Former Apple Designer takes on the mothership with new iOS and Android connected timepiece

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It’s high times when it comes to smart watches. With the Apple Watch looming for launch in the next month, the race for your wrist is mid-stride. One former Apple designer is taking next month’s release head-on, putting a focus on creating something that is meant to last longer than this year’s product cycle. Read more

Google really wants you to buy a Chromecast, latest freebie mix worth $80

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If you haven’t yet treated your TV to a Chromecast stick to stream content from your Android devices, Google would really like you to do so. The company has been playing with its mix of freebies again, with $80 worth on offer if you buy between today and 19th April.

Current offers include three-month trial subscriptions to Google Play Music, DramaFever and Sesame Street GO, as well as one month of Qelio Concerts and a free Play Movies rental thrown in – and you can even save a few bucks on Amazon at the moment …  Read more

Free $50 Play Store gift card w/ purchase of Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Android Wear device

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Google is now giving away a free $50 Play Store gift card with the purchase of a few different devicesIf you head over and grab a Nexus 6, a Nexus 9, or any Android Wear device before 3/31/15, you’ll automatically be emailed the promotional code for the credit—and you’ll be able to go on a shopping spree with your new device. Read more

Considering an Apple Watch? Pebble’s original timepiece might be a better buy for iOS users

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Now that all the Apple Watch details are laid out for consumers, there is a big choice to be made for those interested in purchasing a timepiece with smart functionality. The Apple Watch will start at $349, with most of our readers electing for a $400 model, although early adoption levels seem to be low. If you’re thinking that a lower priced watch is more appropriate, it looks like you’re not alone. With the Pebble Time making a timely appearance on Kickstarter, many have chosen to back the lower priced option. In fact, following the Apple Watch keynote, Pebble saw a 167% funding increase.

Despite all the new releases and hype, the original Pebble is still capable of getting the job done at a more affordable price.

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ADATA found an ingenious home for a microSD card on its new microReader

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MicroSD cards pack gigabytes of storage into a space about the size of your fingernail. That’s why it has become the go-to storage choice for most mobile devices. If your phone or computer doesn’t natively support microSD then you’ll need an adapter or USB reader.

ADATA’s microReader may be your new top choice when looking to access data on a microSD card, especially while on-the-go. Read more

Google Nexus 9 16GB WiFi (white) $320 shipped (Reg. $400)

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Office Depot is currently offering up the Nexus 9 for $319.99 shipped, coming in at an $80 discount from the retail $400 price tag. This device is HTC-made, and Google sells it from the Play Store for $399 in two colors (or 3 colors for the 32 GB variant). This deal is only for the white 16 GB model, but Office Depot is also listing deals for other models as well. The black 16 GB model is available for $349.99, and both the black and white 32 GB models are available for $429.99 (Reg. $479.99).

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Control Siri, iTunes and your iPhone’s camera from afar w/ Satechi’s Bluetooth buttons

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Technology has created a much more accessible world, with nearly everything right at our fingertips. The thing is, sometimes we still just want easier access to a button, switch or that USB port in the back of your computer. Satechi has set out to solve this problem with three Bluetooth-enabled buttons meant to interact with a myriad of devices.

The BT Button Series is a trilogy of stick-on thin circles that pair with a device via Bluetooth and enables the user to complete certain tasks. They come in a slim circle design with an aluminum metal outer edge and are compatible with iOS devices and Android OS 4.4.4 or later. From selfies to Siri, these products have an eye for making digital life just a touch more accessible – head below to find out how.

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Rovio releases new matching puzzle game ‘Jolly Jam’ for iOS and Android

Rovio, creators of the hit game Angry Birds, has announced its latest iOS and Android offering ‘Jolly Jam’. Playing off the popular connect-three matching style of gaming, Jolly Jam has visual cues that will remind gamers of Candy Crush.

This puzzle based game focuses on matching like colors from corner to corner using a drag and highlight style of play. The idea is for users to draw boxes around matching jellies to complete levels with combo attacks and special jellies releasing colorful explosions. With ‘endless’ levels of play, Jolly Jam is highlighted by bright colors and sounds through gameplay.

Jolly Jam is available now for free on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

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Motorola Moto 360 Smart Watch w/ free $50 best Buy gift card for $300 shipped ($350 value)

As part of its President’s Day Sale, Best Buy offers a Motorola Moto 360 Smart Watch with a free $50 best Buy gift card for $299.99 shipped. That’s the same as its typical selling price, but with this deal you’re getting a free $50 credit to Best Buy. The bonus gift card will be automatically added to your shopping cart during checkout.

We were absolutely blown away by it during our testing:

The Moto 360 is the best smartwatch you can currently buy. If you’re thinking about buying one, go do it. Don’t look at the other Android Wear devices because they are inferior, at least for the time being.

… It’s a sleek and well-designed smartwatch that brings all the golden features we’ve seen with other solutions in the same space. I’ll continue to wear my Moto 360 until something better comes along, but even then, a smartwatch that looks this slick will be hard to ditch.

It doubles as an activity tracker and features Bluetooth 4.0, a built-in microphone, various sensors, and a stainless-steel case. Hundreds of Amazon reviewers rate it 4.1 out of 5 stars.

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HTC One (M8) w/ 32 GB flash storage, 4G LTE, GSM (factory unlocked) $300 shipped (Reg. $499)

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HTC’s current flagship One M8 smartphone is currently available from qualitycellz via eBay Daily Deals at a new low, shipped for $299. These usually retail around $500 ($499 at Newegg) or more (around $700 for the Developer Edition on Amazon), so this deal is going to knock at least $200 off the standard price. The HTC One M8, as you may know, comes packed with a Snapdragon 800 processor, 4G LTE connectivity, 32 GB of flash storage, 2 GB of RAM, and a 5-inch Full HD display.

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Get 67% Off The Productivity Pack (Updated to include 3 Months of Dropbox Pro FREE)

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Some of you may have heard about the Productivity Pack that launched last week – it’s a bundle on the Pro or Premium versions of some of the top web services around – Evernote, Pocket, Wunderlist & LastPass. Now, we’re excited to announce that you can buy the Productivity Pack for the same price – $59.99 (67% off) – through 9to5specials. Here’s the best part – we’ve just added a 3-month subscription to Dropbox Pro to the bundle, without increasing the price. You also get a bonus 8 week subscription to NYTimes Digital. Enjoy =)

Here’s what’s included:

  • 1 Year of Pocket Premium
  • 1 Year of Wunderlist Pro
  • 1 Year of Evernote Premium
  • 1 Year of LastPass Premium
  • Dropbox Pro: 3-Month Trial
  • Bonus: 8 Week Subscription to NYTimes Digital

If you already have a premium or pro subscription for an of these services, you can still take advantage of this bundle! Your additional year will take effect once your current paid period has ended. Also, you will be able to re-subscribe for each service separately, as you wish.

Click Here To Get 67% Off The Productivity Pack – $59.99

LG G2 w/ 32 GB flash storage, 4G LTE, GSM (factory unlocked) $190 shipped (Reg. $299)

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An LG G2 has popped up on eBay via qualitycellz at a super-low price, shipped for $190. These usually retail around $300 or more, so this deal knocks a a bit more than $100 off the standard price. The LG G2 comes with a 5.2-inch display, a 13MP camera that also captures full 1080p video, a Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 4G cellular radio.

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