Brandon Rasmussen

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8 tips for being productive on the iPad with iOS 10

You can do more than you think<p>In my review of the iPad Pro 10.5, I said that most people should probably wait until all the productivity improvements coming in iOS 11 are available before buying one. But you didn't wait, did you, you maniac? You went out and bought one, and are now wondering how …

Win a Canvas Smart Desk for iPad Pro From iSkelter

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with iSkelter to offer <i>MacRumors</i> readers a chance to win one of four Canvas Smart Desks we're giving away for Apple's newest tablet, the iPad Pro. For those of you unfamiliar with iSkelter, it's a company that hand makes wood desks, lap desks, stands, and …

LapPad Mobile Desk | Cult of Mac Deals

• LapPad fits a laptop up to 17”, a phone, a tablet & a mouse simultaneously<br>• Canadian poplar looks great & absorbs heat from your laptop<br>• Pass-through ports organize your cables<br>• Integrated handle & light material makes it easy to carry<br>• Strong design is extremely durable<br>• High-quality, full-size mouse pad is …

From Zero Revenue to $300,000 Per Month via Podcasting

Discover how a former U.S. Army officer turned his passion for entrepreneurship and podcasting into a $300,000-per-month business.<p>Stuck in commuter traffic, his cash tapped out from buying and listening to countless audiobooks while driving, John Lee Dumas one day stumbled onto the power of …

How hackers smooth-talked their way past the security of a power company

One of the most interesting tactics they used is called social engineering.<p>Social engineering is the tried-and-true hacker tactic of deceiving someone and trying to convince them to do something they normally wouldn't do. It happens often over the phone, like when a cybercriminal pretended to be a …

How to Create a Bootable USB Drive for OS X Leopard, or Snow Leopard

524a6c0ce4b03fcb7c689ee2:52f0935ae4b0cbd3eecdb3f5:58b9954059cc6856f3c8c586I have been thinking about goals a lot lately. In fact I think I have …

Today’s apps gone free: Zenify, Splashtop Wired XDisplay, Blox 3D World Creator and more

Learn to live in the present, turn your iDevice into a secondary monitor, and build entire worlds from scratch with today’s collection of apps and …

How to Speed Up Your Mac

If your Mac apps are getting too slow, you may be wondering: “How do I speed up my Mac without wasting time or money?” Good news: There are lots of …

Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Life-Size Figure Is Taller Than Most NBA Players

Is your favorite scene of the entire <i>Star Wars</i> franchise when Han Solo is frozen in carbonite in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back? You’re not alone …

10-second setup lets Siri control Nest, lighting and more via web app

It’s not quite as clever as it looks, but an app created during a hackathon and spotted by Engadget <i></i>allows Siri to control web-enabled devices like Nest, services like Spotify and even a Tesla car.<p>It’s not coincidence that the app is named GoogolPlex, as what it actually does is intercept Google …

Marvel Turns Pencil Sketches Into Working App Prototypes

Have a great app idea written down in a notebook that would make you a millionaire if only you could turn it into a working prototype? (Sure you do!)<p>Marvel is a great iPhone app that lets you take sketches and turn them into a free prototype, by applying “hotspots” to your images and then letting …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Softcover Is A New Self-Publishing Platform Aimed At Technical Authors

Softcover is a startup offering what it calls a “frictionless” platform for self-publishing e-books.<p>Co-founder Michael Hartl is an author himself, having written the Ruby on Rails Tutorial. (He’s also a repeat entrepreneur, having founded Y Combinator-backed social-networking startup Insoshi.) …

Class Up Your Workspace With These Elegant Wooden Lap Desks [Gallery]

I’m always on the lookout for some nice accoutrements to make my working day a bit more delightful, and as an Apple fan, the better something looks and works, the more I want it.<p>Take these sweet Macbook lap desks and iMac risers–made of walnut and oak with a birch core–from Danish design firm …

Clever Kickstarter project puts a USB port on the front of your iMac

Launched at Macworld this week, a clever new Kickstarter project called the “iMacompanion” aims to put a USB port on the front of your iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display. Video overview:<p>The port blends in with the aluminum coloring of the stands on those Apple displays and connects to the main USB …

BeHere app uses iBeacons to automatically take attendance as students enter the classroom

A new app called BeHere aimed at teachers uses Apple’s new Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology to recognize students and automatically take attendance as they enter a classroom.<p>With the BeHere app installed, the teacher’s iPad acts as an iBeacon and students entering the classroom with an iPhone, iPad, …

This app creates a custom radio show based on articles from your favorite news sites

Podcasts and talk shows are perfect for your daily commute, but it's rare to find one that <i>only</i> covers what you want to hear about. Newsbeat, an iOS and Android app released today by the Tribune Company, hopes to change how you listen to news. The app has access to over 7,000 different sources …

Wendy’s Joins Burger King With New Mobile Payment iPhone App

It looks like paying for burgers using your iPhone is the next big trend in fast food.<p>Following Burger King’s announcement last week that it would be releasing a dedicate mobile app, Wendy’s has followed suit, unveiling their own iPhone-based payment app that will allow you to pay for Big Bacon …

Mailtracker Lets You Know Where And When Your Sent Emails Were Read

Mailtracker is an app that lets you snoop on the folks you send email to. It tells you if and when your mails were read, what device they read it on and what city they are in. Sounds pretty creepy right?<p>Here’s how it works. I copied this from the PR pitch email:<p>And here’s the corresponding entry …

Apple Patents Graphical Interface For The Visually Impaired

Apple was granted a patent on Tuesday related to a GUI modified for disabled users of iOS devices and MacBooks.<p>Entitled “Devices, Methods & GUI’s for Accessibility using a Touch-Sensitive Surface,” the patent describes several methods for allowing a person with impaired vision to use a …

AirSnap Helps You Take Beautiful Group Selfies By Pairing Two iOS Devices

How many times have you stepped out of the group to click pictures, feeling left out as others posed? Or have there been instances when you’re jostling to get back for a group picture after setting the timer of a camera shutter? While there is Samsung NX Mini, which comes with an LCD screen that …

Microsoft Now Offering $100 Discounts To Get Consumers Off Windows XP

As Windows XP winds down, Microsoft has a problem: People still use the operating system. Many people. Given that support for Windows XP ends on April 8, the number of days left in which the OS is mostly safe to use are all but spent.<p>To combat that, Microsoft has been offering discounts, in …

IBM’s Watson Tackles The Tumor Genome, On The Way To Personalized Cancer Treatments

Cancer has always been diagnosed and treated based mostly on where it shows up in the body. But in reality, every tumor is different, and with genome …

Contestants at Pwn2Own take down Safari, but said OS X security is better than other systems

As usual, the annual Pwn2Own contest featured many hackers targeting the latest operating systems and browsers from the major vendors, including Apple. Threatpost reports that the “Keen Team” focused Safari on Thursday and exploited it with relative ease.<p>The team took home a $40,000 bounty for …

Feedly iPad Updated: Night Theme & ‘Speed Reading’

The <b>Feedly</b> RSS reader app for iPad was updated over last weekend, to Version 18.0.5. The headline new feature is what the developers are calling speed reading. This is implemented via the ability to move between individual articles with just a quick tap on the right-hand edge of the page.<p>This is a …

5 iPad Apps for the Productive 21st Century Student

When I was at school, I struggled badly with random, un-filed bits of paper, leaky ink cartridges in my Parker Pen and terrible hand writing (as well as chronic laziness and an addiction to Cricket). I’m sure this approach to my organisation affected my school work. If I would have grown up in the …

Teaching With An iPad

Francis Picabia, 1920, Image Source: Artforum<p>This fall I successfully taught two college courses using only an iPad 2 (and iPad Air) — no desktop or laptop. The experiment went easier than I expected but it was not without challenges.<p>I teach Art Appreciation and Art History at a local community …

Office for iPad: Maybe Coming Sooner than Expected

The latest rumor on Microsoft Office for iPad says it may be coming sooner than had been expected – possibly in the first half of this year, rather than late 2014.<p>Mary Jo Foley, writing for ZDnet, says Office for iPad is far from dead and her sources even believe it will launch before a …

Essential Education Apps for iPad: A High Schooler’s Take

Every so often there’s a revolution in education. The iPad and the boundless possibilities it brings with it are one of those revolutions.<p>Whether you’re an iPad aficionado or simply a recreational user, the iPad has the power to make your life easier. Regardless of age or specialization, these are …

Parent’s Guide: Make your iPad Kid safe

I love the iPad. Especially when I can palm it off to my daughter at 7am on a Saturday morning to catch a few more moments of shut eye before I have to face the day. However, in the back of my sleep fuddled mind, I’m worrying. What if she stumbles upon a scene from RoboCop (the original) on …