Apple's Brisk Moves to the Future Could Damage Important Revenues

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Fast lane into the future

Apple’s Mac business alone amounts to $23 billion annually. Jean-Louis Gassée reminds us that’s as much as the annual revenues of the Northrop Grumman Corp. That’s not something to take lightly. Also, a defocus from Apple branded displays and routers could simply drive customers into the arms of the competition in other closely related product areas. Even computers. Rene Ritche calls it the “Horn Effect.” Page 2 of Friday’s Particle Debris has the conversation.

The Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0: $19.99 Today

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The Black Friday Mac Bundle

We have a slightly different deal for you today. It’s called the Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0, a collection of 9 Mac productivity apps. The bundle itself isn’t new, but it’s back for a limited time at $19.99. What’s new is that the price is going to go up a dollar every day until the end of this week. That means buy early if you’re interested. Check out the list of apps in the deal description.

LifePower A2-L 27,000mAh Portable Power Outlets: $229

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LifePower A2 Portable Charger

27,000mAh of power. That’s a crap tonne of power for a portable battery. That’s enough to charge your mobile devices and many laptops, too. We have a deal on the LifePower A2-L 27,000mAh Portable Power Outlet, with one AC outlet and one USB port, and 27,000mAh of power. It’s $229 through our deal.

Kinkoo 3-Outlet, 4-USB Port Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip: $24.99

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Kinkoo Smart Power Strip

Check out the Kinkoo, a power strip with both regular power outlets and built-in USB charging ports. That’s clever and useful, and we have a deal on it for $24.99. Not only does it have the built-in USB ports, three of them are regular USB ports, and one is USB-C for a little future proofing. Check out the deal listing for more info.

Mbeat PowerTone Mini Bluetooth Earpiece and Dual-Port Car Charger: $29.99

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Mbeat PowerTone

Our friends at Stack Commerce found us a very interesting device called Mbeat. It’s a car charger for your cigarette lighter (or auxiliary power outlet) with a Bluetooth earpiece. The device charges (and holds) the Bluetooth earpiece so you always have it with you in your car. It also has two USB ports for charging your iPhone or Android devices. I can’t recall seeing anything else like it. Mbeat is $29.99 through our deal, 24% off retail.

TMO's Cyber Monday Deals - 15% off Apple-Related Software

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TMO's Cyber Monday Deals

We have one more day on our Deals site where you can get 15% off Apple-related software. Use coupon code CYBER15 at checkout. This is 15% off the already great prices, mind you. Plus, when you buy through our Deals site, you’re helping to support TMO and our content. If you click the link to the deal, you’ll see all the software gathered on one page. Enjoy!

15% Off TMO's Deals with Black Friday Coupon Code

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Black Friday 15% Off TMO Deals Site

Our friends at Stack Commerce have rolled out the Black Friday savings for you on our TMO Deals site. You can get 15% off site-wide (with some exclusions) using coupon code BLACKFRIDAY15 at checkout. Our deal prices are usually good, often great, and sometimes amazing, but 15% off is even better. Plus, when you buy through our Deals site, you’re helping to support us. Definitely check out this one day offer.

PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock with 3 USB Ports: $39

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PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock with 3 USB Ports

Check out the PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock with 3 USB Ports. The name is pretty self-explanatory—this is a charging dock for your Apple Watch that includes 3 USB ports for charging your other devices. The surface where you rest your Apple Watch is coated in silicone, and it’s designed to be used with your charging puck. You can get this device for $39 through our deal, a 20% savings.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.