Sep 26

Military-style data transportation. That’s how Corsair describes their Flash Survivor Stealth series of USB flash drives. Its anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum housing is waterproof to 200 meters, vibration-resistant, and shock-resistant while small enough to fit on your keychain. USB 3.0 offers read speeds up to four times faster than traditional USB 2.0 drives, so it’s fast enough to play most videos directly from it, without having to transfer to a hard drive first. The drive is backwards compatible to 2.0 as well. Just plug it in, and it works with Windows, Mac OS and Linux without any additional software or drivers. This product also comes with a limited 5 year warranty. It averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 170 people on Amazon (read reviews), many of which report it’s still alive after years of hard use. The 256GB model’s list price of $156 has been reduced 42% to $91.30. If 256GB is more storage than you need, they have a 32GB model that’s currently discounted 25% ($20.73 — See it on Amazon).

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Sep 26

If you live in America and you’ve seen more than one doctor in your lifetime, you know there’s no central database where all of your medical data lives. Instead, each health care provider has a separate record, and rarely are they ever merged.

Apple is reportedly working on electronic health record software that will take advantage of all the data collected from HealthKit apps and use it in more meaningful ways—like to diagose medical conditions—and create a centralized place for all that information to live.

Part of that effort is coming from the team that made up Gliimpse, an electronic health record database centralization startup Apple acquired earlier this year. According to Bloomberg, former Gliimpse employee and current Apple Health senior engineer Mohan Randhava described his work on LinkedIn as “building a platform, a set of application program interfaces, and a simple product that will bring what we believe will be a disruptive consumer health-care application to the U.S. for the first time.”

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Sep 26

Apple is expanding its partnership with Sonos by bringing in the company’s most popular Wi-Fi speakers to an Apple store near you.

Sonos announced that U.S. customers will be able to get the Play:1 and Play:5 on Apple.com by the end of Monday. These Sonos home speakers will also be coming to 468 Apple retail locations around the world starting October 5. And if you buy your Sonos speaker from Apple through December 31, you will receive a gift card to activate a free three-month trial of Apple Music.

“Our expanded collaboration with Apple is a great example of our ongoing work with our full ecosystem of partners to make it easier than ever to listen to music out loud at home,” President of Sonos Patrick Spence said in a statement. “Apple Music on Sonos is a powerful experience, one we’re proud to bring directly to Apple fans at Apple Stores worldwide.”

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Sep 26

This lightweight and super portable keyboard from iClever features a compact design with full standard-size keys, but folds down into ⅓ of the size. This model has a convenient backlight feature with red, blue, or green selectable at two brightness levels, so you can type in every environment from a dimly-lit classroom to a dark airplane cabin. Its Broadcom Bluetooth module has a generous operating range of 30 feet, and connects quickly with your devices when you simply unfold the keyboard. The iClever backlit folding keyboard averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from nearly 150 people (read reviews) and its typical list price of $89.99 has been reduced 39% to $54.99. See it now on Amazon.

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Sep 26

Chances are you began your career busing tables, working retail, or doing IT work, carefully planning out your shifts week by week. A new Microsoft app for Office 365, called StaffHub, seeks to make this chore easier and replace the break room calendar. 

At first glance, StaffHub seems like just another shared calendar from Outlook or the like. There are a couple of key differences, though: Workers can swap shifts themselves or ask others to cover for them. StaffHub’s also a messaging app, so, for instance, one cook can send another cook a message about an ingredient shipment that’s scheduled to arrive. (Microsoft didn’t say, but those employee-to-employee messages would presumably be monitored by an employer.) The other difference from your typical shared calendar, unfortunately, is the price: A company must be signed up with at least an Office 365 kiosk license to use it, which costs $4 per user, per month.

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Sep 26

It’s shameful how Apple provides only 5GB of free iCloud storage to customers, no matter how many devices they own. It’s simply not enough space for all the photos and videos we shoot these days. Now there’s a plug-and-play solution that takes the burden of backing up personal media off of the Cupertino-based company’s shoulders.

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As photos and videos are being backed up, the Picture Keeper Connect app displays a thumbnail for each file.

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Sep 26

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The Walt Disney Company is reportedly examining the prospects, and the risks, of purchasing social media venue Twitter, potentially battling Google and Salesforce for the service.

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Sep 26

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Wi-Fi speaker maker Sonos on Monday announced a partnership that will see the company’s PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 speakers sold in Apple’s online and physical retail stores.

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Sep 26

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Mainstream rapper Drake on Monday released a 23-minute film — Please Forgive Me — as an Apple Music exclusive, further cementing his close business ties with Apple.

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