We have a new Pay What You Want deal for the Learn to Code 2018 Bundle. This is a collection of training courses covering coding for iOS, MySQL, PHP, Java, and much more. Here’s how it works: pay anything, even a penny, and get one course, Introduction to R Programming. Beat the average price ($15.36 as of this writing), and you’ll get all 10 training courses. Beat the leader’s price and you’ll get an entry in an iPhone X giveaway.
Dr. Mac got a smart kitchen appliance for Chanukah and he’s pretty impressed with it.
LAS VEGAS – TiVo has been making a lot of changes to its user interface lately, and it’s not all just on the surface. Under-the-hood they’ve added some hooks and been hard at work putting all the pieces together for some pretty impressive third-party integrations. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integrations are pretty far along, and TiVo is close to getting certifications for both of those, likely being available before the end of February. More than just turning TiVo on and off, these voice assistant integrations allow for fairly granular controls, including channel changing, play/pause, rewind, and even commercial skip. IFTTT integrations take this one step further, allowing bidirectional communications. This means TiVo could tell IFTTT that the “press D to Skip” icon is on the screen, and that could trigger an IFTTT skill to send the “skip” message back to TiVo. Yep, auto-skip is available and I’ve seen it in action! Even better news: IFTTT integration will work all the way back to Series 4 (Premier) units and doesn’t require the new Hydra UI (except auto-skip actually will require Hydra, at least at launch). Look for more from TiVo soon.
Got a new Mac? Fun! Well, unless you have trouble moving your files to it, that is. In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will give us some tricks for making sure migrations go smoothly and some ideas for what to do if all else fails.
If Apple is found guilty, the maximum penalty is two years in prison for responsible parties, a fine of 300,000 euros, and five percent of the company’s annual turnover.
It’s a nifty device that combines a magnetic holder, a flexible arm, and a clamp that let you mount it in a variety of places.
Apple is doing something unexpected with its Apple TV 4K demos in several of its Denver Metro retail stores.
The smart toothbrush is available today at Apple.com and in select Apple retail stores, for US$99.95.
Citing more than 7,700 locked devices the FBI can’t get into, Director Christopher Wray said he doesn’t believe experts who claim you can’t weaken encryption without putting everyone at risk.
For entities with higher security needs, like governments, defense, and industrial groups, a 192-bit encryption standard will be used.
LAS VEGAS – The smarts are introduced by including a Bluetooth-enabled pressure sensor in the filter itself.
John F. Braun check out the BACtrack C6, being touted as the world’s smallest police-grade brethalyzer.
It will be available to purchase in March, and will be US$299.95.
Apple tends not to be influenced by activist shareholders, but perhaps this is an issue that can strike interest in the company’s leadership
John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet CES 2018 in Las Vegas to look at how Apple’s HomePod is a big topic this year, plus they share more cool products they’ve found.
John F. Braun checks out the EyeQue Insight, a soon to be released personal vision testing system that can help you keep track of your vision quality.
Catalyst is still one of the only companies to offer a case for your AirPods, and now have won a CES Innovation Award for it. They were showing off the case and its new colors at CES Unveiled on Sunday. With most people just now having finally gotten AirPods, I figured this was a good time to call this a Cool Stuff Found for you all.
LAS VEGAS – Ring, maker of video doorbells and security cams, added an entire home security kit to its lineup today. The US$199 Ring Alarm Home Security System starter bundle includes a keypad, Base Station (with siren), motion sensor, and door/window sensor. Additional motion and door/window sensors can be added to the system, of course. On its own, the Ring Alarm will send alerts to your iPhone, but it can also be paired with an optional professional monitoring service and cellular backup service for $10/month. The nice part is, if you’re comfortable doing your own monitoring with your iPhone, you don’t need to ever pay a monthly fee. Just set the Ring Alarm system up, connect it to your Wi-Fi, and let it do its thing and alert you when something is awry. The Ring Alarm system will be available coming in 2018.
We have a deal on a subscription to Dashlane Password Manager, an online password storage system. Features include password generation, support for two-factor authentication systems, access from a variety of devices, and more. A one year subscription is $19.98 though us, and there are options on the deal listing for three and five years, too.
LAS VEGAS – At CES this week JBL announced the new Link 500 voice-activated, multi-room speaker at the top end of the Link line. Link is JBL’s Wi-Fi-enabled, voice-controlled line of speakers, all with Google Assistant built-in. Besting it’s smaller sibling, the Link 300, the new 500 adds a second woofer and second tweeter and boosts the total output to 60 watts. We recently discussed the Link product line on Mac Geek Gab 685 and it’s the first set of speakers that makes me think someone could have multi-room audio from a company other than Sonos. Supporting both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the Link has some options many smart speakers don’t, including portability: the Link 10 and 20 both have batteries that can power them each for hours of synced, wireless playback. The JBL Link 500 is available today for preorder for US$399.95, and is expected to ship on February 1.