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This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen: the Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker. It's a speaker that's a globe and it levitates. Seriously. It levitates. It floats in mid-air while it plays music or acts as your speaker phone, or whatever. Magnets are frakking cool. Check out the video in the deal listing to see it in action. It connects to an audio source via Bluetooth, plus it levitates. Drop in Luke Skywalker with a helmet over this eyes, and you can have yourself a proper SciFi shindig. The Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker ships in January for $199. Stack Social has it on preorder for $195—when your speaker levitates, you don't have to discount it much. But this week only it's $179.99. So check it out and start counting down the days until it ships.
Apple's GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests that Apple isn't ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. A report out of China says that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China to produce sapphire for iPhone displays.
Melissa Holt, our very own Mac guru, recently appeared on Chuck Joiner's MacVoices video podcast. She joined Joe Kissell and Steve Sande on MacJury's Holiday Gift Guide #2. As the name suggests, the panel has a bunch of suggestions for holiday gifts, just for you!
Steampunk. Familiar with it? Bryan Chaffin found some steampunk gadgets that are functional art, like a steampunk USB flash drive with motorized gears that turn when you plug it in.
Stack Social has put together another Name Your Own Price bundle for us, the Must-Have Mac Bundle. With this bundle, you can name your own price—hence the name—and receive Paperless, Data Backup 3, and Pixa, three quality Mac apps. If you beat the average price, though, you get six more apps, including Typinator, Hotspot Shield VPN - 1 Year Elite Subscription, Starry Night Enthusiast 7, Intensify Pro, Spotdox: 3 Year Subscription, MacJournal 6, and the The Must-Have Mac App Tutorial for these nine apps. This is a brand new bundle, so guess what the average price is as of this writing: $1.10. That's one dollar and ten cents, for those following along at home. And 10 percent of what you pay goes towards one of three charities. Your choice. One last thing: if you enter the leaderboard at any time, you'll be entered to win a gold iPhone 6 and gold iPad Air 2.
BuzzFeed is doing well these days. The company raked in more than US$100 million in revenue during 2014, a figure surely worthy of a couple of list-style titles. That's a lot of money, and the company has more than 700 employees making it happen.
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Apple Watch is going to take doubters by surprise. There is an interesting vibe growing about this device. It's going to become ever more interesting.
Check out the SKEYE Nano Drone, a quadcopter drone that measures just 4 centimeters on a side. That's small enough to land on your thumb. It has three flight modes, one for beginners who are just learning to fly, another for more advanced pilots, and a third, ‘expert’ mode for seasoned flight veterans. The company that makes it says it will fly outdoors, but I personally imagine it's far better suited for indoor flight because of its size. At $34.99 through our deal (regularly $60), it's an expensive way to find out how much fun flying a quadcopter is. There's a video of the device in action on the deal listing. It's also priced for Xmas, so giddy up.
Earlier today we chose a winner for our giveaway for an Arcsoft Simplicam—Arcsoft is a sponsor of The Mac Observer, so please check them out. TMO member Chantallation was randomly selected from the comments in the announcement, having squeaked in just under the entry deadline. Congratulations to her for entering, and thanks to everyone who registered!
Time magazine released its Top 10 lists for 2014, including Gadgets, Video Games, and Toys. Apple claimed a full 30 percent of the Top 10 Gadgets, and one of those gadgets—Apple Watch—isn't even shipping yet.
Square wants to support Apple Pay, a move that would allow even small businesses to accept Apple's new payment solution. Calling using Apple Pay "a great experience," Square founder Jack Dorsey said his company is focused on allowing merchants to accept as many payment options as possible.