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A Game of Thrones Gets Enhanced Edition Exclusive to iBooks

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG FANBOY SWOON! Apple announced A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition on Thursday—an iBooks exclusive. The new version of the massively popular (and utterly brilliant) book includes new artwork, a glossary, more information about the houses, and more. The entire A Song of Ice and Fire series is getting these Enhanced Editions, but A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition is available now for $8.99. You can preorder the others for $11.99. Apple has a video on the iBooks landing page for these new versions. It includes comments from George R.R. Martin about the series, as well as a great look at some of the new artwork. This is a huge score for Apple’s iBooks.

A Game of Thrones Gets Enhanced Edition Exclusive to iBooks

iLDOCK on Kickstarter: Lightning Port and Headphone Jack for iPhone 7

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Market forces are rushing in to meet the needs of those who want to be able to listen through headphones and charge their iPhone at the same time. iLDOCK is a Kickstarter project for a Lightning splitter with a built-in headphone jack. It quickly tripled its funding goal of $5,000, with 28 days to go. As of this writing, there are $10 funding options that will get you an iLDOCK. There’s also an iLDOCK Plus that adds a USB port, microSD slot, and a TF slot.

Get 8 Mac Utilities for Free

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

2016 Mac Freebie Bundle

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together a collection of eight Mac utilities, including: CommandQ, Export for iTunes, UnDistracted, SuperTab SE 1.4, Screenie, Total Video Player for Mac, iFotosoft Photo Viewer, and SQLPro for Postgres. And they’re all free. The details are on the deal listing, but grab them while they’re hot.

Safari 10: Hide Flash from Every Website Except Some

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

Safari 10 allows you to have Flash installed, but to control which sites know it (or access it). For many users, this would be the best compromise between having flash and not installing it all. Bryan Chaffin shows you how to do it.

Use 3D Touch in LINE to Read Messages without a Read Receipt

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

3D Touch View of LINE Chat

The LINE Corporation has done something very useful with 3D Touch, and I thought I’d tell you about it. When you’re looking at your Chats view, you can view recent chats, as shown below, without sending a read receipt. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

Apple Rolls iPhone 7 Commercial, "Balloons"

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new spot out for iPhone 7 called “Balloons.” It’s a lovely spot with some beautiful imagery. While the piece is very light on product imagery, the balloons are meant to be a metaphor about iMessage bringing people together. The tag line at the end of the spot is “The all-new iPhone 7, with expressive messages. Practically magic.” Like I said, I think it’s beautiful. I’d be curious to know what you think.

Smartphone Photo and Video Certification Bundle: $29

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Smartphone Photo & Video Certification Bundle

We have a training bundle for you today designed to teach you how to use mobile devices to take better photographs, and modern video gear (including your mobile device) to make better videos. Both courses last one month, with 8 lessons and 12 hours of content each. You can get this package through our deal for $29.

ACM 378: Life Without a Headphone Jack, More Apple Watch, Siri on the Mac

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

We’ve had our iPhone 7s for a week and a half, and Bryan and Jeff talk about life without the headphone jack. They also discuss the differences between Apple Watch (Series 0) and the new Apple Watch Series 2. They close out the show talking about Siri on the Mac, using it, and the lack of “Hey Siri” support. Plus, Bryan is punchy from a lack of sleep, so silliness runs rampant.

MyMac Spotlight Interview on Bryan Chaffin

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The good folks at MyMac were kind enough to put my through one of their Spotlight interviews. They asked me 7 questions and I gave them mostly meandering, far-flung answers that explored life, the universe, and everything. There’s some what-makes-Bryan-tick stuff in it. If you’re into that sort of thing. I don’t advise it. Thanks to Tim Robertson and MyMac for putting me in the Spotlight!

MyMac Spotlight Interview on Bryan Chaffin

iOS 10 and Swift 3 Starter Bundle: $45

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iOS 10 and Swift 3 Starter Bundle

We have a tutorial bundle for developers today, called the iOS 10 and Swift 3 Starter Bundle. It includes five video tutorials designed to teach you Apple’s Swift 3 programming language and iOS 10 development. That’s more than 82 hours of video content and hundreds of lectures, and you can get it through our deal for $45.

Pay What You Want for The Award-Winning Mac Bundle

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Award-Winning Mac Bundle

We have a new Pay What You Want deal called The Award-Winning Mac Bundle. It’s 13 Mac apps, including Drive Genius 4, The Hit List, DeltaWalker 2 Pro, Nisus Writer Pro, Aurora HDR, WinZip 5 Mac, VPN Forever: 3-Yr Subscription, Project Planning Pro, Letter Opener for macOS Mail, Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro, Screen Grabber Pro, eXtra Voice Recorder, and PhotoStitcher. That’s a quality list of apps (and services). Pay anything, even a penny, and you get three of them. Beat the average price—$11.12 and rising as of this writing—and get all 13. Beat the leader’s price, and you’ll earn an entry in an iPhone 7 giveaway. You can read all the details on the deal listing.

iOS 10 Maps 'Overview' Buttons Moved to the Swipe-Up Drawer

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Maps Overview Button

The Maps app got a major overhaul in iOS 10. It has a new look and feel (that I like), as well as a new layout. One of the basic changes is that the Overview button moved from the main interface to the drawer at the bottom of the screen.  Bryan Chaffin shows you where to find it.

A-Shirt Makes Apple-Inspired Shirts for Apple Fans

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Have you heard of A-Shirt? They produce Apple-inspired T-shirts for fans of the company. They work on a subscription model where you get a new shirt every two months. The shirts are designed by designers all over the world. In the image I included, the white T-shirt with the drawings of the Two Steves is the current shirt being offered. Each shirt is a one-time production, and once they’re shipped, they’re gone. A-shirt even destroys the printing framed. The company also offers members a lot of content about how each shirt is created, the dyes used, the material, etc. You can sign up to get your first shirt for $25, with subsequent shirts at $50. If you commit to longer terms, the price-per-month decreases.

A-Shirt Makes Apple-Inspired Shirts for Apple Fans

Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Aventree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station

Check out the Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station. The picture tells the story, but it’s a charging station with spots and ports for four different devices. It’s a great way to save space and keep things a lot less cluttered. We have a deal on this device for $35.99.

Stilo 6R Stylus Features Magnetic Body and Hybrid Tip

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Stilo announced its 6R stylus for mobile devices. This device features what the company calls a Hybrid Tip, made from both rubber and brass. Stilo says it gives the 6R a “natural feel and pinpoint precision.” We haven’t tested that out yet, but will be doing so in the near future. In that the shape of your pen/pencil/brush/stylus is extremely personal, the 6R is shaped like a prism. The body is magnetized enough to stick to your magnetic-friendly mobile devices. Stilo 6R is priced at $14.99.

Stilo 6R Stylus Features Magnetic Body and Hybrid Tip

iOS 10: How to Optimize Downloaded Music Storage

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Optimize Storage

One of the many new features in iOS 10 is the ability to “Optimize Storage” of the locally-cached data from your iCloud Music Library. When turned on by the user, this feature instructs your iPhone or iPad to remove local copies of your music if your device gets low on storage space. Don’t worry, only the local copies of those songs are removed. They still remain in the cloud.