Apple's Next Mac Pro Will Require a Change in Design Philosophy

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2013 Mac Pro.

Apple’s design philosophy for consumer Macs has been that of simplicity, indeed minimalism. Approachable and beautiful. But even the 2008-2012 Mac Pro, designed in the Steve Jobs era, understood the needs of technical and creative professionals. Now that Apple has had time to digest what went wrong with the 2013 Mac Pro, it’s time, according to Marco Arment, to change the design thinking from that of “no!” to that of “yes!”  Versatility should rule. It’s all on page 2 of Friday’s Particle Debris.

Gamevice for iPhone plus $10 iTunes Gift Card: $99.95

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Gamevice for iPhone

Check out Gamevice for iPhone. It’s a game controller for your iPhone that fits on either end, turning it into a single gaming device. It features built-in ABXY, L1R1, L2R2, and D-pad controllers, plus dual joysticks. It’s US$99.95 through our deal, and that includes a $10 iTunes gift card.

Kodak HD WiFi Pet Monitor: $72.99

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Kodak HD WiFi Pet Monitor

We have a deal on the Kodak HD WiFi Pet Monitor, a webcam that streams video to your smartphone through a companion app. It also features a speaker so you can speak to your pet remotely. It’s $72.99 through us.

MacX Media Management Bundle: $19.95

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MacX Media Management Bundle

We have a deal for you on the MacX Media Management Bundle, a collection of Mac apps designed to help you encode and decode videos and move them to your iOS devices. It consists of MacX DVD Ripper Pro, MacX Video Converter Pro, and MacX MediaTrans, for $19.95

12 Mac Apps and 3 Courses in the Supersized Creative Mac Bundle for $29

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The Supersized Creative Mac Bundle

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together a great deal on 12 Mac apps and 3 training sources. It’s called the Supersized Creative Mac Bundle, and features several photo apps, filters, writing tools, Roxio Toast Express, mind mapping software, and more. The training courses cover photography, video editing, and web design. All for $29.

Technical Evolution Can Leave Companies Behind That Caused it

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Technical Evolution

Companies have to be careful about grand projects that don’t serve as a foundation, change rapidly, and sometimes incur legal difficulties. This week’s Particle Debris looks at how Google Book Search foundered from a lack of commitment and legal troubles, VRML morphed into purer VR, the strained evolution of tvOS, cute robots putting laborers out of work, the rapid evolution of self-driving cars, and how Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plans to keep his company from a slow, painful demise. These are examples of how technical evolution can double back on the very companies that spawn it.

CoBattery iPhone Charging Case Comes with 2 Swappable Batteries: $59

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CoBattery iPhone Charging Case

We have a deal for you on CoBattery, an iPhone charging case that comes with two swappable batteries. It’s designed to let you never have to plug your iPhone in again. Instead, your iPhone charges from the battery case while the second battery recharges. It’s $59 through us, with models for iPhone 6/6s/7 and iPhone 6/6s/7 Plus.

HoudahSpot 4 for Mac Family License: $19

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HoudahSpot 4 for Mac

We have a deal today on HoudahSpot 4, a desktop search tool that uses your Mac’s Spotlight index to mine into files and find exactly what you need. You can find files by name, text, content kind, file extension, author, recipient, pixel count, and more. You can get a family license through us for $19.

DeltaWalker 2 Pro for Mac: $29.95

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DeltaWalker 2 on Mac

We have a deal on DeltaWalker 2 for Mac (there’s a Windows version, too, if that’s your thing). This software allows you to compare, edit and merge files side-by-side. You can get it through us for $29.95, half off retail.

The Swift 3 Master Coder Bundle

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Swift 3 Master Coder Bundle

Check out the The Swift 3 Master Coder Bundle, a collection of four training courses for iOS developers. This includes: Hacking With Swift 3 – Beginner to Pro: Build 17 Apps, Swift 3: Exploiting the Latest iOS 10 Features, iOS 10 and Xcode 8: Complete Swift 3 & Objective-C Guide, and Learn iOS 10 Development with Swift 3 & Xcode 8: Build 14 Apps. That’s more than 94 hours of video training content for $36.

'The Cube' Bluetooth Speaker: $25.99

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“The Cube” Bluetooth Speaker

Check out “The Cube,” a Bluetooth speaker with a unique design. Internal LED lights shine through the cracks of the outer shell. There are three colors, which you can choose below the price. It’s $25.99 through us.