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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Apple posted record revenue and record earnings for the September quarter on Tuesday, beating expectations. The company posted revenue of $51.5 billion, well ahead of last year's $42.1 billion; the company also posted earnings of $11.1 billion, or $1.96 in earnings per share (EPS). Last year's profit was $8.5 billion with EPS was $1.42.
Shares of Apple Inc. dropped more than 3 percent on Monday, one day ahead of the company's fiscal 4th quarter earnings report. One of the primary sources of concern for Wall Street was China, a recurring theme for Apple, though the company has turned in excellent results in China every time the alarm bell has sounded.