ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20,000mAh Portable Charger: $49.99

5:34 PM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · · iPhone

ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20,000mAh Battery: $49.99

Here's a deal on a killer gadget called ZeroLemon SolarJuice—it's a 20,000mAh portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices, and you can charge it using the on-board 1.2W solar panels. That's totally cool. 20,000mAh is a ton of power, enough to charge your iPhone 6 more than seven times. If that's not enough, it has a built-in LED flashlight. This thing retails for $100, which is a good price, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99. 

Revogi Smart Color Bluetooth LED Bulb: $34.99

2:45 PM, Jan. 28th, 2015 · · iPhone

Revogi Smart Color Bluetooth LED Bulb: $34.99

Check out the Revogi Smart Color Bluetooth LED Bulb. You can control it from your iPhone, iPad, and some Android devices. It offers 16 million colors, variable brightness, timers, preset scenes, and through our deal you can get them for US$34.99.

Apple iOS Device Sales Top 1 Billion Units

5:11 PM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · iPhone

Apple has sold over 1 billion iOS devices since the original iPhone was introduced over seven years ago. News of the sales figures came from Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company's first fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3, Reduces Storage Required for Updates

2:04 PM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · iPhone

iOS 8.1.3

Apple released iOS 8.1.3 Tuesday, and update that most notably reduces the amount of storage required to install an update. In the past year, a number of users were upset to find they could not install over-the-air (OTA) updates on their iPhones and iPads because of the amount of space required. The update also includes various bug fixes. 

Apple’s AuthenTec Purchase Blocked Fingerprint Sensor on Nexus 6 Smartphone

11:15 AM, Jan. 26th, 2015 · · iPhone

Google wanted to include a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor on the Nexus 6 smartphone, but had to abandon that plan thanks to Apple's timely purchase of AuthenTec. Apple bought the company to use its fingerprint scanning technology in the iPhone 5S and in the process ensured on one else would be able to use it in their smartphones, including Google.

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Apple is a pretty shrewd company. Not only did they get the sensor tech they needed for Touch ID, but they also blocked all of their competitors from using it, too.

OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle Finally Coming to iPhone

10:07 AM, Jan. 26th, 2015 · · iPhone

Long time OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle fans begging for iPhone versions of the apps are finally getting their wish. The Omni Group has been developing both for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and has started inviting some of its users to check out pre-release versions.

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OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? Oh, yes. We've waited so long for this.

PowerPot Cooking Pot and Charger: $99

6:32 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · · iPhone

PowerPot Cooking Pot and Charger: $99

You know I love cool gadgets, and PowerPot is one of the coolest. It allows you to boil water in a pot—think camping—and convert that thermal energy into electric energy that you can use to charge your mobile devices. We reviewed it a while back if you're looking for our detailed thoughts, but we have a deal on PowerPot today that allows you to get it for $99 (it retails for $149).  Enjoy!

BlackBerry CEO Lobs Desperate Hail Mary to Bolster His Company

7:30 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · iPhone

John Chen

BlackBerry CEO John Chen's solution for BlackBerry's struggles is to require every developer and service provider to make their products work on all mobile platforms. Bryan Chaffin thinks this is a remarkably bad idea as self serving as it is devoid of logic.

Ten One Mountie: Easily Hang an iPhone/iPad on a MacBook

7:00 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · iPhone

Ten One Designs has released the Mountie, a small gadget that solidly attaches an iPhone or iPad to your MacBook or iMac screen. Kelly has one and tries it out with a variety of devices. (Spoiler alert: Your iPad Air is in good hands. Or clips.)