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Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac and Windows: $22.99

· · TMO Deals

Aeon Timeline 2 running on Mac

We have a deal for you today on Aeon Timeline 2 for both Mac and Windows. This tool is designed to help you organize even large projects and manage your workload. You can manage events, entities and relationships, dependencies and more. You can also link events with images, external documents, and websites to better track research and supporting documentation. You can get this license for both platforms for $22.99, a discount of 54%.

Apple Facebook Commercial Promotes Spring 2017 Apple Watch Bands

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Apple has a new commercial promoting its Spring 2017 collection of new Apple Watch bands. The spot hasn’t appeared on YouTube yet, but it is available on Facebook. In 15 seconds, the commercial flashes through the new bands launched on Tuesday and encourages people to “choose a model” and “try a band.” It was posted with the tagline, “New Apple Watch bands are here. Explore the possibilities,” Also, it should make my friend John Kheit sit back and blow bubbles of contentment until the cows come home. Or until this week’s episode of Pop.0, whichever comes first.

New Apple Watch bands are here. Explore the possibilities.

Posted by Apple on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Global Fleet of Apple Stores Explode in this Animated Timeline

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Check out Apple Stores Worldwide, an “Interactive map showing the impressive expansion of Apple stores” by Retale.com. It’s a map of the globe that shows the year-by-year expansion of Apple’s fleet of retail stores. Each one blossoms like a nuclear hit in a war game, and you can hover over any one of them to get details about the store. Apple’s foray into retail is one of the biggest corporate success stories of the last 15 years, and seeing it play out over the course of a few seconds is interesting. In the screenshot below, I highlighted a random store in Brisbane, Australia.

Global Fleet of Apple Stores Explode in this Animated Timeline

Here Are 14 New Apple Watch Bands Announced Tuesday

· · Product News

Apple Watch Spring 2017 Collection

Apple launched several new Apple Watch bands Tuesday for Spring 2017. The collection includes new Striped Woven Nylon and Sport bands, standalone Nike Sport bands, and new flavors of Apple Watch Hermès bands. At the same time, Apple has sharply limited the number of out-of-the-box choices for new Apple Watch Series 2 purchases. Here’s what they look like.

iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit: $19.95

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iFixit Essentials Toolkit

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together another deal with iFixit, this time on the iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit. It features a magnetized driver handle, tweezers, a spudger, a jimmy, iFixit’s own opening tool, a suction handle, six iFixit opening picks, six screwdriver bits, including Pentalobe, Torx, and Torx Security. Plus a case, all for $19.95. I own an iFixit toolkit and one of the company’s lockpicks and love them. Good tools, excellent quality.

PSA: Don't Charge Your iPhones in the Bath

· · Editorial

An iPhone in a bath tub

Folks, don’t charge your iPhones or iPads (or other smartphones, if that’s your thing) in the bath. While most people likely understand that, London’s The Daily Mail reported that Richard Bull from Ealing in west London died of accidental electrocution while charging his iPhone in the tub.

Drake Crushes Apple Music Record with 89.9 Million Streams, Beating Spotify

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Drake's More Life cover

Drake set a new record for first-day streams with his new album, More Life, which was streamed 89.9 million times on the first day. That was not only a record-setting debut, it crushed Spotify’s first-day totals for the album of 61.3 million streams. That’s significant, because that was itself a record for the larger streaming service.

PDF Expert 2.2 for Mac: $29.99

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PDF Expert 2.2 on Mac, iPhone, and iPad

We have a deal for you on PDF Expert 2.2 for Mac, a PDF-editing tool from Readdle. This was the 2015 App of the Year Runner Up in Mac App Store, and it allows you to edit text, images, links, and outlines in PDFs. You can also fill out forms, annotate, and more. We have it for 50% retail at $29.99.

A Ventilated Lapdesk Designed for Apple MacBooks

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Check out iSkelter’s Slate 2.0, a ventilated lapdesk designed for Apple’s MacBook line. iSkelter has a number of products for Apple users, as well as a large ventilated laptop desk designed for PC gamers with ginormous PC laptops. The ones aimed at Mac users include slots to hold an iPad (or book or whatever), and you can choose to get it with a mousepad, a naked work space, or a white board(!!). They’re made from bamboo, and are priced starting at $59.95. Models with a mousepad are available through Amazon Prime for $69.95.

A Ventilated Lapdesk Designed for Apple MacBooks

Uber's Bad News Now Includes a Ride that Ended in a Fireball

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Uber has been delivering punishing, but self-inflicted wounds for weeks now. This week, the company can add the bad PR of a ride that ended in a fireball. A literal fireball. Firstly, the Uber driver in the car shown below—and his passenger—walked away with minor injuries. Secondly, the driver of a car hit moments before—and not shown in this video—did receive more serious injuries, according to local TV station KOMONews. The video below was captured by surveillance cameras when the Uber driver came speeding through a Seattle gas station, striking a gas pump and causing a fireball. On a side note, how amazing is gas station technology that the whole place didn’t go up in flames? Uber wanted folks to know this particular driver has been removed from its app. So there’s that.

iOS 10 and Swift 3 Starter Bundle: $45

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iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle

We have a deal on  the iOS 10 and Swift 3 Starter Bundle. It’s a collection of five training courses for learning how to code for iOS 10 using Swift 3, including The Complete iOS 10 Developer, iOS 10 Projects: Build Amazing Apps with Apple’s Newest iOS, Swift 3 Fundamentals & Essential Training, iOS 10, Swift 3 Hands On Features, and Master iOS 10 + Swift 3 & Create Apps. These developer courses retail for $654, but you can get them for $45 through our deal.

XKCD's Snarky Look at Home Surveillance Virtual Assistants

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Home virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, and to a lesser extent, Apple’s Siri, are loved by some and feared by others. Here at TMO, our staff falls on both sides of that line. Most of us love Amazon’s Echo/Dot/Alexa, while I personally hold my nose at the underlying technology and fear its potential for home surveillance. I should add that most of our staff also think I’m flat out wrong. Note that I’m OK with that. Of all the virtual assistant companies, only Apple has a stated position of protecting our privacy, but the company also hasn’t released hardware like Amazon Echo or Dot. Online comic strip XKCD took a snarky, succinct— and yet oblique—look at the subject. I’d love to know what our readers think.

XKCD’s Snarky Look at Home Surveillance Virtual Assistants

Private Internet Access VPN 2-Year Subscription: $59.95

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Private Internet Access VPN

We have a deal for VPN fans, a two-year subscription to Private Internet Access. With this plan, you get unlimited bandwidth on up to 5 devices, including Mac, iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux PCs. There are more than 3,300 servers in 25 countries to choose from, and the subscription comes with a variety of services. Check out the details on the deal listing. The price through our deal is $59.95, some 63% off retail.

These MIDI Scores Also Tell a Visual Story

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Check out this awesome video by Mari Lesterberg (via Laughing Squid). It’s a MIDI Drawing where she draws a story—about Mario, in this case—with MIDI notes. That makes it both a soundtrack and a story, which is intensely clever. She has many more, including a still dedication to Frank Zappa, stories about cars and trains, and childrens’ fairy tales. Ms. Lesterberg is a performing musician, which is always awesome, but these MIDI projects are just too cool.

And Now for Some Old Fashioned 'Digital' Numeral Displays

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I’ve been on a big anachronism kick lately, so it really resonated when John Kheit turned me on to this video of analog numeral displays. This is the sort of thing we had to look digital before we had digital. Or something like that. As noted by Boing Boing, this technology is called “edge lit digital display,” and it’s part analog and part mechanical. In the video, you can hear the mechanical relays clicking and buzzing away as they control which digit is being displayed. The video comes from Steve Johnson, who runs a website deliciously Steve’s Antique Technology. Steve, you had me at “Antique Technology.” He’s got a lot of info on these old systems.

Android Insecurity, Messaging Anachronisms, and Legacy Apple Auctions - ACM 402

· · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

Bryan and Jeff try and wrap their heads around a world where malware is being installed on Android devices in the supply chain, before customers even get the devices. They also take a trip into the anachronistic world of sealing wax and sealing wax stamps, as well as the fascinating world where 40 year-old Apple I computers are auctioned for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Gekkopod Flexible iPhone, GoPro, and Android Mount

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Gekkopod Flexible iPhone Mount. Also works with GoPro and Android devices

Check out the Gekkopod, a flexible mount and stand for iPhones, Android devices (if that’s your thing), and GoPros. The feet and arms are flexible so they can wrap your device and grab hold of wherever you need to set up your device. Check out the video below to see some of its uses. It’s $19.99 through our deal, with two color options.