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Nest Protect is back with a lower price Google owned company Nest labs have created two awesome devices a few months ago one of those devices had 440,000 recalled and has been out of the lime light until today when Nest release it’s updated replacement. Nest announced that it’s smoke detector is now available at a reduced price of $99. “Originally retailing for $129.99 US” The Nest-Protect, does lose one of it’s key features that allowed users to wave at the Protect when alarms sounded. During testing the team at Nest discovered this feature was not working properly and determined it could pose a safety risk. Nest…

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Get 25% off Nomad orders for the next 72 hours. Use the promo code “LIVESIMPLE” and the awesome team at HelloNomad.com will give you 25% off your Nomad order. As someone who uses his NomadCard everyday and loves it, I can’t tell you enough on what a great deal this is.  When you find a group of people who care as much for the product they are making the way the team at Nomad does, then you know it’s going to be a solid winner. NomadKey, NomadCard & NomadClip have been some of the most innovating new ways to charge your devices I’ve seen.…

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Software company, Macphun is kicking off the summer with a bundle package worth over $260! Macphun, a company that specializes in developing photography software for Mac, is going to offer a very special bundle of apps for a summer special price. Starting Tuesday, June 10, Creative Kit Plus, a ViewBug Premium membership and a brand new unreleased Macphun app will be available for only $99.99. This special will run through Sunday, June 22. The package is worth over $260 and includes: Creative Kit Plus – Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro and Focus 2 Pro ($140 value) 1 year premium membership to…

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Change is better Today, Apple released a new video displaying the new look of OS X Yosemite. Apple has always been big on design and Yosemite will be the biggest design change to the OS in years. I’ve had a chance to install and tryout the developer beta and it’s a breath of fresh air. As I waited for Yosemite to install I thought about how much I would dislike the change, but found myself enjoying its new look quickly. No one likes change, but the new clean look of Yosemite just feels right. Below is the video from Apple.…

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Day One – a simply magical journaling Mac App experience. For me, I find that journaling my thoughts is an excellent way to clear my mind and to revisit the day just as it happened. Day One allows me to do this comfortably with an award-winning design and ease of use that I’ve not found anywhere else. I’ve been a fan of Day One for some time now and have been using the iOS app for both my iPad and iPhone. Just recently was I able to add Day One to my MacBook Pro and I’ve got to say it’s…

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Welcome to the WWDC14 Live Blog by MacSources. We will begin live coverage starting at 9:00 a.m. (PST)/12:00 p.m. (EDT). The Apple Keynote address starts at 10:00 a.m. (PST). Be sure to bookmark this page and tune in early so you don’t miss a beat.

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Gum++ by Just-Mobile is power in a small package. I looked at my iPhone shortly after I took it off its charger and its battery level was at 100%. Now, just a short time later, it’s at 70%. “What the heck?” You might be saying. I know I’ve said this quite a few times. Maybe it’s an app that’s gone rogue or a reminder for a location that’s causing your iPhone to be constantly doing something in the background, but no matter what the cause, you can’t stop your day and wait around at some outlet while your phone charges. Believe…

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Apple to Acquire Beats Music & Beats Electronics. Apple announced today the acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics. The acquisition of the critically acclaimed music streaming service and headphone manufacturer cost over $3 billion. Part of the terms of acquisition include adding Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to Apple. “Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the…

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Lockdown the security of your webcam with Camera Lock. Have you ever sat down at your computer and thought someone might be watching you? If the answer is no, then you could be mistaken. Your webcam can be compromised and you could be the entertainment of someone on the other end of your camera. You might say, “Well, I’d know because the green light on my Mac would light up,” but that’s not necessarily the case. Some software can turn off the green LED and allow the person to remotely connect without you ever knowing. Last year on ABC TV’s show…

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Synchronize your RSS feeds with Daily. I’ve always found RSS apps to be interesting. They can be a great help when it comes to keeping up with news. The problem is I never really found ones that I like, until now. Meet Daily, a lightweight, clean, minimalistic news reader app for the Mac. Daily is designed by adb4nd.com Daily lives in the menu bar of your Mac and when open, it displays your feeds in a clean advertising-free environment. You can tell Daily to refresh every 5, 15, 30 or 60 minutes. Or, even just once per day. I like Daily because…

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Apple loves it’s users Shopping can be a different experience for many people. Some use it as a way to cope and others see it as a chore. From absolutely despising, to finding it relaxing, shopping is a must. Lately, I’ve done a great deal of shopping online via Amazon. I like the experience. I like how there is no salesman trying to force him or herself into the conversation or the lack of finding what I’m looking for. Some stores I shop at decide placing computer accessories in home audio would be better then keeping them in somewhere obvious to find. Last year, I did…

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Une Bobine makes life easier by providing a strong, flexible charging cable for smartphones. I’m a big fan of gear that makes my life simple. So when I was presented with the opportunity to review the Une Bobine by FuseChicken I jumped at the chance. Une Bobine is a lighting charging cable/sync cable/stand/dock cable for your iOS device (or Android). It started on Kickstarter in May of 2012 and finished in June 2012 with 4,541 backers. it not only reached its goal of $9,800, but also surpassed it with a total of $212,265. It started with an idea that a fictional…

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Transmit 4 allows users to transfer files easily and efficiently. When it comes to FTP clients, there are no shortage of options. When it comes to finding the ultimate in file transfer protocol look no farther then Transmit, designed by the awesome team at Panic Transmit is not only beautiful to look at, but it also functions great. Over the years I’ve used many different FTP programs for Mac and Windows and have found functions I like and dislike – but, more dislike than like. Transmit gives me all the things I like and non of the dislikes so it’s…

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Image Info gives users an easy option for metadata editing and viewing. The other day I made a pretty cool image in Photoshop from a photo of mine. I wanted to make sure that when people saw it there was away I could prove I made it and what camera I used without placing a watermark over the image. There is a way to add metadata to your original work in through Photoshop, but what about for people without access to Photoshop? After adding my metadata, I thought more about apps that allow you to view and edit the metadata.…

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FilePane for Mac

FilePane makes computer workflow more efficient. In this fast-paced world, people are constantly trying to get things done better and faster. Unfortunately, sometimes you lose one when you have the other. That is not the case with FilePane. FilePane is a file management utility for Mac that allows users to complete a wide variety of file shortcut functions by dragging and dropping the file into FilePane. Here’s how it works. Select a file – it could be a text file, image, video, etc. Then, begin dragging it across the screen. A ‘drop’ panel will appear. Simply pull the file onto…

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Premium Bluetooth Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear Headphones from Monoprice! Over the years, I’ve had many different types of headphones. Wired or wireless – the most important features to me end up being sound quality, design and build quality. I want a durable, stylish headphone with exceptional sound. I have come across some headphones that fit the bill, but am still in search for the ‘perfect’ headphone. Today, I got the opportunity to review a pair of Bluetooth headphones by Monoprice. The Premium Bluetooth Hi-Fi Over-the-Ear Headphones from Monoprice are a wire-free, lightweight, comfortable option for taking your music with you. They come…

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Shop from Twitter using #AmazonCart. Today Amazon announced Amazon Cart, a new way to shop without ever leaving your Twitter feed. The integration between the two companies allows users to use the hashtag #AmazonCart to add items to their Amazon shopping cart without leaving Twitter. To use, simply connect your Twitter account with Amazon and reply to any tweet containing an Amazon product link with the specialized hash tag. The item is saved to your cart for checkout whenever you move back to Amazon.com. “By connecting your Twitter and Amazon accounts, you are telling Amazon that #AmazonCart requests coming from…

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All the power you want. All day long. Now starting at $899. Looks like the previous rumors of a Apple Retina Macbook Air can be laid to rest as Apple pushes out it’s April 2014 update to the Macbook Air. Apple has upgraded the power to the slimline notebook by adding a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache, and configurable to 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache. According to Apple, “The 11-inch model gets up to 9 hours of battery life on a single…

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Since 1994, Apple has diverted more than 421 million pounds of electronic equipment from landfills. Below is Apple’s CEO Tim Cook’s voiceover video called Better. Apple released it on Tuesday April 21st 2014. It’s part of Apple’s Better environment campaign. At Apple, we strive to reduce our impact on climate change, find ways to use greener materials and conserve resources for future generations. This video was shot on location at Apple Facilities. Now more than ever, we will work to leave the world better than we found it. https://www.apple.com/environment/

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Save the Earth and Earn Extra Cash at Gazelle Did you know that if all of the smartphones and tablets produced in 2013 were laid end to end, they would encircle the globe more than four and a half times? Earth Month is upon us and many people are searching for a way to do some good for the environment but  don’t know where to start. According to Gazelle’s most recent customer survey, nearly 64% of smartphone users recycle, trade in, or reuse their phone when they are done with it. That’s up from 54% a year ago, but it still…

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One Stand Fits All Simple and elegant – that’s one way to describe the Mika from BlueLounge. When searching for iPad stands, I ran into products from many companies. I passed up an opportunity to review the Mika a few times before deciding to take one quick look. That’s when it hit me. The Mika from BlueLounge was the stand I had been looking for. I wanted something with a clean design (check), something that wouldn’t overpower my desk (check), and something that was durable (check). The Mika sort of reminds me of the base Apple’s iMac uses. Mika has a…

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Ember for Mac

Ember allows you to simplify your work while being creative. I’ve had the opportunity in the past to review some great apps that do image collecting, screenshot taking, and organizing. All of which can get the job done, but then I met Ember. You might have heard me say great design and great code equals great software. Ember is just that. It has a clean interface and it’s easy to use while still giving you some really great features. Normally I like to begin my review from the start of the app I’m working with. This time before doing our…

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Apple Updates Most Affordable 9.7-inch iPad with Retina display, Improved Cameras & Enhanced Performance—Now Available Starting at $399. Today, March 18, 2014, Apple sent out a press release. It’s the day that Apple finally decided to kill off the 30-pin charging port. Yes, you have heard me correctly. Apple has replaced the final iOS device that used its 30-pin charging port – the iPad 2. Apple has replaced the iPad 2 in its cost efficient market with the iPad Retina, which had previously disappeared with the release of the iPad Air. The move in my mind was to eliminate the…

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Automatic is your smart driving assistant. Have you ever left your gas cap off or not screwed it on all the way, then get that blasted check engine light and have no way to clear the warning? Yeah, me either cough cough. Automatic is a small device that plugs into your car’s data-port and works with Bluetooth 4.0 LE to connect to your iPhone. This connection minimizes your phone’s battery consumption. Automatic provides you with many great features that without a paid service like OnStar you wouldn’t have had. Automatic works only in the United States with almost any gasoline…

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PhotoSweeper is a powerful, and beautiful duplicate photo organizer app for Mac. Preserving memories is something that I believe to be important for a long, happy life. Unfortunately, sometimes I’m a bit over cautious about it. This caution has the side effect of me creating backup after backup of photographs leading to many, many duplicates, which take up valuable hard drive space. This is what utilities like PhotoSweeper are for. PhotoSweeper is a photography utility designed to quickly and efficiently eliminate duplicate photos. If you are like me at all, you keep photos on your hard drive in folders and…

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RAVPower Luster 3000 mAh offers charging solution to people on the go. When you are on the go as much as I am, your mobile devices can quickly run out of juice. My iPhone 5 is a prime target for battery drain as it constantly has background tasks running. While there are some steps that I could take to alleviate some of that drain, there is another option available – carry a portable external battery. Even this can sometimes not be a viable solution because many external batteries are bulky and not easily carried side-by-side with mobile devices such as…

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Apple released iOS 7.1 March 10, 2014. Today Apple released the much anticipated iOS 7.1 update. The update features improved design and multiple bug fixes. Some of the newest features include: Manual control of when Siri listens or stops listening to your voice commands. Automatic enabling of HDR mode on the iPhone 5S camera. Calendar events at a glance in month view. Improved fingerprint recognition. Improved responsiveness and performance for iPhone 4 users. iTunes Radio field search. Additional accessibility with bolder fonts and a reduce Motion option. Thought went into every piece of this update puzzle. Apple refined the typography and…

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Update! Purge Command in Mavericks We’ve talked before on how the Purge command helps to free up memory on your system. You can refer back to our previous post for more information. Now, in Mavericks you will find that just typing the ‘purge’ command tosses out this error message. “Unable to purge disk buffers: Operation not permitted”  That is because to use the purge command in Mavericks you are required to be the ‘super user.’ So, how do you become super user in Mavericks? Just follow the instructions in our previous post on the purge command but before entering purge in…

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Today Veho announced the Veho VPP-004-AS Pebble Smartstick+ 3000mAh portable charger from their Ayrton Senna signature collection has been nominated for the prestigious Red Dot Design Awards. The Red Dot Design Awards are aimed at all those who would like to distinguish their business activities through design. The award, which dates back as far the 1950s, receives more than 15,000 applications from over 70 countries and is established internationally as one of the most sought-after quality seals for product design. “This is the first time that Veho have had a product nominated by the Red Dot Design Awards for product…

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Catch your copy & paste it later with iClip. When researching all day you will find that Copy and Paste is like riding a bike. It becomes second nature. Command + C, Command + V – I can’t even begin to guess how many times throughout my day I have used these shortcuts. Unfortunately, I’ve found that many times I’ve copied over text that I planned to paste. Because of that, I’ll waste time trying to find something I pasted so I can copy it again. Maybe it’s a snip-it of code or RGB color code even our social media links…

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