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Last Chance for the Summer Mac Essentials Bundle

4:43 PM, Jun. 29th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Noiseless App Screenshot

The Summer Mac Essentials Bundle is coming to an end—if you want it, grab it now. It includes: Unibox, Noiseless, Hider 2, NoteBook 4, App Tamer 2, iStat Menus 5, Beamer 2, Chatology, Jump Desktop, and iMazing File Transfer Made Easy. That's ten great apps, and you can get them all for $19.99 through us.

Music Just Isn’t Worth What It Used to Be

6:05 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Music Just Isn't Worth What It Used to Be

How much is music worth? That question has been pushed to the foreground by Apple Music, Taylor Swift, and new cries that Apple is undervaluing artists. Bryan Chaffin says this battle has been brewing for a long time, and he doesn't think some artists will be happy where it leads.

Apple Backtracks, Reinstates Some Apps Using Confederate Symbols

2:28 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Backtracks, Reinstates Some Apps Using Confederate Symbols

Apple pulled all apps from the App Store with Confederate symbols such as the Battle Flag of the Confederacy Friday morning. Almost immediately, though, the company began backtracking by working with developers to reinstate apps that use such symbols for "educational or historical uses."

Satechi Bluetooth Home Button: $23

2:15 PM, Jun. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Satechi Bluetooth Home Button: $23

We have another very clever device for you today called the Satechi Bluetooth Home Button. It's a standalone Bluetooth button designed to activate Siri on your iPhone or iPad. More importantly, it comes with a mount for putting it on your car's steering wheel or your bicycle's handle bars. Clever clever clever! You can get it through our deal for just $23. Check out the deal page for more information.

Twist Plus World Charging Station: $34.99

2:05 PM, Jun. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

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Today we have one of those products that we'd be writing about in a Cool Stuff Found entry, but instead we get to mention it as a deal. It's for Twist, a world charging station for your MacBook. It includes retractable prongs for the world's major voltage systems (hence the world charging), all made compact and portable through a twisting mechanism. Check out the video on the deal page for more on that. In addition to being designed for your MacBook charger, it also has four USB ports for charging your portable devices. That's clever. Through our deal, you can get Twist for $34.99.

Lexus Video Shows ‘Real, Rideable Hoverboard’

9:55 PM, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

::checks calendar:: It's not April 1st...oh boy, I hope this is legit! Lexus has a new promo video teasing a "real, rideable hoverboard." "There's no such thing as impossible," the company said in the video. "It's just a matter of figuring out how." Then shows a levitating board. The steam vapor coming from it suggests its a supercooled magnetic thingamajig—Engadget said that Lexus confirmed the skatepark the video was shot in has a metal layer underneath the concrete. We've had supercooled magnetic levitation for a long time, but this sort of semi-practical application is still a heckuva of an advancement. Enjoy the video and drool.

Gestimer Lets You Create Reminders from Your Mac Menu Bar

5:26 PM, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Gestimer is a cool new Mac utility that allows you to create reminders from your Mac menu bar.  It runs as an icon in your Menu Bar. Drag and pull from that icon to set the length of time, and when you release you get a pop up menu that let's you fill in the details. It's elegant and simple, and it's priced at US$2.99 at the Mac App Store. Check it out in action in the video below.

Google Play Music Launches ‘Free Music For Everything You Do’

4:46 PM, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Google Play Music Launches 'Free Music For Everything You Do'

Google on Tuesday launched a free, ad-supported version of Play Music, the company's streaming music service. Using the tagline "Free Music For Everything You Do," the service adds a free service to complement the US$9.99 subscription service it has offered for the last two years—and in case it escaped your notice, the service was launched just one week before Apple launches Apple Music.