TMO Background Mode Interview with Technical Journalist Dr. Gina Smith

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Gina Smith on Background Mode.

Dr. Gina Smith is a technical journalist and author. She’s well-known for her biography of Steve Wozniak: iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It which was a New York Times bestseller. And she’s written several other science books. She is also a former correspondent for several ABC News shows including Good Morning America. Gina also hosted a nationally syndicated talk radio show with co-host Leo Laporte for more than a decade. Recently, she earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. We talked about her career which started in chemistry, how she was mentored and evolved as a tech journalist, the writing of the iWoz book, and what she disliked most about TV news. She also told me the famous “Gil Amelio” story which you don’t want to miss.

Civilization VI for Mac: $18

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Screenshot from Civilization VI

I love this deal! It’s for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for Mac, and it’s just $18 with coupon code CIVIL40. I love the Civ franchise, and Civilization VI has sucked up hours of my time. This version is through the Steam platform, where you can redeem the offer and play immediately.

Rainbrow is the Coolest Face Tracking Game We've Found

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Nathan Gitter has the coolest use for the iPhone X facial scanning camera outside of Animoji and it’s called Rainbrow. That’s a new game where your eyebrows literally control how you move an emoji up and down the screen to collect stars. You have to avoid objects like cars and eight balls while trying to beat your previous high scores. You move by raising or lowering your eyebrows, and we found the game works much better when you aren’t wearing glasses. It’s simple to learn and is challenging enough to keep your interest, plus you get great looks from people who have no idea why you’re making faces at your iPhone. Rainbrow is a free download at Apple’s App Store.

Rainbrow is the Coolest Face Tracking Game We’ve Found

Rent or Own Movies and TV Shows With Redbox On Demand

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Redbox is testing a new digital service called Redbox On Demand. It’s in beta, and only a small number of customers can try it out. But it lets you rent or own the latest movies and certain TV shows to complement your physical purchases. You can stream or download movies and watch from your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or Apple TV. Unlike Netflix or Hulu, it’s not a subscription service either. It’s purely transactional, and you pay for what you want. Prices vary depending on your selection, but movie rental generally starts at US$1.99, while movie purchases start around US$3.99. TV episodes can be purchased starting at US$1.99, and entire seasons can be had starting at US$12.99.

Rent or Own Movies and TV Shows With Redbox On Demand

Comprehensive macOS Development: $15

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Comprehensive macOS Development

Check out the Comprehensive macOS Development training course. It covers basic and advanced concepts, and walks you through developing polished full stack and fully functional weather widget app, as well as a clone of Slack. It’s $15 through us.

Shhh...Apple is Patenting a Way for Siri to Whisper

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple patent describes Siri whispering

Siri may be a little more private in the future thanks to an Apple patent filing that describes how the artificial intelligence voice assistant could whisper.

Here's What Would Happen if You Really Used a Lightsaber

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Lightsabers may be about the coolest sci-fi weapon ever, but they would make for a much more gruesome death than we see on the big screen. With Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters now it’s a good time to find out what would really happen if you took up arms with Luke Skywalker. Kyle Hill does a great job of explaining what would happen if you sliced someone with a lightsaber on Because Science. Check it out!

Here’s What Would Happen if You Really Used a Lightsaber

AOL Instant Messenger Officially Shuts Down

· Jeff Gamet · News

AOL Instant Messenger shut down on December 15th 2017

It’s official: AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, has ridden off into the digital sunset. AOL shut down its instant messaging service on Friday, December 15th.