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Sometimes I feel like the thing that will set humans apart from our future Robot Overlords will be Rube Goldberg Machines (RBM). Sure, machines could maybe design a better one than we mortals, but why would they want to? They'll have better things to do, like deciding our fate. In any event, check out this remarkable RBM made with marbles, magnets, blocks of wood, bearings, and what are either tooth picks or tiny dowel rods [Via Digg]. What I love about it is the clever use of friction and magnets to not only control when and where the marbles and magnets roll, but to serve as gates, hammers, springs, and even a tube delivery vehicle. It's magnificent.
Check out the collection of Apple kit owned by 15-year old Alex Jason. The video below is from 2014, but his collection has expanded to some 200 machines, including an Apple I, a Lisa, all of the Newtons, an Apple mouse prototype called the Cursor III, and more iMacs than you can shake a stick at. The New York Times did a story on the collection, which will form the foundation of the Maine Technology Museum. It's an incredible collection.
We have a deal for you on the iKlips DUO, a new version of the Flash Storage Solution. It has a USB plug on one end and a Lightning connector on the other end so you can transfer files between devices. The iKlips DUO has a silicone body sleeve, and a redesigned Lightning port that fits more cases. We have deals starting at $71 on 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple plans to "demote" Apple Music Connect, one of the most promising features of Apple Music. Whether or not that happens, Connect is one a long line of products and services that Apple has released, only to then neglect it, and Bryan Chaffin is pissy about it.
Bryan Chaffin updated his list of Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads. He's tested them to make sure they actually pay out and now has 32 of them gathered in this list, including a new faucet that is now the best-paying.
Check out the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch. This charging stand has a bead along the back edge that holds your Apple Watch charging cable (there's an image of the back in the deal listing), and then the charging disk slips into a spot on the top. The base is made from a copper allow, and it sits on high-friction rubber. You can get it through our deal for $33.95.
Did you know iMessages on your Apple Watch can be multilingual for you? Adam Christianson noted (and told em) that if you get an iMessage in a language other than your primary language on your Apple Watch, the canned responses when you hit "Reply" will automatically be in that same language.
Earlier this week, we explained some of the ways to get discounted iTunes Gift Cards. That saves you money on your iTunes Stores and App Store purchases, but you can also use it to save money on many subscriptions, including Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, and others, not to mention subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.
We have a deal for you today on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus—as the name says, it's a fine point stylus designed to give you fine control over your work. You twist the stylus to reveal the nib, too, meaning it's protected inside the stylus when you're using it. Check out the details on the deal listing—our price is $34.95.