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Apple has a new "top secret" research lab, and the company has hired a former Mercedes-Benz executive to work there. The news adds a heaping helping of credibility to the idea that Apple is developing its own car.
Check out our deal on the Sesame 2. It's a keyfob that will lock your Mac when you walk away and unlock it when you come back. Without you doing anything. It's small enough, you could keep it on your keyring, attach it to a lanyard or your ID badge, or just keep it in your pocket. Stack Social is sending me one, and I'll be reviewing it. For now, though, you can get one for $29, $10 off the regular price.
Apple is going into the car business. According to BusinessInsider, an Apple employee wrote to say that his group was working on something that will, "give Tesla a run for its money." Bryan Chaffin says his own sources back this up.
I know a lot of people have registered for our iMac giveaway with Stack Social. If you haven't, best get to it because, "All entries must be received by 11:59 PM PST on 2/11/15." To register, visit the giveaway deal page and hit the enter now button. You'll be signing up to receive deal emails from us, which you should do anyway. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, February 11th, so you won't even have to wait long to find out if it's you! Good luck!
AnkiDRIVE announced OVERDRIVE on Monday, the next version of the company's artificial intelligence-driven race car toys. AnkiDRIVE cars drive themselves around a track, and users control throttle, weapons, and defenses through their iPhone. It's a whole big thing that earned the company some time during Apple's 2013 WWDC keynote presentation. OVERDRIVE moves the system away from the flat oval track of the first system by giving users track sections they can construct in any way they want. It's going to be released in September of this year, and it's expected to retail for US$150. Check out the promo video below.
It makes sense. Apple just turned in its best quarter ever, so the folks who don't get Apple feel compelled to double down on their predictions of the company's inevitable fall. It would seem that Apple Is Doomed is becoming its own religion—it certainly requires faith in the face of facts. And that brings us to our 66th entry in the Apple Death Knell Counter.
I have one of those products that I'd be telling you about in a Cool Stuff Found post if I didn't have a deal for you, instead. It's called ChargeTech, and it's a portable battery with both a USB port for your mobile devices and a three-prong plug for your laptop. Come on, that's way cool! The battery in this thing stores 12,000mAh of juice. That's enough for many, many hours of operation on the last couple of generations of Apple's MacBook Air, and you could charge just your iPhone until the cows come home. It retails for $270, but through our deal you can get it for $185. There's a separate deal on the 18,000mAh one for $205, too. Never search for an outlet again—if you use your laptop on the go, that's music to your ears.
There's a quiet, yet potentially game changing tempest brewing in the background in the world of search. This might be surprising, considering everyone knows Google won the search wars, but what is even more interesting is that the key player is Apple. Or rather, the desktop and mobile empire united by Apple's Safari Web browser.