Check out this Force Flyers DIY Building Block Drone, a drone you can build yourself. It’s “building block compatible,” by which you can read LEGO and the other block systems that work with LEGO. The kit includes a 6-axis gyro and auto-stabilization, and because it’s customizable, it will teach you things like the importance of aerodynamics and weight distribution. It’s $42.99 through our deal.
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The new Mac versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote add support for macOS Moajave’s Dark Mode, the ability to record right in the apps, support for Continuity Camera; the iOS updates include animation features, annotation tools, support for Dynamic Type, and more.
Fortunately, it’s easy to take your iOS device off Apple’s beta program, and Bryan Chaffin walks you through the steps.
It adds several new features, including more advanced password management, web icons in tabs, improves security, and ups Apple’s battle against cross-site ad tracking.
Though originally covered in early drafts of a $200 billion escalation of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, the product code covering these two Apple devices—as well as competing devices—will be exempted from tariffs.
We have a deal on a 1 year subscription to Mailstrom, an AI-powered email app designed to help you take control of your email. It features one-click unsubscribing from lists, sorting functions, support for OAuth2, and one-click blocking. A 1 year subscription is $29.99, with longer options available, too.
Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: Removed dead faucets and checked all faucets. – Bryan]
We have a deal on Vobot for folks in the Alexa ecosystem. It’s a smart clock with Alexa built into it. You can control it by voice, get information by voice, and snooze by turning it over. It’s $44.99 through our deal.
As of this writing, many iPhone XS configurations can be delivered or picked up on September 21st, whereas most iPhone XS Max configurations are available as early as September 28th, and as late as October 12th. Apple Watch Series 4 slipped to the middle and end of October.
Reminder: this was an “s” year for the iPhone. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what this means, and how iPhone XS is a solid “nuts and bolts” update. They also look at some listener feedback about headphone jacks, and discuss whether or not Siri Shortcuts will be a thing.
We have a new Pay What You Want deal called The Ultimate Mac Bundle. The bundle includes 10 apps. Pay anything, even a penny, and get one of those apps. Beat the average price ($8.73 as of this writing), and you get all ten. If you beat the leader’s price, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for an electric scooter.
We have a deal on a pair of Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds. These include Bluetooth 4.1 and CVC Noise Cancellation, and are priced at $44.99 through our deal.
The update includes support for AirPlay 2 and multi-room audio.
The update will feature the ability to search for songs by lyrics, set multiple named timers, make and receive phone calls, Find My iPhone, and use Siri Shortcuts.
I’ve been researching security cameras, and Reolink has a camera called Argus Pro with a nifty feature: you can power it from an optional solar panel. That’s extra handy in that it’s wireless and rechargeable, meaning the solar panel can keep it going without you having to wire up the outside of your house. It records 1080p video, has a motion sensor, has night vision (up to 33 feet), and using WiFi, it can stream to your smartphone or computer. It will do motion detection recording, and it records to an optional SD card with an internal slot. It does two-way audio, and it’s weatherproof, too. The Argus Pro is available now for $99 for one camera (Amazon link), or $124.99 with one camera and the solar panel.
We have a deal on the Chargerito, which the company claims is the world’s smallest iPhone charger. It’s a plug, charging connector, and iPhone stand, all in one device. We’re linking to a deal on just one of them for $29.99, but there’s also an option for a 2-pack ($49.99) and a 3-pack ($66.99).
Here’s what you need to do to get a personalized Tweet from Apple reminding you of Wednesday’s media event.
If you have an opinion on professional Mac needs and get the opportunity to take this survey, please do so.
Apple has purchased the global rights to documentary The Queen Elephant, according to Deadline. This film is about an elephant clan led by Athena. That’s her with the giant tusks. 😍 The documentary was filmed by Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble, who spent years with Athena’s family, as she coped with a drought. It sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to see it. Apple hasn’t said when it will be released, but one might imagine it will be part of whatever original streaming service the company has been cooking up for the last few years.
We have a deal on the iOS 12 and Xcode 10 Bootcamp. You’ll create a Bitcoin Tracker, To-Do List app, and more in this 10-Day Training for Apple’s brand new OSes. It includes 85 lectures and 12 hours of content designed to help you get coding with iOS 12.