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Drive Genius 4: $49.99

6 hours, 29 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Drive Genius 4 half price discount

Sometimes keeping your Mac's harddrive healthy takes more than Disk Utility, and that's where Drive Genius 4 comes in. You can use it to find and fix a long list of issues, build bootable maintenance drives, improve your Mac's overall performance, remove duplicate files, look for corrupted files and folders, and more. Drive Genius 4 works with OS X 10.8 and newer. It's regularly priced at $99, but you can pick it up for 49% off at $49.99 thanks to TMO's deal.

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.