The Complete Swift 3 Hacking Bundle: $35

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The Complete Swift 3 Hacking Bundle

We have a deal on the The Complete Swift 3 Hacking Bundle, 64 hours of training videos with hundreds of lectures. It’s designed to teach you Swift 3 for iOS, macOS, and watchOS, and you can get it through us for $35.

JETJAT ULTRA Drone: $59.99

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JETJAT ULTRA Drone

We have a deal today on the JETJAT ULTRA Drone. This tiny drone was designed to be easy to fly, starting with tossing it in the air to start it flying. It’s $59.99 through us, less than half retail.

Snap!7 iPhone Camera Cases with HD Wide Angle Lens: $139.99

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Snap!7 iPhone Case

We have a deal on the Snap!7 iPhone camera case bundled with the company’s HD Wide Angle lens. The Snap!7 case is designed to be interchangeable with the company’s other lenses, too. The case is designed to protect your iPhone, while you can snap lenses in and out as needed. It’s $139.99 through our deal,  There’s a video for the product on the deal listing, and you can choose your phone  model in a pulldown menu.

TMO's WWDC 2017 Keynote Live Coverage

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Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose

The Mac Observer is on location at the McEnery Convention Center for this morning’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event. The keynote starts at 20 AM pacific time. You can follow along with our as-it-happens coverage, and then stick around for more news from the event, analysis, and reactions on TMO’s Daily Observations and Apple Context Machine podcasts.

Adonit Switch 2-in-1 Stylus and Pen

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Adonit Switch 2-in-1 Stylus & Pen

We have a deal for you on the Adonit Switch 2-in-1 Stylus and Pen. As the name implies, it’s a stylus with a pen on the other end for when you need to go back and forth from paper to your iPad.It’s $19.99 through us, half off retail.

Swift Programming from Scratch: $10

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We Love Swift and Interactive Learning Platform

Does Apple’s WWDC have you thinking about programming? We’ve got a deal for you on Swift Programming from Scratch, an ebook and exercise platform designed to teach you Apple’s main development language. It’s $10 through our deal.

Roxio Toast 15 Pro: $74.99

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Roxio Toast 15 Pro

We have a deal today on Roxio Toast 15 Pro, a professional authoring version of the software. It includes the ability to burn Blu-ray DVDs and has all the capabilities Toast Slice included. It also includes a variety of media conversion features. Read the deal listing for more details. It’s $74.99 through us, 50% off retail.

iKlips miReader 4K: $46.99

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iKlips miReader 4K

We have a deal for you on the iKlips miReader 4K. This storage device has a Lightning connector for your iPhone and iPad, a micro USB, and a micro SD slot for sharing files between Mac and Window devices. Storage on the device is handled by a micro SD card.

Andy Grignon 10 Years Later, Reflecting on Helping to Create the iPhone

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Skylar Hamilton*, writing for Mouth of the River, recently interviewed Andy Grignon, one of the original iPhone team members:

“It was terrifying to be honest! Remember we had spent years in solitude working on this thing under the strictest of Apple standards. Seeing it ‘out in the wild’ was surreal, to say the least,” says Grignon. Imagine hiding something so big for years and then the entire world not only knows about it, but they all use it. “After that feeling passed, it turned into sheer terror.”

*Yes, for those of you wondering, this is a “proud papa” moment for me, too. Forget that, though, and go read the interview. Some great stuff in there, including a tip about extending your battery life!

Yummy FTP Pro+ Lifetime License: $19.99

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Yummy FTP Pro+

We have a deal on Yummy FTP Pro+, an FTP client for the Mac. The deal is for a lifetime license for Yummy FTP Pro, FTP Alias, and FTP Watcher. That license includes lifetime access to all minor updates and major upgrades, and it’s $19.99.

Live Home 3D Pro for Mac: $24.99

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Live Home 3D Pro for Mac

Live Home 3D Pro for Mac allows you to design residential buildings from the ground up. Sheds, living rooms, homes, or even a skyscraper, according to the company that makes it. We have a deal on it for $24.99. Check the listing for all the features.

Soverin Secure Email 1-Year Subscription: $10

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Soverin on iPhone

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together a deal on a 1 year subscription to Soverin, the email service dedicated to protecting your data and privacy. There’s a lot to sat about Soverin, but the bottom line is that it’s an email service you pay for with money, rather than with your privacy. They make four commitments to their customers: no tracking, no advertising, no lock in, and privacy first. Plus, it’s encrypted. A 1 year subscription through us is $10. There are longer terms available, too. Click through to learn more.

The Good That Has Come Out of Apple's Mac Lapses

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Mac sales

Apple customers have waited for a long time to get new, updated Mac models. Apple kicked off the resurgence in late 2016 with the Touch Bar MacBook Pro, but there remained serious concerns. And that’s a Good Thing™. The development of technology and the approaches by the competition have evoked a strong, clear, intelligent response from the community that amounts to an excellent, thoughtful conversation about what Macs should be all about going forward. Particle Debris page 2 discusses that and ponders more new Mac hardware at WWDC in June.

114 Year Old Car Company Puts Self Driving Car Exec In Charge

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Ford, which turns 114 on June 16th, is out with the old and in with the new. The company is switching CEOs, and Jim Hackett, the new guy in charge, just happens to be the executive who was in charge of autonomous vehicles at Ford. From The New York Times:

Ford Motor replaced its chief executive, Mark Fields, on Monday and vowed to catch up in the race to build self-driving cars and define a new era in personal mobility. The company said Jim Hackett, who had overseen the Ford subsidiary that works on autonomous vehicles, would immediately take the reins from Mr. Fields.

Mr. Hackett said the board had given him a free hand to transform the nation’s No. 2 automaker, including seeking alliances with Silicon Valley firms, changing its product lineup, and divesting itself of unprofitable global operations.

Driverless cars are the future. It remains to be seen if Apple’s own autonomous vehicle efforts—Project Titan—result in an Apple Car, but the entire auto industry is becoming ever-more focused on driverless cars.

Drive Genius 5 Standard License: $39

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Drive Genius 5

We have a deal for you today on the venerable Mac utility Drive Genius 5. This software helps monitor and manage your storage device and its files with 19 different built-in utilities. It’s $39 [corrected to match the deal] through us, some 60% off.

Three Mac Apps for Website Developers : $14.99

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The Mini Mac Developer Bundle

We have a bundle of Mac apps for website developers called the Mini Mac Developer Bundle. It includes three apps, skEdit (website builder), Nuggit (text editor), and Code Collector Pro (code snippet manager) for $14.99. That’s 70% off retail.

Tim Cook Spotted Testing Glucose Monitor on Apple Campus

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Tim Cook from Washington Post Interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been spotted testing a glucose monitor connected to his Apple Watch, according to unnamed sources at CNBC:

Tim Cook has been spotted at the Apple campus test-driving a device that tracks blood sugar, which was connected to his Apple Watch. A source said that Cook was wearing a prototype glucose-tracker on the Apple Watch, which points to future applications that would make the device a “must have” for millions of people with diabetes — or at risk for the disease.

We already knew Apple was working on this technology, and Mr. Cook himself said earlier this year he’s been testing one. But the new report suggests whatever Apple is working on is advanced enough to be tested in the wild, or at least the wild confines of 1 Infinite Loop.