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Re/code Covers Social Media Congressional Hearings

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

Peter Kafka of Re/code has great coverage of social media Congressional hearings on Wednesday. In attendance were Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CTO Cheryl Sandburg. The senior vice president Google wanted to send wasn’t high-ranking enough for the Senate committee that conducted the hearing. Here’s a snippet:

Sheryl did fine. Jack did quite well, all things considered. Google’s empty chair took a beating. And internet trolls showed up in real life to show what internet trolling looks like in real life.

And that’s pretty much all you need to know about what happened when Silicon Valley came to D.C. today.

Except that Re/code really has a lot more, and I found it a very interesting read.

1000X Zoom 1080p Microscope Camera: $38.99

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1000X Zoom 1080p Microscope Camera

Our friends at Stack Commerce put together another microscope deal for us. We ran a deal earlier for a device that clips on to your iPhone or iPad, but today we have a different approach in the 1000X Zoom 1080p Microscope Camera. As the name suggests, it magnifies objects up to 1000 times their original size, and it does so using a dynamic image sensor and 8 super-bright white LED lights to create crisp, detailed images. Get your science on for $38.99 through our deal.

Apple/Amazon Trillions, 5 Eyes Magic, iPhone Battery Replacement Reminder - ACM 478

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Amazon was briefly the second company—after Apple—to be valued at US$1 trillion. Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to discuss what makes the two companies, and their valuations, different. They also examine the recent 5 Eyes statement attacking encryption, and then remind everyone to take advantage of Apple’s iPhone batter replacement program while they can.

Turn Your iPhone or iPad into a Microscope: $101.99

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uHandy Duet Kit

Check out today’s deal of the day, the uHandy Duet kit that turns your iPhone or iPad (or Android device) into a microscope. It comes with two lenses, a battery-powered Hi-Mag Lens with a magnification of 30x-200x on 5″ cellphones and 60x-360x on 7.9″ tablets. The Lo-Mag Lens doesn’t need a battery and has magnification of 10x-60x on 5″ cellphones and 20x-120x on 7.9″ tablets. This is the sort of thing I’d write up as a Cool Stuff Found if we didn’t have a deal. The deal listing has all the tech specs, and it’s $119.99 through us—but if you use coupon code “LABORDAY15” (no quotes), you get 15% off, for a price of $101.99.

Nix Mini Color Sensor: $58.65 with Labor Day Coupon Code

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Nix Mini Color Sensor

We have a deal on the Nix Mini Color Sensor. This device senses color so you can match it to one of 31,000 brand name paint colors. If you’re looking for digital color matching, it will also give you the RGB, HEX, CMYK, and LAB colors. The Nix Mini Color Sensor is $69 through us, but if you use “LABORDAY15” (without the quotes) at checkout, you’ll save 15%. That brings it down to $58.65. Cool, yeah?

Happy Labor Day, from TMO!

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Labor Day hot dog

In observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We’ll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 4th. Enjoy the holiday!

IK Multimedia Ships UNO Synth Editor for Mac/iOS/PC

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IK Multimedia announced UNO Synth Editor, a software editor for the company’s UNO analog synthesizer. It allows you to to control and tweak the hardware UNO synth from your Mac, iOS device, or PC, either as a standalone app or as a plugin for popular DAWs. The software interface was designed to look just like the hardware synth, too, but with “deep control” over settings. UNO Synth Editor is a free download for all three platforms, and the software plugin works with Logic, GarageBand, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, and more. The UNO Synth hardware synthesizer shipped in July for US$/€199.99.

IK Multimedia Ships UNO Synth Editor for Mac/iOS/PC