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Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank for iOS: $39.99

3:52 PM, Nov. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank for iOS: $39.99

Check out the LithiumCard AIR, a wallet-sized charger for iPhone and iPad (or other device). It has a thickness of five credit cards, but delivers up to 2 amps of power, which is what an iPad requires. It has a micro-USB port and a Lightning port, and it charges via its own USB port. It can also charge itself and your device at the same time.  The LithiumCard AIR is priced at $39.99 through our deal. It's regularly $60.

Microsoft Doubles Down on Surface’s Losing Features in ‘Winter Wonderland’ Commercial

7:34 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I. Just. Don't. Get. It. Detachable keyboard. Stylus. Touchscreen/laptop/tablet/toaster/fridge. These are the features that have helped propel Microsoft's Surface product line into some distant nth place in the tablet wars, and these are the features Microsoft is touting in a new Christmas commercial for the Surface 3. This time, though, instead of comparing the device to the iPad, Microsoft is comparing it to a MacBook Air. Oh, and the kickstand. That's been a megahit packing in customers at the Microsoft stores in a binary orgy of 0s and 1s at a time. It gets air time. Every time Microsoft does something right under semi-new CEO Satya Nadella, the company reminds us that it doesn't get tablets. Anyway, here's the commercial. I do have one nice thing to say about it: it's a clever use of "Winter Wonderland," but the that clever use is wasted on an awful message.

Last Chance for NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller: $29.99

5:40 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance for NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller: $29.99

The NES30 Bluetooth Controller was a surprise hit for our readers. This gamepad controller was designed to look and feel just like the original NES30 gamepad, only it's Bluetooth and programmable. That means you can use it to control games on Bluetooth-eqipped iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and Android devices—it also works with Nintendo Wii. Oh, and it can be plugged into a USB port, too. That makes it pretty flexible. Anyhoo, this deal has been very popular, but it's coming to an end in 6 days. Pick it up quick if you want one or plan on giving it as a gift. It's $29.99 through our deal, regularly $40.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1, Improves Performance with iPad 2 and iPhone 4s

1:07 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The patch notes for the release specify just one thing: "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." The released also includes unspecified bug fixes.

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There have been complaints from owners of both devices about poor performance with iOS 8.x, making this a welcome update. Please drop your experiences with the update in the comments

Bryan Chaffin on MacVoices: Bitcoin Economy, My Essential Gear, and Renting Software

7:16 PM, Nov. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Chuck Joiner was foolish enough to invite me to MacVoices this week (episode #14218), and my interview went live on Friday. Chuck asked my thoughts on the current state of Bitcoin, talked to me about the hardware and software I use for TMO and writing fiction, plus my take on renting software. It's 49 minutes of wannabe Ben Franklin nonsense, so enjoy!

Register to Win a Brand New Gold iPad Air 2 + A Gold iPhone 6

5:33 PM, Nov. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Register to Win a Brand New Gold iPad Air 2 + A Gold iPhone 6

We have a killer giveaway for you called The Golden Apple Giveaway. You can register to win a gold iPad Air 2 and a gold iPhone 6. That's both of them, BTW, in case you thought I had a typo. Registering means signing up to receive deal emails from TMO, which you should do anyway. You can also get more entries by sharing a link through social network channels.