Rosetta Stone 12-Month Subscription: $109.99

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Rosetta Stone on MacBook

We have a great deal today on a 12-month subscription for Rosetta Stone, the language learning platform. I’m a subscriber now for French, and I love Rosetta Stone. Our deal is for 12 months in your choice of languages for $119.99. But if you use coupon code ROSETTA10 at checkout, you get another $10 off for a total price of $109.99, a 39% discount. You can choose a language on the deal listing.

Sal Saghoian Launches CMD-D Down-Home Scripting Boot Camp

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Sal Saghoian—the man who’s name is synonymous with AppleScript on the Mac—just announced CMD-D Down-Home Scripting Boot Camp. The three day event is geared for people who are new to scripting and includes hands-on exercises with Sal and Ray Robertson. CMD-D Down-Home Scripting Boot Camp runs from October 15th through 17th in Atlanta and is priced at US$999 through June 18th, and $1,299 for early bird pricing after that. You can register at the CMD-D website.

Sal Saghoian Launches CMD-D Down-Home Scripting Boot Camp

Belkin Intros 3.5 mm Audio Cable With Lightning Connector for iPhone

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Belkin has a new Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack cable that lets you connect your iPhone to a sound system, car stereo, or other speakers without needing an adapter. The 3.5 mm Audio Cable With Lightning Connector is MFi certified and is available at Belkin’s website now and other stores soon. The cable costs US$29.99 for the 4-foot version, and $34.99 for the 6-foot version.

Belkin Intros 3.5 mm Audio Cable With Lightning Connector for iPhone

On Getting to the Bottom of Google Duplex

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Diagram for Google Duplex

This, from John Gruber:

But everything about the way Google announced this — the curious details of the calls released so far, the fact that no one in the media has been allowed to see an actual call happen live — makes me suspect that for one or more reasons, the current state of Duplex is less than what Sundar Pichai implied on stage.

This was my thought from the get-go, and John Gruber does a great job of walking through the reasons. He also explains that he’s not bagging on Google’s ability to get to a true human-sounding AI that can book our appointments, and I agree with him there, too. There’s simply a lot that doesn’t add up about the Google Duplex demo and the information about that demo that’s come to light. It’s a good read I recommend.

A Key Organizer that Pairs with Your iPhone for Tracking: $39.99

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KeySmart Pro with Tile Smart Location

We have a deal on the KeySmart Pro with Tile Smart Location. The KeySmart Pro is a key organizer that works a lot like pocket knife. Unfold your key, use it, fold it back up, no mess. This model has an embedded Tile Smart Location device that pairs with your iPhone via the Tile app. That means you never need to wonder, “Where’d I put my keys.” It will even play a sound for you. It’s $39.99 through us, 33% off retail.

These iOS Ringtones Use the Maximum Potential of Your Speakers

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Reddit user u/ILIJAC recently made a post about how he created special iOS ringtones. Mr. Cvetkovski is a sound designer and wanted ringtones that used the full potential of the iPhone X. He did this by testing the frequency range of the iPhone X speakers, and designed the ringtones with a specific EQ and limiter. By using pink noise, he figured out the frequencies in which the speakers sound distorted, and leveled them. Then he boosted the other frequencies where the loudness level is greater. This results in ringtones that are clean and at the maximum safe level the iPhone X allows. All of Mr. Cvetkovski’s ringtones are free to download here.

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These iOS Ringtones Use the Maximum Potential of Your Speakers

Here's How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg's EU Privacy Hearing Live

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going before the European Parliament today to answer questions about the social network’s privacy policies. The event will be streamed live on the interent from the EP website, which means everyone can watch and see how it compares to the recent U.S. Congressional hearings where he also testified. The live stream starts at 12:20 PM eastern time.

Here’s How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s EU Privacy Hearing Live

Intels Warns of Spectre Variant 4 Chip Vulnerability

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iMac with monsters

Intel has a new report out describing what the chip maker is calling a Spectre-like vulnerability dubbed Variant 4 that exploits the CPU’s speculative execution mechanism so hackers can potentially get at sensitive information on your computer.

Amazon in Talks for The Expanse Season 4

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The Expanse

The internet pretty much had a meltdown when SyFy announced about two weeks ago there wouldn’t be a season 4 for The Expanse. Now Amazon is stepping up and is negotiating to keep the show alive through Amazon Prime. Amazon already has the rights to stream the first three seasons, so adding first-run rights for season 4 makes sense. The Hollywood Reporter makes it sound like the deal is practically a done deal, and hopefully they’re right. After all, we need to know what the protomolecule is up to.

How to Restore from a Time Machine Snapshot

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Time Machine now saves what are called local snapshots on your Mac’s internal drive; these can be used to restore files when your backup drive isn’t available or even to roll back your entire system. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll talk about how to take advantage of them!