Your iPhone, Caller ID Spoofing & All That Jazz

· John Martellaro · Analysis

Spoof - Caller ID

If you’ve been receiving robocalls from numbers not in your contacts, they’re fairly easy to block. But Caller ID spoofing is another, more difficult, matter.

BopPad Uses Smartcloth to Improve Drum Pad Response

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There’s a new drum pad out there from Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) that uses smartcloth to make the device more accurate and responsive. At least that’s what the company claims, and they’re using smart fabric sensors from BeBop Sensors to do it. Funded on Kickstarter last year, BopPad is a, “location and pressure-sensitive drum controller with a wicked-fast playing surface.” I’ve yet to meet an electronic drum I love to play, but I’m looking forward to checking out BopPad. Just watch the video. The device is $199 through the KMI website.

Hey Musicians, How about a Wearable Metronome?

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Here’s something for musicians called Soundbrenner Pulse. It’s a wearable metronome that uses haptic feedback so you can feel the beat. The company says that haptic feedback is “up to seven times stronger than the vibrational alerts found in today’s smartwatches.” This is a standalone device that can be strapped around your arm or leg, or worn on your chest. Better yet, it’s controlled by an app that can sync with up to five Soundbrenner Pulses. That means five people in the band could be marching to the same beat! Come on, that could be game changing for musicians! Soundbrenner Pulse is $99 at Amazon, and it’s shipping now.

Hey Musicians, How about a Wearable Metronome?

Siri, Alexa Susceptible to Ultrasonic Voice Commands

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone and bug

Apparently Siri, Alexa, and other voice assistants are susceptible to hacks from bats and dolphins—or maybe just hackers that know how to use ultrasonic frequencies.

Ztylus Stinger Car Charger Emergency Tool: $19.95

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Ztylus Stinger Car Charger Emergency Tool

We have a cool device for you today called the Ztylus Stinger Car Charger Emergency Tool. It’s a car charger with two USB ports, but it also has a built-in window breaker and seat belt cutter for emergency use. It’s $19.95 through us.

iOS 11 Favorite Features, Apple’s Entertainment Plans, Apple Watch Cheaters - ACM 427

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

iOS 11 is coming, and Bryan and Jeff discuss some of what they’re looking forward to. They also talk about Apple’s big plans in making movies and TV shows, and why it’s important for Apple to do so. The cap the show with a look at Apple Watch being involved with a baseball cheating scheme.

Apple's Secret Gym: An Example of Excellence

· Jeff Butts · News

Apple's secret gym

Metabolic carts, ECGs, and a $40,000 sensor mask are just a few of the things you’ll find in Apple’s secret gym, along with the usual fare of rowers, stationary bikes, and cable machines.

Pay What You Want for the Complete iOS 11 Developer Bundle

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pay What You Want: The Complete iOS 11 Developer Bundle

Check out the Complete iOS 11 Developer Bundle, a collection of four iOS 11 developer training courses. This is one of our Pay What You Want deals, meaning you can pay anything—even a penny—and get one of the courses (the Starter Edition). Beat the average price, and you’ll get all four. Make the leaderboard at any point, and you’ll be entered into a giveaway.

007: Apple and Amazon Battle for Bond

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple bidding on James Bond franchise rights

The James Bond movie rights are up in the air and Apple and Amazon are both hoping to land a deal.