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BURG 12 Smartwatch Makes Standalone Phone Calls, Also Pairs with iPhone

9:56 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Burg 12

A company called BURG has launched what it calls the "Dick Tracy-like" BURG 12 smartwatch. This device can function as a standalone phone, but the company has also designed it to be paired with both iPhones and Android devices. It's being launched at Walmart for US$199.

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My short take is that this device looks surprisingly good. I'm curious about its actual functionality, but I'm definitely intrigued the BURG 12 makes standalone calls, isn't an Android device, but pairs with both iPhone and Android.

Hachette Sort of Won The War Against Amazon

9:33 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Hachette vs. Amazon

The Hachette Book Group won its public battle with Amazon on book prices. Sort of, at least. The two companies announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement that left pricing control in Hachette's hands, but allows Amazon to treat Hachette titles differently according to how low that pricing is.

FTC Talks to Apple about HealthKit, Seems Serious about Privacy

7:20 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

HeakthKit

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been in talks with Apple about privacy when it comes to HealthKit, the company's system level health data platform in iOS. According to Reuters, the FTC was seeking assurances that Apple would not sell that data to third parties or allow developers to do so. There are little or no regulations on how health data in apps can be used, something the FTC appears to be concerned about.

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The takeaway is this: Some of the health apps you're getting on even Apple's App Store are selling your personal health information. Apple's HealthKit is designed to protect your privacy and give you control over who you share your data with. Buy devices and apps that work with HealthKit.

Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack: $34.99

5:00 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack: $34.99

Our friends at Stack Social have put together another deal with the Limefuel folks. This time it's the Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack. As the name suggests, this is a portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices, but it has two USB ports for dual charging. It also has 20,000mAh, enough to charge your iPad two to four times. The LP200X retails for $85, but with our deal you can get it for $34.99. (Pro tip: think Christmas/holiday gift).

Audioengine Announces B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In 24-Bit DAC

8:14 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I've seldom met a Bluetooth speaker that interested me, but I paid attention when Audioengine announced the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker. This powered speaker can play music streamed from any Bluetooth-enabled source (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices, or Bluetooth-equipped Macs and PCs). It also has a minijack input. They have a built-in 24-bit digital audio converter (DAC), and they're designed around the Audioengine 2+ Powered Desktop Speaker. The woofers are made of kevlar, while the tweeters are made of silk. Plus, the cabinet is handmade wood (in three finishes). I look forward to testing this one in a full review. designed for the high end of the market, the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker are $299 and available now. They're eligible for the company's 30-Day Audition.

6-Piece New Age Smartphone Photo Kit: $69

7:04 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

6-Piece New Age Smartphone Photo Kit: $69

Today's deal is for iPhoneographers. It's a six-piece lens kit for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6 (or Galaxy S5 if that's your thing). It includes an 8x Telephoto Lens, Fisheye Lens, Wide Angle Lens, Macro Lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, and 60x Magnifying Microscope. It also has a hard case for two of the lenses, a wallet for the rest, a tripod, and a cleaning cloth. That's a lot of glass, and it's $69 (regular price $199). There are example photos on the deal page, as well as a video. Check it out.

Apple Could Turn to Alibaba for Apple Pay in China

8:49 PM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple in China

An Alibaba executive claimed on Tuesday that his company was in discussions with Apple about cooperating on a mobile payment solution for the Chinese market. Alibaba Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai said in an interview that the two companies were talking without claiming they were close to a deal.

Drone Video Shows Progress at Apple’s Spaceship HQ

8:00 PM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Construction of Apple's so-called Spaceship HP—or Apple Campus 2.0, as Apple calls it—is really progressing. New drone footage posted to YouTube in the form of a trailer with a dramatic soundtrack, shows just how far the massive building has come. The foundation of the outer ring have been laid, and structural walls abound. Check it out.

Cult Comedy Classics: 4 Movies for $29.99

7:40 PM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Cult Comedy Classics: 4 Movies for $29.99

We're trying something new for today's daily deal, a bundle of four movies for $29.99. Our friends at Stack Social put together a deal with NBC Universal for Knocked Up, Get Him to the Greek, Neighbors, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Those are all great movies (IMO), and our deal is through Flixster, one of Ultraviolet's services, and that's part of what makes this an experiment for us: it's a great deal, but we don't know if you're interested in a service like Ultraviolet, so let's find out! With this deal, you get HD versions of the movies (no special features), and you can download them or stream them. Flixster works on Macs, PCs, iPhone, iPads, and iPod touches, as well as some high end Android devices. There are also flixster apps on Roku, some TVs, and some Blu-ray players.

Full Video of Tim Cook Q&A at WSJD Live Conference

2:25 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The Wall Street Journal made the full video (embedded below) of Apple CEO Tim Cook's question and answer session at October's WSJD Live conference. During the Q&A, Mr. Cook talked about Apple TV, the importance of the Mac to Apple, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay, too. Mr. Cook is always a fascinating interview, so check it out.