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Muse, the Alexa Voice Assistant for Cars: $59.99

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Alexa fans now have a way of adding Alexa to their cars with Muse, a device that sits between your iPhone (or Android device) and your car. It allows you to tap into Alexa for music controls, controlling your home Alexa devices, and more. Check out the deal listing for details.

Pay What You Want for the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundle

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Arduino Board

We have a great deal for Arduino fans, a collection called the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundle. Better yet, you can pay what you want. Pay anything, even a penny, and get one of the ebooks. Beat the average price ($10 as of this writing), and you’ll get all ten ebooks in the bundle. Beat the leader’s price, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Surface Book.

PDFConverterOCR 5 for Mac: $19.99

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PDFConverterOCR 5

We have a deal on PDFConverterOCR 5 for Mac. The name tells you what it does, but it also features advanced character accuracy and recognizes more than 200 languages. It’s $19.99 through us.

Steve Jobs's 1973 Job Application Sells for $174,757

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The 1973 job application from a young feller named “Steve Jobs” sold at auction for a whopping $174,757 Thursday. That’s more than a lot of Apple I computers sell for, and generally speaking what mathematicians call “a lot of money.” According to RR Auction, “The winning bidder was an internet entrepreneur from London who wishes to remain anonymous.” Congrats to the unnamed winner! I think this application/questionnaire is an interesting piece of memorabilia. The original auction listing is gone, but there’s a new Past Auction description of the lot available. You can also see a larger image from the application in our original coverage.

Steve Jobs’s 1973 Job Application Sells for $174,757

Astronaut Twin Study Finds Space Travel Can Alter DNA

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A new study based on astronauts Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly—identical twins—found that space travel can alter DNA, at least the way we’re doing space travel now. The study found that 7% of Scott Kelly’s DNA did not return to normal after a one-year mission in space. Gizmodo noted that the change is epigenetic in nature, rather than simply genetic. It’s the way Mr. Kelly’s genes are expressed, not the genes themselves, otherwise he would now be a new species. Important semantics aside, the changes were thought to be caused by “oxygen-deprivation stress, increased inflammation, and dramatic nutrient shifts that affect gene expression,” according to CNN. It’s important to both understand and solve these kinds of issues when it comes to prolonged space flight, travel to Mars, and other space-related activities, and the Kellys being part of this study will pay untold dividends towards that understanding. The video below on the topic is from NBC.

Wave on Indiegogo, a Wearable MIDI Controller

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Check out Wave, a device I think has a real future. It’s a wearable MIDI controller in the form of a ring. If you watch the video, you’ll see that it can act almost like a Theramin, by turning motion into data. It also has buttons you can tap with your thumb, and you can trigger samples by tapping on a surface. Wave is currently a little big, but I can easily see this kind of technology bringing marked innovation to live performances and leading to all kinds of unforeseen ways to make, shape, and effect music. This company said Wave has been in development for three years, has been tested by hundreds of musicians, and has been used live on stage. The Indiegogo campaign is for taking Wave to manufacturing. They’ve already surpassed their $30,000 goal, having raised more than $46,000 with 21 days to go.

This Wearable Helicopter Would Help You Jump

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Check out Lunavity, a sort of wearable helicopter that’s supposed to help you jump. Right off the bat, I don’t believe in this product—it’s never, ever going to be a thing. But it’s cool. More importantly, it’s the kind of absurd product idea whose research could eventually lead to unimagined products and ideas sometime in the future. It’s also an innovative approach to tackling both mobility challenges and enhanced mobility, even if no one is going to wear one of these things around. Ever. In a million years. But check it out anyway!

GOOSE VPN 1-Year Subscription: $14.99

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GOOSE VPN on a MacBook

We have a deal on a one year subscription to GOOSE VPN. The service includes 59 servers around the world, plus simultaneous use on an unlimited number of devices. Platforms supported include Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android. It’s $14.99 through us, and there are also three year and five year subscriptions.