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Deals: Raspberry Pi 3 + Speech Controlled Smart Robot Car

Ok, so this deal has absolutely nothing to do with Apple products whatsoever. But just look at this thing. It’s so cool that I can’t help myself. A DIY programmable robot car that has voice control capability? I may have to cobble together some after-Christmas money get this one myself.

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Apple Creating a Link Between its App Stores Could Be a Sign of Even Bigger Things to Come

Earlier this week, Marc Gurman of Bloomberg, a man well known for his sources within and knowledge of Apple, dropped a bit of a bombshell. He reported that Apple will be shifting its App Store policies to allow Universal Binaries to be created that include dual iOS and macOS compatibility.

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Apple’s Hour of Code Classes Are a Fun Intro to the World of Programming

I wrote about Apple’s Hour of Code events a few weeks ago when they announced their expanded slate of classes in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. While coding class classes dominated the schedule during that week, including a couple geared specifically toward teachers, the Hour of Code How to Get Started with Coding and a couple of Kids Hour classes are still part of the running agenda at the Apple Store in Germantown, TN.

While I intended to take my kids to a couple of classes the weekend after I wrote that original article, the timing just didn’t work out. However, my daughter and I were able to finally able to make one yesterday. She had a friend staying over with us thanks to school being out for Christmas Break, so she came with us as well. Thanks to a heavy downpour, we ended up being the only ones in the class, which actually turned out great. I brought my current iPad Pro and my old one that my family now uses along with Swift Playgrounds loaded up in advance so the girls would be able to use them. Since there wasn’t anyone else, I was able to join in the class exercises using one of the store’s iPads.

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Lawsuits Over Apple’s iPhone Throttling are Predictable, but still Ridiculous

Death, taxes, and a few people looking to grab some of Apple’s pile of cash anytime there is a high-profile story that rubs them the wrong way. That last bit is just as predictable, as the news that Apple is slowing the processor speed of iPhones with worn batteries to prevent device shutdowns and potential component damage surely had some attorneys waiting by their phones. Maybe the first three to bite should have been a little more selective.

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Deals: CleanEmail Lifetime Subscription

Managing email is the worst. I used to be able to sort of stay on top of my inboxes when I was a programmer, but now that I’m a project manager at work and a writer at home, I have no time and am constantly inundated with emails that I have no time to file and manage.

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Apple’s BatteryGate: One Man’s Intentional Device Slowdown is Another’s Peak Demand Management

Stories about Apple throttling the processor speed of older devices with worn batteries have been everywhere the last few days. There have been several threads on Reddit and Twitter about it, most of which embrace the conspiracy theory that Apple is doing this solely to encourage iPhone upgrades. However, while the debate online may be largely one-sided, it is actually more complex than most critics will admit. One thing is certain now. There is a verifiable core of truth here that is undeniable- Apple IS throttling the processors of devices with worn batteries.

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Review: ElevationLab’s DraftTable for the iPad Pro

If there is one accessory that the world has no shortage of, it is tablet stands. They come in all shapes and sizes, and range from cheap and generic to fairly expensive and iPad-specific. They exploded onto the scene right after the release of the original iPad, and are still readily available pretty much anywhere you look for mobile electronic accessories.

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Review: Vaja Agenda MG Leather Case for iPhone X

In case you haven’t noticed by now, I am a huge fan of both quality leather cases in general, and Vaja’s leather cases specifically. I’ve had the opportunity to review a few of their products over the years, including their Niko Wallet-Leather Case and Leather Back for the iPhone 7 Plus earlier this year. I have always come away impressed, and I’ll save you the suspense- this time out is no exception. Their Agenda MG for the iPhone X just adds a couple of new wrinkles to Vaja’s formula of consistent quality and attention to detail.

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Deals and Giveaways for the Holidays

In honor of the release of The Last Jedi, here is a unique gift idea for someone who can’t seem to keep track of their stuff. This deal is for a pair of Foundmi Bluetooth Trackers. Pick one of three sets of Star Wars character themed trackers, and let the force be with you.

Out Deals site is offering 2 Foundmi Star Wars Bluetooth Trackers for $29.99.

If Giveaways are more your style, then our Deals site’s Tim Ferris Tribe of Mentors Dream Setup Giveaway has 16 days remaining. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a a MacBook Pro, and iPhone X, a set of AirPods, an Apple Watch 3, and an Apple TV 4K, which is a massive haul worth over $3,000. Sign up here.

Speaking of Giveaways, congratulations to Bart Hamilton, the winner of our PaperLike Note Takers Giveaway. He received a 2-Pack of PaperLike iPad Screen Covers and his choice of iPad note taking app, which was UPAD.

Stay tuned for the next iPad Insight giveaway, coming soon.

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Apple’s AI and Machine Learning Initiatives Go Beyond Just Siri

When I have written about Apple’s AI and Machine Learning initiatives in the past, the articles have usually centered around Siri and Voice Dictation. It’s easy to put these things together because Siri is the most visible and user-centered Apple interface that involves AI. However, as we have seen this month, there is a lot more than meets the eye going on beneath the surface at Apple.

Last week, Wired ran a story about a lunch talk given by Apple’s leading AI expert, Rutland Salakhutdinov, for around 200 others in the field during the NIPS machine learning conference. The most interesting thing to come out of his presentation was fresh news of Apple’s continued work in the field of self-driving cars.

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Deals: VPN Unlimited Lifetime Subscription

Are you tired of not feeling secure while browsing the web, especially on any kind of public WiFi? You can switch over the cellular, but that just puts more of a burden on your mobile data plan. If you want to feel secure while logging on when you’re out and about, then you need a VPN.

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