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Griffin’s Twenty Bluetooth Amplifier: $119.99

4:59 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Griffin's Twenty Bluetooth amplifier for $119.99

Griffin's Twenty is a cool amplifier that connects to your current audio setup so you can play your favorite songs from your iPhone or iPad through a Bluetooth link. While the Twenty is physically connected to your sound system, you're free to roam around with your iOS device since it sends audio to the receiver wirelessly. It also includes an optical audio port, and can power your subwoofer. The Twenty typically costs US$150, but thanks to TMO's deal you can pick one up with a 20% discout for only $119.99.

PayAnywhere Hops on the Apple Pay Bus

4:20 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Pay gets another mobile payment partner

PayAnywhere is onboard with Apple Pay and will be launching its compatible mobile device credit card transaction reader in September. This should give independent merchants another option for joining in on the Apple Pay action, and give consumers more payment options when they're out on a spending spree.

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Once iPhone and Apple Watch users get a taste for Apple Pay they want to use it everywhere. With both PayAnywhere and Square on board we should have a much easier time paying our favorite street vendors and food carts without breaking out our wallets.

Siri Doesn’t Want to Give Any Hints

1:53 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple's September 9 media event comes with the tagline, "Hey Siri, give us a hint." Since we can already ask Siri questions it seemed appropriate to see if she would, in fact, give us a hint. Turns out she won't, and instead says we have to wait until September 9. Well played, Apple.

Amazon Hangs Up on Fire Phone

11:53 AM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon's Fire Phone lost its connection. Forever.

Amazon's grand adventure in the smartphone market was short lived and disappointing. The online retailer has laid off the team working on its Fire Phone, and has scaled back some of its other hardware projects, too.

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Fire Phone's failure isn't any surprise. Amazon focused on driving its own sales instead of enticing potential customers with a great smartphone that also happened to link to the company's online store. It's too bad smart engineers lost their jobs for designing exactly what the company wanted.

Another Reason to Update to iOS 8.4.1: Ins0mnia

9:22 AM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Stop procrastinating and install iOS 8.4.1. It has some seriously important security fixes.

Ins0mnia is a serious security flaw in iOS 8 that could let hackers run what appear to be legit apps in the background to steal user's data, and it's a perfect example of why updating to iOS 8.4.1 is so important. The vulnerability was patched in the update, but instead of letting iPhone and iPad owners know about the critical fixes, Apple focused only on making sure everyone new about Apple Music improvements.

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Apple is going only half way with its security updates. Patching security flaws is important, but so is letting users know so they'll install the updates.

Swatch: We Stole ‘One More Thing’ from Columbo, not Apple

6:14 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

There's just one more thing, according to Columbo

It wasn't Apple Swatch was copying when it trademarked "one more thing," it was the TV series Columbo, or so says the watchmaker. Swatch has been openly critical of Apple's smartwatch efforts and trademarking the line Steve Jobs famously used in several presentations to show off surprises was presumed to be some sort of snub.