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Bryan Chaffin updated his list of Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads. He's tested them to make sure they actually pay out and now has 32 of them gathered in this list, including a new faucet that is now the best-paying.
Check out the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch. This charging stand has a bead along the back edge that holds your Apple Watch charging cable (there's an image of the back in the deal listing), and then the charging disk slips into a spot on the top. The base is made from a copper allow, and it sits on high-friction rubber. You can get it through our deal for $33.95.
Did you know iMessages on your Apple Watch can be multilingual for you? Adam Christianson noted (and told em) that if you get an iMessage in a language other than your primary language on your Apple Watch, the canned responses when you hit "Reply" will automatically be in that same language.
Earlier this week, we explained some of the ways to get discounted iTunes Gift Cards. That saves you money on your iTunes Stores and App Store purchases, but you can also use it to save money on many subscriptions, including Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, and others, not to mention subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.
We have a deal for you today on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus—as the name says, it's a fine point stylus designed to give you fine control over your work. You twist the stylus to reveal the nib, too, meaning it's protected inside the stylus when you're using it. Check out the details on the deal listing—our price is $34.95.
John "The Devil's Advocate" Kheit joins Bryan and Jeff on this special episode of The Apple Context Machine. They discuss John's argument that Apple has failed to scale its product delivery even while it scales its work force. They also argue about whether or not Tim Cook is a compelling speaker (hint, Bryan has the correct opinion).
We have a deal today for folks who need extra battery life on their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, but don't want a bulky case. It's called ThinCharge, a thin charging case with a 2,600mAh battery. It features an LED indicator for charging, has cutouts for the speaker, and passthrough charging. You can get this device through our deal for $56.99, more than half off retail.
Time published its list of The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time, and Apple snagged 10 percent of the list with five devices: iPhone (#1), Macintosh (#3), iPod (#9), iPad (#25), and iBook (!!) (#38). Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what was included, what wasn't included, and some of the non-Apple products, too.
As if cued to prove Carl Icahn's worries about Apple's business in China, the company lost a trademark battle with a bag maker over "IPHONE" in that country. A Chinese court ruled that even though Apple filed its trademark several years before Chinese company Xintong Tiandi did, Apple didn't start selling its iPhone until later, so whatevs. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Check out this wonderful video of a "drone ballet show" performed in Japan with Mt. Fuji as a backdrop. The drone ballet is made visible by some 16,500 LED lights configured in cages surrounding the drones made by SkyMagic. They're amazing and cool and all, but I like the music even more. Written and performed with drums and a group of tsugaru shamisen players, I watched it multiple times just to hear the song they play. The whole thing is beautiful. What do you think?