The Surface Studio Reviews Have Arrived, and They're Very Positive

· John Martellaro · Link

Microsoft Surface Studio PC

According to CNET, “Microsoft’s ambitious love letter to creative professionals is the touchscreen iMac of your dreams.” That’s the Surface Studio, and the reviews, which are now starting to appear in print, back up the original assessment that this is a beautiful, functional, innovative computer for creative professionals. While not perfect in the first version, it has the capacity to cause these professionals to take Microsoft much more seriously in this market than before.  Page 2 of Particle Debris sizes up this challenge to Apple.

Pocket Tripod PRO (Pre-Order): $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pocket Tripod with iPhone

Check out the Pocket Tripod PRO, a stand for your iPhone or Android device that folds up flat to the size of a credit card. That means you can carry it with you in your wallet or billfold so you always have it with you. This is a new version of the Pocket Tripod designed to fit multiple devices with or without a case. There’s a video on the deal listing that walks you through everything. It’s available as a pre-order through our deal for $19.99.

Roxio Toast 15 Titanium: $35.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Roxio Toast and Apple Devices

Toast 15 Titanium is a powerhouse for creating CDs and DVDs, including the ability to copy CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs. You can convert web-based videos for watching on your devices, share to the usual social networking suspects, and capture video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the web. We have a deal on Toast 15 Titanium for $35.99.

MacX Media Management Bundle: $19.95

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

MacX Media Management Bundle

We have a bundle of apps for your Mac today called the MacX Media Management Bundle. It includes MacX DVD Ripper Pro, MacX Video Converter Pro, and MacX MediaTrans. You get all three apps for $19.95.

FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds: $29.99

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FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

We have a deal for you on a pair of FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. These earbuds are water and sweat resistant, and they have magnets designed to keep the ends from getting tangled up. They utilize Bluetooth 4.0 and have a built-in microphone. You can get them through us for $29.95, a whopping 75% off retail.

Why Absolutely Secure Encryption is Essential for a Free People

· John Martellaro · Link

Cyber security graphic.

There’s a huge difference between a guaranteed secure communication and one that is feared to be compromised.  In the former, people and governments are truly free to share and negotiate. In the latter, suspicion and fear color all conversations and stymie progress. And it always seems that encryption compromises to catch the bad guys end up being justified against political enemies as well. This article at The Guardian makes the case for absolute privacy, using WhatsApp. It does so in a very direct, compelling way in the context of international diplomacy. It’s all on page 2 of Particle Debris.

G-TUBE Adventure Ready Bluetooth Speaker: $31.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

G-TUBE Adventure Ready Bluetooth Speaker

We have a deal for you today on the G-TUBE Adventure Ready Bluetooth Speaker. This outdoor-ready speaker is water-resistant and enclosed in rugged case that includes a steel grill. The internal battery lasts up to 6 hours, and you can connect via Bluetooth or a line-in. You can get it through us for $31.99. There are multiple images and additional details on the deal listing.

The Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0

We have a bundle of Mac apps for you called The Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0. It features 9 apps, including: PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac, Call Recorder for FaceTi, MainMenu Pro 3, TripMode, AfterShot 3, ParticleShop, Total Video Converter Pro for Mac, RapidWeaver 7, CrossOver 15 for Mac. All those for $19.99. There’s a description of each app on the deal listing. Grab it while you can.

KlikR Universal Remote Control: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

KlickR Universal Remote Control

Our deal on KlickR is coming to an end in a few days. This device serves as a go-between between for your iPhone and any device with an infrared receiver. Put it onto or next to the receiver and you’ll be able to control it from the companion app on your iPhone or Android device. You can also use voice controls, designate rooms and multiple devices (if you have multiple KlikRs), and more. It’s the kind of device that helps bridge legacy electronics with the Internet of Things, and we have a deal on KlikR for $19.99.

Brain.fm 1-Year Subscription: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Brain.fm logo and man listening on headphones

Have you heard of Brain.fm? It streams music designed to help you work, relax, or sleep. Choose which, and you’ll experience an original composition specially generated for that scenario. You can adjust the stream to play for 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, or indefinitely until you turn it off. We have a deal for a 1-year subscription for $19.99. There are other subscription lengths, too. Check out the deal listing for more info.

Apple's Hit and Miss Affair with TV

· John Martellaro · Link

4th gen Apple TV with Siri

It almost seems that time has passed Apple by. Back in 2012, the 3rd gen Apple TV with 1080p support was a decent little set-top box. Since then, the TV industry has raced forward. Content providers have developed new delivery modes and strategies, and the broadcast and display technologies have advanced as well. Apple, however, seems to have frittered its time away and failed to advance its vision and its hardware. In fact, Yoni Heisler at BGR makes the case that Apple has no idea what it’s doing. The discussion is on page 3 of Particle Debris.

HomeSpot Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: $29.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HomeSpot Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, carabiner, and plugs

Check out the HomeSpot Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, a rugged, weather-proof speaker. It deflects dust, dirt, and water, and it’s coated with a rubberized surface. It will pair to your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Android device with Bluetooth, and it also supports NFC pairing. You can get this device for $29.99 through our deal.

Ivacy VPN 2-Year Subscription: $29

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Ivacy VPN on iMac, iPhone, and Android

OK VPN fans, we have a deal on a 2-year subscription for Ivacy VPN for $29. With this service you have access to more than 250 servers in more than 100 locations in more than 50 countries. It works across iOS, macOS, Android, Windows, Linux, Raspberry Pi, and many more. You can connect up to five devices at a time. Check out the details on the deal listing.

Last Chance for Keyboard Maestro Deal: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Keyboard Maestro on iMac

This is the last chance to get our deal on Keyboard Maestro, one of our own Dr. Mac’s favorite Mac utilities. With Keyboard Maestro, you can create macros and trigger them with keyboard shortcuts to help automate regular activities. You can get it through us for $19.99, but there’s just one more day on the deal.

ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod

I love deals like this one for the ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod. It’s a tripod. The legs are flexible. It holds your iPhone or Android device up to a maximum width of 3.5-inches. It comes with a remote for triggering your camera app. Boom! You’re good to go. It’s $19.99. Christmas is coming. Just saying.

HOCO L1 Lightning Cable Headphones: $21.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HOCO L1 Lightning Cable Headphones

We have a deal for you today on the HOCO L1 Lightning Cable Headphones. These earbuds come with a Lightning cable for those with an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, or those who just want to listen through their Lightning port. You can get them through us for $21.99.

The Secret Future for Apple's Touch Bar

· John Martellaro · Link

Touch Bar Retina MacBook Pro with USB-C ports

Apple’s revolutionary Touch Bar on the new, 2016 MacBook Pros required a lot of engineering development. It uses an ARM sub-processor and a variation of watchOS. But most importantly, it forms the basis for a new system architecture, according to Apple SVP Phil Schiller. It could create things heretofore not even envisioned. Particle Debris page 2 points to an exclusive C|NET interview with Mr. Schiller who explains why it took four years to develop.

Pagico 8 Task Manager: $19

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pagico on a Mac

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.