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Deal Of The Day: 90% Off On ‘Build 20 Apps: iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide’


You’ve read the articles, you’ve heard it from friends: some people are making a killing by making simple iOS apps. You want in on the action, but have no idea where to start. Learning how to code from scratch is hard, but there are ways to speed the process up. The ‘Build 20 Apps: iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide’ takes a more hands-on approach.

You can spend all the time in the world learning the theory behind coding apps, but the most effective path towards mastery? Getting your hands dirty building real, working apps. This course walks you through the essentials: programming in Objective-C and Swift, using the Xcode IDE, and much more. You’ll apply those lessons in creating 20 iOS 9 apps throughout the course—a giant step towards building the next hot app to light up the iTunes Store leaderboard.

– Build 20 iOS apps using Objective-C & Swift 2
– Create a wide range of apps: simple games, random value generators, etc.
– Develop your apps within the Xcode IDE
– Purchase a developer’s license, create an app ID, build on the iOS simulator & more
– Master all objects, actions & outlets possible in app development: displaying text, using if statements, detecting shake gestures, etc.
– Customize apps w/ visuals, audio, social media integration & more
– Effectively monetize through ad integration
– Publish your app to the App Store

Education can sometimes be pretty expensive, and this guide would normally set you back a cool $199. But with today’s deal you only pay a tiny fraction of that: $19!

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Deal Of The Day: 47% Off On Makeblock Arduino Starter Robot Kit


With the emergence of small computing platforms like Arduino, the field of robotics is becoming increasingly approachable. But if you want to experiment, you have to start somewhere. The Makeblock Arduino Starter Robot Kit will help you get your head around fundamental concepts, while building a functional robot in the process.

Who said mastering electronics and programming can’t be fun? This kit will teach you about programming a microcontroller board to control physical objects using sensors. Follow the detailed, beginner-friendly instructions to construct your choice of a robot tank or three-wheeled robot car. Then take the skills absorbed in this project and apply them to anything you think up—from a game console to a home alarm system.

– Learn electronics, robotics & Arduino w/ beginner-friendly instructions
– Build a robot tank or a three-wheeled robot car
– Construct a solid machine w/ aluminum extrusion structure
– Easily wire w/ no soldering required
– Study Arduino programming w/ included guides
– Makeblock is an open-source arduino robot building platform with mechanical parts, electronic modules and software

There’s no better learning than hands-on learning, so we’re excited to see this kind of price drop. Instead of the usual $150, you’re being asked to pay $79.99 for the kit.


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Tiny Tesla Coil Can Play Music With Electric Sparks


Tesla coils are pretty awesome, but they tend to be big, unwieldy, and kind of difficult to seriously consider as a purchase. The Tiny Musical Tesla Coil however is only 6 inches tall when assembled, and can easily do its magic on a countertop. The best feature of this particular kit however is its ability to play music. With a USB cable and your laptop, you’ll be able to play MIDI tunes by controlling the pressure waves generated by the 4 inch sparks. Some assembly is necessary, so you’ll need at least some basic soldering knowledge, as well as access to a soldering iron, paint-on or spray-on varnish, and hand tools. It’s a single-resonant solid-state coil (SSTC Tesla Coil), which is great because it’s reliable and safe. You’ll be learning about alternating-current electricity in a very hands-on, and let’s face it, pretty cool manner. And you’ll only have to pay $229 for the privilege.


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Grasp Can Perch An Instructor On Your Shoulder, Enables Easy Remote Coaching


Let’s say you have to learn some complex manual task, like rebuilding an engine. There are many ways you could go about doing this, from being taught in person, to reading myriad steps in a specialized manual. With Grasp, you can add yet another: remote instruction. This device perches on your shoulder and beams your activities to an instructor, who could be anywhere in the world. “It has a mic, a camera and a laser pointer, all powered by an Arduino Yún board, to make real-time remote teaching more hands-on.” Created by Copenhagen designer Akarsch Sanghi, the concept behind Grasp “provides the mentor with a real time insight into the learners environment through the coupling of a first person point of view and an instructional laser pointer. Therefore, the mentor can communicate to the person learning via the device and instruct using the laser pointer. It is the idea of having a companion looking over your shoulder and instructing you while learning something new irrespective of distance.”

It’s a novel idea, and one which could have many applications in an educational setting. Unfortunately, there appear to be no solid commercialization plans at the moment. You can, however, follow Akarsch’s work on his website.

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PhotoMath Application Solves Algebra Equations Automatically


Remember solving algebra equations in school? Ya, neither do we. It was one of those things you learnt just before the exam, and quickly expunged from your memory afterwards. It was hard, yo. But how different things might have been had we had something like PhotoMath back then. It’s an application that scans an equation on paper by using your smartphone’s camera, and then proceeds to solve it instantly. Not only do you get your answer right away, you get a step-by-step breakdown of the solution. This sort of immediate feedback can help kids know if they’re on the right track as they’re doing their homework, without having to wait until the next day to find out. Of course, that’s assuming they don’t just abuse the damn thing and skip the thinking part altogether, relying on it to get work done rather than to learn anything. Which is exactly what’s going to happen, so we’re not sure how to feel about it. And, in any case, it only solves simple linear algebraic equations, so you can forget about it helping you with your Calculus. And it’s not even out yet, with a “early 2015” target. Still, if you’re curious about it, you can sign up to be notified when it’s ready for download.

PhotoMath from MicroBLINK on Vimeo.

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Deal Of The Day: Name Your Own Price ‘Learn How To Code’ Bundle

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Knowledge and education are probably the most precious “things” you can acquire. So when you get a chance to pay whatever you want for this, it would be foolish to pass it up. Today you’re looking at a bundle of 8 courses that can teach you how to code.

In this bundle you’ll get lifetime access to 8 actionable online courses, 826 total lectures, and more than 80 hours of content that will have you coding like a pro in no time. It’s the perfect tool to brush up on old skills or learn to code from scratch.

Sample courses include Creating Responsive Web Design, Build a Website from Scratch with HTML & CSS, and Web Programming with Python. What’s even better is that 10% of the amount you choose to pay will go to charity, and while the average price is currently $14.92, you’re still getting a value of $892!

[ NYOP ‘Learn How To Code’ Bundle ]

Deal Of The Day: 92% Off On The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order)


We like to feature a good number of iOS coding courses, and now that iOS 8 is on the horizon, it stands to reason we’d do the same for that platform. You’re looking today at significant savings on a massive amount of courses specifically developed for iOS 8, which should have you developing full-featured applications in no time. The iOS 8 course comes with over 36 hours of videos, teaching you how Xcode 6 and Swift work and guiding you through the development of 14 different apps. As a bonus, you’ll also have access to the complete course for iOS 7. And what would normally cost $998 is going for $79 with this deal. That’s 92% savings.

[ 92% Off On The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) ]

Deal Of The Day: 79% Off On iOS 7 Developer Bundle

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Ever look at a game like Candy Crush and wonder just how much money it’s making? Or what about Flappy Bird? There was a rumour that at its height, this simple app was generating about $50k a day. You’d love to get in on some of that action, but the issue if you don’t really know how to code for iOS. Well, today’s deal attempts to take care of that; you’re looking at some online courses today. The iOS 7 Developer Bundle consists of about 19 hours of lectures in topics ranging from the basic “Essential Programming Languages For Both iOS Devices & Mac OS X Systems” to the more specific “Program Your iOS Apps To integrate With iCloud, and a bunch in between.” The courses are split into different topics, each of which contains videos, tutorials, and lectures. Normally you’d be expected to pay $391 for all these, but you can get in for $79.

[ 79% Off On iOS 7 Developer Bundle ]

Robots Teach Young Children How To Code


With a future increasingly overlaid in all things digital, it makes sense to raise an ever enlarging number of kids to become programmers; we’re going to need them, after all. And while learning the specifics of a coding language is better done after a certain age, getting acquainted with the concepts underlying programming can be done somewhat sooner. Play-i’s Bo and Yana robots are being introduced for just this purpose. It gives children as young as 5 the opportunity to control them by selecting a series of visual presets that trigger particular behaviours. By doing so, they get acquainted with the “if/then nature of programming”, and rub elbows with concepts that will become central to their potential later careers. Bo is the three-wheeled bot on the right, while Yana is the stationary one on the left. Obviously, their abilities will be limited by their physical attributes so the robot that does more things costs a bit more. Right now a pledge of $149 for Bo and $49 for Yana will get you in the game, although full funding needs to be achieved first and that’s not done yet. Hit the links below to get your chance to move that along a bit.

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