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PhoneClean is a Mac app that lets you clean your iPhone. It can delete private text messages, find and remove hidden temporary and cache files, get rid of useless app crash logs and system notifications, and a lot more. It retails for $39.99, but you can get it through our deal for just $9.99. Check out the deal page for more information.
Arduino kits and tutorial bundles have proven very popular, and we have a new one for you today: the DIY Arduino Game Console Kit. Arduino is an open source platform for making your devices and gadgets. This kit is specifically designed to make a retro-style handheld gaming console. And that's cool. There are details and a video on the deal page, so check it out. And happy making.
IWC announced this week a smartstrap called IWC Connect. The device includes activitity monitoring and the ability to connect to smartphones and other devices, and is intended to combat smartwatches like Apple Watch.
Jeff Williams, senior vice president of operations at Apple, will be speaking at Code Conference 2015, the annual conference put on by Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher, and Re/code. The event takes place from May 26 to 28 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California—this year's event features executives from GM, BuzzFeed, Pivotal, Xiami, Sprint, and Reddit.
We have a bundle of apps for you today called The Spring Clean Mac Bundle. Seven apps, including Disk Expert, Duplicates Expert, Clear Disk, Disk Inspector, App Uninstaller, Boost & Memory, and Funter, all designed to help you keep your Mac nice and tidy. Through our deal, you can get the whole kit and caboodle for $9.99.
Apple's iPhone has fared less well in Europe than in other markets, but that appears to be changing, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The research firm published a report claiming that users switching from Android to iPhone are driving growth for Apple in Europe's five largest economies: Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.
Kids React is a great series on YouTube that exposes young kids to technology—usually old technology, like a rotary telephone. It can be fascinating to see how how some of these things are viewed devoid of all context. The newest installment, however, has kids reacting to something new, the Apple Watch. This, too, is fascinating. For one thing, most of the kids featured knew what it was. For another most of them seemed to instantly grok it, despite the fact that watches as a whole were devoid of context to most of them. My favorite was the young man who had several watches, but quipped, "Who uses a watch to check the time?"
We have a deal today on the Veho Retro Leather Bluetooth Speaker for $65, a discount of 63 percent. This Bluetooth speaker has a brushed aluminum case with a leather strap for carrying. It has 6 watts of power for dual acoustic drivers and two speakers. It also features a bult-in microphone for hands-free calls, and it has a built-in 1,800mAh battery to make it mobile. Check it out.
This is a video of Steve Jobs introducing the Think Different campaign to Apple employees. It's September 23rd, 1997. Mr. Jobs has been back at Apple for "8-10 weeks." He's in the processing of slashing the product line and getting Apple refocused on making great products. He's wearing shorts and a mock turtleneck and looks very tired, yet excited. That could be because he was up until three in the morning the night before working on the campaign and this employee presentation. He discusses how Nike was his model for the campaign, and after the commercial he says he knows Apple will be criticized for not talking about Macs. "We have to tell people who we are," he said. He also gets emotional when he talks about getting the rights to use the people used in the campaign. The video was posted in 2013, but if you have't seen it yet, it's great stuff.
We have a deal for you on Mammoth Interactive's Apple Watch WatchKit Course for developers. This course will walk you through creating six different apps for the Apple Watch, including an inspirational quote app, a betting game, a productivity timer, a maps app, a geolocation app, and a Twitter-related app. You'll learn how to transport iPhone data—such as HealthKit data—to the watch, how to navigate the WatchKit interface, Apple’s human interface guidelines, and more. Through our deal you can get this course at a 93 percent discount—just $19.