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Within App Offers Live Simulcast of 'Mr. Robot VR Experience'

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Remember the Vrse app? We covered it when it launched with a very cool VR performance from U2 and other musicians around the world. The app has been renamed to Within (at with.in), and the company announced a live simulcast premier of the “Mr. Robot VR Experience” on July 21st. It’s been known for a while that showrunner Sam Esmail was shooting a VR scene for Mr. Robot, and this experience will build off that. There’s not a lot of info about it out there, with a brief mention in Within’s patch notes the only place I could find it. Season 2 kicked off on July 13th—I love this show and am super interested in seeing what it does with virtual reality.

Within App Offers Live Simulcast of ‘Mr. Robot VR Experience’

Swift and iOS Beginner eBook Bundle: $59.99

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Swift Apprentice and iOS Apprentice Ebook Bundle

We have a deal for you today on a two-ebook bundle for people who want to learn how to make apps for iOS. The first is called Swift Apprentice, and it’s designed to teach you how to get started with playgrounds and be able to practice while you learn core Swift 2 language concepts. The second, iOS Apprentice, is a ground up tutorials on how to build iOS apps that walks you through building four apps. You’ll also work with Xcode, Interface Builder, Swift 2, and more. You can get both ebooks for $59.99 through our deal.

3 Key Takeaways about Apple TV from Eddy Cue Interview

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Future Apple TV

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue added some color to Apple’s television aspirations. Key takeaways from the interview include Apple not planning to buy a studio (for now, at least); Apple having modest ambitions with original content; and Apple’s belief that voice is the killer feature for navigating television content.

Magnetic Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones: $24.99

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Magnetic Wireless Headphones

We have a deal for you today on a pair of magnetic wireless sports headphones.These are Bluetooth headphones with magnets on the back of each ear piece so that they stick to each other. That means fewer tangles and fewer opportunities to get lost. The price through our deal is $24.99, some 37% off retail. Check out the details in the deal listing

Scrivener Coming to iOS July 20th

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ZOMGZOMGZOMG!!! I am all a tither! Literature & Latte announced Wednesday that Scrivener is coming to iOS on July 20th! Scrivener is the best writing environment I’ve found, but heretofore it’s worked only on Mac and Windows. I’m not personally interested in writing on my iPad, but I am mega-interested in editing on my iPad. In fact, I do my serious read-throughs when editing fiction in iBooks. That’s great, but being able to get into that reading mode with Scrivener directly in hand is going to be a big deal for me. There’s no link yet, but L&L said it will be released July 20th at $19.99.

Anti-Gravity iPhone 6/6S (or Plus) Case: $29.99

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Anti-Gravity iPhone Case on Wall

Check out the Anti-Gravity case for iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus. It has nano-suction technology on the back that allows you to stick your device to many surfaces, including glass, mirrors, whiteboards, metal and more. This means you can keep your device safely out of the way, use it hands free, mount it for photos, videos, and the all-important selfie, and more. I haven’t personally tested it, but did find a video review on YouTube showing the case in action. You can get this case through our deal for $29.99. There’s a pulldown menu that lets you choose between iPhone models.

Thunder Drive Portable SSD with Thunderbolt, USB-C, USB

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There’s a new Kickstarter project called Thunder Drive. It’s a tiny portable SSD that works with Thunderbolt or USB (including USB-C). That makes it small, fast, portable, and daisy-chainable. According to the company, two drives can deliver up to 2,000GB at 1,100MB/s on Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C. Thunder Drive is available in capacities from 64GB to 1,000GB (just shy of a terabyte), with funding options for a 64GB device starting at $99. There’s also a super early bird special for $3 (!!) on a smaller 8GB model called Thunder Thumb. There’s lots of information on the Kickstarter listing.

BLOCKS Smartwatch: $220 [Updated]

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BLOCKS Smartwatch and modules

We have an interesting deal for you today, a pre-order for the BLOCKS smartwatch. This device allows you to add functionality to your smartwatch by adding physical modules in the strap. Sensors, batteries, flashlight, and many more modules are possible. The device itself runs Android, but it syncs with either an Android or iOS app. You can get it through our deal for $220 [price corrected!].

The Curse of Apple Supporting Older Hardware

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Old Telephone Equipment

A group of consumers are complaining Apple is using planned obsolescence to hobble their older devices with new operating systems. Bryan Chaffin argues Apple should instead get credit for supporting older devices better than any other company.

iOS Online Courses for Developers - Lifetime All Access Pass: $69

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iOS Online Courses

We have a deal on a Lifetime All Access Pass for iOS Online Courses, a company that makes developer courses With this Pass, you have access to training on  iOS, Apple TV OS, Apple Watch, GameKit apps, Swift, Objective-C, and more, and that includes future releases such as iOS 10. Check out the details on the deal listing. The price through our deal is $69.

ACM 367: The Joy of iOS 10, Deleting Sideloaded Apps, and Fibonacci Fun

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The Apple Context Machine

Jeff Gamet has been playing with iOS 10 on his iPad mini 4, and he can’t wait to get it on his iPhone. Why? It starts with the Lockscreen. Bryan and Jeff also talk about regulations in South Korea that might require smartphone makers to allow all preinstalled apps to be deleted by the user. They bookend the show having some fun with Fibonacci numbers.

Quick and Dirty Miles to Kilometers Conversions with the Fibonacci Sequence

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This is one of the nerdiest and most intensely cool anecdotes I’ve ever seen. It turns out you can do quick and dirty conversions of miles to kilometers using the Fibonacci sequence, as noted on Reddit and tweeted by Cliff Pickover (and spotted by The Loop). Redditor almightybob1 said, “The Fibbonacci sequence goes 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 etc etc. Skip the first few terms and…” With that information below, check out the chart included by Mr. Pickover below. How awesome is that?

TextExpander 1-Year Life Hacker Plan: $19.98

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TextExpander on Mac, iOS, and Windows

We have a deal for you today on one of our favorite utilities at TMO, TextExpander. TextExpander allows you to create snippets of text you can then expand with a simple keyboard shortcut. It’s a huge time saver. The Lifehacker subscription covers Mac, iOS, and Windows devices for one user on unlimited devices. You can share your snippets to those other devices, too.  Our price is $19.98 for a year, less than half the retail price if you’re paying month-to-month.

New Drone Footage of Apple Campus 2.0 Captioned with Construction Details

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Matthew Roberts posted new drone footage of construction efforts on Apple Campus 2.0 to YouTube (via The Loop). It not only shows massive progress on the site, it’s also captioned with helpful details about the things you’re seeing. The footage is up close and personal, enough to wonder what new case law might be established if Apple had blasted the drone out of the air. I always enjoy these drone flyovers—it’s super awesome to be able to follow along as this soon-to-be-iconic building takes shape.