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Panic released an update to FTP app Transmit on Monday, and the app was found in violation of App Store guidelines and the share sheet had to be removed. As of Thursday, that decision was reversed.
Things can happen to your Apple gear no matter what time of year it is. If you find your hardware going south during the holidays, Kelly has some tips for making that Genius Bar appointment go as smoothly as possible.
Interested in learning the basics of coding? Apple retail locations will have a variety of events in different stores. Should you be interested and not near an Apple Store, Kelly has a few alternate suggestions for you or your family who might like an introduction to programming.
Smaller organizations may not have dedicated IT staff for mobile deployment, or the bandwidth to take on such a project. JAMF is fixing to resolve that for smaller organizations with a new product called Bushel. Find out more about this invite-only pilot program, and get your own invitation.
It's been a banner week in Movies Kelly Likes. First off, the new Star Wars trailer. Soon after, the (inevitable?) George Lucas Special Edition. Today we got the trailer for Terminator: Genisys, which stars Emilia Clarke (Dany Targaryen) as Sarah Connor and looks awesome, but that's not even the big news of the day. Today's big news is BOND24 which now has a title and a cast. It's called SPECTRE and comes out November 6. For those new to the Bond series, SPECTRE is all caps because it's an acronym for SPecial Executive Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. It is run by a fellow named Blofeld, whom you may remember as the cat-petting inspiration for Dr Evil. Well you will probably forget that now because Christoph Waltz has joined the cast, and it's likely he'll be playing Blofeld (I don't know for sure, but who else could he be?). There is, of course, a new Aston Martin for Bond to drive. Drive/demolish, potayto/potahto. Did I mention the cast also includes Dave Bautista (Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy) and Andrew Scott (Moriarty from the current iteration of Sherlock)? Oh yes. Drax and Moriarty are in a Bond movie. Seven months of shooting starts Monday, includes a number of far-flung locales, and we have to wait until November 6, 2015 in order to see it. I'm so excited I will forgive them for not releasing it on my actual birthday like they have in the past. At least it is earlier, so yay early birthday present! If you can't wait to hear more, you can see the car and the cast in the announcement video below.
You have probably heard that Starbucks updated its iOS app to allow mobile ordering, but only if you live in Portland. Kelly does, and threw herself on the mobile ordering hand grenade to give you the scoop on how it actually works.
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It actually does work, and it's one step closer to living in The Future.
Sanho is a company that made a splash in the Apple world a few years ago when they started selling HyperJuice portable power banks for Mac laptops. The company's latest endeavor has quite a story behind it: The Pearl Compact Mirror & Battery. It's what it sounds like, a battery charger and makeup compact mirror in one. This device is currently on Indiegogo because a spurious DMCA claim was sent to Kickstarter, who pulled the project down without any investigation or communication with the people behind the campaign. Soon after that suspension, the person who filed the DMCA takedown offered to remove it for a 50% share of the project. After no reply from Kickstarter, the project moved to Indiegogo where it has not only met its goal, but because it did so rapidly, the initial funding has been released which means there's a guarantee to get one before Christmas. As a woman who carries a mirror and a battery pack individually, I really love the idea of two in one so I can carry one less item. I also love that this looks nice on its own, comes in a color besides pink, and is budget friendly at US $25. Head over to Indiegogo to find out more.
It's good to have Christmas lights you can control with your phone. It's better to have Santa do it for you. Kelly breaks down how to set up this bit of Christmas magic and wow the family by having Santa at your beck and call.
Google's Made With Code initiative has unveiled its latest project, Holiday Lights. Made with Code is a project from Google to help encourage girls to explore coding and development, which is an initiative I have a well-documented soft spot for as well. This new project uses Blockly to create and animate a pattern for the lights seen during the National Christmas Tree Lighting this year. You can see the basics of the tree and how your choices of color and animation will look, then you can save your pattern. It's a fun way to learn a bit about code and maybe see your pattern used live! As a person who has spent more time than I care to admit on trying to program the lights at my house, my biggest concern here is how to get my hands on the code so I can do this in my front yard.
If you didn't find anything that grabbed your attention in the usual Cyber Monday places, Kelly has the scoop on a few of the notable tech deals.