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Wishing You a Happy New Year in 2019!

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Happy New Year from the team at The Mac Observer

With 2018 behind us and CES is only a couple days away, The Mac Observer is taking off Monday and Tuesday off to catch our breath and get ready for 2019. We’ll be back with our regular daily new coverage, analysis, and podcasts on Wednesday, January 2nd. We’ll also be on location at CES 2019 to bring you the latest on this year’s tech. Rest up, and get ready for another exciting year!

Happy New Year from the team at The Mac Observer

Happy New Year from TMO!

20,000mAh (Practically) Crush-Proof Portable Power Bank: $67.96

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20,000mAh Crush-Proof Portable Power Bank

We have a deal on a powerful portable battery, the 20,000mAh (Practically) Crush-Proof Portable Power Bank. In addition to massive capacity, this device features passthrough charging via USB-0C or microUSB, and it has USB-C and regular USB out. It also features a very durable enclosure. I’m linking to the silver option, but there’s also a black option available on the deal listing. It’s $79.95 through our deal, but coupon code MERRY15 at checkout will take 15% off to bring it down to

Repel Intruders with an App-Controlled Lock That's 10x Stronger Than a Deadbolt: $297

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HAVEN Connect Lock

We have an interesting device for our deal of the day: the HAVEN Connect Lock. This app-controlled lock was designed by U.S. Special Ops veterans and mounts at the base of your door. According to the company, it reinforces your door with a flexible locking wedge that pushes back and uses an attacker’s energy against them. You can operate it with your foot or the companion app. This device is $349 through our deal, but coupon code MERRY15 at checkout takes 15% off, to bring it down to $296.65.

Happy Holidays from The Mac Observer

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Enjoy the holiday season!

It doesn’t matter if you’re into Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, Solstice, or any end-of-the-year holiday. The Mac Observer hopes this weekend is a wonderful time for you, and that you get to take a day or two off to relax. We’re taking Tuesday off, but we’ll be back on Wednesday, December 26th, with our iPhone, iPad, and Mac coverage, along with a fresh TMO Daily Observations episode, too.

Enjoy the holiday season!

Happy holidays from The Mac Observer

Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit and Course Bundle: $44.19

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Arduino Kit

We have a deal on the Vilros Uno Ultimate Starter Kit and course bundle. In addition to the starter kit (board, components, and more), you also get 11 hours of training content with hundreds of lectures. This deal is $51.99 through us, but coupon code MERRY15 at checkout brings it down to $44.19.

Manage Your Finances, Set Budgets, and More with CoinKeeper: $16.99

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CoinKeeper

We have a deal on CoinKeeper, a finance tracking app for iOS (or Android). You can create and track budgets, manage your income, set reminders, and much more. A 1-year subscription is $19.99 through our deal, but coupon code MERRY15 at checkout brings it down to $16.99. There are longer subscriptions available in the deal listing, too.

Flexiroam Data Roaming Microchip with 2 GB Starter Pack: $41.65

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Flexiroam Data Roaming Microchip: 2 GB Starter Pack

Our deal of the day is an interesting one: the Flexiroam Data Roaming Microchip, an ultra-thin microchip sticker for your SIM card that lets you access data roaming in over 140 countries. Our deal includes 2GB of data, and you can manage your data from a companion app. It’s $49 through us, but coupon code MERRY15 at checkout brings it down to $41.65.

Ziistle Triangle Foldable Wireless Qi-Certified Charger: $29.74

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Ziistle Triangle Foldable Wireless Qi-Certified Charger

We have a deal on the Ziistle Triangle Foldable Wireless Qi-Certified Charger. This is an interesting take on a Qi charger, where the charging disk is designed to work with a flexible folder that can be set up with multiple angles for different use cases. Check out the video for a good demonstration. It’s $34.99 through our deal, but coupon code MERRY15 at checkout saves 15%, for a final price of $29.74.

Turn Your Wired Devices into Bluetooth Ones with This Ultra-Portable Receiver: $11.20

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Bluetooth portable receiver

We’ve got an interesting gizmo for our deal of the day, a portable Bluetooth 4.2 receiver that turns your wired devices into wireless devices. It works with speakers, headphones, and even your car’s stereo system. You can also connect to up to two Bluetooth devices at the same time with just one receiver. Our deal is for $14, but coupon code GREENMONDAY20 takes 20% off, for a final price of $11.20.

The Storyteller's Essential Mac Bundle: $15.99

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The Storyteller's Essential Mac Bundle

We have a deal for you on the Storyteller’s Essential Mac Bundle, a collection of apps aimed at storytellers from Mariner Software. It includes Mariner Write, Contour 2, Narrator, Persona, StoryMill, and Montage. Our deal is for $19.99, but coupon code GREENMONDAY20 at checkout brings it down to $15.99.

Keyboard Maestro Macro Manager for Mac: $15.20

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Keyboard Maestro on a MacBook

This is one of those deals I just love to be able to offer! It’s for Keyboard Maestro, a Mac utility most of us use at TMO. Keyboard Maestro lets you set up and run macros, control apps, complete long passages with a few keystrokes, and more. Our deal is for $19, but coupon code GREENMONDAY20 at checkout brings it down to $15.20.

CuriosityStream 2-Year Subscription: $23.99

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CuriosityStream

We have a deal on a 2-year subscription for CuriosityStream, the streaming and on-demand service with more than 2,000 documentaries and shows. It works in a browser, iOS, Apple TV 4 and above, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, and more. It’s $29.99 through our deal, but coupon code GREENMONDAY20 at checkout brings it down to $23.99.

WhiteSmoke Writing Assistant 1-Year Premium Subscription: $15.20

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WhiteSmoke on a MacBook

We have a deal on a 1-year subscription to WhiteSmoke, a software writing assistant. WhiteSmoke checks your work for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style errors. Our deal is for $19, but coupon code GREENMONDAY20 takes 20% off for a checkout price of $15.20. There’s a lifetime subscription offer on our deal listing, too.

Should Zuckerberg Go, Tumblr Death Spiral, Wall Street and Apple - with Chuck Joiner: ACM 491

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Bryan Chaffin is joined by Chuck Joiner from MacVoices to discuss Facebook’s ongoing crisis of blunders and mistakes, and whether or not CEO Mark Zuckerberg should go. They also look at what seems to be Tumblr’s real-time death spiral, and debate whether or not Wall Street is punishing Apple for not reporting iPhone sales and whether or not that’s OK.