New Version of Apple Watch Charger Out

· Andrew Orr · Link

There’s a new version of the Apple Watch charger. The model number is MU9F2AM/A and has been added to the online Apple Store.

There are no design tweaks to the dock, which suggests that the new model includes unspecified internal updates. It is not known why Apple has introduced a revamped version, but the changes are likely to be minor.

You can pick up the new charger for US$79. The device is available for delivery starting on Friday, November 16, and should be in retail stores soon.

Rich People Worried iPhone Not Making Them Enough Money

· Andrew Orr · Link

A couple of iPhone suppliers—Hon Hai and AMS AG—have said they probably won’t make as much money as they thought, and Wall Street is panicking.

The accumulation of warning signs has prompted analyst revisions in the past week. Guggenheim on Wednesday said the company’s recent reliance on rising average selling prices was “no longer enough” to boost growth at a time unit sales show signs of slowing. Shares in Japan Display Inc., one of the quartet that reduced its sales outlook, slid 9.5% Thursday.

I’m certainly no economic expert, but I’m pretty sure the fact that Apple is a stable company now is a good thing. Apple anticipated this years ago and is expanding their sources of revenue. Meanwhile, somewhere on Wall Street little Tommy won’t be getting a Maserati for Christmas.

Pocket Money Apps for Kids

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Lots of One Dollar Bills!

Teaching children how the value of money and budgets is hard. It is arguably getting even more difficult in our nearly cashless world. It can also be difficult for parents when their kids want some pocket money, but they do not have any cash on them. The AP had a good feature on this issue on Monday. It listed a variety of pre-paid debit cars and apps that can be downloaded and used as a virtual piggy bank.  They include apps such as gohenry, Nimbl and Osper in the UK, and Famzoo and Greenlight, which also works with Apple Pay, in the US. The aim is to offer both flexibility to kids and control for parents.

Use this iPhone Case to Stick Your iPhone Anywhere: $14

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Megaverse Anti-Gravity iPhone Case

We have a deal for you on the Megaverse Anti-Gravity iPhone Case. This case features a nano-suction surface area that allows you to stick your iPhone to glass, car dashboards, whiteboards, metal, and more. The promo video below shows it in action, and you can get the case through us for $14.

Space Tourism, Thanks to Blue Origin, is Almost Ready

· John Martellaro · Link

What Bue Origin customers might see in person.

Wired has a nifty article about Blue Origin, the Jeff Bezos company that will soon take tourists into space. The rocket is called New Shepard. “Starting next year, Bezos plans to use New Shepard to send passengers on jaunts into space. Clad in cool Star Trek–style jumpsuits, customers will settle into a comfy capsule and shoot up over the atmosphere for a quick peek at their home planet through panoramic windows and a few moments of weightless ecstasy. Though Blue Origin hasn’t announced the fee, it’s been reported to be a couple hundred thousand dollars per head, and Bezos anticipates ramping up quickly to a few flights a week.” 

Not Everyone is Welcoming Amazon to Queens

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Amazon HQ2 Long Island Queens

On Tuesday, Amazon announced that Crystal City in Virginia and New York City will house its second headquarters. You might imagine that the people in those areas would be excited by the prospect of new jobs and investment, not least the political leaders. Some, such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are. However, some serious concerns have been raised, not least Queens, where the New York City set up will be. The Financial Times took a look at what is causing this rather cold welcome for Amazon.

Yet while Andrew Cuomo, New York governor, and Mayor Bill de Blasio were toasting their success on Tuesday at luring the online retailer to the Long Island City section of Queens, Mr Gianaris could hardly have been less pleased. Along with a local member of the City Council, he issued a blistering statement accusing Amazon of “running a cynical game” in which it “duped” New York into offering $3bn in tax incentives and subsidies to woo one of the wealthiest companies on earth.

DeepMind Health Team Moving to Google (Update)

· Andrew Orr · Link

Google’s subsidiary DeepMind Health is restructuring and becoming part of the company. Now that its new app Streams is a Google product, people are concerned that Google will start linking patient health data to their respective Google accounts. My thought: You could just delete your Google account, but the health data will likely be added to an advertising profile of you instead. Update: A spokesperson from DeepMind reached out to me to make some clarifications. I’ve also changed the headline to make it more accurate.

Patient data is, and will continue to be, kept strictly separate from other Google projects/products, and subject to strict audit and access controls. Our contractual agreements with existing partners, and their restrictive rules on patient data, are still in force and unchanged. Patient data remains under our partners’ strict control, and all decisions about its use will continue to lie with them. The move to Google does not affect this.

The Award-Winning Black Friday Mac Bundle Featuring Acorn 6 Is $20

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Award-Winning Black Friday Mac Bundle Featuring Acorn 6

We have a nice Mac bundle for you called the Award-Winning Black Friday Mac Bundle Featuring Acorn 6. It includes Acorn 6, CrossOver 18, Gemini 2, Scapple, Clip Studio Paint Debut, PDF Converter OCR 6: Lifetime License, NetShade VPN, Spotless, mSecure Pro, and Next FlipBook Maker Pro. The bundle is $25 through our deal, but coupon code BFMAC5 at checkout will get you another $5 off.

Don't Pick Holiday Presents That Can be Hacked

· Andrew Orr · Link

Mozilla’s Privacy Not Included gift list helps you shop safe for the holidays. It shows all of the holiday presents and tech gear that can be easily hacked. Ashley Boyd, vice president of advocacy at Mozilla, told Wired:

We want to provide people information about how to make informed decisions when shopping for gifts that are connected to the internet. These products are becoming really popular. And in some cases, it’s easy to forget that they’re even connected to the internet.

I think this is a fantastic idea and it brings more awareness to the insecurity of many popular gadgets and gear.

This Website Lets You Listen to Orcas Using Hydrophones

· Andrew Orr · Link

A website called Orcasound lets you listen to orcas using hydrophones, which are underwater microphones. Scientists use these recordings to find and study whales, especially at night or in bad weather.

The team behind Orcasound hope that non-expert listeners will help quickly alert researchers to the presence of orcas, so they can send out boats to test fecal matter and leftover bits of prey, thereby getting a better sense of what the whales are eating.

If you like whales and you’re interested in citizen science, check out Orcasound.

Cramer: This Could be the Time to Buy Apple Stock

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple with a big pile of money

CNBC’s Jim Cramer is a well known Apple bull. Indeed, his charitable trust owns shares of Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google’s parent company Alphabet. Last night he pursued this line – even encouraging investors to buy shares despite the difficulties faced by Apple stock in particular. A news report on the CNBC website focuses on the Mad Money presenter’s criticism of analysts who have been downgrading Apple since its earnings call on 1 November. He believes that they are overlooking the possibility that Apple may actually have anticipated some weakness in sales prior to the earnings. Cramer’s comments on what on what he refers to as the FANG stongs – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (Alphabet), might also be worth a read for anyone trying to work out what is going on with big tech stocks right now. Here’s some of what he had to say:

“What do you think of the possibility that Apple knew all about the weaknesses in unit sales that are now so revelatory?” he asked, pointing to reports that Apple may have tapered its orders from a key supplier. “CFO Luca Maestri even alluded to that weakness when he told us the guidance accounts for ‘uncertainty around the supply and demand balance’ of recently launched products.”

5 of the Best Ultrawide Displays for a Mac or PC

· John Martellaro · Link

Samsung CF791 Display

A normal display for a Mac or PC nowadays has an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 16:10. But an ultrawide display has an aspect ratio of 21:9 and sizes can be substantial. And, unlike the failed technology of curved 4K/UHD TV displays, a curved computer monitor is actually useful. And beautiful. Digital Trends has put together an analysis of the five best. The “best ultrawide monitor overall” went to the Samsung CF791 (shown), but there were other categories.

Be careful though, ultrawides are dangerous — once you try one, you’ll be spoiled for all other monitors. Even the sharpest, clearest 16:9 monitor will seem insubstantial and inadequate by comparison.

Pagico 8 Task Manager for Mac: $19

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pagico 8.7

We have a deal for you on Pagico, a one-stop app that helps turn all of your tasks, notes, and projects into beautiful interactive flowcharts. There’s more info in the deal listing, and you can get this app through us for $19.

5G Coming to 16 UK Cities

· Charlotte Henry · Link

5G graphic (mesh)

LONDON – UK telecoms provider EE announced that it is bringing super-fast 5G mobile connectivity to 16 UK cities in 2019. The launch will initially take place in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. It will then be rolled out to Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield. While this is undoubtedly good news for UK consumers, ZDNet explains that we should not get too excited yet: “The first 1,500 sites that EE is upgrading to 5G amount to around 7% of its total sites, and cover 15% of the UK population. However, these sites use 25% of all data across the whole network.” Here are some more details on the rollout:

Coverage won’t be total: 5G will be offered in the busiest parts of the six launch cites — including Hyde Park in London, Manchester Arena, Belfast City Airport, the Welsh Assembly, Edinburgh Waverley train station and Birmingham’s Bullring. EE said it will also be offering some 5G services in the busiest parts of ten other UK cities — Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.

Amazon Picks Crystal City and New York City to House Its HQ2

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Following much speculation and political lobbying, Amazon revealed on Tuesday that it will open its second headquarters in Crystal City in Virginia and New York City. Furthermore, Amazon announced that Nashville will be the base for its new Center of Excellence for its Operations business. The center will be responsible for the company’s customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain and related tasks. The Washington Post outlined the significance of the decision for the places that the online retail behemoth has selected:

The choice of Crystal City in Arlington County as one of the winners cements Northern Virginia’s reputation as a magnet for business and potentially reshape the Washington region into an eastern outpost of Silicon Valley over the next decade.

 

Yet Another Facebook Vulnerability Found

· Andrew Orr · Link

Another Facebook vulnerability has been found that could have exposed information about users and their friends.

The security company Imperva has released new details on a Facebook vulnerability that could have exposed user data. The bug allowed websites to obtain private information about Facebook users and their friends through unauthorized access to a company API, playing off a specific behavior in the Chrome browser. The bug was disclosed to Facebook and resolved in May.

At this point Facebook is a giant dumpster fire. Get out while you still can.

Google Traffic Was Hijacked, Routed Through Russia, China

· Andrew Orr · Link

In another BGP hijack, Google traffic was rerouted yesterday through Russia and China. This included Google Cloud, YouTube, and other services.

Specifically, network connectivity to Google was instead routed through TransTelekom in Russia (mskn17ra-lo1.transtelecom.net), and into a China Telecom gateway (ChinaTelecom-gw.transtelecom.net) that black-holed the packets. Both hostnames have since stopped resolving to IP addresses.

Hijack me once, shame on you. Hijack me twice, shame on me.

New HTTP Version is Coming, Won't Use TCP

· Andrew Orr · Link

A new HTTP version is coming, and it will work differently than previous versions. Instead of using TCP, it will use a Google technology called QUIC.

In its continued efforts to make Web networking faster, Google has been working on an experimental network protocol named QUIC: “Quick UDP Internet Connections.” QUIC reinstates the reliability and ordering that TCP has but without introducing the same number of round trips and latency.

For example, if a client is reconnecting to a server, the client can send important encryption data with the very first packet, enabling the server to resurrect the old connection, using the same encryption as previously negotiated, without requiring any additional round trips.

Syncwire UNBREAKcable MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $10.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Syncwire UNBREAKcable

Check out the Syncwire UNBREAKcable, an MFi-Certified Lightning cable bend-tested for 30,000 charging cycles. It features a TPE jacket exterior and tinplate-wrapped inner wires. And it’s $10.99 through our deal.

Print Directly to Sticky Notes with this Tiny Printer: $149.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Cubinote

I have a deal for the organized (or would-be organized) folks among us. It’s called the Cubinote Pro Sticky Note Printer, a tiny, dedicated printer for printing directly to sticky notes. Watch the short video below to see it in action. Our deal is for $149.99, including three paper rolls. You can also choose between a white or black finish on the deal listing.