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Check out the Screwdriver - MINI +|- on Kickstarter. This is a screwdriver with a changeable head that's small enough to put on a keychain. Plus, it has a bottle opener, so giddy up. The version shown below was printed from a 3D printer and is a prototype. The final product will be made of a zinc alloy with a chrome finish on the body. I love clever gadgets, and as someone who has wished he had a screwdriver on him countless times, I think this is cool. Funding options are simple: $15 gets your two of these devices when they ship. They're only looking to raise $5,000, too. Check it out.
Mozilla announced on Tuesday that a Firefox exploit has been discovered in the wild. The exploit affects Windows, Linux, and Mac users, and Mozilla has issued a patch. If you're a Firefox user, TMO recommends you update immediately.
Long-time followers of our deals know that I'm a sucker for toys, gadgets, and drones. Especially drones. We have a deal for you today on the SKEYE Mini Drone with HD camera. This is a tiny, tiny drone, but now they've packed an HD camera in it. It also features six-axis stabilization, and you can perform flips, barrel rolls, and aerobatic tricks with it. You can pre-order this baby for $64.99, more than a third off retail. Check it out.
Larry Page announced a restructuring of Google on Monday into a new holding company called Alphabet. Bryan Chaffin explains what happened and offers his thoughts on what it means. Spoiler: don't expect the company to become more transparent.
We have a deal for you today on SkyHub Cloud Unlimited Backup, a cloud-based backup solution that gives you access to your data from any device. With this lifetime subscription, you get unlimited, automatic backup for 3 computers, and you can add more as an optional service. This subscription retails for $600, but through our deal you can get it for $89.99.
Check out the LithiumCard Wallet Battery, a portable charger for your iOS device that is as thick as five credit cards. It will fit in most wallets, and you can simultaneously charge your device and LithiumCard with two flip-out charging cables. It retails for $60, but you can get it for half off at $29.99 through our deal.
Turning points. If you look any person, company, or organization you'll find a key moment that sent that entity down a particular path, be it good or bad. Bryan Chaffin argues that Google had a turning point when it decided to promote its own content over the competition even when its own algorithms said that content had less value.
We have a new Pay What You Want bundle for called the Mac Power User Bundle. It's ten apps designed to make your Mac more productive and useful for you. Pay anything, even a penny, and you get two of the apps. If you beat the average price, you get all ten. And if you hit the top ten at any point in the deal, you get five entries in our iPad Air 2 giveaway.
We have a bundle of five training courses designed to teach you how to develop for iOS 9 and watchOS 2: The Complete Apple Watch Development Course, Build Knight Rider's KITT Voicebox, Create a Slot Machine Apple Watch App, Program a Pro iPhone Memory Game, and iOS 9 Course: Make Your Own Pinball iPhone Game in One Day without Coding. They retail for $414, but they're yours for $25 through our deal. Check out the details on the deal listing.
Remember that Lexus hoverboard the company teased back in June? Though many (of you) scoffed and called that video a bit of CGI, it turns out to be real! Lexus released a new video (below) showing the device/gadget/wonder being ridden at the specially constructed skateboard part created just for this. As we suspected back in June, the device is a super-cooled superconductor floating on a magnetic field. The skateboard park was constructed with a layer of metal underneath it to create that field. The video is killer, and Lexus gets heaps of kudos for developing this project. Highlights include a pool of very shallow water and some rides up and across a wall.
But wait, there's more! Lexus also released a behind-the-scenes video showing the development process of this project. It took more than a year, and it's just as cool to watch as the video above.