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BLOCKS Smartwatch: $220 [Updated]

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BLOCKS Smartwatch and modules

We have an interesting deal for you today, a pre-order for the BLOCKS smartwatch. This device allows you to add functionality to your smartwatch by adding physical modules in the strap. Sensors, batteries, flashlight, and many more modules are possible. The device itself runs Android, but it syncs with either an Android or iOS app. You can get it through our deal for $220 [price corrected!].

The Curse of Apple Supporting Older Hardware

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Old Telephone Equipment

A group of consumers are complaining Apple is using planned obsolescence to hobble their older devices with new operating systems. Bryan Chaffin argues Apple should instead get credit for supporting older devices better than any other company.

iOS Online Courses for Developers - Lifetime All Access Pass: $69

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iOS Online Courses

We have a deal on a Lifetime All Access Pass for iOS Online Courses, a company that makes developer courses With this Pass, you have access to training on  iOS, Apple TV OS, Apple Watch, GameKit apps, Swift, Objective-C, and more, and that includes future releases such as iOS 10. Check out the details on the deal listing. The price through our deal is $69.

ACM 367: The Joy of iOS 10, Deleting Sideloaded Apps, and Fibonacci Fun

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The Apple Context Machine

Jeff Gamet has been playing with iOS 10 on his iPad mini 4, and he can’t wait to get it on his iPhone. Why? It starts with the Lockscreen. Bryan and Jeff also talk about regulations in South Korea that might require smartphone makers to allow all preinstalled apps to be deleted by the user. They bookend the show having some fun with Fibonacci numbers.

Quick and Dirty Miles to Kilometers Conversions with the Fibonacci Sequence

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This is one of the nerdiest and most intensely cool anecdotes I’ve ever seen. It turns out you can do quick and dirty conversions of miles to kilometers using the Fibonacci sequence, as noted on Reddit and tweeted by Cliff Pickover (and spotted by The Loop). Redditor almightybob1 said, “The Fibbonacci sequence goes 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 etc etc. Skip the first few terms and…” With that information below, check out the chart included by Mr. Pickover below. How awesome is that?

TextExpander 1-Year Life Hacker Plan: $19.98

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TextExpander on Mac, iOS, and Windows

We have a deal for you today on one of our favorite utilities at TMO, TextExpander. TextExpander allows you to create snippets of text you can then expand with a simple keyboard shortcut. It’s a huge time saver. The Lifehacker subscription covers Mac, iOS, and Windows devices for one user on unlimited devices. You can share your snippets to those other devices, too.  Our price is $19.98 for a year, less than half the retail price if you’re paying month-to-month.

New Drone Footage of Apple Campus 2.0 Captioned with Construction Details

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Matthew Roberts posted new drone footage of construction efforts on Apple Campus 2.0 to YouTube (via The Loop). It not only shows massive progress on the site, it’s also captioned with helpful details about the things you’re seeing. The footage is up close and personal, enough to wonder what new case law might be established if Apple had blasted the drone out of the air. I always enjoy these drone flyovers—it’s super awesome to be able to follow along as this soon-to-be-iconic building takes shape.

Complete iBlazr Smartphone LED Flash and Accessory Bundle: $64.99

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iBlazr and Accessory Pack

We have a deal for you today on the iBlazr LED flash for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device that includes an accessory pack. iBlazr is designed to sync with your mobile device’s camera for lighting up a scene. This deal includes iBlazr 2 (black), USB charger, Mount clip, Key clasp, Silicon diffuser, Flexible USB Charger Mount, Cold Shoe Mount, Pack of Colored Diffusers, all for $64.99. Check out the deal listing for details.

Armour Loop Charging iOS Cable: $19.95

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Armour Loop Charging iOS Cable

Check out the Armour Loop Charging iOS Cable, a stainless-steel-wrapped Lightning cable. Its design features a holder that always keeps the cable in a loop, a loop you can adjust as needed. That makes it tough, compact, and tangle-free. You can get this device through our deal for $19.95, more than a third off retail.

Remembering Steve Jobs 'Pissed Off' Moments

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Steve Jobs pissed off moments screenshot

Steve Jobs was an amazing individual. Most of us remember the great product demos, awesome devices, quips like “It’s about the music, stupid,” and other fun things. We’ve also heard infamous examples of Mr. Jobs being angry on the job; but in honor of the iPhone’s 9th birthday on Wednesday, former Apple PR executive Natalie Kerris reminded that Mr. Jobs got angry in public, too. The video she linked to is a compilation of Stevenote moments when that anger came out. Like everything with Steve Jobs, I love watching him in action. It’s always interesting.

Last Chance for the World Class Mac Bundle: $24.99

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World Class Mac Bundle

It’s the last chance to grab  8 Mac apps in the World Class Mac Bundle. It includes iStat Menu 5—a utility I can’t imagine not having—Freeway  Pro 7, uBar 6, Painter Essentials 5, DropZone 3, Xee 3, Data Rescue 4, and Hype 3.5. Those are solid apps, and you can get them all in this bundle for $24.99. There are detailed descriptions on each app in the deal listing, so check it out.

ACM 366: App Store Surveillance, Google's Phone, and Bryan's Rant

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Apple Context Machine logo

In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff discuss new regulations in China that could make Apple part of that country’s surveillance and censorship apparatus. They also talk about Google’s plans to make its own Android devices, and Amazon offering a discount on two Android phones that display Amazon ads on the lock screen. Bryan somehow manages to ties that into an epic rant about Angry Birds 2.

TaskPaper Text Editor for Mac: $12.95

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TaskPaper on MacBook

We have a deal for you today on TaskPaper, a text editor for the Mac designed to help you keep track of what you’ve done. It will also auto-format projects, tasks, notes, and tags. While a Mac app, it uses a file format that is supported by some third party editors on iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, and three other Mac editors, too.

Virtual Reality Box Headset: $18.99

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VR Box Headset

We have a deal for you today on VR Box, a virtual reality viewer compatible with iOS and Android devices with 4.7-inch to 6-inch displays. It has an optical axis slider for controlling distance and a T-shaped strap designed to fit a wide variety of head shapes and sizes. This device is $18.99 through our deal.

Cozmo Robot from Anki Emotes, Learns, Plays

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Check out Cozmo, a robot from Anki, the folks who made their name with the race cars you control with your iPhone. Cozmo “talks” using sounds that remind me a little of R2D2—but only in spirit—and it has a display for a face that emotes. Anki says Cozmo was designed with hundreds of emotions, and he is designed to play with you, or with his “Power Block” accessories. In the video, the designers and engineers talk about how sound is a huge part of how the device interacts with the world, including a bit where he snores while charging. Speaking of which, he’s self-charging. That’s just awesome. Setup and control (when Cozmo isn’t acting autonomously) is handled through an iOS or Android devices, and Cozmo ships in October of 2016. Retail is set at US$179.99. but Anki has a pre-order price of $159.99.