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Apple Reportedly Plans to Launch Wearables ‘Alongside’ iPhone

1:49 PM, Aug. 27th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

The Apple Crystal Ball

Some hedge analysts might be saying that Apple is having to delay its foray into wearables (i.e. the "iWatch"), but Re/code's well-informed John Paczkowski said that Apple will unveil it "alongside" new iPhones at the September 9th media event he also broke. Bryan Chaffin says if it's true, it means the iWatch is being built in Arizona.

Seagate Ships First 8TB Hard Drives for Enterprise

9:16 PM, Aug. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Seagate announced Tuesday that has shipped the first 8TB hard drive, a 33 percent increase in capacity from the 6TB enterprise monsters that were announced just last April. The devices come in a standard 3.5-inch form factor, and it doesn't use helium to increase capacity, a concept being pursued by Western Digital. Instead, as noted by Computerworld, Seagate is using a technology called shingled magnetic recording (SMR). The company hasn't announced pricing, and said that it was shipping the drive to "select customers," with wider availability starting next quarter. The 6TB enterprise drive shown below can be purchased for US$599. Now, if I could just get an iPhone with more than 64GB of storage.

VPN Unlimited 3-Year Premium Plan for $19

4:51 PM, Aug. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

VPN Unlimited – 3-Year Premium Plan for $19

Need access to otherwise restricted web content? Don’t trust your WiFi connection? Need to ensure online security? We have a deal for you that can help with these issues. For $19, you can get a three year plan with VPN Unlimited. With VPN Unlimited, you can access restricted content (think being in China and being able to access sites that are blocked by the Great Firewall). Plus, your data is encrypted. With this three year plan, you can access your VPN service from your Mac, PC, or Linux box, as well as your iOS or Android mobile devices.  It retails for $65, making the $19 price a killer deal. There are more details on the deal listing.

Blue Releases Mo-Fi Headphones with Onboard Amp, Innovative Headband

8:00 AM, Aug. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Mo-Fi

Blue Microphones announced on Tuesday Mo-Fi, the company's first foray into over-the-ear headphones. The device features an onboard amplifier paired with "ultra-premium 50mm hi-fi drivers." Mo-Fi also has an incredibly comfortable* four bar linkage system in place of the standard headband, along with a clever pivoting arm for adjusting the ear cups.

California Gov. Signs Smartphone Kill-Switch Requirement into Law

8:09 PM, Aug. 25th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Thief

California governor Jerry Brown signed SB-962 into law on Monday. The law requires all smartphones made on or after July 1st, 2015, to come with a kill-switch that will make the device unusable in the event it is lost or stolen. Apple and Google had both already pledged to do so—and Apple has had kill switches in place for years—but the law makes it mandatory.

TiVo Brings DVR to Over-the-Air Cord Cutters

4:50 PM, Aug. 25th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

TiVo has taken a big step into the world of cord-cutting with the introduction of TiVo Roamio OTA, a DVR for over-the-air (OTA) TV signals. With this device, cord-cutters can go back to the future and digitally record SD and HD broadcasts from local TV stations and watch them like they would with any other DVR. Cool, eh? TiVo Roamio OTA can record up to four programs at once, and it has a 500GB hard drive for up to 75 hours of recorded HD content. If you have a broadband connection, the device also has apps for Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, "and more," plus it supports TiVo's own TiVo Stream for watching your recorded shows on other devices. It's a brilliant move that could allow TiVo to expand its business outside of the cable and satellite industries where it started. Better yet, the box is only US$49.99 (available exclusively at Best Buy starting in September). It also requires a $14.99 monthly subscription to function, which is where TiVo actually makes its money.

ioShutter SLR: Control Your Camera With Your iPhone for $29.99

3:53 PM, Aug. 25th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

ioShutter SLR: Control Your Camera With Your iPhone for $29.99

Check out the ioShutter SLR, a cable that connects your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and your Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, Samsung or Hasselblad SLR camera. The cable connects to your camera and your iOS device, where a dedicated app allows you to remotely control your camera without touching the camera. In addition to landscapes, cityscapes, and the like, where a still camera can be just what you need, ioShutter SLR also allows you to do time lapses. Depending on your camera, you can also control autofocus and do voice-activated shots (think selfies and group selfies). ioShutter SLR retails for $75, but you can get it for $29.99 through our deal.

Bill Gates’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

4:40 PM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is just one of a ton of folks who have accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—we posted Apple CEO Tim Cook's public challenge last week—but his video has a higher production value than most. In fact, it's awesome. And funny, though we did note a distinct lack of ice in the ice bucket he poors over his head. But never mind, he challenged Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, TV personality Ryan Seacrest, and Chris Anderson from TED, and he had fun doing it. Mr. Gates didn't announce how much money he was donating, but then he never toots his own philanthropic horn, despite being the most prolific philanthropist since the word was invented. So, watch the video and consider donating some money yourself.