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We have a very practical deal for you today on high speed, 4-port, universal car charger for your car's AC outlet (or cigarette lighter, as previous generations called it). It has circuitry designed to prevent overcharging, and it comes with four ports so the whole car can get in on the recharging action. You can get this device through our deal for $19.99.
Believe it or not, there are still two companies out there that bring in more money than Apple—Walmart (1st) and Exxon Mobil (2nd). Fortune on Monday updated its Fortune 500 list of the largest companies based on revenue, and Apple moved up two spots from 5th to 3rd, just behind Exxon Mobil.
We have a new deal on Dragon version 5 for Mac. This best-in-class voice-to-text software allows you to, "dictate up to 3x faster than typing, but it also allows you to make edits and apply formatting using your voice - all with 99% speech recognition accuracy right out of the box." Through our deal you can get Dragon 5 for Mac for $99.99, a 50 percent discount off list. But we have a coupon code you can use—"DRAG10"—that takes another $10 off for a final price of $89.99.
Someone get George Jetson on the horn—we found his laundry folding robot. It's called FoldiMate, and it's a dedicated robot for folding your clothes. OK, so there's a long stream of caveats, starting with the fact that it doesn't ship until sometime in 2017. It's also big, and if you watch the video, you'll note that you have to pin each article of clothing onto the machine by hand. That seems like it might take almost as much time as folding it by hand, but who cares?!? This robot will do it for you, and unless you did time at The Gap, it will probably look better than that old fashion hand-folding job you'd have done. Plus, robot. Back on the caveat side, it's expected price is $700-$850, according to Reviewed.com, and an optional steam attachment will cost another $200-$300. But still, robot, so yay!
Tony Fadell—father of the iPod and cofounder of Nest, Inc.—has stepped down from his position as head of Nest Labs, the hardware division formed by Google parent Alphabet. The departure comes after months of criticism and controversy over his management style and a lackluster record of new product releases from the division. It also continues a track record of former Apple top executives who have less success outside that company.
We have a deal for you today on Hand Stylus, a stylus for iPad, iPhone, and other touchscreen devices. It features a tip you can retract and replace. That tip is also slim, at 4mm, and the barrel is made of etched aluminum for grip. You can get this device through our deal for $14.95.
Apple re-released iOS 9.3.2 for iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Thursday—the company pulled the release for those devices after some users reported their devices had been bricked. The company posted a KnowledgeBase article with several sets of instructions and the following images for those encountering errors, and Bryan Chaffin walks us through it.
Apple's System Status site indicate that several services were down Thursday afternoon. As of this writing, affected services include the App Store, some, though not all iCloud services, the Mac App Store, iTunes in the Cloud, Apple TV, Photos, Mail Drop, and iWork for iCloud.
The Nifty MiniDrive is a MicroSD memory card designed to sit flush against your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro in the SD card slot. No protrusions, no sticking-out-the-side. You use your own MicroSD card with capacities up to 200GB of storage, and your MacBook sees it as a hard drive. There's a video on the deal page showing you how it works. The link goes directly to a device built for a 13-inch MacBook Air. Use the pulldown menus to pick one built for MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It's $33.99 through our deal.
Bryan and Jeff are joined by John Kheit, TMO's Devil's Advocate, for an in-depth look at ways to improve AI and machine learning while maintaining user privacy. There are some interesting technologies out there, including Apple's own VocalIQ, fully homomorphic encryption, and the less formally named "learn and purge."