Happy Holidays from TMO!

· Jeff Gamet · News

Enjoy the holiday season!

Happy holidays from The Mac Observer! We’re taking December 25th off, but we’ll be back on Tuesday, December 26th with our usual Apple and tech world coverage.

Cryptocurrency Crash Drops Bitcoin to a 40% Gain for December

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Metaphorical rendering of the cryptocurrency crash on December 22nd, 2017

Even at its low of $10,835 on Friday, Bitcoin was still up 10.2% in December. If you look back to January 1st, 2017, when Bitcoin opened at $998, Bitcoin is up a staggering 885% on the year.

Avoid the Passwords on this List to Reduce the Risk of Getting Hacked

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The SplashData worst 100 passwords for 2017 list is out, and the top two are 123456 and password. The list shows just how predictable many passwords are and how difficult it is to convince people they need something more unique than letmein (number 7) or football (number 9). Admin is still a painfully popular password, and starwars is pretty popular, too. You can check out the full list at the SplashData website.

Avoid the Passwords on this List to Reduce the Risk of Getting Hacked

Grammarly Premium 1-Year Subscription: $69.98

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Grammarly Premium

We have a deal on a one year subscription to Grammarly Premium, a service that corrects hundreds of grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes. It also catches contextual errors, improves your vocabulary, and suggests style improvements. It’s $69.98 through us, a 49% discount.

Ebay/PayPal Have $100 iTunes Cards for $85 - 15% Off

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Ebay and PayPal have iTunes gift card discounted, just in time for Christmas. Currently, the company is offering a $100 iTunes gift card discounted to $85, a 15% discount. These are digital codes delivered in email, usually within a couple of hours. They’re good at the iTunes Store, iBooks, and the App Store. And remember you can use these cards to pay for subscriptions at the same discount. That includes Apple Music and even third party subscriptions like Netflix, Spotify, and HBO, if they’re billed through the App Store. Once you load them up, Apple pays for discounts from your balance, first. [Update: this particular gift card was delivered in minutes. When I entered it, iTunes asked if I wanted to apply it to a one year subscription to Apple Music, an option I haven’t noticed before. With one year subscriptions discounted to $99, my discounted iTunes card means I added a full year of Apple Music for $85.]

Ebay/PayPal Have $100 iTunes Cards for $85 – 15% Off

One OS to Rule Them All, Apple's Structure Solved, 2018 MacBooks, Why Some Stuff Feels So Good - Pop.0 Ep.25

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

In this TMO video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit look at how Project Marzipan could lead to one OS to rule them all. John also says he has a solution for Apple’s corporate structure. They also pore over Intel’s roadmap to look at what could be coming to MacBook in 2018. And they cap the show by asking why it is that some things just plain feel so good. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)

PSA: Amazon Ends Music Uploads for Amazon Music Storage Plans

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Amazon Music

The company said it had already ended the ability to upload your own songs to the free version of Amazon cloud storage service, and that the ability to hear songs already uploaded would end in January of 2019.

SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit: $42.50

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit

I love today’s deal for a SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit. This kit is compatible with the included SunFounder Nano board, or you can use it with an Arduino Nano board. The robot features two legs that you can program to walk, kick, or even dance, which is just too much fun. And, it has an HC-SR04 ultrasonic ranging module, so it can even detect and avoid obstacles intelligently. This kit is $49.99 through our deal, but coupon code GIFTSHOP15 brings the price down to $42.50 at checkout.

Civilization VI Comes to iPad, For Real!

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Aspyr Media released Thursday Sid Meier’s Civilization VI on iPad, the first game from this great franchise to come to iOS. Aspyr said the interface has been reworked for Touch, and it otherwise looks like Civilization VI. Which is awesome for gaming fun and miserable for my time management. I mean, utterly miserable. I do loves me some Civ action! The game is priced at $59.99, a hefty price that tests new waters for bringing premium games to iOS. But, it’s being released with an introductory price of $29.99, half off. This is the base Civilization VI game without any of the expansions for the desktop game. It’s a free (3.1GB) download that lets you play your first 60 moves for free. After that, you have to make an in-app purchase to buy the full game. Aspyr said the game is playable on iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, or any iPad Pro—the requirements listed in the App Store’s requirements pulldown are more expansive, but I’d stick with the models specified in the description.