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Apple Launches Android App for Controlling Beats Pill+ Speaker

9:30 PM, Oct. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has released its second app on Android, a management app for the Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker. Apple has almost no track record of supporting Android users for its products and services, but the company is planning to bring Apple Music to Android in the future. (The company's first Android app was a migration assistant designed to help users leave Android behind.) The new Beats Pill+ app allows users to add two of the speakers together, two users to control  Pill+ in DJ mode, as well as a two-Pill+ stereo mode. It also tracks power levels on the Pill+'s battery, control volume, and more.

Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus: $44.99

6:38 PM, Oct. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus

We have a deal on a stylus from FiftyThree, the developers of the popular art app Paper by FiftyThree. The stylus is called Pencil by FiftyThree, and it's the first stylus I've seen shaped like a drafting pencil. While the device works as a dumb stylus, it's also a connected device when used with Paper. It can be used at multiple angles, and Paper has adaptive palm-rejection built into it for use with this stylus. You can get this device through our deal for $44.99, a 23 percent discount.

Google’s Nexus 6P Easily Scratched and Bent in Video Test

2:15 PM, Oct. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

YouTuber JerryRigEverything has published a damage test of Google's new Nexus 6P Android smartphone, and the results aren't pretty. He found the screen scratches fairly easily using a set of Mohs Hardness Scale picks; a heat test discolored the display; the screen cracked from the scratch test; and device bent remarkably easily. It's a surprising result for one of Google's flagship Nexus devices considering they're usually best-in-Android-class, and it emphasizes that "bendgate" problems can happen to any device maker (Chinese firm Huawei makes the Nexus 6P). For bonus points, stroll through the comments on YouTube for the Android fanboys who completely discount the tests as flawed, rigged, irrelevant, biased, and faked, even though JerryRigEverything has been testing devices from both Apple and the Android ecosystem for some time.

ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20,000mAh Battery: $49.99

2:44 PM, Oct. 29th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20,000mAh Battery

Here's a deal on a gadget called ZeroLemon SolarJuice—it's a 20,000mAh portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices, and you can charge it using the on-board 1.2W solar panels. I think that's cool. 20,000mAh is a ton of power, enough to charge your iPhone 6 or 6s more than seven times. If that's not enough, it has a built-in LED flashlight. This thing retails for $100, which is a good price, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99. 

Apple and U2 Collaborate on Virtual Reality Music Video

8:56 PM, Oct. 28th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Bono and The Edge playing

I think this is super cool—very cool indeed. Apple and U2 have collaborated on a virtual reality music video released on an app called Vrse. While the 360 degree music video was designed to work with Google Cardboard, you can also experience it with just your iPhone.

Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger: $13.99

3:05 PM, Oct. 28th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger: $13.99

The folks at Stack Social have brought back our deal on the Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger. It's a three port car charger for your mobile devices. It auto-detects those devices, too, so that it can send the right amount of power to that device for maximum charging. It retails for $70, but through our deal it's yours for $13.99.

What Tim Cook Really Said about Android Switchers

9:37 PM, Oct. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Apple CEO Tim Cook

The Mac Web and mainstream news outlets alike are reporting that 30 percent of Apple's iPhone customers in the September quarter switched from Android. If true, that would mean some 14.4 million Android users switched to iOS, but that's not what Apple CEO Tim Cook actually said.

Apple’s Tim Cook Says China Will Usurp U.S. to Become Top Market

8:28 PM, Oct. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Stacks of Yuan with an Apple wrapper

Apple delivered a strong message to Wall Street on Tuesday: your concerns over our business in China are much ado about nothing. During the company's quarterly conference call with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook took several opportunities to stress how robust sales are in China, and to say he believes it will become Apple's top market.