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One OS to Rule Them All, Apple's Structure Solved, 2018 MacBooks, Why Some Stuff Feels So Good - Pop.0 Ep.25

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In this TMO video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit look at how Project Marzipan could lead to one OS to rule them all. John also says he has a solution for Apple’s corporate structure. They also pore over Intel’s roadmap to look at what could be coming to MacBook in 2018. And they cap the show by asking why it is that some things just plain feel so good. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)

SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit: $42.50

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SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit

I love today’s deal for a SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit. This kit is compatible with the included SunFounder Nano board, or you can use it with an Arduino Nano board. The robot features two legs that you can program to walk, kick, or even dance, which is just too much fun. And, it has an HC-SR04 ultrasonic ranging module, so it can even detect and avoid obstacles intelligently. This kit is $49.99 through our deal, but coupon code GIFTSHOP15 brings the price down to $42.50 at checkout.

Civilization VI Comes to iPad, For Real!

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Aspyr Media released Thursday Sid Meier’s Civilization VI on iPad, the first game from this great franchise to come to iOS. Aspyr said the interface has been reworked for Touch, and it otherwise looks like Civilization VI. Which is awesome for gaming fun and miserable for my time management. I mean, utterly miserable. I do loves me some Civ action! The game is priced at $59.99, a hefty price that tests new waters for bringing premium games to iOS. But, it’s being released with an introductory price of $29.99, half off. This is the base Civilization VI game without any of the expansions for the desktop game. It’s a free (3.1GB) download that lets you play your first 60 moves for free. After that, you have to make an in-app purchase to buy the full game. Aspyr said the game is playable on iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, or any iPad Pro—the requirements listed in the App Store’s requirements pulldown are more expansive, but I’d stick with the models specified in the description.

Roxio Toast 16 Titanium: $42.50

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Roxio Toast 16 Titanium

We have a deal on Roxio Toast 16 Titanium for the Mac, software that lets you capture your screen, burn digital media, and edit videos seamlessly. It’s listed for $49.99 on our deal site, but coupon code GIFTSHOP15 at checkout brings it down to $42.50.

PolyMatter's Grand Theory of Apple Explains What Makes Apple 'Apple'

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Check out PolyMatter’s Grand Theory of Apple, an illustrated essay on what makes Apple “Apple.” It’s a salient and cogent look at some of the underlying philosophies driving Apple, and explains how those philosophies lead to the kinds of decisions that upset customers in the short term, but ultimately lead to success. I’m a snob when it comes to philosophizing about Apple, but this is a good listen/watch. I’d love to know what you think.

CrossOver 17 Lets You Run Windows Apps and Games on Your Mac: $16.15

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CrossOver 17 logo

We have a deal on CrossOver 17, software that lets you run Windows apps and games on your Mac from the Dock without booting up a virtual machine or buying Windows. CodeWeavers, the developers, have a software compatibility checker, so make sure you check to see if the software you want to run works before you buy. Normally, CrossOver 17 is $19 through our deal site, but coupon code GIFTSHOP15 at checkout brings it down to $16.15.

Watch Apple Music's ’Twas the Night Before Christmas with Gwen Stefani - It's B-A-N-A-N-A-S

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Apple Music has a great animated Christmas video called ’Twas the Night Before Christmas with Gwen Stefani. This animated video explores what might happen if Gwen Stefani caught Santa Clause delivering presents to her house. Warning, it’s totally B-A-N-A-N-A-S. 😏 But seriously, it’s all in service to promoting Gwen Stefani’s new (in October) Christmas album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, a mix of standards and a couple of new tunes.

Light L16 Unboxing Video by Pop.0

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Remember the L16 by Light? This thing has 16 lenses built into the case. 16 of them! John Kheit got one, because [John Kheit], and he did an unboxing video for us. He’ll be taking pictures with this crazy puppy soon, but let’s start with the unboxing! [Correction: A Light representative contacted us to note that the L16 was made available via a “private preorder initiative,” rather than Kickstarter, as John said in the video. John was using “Kickstarter” generically. – Editor]

Civilization VI for Mac: $18

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Screenshot from Civilization VI

I love this deal! It’s for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for Mac, and it’s just $18 with coupon code CIVIL40. I love the Civ franchise, and Civilization VI has sucked up hours of my time. This version is through the Steam platform, where you can redeem the offer and play immediately.

Comprehensive macOS Development: $15

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Comprehensive macOS Development

Check out the Comprehensive macOS Development training course. It covers basic and advanced concepts, and walks you through developing polished full stack and fully functional weather widget app, as well as a clone of Slack. It’s $15 through us.