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Macworld/iWorld Going on ‘Hiatus,’ No Show for 2015

1:19 PM, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that its Macworld/iWorld tradeshow is going on "hiatus," and that no event would take place in 2015. The company's enterprise-oriented event called MacIT will continue "next year," with details scheduled for announcement in "the coming weeks."

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Bummed. Severely.

Charge Your Phone by Walking with Ampy Kickstarter

6:28 PM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Yeah, this is frakking cool. It's a Kickstarter project for Ampy, a portable charger for iPhone (or anything that powers from USB) that you charge by walking around. Ampy turns kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in an internal battery. According to the Kickstarter description, 10,000 steps is enough to generate three hours of battery life on your smartphone. 30-60 minutes on a bicycle will do the same thing. Strap it on your working dog? Who knows, but the idea of an iPhone powered by dog awesomeness brings a huge smile to my face. Oh, and Ampy can also be charged by plugging it into a wall socket. With 28 days to go, the developers have already raised $128,000 with an original goal of $100,000, but there are still ways to get a discounted Ampy and support the company's efforts. [Via Ryan Faas > GigaOM]

Last Chance for ilumi LED Smartbulb Controlled from iPhone for $79

5:54 PM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance for ilumi LED Smartbulb Controlled from iPhone for $79

I'm an LED bulb nut. Some of them last for decades, they produce less waste heat, and they use a fraction of the power of a comparable incandescent bulb (less even than CFC bulbs). Then there are LED bulbs that allow you to change their hue, and that's what we have for today's deal. The ilumi LED Smartbulb is controlled from your iPhone or Android device (with Bluetooth 4.0). It can pulse with music, has a wakeup schedule, and a vacation mode to make your home look occupied. It lasts up to 20 years, uses between 1 and 13 watts with light equivalent up to 60-75 watt incandescents, is dimmable, and is color tunable. It's regularly priced at $90, but through our deal you can get it for $79. The deal ends in one day.

Attorneys Fish for Shareholder Launch Class Action against GTAT

3:32 PM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Piggybank

The Law Offices Bernard M. Gross, P.C. started the shareholder lawsuit train against GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) on Monday. Attorneys at the firm are seeking a lead plaintiff for the case, which accuses executives, directors, and underwriters of misleading investors in the wake of the company's fallout with Apple.

‘Eight’ Wooden Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone Looks Amazing, Sounds OK

6:30 PM, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · In-Depth Review

'Eight' Wooden Acoustic Amplifier Looks Amazing, Sounds OK

Eight is the most unique iPhone accessory I've seen, and it's the most beautiful. Designed by Slovakian company Stark, Eight is a wooden acoustic amplifier/dock for your iPhone 5/5s/6. With the addition of the included Lightning cable, it's also a charging dock. It's hand crafted, made of gorgeous wood, is cleverly designed, feels amazing (seriously), and it sounds OK.

VPN Unlimited Premium Plan: 3 Years Of Hacker Protection & More for $19

4:16 PM, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

VPN Unlimited Premium Plan: 3 Years Of Hacker Protection & More for $19

Need access to otherwise restricted web content? Don’t trust your WiFi connection? Need to ensure online security? You want to consider a virtual private network (VPN), and boom! We just happen to have a deal for three years of VPN Unlimited's Premium Plan for $19. With this package, your Internet data is encrypted between the VPN and you, greatly limiting your exposure to hackers, and for those who live in countries that block access, it can be the only way to get to some sites. There's a lot more information on our deal site.

Apple Watch Will Make Editorial Debut in Vogue China’s November Issue

8:27 PM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Vogue China

Apple is letting the fashion world enjoy the editorial debut for Apple Watch. The Business of Fashion (BoF) reported that Vogue China got early access to the device, and will feature it on the cover of the November issue on the arm of supermodel Liu Wen.

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I think the watch and technology worlds don't get Apple Watch yet, each for different reasons. Apple is positioning this device obliquely to anything most of us thought about before it was announced.

The World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp: $99

4:54 PM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The World's Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp: $99

We have a new developer training bundle for you today called The World's Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp. It's designed to give you in-depth training on iOS 8, Swift and Xcode 6. Over the course of 24 courses with 80 hours of content, you'll be guided through building 70 different working apps. This collection of courses retails for $2,956, but through our deal, it's yours for $99. If you want to learn how to make iOS apps, this is a good place to start.