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The Martian Trailer Really is That Cool

6:36 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Andy Weir's "The Martian" is a great book and looks like it's going to be a pretty awesome movie, too. The new trailer for the movie is a roller coaster of excitement with all kinds of little tidbits that should put smiles on the faces of everyone who read the book. That, and it's just way too cool when Matt Damon says, "I'm going to have to science the s#@t out of this." In case you aren't familiar with "The Martian," it's a story about an astronaut stranded on Mars and his efforts to survive while he waits for rescue. The movie hits theaters on October 2, so we'll have to wait until then to see if the movie lives up to the trailer.

Spotify Just Learned the Hard Way About Customer Trust

4:38 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Spotify took it on the chin for privacy changes it didn't explain ahead of time

What happens when you change your company's privacy policy? If you're Spotify, your customers freak out and CEO Daniel Ek has to apologize and go on the defensive. The changes give Spotify access to your smartphone's photos, contacts, location, voice control, and sensor data, which seems like a lot for a streaming music service—especially when the change feels to customers like it's being done on the sly.

Aduro Surge Protector and USB Charger: $19

3:38 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Aduro surge protector and USB charger for $19

Aduro's wall-mount surge protector includes six outlets and two USB charging ports and it plugs into your current wall outlet without extra cords to get in the way. You can use it to charge up to seven devices at the same time, and it's built-in surge protection protects from power fluctuations that could otherwise leave you with fried electronics. Aduro's surge protector and USB charger is regularly priced at US$40, but TMO has a special deal for 52% off so you'll pay only $19.

Apple’s Australia Bond Sale Hits a Record Breaking $3B

10:43 AM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Australia bond sale tops AU$3 billion

Apple's kangaroo bond blew past Australia's biggest bond sale to date topping AU$3 billion. The company took in $1.2 billion in orders for the bond sale during its first two hours, and didn't slow down.

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Sure looks like Australian investors want a piece of Apple's success.

Swatch Scores One More Thing in Switzerland, not Apple

7:15 PM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Swatch trademarks Apple's

Swatch can get away with trotting out Steve Jobs's "one more thing" catch phrase in Switzerland, but Apple can't. The watch maker scored a trademark on the line and linked it to tech gear along with software and many tech-related services, which means Tim Cook and other Apple representatives can't use the very line they rely on to unveil surprise produce—or, at least they can't in Europe.

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Apple hasn't hosted a big product unveiling in Switzerland, so trademarking the... um... trademark line from Steve Jobs isn't going to stop Tim Cook and company from using it. Maybe Swiss watchmakers are a little concerned about the Apple Watch's potential success.

Soundfreaq’s Sound Step Lightning 2 Speaker: $59

3:07 PM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Soundfreaq's Sound Step Lightning 2 Speaker

Soundfreaq's Sound Step Lightning 2 Bluetooth speaker packs stereo speakers and a subwoofer in a case that fits easily on your desktop and includes its's own special spacial sound enhancement system. It recharges via USB, so you don't need to worry about keeping extra batteries on hand, sports a Lightning dock, line-in jack, and an FM radio receiver. It's usually priced at US$150, but thanks to TMO's deal you can pick it up for 60% off at $59.

Flash gets Another Death Sentence, this Time from Amazon

11:57 AM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon joins the list of companies chipping away at Adobe Flash

Flash's coffin is quickly running out of room for nails, but Amazon still managed to find a place for a new one. The online retailer won't accept Flash-based ads starting in September for Amazon.com and the Amazon Advertising Platform.

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Advertisers using Flash today is like booking a ticket on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.

Apple’s Australian Bond Sales Top $1.2B in First Two Hours

10:18 AM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Australian bond sale, or kangaroo bonds, have already topped expectations

Apple kicked off its first bond sale in Australia Thursday morning, and topped AU$1.2 billion in the first two hours. It was almost like an iPhone launch, but with Kangaroo bonds instead.

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Apple's bond sale is expected to help the Australian economy, but it is kind of crazy that it's far cheaper for U.S. companies to take on debt than to bring overseas revenue into the country.