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G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox: $84.99

· · TMO Deals

G-Boom Wireless Bluetooth Boombox

Check out the G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox. As the name implies, it’s a bluetooth boombox. It has a battery life of up to 6 hours of playback time using two full-range speakers and one tweeter. It also has on-device controls, or you can control it from your smartphone app. It’s $84.99 through our deal.

Apple Answers Laptop Complaints with iPad Spots

· · Editorial

Screenshot from iPad Pro— Light and powerful

Apple published two new commercials in its iPad Pro series addressing laptop complaints. In case that reads too smoothly and it didn’t smack you upside the head, as we said when I was a wee lad, Apple is answering complaints about laptops with the iPad Pro. Not with MacBook Pro. Or MacBook. Or the legacy MacBooK Air that is still being sold. No, Apple is answering laptop complaints with an iPad Pro promotion.

Great New Apple Spot Urges You to 'Live Bright' with Apple Watch Series 2

· · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new spot out called Apple Watch Series 2 — Live Bright. I love this spot, too. Great soundtrack in the form of Beyoncé’s “Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” from Lemonade—and I’m just guessing that cost a pretty penny or two. The commercial also features compelling imagery of people using their AWS2 in bright, colorful, energetic settings. It’s a great spot that fires on all cylinders.

Apple Releases iOS 10.3.1, a Bug Fix Release

· · Product News

iOS 10.3.1 Release Note Screenshot

Apple released iOS 10.3.1 Monday. The patch notes are sparse, saying only, “iOS 10.3.1 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.” The company has not yet published the security release notes, but this update is most likely addresses issues that cropped up since the release of iOS 10.3 last week.

Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac: $34.99

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Disk Drill Pro 3 for Mac

We have a deal on Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac, a data recovery tool that works with OS X 10.8.5 or later, including macOS 10.12.x Sierra. This is a lifetime license, and I’m delighted to note our friends at Stack Commerce added a detailed description of exactly what that means. The short version is you get, “a lifetime of major updates, and inevitably a world of new features that are beyond our current imagination. Many of our Lifetime License options are exclusive offers, at the web’s best prices.” It’s $34.99 through us.

Now Would Be a Great Time for an Apple VPN

· · The Back Page

If Apple Operated a VPN

There are many things Bryan Chaffin wishes Apple would release. Streaming TV, a smarthome hub, new freaking Macs, the list goes on. But something new on his mind is an Apple owned and operated virtual private network (VPN). He explains why this would be a welcome port in the storm of surveillance capitalism.

Make Your Old iPhone Red with SlickWraps

· · Cool Stuff Found

Apple’s (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has been received a warm welcome. Your mileage may vary, but I’ve personally had even Android zealots express an interest in the RED iPhone to me. And I love the (PRODUCT)RED charity, but not everyone can get a new iPhone at any given moment, which is why a SlickWraps promotional email grabbed my attention. That company has red wraps for iPhones for those who want a red iPhone, but can’t get a RED iPhone. To be fair, they have a wide variety of colors, but red is the color du jour, and it’s $22.95.

Make Your Old iPhone Red with SlickWraps

MacX Media Management Bundle: $19.95

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MacX Media Management Bundle

We have a deal for you on the MacX Media Management Bundle, a collection of Mac apps designed to help you encode and decode videos and move them to your iOS devices. It consists of MacX DVD Ripper Pro, MacX Video Converter Pro, and MacX MediaTrans, for $19.95

Looperverse, a Wireless Looping Stompbox for iPhone and iPad

· · Cool Stuff Found

Check out Looperverse by Retronyms, a looping solution for iOS. It’s a combination of a wireless looping stompbox that works with the Looperverse app. Ed Sheeran, KT Tunstall, Jamie Lidell, and a growing host of other artists use looping stompboxes to build songs one layer at a time, live on stage. Looperverse lets musicians do this using a $199.99 stompbox, a $9.99 companion app, and their iPhone or iPad. The app supports up to 16 tracks, has effects, does advanced waveform editing, and a lot more. The stompbox has 6 switches and low-latency Bluetooth MIDI. Music production has been a thing on iOS for years, but products like these turn iPhone and iPad into a bona fide stage solution. It’s fun to see.

Kove Commuter Wireless Speaker:

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Kove Commuter Wireless Speaker

We have a deal for you on the Kove Commuter Wireless Speaker. It’s a Bluetooth 4.1 portable speaker with a large 4,000mAh battery capacity giving you 8-plus hours of playback time. It’s $89.99 through us.

Spotify Goes after Apple Music's 'Carpool Karaoke' with 'Traffic Jams'

· · Cool Stuff Found

Spotify must think Apple Music has the right idea with this original video thing because it’s doing the same thing. Variety reported Wednesday that Spotify has purchased a show called Traffic Jams. Clearly borrowing from Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke, Traffic Jams puts hip-hop producers and artists in a car and asks them to make a song in the back seat. We Apple fans may be inclined to dismiss this show because it’s a blatant ripoff. Ignore that instinct, though—that’s the way the TV industry works. Folks copy ideas, and sometimes they build on them. Instead, Spotify—which is beating Apple on users—is effectively validating Apple Music’s approach of using original video content to boost its steaming music business. That’s very interesting to me.

The ISP Coup, an Apple VPN, and Samsung's Bixby Gambit - ACM 404

· · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

ISPs performed a coup against consumers, and they did so in collusion with one of America’s major political parties. Bryan and Jeff are two tense geeks about it. Their solution would be for Apple to launch a VPN integrated into Apple’s products. And then there’s Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and that company’s delusions of software relevance. Oh, and Bixby, which could eventually succeed in making Samsung relevant.

Private Internet Access VPN 2-Year Subscription: $59.95

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Private Internet Access VPN

Well, isn’t this timely? On the heels of the House voting to allow ISPs to sell our browser history, we have a deal on a 2-year subscription to Private Internet Access VPN. We haven’t tested their privacy claims yet, but for those interested in a VPN, this might be a good deal for you. The deal is for $59.95, but you can also get an additional 15% off with coupon code DIGIWEEK15.

Apple Releases macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift, Cricket Scores, Enterprise Features

· · Product News

macOS Sierra Logo

Apple released macOS 10.12.4 Monday, an update that adds a couple of new features and some other minor improvements. The biggest new feature is Night Shift, technology that shifts your Mac’s display towards the red at the end of your day. The update also adds cricket scores for Indian Premier League and the International Cricket Council to Siri. Apple also added a slew of enterprise-specific features.