction, Disclosure, and more. The Festival runs from September 19 through September 28 at the Roundhouse, and just as Apple has done in past years, tickets to the concerts will be given away through a lottery system.

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The Apple Music Festival, formerly known as iTunes Festival, always has a diverse list of performers so it's cool that everyone who can't be there will be able to watch the concerts on Apple TV.

Sprint Follows T-Mobile, Offers iPhone 6s Upgrade Deal

7:07 PM, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Sprint follows T-Mobile's lead with new iPhone upgrade offer

Sprint is following T-Mobile's lead and offering customers who get an iPhone 6 now a free upgrade to the iPhone 6s when it's released, presumably in September. The deal, called iPhone Forever, lets subscribers lease a new iPhone and upgrade whenever an updated model is released.

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Once again, it's T-Mobile setting the standards for the smartphone market. To see what kind of deals we'll get from Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in the coming months just look to see what T-Mobile is doing today.

iOS 9 Developer Course 90% Off: $99

4:06 PM, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

The Complete iOS 9 Developer Course for only $99

If you're looking for some help on getting up to speed on coding apps for Apple's soon to be released iOS 9, check out TMO's special deal on StackSkills' online training: The Complete iOS 9 Developer Course. You'll get 90 hours of course content where you learn to build 100 apps with Xcode 7, plus you'll learn to use Swift 2, develop watchOS 2 Apple Watch apps, work with SpriteKit, and more. The training series is regularly priced at US$999, but you can sign up for $99—a 90 percent discount!

How Big is a 12 Megapixel Photo?

2:33 PM, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Your next iPhone could have a 12 megapixel camera. Is that a big deal?

Rumors claim that Apple will introduce a new iPhone model in September with a 12 megapixel camera. Aside from "that's more megapixels!" exactly what will a 12 megapixel camera in your next iPhone get you? Read on to see Jeff Gamet's explanation.

Apple Ready for its First Australian Bond Sale

10:41 AM, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple gets ready for kangaroo bond sale

Apple is ready to expand its bond sales to Australia and has calls with investors lined up for Monday. The bonds could raise between AU$500 million (about US$368.4 million) and $1 billion, and are expected to give the Australian investor's market a big boost.

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Apple has been diversifying its bond sales, so it isn't a surprise that Australia is on the list. The bonus is that this bond sale will bring a much needed boost to the Australian market, too.

Sign Up for TMO’s iPad Air 2 Giveaway

3:25 PM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Win an iPad Air 2 from The Mac Observer

How do you make the iPad Air 2 even more awesome than it already is? By giving one away for free, so that's exactly what The Mac Observer is doing. The icing on the cake, so to speak, is that you get to pick which color you'd like if you win. All you need to do is sign up to receive our deals emails from our special giveaway page, and you can share the giveaway on Twitter to score yourself extra entries. Go sign up!

Apple TV won’t get Streaming Television Until 2016

1:59 PM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

New Apple TV launching without streaming TV service

Apple may be planning on introducing a new Apple TV model in September, but it won't come with a streaming television service—at least not until next year. Apple will reportedly introduce the new Apple TV on September 9, but won't mention its own streaming TV plans thanks to content licensing negotiation delays.

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Apple needs to do something to stay in the set top media box game, and getting a significant Apple TV refresh on store shelves would certainly help. They can work on getting the content deals in place for the rumored streaming TV service at the same time, but don't need to let that hold back the new hardware launch.