Xiamoi AirDots - the Latest AirPod Copy

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Xiaomi Air Dots

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” the old saying goes. If that is true, Apple should be feeling very flattered indeed. Chinese company Xiaomi has become the latest firm to imitate the AirPods with its AirDots wireless headphones. It is not just the name that’s similar. The design of the AirDots shares a lot with the AirPods. They are fully wireless and have a very familiar look charging case. The next generation of the AirPods is thought to use Bluetooth 5.0, and the Air Dots utilise that same technology. In fact, the biggest difference is the price. The Next Web reported that the Air Dots will retail for just $30. Here is a bit of what they make off this copy-cat offering:

It seems like everyone wants to get on the AirPod bandwagon. Apple’s wireless earbuds have proven so popular that shedloads of companies are copying the format and releasing similar-looking versions of the audio gear. The latest in this line? The Xiaomi AirDots. The earbuds have many of the same features as the AirPods. First off, they’re true wireless, meaning there’s not a cable in sight on the headphones themselves. The Xiaomi AirDots also have touch controls on the side of the buds and come with the now standard charging case.

Reuters Looks at Apple's Challenges in India

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple India

India is home to a large population full of very tech-savvy. Not surprisingly, Apple is keen to increase its sales there. However, small incomes, high device costs and cheap alternatives are making this increasingly difficult. A good piece of analysis on Reuters reveals that even those in Bengaluru – India’s Silicon Valley, are resisting high-end new Apple devices. To compound the difficulties, Apple faces high import tariffs in India and lost some of its top executives in the country this year. While I suspect that tales of Apple’s demise in India is somewhat premature, there is little doubt the firm faces big challenges to keep the country’s 1.3 billion consumers buying its products. Here’s a snippet:

But in a country where the average per capita income is around $2,000 a year, even the cheapest of this year’s new iPhones, the XR at 76,900 rupees ($1,058), costs twice as much as many of the alternatives. Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research says that iPhone sales are falling as a result. From three million phones in 2017, sales may sink to two million this year, according to their estimate, the first decline in four years.

BF1 Body Fat Analyzer: $24.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

BF1 Body Fat Analyzer

We have a deal on the GoHealthy BF1, a body fat analyzer. It features a backlit LCD display, and syncs data with your smartphone app via Bluetooth. It analyzes and measures body weight, fat percentage, water mass, and muscle and bone mass. Check out the promo video below for more info. This device is $24.99 through our deal.

A Glimpse at Spotify on the Apple Watch

· Charlotte Henry · News

Spotify for Apple Watch Beta

Spotify for the Apple the Apple Watch is on its way but a first look shows that the functionality is pretty basic at this stage.

New iPad Pro and MacBook Air Now Available in UK

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

LONDON – The new iPad Pro and MacBook Air are available for UK customers. Currys PC World is offering new iPads from £769 (US$1,011).  The retailer is also offering customers £50 ($66) off the price of the new device if they trade in an older tablet.  The new MacBook Air is also available, starting at £1,119 ($1,472). However, the 256 GB SSD model seems to be currently sold out. Currys PC World is also offering financing options on the new devices.

New iPad Pro and MacBook Air Now Available in UK

SALE: 12-Inch MacBook With 512GB SSD for $999

· Andrew Orr · News

Amazon has some early Black Friday deals going on, and one of them is a refurbished 12-inch MacBook with a 512GB SSD for only US$999.

How Apple Magnets Work in Products

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple magnets are inside iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. But how do they work, and what functions do they have?

That brings us to the new iPad Pro, with 102 magnets spread all around. On the new iPad, Apple’s using magnets in four primary ways: As a way to firmly attach accessories to the device’s back, as an Apple Pencil attachment, to attach the Smart Connector, and to attach a screen cover while locking or unlocking the device.

An Artist Reviews the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The iPad Pro will NEVER be a computer, do you hear me? Now excuse me while I type this CSF on my mechanical keyboard (forged in that girl’s tears) that will collapse my apartment building because of the vibration.

Sarcasm aside, the reason I like this iPad Pro review is because it’s from an artist, not a tech pundit. Ian Barnard covers the iPad Pro and the new Apple pencil. He doesn’t show off the art capabilities a whole lot, but he unboxes the devices and talks about them. Ultimately he likes the new model, and recommends upgrading to it, with the caveat that it might not be your cup of tea (British pun intended) and your wallet will have to decide.

Get Free Photoshop Online With Photopea

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Yesterday the creator of Photopea did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). Photopea is free Photoshop online.

My name is Ivan Kutskir, I am 28 y.o. and live in Prague, the Czech Republic. I studied Computer Science and I enjoy programming. I am the author of www.Photopea.com , which is an advanced image editor, that works in a web browser. There was about 1.5 millions of visitors in October. After the first 7 000 hours of work (around 5 hours a day during 3.5 years), I haven’t made a single dollar (it was just my hobby during the college). Then, I put advertisement into it, and it makes me a decent income now (decent for a single person in Prague).

I had never heard of Photopea before, but I played around with it and it’s an impressive tool.

Get Free Photoshop Online With Photopea

China Re-Routed US Internet Traffic for 2.5 Years

· Andrew Orr · Link

For two and a half years China Telecom re-routed a lot of U.S. internet traffic to China. It’s not clear if it was intentional or a mistake.

As the following traceroute from December 3, 2017 shows, traffic originating in Los Angeles first passed through a China Telecom facility in Hangzhou, China, before reaching its final stop in Washington, DC. The problematic route, which is visualized in the graphic above, was the result of China Telecom inserting itself into the inbound path of Verizon Asian Pacific.

Now, it could be a bug in the internet’s Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). Or it could have been malicious (ALLEGEDLY) seeing how Washington D.C.’s traffic was compromised.

Photolemur 3: $19

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Photolemur 3 photo editing

We have a deal on Photolemur 3, a photo editing app I personally like (as does Dr. Mac). Photolemur uses image recognition and artificial intelligence for automated photo editing, and those results are usually quite good. Our deal is for a license on one device, and you can use it on either Mac or Windows. It’s $19 through us.