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3-in-1 Smartphone Camera Lenses 56% Off: $29.99

4:43 PM, Aug. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

iPhone Camera Lens Deal

Adding extra camera lenses to your iPhone doesn't have to be an expensive ordeal, and TMO's latest deal backs that up. This kit includes macro, wide angle, and fisheye lenses that all snap on or off quickly thanks to an adapter ring that attaches to your phone. It's compatible with the iPhone 4 up through the iPhone 6 Plus, and also works with the iPad, iPod touch, and many Android smartphones, too. The camera lens kit is regularly priced at US$69, but you can get it for $29.99 with our special deal.

Swatch CEO: Apple Watch is a Toy

10:45 AM, Aug. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Swatch: We're betting on the smart-ish watch

Swatch CEO Nick Hayek says Apple Watch is a toy and that smartwatches in general are a bad idea. He went on to say that Swatch is working on its own smartwatch design, which presumably isn't a toy like Apple Watch.

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The future, according to Swatch isn't the smartwatch. It's the smart-ish watch.

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.