Apple’s Black Friday deals go live with up to $100 of iTunes credit

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Apple has activated its Black Friday deals in the United States. Buy an iPod, an iPad, Apple TV, a Mac, or selected Beats headphones from the company’s online store, and you’ll also receive a special edition Product RED iTunes gift card worth between $25 and $100.

Purchasing an iPod touch, iPod nano, Apple TV, or a pair of qualifying Beats by Dre headphones will get you a $25 voucher. An iPad will earn you a $50 card, while buying any Mac will ensure you receive $100 in iTunes credit. The promotion comes in the midst of a two-week campaign run by Apple over Thanksgiving to generate donations for Project RED. For every gift card distributed today, the company says it will donate a percentage to the global fund to fight AIDS.

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MOCAheart Makes Keeping Track Of Your Heart’s Vital Signs Easy

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Mocaheart MOCAheart wants to make keeping track of your cardiovascular health as easy as pressing a button. The device, which is currently on Kickstarter, was developed by a team led by Naama Stauber and Dr. Daniel Hong, who was a physician at National Taiwan University Hospital, one of the country’s top teaching hospitals, before becoming an entrepreneur. Read More

The Uber Supper

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uber-ultima-cena2 As we in the US sit down to holiday dinner tonight, we are reminded that we have oodles to be thankful for. For one, I am grateful that the news cycle is now slow enough that I can post Bryce Durbin’s stunning image of the infamous Uber “influentials” dinner, depicted as Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” In addition to Emil Michael, Ben Smith, Michael… Read More

Ebay’s new ‘smart stores’ feel like the future of shopping

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Over the last year eBay’s brand has struggled a bit. It was hit with a massive security breach and announced that it was spinning out Paypal, a divorce precipitated by the overwhelming investor sentiment that eBay was holding PayPal back. Still, the company has show steady growth and profit, giving it the breathing room it needs to try and reinvent itself. It’s newest adventure takes eBay into the world of offline retail: a partnership with the designer Rebecca Minkoff for a new “smart stores” in New York and San Francisco.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive Capsule Review

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The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology and the rise of USB 3.0 as an ubiquitous high-speed interface on computers. These have led to the appearance of small and affordable direct attached storage units with very high performance for day-to-day data transfer applications. We have already looked at some SSDs with a USB 3.0 – SATA bridge over the last couple of months. Today, we will be looking at what SanDisk brings to the market with the Extreme and Extreme PRO lineups.

These Aren’t The Drones You’re Looking For

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doorman blade As we approach the holiday season, San Francisco startup Doorman has been getting a lot of attention from the press — after all, by delivering packages when you’re actually home, rather than when it’s convenient for the delivery service, Doorman should reduce the risk that your gifts will get stolen while they’re sitting on your doorstep. I was actually quoted in an… Read More

Watch the magic of sound and science in ‘Cymatics’

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Tallying up nearly two million views across Vimeo and YouTube in two weeks, my favorite thing on the internet today is still “Cymatics,” a music video from Nigel Stanford from his new album Solar Echoes. Stanford put together a series of science experiments that demonstrate how sound can move matter around and combined them into a pretty solid music track and a very awesome video. As explained in the making-of post, Stanford and director Shahir Daud filmed the demonstrations first and then took the sound that made them and created the track with it second — but don’t let that take away from the magic here. The magic is science, and also the magic is a dude wearing full-body chain mail Faraday suit getting zapped with a Tesla coil while…

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Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold

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screen-shot-2014-11-11-at-12-52-51-pm Windows Phone 8.1 accounted for more than 50 percent of all Windows Phone usage in November. It closed October with 46.7 percent of the market. Windows Phone 8, its predecessor, still controls 33.5 percent of the Windows Phone base. That amount will decline as more carriers update phones that were initially sold with an earlier version of the Windows Phone platform. Here’s the chart… Read More

Liam Payne’s selfie angst deserves your sympathy

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Selfies are the new celebrity signatures, this is known. Liam Payne is a member of One Direction and therefore in very high demand for selfies with fans. This is also known. What’s less known, perhaps, is how he feels about the confluence of these facts. Let the following Vine of Payne taking a series of selfies at the Aria awards change that:

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