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ProtonVPN Plus Subscriptions with Swiss Legal Protections

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ProtonVPN Plus

We have a deal on ProtonVPN Plus, a VPN based in Switzerland, complete with Swiss legal protections. The service uses AES-256 encryption to protect your data, and it supports Mac, Android, Windows, and Linux. iOS support is available through the OpenVPN Connect app. A two year subscription is $79.99 through us, 66% off retail. A one year subscription is also available.

AirVinyl's Leather AirPod Case: $17.99

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AirVinyl Leather AirPod Case

We have a deal on AirVinyl’s Leather AirPod Case, a device I reviewed a couple of weeks ago (where I called it, “Outstanding! Get It Now!” It’s a leather case for your AirPods Charging Case made from high-quality, European leather that’s stretched over a rigid plastic frame. It gives your case some style without adding a big footprint in your pocket. It’s $17.99 through our deal.

Soundfreaq Pocket Kick Bluetooth Speaker: $39.99

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Soundfreaq Pocket Kick Bluetooth Speaker

We have a deal on the Soundfreaq Pocket Kick Bluetooth Speaker. As the name suggest, it’s a portable Bluetooth speaker designed to fit in your pocket. The grills are metal, and the company is using custom-engineered drivers in the speakers. It’s $39.99 through our deal.

Pay What You Want for the Adobe CC A-Z Lifetime Bundle

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Adobe CC A-Z Lifetime Bundle

We have a new pay-what-you-want deal for you called the Adobe CC A-Z Lifetime Bundle. It features 12 training courses covering all of Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps (Photoshop, After Effects, Premier, Illustrator, InDesign, and topics such as UX/UI design). Pay anything, even a penny, and get Adobe After Effects: The Complete Motion Graphics Course. Beat the average price (currently $13.93), and you get all 12 courses. Beat the current leader’s price, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Nintendo Super NES Classic.

You'll Never Look at a U.S. Map the Same

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Bloomberg has one of the most interesting articles I’ve read in a long time. They called it, “Here’s How America Uses Its Land,” but it’s much more than that. They took data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and broke it up into a series of different views that gave me, at least, radically better perspective on how this country’s land is used. The screenshot I included in this Cool Stuff Found is just one of those views, BTW. They also did a great job of using modern CSS to let you scroll through all the info. Here are some spoilers: cows use more land than people; forest land has been growing since 2007; and a little factoid I find disturbing: “since 2008 the amount of land owned by the 100 largest private landowners has grown from 28 million acres to 40 million, an area larger than the state of Florida.” Check it out!

You’ll Never Look at a U.S. Map the Same

Sinji Smart WiFi Camera: $45

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Sinji Smart WiFi Camera

We have a deal on the Sinji Smart WiFi Camera. This device captures 1280p video, with app-controlled access including app-controlled zoom. It can also save recordings to your SD card. Check out the deal listing for even more features. The Sinji Smart WiFi Camera is $45 through us.

Watch This Robot Hand Learn How to Manipulate a Block

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OpenAI robot hand

Check out this video from OpenAI of a robot hand learning how to manipulate a block. This an incredibly difficult task, and the level of difficulty is one of the many reasons Apple needs humans assembling iPhones. OpenAI used machine learning and virtual simulations for the robot to spend 100 years of trial and error to learn what you’ll see in the video (TechnologyReview has more details). Those virtual lessons were then used by the real-world robot hand, and it’s pretty darned cool. Check it out.